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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,574 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 168 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-03-2006

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
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Ratings: 1,574 | Reviews: 654
Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells lemony with that wheat in the back. Very nice spicy bite with that dry lemon wheat husk taste. It reminded me of a more spicy Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat. That was my very first impression but this had a more full flavor which i enjoyed more so than the coastal wheat. These types of beers are perfect for a jump for people who want to try something other than the big 3. Yet they always seem to go for these wheat fruity type beers. Blue Moon, this one etc. That's fine though these are good... I'll always take these beers over the regular stuff. Simply said... Magic Hat makes some good beers that can turn a lot of people onto better beer.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazed orange hue with a slim fizzy white head. Nice color.

Smell -- Bready malt, cream of wheat, cardamom, and lemongrass. Not too shabby.

Taste -- Dry malt, cracked wheat, mild banana-like yeat character, and lemongrass. The lemongrass is very pronounced, almost spicy. Lingering flavors of mineral water, dry malt, and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with sharp fizzy carbonation. Slightly harsh.

Drinkability -- Not as good as I had hoped. I'm a big fan of lemongrass, but less would've been more in this. Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't go for it again.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one surprised me. Really. Not really a Hefe or Belgian White fan (especially when they add citrus flavors), I assumed this would be akin to a lemon spritzer. I prefer beer that tastes like, well, beer. Looked OK in the glass (actually surprising clear for something called a Hefeweizen... maybe they need to check the definition of the German word) and the smell was pretty clean, predominantly light malted wheat with no citrus present. The initial flavor was great, somewhat clean and biscuity with a subtle lemon flavor that wasn't citrusy at all but had the character of a flavor hidden in the hops matrix... so I checked the bottle. Lemon grass. No wonder. Not really lemon at all, but a really unique (and surprisingly pleasant) flavor that enhanced the wheat. I liked this a lot and I can't wait to share it with someone I know (J) who is an American Wheat fan.

Photo of Ty1erC
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.*

a: relatively clear for a wheat beer.

s: citrus and wheat.

t: not a whole lot of flavor here. flavors are subtle and well-balanced.

m: light-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

d: very smooth and refreshing.

Photo of garuda
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden yellow, rapidly fading head that leaves no lacing. Something seems off about the cloudiness, though. Looks milky in nature, and not consistent through the glass.

S/T - Not as bold as I like for a hefe, but has all the normal components of lemongrass, citrus zest, yeast.

M - Light body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D - Nice and refreshing. I think I'd enjoy it more if it wasn't winter. Well balanced, I could drink a few of these.

Photo of larryi86
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Slightly hazy golden straw color with a white two finger head.

S- Bananas, wheat, yeast, and some spices.

T- Weak flavor but not watery. Sweet malts, wheat, bananas, and yeast.

M- Nice medium body, slightly chewy and bready.

D- This is a nice easy to drink beer that I feel would be great to have on a nice spring day.

Photo of AdamTheFool
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Genuine
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cousin had this during thanksgiving, figured I'd give it a try.

Pours out cloudy, with a goldish color, similiar to the label on the bottle. No head retention whatsoever to speak of.

Smell - wheat, some floral hops here and there.

Taste - This is where I was kind of disappointed. I was hoping it was going to be better, but I felt like it was lacking. Normal Hefe taste, very easy to drink, not very high on the flavor profile. Found it to be very bland.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. I could see this being a good beer to have a hot summer day when you're looking for refreshment. Not much more other than that.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a murky gold with a smallish off white head.

S-Banana, clove, yeasty, wheaty, citrusy.

T-Exactly like the nose. Banana and clove really hit me. It is a very mild brew with some decent taste. A bit metallic.

M-Light and carbonated

D-Very easy to drink. Flavor is somewhat bland but it can hit the spot at the right time.

Nice and light for a hot night, but still a good beer when you're looking for something easy to drink. One of the first beers I tell someone to buy if they ask me for a new beer to try. A nice beer for a beginner who wants to open up their options. Not my favorite by any means but still good for what it is.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very white head and the body is a cloudy light yellow. The head disappears quite quickly. Slightly bubbly but can't tell because of the fogginess of the body. When tilting the glass towards the mouth, tiny bubbles become prominent. Some lacing on the glass.

A light grassy and citrus smell.

The citrus hops and carbonation attacks the tongue immediately. It feels almost like a soda.

The taste is citrus, grainy, wheat, a slight bitterness and a grassy taste. It's not bad.

Drink Ability is quite high because its not heavy, lower abv and its quite refreshing. It definitely will catch up due to the high acidity.

The first time I have ever tried this was on tap at a restaurant; with a name like Circus Boy I had to try it. I enjoyed it enough to want to buy a six pack of it, which I eventually did. Here I am, years later, reviewing it. I think I liked it more back then, than now. My tastes have changed in a beer but don't get me wrong, this is still good.

Photo of believeinpeople
2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everything about this beer is completely opposite of the mark of hefeweisen. Clear, bright color with no head retention, unlike a cloudy, frothy hef. Very faint floral and fruity aromas; no in-your-face banana or apricot esters of a Hef.

A very basic pilsner or traditional lager taste; that same old grainy flavor tht many big brews are achieving. The body, flavor, and intensity that you are expecting in a hef are completely absent from this beer. The main flavor difference between this and a basic big brew: the pathetic attempt to add a hint of fruit and the even more noticeable hint of metallic aftertaste.

I don't mean to be a downer, but this beer is so bland and off the mark of what it is advertised as that I don't know how they get away with the label. A sizebale fail for Magic Hat.

Photo of mattgreger
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour on this brew is a hazy gold, with a thin white head that faded pretty quickly. There is little to no lacing.

The aroma on this one doesn't give off to much complexity. There is a nice mix of citrus and spices, then a nice wheat feel at the end of the nose.

The flavor on this one isn't quite what I expected. The label reads Hefeweizen, but I was pretty disappointed with the flavor. There was a nice touch of citris in the front, that was followed up with the wheat flavor. There was a nice spice flavor in the middle, then just a touch of banana in the follow up.

This was a medium bodied brew, with medium carbonination.

This isn't a bad drink by any means. It is a bit watered down, compared to many other beers in the style. Its not to heavy, and does have a good citris flavor. It just seems to be lacking the complexity that you normal see in this style brew.

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy yellow in color into a weizen glass with a two finger high head that faded into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface. A medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of wheat are definitely present along with some hints of citrus, but there are also some sour notes that don't make this seem very appetizing.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by the wheat backbone and has some notes of lemon citrus. Little, if any bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink and it's low alcohol content makes it very sessionable, although I wouldn't consider it to be very thirst-quenching.

Photo of nhindian
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

I was kind of interested to try this beer as one of the first craft beers I really started drinking and enjoyed was Magic Hat #9. Outside of that I never really tried anything else from Magic Hat, so I picked up a bottle of this for something different.

A - Pours a very light yellow color. For a beer that says its unfiltered and THE Hefeweizen, I am not getting much wheat sediment in the bottle or glass even after a quick swirl before pouring. A very little head that evaporates quickly. The head really repels the glass and there's no lacing to be seen.

S - Smell is light, but not very full. Most of the nose consists of yeasty breadiness and slight lemons and oranges. But overall, the bouquet is extremely faint. Not much else to comment on in this regard.

T - Much like the nose, this beer doesn't have the most poignant of flavors. While there's nothing wrong with it, it's just a bit lifeless and forgettable. Wheaty. Kind of reminiscent of Miller High Life (and I have quite a few experiences with this as a Penn State boy). A bit disappointing. Slight hint of lemons in the aftertaste.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. Feels good in the mouth.

D - While this beer isn't amazing, I can see it being refreshing on a hot summer day and getting through a 6-pack pretty easily. Not an amazing representation of the style and the bland taste really bring this one down.

Photo of cbutova
2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up in a mix a six, says Hefeweizen on the front of the bottle.

A- Pours out a standard hazy amber. A cap builds up to nice size but fizzes out in less than a minute leaving a frothy cloud behind. A bit of spotty lace. Not exactly what you expect in a beer brewed with wheat.

S- I probably could have predicted this. Big adjunct corn-esque malt with some lemon peel notes behind it. Bread notes and some spice round out the nose.

T- I would say this is a mess. Pros: A nice bready malt finish. Cons: Starts out with a strange adjunct floral-medicinal note. This flavor lingers throughout and throws the whole experience off. Other things I notice are the clove spice, bubble gum, lemon zest and some Euro hop notes. Alcohol somehow gets through at only 4.4%.

MF- Light body with a slightly creamy consistency to it. Just a bit bitter and highly carbonated.

DB- The problem here is a lack of balance. The floral and clove notes simply take over and kill the experience. As with many American takes on German styles, it feels artificial. Almost like a macro with some spice.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"The circus is the place for me with bears and clowns and noise." - Phish

Despite a hearty rousing Circus boy pours a mostly clear gold. 1 finger white head that doesn't do too much. Poor showing for a wheat. My cap declares "Don't be an imposter on Humanity's Roster." Bottle dated.

Aroma is light grain, lemongrass and wheaty goodness. I thought I was picking up coriander but after some research I've been fooled - it's good ol' Amarillo!

Light grain, grass and lots of butter. It's certainly not a hef (no banana or clove) but with all the buttery diacetyl it's almost more of an English pale wheat. Crisp carbonation cuts through the butter.

Photo of foogerd
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- cloudy yellow with a head that disappeared almost immediately
S-faint one dimensional aromas of clove pepper n a light banana smell i think im getting some lemon cleaning agent aroma
T- first sip was an offensive off lemon taste then the wheat balanced it and made it a more enjoyable experience definitely spice n clove notes but i just cant shake this lemony disinfecting wipe taste to this
M- not bad pretty enjoyable thickness
D- ehm overall mabye its just hitting me the wrong way but theres so many better authentic hefeweizens out there why would you waste your time with this?

Photo of aranheaney
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have long enjoyed Circus Boy and finally have gotten around to reviewing it. Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Unfiltered and unfettered as the good folks in Burlington advertise. Pour is as advertised, cloudy. Noise is of lemon-grass and citrus. I've always thought the taste and mouth-feel were ideal as an introduction to anyone interested in the Hefe style, you can (and I have) enjoy more than one Circus Boy...

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Circus Boy pours a cloudy yellow with thin head that lasted fairly long. The aroma was banana, citrus, and pine. Well balanced. The flavor began with grapefruit followed by candy and honey notes. This beer has a pleasant citrus aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a creamy consistency but the only knock is way too much carbonation. Magic Hat Circus Boy is a quality beer, very refreshing, and very drinkable if you don't mind the carbonation. Recommended.

Photo of Zodijackyl
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Rating this as a Hefeweizen, since that's what they claim on the label - presumably Magic Hat was/is going for that with this one...

12oz bottle into tall weizen glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with an impressive foamy white head, but the body appears a bit too clear for a hefeweizen.

Had to work hard to pull the aromas out of this, but it did contain faint levels of banana esters and yeast, with just a touch of spice - mostly white pepper.

Flavor is ok - refreshing, at least. Bit of a strange spice quality seems to lead the way, with the advertised lemongrass and some banana cream pie (sans creaminess) in the background.

Mouthfeel is thin and tinny. This is what sets everything else back.

Good on the drinkability meter - pretty clean flavors, and certainly nothing offensive. Just lacks some of the rich and flavorful profiles of a good hefeweizen.

Photo of TommyW
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of VietPong
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite magic hats. Circus boy has the perfect balance of flavor and spice. The carbonation is not too strong, and the beer does not taste watery in the slightest. Overall, a great beer that does not get boring or sickening after 1 or 2. Something that you can drink and never get bored of

Photo of callmeclemens
5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon drinking this beer I was dissapointed there was only one in my Make your own six pack. A six mind you that up until this was very poor.

First off. I cannot even describe how drinkable this beer is, its the perfect mix of light and flavorful. I could have finished this beer in ten seconds had I not wanted to savour it.

I dream of the day I can have this on tap.

Photo of mstyne
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sixer(!) purchased early Sunday morn from Young's Pharmacy on NY 43. Best by October 2010. Unfiltered and unfettered.

Fantastic head on this brew, and lovely lacing. Very light wheat aroma. Coloring is a cloudy amber; stirred up the bottom per the bottle and dumped it in the top of my Magic Hat pint glass.

While this is no Paulaner's, it's a good example of the style and really enjoyable on a warm summer afternoon. Took a pint into the backyard while I chatted on the phone with the folks back home. I was inspired to sent a TWEET to @magichat to thank them for making this brew.

Super drinkable but will definitely catch up with you if you're not careful. Protip: I was not careful.

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