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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,498 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,498
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 92 | 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 andjusticeforale
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice light hazy yellow out of the bottle, with a nice head that doesn't seem to want to last. There is a noticeable smell and taste of lemon. Ther eis a great push of wheat malt and refreshing crispness.

You have to like lemon to like this beer. It almost tastes like the lemon from a box of trix or lucky charms. THe only caveat with this beer would be switching from one to another type and having that lemony taste.

andjusticeforale, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale wheat yes, not a hefeweizen. Herbal Hoppy and some lemon, like a blend of a pale ale and a hefweizen. Moderate amount of wheat in the mouth A nice one, though light on the mouth. Yeast wheaty smell. Cloudy yellowness with white head.Good summer day beer.

Sammy, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Make Love, not Processes Food"

Lightly hazed yellow gold - frothy white head clings to the glass. Peppery wheat and faint lemon rind aroma. Spicy wheat malts, grain, and citrus hops - ends earthy and dry. Crisp, medium mouthfeel; it all adds up to fit the requirements of a good summer beer.

Apparently, they brew it with lemongrass which would explain some of the flavors. Good for refreshment and better than 370.

wedge, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of beerislove
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, deep yellow, with a nice foamy head. Barkeep just rotated some offerings and told me the keg had just been tapped the night before.

Mix of stong wheat and hop aromas. Just a hint of citrus makng itself known. Expecting a to like the taste....

Initially tastes just like a pale wheat (MH has it wrong labeling this a hefeweizen), with sweet and malty with strong wheat flavors coming through. Lemony , astringent notes follow, but then nothing. It feels like the flavor falls off halfway down my tongue, surely there is more to it.

Overall body is light with nice carbonation, but the flavor just doesn't seem to be amplified enough for me to want any more. MH has the start of something here, but project is still incomplete.

beerislove, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange with different shades throughout the the body which I love, it leaves a thick off white head that is frothy and bubbly. The aroma is terrible, sour, funky sour milk, my first thoughts is this could be a bad beer. The taste fantastic! Sweet malty honey upfront, nothing like the nose very strange this has never happened to me before where the nose is spoiled but the beer itself is great. To continue with the taste it has a strong wheat twang, that is balanced by again some sweetness of sun flowers, fruit, pale malt, and a the finish is brisk clean and lovely. The nose could be a fluke, but I would def buy this beer again I just wonder about the nose.

Franchise, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer initially pours a clear golden orange body, but if you pour traditional wheat beer style by shaking up the yeast it pours a cloudy light brown leather/off-white body with a small white head.

Nose is malty with touches of yeast, wheat, soft lemon and just a hint of spice.

Taste is light to medium bodied with an initial, very cheap, celestial seasonings type herbal tea taste. Touches of lemon and even lime almost give it a Sprite/7up flavor mixed with mop and glo. A slightly rough but chewy wheat and grain taste. A mild bitterness accompanied by a very mild earth hop.

An odd beer, not a classic german or even american wheat. Somewhere in the middle with just a twist to it making it very original beer.

taez555, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle; best before 08.2006.

"Beer for Peace", under the cap.

Cloudy, pale straw; tons of active carbonation. Porous, foamy white head that remains as a thin, creamy sheet. Spotted lacing around the upper half of the weizen glass.

Musty wheat aroma with other adjunctory-smelling grains: rice and corn. Lightly toasted oats with just a hint of lemon.

Toasted malts with a hint of sweetness. The malted wheat adds a lot of mustiness making for a dry, filmy finish. Citrus notes give a metallic taste with some astringency.

Light bodied; a little filmy, powdery on the palate. Nothing abrasive though.

A boring wheat ale with some flaws in flavor. I was under the impression that this was a former mystery batch. If so, this version is slightly better than I remember, but that's not saying much.

NEhophead, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weisse glass.

A: First of all, the pour was fun. Very cloudy beer, and swirling the dregs before pouring the last bit into the glass produced a really noticeable settling of yeast in the glass. All kinds of migrating swirls, and it just seemed appropriate for a beer with such a quirky brewery. I made my wife watch it as I held it up to the light.

S: I'm stealing someone else's line about how it smells like aromatic soaps, because it's dead-on accurate. This beer smells like a craft store, absolutely. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I've never smelled a wheat beer quite like this. Perfumy. Lavender? Definitely reminiscent of fresh-baked bread. What a completely mystifying aroma.

T: The craft store element shows itself during the tasting. No banana flavors at all, which is odd for a wheat beer. Not even much citrus. It's still a very yeasty beer, but it's unlike any other hefeweizen I've had. A very long finish.

M: Very light, and just the right amount of carbonation for a refreshing wheat beer. I don't feel any tingling on the tongue at all.

D: A pretty interesting beer, really. How you feel about the aroma is critical to this beer. I'd rate it as pretty complex.

rarevos, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of LvilleIPA
4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I got this in, it was warm. I took one out of the case to check it out, tilted it, and held it towards the light.

I couldn't believe the amount of "sock lint" in the bottom of this one.

After observing the pouring directions on the bottle, I sat on the front porch and took a sip. Next thing I knew, the six pack was gone (this is perfect for a hot, summer day).

Not a typical Hefe, really not alot of vanilla/banana nose or other traditional qualities of euro hefes, but I couldn't believe how drinkable this was.

Magic Hat is shaping up to be a hit with the Macro drinking women out there. Most of the girls I know now love this as well as #9.

LvilleIPA, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of IPhantom
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a flared pint glass. On the cap: "Only louts are ruled by their doubts."

Nice color, cloudy honey with a thick white head that gets down to a finger, some lacing, with a lot of bubbles. Aroma is on the heavy side for a hefeweizen, reminds me almost of fresh grass (in a good way). Taste is tart, almost winey, with hints of grapefruit. Alcohol hits on the way down. Flavor was probably helped by this bottle being particularly fresh. Moutfeel was light, bubbly, and dry. The grapefruit tang and light character make it a nice summer beer. Perhaps a little hoppier than other hefs, but that's what Magic Hat does.

IPhantom, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, Best By Aug notched on label. Cap message: Support your local music.

“The Hefeweizen” is printed on the front label.

Clouded ochre core with chaff highlights. Short, off-white bubbles that settle quickly to a collar, with no carbonation streams present. Lemony and slightly yeasty with a modest spicy hop note. The taste is fruity and zesty, lemon zest with some bread crust yeastiness abound. A bit grainy, and there is also a slight mustiness that shows up in the finish. The mouthfeel is bright and effervescent with a medium body. I enjoyed this as a wheat ale, but do not expect a true hefeweizen as those defining banana and cloves notes are 100% removed. This is a wheat beer with a built in lemon.

hopsaplenty, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of RollingRock01
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is my first review...somewhat under the unfluence

this is really one of my favorite beers. its absolutely delicious. nice color to it, orangish tint, not too much head and smells itrusy/fruity. absolutely perfect for any summer drinking session, and made me realize the goodness of hefeweizens in general. surprisingly this beer comes in top few of magic hat beers and hefwiezins overall

RollingRock01, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a nice thick white head. Pretty high carbonation is evident immediately. The aroma is of wheat and citrus with a bit of rustic straw and earth underneath. There’s a tart-smelling quality to the aroma that makes the beer seem refreshing before you take the first sip. Moderately dry with a light, spritzy character. The citrus quality really comes out in the taste. Not much in the way of phenols or esters, just straightforward wheat. This gives the beer a bit of a “ho-hum” quality. There may be a sketch yeast taste, but it’s not a centerpiece of the beer. Light and very easy to drink, this may be a decent ‘sit-on-the-deck-in-the-sun’ beer.

Suds, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of AoxoMoxoA
4.6/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy beer, but it's meant to be cloudy. After all, we drink it because it tastes good... not because its crystal clear. And Circus Boy certainly does taste good. It reminds me of some of the beers a local microbrewery serves on tap. The fact that Magic Hat can reproduce that quality in a mass production of bottled beer is commendable, to say the least. The pouring tip on the side of the box definitely affects the overall taste and appearance of the beer; give it a try.

AoxoMoxoA, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of HurricaneMo
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat pale beer with a slight orange tint. Average head but lacing was not very impressive. Smelled stongly of citrus, definitely some lemon. The taste seemed to comprise of a lot of citrus with some wheat undertones. A nice mouthfeel but less carbonation than one would expect. Definitely very easy to drink. Try it if you get the chance but nothing to write home about.

HurricaneMo, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of DrunkPagan
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There are good hefeweizens, and bad hefeweizens. Good ones are light, aromatic, flavorful, and the really good ones have a nice crispy aftertaste. The Circus boy has none of that.
While it has an appealing light honey color, the smell put me off. It reminds me of some floral soaps that we have in the bathroom i.e. too powerful, too heavy, and slightly soapy.
The taste was also a let down. A slightly sour aftertaste to a sickeningly sweet flavor. I can barely taste some hops, but they don't mix well.
There is a bit of crispness as it rests on the taste buds, but it's mostly from carbonation. Worst of all, this one goes down heavy. My stomach is still protesting. There are better hefeweizens out there.

DrunkPagan, May 30, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass. 1" thick white head that stuck around for a while. Cloudy swirls appear after last pour.(unfiltered) nice legs run down the glass after a few gulps. Foamy white head stuck around the top of the glass for a bit.

Sweet citrus and other fruits, maybe some apricot. wheat/spice undertones.

Wheaty, with a bunch of citrus taste and spices.

a nice clean feel, very light and fresh.

Pretty dang drinkable, yesterday(5/28/06) was a hot one up here in the great woods of cow Hampshire and these went pretty easily.

GratefulBeerGuy, May 29, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Best by end of July.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy light golden brew. Head is quickly slow to fade, and presents ample bubbly white lacing. Aroma is earthy wheat, with citric notes. Taste is lots of citrus, not much wheat. You can taste and feel the light wheat charcter floating under the surface, but it just isn't pronounced enough for me. Lingers with a slight lemony aftertaste. Mouthfeel is acceptable, certainly nothing detracting, and drinkability is definitely easy. This would probably fit into the thirst-quencher category, but even for that it seems a bit lacking on flavor.

ppoitras, May 29, 2006
Photo of jyeast101
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Citrus and Flowery in smell. A cloudy dark yellow and light orange in color with a 1/2 inch white head. Also notice the left over yeast in the bottle. Just a note: yeast is good. Definate flowery taste with a bit of a citrus taste and slightly bitter. Absolutely dry. Good lacing on the gless.
Cap reads... What is the mixture of life's elixir

jyeast101, May 24, 2006
Photo of tubbnik
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

got a case at the local beer distributer. (i heart PA)

a - yellow-orange. bright. opaque but not cloudy. almost syrupy in apperance.

s - fruity. oranges and lemons. perhaps grapefruit. little discernable yeast or bread smell.

t - oooh...sour. oranges more than lemons. iced tea perhaps. worse as it warms.

m- decent. active carbonation early. gets a flat feel half way.

d - havent had more than two in a row. i tire or the taste. i've re-upped with another case of victory prima pils this weekend. also bought two bombers of stoudt tonight. methinks im done with circus boy.

kinda disappointed. perhaps i bought too many. a twelve pack would have held me. i dont know when (if) i'll purchase more. theres others heffey's out there, try them first.

tubbnik, May 24, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, opaque yellow. Like a hazy honey. The head leaves lace and lasts as a skim with a bit of reddish yeast on top.

Quite yeasty in the nose, and more malt than wheat.

Interesting a punchy flavor. I'm impressed. Quite malty, and tangy-sharp from the yeast and hops playing together. The final exhale wheaty. A sweet, soft banana note.

Very soft on the palate, mellow carbonation. Light to medium body. I could definitely quaff this. Maybe I should revisit this brewery.

akahn, May 22, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a mildly hazy, pale yellow with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: A lemon & wheat aroma with a background of malt and yeast and a slight hint of alcohol.

T: It has a mild but hearty wheat & malt flavor with a touch of lemon, well-balanced taste that stays consistent from beginning to end and a very faint lemony malt after-taste.

M: Very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean, slightly dry finish.

D: This is an easy-drinking, poundable kind of beer, due to the smoothness and mild flavor. This was decent beer. The best thing I can say about it is that it’s perfect for the beer-drinker looking to take their first step out of the macro rut.

TheManiacalOne, May 21, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Magic Hat offering pours a murky off-orange with a scrubby head. The nose is dominated by lemony citrus smells. The palate starts with a big citrus burst that is then attentuated by wheat but finishes with a ton of sour acidity. Mouthfeel is crisp and even thoughout. Overall, the flavors in this beer aren't incredibly great or anything, but they are interesting, which is a step up for most American wheat beers. This is one of the better Magic Hat brews I've had recently.

geexploitation, May 19, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a a cloudy cross of lemonade and iced tea with a thinner white head that had no lasting power,at first the aromas struck me as unappetizing but after a minute it was better had like a wet grain element but the lemon and slight cloviness showed up after a minute.Wheat malt flavors are large here and toasted cereal grain with the lemon and clove taking a backseat although noticable mainly in the finish.You know its not half bad I am not a huge fan of American wheat ales but this has character a little rough around the edges but its worthy of having a few on warm spring day I think.

oberon, May 15, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label says "unfiltered and unfettered". The unfiltered part I get, but I'm not sure about the unfettered part. The beer was a hazy yellow with a fairly small head that lingered. It had a sweet, grainy aroma. Taste-wise, it was mostly sweet, with a slight citrus flavor. Nothing too special. The bottles I had left a sour taste in my mouth, so mouthfeel was average. An OK , but not great, beer.

lordofthewiens, May 14, 2006
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,498 ratings.