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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,551 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 25
Gots: 125 | 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 Brianmerrilyn
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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
4.53/5  rDev +34%
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.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical cloudiness for an unfiltered beer. Light citrusy yellow in color. Thin filmy head with a few spots of lacing. Decent aroma with a blend of wheat and fruit. Minor trace of banana stands out and something else, perhaps apricot. Reminiscent of their No. 9 with the fruitiness.Makes a nice summer beer - just enough hint of citrus without being overpowering.

Photo of mshallah
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little more carbonation than I'd like, with giant bubbles cruising to the top of the less than special head. Darker color than expected for a wheat beer and less cloudy. Nose is strongly citrus and wheat with a bit of pepper and perhaps some other spices.

Clean wheat palate in the taste until the finish, where things get a bit murkey. A bit maltier, with some tannin notes. Nice burst of citrus and a bit overcarbonated. Texture is oily in the finish.

Refreshing and enjoyable to drink but doesn't inspire.

Photo of joeskirkie
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the way this beer looks; cloudy, murky gold with a nice stream of bubbles from the bottom of the weizen glass. Not much in the way of head though.

My nose picks up apricots, or perhaps figs, and something sweet and slightly cirtusy, like orange preserves. A spice and wheat background is there the whole time.

When tasted it's the spice and citrus mostly. I get some of the wheat on the finish. It's sweeter than I expected.

I would say it's just a touch heavier than what you would expect to find in a bottle that says "hefeweizen" on it.

I can easily find myself pouring a few of these on a relaxing late summer afternoon such as this.

Photo of Guardian
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Appears to be an avergae looking beer.

S- It smells like a skunk. Yuck.

T- Light taste...although tastes a bit like a skunk (the animal...not skunk'ed beer)

M- Excellent. Carbonation is very subtle. Very light feel.

D- I could drink a bunch of these...but would I? A beer that smells like a skunk rolling around in flowers? I won't be getting this again soon.

Photo of burnstar
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice murky orange yellow color with a medium head that recedes a bit quickly for a hefe. Aroma is sour citrus. Lemony. (No I didn't put any lemon in it.) Tangy wheat taste. Citrus again. One of the better tasting American Wheats I've had. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkable enough but not something I'd really want to drink a ton of. It doesn't stack up to its German counterparts but overall this is a decent American wheat beer.

Photo of edthered413
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a growler of this from the brewery on a visit to Vermont a few weeks ago after tasting all other offerings.

A - Murky yellow/orange color, no mistaking the presence of yeast. Not much of a head that disappears quickly.

S - Hint of apricot and citrus otherwise uneventful.

T - Nice taste, taste the fruit better than in the smell of it. Also can taste the wheat, a little sweet but nice.

M - Thicker than average, nice body to it.

D - A great summer beer, they go down very easily

Photo of russpowell
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this as part of 12 pack variety down ar Kure Beach, NC, BBD of 1 Sep 07, consumed mid-July

Poured a hazed amber with 1' of offwhite head. Zero head retention or lacing

S: Slight sour notes & some apricots

T: Apricots & apples with some hop bitterness up front. Slight peppery notes as this warms. Finishes dry with apple peels & more apricot

Drinks average, even in real hot weather, not one to reccomend IMO. Revised my scores up alittle bit seeing the wasn't a hefe, otherwise I'd just say avoid at all costs...

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

12oz bottle. Nov. '07

A: cloudy orange haze. thin lace after nice foam white head

S: orange marmalade, apricot and spices. What? no banana. (checks label) "it says hefe" could be interesting

T: wheat toast with marmalade, spicy

M: medium body. actually fairly full bodied for a hefe

I actually like this beer but it is not one I would drink bottle after bottle. Maybe one with dinner then move on

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy pale orange body with a small white head. Some patchy lace clings to the glass. Aroma is grassy and lemony with a hint of white pepper and wheat. Light medium body is well carbonated. Taste is tart and lemony. Some wheat cracker and yeast notes add some substance. Not bad for a mundane style.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap "Don't cause a stink when you drink". Pours with a fluffy white head that vanishes in a few sips, has a little lacing. A murky orange color.

The label says its a hefe but I cant find that many hefe characteristics on the nose (which is rather different) or the palate. Smells of spices, a bit of grapefruit, with a wheat kicker.

Tastes of citrus, wheat, some spices with a tangy finish. I really enjoyed this one.

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

12oz bottle, best by Oct. 07, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - murky, orange/yellow color with a fast settling white head.

S - citrus/wheat aroma

T - sweet wheat and citrus flavors, good beer.

M - light bodied with fizzy carbonation.

D - good drinking beer, I could put away quite a few of these on a warm summer day or night.

Photo of AlephNull
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden, slightly brown with a nice thick white head. Leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass.

S- The wheat scents dominate this beer pretty strongly -- slightly spicy and orange smell.

T- Taste is wheat dominated as well with a bit of an orange flavor. Sweet and a bit of spice -- cloves. A bit better than your average American Heffe.

M- This is nice. Creamy, thick with an active finish.

D- A nice drinkable wheat beer. Enjoyable, but not outstanding.

Photo of zerofear13
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can’t imagine that this brew is too hard to find, but I got mine at good ol' Community Beverage in Queens. Attractive cartoon-ish bottle, best by September 2007. Pours out amber-gold with little-to-no head, which disappears almost instantly. Slight carbonation, but not too frothy. Very light hops smell with a bit of fruit kick to it. Very delicious full beer taste, without being too full on hops and malt, which is what I think Magic Hat was going for. Not harsh on alcohol or hops, but not watered down like so many commercial beers. Very light on the citrus/tangy flavor. Not much going on in the way of extra flavors, but a very simple, and delicious beer. Overall, if you’re looking for a good plain beer, without the added kicks here and there, Circus Boy would be a top choice for me. Just good old fashioned beer, light for the summer, and perfectly neutral in the taste department (not too much bitter hops or fruity citrus).

Photo of ghostmech007
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Off-kilter orangeish yellowish color. The beige colored head leaves a decent lacing on the glass.

Very bland nose. Slight spices and nutty notes in the back but not much here.

Nice spicy wheat punch on the tongue. The grains remind you of the ride. Slight yeast touch adds to the flavor. Smooth on the tongue and finishes with and off center dryness.

A decent brew that I got from the "Summer Variety Show" mix pack. I think that this beer is good but I don't think I would get it by itself. Average but good average.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

gladly scooped up the last multi-pack from giant eagle. it was on sale because the freshness dat was july 31 and it's now almost 2 weeks into august. under the cap reads "love is blind to your behind"

A- beautiful golden tangerine clementine body with a thick billowy smoke effect from the yeast drifting toward the bottom of my pint glass. the cloudy hefe was topped by 2in of frothy toothpaste spit head that dissipated quickly to 1/8in with lots of chunky lace. i left 1/2 the yeast in the bottle cuz there seemed to be a excessive amount.

S- sour orange, apricot, lemon balm like i grow in my garden, wheat, grains, herbal fermenting citrus like bad OJ, spicy clove, coriander, alcohol.

T- typical citrus like orange and lemon peel, clove and nutmeg, pineapple, agave nectar, mild hops. i make my own dandilion wine every spring and this beer had an uncanny taste resemblance. tart from the citrus and a run-of-the-mill ordinary fleishmann's yeast quality which i like in my wine but not in beer, that reminded me of miller high life with a spicy citrus kick and a fruity hop finish.

MF- sticky and dry with too much carbonation as i'm noticing with most magic hat beers. makes me want something more reputably american.

D- definitely refreshing but with lackluster and/or out-of-place characteristics. i've had more than a few better examples of wheat ale and hefe.

Photo of barknee
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Circus Boy pours a cloudy yeast enriched and heavily sedimentated clove honey color.
A light and unwilling nose of lemon balm and citrus barely permeate the nasal membranes, as one strains for an identifiable aromatic that might be emanating from this brew.
Thin and underweight in body, with lean and narrow flavors of lime and yeast, this is an under flavored and under developed brew, lacking the true qualities and elements of the style.
Drinkable but simultaneously unremarkable and uninteresting.
If this brew had been fined and filtered during production….well….lets be glad it wasn’t!

Photo of 86sportster883
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat's Circus Boy is an interesting American wheat beer that struck me as a little odd, but certainly drinkable.

The beer is a cloudy light honey color with a thin white head. The head doesn’t take long to completely recede and leaves the Boy with an strange, flat, syrupy appearance.

The smell is also a bit different, with moderately strong lemon citrus aromas dominating. It is medium bodied and has a stealthy carbonation. The wheat grain tastes are balanced by the carbonation and a drying finish followed by a citric twang and some spiciness.

Circus Boy seems like a decent wheat that just may take some getting used to. My first impression though is mixed. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it, although it may just be the style that I’m ambivalent towards.

Photo of dustylong
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a good head that dissipates quickly and leaves no real lacing (poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass). The wheat is very apparent in the aroma, along with a slight hint of citrus, mainly lemon. Has a very wheaty (duh), lemony taste. Sweet. Has a fairly light mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink. Overall, a pretty good beer, but nothing too special, try it out.

Photo of techdiver
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of gobias
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of westweasel
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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..

Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.