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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Circus BoyCircus Boy

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1,380 Ratings
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Ratings: 1380
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%

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 JMWEB2

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A bright golden yellow, very little head, and a permanent cloudy look.

S: Sort of watery sweetness/ citrus aroma. A little earthy as well.

T: Sweet lemony/ fruity taste up front almost tangy, but also hoppy bitterness finish. Some lemon zest? Nice take on hefe by Magic Hat.

M: Pretty light and easy drinkability, very refreshing.

O: I enjoyed this beer, as expected Magic Hat departs from typical Bavarian-style Hefe, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 23:10:21 | More by JMWEB2
Photo of Scourge07


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with 1/2 to 1 finger of head that does not take long to dissipate. Much carbonation.

Smell: Wheaty/Biscuity with a touch of honey. There is a slight sweetness to it.

Taste: I'm detecting wheat, citrus, and a very subtle banana-like flavor. It is a tad tart/bitter, however, there is almost no detectable hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, yet creamy. Heavy carbonation adds a bite to the tongue like soda.

Overall: This is a decent beer. It's a bit lacking in the flavor department as the taste in general is rather subdued, but it is a crisp, refreshing, and sessionable brew. I'm not sure why it's categorized in the APWA category, as there is almost no hop flavor to it. I've had better hefeweizens, but this particular one is not bad as a tastier party beer or a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 04:56:24 | More by Scourge07
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2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First off, there were "chunks" of gross stuff in this beer. I almost didn't drink it. Awful. I didn't notice much else about the appearance.

The smell was very average. There was nothing special or distinctive about it.

The taste was also very average. I'd give it to somebody if they'd never had a beer and wanted to know what one tasted like. I'm not sure why this beer has to even exist.

The mouthfeel was also average. There was nothing special or noteworthy about it.

Overall, I'd give it a 2.5 because I was disgusted by the chunks of junk floating around in it!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 04:47:44 | More by Vashtar
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New York

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a slightly hazy hay color with two fingers of creamy white head that lingers nicely and leaves spotty lacing on the glass
S: notes of banana, slight clove and a nice addition of lemon peel
T: Banana peel and slight lemon
M: A bit intense on the carbonation, leaves a bit of silkiness on the palate
O: not bad but not great, a middle of the road wheat beer in everysense, drinkable but doesnt stand out at all

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 18:36:42 | More by BigPlay1824
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2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1.5" white head which vanished quickly, reminiscent of some cheap brews. Hazy Naples yellow body color. Smell is very mild and most I can pick out of it is citrus zest. Taste is pretty BMC actually, enough so in a blind taste test I might not even guess it was a Hef. There's not much length to the finish and it leaves a slight aftertaste of malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 08:35:13 | More by MoreThanWine
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2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before Nov 30 2011. $1.99 for a 12 oz.

A: Not much head, some spotted lacing. Unfiltered, hazy dull golden tint to it. Not great for a hefeweizen.

S: Some vague citrus (mainly orange) aromas if I sniff really hard. No banana or clove to be found.

T: Reminds me somewhat of a orange cream soda. Some lemon flavors there too.. Some mild earthy hops at the end leaving a tinge of balancing bitterness.

M: I'm kind of tired of wheat beers without a unique hops, malt or yeast signature. Still, its one dimensional qualities makes for a good beer to session.

O: Another pedestrian wheat beer that I'm sure sells good, but is not inspiring at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:51:42 | More by diamondc
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room

Arrived a hazy yellow with no head. Lemony, citrus aromas with faint wheat notes in the nose. The flavor is predominantly a lemon and citrus with mild wheat and yeast notes. Mild carbonation, light bodied, and oddly a little dry.

This is in my opinion all around weak. It's sessionable, but it's rather one dimensional.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 15:20:18 | More by tdm168
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3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

I'm reviewing this as a hefe since it's no where near a Pale Wheat Ale like Lil Sumpin Sumpin which has set the bar for others of the style.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that fades to a large ring and leaves some lacing on the glass. Should be cloudy but it's clear as day.

S: The nose is very much like a hefe though. Nice aromas of banana, cloves, wheat, and sweet pale malt.

T: The tastes match the nose with sweet flavors of banana, clove, and slightly bready malts. Not the biggest hefe flavors but they're close. No hops which again leaves the classification wrong here.

M: The feel is creamy and par for a hefe.

O: This is a decent hefe but a horrible APWA. I wouldn't mind a few of these during a summer BBQ but if you're looking for a hoppy pale ale you're going to be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 08:22:12 | More by GregSVT
Photo of Knapp85


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a friend who loves Magic Hat beers but hates this one... I still struggle to see how that can be. For me Circus Boy is a top choice when it comes to Magic Hat. I had this for the first time back in March 2008 and I really enjoy it ever since. The beer poured out as a nice hazy yellow color, much like a Hefeweizen should look. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer has a nice clove, banana, and wheat aroma coming off of it. The taste has the banana and wheat flavors through out the beer. I never tried this with an orange wedge but I'm sure that's pretty good too. The mouthfeel is light and creamy feeling, very drinkable summer brew. Overall I really enjoy it, I like having it on hot days or anytime for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 04:05:32 | More by Knapp85
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3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a heffe glass. Straw yellow with some yeast haze but rather clear for a heffe. Decent 1 in head but not foamy.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Light malt notes.

Taste is lightly tart at first and sweet in the finish. Very crisp flavor. Little yeast is noticed like most heffes.

light body with good carbonation.

Overall it is a very crisp and refreshing beer but not on my top 5 heffe list that’s for sure… give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:00:37 | More by DUBinMIA
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2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This brew was served on-tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a pint glass, and boasted a pale golden color, a shade darker than a traditional hefeweizen. It showed a half finger head of white bubbles, with a nice fluffy quality. This disappeared quickly to leave little lacing. Carbonation appeared average, and a slight haze permeated the beverage. The aroma boasted big grains up front, again, darker than the standard wheaty varieties. Once this darkness cleared, the common grain with bitter pale wheat, and a wetter cloudy wheat surfaced. Behind these, even still, we found sweeter orange, and a bitter orange peel that mixed voraciously with a raw and further bittering coriander spice. As we sipped, the taste opened up with warm floury grain, paler malts, and wheat. Through the middle came cleaner, more defined pale malts, and that orangey sweetness, as was seen in the nose. The finish showed a peppery booze and spice, mild musk, and birch spice. The aftertaste was equally as spicy, with pumpkin spice, nutmeg, ginger, lemon rind, and adjuncty grain. The body was light and the carbonation was light. The feel to each sip was significantly watery, with no coating, cooling, or drying qualities. It actually falls quite flat. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the spice. This become somewhat apparent in the nose, only to blossom forth in the flavor, and surprisingly even more so in the aftertaste. Where we lost huge points was in the mouthfeel, which was watery and rather undesirable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 16:45:26 | More by TheBrewo
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3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: wheat and honey

Taste: wheat, bran, honey, and hops at the end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle spike at the end

Overall: A nice, smooth, sessionable wheat ale. I do like the taste of honey in this. I will look for this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 13:53:00 | More by tigg924
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3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on bottle and poured into a Hefeweizen glass. This beer has a very nice appearance with a cloudy golden body, very little head (one finger) that dissipated very quickly. You can tell and see the bubbles from carbonation rise up into the top of the beer. In the smell, you can tell hints of clean grass and citrus fruits, and a strong wheat aroma that ends with some sweet scents. Wheat is predominant in the taste, with some herbal grassy touches and very small hints of sweetness (honey perhaps?).

Overall, I was surprised at how good this beer was. A perfect example of a good American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 01:25:27 | More by olimpia84
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from bottle in reastaurant (offering only red Coke cups to pour so I opted to drink straight from bottle.)

Appearance - average..see above

Smell - average...see note above

Taste - Very mild. Refreshing. Some citrus kick and lemon notes. Wheaty and grassy. Honey sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light; somewhat crisp. Refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - This is a good, light summer beer that has some flavor to it without any hop bitterness. Says Heffeweisen on bottle but the classification on here is American Pale Wheat Ale...so enjoy it for whatever its supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 22:32:52 | More by bubseymour
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3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle... just because it looks like a hefe, and smells like a hefe, doesn't mean it tastes like a hefe.

A: lighter gold beer with a thin white head. Cloudy like a hefe, but not quite as much, but close.

S: Not overbearing, but decent smell of wheat and citrus/fruit.

T: Starts out good, but quickly followed by an unexpected bitterness. It's not a bad taste, but this isn't a hefe. At first I did a double take because it wasn't what I expected, and didn't like it. However, it's growing on me.

M: Leaves a bit too much bitter beer taste in my mouth. Once you get over that, it's somewhat refreshing. --- After further review, I see BA got it right and they don't call this a hefe (it's not even if Magic Hat says so). However, for an American Wheat Pale Ale, it hits the mark. Compared to others in this style, it's good.

O: Not a bad beer, but not a hefe. Would I drink it if offered, absolutely! But if I was buying, I'd look for a better option before settling with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:04:59 | More by A1Sports
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3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells malty and sugary, with an underlying citrus current.

On the tongue, the citrus flavors come out strongly, though not overwhelmingly so. Especially present in the first stages of the mouthful are apple and apricot notes, as well as a slight hint of lemongrass--a citrus flavor that has to be tried to be truly understood. You can usually find stalks of it in well-stocked (especially Asian and Indian) supermarkets; pick one up and give a sniff. Sort of, eponymously, like a cross between grass and lemons. In this beer it's mostly the lemon citrus that comes across, though lightly so. It's paired well with a nice backing of malts, the wheat coming through particularly strongly to provide an earthy grain taste. In the latter stages of the mouthful the lemongrass comes across with greater strength, and the "grass" part even makes a brief appearance.

Don't let that drive you away, though; if you didn't know what lemongrass was, and didn't know it was in the beer, you'd never suspect anything. Instead, you would assume that you were just drinking a particularly nice, light, crisp summer beer. Because this is a good beer, and well-worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:32:31 | More by jondeelee
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3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass at Benny's

A- Poured a a clear straw yellow with one finger head and lots of carbonation. Left no lacing

S- Light bubblegum and grainy smell

T- Lots of graininess, bubblegum, lemon, and some spice

M- Real smooth and good carbonation

O- An easy drinking beer that is a little too grainy for me to get this again unless it was a 95 degree day and the only refreshing option, but not a bad tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 00:43:27 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. Date must have been rubbed off the neck, or wasn't printed.

Appearance - Cloudy pineapple yellow body. Thin white lace.

Smell - Slight Warsteiner muskiness hidden under some delicate wheat and fruitiness. Very mild.

Taste - Very mild. Refreshing. Some citrus kick. Wheaty and grassy. Slight stale musk which is quickly covered by a small rush of delicate flavors. Honey sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light; somewhat crisp. Refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Good summer beer. I dig it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 08:32:15 | More by ZenAgnostic
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3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some grain notes as well as a little bit of pepper. The flavor is heavy on the lemons, oranges and wheat with some pepper notes. Easy to drink and actually quite enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Magic Hat beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 04:23:52 | More by Mora2000
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3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical murky dark yellow in color with a really nice thick merainge like head.

S: Heavy fresh citrus and a really pleseant does of the hefe yeast. I get more sweet fruit (banana) than any spicy clove. Really nice.

T: Nice sweet flavor up front with a slight hop bitterness that was quite surprising towards the end. There is a little spice to the beer that is quite welcome. Its like a Pilsner met a hefe.

M: Good carbonation for the style. A little spicy on the gums either from the hops, yeast or carbonation. Very crisp, refreshing and clean. Easy to drink.

O: Not to bad. I've had some real ho hum american hefe's and this isn't one of them. Has to do with the hop surprise at the back end that makes this one worth going to again when I need a nice refreshing summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 23:52:59 | More by rrski198
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2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz->Hoegaarden glass

A ~ Pours dark orange with a fizzy head that settles into a ring. No lacing.

S ~ Sweet Corn, Wheat-berry bread & not much else.

T ~ A melange of grains with a touch of hops. Bread crust & lemon follow through with a mild phenolic finish
that's akin to banana bread.

M ~ Gassy & a bit cloying. Started fine, but became a chore to drink as time went on. The carbonation was just too damn much.

D ~ Hefeweiss this is not, but a low-level wheat beer. I would not seek this out. It is so disappointing that the brewery itself is calling this "THE HEFEWEIZEN."

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 20:03:32 | More by chocosushi
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, light golden/yellow. Fair amount of head that stays around for a little while, no lacing.

S: Wheat-citrusy, some small light spice (more grains of paradise-type than anything). Not clear, clean smell which throws off the scent a bit.

T: Good, interesting taste. Not the typically wheat beer, as it has more lemony/citrusy flavors than anything. Slightly sweet taste up front with a little hop tinge on the way down.

M: Light but refreshing. Lighter than many wheat beers, but oh-so-awesome on a hot summer day. Somewhat bubbly and frothy in a mouth swish, slight watery feel when drinking straight.

O: Solid beer overall. As far from a winter warmer as you can get, but would be absolutely amazing on a beach. Better than a couple other summery hef's I've had recently. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 00:09:17 | More by mrseano
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North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a pale, hazy, flat yellow-gold coloring with a thin, white, loose bubbled head that is steady at an eighth of an inch while you drink. Aromas are a jumble of fruit sweetness, all of which are fairly watered down. Smells include lemon zest, banana, pineapple, pear, and a little bit of spicing (maybe coriander, maybe grains of paradise?). Interesting. Flavors are watered down, also, and the body is limp and lackluster, with blend of bready characteristics, lemon zest, pear, some weak spicing. The aftertaste is like drinking the juice from a fruit salad. Quick, semisweet finish, watery and weak. The beer is extremely light, and great on a hot day. Not huge on flavor, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:05:27 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of JUL312011. Pours a hazed gold color with a small off-white head (for a wheat beer) and minimal lacing.

Nose is lemony spices with a thick wheat accent. Not a bavarian hefe, that is for sure, it's missing the signature banana and clove yeast presence. The lemongrass helps this one stand apart from the massive and usually uninspiring American Wheat category.

This one seems to have a pretty decent hop schedule as there is a nice bitterness to compliment the wheat tang. Soft, lemony citrus flavors up front are followed by one of the stronger wheat backbones. Finish is pretty dry and bitter. It is pretty interesting to try, a bit different than your typical wheat beer. I dont think I will be running out to grab a sixer anytime soon, but I enjoyed my single well enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 18:08:09 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Freshness date marked, albeit small and hard to read, on neck.

"Gently roused" this pours an entirely hazed lite straw-yellow, with a *ton* of head. This settles down to a sticky ring. Nose is mineral and a lot of a specific potpourri-like spice that I can't quite place. Taste is a sour affair for a wheat ale. Lemon-grass and the aforementioned mystery spice round out the flavor. Finishes deep with some pleasant hops. Mellows out a bit too. Out-of-the-ordinary brew, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 04:35:13 | More by sixerofelixir
Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.