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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 schoolcb
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Handcarried from Vermont to Texas, thanks DAD!!

Pale yellow in color, pours clear, but rouse the yeast and pour the rest and it clouds right up. Doesn't have the clover or banana nose of a true Heffeweizen, nore the flavor, it is more along the lines of an American wheat. Does have a lemony twang to it, and some hop bitterness without the hop flavor. Very light body and an easy drinker. It's a decent beer.

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

Hand-carried from Burlington to Vienna (thanks, Bob!), the 33cl brown bottle features a brown and yellow label featuring an empty rolling circus animal cage under the name. Label states that the beer is unfiltered and unfettered, and "natural flavors added." No other ingredient hints. Best before 1/31/07, I opened it on 2/10/07.

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish gold under a one finger white head that boasts lots of bubbles and fades quite quickly to a think collar and spotty film. A couple of lace strings hang on the sides. The nose has lots of wheat and a touch of citrus fruit, probably lemon. The mouth is light and very prickly. Sweet and tangy taste, definitely with lemon notes. There's not much yeast here, despite the fact that the label calls it "The Hefeweizen!" The lemon taste yields to a subdued but unmistakable espresso dry bitterness which starts to control at the finish, then dominates the aftertaste. Not at all what I expected, this is a fairly pleasant brew worthy of sustained enjoyment, even if it does not generate excitement.

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

Looks like a hefe...dull gold color, fairly decent sized white head, lots of carbonation. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. Nose was average, crispness and some banana but nothing to get your attention. Taste was not really outstanding either, crisp...mild wheat beer/hefe style taste, but not even as pronounced as Widmers. Mouthfeel was good...not watery, rich enough for the style. Drinkability is fairly good also, I would have no problem drinking several on a hot day, but this is not a beer I would go out of my way to seek out...

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

Smells of lemon, yogurt, clove, banana.
Initial taste of lemon custard, followed through with some notes of banana and grainy wheat, a little bubblegum. A bittnerness that falls slightly upon the toungue toward the end, faint but noticable hop flavoring. Chewy in the mouth. Nice and dry ending leaves me wanting more.
A nicely done American wheat beer. One of the better beers I have had from Magic Hat lately.

Photo of psinderson
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden straw color. Surprisingly thin head. You expect a big bubbly head with a good hefe.

Smell: Yeasty and bready but it lacks the typical hefe banana/clove aroma. There's some sourness in the nose, too.

Taste: Strong yeasty flavor with apparent alcohol. There is a mild citrus background. The alcohol taste ruins this for me. There's no complexity at all.

Mouthfeel: Typically thin body. Carbonation seems to be low.

Drinkability: This is the best aspect of this beer. Very light feeling and drinkable.

Photo of Minkybut
3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured beer into tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer had a nice light head, cloudy of course yellow orange color. Bready smell came from the big and small bubbly head. Strange looking carbonation looking bubbles under head stuck to side of glass. Beer was yeasty tasting of couse, bready with a slight sweet taste, tiny hop taste very crisp. Not a big wheatbeer fan but I would try this again.

Photo of Alkey
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured a cloudy golden color with fluffy white head and decent retention that leaves some spots of lace around the glass. Smell has a bit of a funky fruit scent like an old banana, peach fruit drink. The taste seems somewhat watered and rather bland. I could easily drink this one but would probably not have another.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

served into a tall Blue Moon wheat glass from a 12oz.brown long neck bottle with crimped cap.

Cloudy,Yellow/orange color,a 2" thick head very fluffy looking,lively looking lot of streams of bubbles tightly knitted together, chunks of yeast some dark particles?
Curtians of lace down the glass.

Clean,very light aromas fruity tartness,grassy,slight hints of bannana and some light spiceness. The aroma was a bit on the faint side overall,but pleasing.

Clean,delicate,a bit weak taste.Citrus is the predominate taste followed by a good fruity tartness,grassy/leafy tastes. Lemon rind finish good light citrusy feel to it. A very slight bannana taste,no clove at all,a different wheat beer The taste was very pleasing with no offensive tastes what so ever.

Very light mouthfeel ,very easy drinking,refreshing,execellent session beer. A great starter wheat.Lacks a little flavor but enough to make a great summer beer. Could drink this all of a summer day.

Photo of AlexJ
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Murky yellowish amber with a puffy white head that leaves the faintest trails of lace as it slides away. Nice looking.

Aroma is light wheat and metallic lemons. Some minerality and grassy notes as well.

Flavor similar, faint wheat and citrus with nondescript hops in the finish. Unpleasant metallic notes coupled with the trademark Ringwood yeast flavor make this another dissapointment from MH. The bottle touts it as a hefeweizen, nothing could be further from the truth.

Body is medium with a slick, wheaty mouthfeel that is soft on the palate. It just doesn't taste good enough to be highly drinkable.

Does anyone else remember when MH used to make good beers? Oh well, at least the lable is interesting.

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

Pours a four-fingered white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color, ton of yeast on bottom of bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose. Starts sweet, some yeast, piney aftertaste. 12 oz bottle, gift from Vintage Cellars Blacksburg, VA. Best by Nov 2006.

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

12oz bottle, shared by santoslhalper.

Pours a hazy straw color, a small finger of head atop, with decent retention.

Smell is kind of odd. There are notes of sulfur (wha?) as well as some citrus and apricot.

Tastes of sweet citrus with a light grassy maltiness and a very slight bitter finish. The lemongrass they add is evident in the taste.

Mouthfeel is rather light ,almost watery and a tad spritzy.

Drinkability is ok, this would be a decent lawnmower beer but its not quite tasty enough to have too many.

Photo of Atron67
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- orange color, hazy, very thin head, disappeared
S- good smooth soft wheat, not much yeast aroma
T- sweet malty slight, citrus, light bitterness pretty sweet
M- heavier than expected body, smooth, but a sweet finish
d- a good beer, however a little too sweet, but enjoyable

Photo of garymuchow
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why not have a wheat beer in the middle of the winter. It was, afterall, amost 40 today and it's the last warm day for a few weeks. Thanks JB.

Surprisingly small head for style. Very cloudy orange/yellow.
Soft wheat aroma with a mild yeast quality. Mild aroma overall.
Tartness wrapped around a wheat and pale malt body. A nice fruity malt sweetness and slightly citrus precedes the lighter side of moderate bitterness. Some astringency seems to prevent extended dryness but the finish is rather long for a lightly flavored beer.
Substantial body for style yet light and soft enough to drink easily. Nice thirst quenching qualities.
Nice example for style. Easy drinking, tasty, tart, slightly sweet, and yeasty. Flavors really start to blend nicely as it warms.

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

Poured a hazy orange-gold into a pilsner glass, producing a lush cream-colored quarter-inch head that lasted, leaving nice lacing.

The smell was spices -- cloves and ginger (?) -- and fruit. Tasted sticky sweet and somewhat citrusy with notes of sweet honey with a noticeable but not dominant finish of piney hops.

Felt crisp in the mouth but a little thin. Extremely drinkable -- would be a good session beer if not for the cloying sweetness.

Not bad -- one of the better offerings I've had from Magic Hat, which is generally not one of my favorite brewers. Nothing I'm going to hunt for, but certainly nothing I'd turn down either.

Photo of alexskovan
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy pale orange with a thin fizzy head that dropped at once to a quarter-inch. Aroma very subtle, some lemon fighting with the C02 nose-buzz. Taste was ginger and lemon with honey notes, rounded out with the very slight hop bitterness typical of the style. Light and refreshing and rather good. This is an "unfiltered" hefe, but the yeast forms a thick sediment that tends to stay in the bottle. I advise gentle agitation before pouring if you want it "mit hefe".

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

This is from Joe's Garage mix pack. Pours a very hazy yellow (lot of yeast sediment in this) Smells a bit weak and a little soapy with citrus. tastes quite a bit better, somewhat citrus, a little yeasty tasting with some ending bitterness in the finish. Overall it would a nice summer beer, should be released a little later in the season.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Pours a cloudy mix of dark golden on top and pale yellow towards the bottom...seems a little backwards. Creamy white head that snuck its way down to a small ring atop the glass; remants of sticky lacing followed.

S - Aromas of spices, yeast, wheat, and bananas. More of spice than wheat, which is nicer - I enjoy the spiced wheat brews. Mild hops linger in the background. Strong aroma.

T - Spices aren't as potent as their scent led me to believe, but cloves and coriander with some pepper still made their appearance. More on the lemon/banana side. Yeast and wheat still comprise the backbone of this beer, but the flavors are a little on the weaker side...good flavors, but a little out of balance. One sip I get a peppery lemon, the next a yeasty banana. All part of the complexities of an American Pale Wheat, I suppose.

M - Creamy at first, but it thinned out a bit as I drank more. I probably should have cooled this one down a few more degrees before consuming. Bubbly finish.

D - A pretty good fit for the style...a stronger selection than some other Magic Hat offerings. I'd give the thumbs up to try this one.

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

Magic Hat- Circus Boy

Appearance- Bright yellow almost orange yellow with a moderate soapy white head.
Smell- Sweet lemon and wheat.
Taste- Big sweet lemony wheat/ straw.
Mouthfeel- Again sweet up front a mild dry bitterness in the backend.

Overall- A decent offering. Definitely a golfing beer!

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

It pours a hazy wheat yellow, a bit darker in the middle, well carbonated and lively. A finger of white head dwindles gradually to pithy islets. Yeasties abound, and lacing is filigreed on the inside of the glass.

The aroma is yeast first, bready and estery with a touch of banana and lemon zest, but backed by a measure of general but spicy hops.

Upon tasting, the wheat is notable for a briefly sweet nudge, then is bested by the same esters in the aroma, with a lesser banana note here, but with a more assertive and tangy lemon citrus piece in place. The grain crisps considerably toward the close, with a dry vague bitterness of hops lingering at the close. The flavor is reminiscent of a steam-esque beer, with a very dry character, but is a tad thin.

Light bodied, the crisp dryness lends a flat glow to the palate.

I knew it was wheat, but the first sip came off as Steam, and I was encouraged, and while I didn't become discouraged, it dropped off quickly. No question, though, it is refreshing, with its dry finish and quenching nature. I guess this is a time-and-place beer, with where you are and when it is making this beer either just what you want, or a bit less than ideal. But that's too much thinking for me.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second Magic Hat offering, a 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Beneath the cap says: "Land your ear to someone who's dear".

A: I began with a careful pour, which resulted in a slightly hazy blonde/wheat color with a one-finger white fizzy head and some pretty vigorous carbonation. Saved the last couple ounces and agitated/poured some of the unfiltered yeast sludge a little later. This (of course) created a cloudy and slightly darker wheat-color and concealed all carbonation. Head fades fairly quickly either way.

S: Sweet, bready yeast smells mingled with dry, bittering hops. A solid dose of lemon zest and a light spice.

T: Initially tried this without the yeast - results were maltiness upfront with a kick of citrusy hops, most notably lemon. Has a wet grass/hay finish. When the yeast was added, flavors softened quite a bit and became enriched with more wheat flavors and less acerbic. What I initially would have graded a "3" bumped up a notch.

M: Mouthfeel is generally crisp and light, borders on refreshing. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Finishes dry and clings a bit; that lemon zestiness causes some salivation and makes you want another sip.

D: A likable, light tasting and sessionable wheat beer. Nothing spectacular, just good balance and fairly interesting flavors. Recommended for a try, but be sure to utilize that unfiltered yeast sludge at the bottom.

Another solid brew acquired from Metalmonk - thanks!

Photo of jubnat
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A bit darker than most hefeweizens, more orange. Decent head, nice carbonation. Lemon dominates both the smell and tastes. It tastes similar to lemon detergent, almost like a fake lemon flavor. Also has a nice spiciness, but is overpowered by the lemon. Tangy aftertaste. The lemon flavor is just too much, too tangy and soapy. Maybe a got an older bottle, but I did not enjoy this. Maybe I'll try again sometime if I get a fresher sample.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy sweet golden color. you can definitly smell the wheat and some fruit notes right up front. the taste is smooth with bannana and clove notes as expected but this beer kind of has a slight edge to it. not bad, but just a flavor i can't place. i can now understand why this beer was in the winter sampler. it's the first american hefe that i haven't immediatly thought was a summertime beer. i could definitly see this being as good on a cold winter night as on a hot summer day. overall pretty good and definitly one of my new favorite magic hat offerings.

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

Tangerine gold color with medium orange haze. Small creamy, slightly off white head. Aroma is unsteady but is generally fruity and wheaty. Orange, lemon zest, mildly peppered, faintly grassy, with a good amount of nut-like, yeasty wheat. Not bad but odd. Taste is like the nose with more apparent fruit variety, more orangy candy, and a bitter sour kick. Lemon and zest remains along with the wheat. The hops keep it entertaining. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly coating. Soft on the palate with medium body and constant but active carbonation. Drinkability is as it should be.

Not the smoothest arrangement of flavors but a decent and enjoyable variation on the style. I still don't see why it is in my winter mix pack though.

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

Hazy yellow-brown with a thin head.

Aroma is sour with banana and some pear, no clove.

Taste follows suit -- there's a sour flavor right up front, some mild ripe banana and pear, and a harsh metallic finish.
Flavors are slightly muted, and the combination of flavors here is difficult to enjoy.

This is a bit off for a hefe, I won't buy it again.

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, BBD notched into the back label, poured into a weizen glass with the bottom 1/3 swirled. the bottom of the cap said "support your local music."

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with some sentiment floating throughout.

Aroma: Wheat malts along with some cloves and lemon.

Taste: Lemon/cloves along with some yeast. There was something else in there that I couldn't quite figure out, oh well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: Thirst quenching, I found this one to be quite refreshing. A good hefeweizen, but you'd better be in the mood for one.

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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,573 ratings.