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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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Photo of thecarster1
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen, one finger white creamy head, loads of bubbles, hazy warm brown honey color, nice lacing.

s- pretty mild, the obvious wheat.

t- doesn't strike as very hefe at first, low amount of wheat, low wheat, little bit of banana, little lemon at the end, finishes a little dry, interesting.

m- medium bodied.

d- pretty great, nice offering from magic hat, i'd drink again.

thecarster1, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Various hues within the glass ranging from goldenrod to carmel. Frothy lace and decent head. Many rising bubles to the top of the glass. Smells very fresh, with aromas of citrus and wheat. The taste is very refreshing and crisp. Tastes wheaty and somewaht yeasty with a citrus tinge. The mouthfeel is somewhat above average. I feel this is a quality heff and would drink this again.

FrothyBeverage, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of originalsin
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

New bottle design this year. I'm so confused about the style of this beer. Bottle proclaims "The Hefeweizen!" but here it's listed as an American Pale Wheat Ale. Doesn't entirely taste like a hefeweizen--lacks the dryness that I've come to associate it with.

Anyway, pours a hazy yellow color, with a little bit of head that doesn't last and doesn't really lace either. Smells pretty sweet- there's a lot of citrus on the nose. Lemon peel, coriander, wheat, orange.. The taste is pretty similar- but worse, unfortunately. A huge lemongrass kick, a lot of wheat, and a bit too much bitterness really detract from drinkability. Nonetheless, it's medium bodied, all kinds of smooth, and maybe, just maybe, a worthwhile lawnmower beer.

Last year I was buying these regularly, extolling their virtues to friends. Oh how my palate has changed...

originalsin, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yet bright golden yellow. Fluffy white head that goes away rather quickly.

S: Lemmons and malt. Slightly sweet rather than sour.

T: Lemons, pineapple and black pepper. More sweet than sour. Decent malt backbone.

M: Light, crisp, clean refreshing.

D: Nice light summer beer with just enough flavor.

rfgetz, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy put this in a mixed six pack for me. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a cloudy dark gold/light amber color. The head is three fingers tall, small bubbles, great retention and very nice sporatic and thin lacing.
S: The aromas are spargy, orange peel and many a hint of pine.
T: The flavors are citrus, pine and some wheat.
M: The mouthfeel is very crisp.
D: This is a great beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Bockrules
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A - pours a medium gold with a frothy two-finger white head. Somewhat cloudy appearance, but not as much as a witbier. Head is gone by half way down the glass, no lacing.

S - Very little smell when opening the bottle, but in the glass, there is a moderate smell of orange peel, spice and wheat malt. Needs a stronger smell.

T - Lemony and sweet up front, followed by a wheat-malt dominated body. Hints of yeast, lemongrass and a tad bit of hops can also to be found in the body. The finish is more lemon grass and wheat malt. Leaves a bitter yeast/lemongrass aftertaste.

M - Medium thin body with ample carbonation and a tad creamy. Suits the style well.

D - This beer has an awkward combination of flavors that never seems to sit quite right in my mouth. The yeast and wheat-malt seem to be conflicting with the lemongrass, leaving a weird bitter sensation, although maybe i'm just not a fan of the style. Got this beer in the Magic hat spring variety pack, and I would not get it again. Sorry Magic hat, your beers are a little too off the wall for me.

Bockrules, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Gunnz
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Circus Boy pours a nice light amber color and slightly cloudy, typical of the Hefewiezen style. It has a beautiful and long lasting cream colored head.

This beer has a very nice floral and hoppy aroma with hints of a sweet malty smell.

Very delightful, slightly hoppy taste and very malty and slightly sweet. Very nicey balanced and well built but does not have a clear lasting aftertaste. It does, however, fit its style.

Medium bodied beer with a medium smoothness and nicely balanced carbonation.

I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and I would recommend it to others but it would not be on my list of top unfiltered wheat beers.

Gunnz, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This and Feast of Fools are two of this brands better beers in my opinion. The body is a hazy golden color with an average amount of carbonation. The average frothy head leads to some nice lacing. It has pasture and fruit aroma. The tones of grains, lemon and banana are somewhat strong for an American wheat beer. The body is moderately thick with great carbonation. It is very refreshing.

MTNboy, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of a4tuurbo
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer poured fairly clear for being unfiltered. It had a 1.5-2 finger head that gave way to some decent lacing. There are very active bubbles sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Citrus is apparent. Also some hops and a definite wheat presence.

T- Pretty much a standard wheat beer with the exception of the lemongrass. If it werent for that I dont think I would really remember this beer over any other one. I like that they used lemongrass. It added something more than just citrus would I think. It did finish with a nice little hoppy bite though.

M- Its not harsh by any stretch of the imagination. Carbonation is a bit excessive for me but not prohibitively so.

D- I would drink this all day long easily and with such a low alcohol content I think I could (it actually says 4.4% on the bottle).

a4tuurbo, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of NODAK
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smell is of an abundance of citrus with a touch of yeast. Pretty typical for style.

Taste is rather lemony in the body; tart and citrus. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, as expected. There's a bit of wheat/grain perceptible on the finish as well. Finishes very clean with very little taste left over. Pretty refreshing beer. Nothing exciting for sure but nothing to scoff at.

This beer gets high marks for drinkability and for taste, simply because I feel it's a good representation of style and goes down easy. Very sessionable.

NODAK, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice one finger head that gives way to a slight lacing. There is sediement in the bottle and it has a nice unfiltered look to it. The aroma is of wheat with a slight lemon and banana smell to it. The taste is of wheat with a hint of lemon and a hint of grassyness. The mouthfeel is smooth and with out carbonation. The drinkability on this is good. You can have it over and over again. Its not complex as other hef's but it is a solid beer.

goblue3509, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lot about this beer is sort of a standard hefe.. certainly better than any macro garbage but middle of the road as far as hefe's go. What sets it a bit apart is the lemongrass.. The citrus character that is contributed to the beer is really a great addition. The use of lemongrass, specifically, as opposed to just lemon juice or some otehr straight forward fruit citrus also contributes an interesting character to the flavor with a floral sort of presence that in a way is reminiscent of hops but slightly different. Other than that the other thing to note would be a very good drinkability. the light mouthfeel and body give it an airy, refreshing quality that makes drinking several quite easy. It also pairs nicely with a variety of fodos it seems.

BirdFlu, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of BeTheBall
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a pint glass (no fruit). Light golden clear color with a two finger head, little lacing.
Smell was of bread, caramel, slight bananas. Taste was similar. Pronounced caramel overall tone with little else for me, not much of the usual hefe flavor I'm used to. Very muted and light. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability was good, easy to put it down due to the mild flavor, but when out shopping for Hefe's in better stores I would probably pass on this one.

BeTheBall, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of youngblood
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy with lots of debris floating about. Ambitious head claws its way up the glass only to fall to a 2 finger height for about 5 minutes.

Smells... wheaty? Some nice grain notes, bits of lemon and almost banana.

Taste follows the smell, but isn't as exciting as the nose hinted. Nice wheaty grassiness, lemony after taste. Solid.

Decent mouthfeel, was a bit rough though.

I wouldn't want to drink these all of the time, but they are drinkable enough to session a few.

youngblood, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured in pint glass

Appearance: Thick & foamy one finger head. A hazy amber with ample carbonation. Fine head retention with. Thick soapy lacing.

Smell: Grain, malt and wheat. Slight, citrus grass smell (bottle says brewed with lemon grass).

Taste: Grain & wheat and a slight acidic, twang. Good lemony aftertaste. First wheat beer had without an overwhelming sense of grain. However really light in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Both light, foamy, and highly carbonated. Medium body

Drinkability: Like all wheat beers crisp and refreshing always good cold. One of the better offerings by magic hat. While you could still have a few. A decent example of the style, though a bit light on flavor and offers little spice.

MaxBrews, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of epicness
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark hazy golden yellow color. Bubbles slowly float to the top of the glass. Hardly any head nor lacing.

S: Various smells are present.. Lemon, Citrus, wheat and even a grassy type smell.

T: The taste is what you smell. Citrus-Lemon and what seems to be a bit of pineapple. It's got a pretty nice balance overall. I dig the spice towards the finish. The taste isn't bad.. but.. I feel like it's missing something. It doesn't leave me craving for more.

M: Very low carbonation if any at all. Very light. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Pretty drinkable brew especially during the summer. It just really doesn't leave me asking for more which is the problem.

epicness, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured an extremely hazy yellow with a ton of floating goobers. This only had a couple cm of head and it left quickly with no lacing whatsoever.

The smell is mostly a grainy and grassy malt with a hint of lemon. It's faint and not much to it at all.

The taste is a zesty citrus-lemon on front and finishes slightly sweet. Flavor is not very assertive, but I suppose that's a good thing considering the lemon in it.

Carbonation is ok, but in my opinion was a little light. The aftertaste is practically non-existant.

The body is light and it has a refreshing feel to it. It's listed as 5% by BA but the bottle begs to differ at 4.4%. Either way, it's light enough to easily consume quite a few. It's a nice summer porch beer.

Overall, an ok brew but nothing special. I won't go out of my way to buy it again but wouldn't turn one away, either. By the way... the bottle says this is a hefe but it does taste more like a pale wheat.

Vonerichs, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of m1ked
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Grab. Hot that day, so a wheat beer sounded refreshing...its cold and rainy today, yet still drinking this beer.

A- Pours a brassy yellow that is slightly hazey. A good white foamey head that turns into a thin skin. No lacing noted. If someone handed it to me I might think it was a coors or something.

A-Not a whole lot here. Light biscuity malts, slight touch of astringent alcohol. Not offensive, but nothing going on here.

S- The biscuity malt flavor is sweeter than the nose. An almost lemony citrus flavor in there, causing a slight tartness at the end. Meh.

M- This is a light thin bodied beer with a mild carbonation. Meh.

D- Although this is nothing special, I think this is an easy drinker for hot days, when they happen. For $9.95 for a growler, I can't complain.

m1ked, May 28, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to use this one to start off my day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/25/2009.

The pour was very nicely done. Nice bright yellow in color with a rich head of white coming up and over the top. Lots of carbonation was evident even through the light haze. Light grain and banana aroma here, some small semblence of yeast as well. Smooth, clean, crisp flavor. Tight flavor profile came in as quickly as it left, leaving no real flavor on the tongue and only a modest aftertaste.

Overall while being quite the sessionable beer, the lack of depth and strong, pronounced profile leave it a tick above average. Still though, this would not be bad at all in a pinch.

mikesgroove, May 26, 2009
Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2 finger fluffy white head with minimal sudsy lace.

Color was a cloudy golden straw.

Smelled lightly of wheat, spice, alcohol.

Taste was light grass, wheat and spice with not much else. These were VERY light flavors. Kind of bland overall.

High carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Not bad. Could easily drink a few on a hot day but would rather have something with a bit more flavor.

SirDrinxAlot, May 23, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now they claim this is The Hefe, not an American Wheat beer, so I'll have to judge it on that basis.

Very pale clear yellow with a 2 inch fluffy white head that saves the look.

Nose is very light with no yeasty smells I expected, nothing off just not very inviting.

The flavor lacks any real definition, just a light malt with no hop contribution, a lawn mower type at best.

Mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated, an easy drinker, just not much there. Look for their others, not this one.

robbyc1, May 16, 2009
Photo of EAKovac
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hefe is quite possibly one of my favorite types of beer to this day, even though my tastes are changing as i discover new beers...so I felt I needed to review this one from Magic Hat.

The first thing you notice is after the pour. Though not much head, what is there is a nice off-white to almost pure white. As with all hefes, it has a cloudy appearance, since it is unfiltered.

Now for the taste. NOT AT ALL A HOPPY BEER! If you long for the taste of hops in your beer, better go somewhere else, my friend. The taste is sweet the whole way down. While there is a slight clove like taste to the beer, the taste of lemons will totally eclipse this if your taste buds are a little off when you drink it. The carbonation in the beer is plentiful, as well. It helps every mouthful go down smooth.

Another refreshing hefe? I could definitely see myself drinking this on a warm summer day and loving every minute of it!

EAKovac, May 13, 2009
Photo of bbeerman
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A..Pours a nice golden hue with minimal head and no lace. Did not see much haziness in this unfiltered beer, which was a little disappointing.

S..The citrus scents are nice. The lemon is there but not very strong.

T..I really like the lemongrass taste near the middle/end of each sip. However, I found the rest of the taste a bit flat; just an average hefeweizen in my opinion.

M..Light/medium bodied and average.

D..Easy enough to drink; reminiscent of summer months and sunshine. Smooth going down. If these tasted a little better/stronger, I would enjoy a six pack more often.

bbeerman, May 12, 2009
Photo of rodney45
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very yellow, with chill haze. It has a very subdued smell, and all I get from it is a small hint of lemon zest. Light taste, but has a great spice hint half way through. Lemony and malty, and a good example of the style. Sweet, and goes down with a hefe dryness. Very drinkable and light. However, i dont like its low alcohol content. I dont like wheat beers, but if you like the style, this is an absolute treasure. Much better than other wheat beers i have tried, and blows Hoegaarden out of the water.

rodney45, May 07, 2009
Photo of bakeller
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass

A: Cloudy golden color with delicate bubbles that float slowly to the top. This pours with a massive pure white head that settles down to a nice half finger head after 2-3 minutes.

S: Has a distinct citrus smell, oranges and lemon. There is a sweet, malty, cereal backbone.

T: Fruity and citrusy flavors start out. I get hints or orange, banana, and even pineapple. Very nice balance. There is some spicy kick and the finish is malty with just the right amount of sweetness.

M: Clean, crisp, and refreshing. Very mild carbonation can be felt on the tongue. Light in body

D: This is a great summer beer and quite sessionable. Could drink several of these on a relaxing, sunny, Saturday afternoon.

bakeller, Apr 30, 2009
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.