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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,574 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,574
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: 1,574 | Reviews: 654
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.

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.

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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.