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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 mobyfann


3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.50 for a single at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden base with a large frothy white head, minimal retention and little to no lacing. With one whiff I get a strong tone of lemon, followed by some weaker tones of grain and yeast.

The taste one-ups the smell due to a peppery spice tone added, and well blended with the lemony and bread flavors. The beer feels a little heavy in the mouth but has a remarkable aftertaste that haves me craving some more, thus very drinkable and a big thumbs up.

Final Thought: Let this one settle about 15 minutes, warm up, and enjoy it's subtle complexities. Another great brew from Magic Hat!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 02:18:53 | More by mobyfann
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden color with a hint of yellow and a large head which dissipates quickly. Smell is pungent and has strong citrus notes with a bit of coriander. The taste takes a while to develop. The first half is bland, but then in creeps a sweet wheat-like taste reminicent of German hefes. As it trickles down the throat there is a terrific amount of carbonation which leaves just the right amount of flavor behind, but I feel that while in the mouth there is really nothing that develops. This beer reaches about 60% of its full potential, then falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 19:21:40 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of michaelc916


3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep brownish gold color with a quickly disipating head. Good, crisp wheat flavor with very few yeast esters and a stronger hop finish than one might expect to get from an American Wheat.

Not really sure why MH calls this "The Hefeweizen" as it really isn't but it's a pretty tasty brew. Not my first choice for the style but I like it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 16:55:07 | More by michaelc916
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow/orange color, thin white lacy head, a few tiny bubbles rising

S- Oranges, yeast, pale hops, hints of malt

T- Strong flavor of citrus (mainly oranges and lemons), slightly bready, faint hop bite at the end

M- Very light on the tongue, medium carbonation, good flavor retention

D- Nice to drink on a hot summer day

Not too bad for an american wheat ale. Good flavors and easily drinkable. It could use more auroma but still not offensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 21:23:15 | More by iceball585
Photo of DrainBamage


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light cloudy copper color and looks highly carbonated. Starts off with a thick head of several inches, but dwindles down to about a half an inch. Aroma is fruity with a hint of spice. It is very smooth going down, not nearly what you'd expect from the carbonation and is slightly bitter aftertaste. I'm not really impressed with the taste. There isn't anything that stands out here expect the high wheat malt content. Overall it's a decent beer, but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 01:56:39 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of JamesS


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Circus Boy poured out smooth from the bottle. The head was virtually non-existant, but that's not a big issue with bottled hefeweisens. The color was great! A wonderful, shining, golden wheat color with a bit of orange. The scent is great, too, a nice wheat scent with hints of citrus. Nice taste, above average for a hefe, nice crisp feel and hints of orange. Goes down nice, as well as any other wheat beer. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 00:32:51 | More by JamesS
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

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

Poured two, one into Heffe glass other into pint day prior. An amber orange hue with little to no head. Head did retain bubbles/carbonation throughout.
As the name reflects, this one has plenty of lemon and orange with hinkt of cloves. Taste is too tangy for my pallet. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and acidic aftertaste at the end much to my chagrin.

Good beer to start off, but nothing special in the America Wheat Ale category.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 14:49:38 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of Mit

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hmm..I always love a good wheat beer.

Circus boy poured a typical cloudy as one would expect from a wheat beer. What I noticed was that it was definitaly darker than a typical wheat which I hadn't come across too many times. Very limited head but that may have been my glass. The head dissipated very quickly.

I found the smell to be a citrus type smell followed by some spiceyness. My first smell almost suggested something unpleasant but that didn't seem to hold after subsequent attempts.

Quite tasty although I didn't find the typical characteristics that one finds when sampling a wheat beer. That bubbly feel was there tickling at my nose but the spices that were hinted at with the smell just didn't seem to make it through as strongly to the taste. That is not to say that it was unpleasant but that it was just different. I still found the citrus tastes to be evident while sampling this beer.

Mouth feel was somewhat heavy I felt for a wheat beer. Quite bubbly I found.

Drinkability was very good. I could probably have several of these and not get tired of the taste. As it warmed up the flavors didn't seem to strengthen too much which I had noticed in other wheat beers.

Overall I liked this beer but as a wheat I wasn't totally impressed by it. I did like it however but if I was in the mood for wheat beer this wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 01:15:00 | More by Mit
Photo of BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange-gold. Little head but spritzy carbonation. Orange sherbert nose. Tart and sweet with a little spice balance. Flavor is sweet, tart and refreshing. Orange sherbert comes through in the flavor. Wonderful hot-weather beer. Stands out among other summer wheats.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 10:52:24 | More by BeerLover48Fan
Photo of Rootdog316


3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical cloudiness for an unfiltered beer. Light citrusy yellow in color. Thin filmy head with a few spots of lacing. Decent aroma with a blend of wheat and fruit. Minor trace of banana stands out and something else, perhaps apricot. Reminiscent of their No. 9 with the fruitiness.Makes a nice summer beer - just enough hint of citrus without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 04:31:56 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

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

Pours hazy orange-gold. Little head but spritzy carbonation. Orange sherbert nose. Tart and sweet with a little spice balance. Flavor is sweet, tart and refreshing. Orange sherbert comes through in the flavor. Wonderful hot-weather beer. Stands out among other summer wheats.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 01:26:25 | More by mshallah
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little more carbonation than I'd like, with giant bubbles cruising to the top of the less than special head. Darker color than expected for a wheat beer and less cloudy. Nose is strongly citrus and wheat with a bit of pepper and perhaps some other spices.

Clean wheat palate in the taste until the finish, where things get a bit murkey. A bit maltier, with some tannin notes. Nice burst of citrus and a bit overcarbonated. Texture is oily in the finish.

Refreshing and enjoyable to drink but doesn't inspire.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 03:08:33 | More by daliandragon
Photo of joeskirkie

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the way this beer looks; cloudy, murky gold with a nice stream of bubbles from the bottom of the weizen glass. Not much in the way of head though.

My nose picks up apricots, or perhaps figs, and something sweet and slightly cirtusy, like orange preserves. A spice and wheat background is there the whole time.

When tasted it's the spice and citrus mostly. I get some of the wheat on the finish. It's sweeter than I expected.

I would say it's just a touch heavier than what you would expect to find in a bottle that says "hefeweizen" on it.

I can easily find myself pouring a few of these on a relaxing late summer afternoon such as this.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 21:53:42 | More by joeskirkie
Photo of Guardian


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Appears to be an avergae looking beer.

S- It smells like a skunk. Yuck.

T- Light taste...although tastes a bit like a skunk (the animal...not skunk'ed beer)

M- Excellent. Carbonation is very subtle. Very light feel.

D- I could drink a bunch of these...but would I? A beer that smells like a skunk rolling around in flowers? I won't be getting this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 09:06:50 | More by Guardian
Photo of burnstar


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice murky orange yellow color with a medium head that recedes a bit quickly for a hefe. Aroma is sour citrus. Lemony. (No I didn't put any lemon in it.) Tangy wheat taste. Citrus again. One of the better tasting American Wheats I've had. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkable enough but not something I'd really want to drink a ton of. It doesn't stack up to its German counterparts but overall this is a decent American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 00:53:09 | More by burnstar
Photo of edthered413

New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a growler of this from the brewery on a visit to Vermont a few weeks ago after tasting all other offerings.

A - Murky yellow/orange color, no mistaking the presence of yeast. Not much of a head that disappears quickly.

S - Hint of apricot and citrus otherwise uneventful.

T - Nice taste, taste the fruit better than in the smell of it. Also can taste the wheat, a little sweet but nice.

M - Thicker than average, nice body to it.

D - A great summer beer, they go down very easily

Serving type: growler

09-01-2007 17:00:20 | More by edthered413
Photo of russpowell


2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this as part of 12 pack variety down ar Kure Beach, NC, BBD of 1 Sep 07, consumed mid-July

Poured a hazed amber with 1' of offwhite head. Zero head retention or lacing

S: Slight sour notes & some apricots

T: Apricots & apples with some hop bitterness up front. Slight peppery notes as this warms. Finishes dry with apple peels & more apricot

Drinks average, even in real hot weather, not one to reccomend IMO. Revised my scores up alittle bit seeing the wasn't a hefe, otherwise I'd just say avoid at all costs...

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 05:31:47 | More by russpowell
Photo of Rainintheface


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Nov. '07

A: cloudy orange haze. thin lace after nice foam white head

S: orange marmalade, apricot and spices. What? no banana. (checks label) "it says hefe" could be interesting

T: wheat toast with marmalade, spicy

M: medium body. actually fairly full bodied for a hefe

I actually like this beer but it is not one I would drink bottle after bottle. Maybe one with dinner then move on

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 22:39:07 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of merlin48


3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy pale orange body with a small white head. Some patchy lace clings to the glass. Aroma is grassy and lemony with a hint of white pepper and wheat. Light medium body is well carbonated. Taste is tart and lemony. Some wheat cracker and yeast notes add some substance. Not bad for a mundane style.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 13:10:54 | More by merlin48
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Under the cap "Don't cause a stink when you drink". Pours with a fluffy white head that vanishes in a few sips, has a little lacing. A murky orange color.

The label says its a hefe but I cant find that many hefe characteristics on the nose (which is rather different) or the palate. Smells of spices, a bit of grapefruit, with a wheat kicker.

Tastes of citrus, wheat, some spices with a tangy finish. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 08:31:12 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz bottle, best by Oct. 07, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - murky, orange/yellow color with a fast settling white head.

S - citrus/wheat aroma

T - sweet wheat and citrus flavors, good beer.

M - light bodied with fizzy carbonation.

D - good drinking beer, I could put away quite a few of these on a warm summer day or night.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 22:17:57 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of AlephNull


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden, slightly brown with a nice thick white head. Leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass.

S- The wheat scents dominate this beer pretty strongly -- slightly spicy and orange smell.

T- Taste is wheat dominated as well with a bit of an orange flavor. Sweet and a bit of spice -- cloves. A bit better than your average American Heffe.

M- This is nice. Creamy, thick with an active finish.

D- A nice drinkable wheat beer. Enjoyable, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 21:47:11 | More by AlephNull
Photo of zerofear13

New York

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

Can’t imagine that this brew is too hard to find, but I got mine at good ol' Community Beverage in Queens. Attractive cartoon-ish bottle, best by September 2007. Pours out amber-gold with little-to-no head, which disappears almost instantly. Slight carbonation, but not too frothy. Very light hops smell with a bit of fruit kick to it. Very delicious full beer taste, without being too full on hops and malt, which is what I think Magic Hat was going for. Not harsh on alcohol or hops, but not watered down like so many commercial beers. Very light on the citrus/tangy flavor. Not much going on in the way of extra flavors, but a very simple, and delicious beer. Overall, if you’re looking for a good plain beer, without the added kicks here and there, Circus Boy would be a top choice for me. Just good old fashioned beer, light for the summer, and perfectly neutral in the taste department (not too much bitter hops or fruity citrus).

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 14:45:14 | More by zerofear13
Photo of ghostmech007


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Off-kilter orangeish yellowish color. The beige colored head leaves a decent lacing on the glass.

Very bland nose. Slight spices and nutty notes in the back but not much here.

Nice spicy wheat punch on the tongue. The grains remind you of the ride. Slight yeast touch adds to the flavor. Smooth on the tongue and finishes with and off center dryness.

A decent brew that I got from the "Summer Variety Show" mix pack. I think that this beer is good but I don't think I would get it by itself. Average but good average.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 21:00:16 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of hustlesworth


3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gladly scooped up the last multi-pack from giant eagle. it was on sale because the freshness dat was july 31 and it's now almost 2 weeks into august. under the cap reads "love is blind to your behind"

A- beautiful golden tangerine clementine body with a thick billowy smoke effect from the yeast drifting toward the bottom of my pint glass. the cloudy hefe was topped by 2in of frothy toothpaste spit head that dissipated quickly to 1/8in with lots of chunky lace. i left 1/2 the yeast in the bottle cuz there seemed to be a excessive amount.

S- sour orange, apricot, lemon balm like i grow in my garden, wheat, grains, herbal fermenting citrus like bad OJ, spicy clove, coriander, alcohol.

T- typical citrus like orange and lemon peel, clove and nutmeg, pineapple, agave nectar, mild hops. i make my own dandilion wine every spring and this beer had an uncanny taste resemblance. tart from the citrus and a run-of-the-mill ordinary fleishmann's yeast quality which i like in my wine but not in beer, that reminded me of miller high life with a spicy citrus kick and a fruity hop finish.

MF- sticky and dry with too much carbonation as i'm noticing with most magic hat beers. makes me want something more reputably american.

D- definitely refreshing but with lackluster and/or out-of-place characteristics. i've had more than a few better examples of wheat ale and hefe.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 06:52:19 | More by hustlesworth
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.