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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,559
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 26
Gots: 140 | 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 02-22-2006

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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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
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
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
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
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
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
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
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
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
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of mrgrinch
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A dull yellow color with fairly active carbonation. Mostly cloudy. Not too much head to speak of.

Smell - Nice fruity candy smell. Perhaps a bit herbal.

Taste - Lemony, and mildly sweet. A nice hoppy finish. The bitter finish is subtle. Another not-so-spicy hefeweizen. (Nice!) The label says brewed with Lemongrass. So THAT'S what lemongrass tastes like! As is the case with hefeweizen in general, this beer tastes less like beer and more like a shandy than a beer.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with a sour fizz. Perhaps just thin of center.

Drinkability - Drinkable. But not that beery.

Photo of jlapennas
2.13/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Called a Hefeweizen on the bottle but Amer. Wheat here. I'd say is more the later. Actually reminds me more of the Sam Adam's summer ale than either style above.

Aroma: Lemon, some banana esters, medicine chest phenol that comes and goes, band-aid, mild background malt character.

Appearance: Hazy but I left most of the yeast in the bottle so not to the point of being murky. Low foam that fades quickly OK for Amer. wheat - would be a much bigger ding if you called this a Hefeweizen.

Flavor: Starts out with a doughy slightly sweet wheat malt character with some creaminess. Followed by a moderately strong phenolic flavor similar to band-aid type aroma. Fruitiness is in the mix as well - mostly lemon. The finish is a little rugged, yeasty, nutty, dirty, and a little spicy - coriander?

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp but without a very high level of carbonation. I like the wheat malt protein character - very creamy for being so light bodied.

Overall: Not a good example of a Hefeweizen or an American wheat. It's too bad breweries like their marketing guys name these beers. This is more like a summer seasonal. I'd actually say this beer is kind of awkward and unpleasant to drink. The phenolic elements really take away from the overall impression. I'm generally not super impressed with Magic Hat beers and this actually undershoots that impression a little. I'd pass on this one unless your a huge fan of seasonal lemony wheat beers.

Photo of corpseshredder
1.1/5  rDev -67.5%
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.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Schlitz Pils glass, bright golden color, big bright white head that lingers for a while, but is sour to taste, and gets in the way more than anything. Nose is citrus, and a bit of banana. Pleasant, but not enjoyable really, and not particularly robust.

If compared to other hefeweizen's this really suffers for taste. Nothing robust, nothing really enjoyable - kind of a like a nice smooth and pleasant wheat, very drinkable. Subtle bits of banana and a lot of wheat, but not much to get excited about. Body is very light and watery, with some small carbonation.

Photo of Katahdin
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of WhiteOak
1.13/5  rDev -66.6%
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.

Photo of berpwillie
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange color with spare head, spare lacing and lively carbonation. Sweet grainy malts, and hints of lemon and citrus. slight fizzy taste. light body and short flavor duration. finishes fairly tart. all around average beer, nothing too impressive at all.

Photo of huxcrunner
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is cloudy golden yellow with about 1 fingers worth of white head and good lacing in the glass

smell of sweet citrus and wheat are the main aromas of this beer that entice you in to drink it

taste is a clean wheat with a lemon citrus flavor that complements the flavors very well and dosent overpower it

good clean mouth feel that is smooth and refreshing

great drinkablity this beer is refreshing and smooth

Photo of meatymattyballs
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- very cloudy , shit floaten around not the biggest fan, yellow color

S- citrus

T- i like the lemon grass and the orange isnt over done. better then the geniric belgum wheats that flood the market

M-cant get overe the particals clinging to my throat. doesnt take away from the enjoyment

D-ill have one here and there on acount my girl loves them. it gets points for maken her happy

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very hazy yellow with a very thin white head that quickly fades. No lacing at all. VERY cloudy...can't see through it at all.

S- Very weak aroma of lemon. Thats all I have to say...nothing noteworthy about it.

T- Mild. Predominantly banana flavored with a hint of lemon. Its actually kinda pleasant...the banana really starts off overwhelming, but the lemon comes it to give it a little bite and bring it down a little bit.

M- Some slight carbonation to it. Very light, based on the style.

D- You know what, its really drinkable...not a lot of alcoholic bite to it, but it has a flavor you can't get from the usual domestic fare. If its not absurdly priced above any of them, its a nice pickup for a summer BBQ

Photo of Petrislav
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass

A: A bright white wispy weisen head, 1.5 fingers, sits on top of a golden orange hazy brew

S: Grass, citrus peel, malt, wheat, hops

T: Lemon grass, wheat, citrus peel - bitter, sweet hops, light sweet roast

M: Light and smooth

Photo of MagicHatFan
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorites. The cap read, "A good mind is a horrible thing to baste". It pours an yellow "hay" like flavor with a almost thick head that disappears pretty quickly but leaves a white lacing as you drink. The flavor is very light and citrus-y. This is a beer that is best enjoyed on a spring/summer evening (although it tastes good year round). Garnish the beer with a lemon to enhance the citrus taste. In addition, it's best to pour this beer into a glass while pausing half way through pouring to swirl the rest of the bottle's contents.

Photo of animalchin
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw yellow body. Some narrow lacing clinging to the glass above the surface about an inch. Some head, but goes away after a short amount of time.

S - Sweet lemony tones with some banana. Spices as well that appear after the initial contact.

T - A nice balance of wheat fruitiness and spices - perhaps the lightest sense of clove. Definitely a more modest hefeweizen and it is certainly more refreshing.

M - A little on the thin side, but it moves around pretty decently.

D - Nothing too big about this - could have a couple. One of my preferred Magic Hat brews. It isn't over the top and not too convoluted for the style - a habit the brewery tends to dabble in a little too much for me. Overall, a solid work.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must first note that I'm not a fan of wheats and this beer is very wheaty that said. An overwhelming wheat smell with a thick white head and cloudy pale yellow color. It has slightly spiciness that's not overwhelming. The beer starts sweet with a lot of carbonation and sweetness, and finishes spicy.

Photo of Andreji
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this was a simpler choice to have this sunday afternoon here in NYC. i had no intention of getting my palate smashed just there, I wanted an average afternoon.

Circus boy fits my description. For this wintery time, you're looking to get back to the baseline, sort of a refuge. this is a decent craft wheat ale, no more and definetly no less.

pour is distinctively opaque yellowish, almost tending to orange. tan head, a bit smaller than usual for the style but nonetheless present.

smell is mostly wheaty and hoppy indeed, some banana right at the back. no alcohol. hops are very soft and florally blended into what's more of a spring beer than a winter one.

Taste and mouthfeel are average, but they get a "good" from me because i think the ensemble is a decent, above average beer. very full-bodied inclined rather to their german weizen predecessors, although a bit drier to the palate. not too sweet, not full of bananas or cloves or bubble gum. simply dry-wheaty, sort of like a field somewhere in america. sunny and full bodied, refreshing still tough enough to drink during winter. good.

Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.