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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,432 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,432
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | 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 steinlifter


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured a cloudy Mango-juice looking color, thin collar that retained well.
citrusy aroma, some spice also present.
taste was superb, lemon-grass-(which is an ingredient), peppery spice, good hop-kiss.
mouthfeel was crisp and clean.
drinkability is exceptional!...would make a great "session brew".
very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 08:40:54 | More by steinlifter
Photo of mnj21655


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a minimal white head. Smells very strongly of lemons and faintly of musty yeast. Tastes, almost overpoweringly, of lemon grass with hints of wheat. Has a nice mouthfeel with a low amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, its a good beer for a hot summer day when your not looking for something too complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 22:33:21 | More by mnj21655
Photo of donchata


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a cloudy, hazy pour with a faint caramel coloring. The beer revolves in the glass with a snow globe type movement. The taste was of citrus and grain. It was reasonably refreshing with an after taste of mellon. Circus boy is a nice beer to have at a BBQ.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2006 12:57:46 | More by donchata
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a very frothy head that leaves a nice pattern of lacing

Smell: Kumquat citrus and yeast aroma; interesting, but a bit murky

Taste: Harsh, peppery flavor from the start; lemony complexity after the swallow; pithy and tastes as if it was flavored with Angostura bitters

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but plenty of prickly carbonation

Drinkability: An interesting experiment but not to my taste; I had this on tap recently and enjoyed it a bit more and remember it as more like a traditional hefe than this

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 17:43:24 | More by brentk56
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.03/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dirty wheat with a muddy ivory and very clingy head fills my weizen glass. Very cloudy. Sweet malt aroma, some spice, mild citrus. Flavor is bland, harsh lemony yeast. Very poor. I found very little substance or character in this beer at all. Mouthfeel is chalky, medium bodied, highly carbonated, and grainy. Very disappointing and hardly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 21:32:24 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this beer because the packaging sparked my interest. I have had Magic Hat #9 from the tap of the local bar and thought it was incredibly complex so I figured I would give this a try.

The first thing I noticed that was really neat was that it is unfiltered. There are instructions on the box on how to pour it. You pour the first 3/4 of the bottle into a glass, swirl around the bottle to get the "gunk" out of the bottom, and then pour the rest into the glass causing a plume of thick, milky, sediment to take all transparency out of the previously poured beer.


The taste is sweet and complex, much like the #9. Very interesting. The head settles to thin sharp foam. Overall it is a very nice beer if you don't mind drinking something that looks like Metemucil.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 15:14:28 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of weasbri


4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most interesting beer from my Summer Variety Pack.
Poured a very murky golden color. In spite of swirling a bit before pouring to mix the yeast, it still settled in clumps to the bottom.
Faint yeast aroma, not much to it.
Complex taste to it, I'll see if I can pin down what's in there. Yeast is obvious, it lingers a bit afterward too. A bit of a slight peppery taste. Mild banana and citrusy fruitiness to go along with the obvious wheat.
Very nicely blended together, and right up there with my favorite summer wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 23:51:02 | More by weasbri
Photo of NoLiberty


2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a delightfull designed bottle into the glass. Very thick and VERY cloudy, almost more like pear juice. Circus Boy has a crispy head that quickly clears.
Aroma is of yeast, yeast and more yeast, more like rising bread dough than beer...not much else.
The taste is tart, yeasty and dough-like. Maybe I've got a bad bottle? Not refreshing like the good hefe I was anticipating. Reminds me of a first homebrew attempt.
Pretty weak body all around. Unless I hear otherwise from someone else I'm planning to stay clear of this one from the good folks at Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 17:53:44 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of laintringulis


4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a pubglass. Pours a frizzy golden color with large white frothy head that thins quickly. Light bodied, moderate, pleasant carbonation.

Smells of warm bananas, cloves, malt, and lemon.

Taste as smells, good malty earthy hit in the beginning with banana and clove appearing in the middle finishing with a light dryness. Very refreshing to drink. I would have preferred a thicker mouthfeel, but it was not watery. Nice balance and transition of flavors. Great session beer. start you lawn mowers!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 10:29:36 | More by laintringulis
Photo of asabreed

New York

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

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Attractively unfiltered and thickly hazy yellow. A nice head sits atop and fades fairly slowly.

Smell: Some spiciness, sweet wheat malt, and lots of tartness and lemon. Some yeastiness is in there too. Alright, but could be much better. Wish there was more hops in the nose too.

Taste: Again, some spiciness, herbal lemon qualities, a bit of mustiness, subtle yeast notes, and fairly sweet due to the wheat malt I imagine. Finishes slightly dry where the hops finally come in, even though they're not extremely present in the nose.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation's a little sprawling, which lends itself to a bit of astringency, and at the beginning it's slightly slick with a decent crispness.

Drinkability: I like this style, as it's definitely closer to an APWA than a Hefeweizen. It takes some interesting liberties, and I made a session brew out of this. It may be too sweet for some, and this could be better, but for right now it's a pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 19:43:03 | More by asabreed
Photo of beerdeity

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has the appearance of a hazy golden ale, but was missing the normal cloudiness of a weiss beer. I was unable to pick up much of an aroma, other than maybe a slight citrus. Circus Boy starts with a peppery bite, but smooths out to a citrus body, is very smooth, and has a mild finish. Not one of Magic Hat's best efforts.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 04:27:17 | More by beerdeity
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is fresh out of the growler which has been filled at the brewery today. It is in my newly acquired Circus Boy glass which is surprisingly just a standard pint glass rather than shapes more common for wheat beers.

The beer is hazy, yellow in color. White head disappears quickly leaving a thin cover that clings to the sides of the glass. Refreshing smell - lemon and grass. I guess it is fitting because the guy at the brewery mentioned that it was brewed with lemongrass. Refreshing taste with a nice bite. The taste builds up on the aroma. Light body, almost no after taste.

I find this beer very easy to drink. I don't think I'll be getting it a lot, but I will enjoy my growler.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2006 03:54:20 | More by ikats
Photo of villainchiwwin


4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy but bright orange (suspended yeast) with an orangey head that falls from great initial height to a stubborn centimeter, left some rings of lacing.

citrus smell, faint fried plantain comes through - orange seems to dominate, faint clove.

sweet citrus (lemon-orange) at first, then some clove over lemon-banana. silky smoothness gets spicier with some jostling from the wheat. a balancing measure of yeast floats in the background throughout and mild hops bitterness pins down the tail.

a brash, gung-ho, and thoroughly drinkable hefe that kicks around the tastebuds with balanced complexity in a wheat beer that doesn't bore.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 18:30:30 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a very hazy golden orange with a thin white head. The aroma has some citrus fruits upfront, along with a wheaty sourness, biscuity malt and a slight hint of ethanol. The flavor is initially malty with a sour wheat character upfront, along with some citrus fruits, biscuit, and some herbal hops. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with good drinkability. A tasty and drinkable pale wheat ale, great for a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 05:20:20 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of briman


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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium amber color. Nice finger thick off-white head. Good Retention...good lace.

Aroma is wheat, and citrus dominated. There do seems to be some cloves present, and maybe a touch of banana....but the citrus dominates the nose.

Taste is very bready wheat. Some citrusy notes come through towards the back. Finishes with a nice, mild, citrus hop bitterness. Lingers for just a second..

Medium-body, moderate carbonation. Good balance. A little more hoppy than I was expecting, but this is still a nice crisp wheat beer. Label says it's a hefe, but given the strong citrus notes and hop presence it does seem more like an American Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 01:07:47 | More by briman
Photo of Fish113d


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glagg, this Hefeweizen pours a pale orange peel color with a fizzy white head, that quickly begins to dissipate. A lot of yeast floating throughout the body, with some settling on the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is mainly of sour citrus fruit (orange). Maybe a bit of spice on teh nose also, but nothing definite. Pretty boring really.

Sipping it, sour orange flavors hit my palate quickly along with some prickly carbonation that kills off some flavor due to the tingly bubbles. Again, some yeast flavors there, but rather boring for a weiss beer.

Like I said, the carbonation is prickly, and the body is refreshing. Decent feel really, but could improve with just a tad less carbonation.

This is quite easy to drink, but not in a good way. I could pound this stuff all night long due to the low abv, but the flavor and overall appeal isn't there for me. In my opinion, Magic Hat does a much better job of promoting and creating cool bottle labels than creating tasty brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 21:45:10 | More by Fish113d
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Big, rocky head with pretty good retention. Cloudy yellow, slightly orange color. Smell is yeasty, wheat, and sweet. Taste is nice - sweet, a little fruity and tangy with maybe a touch of hops. Very smooth and refreshing with a light-medium body. Very drinkable and one of my favorite wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 15:38:29 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of Litterbean

New York

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No real head, cloudy as hell, half-white half-yellowish.

Smells a little lemony, with bland wheat and grains. The smell is a little "meh."

Taste is lemony, but there's a bland grainy taste behind the fruitiness. A little hint of apricot in the end. A little chalky in the mouthfeel. Refreshing, but not that good.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 00:55:57 | More by Litterbean
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Fluffy white head. Pale yellow and totally opaque!

S: Mostly citrusy hops but some wheat.

T: Citrus hops, hoppy bitterness, slight citrus on the finish, but quickly overtaken by malts. The malts and bitterness linger.

M: Somewhat full. Quite dry though.

D: Refreshing as expected, but dryness and lingering bitterness hurt here.

Not a hefe as it says on the bottle, but I like it. The dryness in this brew counteracts the refreshing effects. Not something I'd buy, but would certainly drink if offered.

Also note I made sure to dislodge and totally dissolved all the sediment into the beer before pouring, so there were no chunks floating or left in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 01:35:04 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of JMD71


3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw color towards gold. Nice head, but recedes quickly which I am not used to in comparison to its European counterparts. Little carbonation evident.

Aroma: Bubblegum, fruits & candy. Some flowery scents but little in the way or traditional wheat aromas.

Taste: Very flowery! Reminiscent of violets. Perfumy, with some lemony hints. No traditional similarities to hefe's that I can find.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & highly carbonated although not apparent. Smooth, crisp & clean on the palette.

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Refreshing although the perfumy flavor detracts from its overall attractiveness.

Comments: This was a bit out of the rnage of an American wheat from my point of view. The flowery, perfumy flavor made it a kind of anomaly in comparison. I would drink again if in a mix 12-pack, but wouldn't buy on its own merits.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 20:30:35 | More by JMD71
Photo of nlmartin


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a hazy straw yellow coloration with heavy sediment. The head was almost non existant.

Smell: The beer has a bit of cloves and a whiff of banannas. The beer has a good wheat maltyness and citrus combo.

Taste: The beer doesnt really deliver on the tasting. The beer has an ok yeasty wheat combo. A flash of citrus breaks the flavor up. Not bad tasting I just want more.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer has ok carbonation. This is not a bad beer. I just wanted much more flavor and aroma from my beer. This beer is a ok beer drink. This is just not a top shelf beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 06:17:45 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

Can't believe Magic Hat stuff is showing up in our local smalltown grocery store. I need to meet their beer buyer and shake his hand. I hope this is a sign of better things to come in Macroland, USA.

Pours a very large head, a few fingers thick. After a good swirl 3/4 of the way empty, that wonderful haze you like to see in a hefeweizen is present. Good dirty yellow color helps make this one quite a looker.

Aroma is largely fruity--peach, banana, pear--before giving way to clean wheat and wet hay.

Still a balanced mixture of wheat and fruit in the flavors, some lemon coming through (no, I didn't use a lemon wedge) and an earthy, grassy element. Must be the yeast helping to impart the tanginess. Seems even when they're not supposed to be, Magic Hat stuff leans toward the sweet side. Good creaminess in the mouth, though it thins out quickly.

An easy drinker, though I suspect this is yet another American wheat beer using the hefeweizen category too liberally. Still a satisfying offering, very likeable as long as you let it volley somewhere between the fruit beer, wheat beer and hefeweizen categories.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 22:56:26 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of EPICAC


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw golden with a creamy fluffy white head.

Smell: Yeasty, grainy, light citrus, sweet but subtle bubblegum.

Taste: Grainy wheat, citric tartness, with a lemon zest bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, low carbonation that still manages to give a tingling sensation

Drinkability: Light and refreshing.

Overall: An okay beer, an easy drinker, but lacking in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 17:24:40 | More by EPICAC
Photo of therica


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

Poured a ginger-ale banana golden color. The head wasn't spectacular, but it stayed in little island remnants for quite a while with some rimming.

My first impression was that it was modestly hoppy for a wheat beer, tinny with some bubblegum.

The head and also the beer has a bit of what seems at first to be a tinny zinc taste, and this has been my consistent impression with this beer. It's not overwhelmingly hop-ish in taste, yet the hops florals are present. But unlike a lot of beers with hops-presence, this one taste like actual fresh green hops-cones. Even a breath of the aroma has the same interesting flavor/scent.

I actually liked it a lot better after it sat for about 10 minutes. Hops florals and the wheat began to come through nicely in the nose. Unfortunately after it sat for about 30 minutes it had a strong nose of laundry detergent.

This is a nice drinking beer, although I suspect 2-3 would be my limit before I lost interest and moved onto something more interesting or less-accentuated.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 05:32:29 | More by therica
Photo of Boto


3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle: This pours a mainly cloudy golden color. It was a little fizzy, and suprisingly had no head to it. The aroma was OK, with some notes of banana, but mainly citrus and some wheaty breadiness. The taste has a suprising hint of bitterness to it. Some wheat flavor, with some malts to the body also. It had potential, but I think the circus boy was hanging out with the bearded lady instead of making a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 20:10:45 | More by Boto
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,432 ratings.