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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,573 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,573
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: 1,573 | Reviews: 654
Photo of marcpal
2.16/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from MH Feast of Fools Pack. Had a long time ago but thought I would give it another effort with the sampler.

A: Golden color typical of an nonfiltered wheat. Not much remarkable about this one in terms of head, retention, or lacing.

S: Yeast and wheat. Not much else here but had some thick biscuity odors. Not all that exciting.

T: Citrus wheat and not much bitterness, free of any hop flavor. All around bland.

M: Carbonated and left the mouth extremely dry. Light and airy, yeasty mouthfeel.

D: Not a fan again of wheat ales, but I still dont think this is a good example that was all that enjoyable. I would advise to pass on this one unless giving it the effort as part of the sampler. Had to get through these to enjoy ones I know Ill love- roxy rolles and 9.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head that seemed to disappear to quickly. Smell is a spicy bitter skunky mixture. Taste is a sweet lemoney citrus with a bitter after taste. Mouthfeel is tangy but thin. Definitely not one of my favorite wheat beers, average at best.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a hazy golden color with a medium thin ivory head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing. Light citrus and wheat aroma. Thin body with light fruit, wheat and herb flavors. The finish is fruity and short with a mild spice aftertaste. Just not very good though.

Photo of HardTarget
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Instructions to rouse, best before notched 08,F (enjoyed 07,D).

Aroma: Heavy lemon pith, wheat earthiness, and a spot of yeast.

Appearance: Hazy lemon yellow with a short lived large bubble cap that didn’t last or lace.

Flavor: Coriander, which I love, is firm and fresh. None of the clove or banana you would expect from a Hefe, so I’m leaning hard toward American Wheat. Lemon is the predominate fruit element, with a lemongrass finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly low carbonation level, especially toward the end of the glass. Medium body seems a bit heavy for a Hefe or Wheat.

Overall Impression: Nice beer. Style wise it’s not in the ballpark, but who cares? I really liked the lemon and coriander elements, no trouble drinking this at all.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy in a color mixed between yellow and orange. Cloudy because it takes pride in being unfiltered.

A strong smell of citrus, orange to be exact.

Very sweet to drink, goes down very smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Kind of like a cross between organgina and a hefeweizen.

Throughly pleasant and a good addition to Magic Hat's arsenal of beer, but I have to say it was a much better beer when it was just a seasonal and not a year round offering.

Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Earthy, light citrus notes, wheat bread crust, light pleasant yeasty notes. No hop aroma, alcohol, or off aromas noted. Very clean and pleasant.

Appearance: Pale orange, cloudy, and a sudsy white cap. Soda-like effervescence in the glass.

Flavor: Crisp wheat bread, light orange citrus, and a touch of yeast. Well balanced and clean. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat detected.

Overall Impression: A light, refreshing American wheat ale. Perfect for a summer day. Very clean and probably a good "cross-over" beer. I just wish Magic Hat would worry more about correct bottle labels instead of catchy marketing ploys. Overall, they make some pretty decent beers.

Photo of madjr80
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass. Very little foam, but enough bubbles rising up through a murky body. Alot of lemon/orange taste, but too overpowering. Someone had mentioned that its smelled like some form of orange soda, and I can see where they are coming from. I would drink this again, but wouldn't mind trading my extra bottle of Circus Boy for a Blind Faith, or Roxy Rolls.

Photo of Slatetank
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at my cousin's wedding at the Susquehanna Club in New Cumberland Pa. Served cold in a tumbler.
A - Cloudy gold w/ an amber hue, the head is white and about a full inch high and creamy in appearance. There is a good amount of lace that clings well.

S - Yeasty odors w/ a light custard note. Slightly doughy w/ a gentle wheat aroma.

M - Light body, low carbonation w/ gentle sweetness and creamy round qualities.

T - A light wheat cereal taste w/ a lemony spice note. The taste has a gentle nutty quality. The graininess is light w/ more of a banana shake like smoothness. Pretty samey after the intial taste.

D - Not too complex, after a pint I was satisfied. It serves its purpose as an easy to drink American wheat. It has some moments that are better than average, but I would probably pass next opportunity.

Photo of BiereBlanche
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from Magic Hats "Feast of Fools" 12 pack.

Appearance - Good golden color, very cloudy, as is fitting for an unfilitered wheat. I poured half into a mug, swirled then poured the other half. Hopefully it was my fault, but the head was extremely extremely weak, doesn't leave any traces on the side of the glass. The top was completely barren before I was finished...really not what I expected from a Weizen. I'll try again with a fresh bottle later.

Smell - Sweetly bready, banana bread. No hoppy aroma. The nose is subtle.

Taste - The fruity, lightly citrusy sweetness is balanced in the mouth by a touch of bitter. Hops taste is not noticeable. The aftertaste is bready, a bit sweet. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Mid-high carbonation, dry finish. Moderately light mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I was really disappointed in the lack of fully, wheaty head. The nose and taste are subtle, but appropriate for the style. A bit weak all in all, but that does make it easy to drink.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a hefe glass, the liquid is a cloudy yellow with OK carbonation. The head was white and fluffy but seemingly small for a hefe.

The smell was a little fruity mostly bananas but a few other nondescript note in there. I was tiring to get some cloves or spice but that was faint if at all.

The taste followed, Bananas and apricot but no spice, Some what of a disappointment but the beer did not taste bad.

The mouthfeel was average for a lighter wheat brew,the carbonation was lacking for the style.

The drinkability was good the beer tasted nice and went down with lunch quite well. MK

Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a brownish-copper amber color brew that pours with no head... The smell is pretty good, reminiscent of cloves, wheat, and bananas... Drinkability is only decent, as I wouldn't want to down too many of these... A good mouthfeel coupled with a decent taste makes for a good beer that can be enjoyed any time. I'm not sure if I'd get this one again, as I was only somewhat satisfied. This beer really didn't do it for me overall and would personally not recommend this... The ale taste is certainly there but there are traces of witbier-hefeweizen... This is a unique drink that can really be enjoyed but not by me...

Photo of jneiswender
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a mix pack in Burlington VT. Poured into a tall pint glass. Served with the yeast mixed in.

Great ripe lemon color with an impressive head that lasts quite long.

Nice citrus lemon scent. Under tone of banana (very slight).

No lemon wedge here. Strong lemon flavor. Astringent. Bready finish.

Not my favorite take on hefe but very drinkable. Perfect for a BBQ during the summer. Very thirst quenching.

Photo of nortmand
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy straw colored pour with a fair amount of white head.

Aroma is dominated by a strange wet dog aroma. A little spice.

Lots of phenolic flavor. Some hop bitterness up front. A bit cidery near the end. Not great.

Light bodied, nothing special, some flaws, though. Meh.

Photo of mralphabet
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle in to frozen glass.... Orange and hazy in color, not much of a head, little lacing. Smells of lemons and oranges, very pleasent. Mouthfeel is not to heavy not to light.... Tastes a lot like it smells, lemony with a hint of yeast.... Very smooth finish, makes you want another one... Would be a great summer beer. I enjoyed it very much and will buy more... This shows Magic Hat is more than just #9... Great job.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to try this beer since Hefe Weizens are a favorite style of mine and my gateway beer to craft beer.

Poured from a 12 ounce beer into a Weizen glass.

A. This is where it shines. A hazy yellow with a foamy white head that left decent lacing.

S. It really lacks the character of yeast that I have come to expect. It has an overwhelming lemon aroma.

T. Pretty light tasting. I miss the banana clove taste. This is like a lighter version of Victory Sunrise Weise.

M. Pretty decent here. For someone not familiar with the style it would be a clean lemony brew and probably a nonthreatening craft beer.

D. Fairly decent in light taste and abv. Still I miss the yeast.

Photo of animal69
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i think they all it magic hat 'cuz you're always suprised at what they pull out; this one pours a cloudy orange(u almost w/ a slight white head which dissapates quickly little lacing; wild yeast type smell w/ tangy citrus-like notes; it has a nutty, almond-like flavor w/ the tangy wheat taste, something else here too, i just can't tell what; a rather thin mouthfeel w/ some dextrins; not too bad, just not my mug of ale(ha,ha), i'll prob. finish the other 3 tonite & not drink it again...

Photo of mobyfann
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Photo of Toddv29424
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of michaelc916
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of iceball585
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of DrainBamage
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of JamesS
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Mit
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.52/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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