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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,573 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,573
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 167 | 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: 1,573 | Reviews: 654
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
1.12/5  rDev -66.9%
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
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
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
1.15/5  rDev -66%
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
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
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
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
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
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of tjd112
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Pilsner glass

Appearance - Translucent to transparent golden color body with little head and not much lacing

Smell - Citrus and earthiness

Taste - Basically follows the smell

Mouthfeel - Not overly complicated, very light and refreshing

Overall - Could drink this all day

Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Minimal amount of head that disappears as quickly as it was poured. An ever so slight lacing around the rim. Opaque Copper/Brass coloring.

Smell: Has a slight sweet, syrupy hint to it and a mild "earthy" smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A bit astringent up front and keeps a robust taste and flavor all the way through. Much like the smell indicated, it is slightly sweet and "spikes" up near the end. The lemongrass does come through and gives it that "earthy" taste. A different take on this style, but rewarding.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer that could be tasted throughout the day/night. The bottle purports to be a hefeweizen, but it seems to be quite different than your run of the mill. Nice take by the Magic Hat Brewing Company.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S: Floral, wheat, citrus, fresh apricots and lightly roasted grains.

T: Honey, fresh roasted malt and wheat flavors, touch of cloves and citrus with hops coming through floral and spicy.

M: Light to medium body with tight, crisp carbonation.

D: Very refreshing and easy drinking. Not a ton of flavor but easy to drink. Session beer definitely!

Photo of bonk0076
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is of wheat and bread, with citrus notes (lemon) beneath it. Taste is slightly sour from the lemon, with a bitter metallic taste that follows into the finish. Pretty carbonated, which leaves a fizzy mouthfeel. Overall I am not too impressed.

Photo of mtyrrell
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a cloudy honey brown color with a small head and lacing

S-Banana, citrus, yeast

T-I was expecting a little more after the smell. Wheaty taste with lemon and a hint of banana. the taste follows the nose but not as strongly as you'd hope, tastes a little watered down and almost bland

M- Pretty sharp carbonation, light bodied, goes down smooth

D- drinkable beer, goes down smooth and easy, but not the best tasting. I had higher expectations, I'd take a sam adams hefe over this one

Photo of gromis
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a suggestion from my son (one of his favorites from college). I have to admit that this is a good hefe. It has a bit of an acidic note to it, but it isn't bitter. I would imagine that it would be a very good thirst quenching beer on a hot summer day.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a thin white head momentarily. Doesn't have much retension and laces just a bit on the glass where the head previously resided. Both the aroma and taste are full of lemon...and rightfully so since the label states it is brewed with lemongrass. Up front it is a little sweet and it finishes quite crisp, you can pick up on a slight bit of citrus (other than lemon) in the finish as well. High amount of carb and thin, light feel which is expected for the style. I am a little bummed out that there isn't any banana or clove character in either the nose or the taste but it still fits the bill. Not bad overall but I am content with just trying this once, there are others I prefer but it was worth the experience for the lemongrass addition.

Photo of Dodt
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Apperance cloudy honey color with a slight bit of thin lacing.
smells of citrus and banana .
Taste and mouthfeel taste very enjoyable with the citrus and wheat.
drinkabliity very light and crisp.
for me this is another good beer from the people at magic hat.

Photo of Tone
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, wheat, slight orange, and some grain. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, tart malt, and slight metallic. Overall, high carbonation level hurts drinkability as does the metallic sharpness.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear gold with just a whisper thin white head.

Aroma of banana, clove, and lemon zest.

Sadly, the taste doesn't deliver what the aroma promised. Thin and watery with light flavors of banana, yeast, and orange pez.

Light bodied, thin and wet, and sharply carbonated.

All-in-all a very average hefe from Magic Hat.

Photo of irishking1977
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a mixed 12 pack. For some reason or another, I've felt compelled to review the selections available in the 12.

A: Hazy dark gold with a slight head. A bit of lacing, but otherwise an average looking beer.

S: Clove and banana are usually the basic descriptions for a Hefeweizen. Though the label on the bottle says, "The Hefeweizen," I'm inclined to agree with B.A. that this is more likely an American Pale Wheat Ale. Semantics aside, Circus Boy does not have the scent of bananas, but more of a combination of faint wheat and clove.

T: Clove and wheat appear to be the dominant tastes; it kind of reminds me of an American interpretation of Franziskaner's Hefeweizen, without the banana or typical Hefeweizen feel.

M: The mouthfeel is really what compels me to compare this to Franziskaner's hefeweizen. It has a remarkable and noticable creamy mouthfeel that is found in Franziskaner's.

D: Decent drinkability and could be a session beer in the summer months. The problem is that the mouthfeel is so creamy, that it could become irritating after the third or fourth in a row. Otherwise, it's a pretty good option for a wheat beer.

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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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