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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,574 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 167 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-03-2006

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
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Ratings: 1,574 | Reviews: 654
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App 3.0 decent 1 finger head which fades fairly quickly and leaves minimal retention. Nice cloudy yellow color.

Smell 4.0 is minimal of banana phenol with some citrusy grassy zest underneath. A slight grapefruit ester comes through as well

Taste 3.5 has a minimal banana characteristics. The wheat profile provides for a citrusy grassy characteristics with a nice light profile. This is followed by undertones of grapfruit and a mild hop bitterness to balance the sweet pale malt characteristic in the front.

Mouthfeel 4.0 Good mouthfeel. There is adequate carbonation and a very nice smoothness.

Drinkability 4.0 This is a very light and easy to drink beer that I could make lawnmower beer in the summer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale yellow body with one inch of creamy, snow white head. Highly effervescent.

Smell: Overall, a weak nose smelling of wheat crackers and with only the faintest notes of citrus and spice. For the finale, perhaps Magic Hat can pull a little flavor out of the hat and make my disappointment vanish into thin air.

Taste: Abracadabra! Crackery wheat malt taste with a brief sugary sweetness. Very light everything: lemon, spice, fruitiness, hop bitterness. Bland, watery finish with a crisp charge of carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Well carbonated, from the first sip to the last it's like a sparkling water.

Drinkability: Somewhat acceptable for a light, summertime beer, but the lack of flavor leaves me underwhelmed and the never-ending carbonation leaves me feeling like I've downed an entire six-pack, so I doubt I'll be hanging out again with C-Boy anytime soon.

Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow tan color with a thin white cover that spreads down to the sides and leaves a nice carpet of lacing. The aroma suggests a sweet lemon biscuit and classic wheat, nice if not fairly standard for the style. The first impression I get is from the active, fine carbonation that livelys up the tongue immediately and then settles to a light but fulfilling citrus and wheat medley. It's very refreshing and worthy of multi pint fulls, no problem. A bit aqueous but nothing so unusual for this style. These can go down fast. Not too much aftertaste, just a bit of rye bread perhaps. Seems a bit better here than in the bottle as one would expect.

Photo of clayrock81
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass and received a see thru light gold with a quickly receeding one-finger head that died quickly. A very good citric note smell as orange and lemon zest, along with touches clove and yeast, hit my nose cleanly. Smooth, medium-boided, this brew contained a crisp, almost sharp backbite from hops and some pepper. The body contains a good citric taste and is slightly sweet from wheat/yeasy. I found this to be slightly different from most summer beers but still enjoyable.

Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the Upper Deck bar in Burlington, VT.

A: Poured a seriously hazy, cloudy, yellow with a good 2 inches of foamy head. Head actually had some sticky lacing. Very good representation.

S: Smell is of wheat, earthiness, and citrus. The scent is a bit fainter than I would like, but it has the aromas you are looking for.

T: A good deal of earthiness and wheat flavors to this brew. Has some decent citrus to it but nothing too much. I would like a bit more orange peel to this but not getting it. Still very nice.

M: Light bodied brew that really goes down easy. Sweetness from citrus that really sticks around in the aftertaste. Very refreshing and actually has a bit of creaminess to it. Very well done in the mouthfeel.

D: Although I could really use more in the smell and taste categories, the mouth feel and appearance really add to the appeal of this beer. Definitely great for a summer brew and I am stoked that ATL is finally getting this and other Magic Hat brews back home.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a one finger head that diminishes into a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

Smells grassy. There's also some sweetness in there, slightly fruity.

Tastes good. Again, it's grassy, and the sweet fruits shine through. Not citrusy, but like a really sweet banana.

Mouthfeel is good. Has a good thickness to it, and the carbonation is good. Could be just a little thicker.

Very drinkable. It's refreshing and is a good summer/spring beer.

Recommend it if you can get a hold of it, but don't go out of your way.

Photo of PBBC
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow, light head, didn't stay long.

Aroma is light sweet fruit, with an underlying yeast aroma... but not stale at all, it reminded me of rising dough.

Nice, tart, but not overwhelming wheat flavors. Carbonation level is high, which works well with the unfiltered beer... allowing flavors to penetrate, and quickly be washed away, light honey and apricot notes, has nice citrus flavors, but is not acidic.


Photo of mrsoul12
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never got why people rave about this brewery. Sort of been let down with stuff I've have tried of thiers. Not very good Hefe at all. Left a filmy feeling on my tongue and did not get any of that classic hefe refrshment. The commercial note says it is a vegetable beer, which makes more sense cause at times I felt like I was drinking stewed zuccini.

Photo of dashirey
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy golden colored with some orange notes when held to the light. One finger of head with lots of carbonation bubbles rising quickly on this one.

S - Spice/peppery nose at first with some citrus peel, all with an earthy underlining smell.

T - Lemon citrus and some spice. There is a hint of bitterness from the hops present in the aftertaste as well.

M - Carbonation is a bit stinging/high for me, in my opinion that could be toned down a bit. Medium - bodied.

D - Decent warm/hot weather swill. Nothing I'd seek out as a must have but I wouldn't turn one down.

Cap read, "It can be Great to Agitate."

Someone brought a mixed Magic Hat pack to a family picnic and I got some of the extras. Thanks.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Freshness date of Sept 2008 on bottle.

A: A murky golden color, with a thick foam head, typical of Wheat Ales. Had some particles floating about and since it is unfiltered, I was not worried. Very minimal to no lacing.

S: Very vague hints of lemon, spice and wheat. Nothing over the top, but standard for this style of beer.

T: The taste came across much better then the smell. A thick and somewhat grainy texture, light wheat taste, more potent lemon/spice flavoring.

M: A decent amount of carbonation, a spicy aftertaste left on the palate.

D: A solid American Pale Wheat, a decent summer brew. I would like to try this on tap.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Hazy yellow/golden under a white head. No lace no retention.

S: Zesty citrus, mostly lemon with maybe a hint of lime. Malt is there is kind of a funky character. Hint of spice.

T: Mostly the same, a lot of zesty citrus. A bit of sweetness mixed in, not much bitterness. A little bit of yeast and spice. Ginger character as well.

M/D: Crisp, carbonation is a bit prickly, light bodied. Decent drinkability. Bottle says this is a hefeweizen. Hopefully Magic Hat will take the cue from BA and reclassify this, because it fails big time as a hefeweizen. As a pale wheat ale, it isn't bad, better tasting then their other offering Hocus Pocus.

Photo of gfreed
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks nice and hazy in the glass, but the head, which is fairly puffy at first, collapses rather quickly. There's an aroma of soap mixed in with the banana, and some of that soap shows up in the taste, too. Feels pretty flat going down. Not bad, but for the price I've had better. Not sure I'd buy another six of this.

Photo of mhewes
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind

S : Picking up some wheat and citrus smells. Maybe a little spic

T : Starts with a strong lemon flavor with some nice wheat on the finish.

M : Medium to light bodied, expected more carbonation

D : Not bad for an American wheat beer but nothing special.

Photo of Pleepleus
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one from my cousin and BA member Hendoo78's stash while he was bartending in Manhattan.
Poured from bottle to a Sam Adam's pint glass a cloudy golden color with a half inch of head that reduced to a sheen with minor clinging lace. Mild citrus and wheat smell. It had a lemony wheat taste. Was crisp and clean for a Hefeweizen and I could have definately had a few more of these, too bad I snagged the last one.

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a conical pint.Nice and murky with the yeast as expected. Large frothy head at the onset, but it dissappeared to leave about 1/4 inch foam the rest of the way. Lots of carbonation.

Smells crisp. Noticing citrus, wheat, yeast, pineapple...

You can definitely get the wheat flavor out of this one. I'm getting some lemon, maybe some banana. A tad sour on the finish. Very smooth drink. Much more drinkable than some of the other wheat ales I've had. Very well balanced. Good beer.

Photo of leif86
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Under the cap: "Enjoy a heart, it's a work of art."

A: Your anticipated cloudy, yellow liquid. A finger's width of white foamy head at the top that dissipates quickly but forms a nice lacing that lingers.

S: An aroma of lemony, nutty cereal.

T: The flavor of citrus is strong with lemon leading the way. Well balanced with a slightly spiciness. Finishes with a wheaty taste similar to bland cereal.

M: Creamy. Lightly carbonated. Not sticky, not syrupy, and not watery.

D: Refreshing on this summer morning while I work at my computer. Don't judge. It's not a bad beer to have in your cooler if you're going to the beach but not something I'd give to a friend to show them what a true hefe is about.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a slight cloudy honey-orange color with a flat, bone white soapy head that was rather unexciting and left a poor lacing. Was fairly clear for a unfiltered beer with moderate visible carbonation.

S: The nose had some tart lemons, bananas and cloves as well a light wheat hints.

T: The initial flavor had a mild, lemony tartness, citrus and a light wheat creaminess. Mild spiciness from the hops combine with some oranges and citrus on the finish. A light lingering sourness rounds things out.

M: very light in texture and in carbonation, finishes dry wit a light sourness.

D: Drinkability was ok, rather bland with not much characteristics or good within style. I would personally pass on this one.

Photo of almychristopher
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of acrawf6
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of pinotboy007
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of giblet
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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.


Photo of TangTKE402
2.46/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.