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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,560 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,560
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 26
Gots: 141 | 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 02-22-2006

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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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.

Photo of Saint
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On of my favorite beers as it is always constant. It is a wheat beer, and you will know it from the first sip. It has a delicious strong wheat taste, with a slight citric air. It is a very crisp beer, and for a hefeweizen is relatively hoppy. It is very much alike it fellow magic hat brother, Hocus-Pocus, except without the sweet honey flavor.

Photo of wingman14
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that lingers. The smell reminds me of lemon pledge, definitely has lemon zest, maybe banana and a subtle hoppyness. The taste is driven by the lemon/citrus and dominates the beer. It has a light body with a pleasant mouthfeel. A good unfiltered and well carbonated beer, but the taste was hard to get through by the end of the glass. The subtle hop aftertaste was the only thing that helped me finish this one. This beer is refreshing but you better be in the mood for a hefe. A strong flavor for hefe lovers.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best by February, brewed with natural flavors (?), and unfiltered. It pours an opaque apricot and is topped with an inch of white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is spicy and citric, with wheat tang/husk, lemon/orange, light banana, and medicinal phenols. The wheat tastes nutty/tangy, and there are notes of citrus, medicinals, light banana, and a medium bitterness on top of a medium body that is quite smooth, with medium carbonation and finish. Overall a quality pale wheat ale that definitely quenches thirsts.

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

12oz, drink by December notched on the bottle, box says 2006.
Pours a cloudy orange color with chunks of yeast in suspension. Thick head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is musty and on the clove side of the spectrum. Taste is thick and yeasty with a bit a lemon and clove. Rather dry aftertaste, cloves, mildly bitter. Not my favorite wheat beer, but not a drain pourÂ…

Photo of ericj551
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Circus Boy pours a light orange, quite cloudy after a lot of swirling. I smell a slight yeast astringency and a bit of citrus hop in the background. Taste is more of the same, banana and clove flavors are slgiht at best. Otherwise this is a fairly decent wheat beer, quite drinkable.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

This beer poured a clear, golden color with creamy, white foam that persisted. The smell was malty with bit of a vegetal smell and a hint of sulfur (?). The taste was wheat malt with some yeast. There was a light floral flavor. The hop bitterness was low. The mouthfeel was crisp with medium body and good carbonation. The dry wheat malt lingered in the finish. This was not bad, and a bit refreshing.

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

Served on tap in a standard pint glass.

Traditional hefe look. Unfiltered so it's cloudy, no head by the time it got to me, nice lace though.

Acidic and spicy scent. Some sweetness in the wheaty quality.

This beer looked like a hefe, and Magic Hat bills it as such, but it tastes nothing of the sort. It carries a hoppy, bready, yeast flavor. Lacking definitive banana and clove, yet still spiced. Citrus. Accurately classified as an American pale wheat ale.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle into American pint glass.

A: Cloudy, opaque gold, with a big, fluffy white head that stays around and clings to the glass.

S: Lemon, wheat twang, maybe yeast?

T/M: Almost creamy on the palate, phenolic yeast funk, wheat twang, and something weird I can't put my finger on.

D: I can only take one of these.

Overall: I don't particularly care for this one, but I'm not a fan of wheat beers in general. It's true to style and it doesn't taste bad (my roommate loves it), but I just don't like wheat beers.

Photo of BeerRun13
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellowish orange. A nice white head falls a bit and leaves a touch of sticky lacing.
Wheaty and yaesty aroma. Also quite a noticeable lemony scent.
Wheat backbone. Some spiciness and yeast evident. Again the lemony citrus flavor is there, and maybe a tad to much, but it is fairly nice. Hops could stand to show through a bit more.
Medium bodied and well carbonated. Crisp enough finish.
Not a bad beer at all. Again I would lighten up the lemons or try to balance out with a little more hop presence. Refreshing though, for sure.

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

The bottle has drink by date of Nov 06 and an interesting quote, "Envision the Grandeur". The color is a cloudy orange and the unfiltered liquid leaves sediment at the bottom of the bottle. There is a thin head that leaves no lacing to speak of.

The aroma and taste are both lemony and light grains with very little hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some nice tanginess. It is easy to drink and very smooth.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glasshazy a pale golden wtih a white and very low head which lasted but an instant and left very little of it's tracing on the glass.

The aroma was earthy and estery with a pronounced citrus presence. Soft wheat existed in the background of the strong lemon character. the lemon citrus seemed very similar to that found in beers using lemongrass.

The flavor was, well, a bit odd. The wheat was certainly present as was the lemon and citrus, but the flavors were all muted and messy without a clear concept. The flavor was lightly tart and earthy and had just a bit of spice that was clove and pepper, but neither at a very high level. The bittering of the beer was fairly high and it was difficult to tell if that bittering came from lemon/lemongrass or from hops. In either case it was not well done and not well balanced for the other flavor characteristics of the beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting citrus impression and wheat into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation level. An ok beer in terms of drinkability, but otherwiser a bit odd and mostly ho-hum.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of Freshie
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Cloudy apple cider hue, with little to no head.

Smells citrusy, and other musty aromas.

Tastes of a musty malt, with citrus sweetness coming afterwards. Soapy taste clings to the back of your mouth. The malt is not bready enough for me. Too much focus on the more fruity flavors in this one. Very unbalanced.

Not my favorite Heffe. Too out there.

Photo of kelticblood
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A good drinkable beer. Different taste with no real distinct style. I taste hints of wheat,hops,and ginger. A spicy beer that is balanced with a smooth wheat finish. The color is a hazy straw yellow. No real head to speak of with small amounts of lacing. A light to medium body with good carbonation and an again well balanced mouthfeel.Aroma is a citrus,wheat,and banana smell. Slight bitterness that does linger. I wouldnt say this a true American wheat beer. Magic Hat is not known to follow any style when brewing. Overall this is very good and worth a try.

Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,560 ratings.