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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,375 Ratings
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Ratings: 1375
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%

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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Photo of tobelerone


2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Very pale, hazy yellow, with a sizeable white head and patchy lacing. Lemony aroma with lots of grainy wheat and moderate honey sweetness in the nose.

Flavor is blander than anticipated; wheat is the predominant taste, with a grainy and slightly off, catty character. More malty/honey sweetness than I’d like in this style; with lesser citrus/lemon and floral notes. Not particularly appealing. Not a ton of lemongrass coming through.

Light body with fairly crisp carbonation, decent crispness. Still fails to clean up as much as it could. Watery. Not outstanding or particularly tasty in any way and not something I’d return to in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 14:11:30 | More by tobelerone
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a slightly hazy hay color with two fingers of creamy white head that lingers nicely and leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: notes of banana, slight clove and a nice addition of lemon peel
T: Banana peel and slight lemon
M: A bit intense on the carbonation, leaves a bit of silkiness on the palate
O: not bad but not great, a middle of the road wheat beer in everysense, drinkable but doesnt stand out at all

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 18:36:42 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived a hazy yellow with no head. Lemony, citrus aromas with faint wheat notes in the nose. The flavor is predominantly a lemon and citrus with mild wheat and yeast notes. Mild carbonation, light bodied, and oddly a little dry.

This is in my opinion all around weak. It's sessionable, but it's rather one dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 15:20:18 | More by tdm168
Photo of TheBrewo


2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This brew was served on-tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a pint glass, and boasted a pale golden color, a shade darker than a traditional hefeweizen. It showed a half finger head of white bubbles, with a nice fluffy quality. This disappeared quickly to leave little lacing. Carbonation appeared average, and a slight haze permeated the beverage. The aroma boasted big grains up front, again, darker than the standard wheaty varieties. Once this darkness cleared, the common grain with bitter pale wheat, and a wetter cloudy wheat surfaced. Behind these, even still, we found sweeter orange, and a bitter orange peel that mixed voraciously with a raw and further bittering coriander spice. As we sipped, the taste opened up with warm floury grain, paler malts, and wheat. Through the middle came cleaner, more defined pale malts, and that orangey sweetness, as was seen in the nose. The finish showed a peppery booze and spice, mild musk, and birch spice. The aftertaste was equally as spicy, with pumpkin spice, nutmeg, ginger, lemon rind, and adjuncty grain. The body was light and the carbonation was light. The feel to each sip was significantly watery, with no coating, cooling, or drying qualities. It actually falls quite flat. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the spice. This become somewhat apparent in the nose, only to blossom forth in the flavor, and surprisingly even more so in the aftertaste. Where we lost huge points was in the mouthfeel, which was watery and rather undesirable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 16:45:26 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass at Benny's

A- Poured a a clear straw yellow with one finger head and lots of carbonation. Left no lacing

S- Light bubblegum and grainy smell

T- Lots of graininess, bubblegum, lemon, and some spice

M- Real smooth and good carbonation

O- An easy drinking beer that is a little too grainy for me to get this again unless it was a 95 degree day and the only refreshing option, but not a bad tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 00:43:27 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Rifugium


2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Pours pretty clear for an unfiltered wheat beer; bright golden color with a tiny layer of bubbles for a head. Light and grassy aroma, that follows through in the taste, with a bit of mild, sweet citrus. Goes down easy without the acidic bite characteristic of many other wheat beers. Thin, but fairly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 21:26:33 | More by Rifugium
Photo of PorterLambic


3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow. Decent head drops fairly quickly. Some lace.
Smell is malty with notes of banana, clove, wheat and pepper. Well-balanced.
Taste is very much the same. Malt, wheat, clove. Again, well balanced.
Medium bodied though leaning heavier. Medium effervescence. Smooth aftertaste, spice and malt linger forever. Nice stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 23:04:28 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of nickfl


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A lightly hazy, straw colored body, topped by a half an inch of white foam. The head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - Lightly spicy wheat witha hint of sweet malt and that's pretty much all there is to this one.

T - Some lightly tart wheat up front with a hint of malt. Some light bubblegum yeast flavor peaks out in the middle and is pushed aside by herbal hop flavor and very light bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Honestly, it isn't all that bad for what it is. There is just a touch of real Weizen yeast character as a nod to the beers distant origins and the wheat and malt are well balanced with the light hop character. There is nothing the least bit interesting going on here, but it isn't at all offensive either and it is really pretty drinkable, which is more than I can say for most of the other beer that I have had from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 22:30:55 | More by nickfl
Photo of AdamTheFool


3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I refer to this beer as the tabala rasa because it looks and tastes alot like an blank slate. By itself it is not flavorful enough in the slightest however with a little creativity...

If you drop a shot of peach shnapps in it Circus Boy tastes almost exactly like a fruity breakfast cerial and I have come to call this combination a Silly Rabbit... and its pretty delicious for a bomb.

By itself however Circus Boy is a very bland beer and definetly not one that tastes looks or pours like a Hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2010 16:31:14 | More by AdamTheFool
Photo of Zodijackyl


2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Coalhouse Pizza's Magic Hat Brewery Dinner in Stamford, CT, paired with beer-battered, roasted garlic yardbird and collard greens, wide-cut bacon chunks, black-eyed peas.

Pours lemon yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is very faint, some lemon, citrus hops, and a touch of yeast, but not a whole lot. Taste is very light, the sour lemon/citrus hops come up front, and a sweet wheat malt finish wraps it up. Mouthfeel has little carbonation and almost no body, mostly a mild lemon sourness. It seems that this would be a good beer to drink alone during the summer, but it is completely overpowered by any food, as the flavor is refined, but almost as light as a macro light beer. I wouldn't drink this beer with food, or weather that isn't sunny and over 80 degrees.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 05:55:25 | More by Zodijackyl
Photo of TommyW


3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy gold body with a thin, white head.

S- Nice mix of spice and citrus over a body giving off a wheat twang.

T- Touch of citrus with the wheat twang and then a good bit of spice, but a little thin toward the finish where only a little coriander spice is noticeable.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Not the tastiest wheat beer, but not horrible; a decent brew overall.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 02:04:29 | More by TommyW
Photo of Katahdin


4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a straw yellowish color with a nice white head. Kind of looks like a Hoegarden at first glance. Very tart citrus aroma but not overwhelming rather subtle in the smell. Taste is very nice with well balanced lemon grass and other citrus flavors. Goes down very smooth with a crisp refreshing taste lingering on the palate. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 18:45:07 | More by Katahdin
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the tap.

The color a cloudy gold color, is unfiltered, with a foamy white head.

The smell is lemon with a touch of hops.

The taste is bready, has a bit of a lemony tang to is and has slightly bitter

Taste: Tastes bready, with hints of citrus. Slight bitterness toward the end.

This beer is one of the better wheat beers I've ever had. It might be the best. I was pretty surprised that this beer turned out to be quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 18:44:40 | More by Duhast500
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Magic Hat Circus Boy....

Appearance-pale yellow, huge head, really really active carbonation, head is gigantic,

Smell-usual pungent aroma of bananas and sugar, some fruit, but the banana takes up most space.

Taste/Mouthfeel-heavy wheat flavor, bananas and fruits come in, muddled unfinished flavor which isn't pleasant, carbonated to the max.

Drinkability-not for me, but others may like.

Overall-the beer was made alright but for me it felt unfinished and had a flavor that was really not good. I didn't enjoy and will not seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2009 02:04:15 | More by TheDeuce


3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this on draft at my house. the pour was like a typical hefe with some head and some floaties at the bottom. yellowish cloudy in color with the aroma of an orange slightly. would be served in a hefe glass. had this in august. i could see drinking many of them in the long summer days here in pa.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 19:13:49 | More by SBALDWIN
Photo of selecter70


2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I've never been drawn to Magic Hat. I hear that they're good; I just can't stand their artwork and marketing. Ok, bad reason, I know...So, a nice little reaturant-pub had it on draught, and since I had never tried it (& because it was not listed as a Magic Hat offering), I ordered it with my onion rings (which were grand). The serving was in a Duvel-meets-margarita glass and had no head, just some bubbles popping up through a sickly yellow appearance. The aroma was weak and smelled like syrupy lemon grass. The flavor was flat, and far too sweet with just the slightest wheat flavor and just a concept of hops in it. Bleh! Better than a Corona....

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 23:39:40 | More by selecter70
Photo of adamette


2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at McNalty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio a few hours ago.

A Big head, yellow, forgettable body reminded me of a basic lager really.

S Trace malt, some wheat grains.

T Wheat, not much hops, reminded me again of a lager. Really sort of forgettable.

M Thin, light.

D Good but this beer is really forgettable.

Notes: Listed on the board at Bier Markt simply as "Circus Boy" which intrigued me (what could it be...some wild brew...) but it turned out to taste very pedestrian. I admit that I am not a big fan of wheat beers but I have had better Wheat Ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2008 01:39:17 | More by adamette
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap this beer poured a cloudy golden orange. Visible carbonation rising and visible wheat residue. Fizzy, white head one finger thick dissipated quickly but did leave some broken lacing. Aromas of sweet malts, some citrus and green grass. The flavors were clearly wheat at first with hints of banana and some hoppy zest. The malt is coarse tasting and balances nicely. The mouthfeel is quite fizzy and I do think it's over-carbonated but it also helps to 'fill in' this otherwise light bodied beer. The first time I tried this it beer I was not very impressed but after a more thorough evaluation I have to admit this is a very good Hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 14:00:20 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow tan color with a thin white cover that spreads down to the sides and leaves a nice carpet of lacing. The aroma suggests a sweet lemon biscuit and classic wheat, nice if not fairly standard for the style. The first impression I get is from the active, fine carbonation that livelys up the tongue immediately and then settles to a light but fulfilling citrus and wheat medley. It's very refreshing and worthy of multi pint fulls, no problem. A bit aqueous but nothing so unusual for this style. These can go down fast. Not too much aftertaste, just a bit of rye bread perhaps. Seems a bit better here than in the bottle as one would expect.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 04:47:14 | More by Durge
Photo of everetends


3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Upper Deck bar in Burlington, VT.

A: Poured a seriously hazy, cloudy, yellow with a good 2 inches of foamy head. Head actually had some sticky lacing. Very good representation.

S: Smell is of wheat, earthiness, and citrus. The scent is a bit fainter than I would like, but it has the aromas you are looking for.

T: A good deal of earthiness and wheat flavors to this brew. Has some decent citrus to it but nothing too much. I would like a bit more orange peel to this but not getting it. Still very nice.

M: Light bodied brew that really goes down easy. Sweetness from citrus that really sticks around in the aftertaste. Very refreshing and actually has a bit of creaminess to it. Very well done in the mouthfeel.

D: Although I could really use more in the smell and taste categories, the mouth feel and appearance really add to the appeal of this beer. Definitely great for a summer brew and I am stoked that ATL is finally getting this and other Magic Hat brews back home.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 03:40:56 | More by everetends
Photo of Slatetank


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at my cousin's wedding at the Susquehanna Club in New Cumberland Pa. Served cold in a tumbler.
A - Cloudy gold w/ an amber hue, the head is white and about a full inch high and creamy in appearance. There is a good amount of lace that clings well.

S - Yeasty odors w/ a light custard note. Slightly doughy w/ a gentle wheat aroma.

M - Light body, low carbonation w/ gentle sweetness and creamy round qualities.

T - A light wheat cereal taste w/ a lemony spice note. The taste has a gentle nutty quality. The graininess is light w/ more of a banana shake like smoothness. Pretty samey after the intial taste.

D - Not too complex, after a pint I was satisfied. It serves its purpose as an easy to drink American wheat. It has some moments that are better than average, but I would probably pass next opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 16:05:11 | More by Slatetank
Photo of LarryV


3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy pale yellow color with a good sized frothy head. Aroma is citrusy, lots of lemon with hints of spices. Flavor lacks the spicy notes of some of the better hefes and leans predominantly towards a lemon twang with the spices being very distant in the background. A bit of a sulfur aftertaste is rather distracting. The sulfur taste seems to be something that plagues a lot of the MH brews. Not bad, but there's better hefes to be had.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2007 21:25:39 | More by LarryV
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy wheat yellow, a bit darker in the middle, well carbonated and lively. A finger of white head dwindles gradually to pithy islets. Yeasties abound, and lacing is filigreed on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is yeast first, bready and estery with a touch of banana and lemon zest, but backed by a measure of general but spicy hops.

Upon tasting, the wheat is notable for a briefly sweet nudge, then is bested by the same esters in the aroma, with a lesser banana note here, but with a more assertive and tangy lemon citrus piece in place. The grain crisps considerably toward the close, with a dry vague bitterness of hops lingering at the close. The flavor is reminiscent of a steam-esque beer, with a very dry character, but is a tad thin.

Light bodied, the crisp dryness lends a flat glow to the palate.

I knew it was wheat, but the first sip came off as Steam, and I was encouraged, and while I didn't become discouraged, it dropped off quickly. No question, though, it is refreshing, with its dry finish and quenching nature. I guess this is a time-and-place beer, with where you are and when it is making this beer either just what you want, or a bit less than ideal. But that's too much thinking for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2007 16:11:41 | More by Foxman
Photo of HugoGrim


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a standard pint glass.

Traditional hefe look. Unfiltered so it's cloudy, no head by the time it got to me, nice lace though.

Acidic and spicy scent. Some sweetness in the wheaty quality.

This beer looked like a hefe, and Magic Hat bills it as such, but it tastes nothing of the sort. It carries a hoppy, bready, yeast flavor. Lacking definitive banana and clove, yet still spiced. Citrus. Accurately classified as an American pale wheat ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2006 21:33:39 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of steinlifter


4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured a cloudy Mango-juice looking color, thin collar that retained well.
citrusy aroma, some spice also present.
taste was superb, lemon-grass-(which is an ingredient), peppery spice, good hop-kiss.
mouthfeel was crisp and clean.
drinkability is exceptional!...would make a great "session brew".
very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 08:40:54 | More by steinlifter
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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.