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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,566 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,566
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 154 | 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 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.

Photo of Jaguar
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from night of the living dead variety 12 pack.

Light sediment swirled and poured gave the appearance of cloudy iced tea in the glass. Mild citrus:lemony. Medium to low spice. spice fades, and pronounced lemon as it warms in the glass.
smooth and very drinkable. not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind drinking a few of them.

Photo of akajimmyd
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark cloudy yellow/orange color. Fluffy head which quickly dissipates. I gave a good swirl before the pour because it had settled quite a bit.

Smell - A little light in the smell department. Some citrus aromas, a little estery yeast.

Taste- Some tart lemons and pronounced wheats. A spicy bit in the middle of each sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Think and heavy, almost hearty (hard to say for a wheat beer.) Slightest sweet aftertaste. Overall very drinkable and enjoyable. Nice summer brew.

Notes - Looks great and has a interesting flavor, check this one out.

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

A funny beer, the Circus Boy -- its component flavors don't sound very good, but they come together to taste just fine. I poured a cloudy yellow glass full and was greeted by a fishy, metallic smell, not entirely unlike that of a can of tuna. Fortunately, take a sip and the fishy-metallic odor translates to a savory flavor with a slight twang. As the beer warmed, I was able to discern a distinct goaty undertone and lemon highlights, which would be particularly delicious if paired with the right food. This beer is similar to Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus, another wheat ale, but not as dry and altogether more flavorful. They're both worth trying, so see which one you like better.

Photo of steinlifter
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of mnj21655
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of donchata
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.03/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of weasbri
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of NoLiberty
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of laintringulis
4.24/5  rDev +25.4%
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!

Photo of asabreed
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of beerdeity
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of ikats
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of villainchiwwin
3.96/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.65/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of briman
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,566 ratings.