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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | 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 almychristopher

New York

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite magic hat and not my favorite hefe, but not too bad. it pours a nice hazy golden color with a thin white head that dissipates a bit too quickly to show evidence of much wheat, but it's a pretty beer none the less. the aroma has a bit of the citrus that I've come to associate with hefe's but the banana and spice is sorely missed, the taste is much the same with a bit of citrus and wheat, but lacking in the really nice flavors that I'd like from the hefeweizen yeast. decent mouthfeel nice and crisp with a bit of co2 bite... a nice once and a while beer but make my next magic hat a #9.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 04:22:52 | More by almychristopher
Photo of acrawf6


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out an orangish straw with a dark haze, especially after the swirl. The head is a dissapointing small white head.

Smell. Subtle notes of clove with a citrus tartness.

Taste. The first flavorI get is a strong yeastiness that is a little waxy. A decent level of citrus comes out, but overall it it tastes a touch bland.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the lighter side of medium and refreshing. Carbonation is adequate but not as much as others in the style.

Overall, tasty and refreshing and enjoyable, but nothing is sticking out as one i would choose this over others. It was a bit dissapointing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 18:00:25 | More by acrawf6
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured golden with a quickly dissipating single-finger head. The smell is heavy on the citrus with some standard wheat scents. The taste starts off with some sweet and tart lemony citrus flavors that finish a little dry. Kind of one-dimensional but very tasty. The mouthfeel is a little watery with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer is high up on my list of drinkable beers, and I could easily put back a six-pack over the course of a night. This is one of my favorite beers for sitting back and relaxing on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 00:34:14 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of pinotboy007


3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden orange, modest head that sticks with it as I'm now half-way thorugh this beer; no lacing.

S - Light citrus, wet hay.

T - Not bad; at first I got a slight blast of what seemed like lemon Alka Seltzer, but it vanished leaving a beer I would describe as straight forward Hefeweizen.

M - Nice balance between creaminess and carbonation.

D - Save for a hot day. It's OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 21:50:27 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopefully, Jim Koch doesn't mind that I filled one of his Boston Lager glass's with this slightly cloudy, golden orange, three-ring circus topped by a sea-foam head that slowly fades away.

Sweet honey embraces the olfactory allowing slight malt essence and harvest spices to share the spotlight.

Ripe, sweet, fruits playfully embrace the tongue, with perhaps some lemon or apple appear in the finish.

Lightly carbonated with no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

Refreshing and clearly my favorite Magic Hat offering to date. Several additional pours could easily fill a hot summer afternoon with friends on the deck.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 21:09:49 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of bkilpatr


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 06/14/08.

Pours a clear golden straw-yellow color, with about three fingers of off-white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma is pretty plain, I get wheat and just a bit of citrus.

Taste is wheat and yeast with hints of lemon and green tea. Feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth. Drinkability is also good. It's not too heavy and would be good for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 00:46:34 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of giblet


3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer. granted Hefewiezen is not my favorite beer. this one poured slightly cloudy as it is not filtered. very thin head - less than i hoped for. nice steady carbonation although it was light. golden pale color. nice citrus aroma. taste was good and fruity with a dry finish. a good beer for the summer

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 13:33:58 | More by giblet
Photo of TangTKE402

New York

2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On the pour, this beer fills the weissbier glass I have with a mediocre, unfiltered golden yellow aura. The head is slight, and goes away rather quickly, with no lace to speak of. The nose has some indeterminable citrus-y flavors, with an almost granny smith-like hint.

This beer is a good effort, but the mouthfeel is watery and doesn't quite have the full-bodied texture I come to associate with unfiltered offerings. The flavor reflects that: nothing special. It tastes bright and clear, but it has a thin aftertaste that leaves me wanting something more.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 23:27:10 | More by TangTKE402
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy orange/yellow with two finger head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin patch. Minimal lacing.

S - Sour wheat malt is about all the smell has going for it. No esters or phenols, maybe a trace of yeast. Not really on par with a hefe, but the wheat keeps the smell alive.

T - Just sour. Wheat earthiness gives way to a strong sourness with just a trace of citrus near the finish. Intense, but one-dimensional.

M - Fairly carbonated and light to medium bodied. About what I expected and solid considering style.

D - If you're looking for a tart beer reminiscent of lemonade, this isn't a bad choice and it wouldn't be hard to put a few of these down. For my tastes it's a little too sour, and probably won't revisit this except as a curiosity.

This is a lot better than I remembered it, though it's still way off for a hefe. I know on here it's classified as an APWA, but since it's got "hefeweizen" on the label, I'm judging it as a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 05:12:20 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of TasteTester


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too standoutish about this one, though it is better than the odd notion I just finished.

Typical hefe. Pale yellow, little head, grew a little after getting the little bits out of the bottom. Smells of citrus, maybe some sweet limes. Taste is clean, light. Probably won't drink again. Glad I shared the variety pack so I only had to have one of each beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 03:45:15 | More by TasteTester
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a light straw color with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears. Smells like a hefe with a nice banana and citrusy head to it, classic wheat, but the taste is definitely American Wheat. None of the banana and clove that signal a true hefe, but this brew is enjoyable all the same. Taste is lemony and light, with a little pepper to keep it honest.

Not at all a bad brew, a great barbecue and summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 07:00:45 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of nrbw23


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy light golden color. A decent white head that quickly disappears and leaves little to no lacing.

S- Pretty light here also. I could pick up some lemon peel, wheat and tiny bit of spice.

T- Fruity, citrusy balanced with a nice pale malt. I enjoyed the taste of this. Nothing special here.

M- Very light and little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable and pretty crisp.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 18:50:03 | More by nrbw23
Photo of BeerCon5


4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slight misty gold/orange color with about an inch of fluffy quickly disappearing head.

S: Some lemony scent and some spices and wheat.

T: Mostly a lemony, kind of soapy taste with some spice and a light wheat taste.

M: Mostly a thick/smooth mouthfeel with some lively carbonation.

D: Very tasty beer. After recently tasting a few others from Magic Hat this does not stray from what I've come to expect.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 16:17:10 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of generallee

New York

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Circus Boy has a cloudy light golden color with a thin head that fades out to nothing. Its aroma is packed with wheat malts and has a pleasing citrus character. On the tongue you get lots of tasty wheat malts, neutral earthy yeast and a big shot of sweet, almost soapy, lemon flavor. The palate has a nice medium body and soft carbonation, giving it a fairly thick and smooth mouth feel. Overall as part of a mix pack I like it but I wouldn't look for it buy itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 22:55:45 | More by generallee
Photo of argock


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. Freshness date embued on the label.

A: Hazy golden with tall but not massive foamy head and bits of lace.

S: Pretty soft in this department with bits of banana, wheat, and clove but not much else.

T: Overcomes the weak aroma with a nice combination of tangy wheat, orange and lemon citrus, a bit of sweeter fruits like banana and melo, and a touch of peppery flavor completes a very flavorful wheat beer.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Carbonation is medium and short pleasant wheat aftertaste.

D: A delicious wheat beer with a very complete fruit heavy flavor, in line with Magic Hat offerings, but much better than most of their line. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 01:54:08 | More by argock
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a lightly hazy gold with a bit of a loose white head.

S - Lots of wheaty twang, a hint of banana and some lemon. A bit of butter and slightly cheesy.

T - Initial carbonation is very prickly, and is mixed with an up-front tartness. Finish is quite bitter for the style. In the middle we have some orange fruit and the characteristic wheatiness. Very astringent.

D - Certainly a different take from any other hefeweizen I've had. It's hard to evaluate the flavour of this due to the extremely harsh mouthfeel. Don't really like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 00:35:09 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Cloudy straw yellow with a two finger head that diminishes quickly.

S.Very strong wheat smell with some spice.

T. About your average Hefe here. I enjoy the sweet wheat and therefore enjoy this one. Nothing spectacular here, but solid.

M. Medium body with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

D. Goes down very smoothly. Good to have a few at a time.

Thoughts: Stays true to its class, not the best of Hefeweizens I've had, but another strong offering from magic hat.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:11:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of dasenebler


3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Circus Boy is a solid attempt at the hefeweizen. Let's face it, no domestic beer is likely to be as good as the originals from Europe: the Schneider-Weisses etc.

Poured a hazy yellow-gold, a nice looking brew. No real head to speak of. Tastes very lemony, citrusy, not a whole lot of spice. Pretty smooth, a nice refreshing, warmer-weather brew.

I liked the Circus boy, and I'd drink it again. It's just sort of unremarkable when you compare it with the global wheat variety. European hefeweizens are usually a little darker, slightly fuller beers, also they usually aren't as citrusy in the taste, although it's there in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 06:54:10 | More by dasenebler
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a final swirl before the last pour. Pours a hazy golden color with orange highlights. The head was nothing special and it did not leave any lacing on the glass. Magic Hat calls it a hefeweizen so I will rate it as such. The smell is pretty one dimensional, crisp wheat malt, not much else. The taste has the mellow wheat flavor without the tart/drying punch that most pale wheat ales have. However there are no phenols to speak of, no true hefe characteristics. I did notice a sweet lemon like flavor, very subtle though. The feel is moderate with fairly soft carbonation which leads to a silky feel. Finishes quite neutral, no outstanding flavor profile. Drinks very easy, good summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 03:51:45 | More by Gmann
Photo of hdofu


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weird beer. Smell is strong of apple sauce with lots of nutmeg. Has an dark brown color like you see if you've ever had fresh unpasteurized apple cider with a big head which disappears in a flash Has a strong nutmeg taste with hints of wheat and tart apple. It has a bubbly feel on the tongue, somewhat syrupy with a crisp citrus finish. Ok beer I could drink again, don't know how many of these I could drink, it's a fascinatingly spicy beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 01:31:36 | More by hdofu
Photo of Seanibus


3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

True to Magic Hat's habit, this is an odd beer, though not unpleasant.

Pours a very hazy gold, with limited head but good carbonation overall. A layer of bubbles stuck to the bottom and slowly released over a few minutes, giving the beer a pleasant, champaign-like look that even carried over into the mouthfeel. In fact, champaign may be what these guys were aiming at, since the beer has a big, round mouthfeel and a tart, apple-like flavor that reminded me of nothing so much as as white grape juice. There's a slight malt bite on the finish.

The main weakness here is the aroma. It has a very faint odor that had just a hint of something I couldn't pick out. I struggled with it throughout the glass and finally got it near the end - sesame. It smelled ever so slightly of sesame. It wasn't objectionable, but it wasn't very beer-like.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 17:23:21 | More by Seanibus
Photo of Dodo2step


4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Underdog Bar and Grill

A- Pours a nice cloudy pale wheat color. There are some tints of green but maybe that could be from the light. A nice one finger frothy head sits on top of my beer as well. Very carbonated
as well, fizzles all the way up.

S- dry hops and a fresh wheat smell. I also can get some aromatic floral spices in the tail end. Also a lemon zest type of smell.

T- Malted wheat. It actually tastes like wheat that has been soaking in malts for a day and then dried and placed in with the hops. Some light floral spice taste and the lemon zest type of flavor.

M- Dry yet very smooth and creamy. Feels malty in th mouth at first but then wheat dry as it goes down.

D- Easy to put down and no struggle at all. I could easily go through a sixer of this beer. this is a summer type of beer when it is 90 degrees out.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 23:57:09 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of joezak5

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; beautiful hazy honey color with meringue pure white head. Great retention and ok lacing.

Smell: Earthy and lemony, almost dew-like.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation, easily dancing on the palate.

Taste: Real nice complex herbal (chamomile?) lemony yeast, musty dry finish, very interesting.

Drinkability: Perhaps this is relative to the #9 and Odd Notion stinkers I had earliers out of my 12 pack variety pack, but I like this one... very different, not crisp but refreshing, I could have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 01:27:02 | More by joezak5
Photo of nmyers


4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice cloudy golden almost amber color. A very thin white head with no retention.

S- Wheat right off the bat and a yeast aroma. There are also strong hints of citrus.

T- A plesant wheat taste with hints of lemon citrus. A slight after taste but nothing to bothersome.

M- Mild carbonation, very smooth and light bodied.

D- Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 02:07:21 | More by nmyers
Photo of deepsouth


4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is not my a favorite style of beer, but i'm looking forward to trying it.

the beer poured a cloudy golden color with a small straw colored head. the smell is nice for a hefe, with a lot going on it seems. i pick up citrusy hops and a very earthy nature to the beer. the taste is quite good and much more complex than most hefe's i've tried. the mouthfeel is medium and the finish is very clean.
this would be a beer i could drink a few of.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 18:26:22 | More by deepsouth
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.