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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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 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.

argock, May 02, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
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.

allergictomacros, May 01, 2008
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 30, 2008
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.

dasenebler, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Apr 27, 2008
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.

hdofu, Apr 27, 2008
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.

Seanibus, Apr 24, 2008
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.

Dodo2step, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of joezak5
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.

joezak5, Apr 21, 2008
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.

nmyers, Apr 16, 2008
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.

deepsouth, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hefe glass and the color was cloudy orange. The head was bubbly foam and had a very decent size.
The aroma was of yeast,wheat and malts. The taste was lemon with yeast and grains,it was a bit spicy. Well balanced and a nice smooth,dry finish.

Notes: This was a big surprise,I know that Magic hat has produced good brew,but I just did not think this brew would measure up. Well,it did more than that. I found that this beer was so well brewed. So many other American wheat ales have not reached this level and I dare say that Magic hat has a hit here!

Lexluthor33, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen.

A: A rather unappealing pale, semi cloudy, yet clear yellow with a white head that quickly dissipates to a ring with one or two streaks of lacing.
S: Yeasty, slight lemon, spicy smell, pleasant but not overpowering.
T: This beer actually ends up exceeding my moderate expectations for it. A thicker medium body, with heavy carbonation resulting in a very smooth, thick mouthfeel. Lemon, banana, yeast and grain flavors, but not particularly similar to any other wheat beers. Nothing is very assertive but this is very refreshing and more enjoyable than expected or remembered.

yourefragile, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#2 of 4 from the Pandora's Box mixed 12-pack.

Pours a cloudy, bright golden orange color with decent but unexceptional head and nice lacing on glass.
Smells of heavy yeast & wheat with sharp tangy & spicy notes, very much like a German weissbier.
Prototypical banana/clove elements, as well as bright lemon & orange citrus flavors present.
Tangy in mouth, with a sharp bite typical in the German form of this style.
Very good American take on hefeweizen; as stated above much more comparable to the German offerings than the mass-produced, less flavorful Americans put out by Pyramid & Widmer. Recommended.

Natural510, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Bitzy
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading some reviews that claimed that this beer was mediocre, I was afraid to try this beer and thought the 12oz. bottle of it that I had sitting in the fridge would go undrinken. However, when I tried it I was quite impressed with its flavor. A pretty pleasant wheaty taste with citrus notes and some metallic/hoppy aftertaste. I do have to agree that this beer doesn't rank with hefeweizens like Schneider Weisse (Schneider and Sohn). However, it was a great match to my lunch and would buy a sixer of it for a get together or for a casual weekday meal.

Bitzy, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy golden orange appearance. Good sized head that slowly digressed to some good lacing. The smells seemed a bit weak but you can still notice citrus aromas. The taste was one of the highlights for this drink: a not-so-overpowering citrus flavor with some bready textures. However, the mouthfeel was not powerful enough to allow appropriate carbonation. Overall, the tastes were good but other attributes were weak.

fitzy84, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy yellowish-orange color with a head that goes away but comes back with some rousing. Smells of cloves, banana, slight citrus and Bazooka bubble gum.

This is a smooth drinking beer, but I do admit that I am not a fan of light colored wheat beers in general. But, I again refer to my New Beers Resolution that I made with myself. Circus Boy has a light taste of lemon, bits of sweetness and a little cakey aftertaste. I can imagine myself enjoying one of these on a hot day on a deck near the water.

indiapaleale, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of Brew33
2.17/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very unimpressed. I had heard wonderful things about this beer and was extremely disappointed. It poured a nice yellow. It smelled like Lemon and Miller Lite. The taste was sweet with a cheap lemon/wheat taste that hangs around for a long time. It is relatively refreshing but the taste is not very good. Because it is so light you could drink multiple beers in a sitting but the flavor and aftertaste should be enough to keep you from picking this up again.

Brew33, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Head flattened as I poured. Dirty orangeade color. Zero lacing.

Citrusy smell, lemony bite in the flavor.

Flat as all hell.

Third beer I've reviewed form the seasonal Pandora's Box with roughly the same results. Disappointed; think I've got a bad box; never buying any of these again, especially at their premium price point. Frankly, I'd rather drink High Life.

cvstrickland, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy orange. Head dissolves fairly quickly.

S: Smells predominantly lemony, perhaps a bit peppery as well.

T: Somewhat lemony and wheaty, with a nice spicy snap. An almost dusty-sweet finish.

M: Pretty crisp throughout, with tight carbonation.

D: An interesting, tasty brew with a bit of character and just a little bite to the finish.

Clydesdale, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered and yeasty golden yellow body with a thick, dense, lacy, light khaki head. Wheat bread malts with some yeasty notes. Not much [if any] clove or banana. Snappy citrus hop aroma is noticeable.

Lightly toasted malt up front with yeasty bread, slightly metallic grain, and fruit juice. Somewhat cidery with a citrus hop bitterness coming on late. Medium body with a wheaty-protein-rich feel. Crackly carbonation hidden within. Not too bad, but pretty forgettable overall.

alexgash, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light gold, medium straw color with plenty of frothy white head. Aroma has a lot of fruity notes to it, some pear, grapes, orange peal, but not a lot coming from the malts, as should be expected from this style. Virtually no hop aroma. On the palate, a highly carbonated brew delivers more intense fruit flavors, emphasizing standard orange and a little coriander. Finishes a bit creamy and dry. This is a fine wheat, as an APWA, it's pretty standard stuff which isn't such a good thing. It is quite quaffable, just nothing interesting going on.

dreadnatty08, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance cloudy yellow with a large white head and decent lacing. Smell bread and some citrus notes. Taste much the same as smell this beer is dominated by citrus. Mouthfeel mediem body and high carbonation. Drinkability this one just didn't do it for me.

BeerTaster, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The lable suggests that this beer would be a standard German Hefeweizen, but after a few sips (and confirmed by the appearance) it is evident that this beer is the inferior American Wheat. the pour brings a muddled golden, straw color with a head formation that falls between fizzy and froathy; but never hung around as it should. the scent is of bread, wheat malt, citus fruits, and a diry, musty aroma that I would later decide to be a deterant. Flavors of wheat malt and barley struggle to give the beer a decent sweetness or body over the tart citric acids. Lemons and grapefruit (not hops) govern the flavors, allowing a bruised-appricot flavor to prevail. Dirty tasting phenols gain intensity as the beer warms, leaving a musty, dusty, attic-like taste on the toung, particularly in the finish. Body starts firm, but finishes thin because of the acidity. Minerally to taste and interferes with mouthfeel. Not the best wheat beer for me, but I've had worse.

BEERchitect, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear light gold, slight white head and almost no lacing.
Smell is a little thin of spicy fruit.
Taste is mild and slightly sweet. Not a lot of anything going on. Some mild fruit maybe apples. Slight spice from the hops. Very mellow but with a nice, clean finish. Decent mouthfeel and a pretty drinkable brew. I'm not a big fan of wheat beers and I think the lack of anything strong makes this one work for me.

kirok1999, Mar 04, 2008
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.