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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Circus BoyCircus Boy

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1,498 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,498
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 92 | 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 maddogruss
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw-yellow body with a small, white head that had fairly decent retention and nice lacing until the finish.

S: A slightly sour, lemon smell with some slight, sweet, malt notes.

T: A sweet, citrus malt taste with a mellow, sweet, slightly honey aftertaste. Pretty good, overall.

M: A pretty light mouthfeel that proved to be crisp and refreshing.

D; A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste that was excellent for the style. Definitely a nice drinking beer that would be very welcome on a warm, summer day.

maddogruss, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of hikebikemike
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%

Appearance - Nice cloudy, yellow gold. Foam sticks to the side of glass with tenacity.

Smell - Crisp, citrus.

Taste - Lemony and spicy. A tad too much carbonation for my liking.

Mouthfeel - Very light and clean.

Drinkability - Very good beer. A little less carbonation and I would rate it a little higher.

hikebikemike, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of shroompod
4/5  rDev +18%

Pours cloudy , small head , a little lacing.

Slight aroma of orange with some biscuity bread notes.

Getting a lot of orange upfront with a subtle peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Good carbonation.

I think I'd enjoy this more on a hot summers day, but a solid beer nonetheless.

shroompod, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance- This beer poured a cloudy, golden straw color with a big white, fluffy head.

Smell- Very interesting aroma here. Real nice spiciness to it with hints of pepper and clove but alos nice hints of lemon. Had interesting yeastiness present as well.

Taste- The taste was similar to the smell but with a nice wheat background. The pepper and citrus flavors come through in the finish as well. No hops that I could taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall- Overall a good beer. This is something that would be nice to drink on a hot day. Magic Hat doesn't distribute to LA though so oh well.

Beerbuddha, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Purchased as part of the 12 beers of Xmas 12-pack. Best by March 2008 notched on the bottle. Served in my MH Circus Boy glass. Poured a hazy honey gold with a one inch tight, bright white head that reduced its volume in under a minute. Nose was skunky, followed by lemon and wheat. Bland flavor profile; biscuity, wheat and a slight citrus astringency. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent with a clean finish. Goes down easy, but a fairly weak performance for the style.

Jwale73, Dec 21, 2008
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

SBALDWIN, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +18%

Standard 12oz capped brown bottle. Pours out a lovely cloudy, golden-yellow. Good size head creamy white head that seems to be lasting. Smell is mostly malty with some citrus and spice. Cereal and something chalky comes through as well.

Taste is similar but a bit bigger as the smell was pretty light. I also pick some of that traditional banana flavors. Crisp bitterness and a solid malt backbone seem to bring everything together. Very effervesant in the mouth.

Overall, a solid effort. Very easy drinking.

CharlesRiver, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of caddybuyer
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

A-moderately clear straw color with a decent white head with average lacing.

S-Earth and yeasty, bready lemon ...

T-Smooth and crisp, a hint of bananna...a perfect warm weather brew...

M-Slightly more carbonated that I would like, but this is typical of MH brews.

D-Very good summer and warm weather beer...nothing exceptional here, but then again, I am not a big fan of MH in general.

caddybuyer, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of joedffl
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearence - Clear, not traditional Hefeweizen.
Pour - thick head, quickly fades.
Flavor - Dominating lemon flavor.
Drinkablility - very easy.

Summary: I would buy his beer again but not if looking for a hefeweizen. Lookikng forward to other beers from Magic Hat.

joedffl, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: Cloudy Straw yellow in color, poured a decent size head with minimal lacing, decent retenion.

Smell: A citrusy/hopped out aroma, a bit of apples tinges through that they use on the #9, small residual hop bite in the nose, a bit of banana in there as well.

Taste: Well rounded fruit florals blast through, although the apple is a bit muted, its still there. Not too much in the way of the taste but refreshing to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, thin and and a bit watery.

Drinkability: This is easily Magic Hat's more boring beer to date, although I can't say I hate it, it is still a good beer and deserves recognition, just not a full fledged winner like some other MH creations. Lacks too many characteristics to be a true Hefe, but again it's refreshing so it would go pretty well on a hot summmer day. Just a tad bland for my taste.

thespaceman, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of selecter70
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%

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....

selecter70, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%

Original Rating Date:
September 28, 2008

Hefeweizen? Are you sure, Magic Hat? Pours clear yellow, no floral scent whatsoever, just that of mellow hops and some malt. Tastes nothing like a true german hefe, and not all that good on its own. I would definitely stay away from this one.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a light golden with very little haze and very little head. Smells quite graint and with just a hint of lemon and coriander toward the end. Definitely no banana in this one. The taste is also super light with primarily a washed out grain taste and no hint of the coriander, although there is the slightest hint of lemon on the finish. There is also the tiniest bit of spice in both the taste and mouthfeel. Really light, even for the style, but pleasant enough if undistinguished.

Georgiabeer, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks! Pours a cloudy, thick and bright yellowish orange color with a nice white head. Smell is wheaty predominantly followed by a touch of yeast and lemon, but little in the way of spiced characteristic as from a hef yeast. Taste is very strongly wheaty and cracker like with some enjoyable honey sweetness to it. Some light lemony flavors but the sweet wheat flavors linger and dominate. Medium bodied with normal carbonation. Not really a true hefeweizen flavor wise, I would say, but I really enjoy this as an easy drinker. Thanks for this one!

JDV, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of mdm46410
2.95/5  rDev -13%

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a weizen glass. This beer poured an almost clear golden with a one-finger thick head of off-white foam that slightly lasted. Some light lacing was left behind. Didn't look like a hefe. The aroma consisted of wheat and a solid dose of lemon. Didn't really smell like a hefe. Very mild aroma. The flavor included a very tart lemony note and some faint wheat. No esthers or yeast notes. Didn't taste like a hefe. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and had moderate carbonation. Bland. Please stop calling your average American wheat a hefeweizen.

mdm46410, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
3.9/5  rDev +15%

I'll be quite honest - it doesn't look that appetizing. The beer is a cloudy shade of light orange with a pale tan head. Head formation and retention aren't that great, but the lacing is pretty good.

It smells like spiced wheat with a hint of lemon. The aroma reminds me of autumn, but it's not really "earthy" - more like crisp leaves. Upon further whiffing, the lemon scent seems to stick out a bit more than the other two. There is also a hint of yeast(iness?).

I'd say that the taste matches the nose pretty well, but it's not present in quite the same balance. The wheat character outweighs the others and is what hits you first. You then experience subtle lemon flavor that fades into a nice spiciness that isn't too overpowering.

It's slightly dry and a little on the lighter side for a hefeweizen (at least, relative to the ones that I can recall), but still a bit creamy. To me, this just makes the beer more stomachable.

Very easy - goes down quite well. Pounding these beers wouldn't be hard. It definately looks thicker than it actually is.

The bottle says it's "unfiltered and unfettered." Judging by its look, texture, and taste, I'd have to disagree with that but hey - it's not like it's bad. This just proves the age old adage: "you can't judge a book by its cover." Again - it definately tastes better than it looks. Try it for a slight variation on a good style.

diabecktic, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Buggies
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%

A: Pours a pale yellow orange. The bottle claims that this is unfiltered, but I would have guessed it by looking at this one. It looks very clear to claim as unfiltered.

S: The smell is quite faint. But I could pick up faint spice and citrus. Though it is faint, what is there is quite nice.

T: The taste is interesting. A mild sweet lemon with just a slight spiciness. Slight little kick in the beginning that finishes quite nice. Very little after taste.

A very nice crisp refreshing beer. As far as drinkability goes, this one ranks high with me. It's just a nice crisp and clean beer that is just nice to drink. Nothing over the top.

Buggies, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of lpayette
2.88/5  rDev -15%

As I continue to purge my cellar of the majority of beers that I don't expect to age well, I am once again surprised that I've yet to review this beer. Perhaps it's because I think it's fairly underwhelming. Best by the end of November '08, so I guess I'm getting this one just at the end of freshness, but I am quite familiar with this one.

A- Pours a cloudy and pale yellow as expected with about a two finger head on a hard pour.

S- Honestly it's a little unpleasant. Wet dog is the predominant feature unfortunately. Hidden behind that however are some clovey and banana notes.

T- The taste isn't too bad at all. Certainly nothing immediately offensive, but that just makes this average or so. A little more intense scrutiny reveals what was hidden in the smell prior which is a subtle banana and clove 1-2 punch. But I like a little more fight in my wheat ales; unleash the character please.

M- Tremendously clean finish.

D- Scores fairly high on drinkability , except the smell really prevents me from wanting more than a bottle in a sitting at any given time. The beer just gets a little boring by about the 3rd or 4th sip in. I realize that I'm a little more critical with this beer than others... it's just because I know what MH is capable of and wish that this year-round offering lived up to what they could be.

So this is a highly marketable beer and MH gets some props whether you agree or disagree with their style. I just wish that this one had a bit more character. A little more yeast in the bottle, higher fermentation temp maybe?, something. Just give me some more flavor and I'll be happy, and I'd be willing to bet the masses would be OK with that too.

lpayette, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of cleeze
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

This brew is one of my favorite Americanized Hefe. The appearance is nice and cloudy. Give it a nice swirl and you'll really see nice things happen=) Very nice and thick head with sticky lace. Oh how i love good head.

As soon as I started pouring the brew I got an instant whiff of lemon (brewed with organic lemongrass) First taste was lemon followed by a smooth wheaty taste. I think the lemon might be little too strong and the brew could be a little more well rounded. But it's not overpowering yah dig? Overalll still one of my favorite american-hefe

cleeze, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of bonkers
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into an SA pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a monstrous head. The smell is uneventfull, a hint of spice. The taste is a bit lemony with a lingering sweet finish. A bit different from other Pale wheat beers in that it is not overspiced. The beer is light bodied, nice carbonation and very drinkable. Overall a decent wheat beer, a bit suprised on the lack of clove and bannana-but that may be a good thing.

bonkers, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of sliverX
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

poored a cloudy pale yellow with a thick white head that lasted quite some time making a thick film by the end leaving much lacing..
smelled faintly of banana and but mostly of grains
tastes like a hefe should banana and slight cloves
has a decent body not thick but not water either
My first experience with this beer was at bonnaroo 08 and in 90 degree heat needless to say I put a ton of these away and was a perfect fit

sliverX, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle into unbranded 19oz tulip pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with bubbles around the side. A pretty thick white head that leaves a good lace.

Smell: Smells of citrus and wheat, with a slight breadiness.

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

Mouthfeel: Thin, with a sharp carbonation bite. Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Not real sure why it's in a winter mixpack- seems more like something more suited for summer, but pretty good nonetheless. Nothing spectacular to be found here, but still a worthy brew.

Mosstrooper, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of UDbeernut
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

Comes in Feast of Fools Variety Pack

a: poured into pint glass, light yellow color, minimal head that has no retention

s: lemon, yeast, and wheat

t: lemon and wheat, somewhat sweet tasting,

m&d: good slightly gry mouthfeel and very easy to drink

Not a bad brew


UDbeernut, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +18%

A nice thirst quenching wheat ale/hefe blend. A big juciy lemon drop impression on the aroma and taste along with some juicy tangerines as well.

There is some spicy wheatiness evident as well....along with some very mild yeastiness (which is why I call this a blend)...not a full blown hefe but it has some subtle characteristics of a hefe.

Crisp and citrus laden...great thirst quencher....I'd drink this again...it has some depth between the spicy wheat and the juicy citrus...

ZAP, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

The glowing banana yellow color of an unfiltered hefeweizen -- naturally. A big ol' puffy, white ice cream float head. Hazy with bubbles. Quite possibly the ideal look of a hef.

Heavy bready wheat aroma, balanced with some light banana/clove flavor. Crisp malt, even a tad lager-y.

Sweet taste with lemon/orange peel. Slight flowery hops. Sour at first when cold, then mellows as it warms. Hops fade. Pleasant enough, I suppose.

Water and smooth feel. Sits on the tongue. A bit dull. A good summery drink. Slight but pleasant. Tastes just fine.

williamherbert, Nov 21, 2008
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,498 ratings.