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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Circus BoyCircus Boy

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1,498 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,498
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 92 | 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 BBM
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%

This beer pours a cloudy dull yellow color with a very thin white head. Aroma isn't too strong, but it's slightly spicy, lemony, and yeasty.

The taste is over-the-top citrus, mostly lemon. There's not a banana flavor I expected, since the bottle said "hefeweizen" on it. The wheat is certainly present, and there is a bit of a tea-like bitterness to the drink. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, but it's not a distraction. This beer is different, but I don't know if I'm a huge fan. It's got a little too much of a lemonade/iced tea thing going on. Still, it's not bad, and I could see it working out nicely on a warm day.

BBM, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of JDK
3/5  rDev -11.5%

First time I've scored 3's across the board
Poured a hazy golden amber with a 1 finger head with very little lacing
Lots of carbonation with a huge amount of citrus and I could taste a hint of grain at the very end
Smell's mostly of citrus
First beer I've tried with this brewer and since I'm not a huge fan of hefeweizen I'm sure I'll enjoy the others in this sample pack

JDK, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%

appearance - cloudy straw color. I thought nice head about to form but then it left a ring.

smell - Has a bread smell to along with some yeast.

taste - Taste like a hefeweizen meets a witbier. Light taste.

muthfeel - low carbonation with a ligh body.

drinkability - I like this beer because i love witbier's. I could drink a lot of these.

auxiliary, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of sstackho
2.95/5  rDev -13%

12oz bottle. Pours light and beautifully cloudy, with different swirls of colour when looked at closely. Aroma is sorely lacking. Taste is rather mediocre and doesn't have the qualities that I look forward to from a wheat beer. There aren't too many distinguishable characteristics in this one.

sstackho, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

A- wow. this beer is beautiful. Light amber body. Very cloudy and unfiltered. Beautiful translucent color. White head wuickly fades to nice lacing that sticks with the glass.

S- eh. nothing special. maybe some wheat and yeast but not a big aroma coming from this one.

T- pretty good. on the light side. nice wheat taste with little citrus highlights. good yeasty aftertaste.

M-light body with pretty heavy carbonation.

D- light taste and decent body make this guy pretty drinkable. I'll have another.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of stevehagy
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

One of the first things that you will notice with this beer is the cloudiness of the delightful golden amber color. It says right on its label that it is unfiltered and unfettered. There is nothing spectacular about its initial aroma or flavor but then the flavor is released and its quite a kick. There is also a ton of yeast in this thing.

stevehagy, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Lambstrong
2.05/5  rDev -39.5%

This came out of the bottle with a golden hazzy color and almost no head. It has an upfront citrus, almost limey aroma. In addition, it has a tart citrusy lime flavor. No discernable hops present. I have to say this has been my least favorite Magic Hat beer to date. Too much on the citrus flavoring. It would benefit from some stronger hop presence to balance this beer out.

Lambstrong, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of scott
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%

Nice yellow pour, with a nice cloud that screams excitement.
Nothing noteworthy to comment on as far as aroma.
A completely boring and weak interpretation of this style. even the yeast was not worth commenting on.
Thin. Watery. If I go on, I will be scolding an imaginary brewer.
Alas, a lemon wedge (a salvage effort) couldn't save this one.

scott, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Ricochet
2.95/5  rDev -13%

My first bottle, poured into a glass, must have been wrong, because I had to pour it. It wasn't really sour, it just didn't taste right. Now for this review, drinking it from the bottle and I'm confused.

A: Cloudy, Yellow, little carbs and little head. Kinda looked like honey.

S: Pungent orange smell, very artificial, has a medicine like note and smells like it has gone sour.

To make sure this wasn't bad, the best by date was July. I wondered, July 2006? My local just got these in.

M: Mouth was thin, yet foamed nice and had a biting aftertaste of a decent ale.

T: In this glass, it was revolting. It was very sour, with little fruit coming through. So, the second one I sampled, way better. I re-checked the above and stick by those, but this tasted like a wheat beer, just starting to go banana, but sidestepped by the citrus hops adding a sour/bitter, almost like a pale ale.

D: So, this was really a unusual beer, but blame me for having a Great Lakes white ale a few beers before for ruining this. This was one of four Magic Hat beers that I've tried. I don't think I'm going to be getting any from them again.

Ricochet, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

In the glass this is a cloudy dark orange colored beer with a sort of pond scum looking head to it. It looks like a mimosa made with old orange juice.

The smell is hoppy and herbal with a strong Orange rind smell and a bit of a medicine smell to it.

The taste begins herbal and strongly hopped with what tastes like Nobel hops. The taste is very much the taste of wheat beer made with the hops of a strong Pilsner even Imperial Pilsner hop levels. Tasty and spicy for what it is this is one of those shooting the breeze sort of ideas that gets thrown around the homebrew shop and no one ever makes because it is obvious it wouldn't work. Very strong doses of Lager hops do in fact make a tasty wheat beer!

The mouthfeel is good and full.

Tasty and well hopped ale here. A lesson for other brewers to try some of the ideas that "can't work."

Zorro, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Osiris9588
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%

12oz, marked best before end of July. Pours hazy yellow with an orange hue. The white head is rather thin, never really stiffening up, leaving no lace.

The musty aroma is an interesting blend of yeast, grain, wet cardboard, and lemon, not unlike DFH's Midas Touch. The flavor follows, with a sizzling berry characteristic snapping off on the finish.

The mouth is light and bright, it snaps, crackles, and pops along the palate. It's very drinkable and shows more character than most of the Wheat beers I've sampled--they are not one of my favorite styles. But this one I look forward to revisiting.

Osiris9588, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Wildman
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%

This beer poured a cloudy yellow and formed a nice foamy white head that slowly subsided coating the glass with lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, banana and clove. An flavor of hops and light hints of banana and spices. The body is fairly light and the finish is a touch sprite. As a wheat beer, is not that impressive and just seems to light in body, taste, etc.

Wildman, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This was part of a variety 12-pack (4 Magic Hat beers), and not all that good. The bottle label said it's a hefeweizen but I don't think it really is. A wheat beer maybe, but no way does it have the characteristics of a hefeweizen. It looked all right, hazy golden color but no real head. The aroma and flavor were a light but wheaty. No major yeast influence, and no cloves or bananas or such. Just an average wheat beer.

TurdFurgison, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

12 ounce bottle as part of the Magic Hat "Joe's Garage" spring variety 12 pack, bottle says best before August 2007. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like yeast, wheat, a bit of lemon and something weird that I can't really describe. It tastes like wheat, yeast, and lemon, and it has a bit of a tangy and hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and thin, and a bit watery. But the drinkability is good, I could drink quite a few of these. Overall, I think this is a decent beer.

bluejacket74, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of mobud
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Caramel color with cloudy appearance and active carbonation.

S- Muted cloves with overripe banana in the backround.

T- The usual banana/clove taste of a hefe is not real strong; giving way to the wheat element.

M- This beer has a soda-like body with the strong carbonation overtaking the flavors.

D- With all the hefes out there, this one is real low on my list. If it is offered, I would not reject it; this is a good beer on a hot summer day when you just need something other than water.

mobud, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle -> pintL
smeared code on bottle may be bottled on date?

Pours a hazed yellow with a thick white long lasting head. Thick sudsy lace. Carbonation appears intense.

Nose: Yeast,

Milder than most hefe's i've had (not many). Slight pale malts and yeast. Clean flavor but kinda plain. Little bitterness.

Crisp mouth, slightly dry.

Not a bad beer. Easy easy too drink on a warm spring day.

beerphan, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of granite
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A---Orange hued and hazy with a large white head.

S---Sulfur and banana aroma.

T---Malt bill has the flavor profile of a loaf of white bread. Not very phenolic except for a little clove in the finish.

M---Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D---This reminded me of a hefe with training wheels. It is well made and thirst quenching but the yeast contribution was rather bland.

granite, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to JohnnyM2002

Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish color, nice carbonation, tiny little fizzy white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is slightly yeasty, grassy, and caramel. The taste is grassy/yeasty, slight caramel. The finish is dry. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad of the style. My first Magic Hat brew.

Wasatch, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, "unfiltered and unfettered." Label reminds me a bit of Carnival. Best by date notched on the label.

Appearance: Pours much more orange than I would expect - looks a bit like orange soda in the glass with a thin head and some bubbling. Very light haze even after stirring some yeast.

Smell: Yeasty and a bit of bready malt. Also some hints of citrus, mainly lemon.

Taste: Not bad - a good combination of wheat, some yeast, and quite a bit of fruit.

Overall impression: Not great, but highly drinkable and just enough complexity to send me back for another.

rowew, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%

Had a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass at a friends house.

Appearance is orangish gold, not nearly as unfiltered as the bottle claims. Pretty translucent for a hefe...not much head and absolutely no lacing. Aroma is devoid of the usual Magic Hat fruitiness that I would've expected; a bit of wheat and lemon present. Not very fragrant, have to strain the olfaction to get a good sense of what this beer is about.

Taste is the same story as the smell. Yeasty and light, I should've put an orange into this beer to give it some flavor. The moutfeel is fluffy, light on the carbonation, and leaves almost no mouthfeel. I could easily drink 3-5 of these beers, but the complexity and flavor leaves much to be desired.

wagenvolks, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of jdg204
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Wife and I picked up a 6-pack of this while in VT while trying some of the Magic Hat line of brews.

Appearance - Deep golden, cloudy look, very tempting for a wheat ale.

Smell - A nice mixture of lemon/citrus and a deep, unique yeast odor which really helps make this brew unique.

Taste - The unique yeast flavor is the most significant flavor which really sets this brew apart. Support flavors provided by the citrus and a bit of sweet malt really help make this a nice wheat ale.

Mouthfeel - Consistency is lacking a bit which is probably the beer's main weakness (though only a slight one). The citrus/wheat flavors are extremely refreshing and would be fanastic any time of the year.

Drinkability - I've had quite a few wheat brews in my time, but this one definetly stands out as unique. The yeasts are pretty cool and it still has all the classic characteristics you'd expect from a wheat/white beer. I'll have to check out some more Pale Wheat Ales, but this one was a winner!

jdg204, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

pours a cloudy golden color, two finger white head that holds to a covering on the beer. big smell of fruit and citrus. taste is of tropical fruits and citrus and bread. mouthfeel is light, good carbonation no bitter after taste. good session beer for the summer months

billybob, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%

Looks a lot like a homebrew thats is still in the fermenter. Good white head on top. Moderate aroma of banana and cloves. Not as phenolic as some hefes. Good, crisp and dry flavor. More banana and phenolic flavors then a lot of US hefes I have had. Nice balance of lemony/citrus flavors. Good body-much fuller then I expected. Nice residual malt sweetness to it. A winner in my book. Magic Hat hasnt inpressed me too much lately. This is a good beer-where's the summer when you need it?

lackenhauser, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of mjsarch
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%

Purchased on a road trip out east over Labor Day weekend 2006. Visited the brewery in 1998, and at the time was only impressed by their tap handle design. The beers as a whole are much improved since those days.

A - Pours to a very vicuous consistency. A few bubbles indicate some degree of carbonation still present throughout the review, head settles down to a thin rim around the glass. Color is dark golden,
S - Whiffs of citrus, wheat, and straw mingled in the bouquet,
T - Very clean, with a slight aftertaste of lime. No apparent defects,
M - Full body, and carbonation still evident,
D - Very nice effort. Atypical for style, but not to the detriment of the beer.

mjsarch, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of LarryV
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

A cloudy pale yellow color with a good sized frothy head. Aroma is citrusy, lots of lemon with hints of spices. Flavor lacks the spicy notes of some of the better hefes and leans predominantly towards a lemon twang with the spices being very distant in the background. A bit of a sulfur aftertaste is rather distracting. The sulfur taste seems to be something that plagues a lot of the MH brews. Not bad, but there's better hefes to be had.

LarryV, Feb 12, 2007
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,498 ratings.