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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Circus BoyCircus Boy

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1,518 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 21
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unfiltered and unfettered, Circus Boy is a unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen. Is he a who? Or a what? Or perhaps some of both? Be amazed by the flavorful haze of this wonderful wheat beer.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-22-2006)
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1/5  rDev -70.5%

Travcofarms, Dec 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.5%

bmcduff2, Feb 03, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70.5%

bootsdomino, Nov 21, 2011
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1/5  rDev -70.5%

brodah, Dec 18, 2011
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1/5  rDev -70.5%

mda080, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of corpseshredder
1.1/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Simply disgusting. The worst wheat I've ever had. Very strong chemical taste, resembles bar soap, the kind your mother would put in your mouth for drinking such an awful beer. Magic Hat usually makes an acceptable brew, but this is most certainly not one.

I got one in a mix and match pack. After a quarter of the beer I ended up dumping it out, which, anyone who knows me, would say is unbelievable.

corpseshredder, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
1.13/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- The color is a hazy golden yellow, minimal foam.

S- Thoroughly foul chemical odor, acetone. Repulsive smell.

T- Sour, foul chemical taste. Only on the finish is there the slightest hint that this was once a beer. Infected. Undrinkable.

M, D- Drain pour.

WhiteOak, May 16, 2010
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1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

chefduff2, Jan 06, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

Slipmthgoose, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Mitchster
1.25/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

$1.70 for a 12 oz bottle at Jacks. Pours out to a brilliantly clear apricot, forming a modest white head with poor retention and no lacing. Moderately carbonated. The aroma is of lemon pledge, dust, and windex. Horrible nose. The mouthfeel is watery and limp with a light body. The taste is horrible as well...lemon pledge, windex, antique furniture, and dustbunnies. This beer doesn't even deserve my continuing.

Horrible, absolutely horrible. Down the drain. How can they sell this crap?

Mitchster, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of bboven
1.3/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The appearance is a beautiful deep cloudy orange. The head is not as thick as I would like for this style, and the bubbles are small and rise quickly more like a macro brew. Decent lacing, though.

Smells of yeast autolysis and sour metal.

Huge sour flavor, tastes like an infected homebrew more than a commercial example of a wheat.

Mouth feel is creamy and bubbly, not grainy as I would expect, but not bad.

Awful, awful beer. I wouldn't even cook with this infected tasting beer. One of the worst beers I've ever paid good money for.

bboven, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of PC740
1.36/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This review has no intent of matching the highly descriptive jargon used on this site by more experienced professionals. It reflects the utter disappointment of picking up a six pack after a 14 hour day only to be let down in the worst way.

A light amber color - like apple cider - it pours with slight effervescence with only a half finger head appearing at the last 2 ounces. Yeast on the bottom clouds the pour. The immediate scent is an odd mix of dirty stagnant water and bleach. On sniffing the bottle, faint spices and fruit are detectable.

A hint of pepper appears on taste; carbonation up front, and a watery back end. The foul scent is confirmed. A cask strength scotch is necessary for proper cleansing.

PC740, Jan 19, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

Andragos, Sep 18, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

Nikki, Mar 04, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

Fernsuarez, May 20, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

rusty3335, Feb 08, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

cafelatte, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of tmd44
1.55/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

magic hat is one of the greatest brewing companies known to the beer loving man. i have tasted many a good magic hat in my day. also, i am quite a fan of the hefeweizen style beer. i had this from the joe's garage variety pack( WOOP WOOP TO MY PEOPLE"S!), the appearance was amazing, the smell was quite deceiving, the taste remind me of death, the mouthfeel was terrible, the drinkability...there is no drinkability..it is non existent...i recommend all true magic hat drinkers to never touch this beer. it is absolutely horrendous. the worst magic hat on the market. do yourself a favor and drink a natural light before you drink this. unless you like chewing on salted rubber...no offense to magic hat. kudo's to an excellent brewing company. however, take the rest of your circus boy and pour it down the toilet drain.
from the 1810 crew...

tmd44, Mar 09, 2006
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1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

Stobin, Jul 28, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

jbdpsu82, May 22, 2013
Photo of Liquids
1.9/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ultra cloudy, nectar-like consistency and appearance. Ugly, thin, pond scum head. Smells of yeast, more yeast, with a not-so-subtle aroma of epoxy. Yes, epoxy. Ah, and the epoxy aroma continues into the taste. Only a slight taste of wheat considering what it is. The taste, overall, is pungent and sick. Makes me lose my appetite. Finishes with a slightly piney tang. Mouthfeel is full and seems overcarbonated for the style, but overall has the typical heavy/slightly syrupy mouthfeel characteristic of wheat beers. On the whole, this was a drainpour. Magic Hat has lost some of my respect.

Update: Another review is in order - I tried a sample of this recently and it had none of the above negatives, and was actually rather good.

Liquids, Apr 26, 2006
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1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Always a pleasure to try something "new" from the Burlington ladies and gents...pours fizzy to the point of oral effervescence, two-finger head in weizen glass...left no trace in a swift evaporation...an eerie tawny golden funnel cloud centered in its slightly opaque clarity....like its namesake, quite odd...lemony scent with some clove notes...six-month storage may have something to do with all this....but malty? flattened mouthfeel, straight to throat flow; thus, refreshing yet absent from any distinction...I bet a lemon or orange BlueMoons this into some summer fun... straight-up in May, this Magic Hat leaves me feeling ordinary...

dacrza1, Jun 09, 2007
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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.