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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 73 | 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 techdiver


4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says "The Hefeweizen"; so, cloudy - yes, head - no. Cloudy golden orange with surprisingly little head.

Light spice and lemon nose.

For a beer so unimpressive to this point, the taste is a pleasant surprise.

Smooth and medium bodied, a fine summer brew.

This is pretty drinkable, perhaps well suited for skipping the esthetics of the glass and putting away a few bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 16:24:02 | More by techdiver
Photo of gobias


4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a bit cloudy with an orangish hue. There is some residue on the bottom of the bottle and the six pack package recommend you pour 2/3rds of the bottle then lightly swirl the remainder then pour.

It smells a bit tart to me but it doesn't taste that way. It has a fresh taste with generous flavor. Perfect for summer evenings.

If you are looking for a hefeweizen, I think Circus Boy would be a good call.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 06:40:42 | More by gobias
Photo of westweasel


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to schneid for this east coast brew!

appearance - straw/orange and hazy with a thin white head.

smell - sugar and biscuits and floral hops

taste - very well balanced. a strong, sweet biscuit taste followed by some bitterness (probably a mix of american and noble hops) that lingers to just after the swallow.

mouthfeel - medium with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability - Very good due to it's great balance I was expecting a strong banana component due to its "Hefeweizen" description, but it's very different from that..

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 19:30:28 | More by westweasel
Photo of bboven


1.3/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The appearance is a beautiful deep cloudy orange. The head is not as thick as I would like for this style, and the bubbles are small and rise quickly more like a macro brew. Decent lacing, though.

Smells of yeast autolysis and sour metal.

Huge sour flavor, tastes like an infected homebrew more than a commercial example of a wheat.

Mouth feel is creamy and bubbly, not grainy as I would expect, but not bad.

Awful, awful beer. I wouldn't even cook with this infected tasting beer. One of the worst beers I've ever paid good money for.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 19:52:35 | More by bboven
Photo of Stoneman78


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a- pours a cloudy orange hue with a thin white head that is mostly diminshing, some particulates and no lacing

s- pretty classic hefe aroma characterized by citrus and wheat tones

t- taste is decent, but underwhelming, mostly wheat/citrus with a tart aftertaste that is quite brief in duration

m- watery mouthfeel and overly carbonated

d- refreshing hefe that is easy to drink with a low abv, however it is a bit on the bland side and I would not put in the top tier of this genre

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 22:21:06 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of albern


3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to respectfully disagree with the sizeable minority of reviewers who panned this beer. The beer poured a nice hazy orangish color with a decent head that stuck around. The carbonation in this beer is good, it is medium bodied, and quite tasty. The beer is definitely citrus, lemon, maybe some orange rind, and it has a very pleasant aftertaste of that same citrus with a little bit of a hop bite. I really like this beer and it does elevate the otherwise weak summer ales (a.k.a American wheat beers) to a much more interesting plateau. This one is a good call or even better. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 00:15:08 | More by albern
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow/orange-ish color with no head at all. It has the aroma of a faint citrus smell and wheaty undertones, and a dry end. In the taste, it is citrus, especially orange and a yeasty charicteristic. It has a nice body to it, a good taste overall. A nice, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 11:54:17 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy pale color with a small head. Flowery aroma with some lemon and spice. Crisp malt with a tangy wheat flavor and a touch of honey. Hops are slightly spicy. I was initially expecting this beer to be a German style hefe, and as a hefe this is disappointing. Once I stopped thinking about style, however, I started enjoying this crisp, tasty wheat beer much more.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 00:06:19 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of mpyle


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

Rich golden color, slightly cloudy. Pours a moderate head, creamy but with poor retention by wheat beer standards.

A bit of citrus - orange zest, and some malty sweetness. No hop.

Malty sweet flavor, but well balanced by a strong hop profile. Grainy wheat character subdued. Finishes a bit fruity and tart.

Medium body and carbonation. Could be a bit more effervescent. No astringency or alcohol warming, and no major mouthfeel problems.

Certainly not overpowering - sessionable. A somewhat unusual flavor profile makes it worth downing a few. I'm slightly disappointed that I just got a single bottle of it from Trader Joes.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 20:38:17 | More by mpyle
Photo of barrettds

New York

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Thin white head forms and dissipates quickly after the pour. About an 1/8 inch of head remains throughout the drink, with carbonation bubbles actively rising. The beer is a cloudy yellow-orange, typical of a wheat beer. Maybe a bit darker than your average hefe.

S- Wheat and citrus (orange) fill the nostrils, but something is off here. The scent reminds me of bathroom cleaning products. Definitely a killer.

T- To be honest, I expected more. This tastes bland for a hefeweizen. The wheat is here, but the citrus is weak. I guess that might be a good thing since the citrus scent didn't sit well with me. As a whole, the beer does maintain the ability to be very refreshing, as most wheats are. Average taste for a hefe overall, but nothing more.

M- Carbonated, and with a nice medium body. Leaves a welcome clean feeling, little after taste. I like it.

D- I could see sitting down and having a couple on a nice summer day. There are better wheats out there, but this would do.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 23:04:40 | More by barrettds
Photo of microbrewlover


4.7/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is awsome. The brew has a golden, cloudy appearance but you do not see the yeast floating in the beer like you do with other Hefe Weizens; in fact even though Magic Hat calls this beer a Hefe Weizen it is classified as an American Pale Wheat Ale.

The Beer is a golden yellow with a minimal head. The smell is like, well, have you ever smelled a vat of warm yeast at a brewery, now imagine the same smell but the vat is full of cold brew; (this beer is best served cold), Some might find this smell unpleasant; I do not. I can not smell any spices in this beer and I don't think Magic Hat put any in there; it works for me.

The main reason I love this beer is that it goes down SMOOTHLY with no aftertaste.
From what I have read people either love or hate this beer. Well I LOVE it. This is my favorite beer from Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 01:48:50 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of Bierguy5


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

12 oz. bottle, drink by Aug 07. Cloudy yellow/gold color, with maybe just a hint of orange. Thin white foamy head. The head disappeared rather quickly. A few patches of lace were left on the sides of the glass.

Grainy aroma with some lemon zest, and floral accents. Not bad, but too much on the cereal grain.

Grainy flavor with some citrus fruit. A bit astringent. A little bit of tartness saves this somewhat. A bit of a harsh aftertaste. Not very clean.

Light body, but not very much carbonation. A bit watery. Kind of disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 00:07:08 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of tapman


2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

BING BONG! Last stop on the magic hat express. 4 out of 4.

Just what you expect out of a wheat ale, pale as it may be. Pours a light golden haze. Unfiltered, or at least limited filtration, opposed to Abita's Purple Haze (I can't believe they have the nerve to mention wheat in there at all). Creamy head that dissipates quickly a la most magic hat, but lets move on...

Faint apricot fruitiness mixed with a metallic/ alcohol back, also faint. Hops and malts are equally as mild as everything else.

There isn't too much taste at all in this one. It started out so promising with the appearance, but truthfully this brew flunks out in the taste department. Its like the student who knew the material well enough, but gazed at the thong straps of the hot girl in front of him and left half the answers blank when time ran out.

Has some wheat texture, but doesn't live up to the "unfiltered" declaration on the label. Maybe they should have used more wheat, or at least some more yeast to raise the alcohol to make this brew worth the money.

When wheat is involved there are certain expectations. Also this is definitely not a Hefeweizen as the label suggests due to the lack of wheat-beer standards. Thinner than it has to be!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 05:23:30 | More by tapman
Photo of potownbill

New York

2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Stopped by the Brewery and picked up a growler for the weekend.

A: Cloudy orange, with a nice white head that dissipated to a thin layer after a few minutes. Minimum lacing.

S: Very unusual, medicinal smell that was very unappealing.

T: Smooth citrus up front, with some wheat and virtually no malt.

M: No carbonation. Like drinking a flavored iced tea.

D: Major disappointment. Drank this within a few hours of buying it. This is my second growler of Circus Boy with the first being much better. I like this beer from the bottle, but this growler fresh from the brewery was hard to drink.

Serving type: growler

06-16-2007 20:49:58 | More by potownbill
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Always a pleasure to try something "new" from the Burlington ladies and gents...pours fizzy to the point of oral effervescence, two-finger head in weizen glass...left no trace in a swift evaporation...an eerie tawny golden funnel cloud centered in its slightly opaque clarity....like its namesake, quite odd...lemony scent with some clove notes...six-month storage may have something to do with all this....but malty? flattened mouthfeel, straight to throat flow; thus, refreshing yet absent from any distinction...I bet a lemon or orange BlueMoons this into some summer fun... straight-up in May, this Magic Hat leaves me feeling ordinary...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 14:21:06 | More by dacrza1
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:
A- pale yellow/gold...translucent and very hazy...lots of bubbles. 1/3 inch white head that disappeared fast.
S- Wheaty, slightly sweet with clove, banana, and citrus notes, as well as a bit of almond.
T/M/D- crisp and refreshing....lots of clove spice, banana and a lemon tartness. Light hints of orange and tropical fruit. Light body, and much better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 20:27:02 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours clouded yellow with a thin white head.

The smell is of light banana-like fruitiness. Wheat tang.

The taste is of crisp wheat and light banana.

Light and refreshing with some creaminess to it.

A decent brew for the style. Easy and tasty enought to be "sessionable" on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 16:55:48 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a heavily clouded orange blossom honey hue with a large off white head at least two fingers deep leaves uneven bands of lacing with each sip. Aromatics slightly tart accents from the wheat additions here absent today are all of the yeast highlights of banana clove and vanilla from the typical hefeweizen definitely seems more of an American Wheat. Touch of citrus in the nose with some bready doughy yeast and malt tones not so much sweet in smell but gristy and bread like. Flavors sharp wheat with powdered yeast doughy notes and finishes with citrus and herbal hop tones nothing overpowers here all aspects of the beer are blended well. Kind of a let down if your expecting a tasty hefe but nonetheless a solid American Wheat pretty satisfying. Mouthfeel prickly carbonation tickles the throat body is light not watery has some substantial protein body here from the wheat. Drinkability is decent like I said seems bland to me but better than most American wheats with any fruit additions out there, definitely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 13:49:14 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of letsgopens


3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

'American Pale Wheat Ale' is a pretty accurate description of what this beer tastes like. It does a few things, but does none of them particularly well. Don't get me wrong, it’s certainly a solid effort, but I can't help but feel that it could be better.

Pouring cloudy yellowish/gold with a short pale head that leave decent lace. The aroma is light and summery. Yellow grain, citrus, and a bit of hops at the end. The flavor is a bit mild for my taste. A bit sweet and wheaty (somewhat bland) with a nice lemony citrus tone, apricot, a mellow spice, and some dim yeasty hops. Overall a nice warm weather beer; refreshing. Nice carbonation and a pleasantly light texture. Smooth and clean. A beer I might enjoy more after mowing the grass on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 02:28:11 | More by letsgopens
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gave this beer a try last evening, it poured to a dull orange color with a fair sized head that had some good retention and left a faint amount of lacing along the side of the (mostly at the top) glass. The aroma started with a lemon scent mixed with a spiciness that goes along with it quite well. Some wheat aroma there as well. The taste was fair, actually when I first took a sip I really though that this was going to be a good beer IMO. Noticeable lemon flavors which add a zest to it at first then wheat spiciness which where nice. Had a bittering effect as well but after a while, I am not sure why, my feelings on this brew changed as I felt its flavors where just a little off. Overall this seems to be a serviceable beer but IMO we have better American wheat beers close at hand.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 20:13:24 | More by Stimack
Photo of zdk9


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

Is it a Hefe? Not really, too American for that. Magic Hat has added their special touch to a beer to create a delightful sweet citrusy and herbal brew. The smell could be stronger, but the mouthfeel was wonderful, not overly sweet, but almost juicy that kept be wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 04:46:36 | More by zdk9
Photo of CreamyStoutMan


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

Appearance- sadly to say, this is probably my favorite aspect of this beer....And it's not even that attractive for a hefeweizen. Pours golden and cloudy with a creamy 1'' head that lasts half the beer.

Smell- Wheat malts and citrus dominate. I can smell a little bit of orange and, to tell you the truth, a little too much lemon. If the malts didn't smell so pleasant, I would definetely rate this beer as below average.

Taste- Pretty good. The wheat malts are tasty with a nice ratio to the hops, which the great brewers at magic hat have been pretty generous with. I can't think of many hefeweizens that are quite so hoppy. I like it. The citrus seems a bit much at first, but I'm half way through this beer and the flavor is starting to seem extremely pleasant to me.

Mouthfeel- Creamy. The tiniest bite from the subtle hop infusion. Nice, but not amazing in comparison to other hefeweizens. Reminds me a little bit of flying dog's hefe in this category.

Drinkability- Got a mixed twelver and I don't think that I'm that excited to have another hefeweizen tonight. One seems like enough. I'm excited, however for a couple of the other magic hat summer brews

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 02:18:14 | More by CreamyStoutMan
Photo of yourunclewalt

New York

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 'boy pours a one-finger, creamy eggshell head with a burnt sienna, cloudy body with the barest of snowglobe sedement. Unfiltered, maybe, but not bottle conditioned. Floral hops start you off in the aroma, followed by clove and (of course) a whiff of Banana to end it up. A little macro of a smell for the style. Subdued. The taste is what you'd expect; bananas, maybe some toasted wheat notes in there, I'd reviewed a couple by the time I took these notes. The mouthfeel was duly creamy. Overall this is a solid Hefe for the price and a brewery that tends not to put them out. Tastier than any of the big micros Summer ales I've had this season. A good kick-down cool-off brew. Loses points in smell. Where's my banana-bread!?

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 22:41:11 | More by yourunclewalt
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden brew with one finger of white head. There are small flecks of lacing that remain.

S - Hay, soap, honey and heather.

T - Slightly soapy, grassy and floral hops with a faint sweet malt flavor. Aftertaste is a mild hay finish.

M - Carbonation was absurdly high initially, after repeated excitations to the head, it became smooth, thin and a bit drying.

D - Not bad. I am not a fan of Magic Hat in general, but Circus Boy delivered. Sessionable and although I won't buy it myself, I might have it again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 01:46:17 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of kimcgolf


3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was looking forward to rating my first Magic hat, but I have to admit that Circus Boy is closer to Circus Piss than it is to good beer, and a sorry excuse for a Hefeweizen.

Pours to a hazy orange-red with a thin off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a sour apple-citrus fruit-malty sweet combination that was not real impressive, and the mouthfeel was flat. Taste was another combination of sweet fruit and a little hops, but no spices like you expect.

This all led to a finish that was short and stale. I hope the remainer of my Magic Hat slections I have are better than this. They almost have to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 10:02:38 | More by kimcgolf
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.