Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!
Magic Hat Brewing Company

Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!
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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #538
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,856
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 17.25%
Reviews:
674
Ratings:
1,729
From:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
78
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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!
Notes: 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
Reviews: 674 | Ratings: 1,729 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, golden color. Medium white cap that faded quickly to a ring. Minimal lacing.

S---Very, very light smell, overall. I mean, like practically nothing at all. Just some faint, vague sweetness.

T---There's a lot more going on with the taste than in the nose. A little bit of banana, lemon & lemongrass.

F---A little astringent with some noticeable drying of the mouth. Good carbonation.

O---Not a very good hefe. It's missing the classic notes of banana & clove. More just vaguely sweet, than any strong flavors or scents. Would not get this one again.

Apr 13, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Is it a hefeweizen? Or a pale wheat ale? I don't know and apparently neither does the brewer. It's not bad but is a bit watery. Slightly cloudy with some wheat aroma and flavor and none of the banana/clove/bubblegum esters I was expecting.

Nov 05, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Hazy gold and visibly very carbonated. Large white head with good retention.

Smell: Grass, piney hops, sweet malt, citrus.

Taste: Very mild, almost watered down. Slightly soapy wheat, grass, and a tiny hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and decently carbonated.

Overall: Pretty dull, if I can be honest. The taste needs to be stronger and less soapy. Maybe change the hops used?

Jul 18, 2018
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Mick_Bynes from New York

1.02/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is absolutely gross! It smells rancid and the taste is way much worse! I seriously wanted to vomit after drinking this beer. It's a shame, because it's from Magic Hat! Magic Hat produces great beer. I gave this beer to my friends and they surprisingly loved it! I was not a fan of it.

Jun 15, 2018
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BenHoppy from Michigan

1.23/5  rDev -64%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer sucks! Possibly one of the worst beers I ever consumed. Flavors of stale barley, stale honey, rotting apples, rotting malt, rotting oranges, and lemongrass that actually makes all the flavors listed taste worse. Lemongrass doesn't improve it and what the fuck is lemongrass doing in my hefeweisen? Should be loaded with bananas and clove, this is a poor rendition of the style. Highly not recommended!

Feb 21, 2018
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CHickman from New York

3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow gold with a slight haze that can't cover up the carbonation racing up like champagne bubbles along with a bunch of sediment floating around. The head was white and foamy at 2-3 fingers high, fading very, very slowly and leaving minimal lacing.

Smells of wheat, hay, a horse stable, lemon zest, Pledge cleaning product, husk, mild spices like pepper and clove. It's mostly wheat with the rest of the aroma acting as accents.

Tastes of wheat, lemon, yeast, orange peel, fresh cut grass, mild spices like pepper and clove, vegetables, biscuit, toasted grains, faint caramel, a dash of citrus hops and some barnyard or earthy notes. The lemon and orange peel save it from being a dull wheat drink.

Light and easy to drink, it's modeled after a hefeweizen but lacks the fruity hops to make it more flavorful than just an impersonator. Alright overall.

Feb 18, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: brilliant gold permeated by streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 3" off-white blanket of foam with fair retention

S: has the hefeweizen banana and clove smell supported by bubble gum, some wheat, citrus, and a hint of mustiness

T: Banana, wheat and bubblegum flavors lead to a tart zippy finish

F: light body and medium high carbonation

O: This is a light, refreshing hefeweizen that is a little light for the style

Jan 19, 2018
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Culinary_Brewer from New York

3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Light copper color, high head retention and carbonation, slightly hazy from particles.

Smell - Citrus, lemongrass (which is not a surprise since this beer is brewed with organic lemongrass), bitterness from grapefruit, undertones of resin and pine.

Taste - Surprisingly smooth finish, not bitter. The beer's bitterness is well balanced by the sharpness of the lemongrass. Bitter at first with the lemongrass finish.

Feel - Soft mouthfeel, no drying (low tannins). Low to medium carbonation.

Conclusion - This is a very complex beer that I would pair with white fish. I would even make a lemon-based sauce to complement.

Nov 16, 2017
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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota

3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy golden hue with a thin creamy ring of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of bread and yeast. Slight lemon rind. Very quiet, very plain.

Flavor is much of the same, mostly white bread and crust, some saaz hop, lemon rind, and a very faint suggestion of banana bubble gum.

Feel is crisp and smooth, though not exactly clean; has a slight chalky residue on the finish.

Overall to describe this beer in one word would be "boring". It's more of a straight wheat with some lemony Saaz influence. It's very plain, there's just nothing here that's remarkable or even good. Not sure if I'm gonna waste the calories finishing it or just move on to the next one.

Oct 19, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 2/3/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, and grass; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, lemongrass, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, and grass; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness, yeast spiciness, and wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, grass, light banana/pepper/clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, balance, and solid complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, lemongrass, and pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Clean finishing. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and slightly sticky/tangy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice American wheat/Hefeweizen hybrid style. All around nice robustness, balance, and solid complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, lemongrass, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy finish. Feels like a mix of American/German wheat yeasts, which have nice fruity character presence and solid complexity. Not overdone on the Lemongrass spice, and nice malt presence/balance for the low ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering, and pretty unique brew.

Sep 16, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a custom shaped grip glass: color is straw, but transparent (?), even after an aggravated pour; head is off white with fine bubbles and presents 1/4 inch thick, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is light wheat, some toast, light lemongrass - no phenolics, no banana, no clove.

Taste is lightly sweet, more lemongrass and citrus flavor than aroma, not much wheat, and no hefe-yeast taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, more than moderate carbonation, light bitterness.

Overall an okay american wheat beer, but out of style as a hefe.

Aug 25, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I drank one of these out in town recently, but when this & its counterpart, Zircus Boy, came available as singles at the FGBS, I jumped on the opportunity to do a side-by-side. Yeah, it doesn't further the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but it excites my jaded self!

From the bottle: "Rouse gently and ... Be amazed by our flavorful haze!"; "Circus Boy is an unfiltered American-style Hefeweizen whose prolific American Hefeweizen yeast swings among the bubbles, creating a mysterious haze. Just below the surface of his light malt body lies a mischievous addition of lemongrass and a subtle citrusy finish."

I really agitated the bottle upon returning home, then set it in the reefer to calm so as not to get a gushing spray after the Pop! of the cap. I have a great hefeweizen glass, so I upended the bottle into it. Two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head & some breath-holding later, I was set. Color was a lightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Hazy?!? Not cloudy? WTF? You have two choices: a cloudy Hefeweizen OR a Krystalweizen. No Mr. In-Between. Grr. Nose smelled of bananas and cloves, but middle-of-the-road and more of Mr. In-Between. Mouthfeel was light, soft, kind of watery and thin. Grr. The taste was like Hefeweizen-light with notes of clove and banana, but neither asserting itself, resulting in a perfume-y kind of sweetness. Ugh. Finish was more of a chore than a pleasant time. I do not generally like Hefeweizens as a style as a rule, but I do like the clove ester-driven ones. What I really dislike is one that tries to straddle the fence, as in this case. Boo!

May 16, 2017
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hophugger from Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straw yellow in color, almost clear. Lot of carbonation rising to the top, although head is minimal and no lacing. Aroma is of hay, some grass, malt and very light bit of lemon and other assorted citrus. Taste is light, lemony, malty with a small bit of funk. Finish is light

May 12, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Semi-opaque medium golden pour. 1.5 fingers of white head. Sparse lacing.

S: Yeast and bread... some spice and citrus notes. Lemony.

T/F: Somewhat citrusy lemon and malt sweetness to open. Not as spicy as I'd expect from a Hef... citrus and lemonade are the strongest flavors. Minimal hop bitterness at the finish to clean things up a bit but no strong hop flavors. The yeast flavor is fairly subdued.

O: Refreshing enough... pretty generic beer that drinks almost like a lemon shandy. I don't hate it. I wouldn't buy one again. Glad it was only part of a mix'a'6.

Apr 22, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice, cloudy. Yea this is a wheat scented beer. Honestly if I had to pick a wheat beer scent, this is exactly it, meh. Wheat beer on the flavor with some lemon tones. Same on the finish, not much depth but decent anyway. Quite carbonated(burp) which helps this beer,crisp. Decent for a wheat.

Dec 17, 2016
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy honey golden colored pour with a soapy white head and lots of streaming bubbles. The pour was clear until I swirled the sediment from the bottom of the bottle and poured that out. Beer became hazy after that. Looking into the bottle and saw still more sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Smells of sweet citrus and bread with some spice notes in the background.

Taste is lightly tart citrus with a bit of a mid tongue pepper hint.

Mouth feel was bordering on medium bodied with a wet and refreshing finish to it.

Strange that here it is labeled an American pale wheat ale and on the bottle it says it is a hefeweizen. This does bring to mind Pyramid's version of their hefeweizen. I really find this to be a refreshing and tasty beer. Cheers!

Mar 07, 2016
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled back on New years Eve 12/31/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "BUD LIGHT-OMAHA" pint glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a thin white head with not much lacing really to speak of. Aroma is of sweet cornbread with some wheat malts. Bit more going on with the taste as there is some lemon-grass also with a hint of some light spice. Pretty smooth overall with a slight bitterness for the finish, but wasn't bad. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Jan 07, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass of this on tap with some wings. Appeared to be a hefeweizen, and I didn’t note the lemongrass, (not like in the Fleur de Lehigh) although that expalins why it didn’t taste like a true weizen. Still a good beer, but it might help to know what you’re drinking first....

Jan 07, 2016
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cmq103 from New Jersey

3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a solid session beer due to its low ABV and good taste. A Hefeweizen? I think not. This reminds me more of a lighter wheat beer with a hint of lemon pepper on the finish.

Dec 17, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a pale straw color with a thin, short-lived white head. Kind of thin, with an odd lemon-malt taste. Probably OK as a refreshing summer beer if there's nothing else at hand, but it's totally lacking in character.

Jul 06, 2015
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TopherBreski from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this year's ago but the store was out of beers I haven't tried and I hadn't rated on this one yet so I grabbed it. Usually Magic Hat is too sweet for me so I slow poured this into a taste activation glass. Yellow color with decent carbonation and no head. Taste isn't bad but compared to other Hefeweizens, it tastes watered down and has a low ABV as well.

Jun 12, 2015
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18CGL from New York

4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. Its one of my summer favorites. Has an oddly cloudy appearance in the glass. Smell is of sweet corn and wheaty bread. Extremely balanced taste throughout the bottle. Taste was smooth and of slightly sweet cornbread. Mouthfeel is tremendously smooth with a little bite at the finish. Definitely recommended.

May 22, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy pale yellow to orange, good fluffy white head, dissipates fast, little to no lacing

S: Mostly wheat malts, little yeast earthiness

T: Sweetness from the malts, earthiness with maybe a little bit of spice, little hop bitterness at the end

M: Plenty of carbonation, light to medium feel, very drinkable

O: Average beer, not much more. I like it but not overly impressed with it. Its good to have once but not gonna seek it out again.

Apr 14, 2015
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. I tend to really like Hefeweizens, but this doesn't strike me as a great hefe or even as something that could really be called a hefe at all. Drink something else if that's what you're looking for specifically, but Magic Hat tends to do silly things a lot and I think their beer has kind of fallen off in the last few years as a result.

Dec 15, 2014
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A summer classic. Circus Boy pours a light golden color with a very fizzy head. The smell was mostly wheat with a little bit of citrus on the nose. I found the taste to be the exact opposite with a lot of lemon grass and orange flavors while not that much wheat. It was a little thin but for the summer I was pretty content with one. Overall it didn't blow me away or anything, but not a bad beer by any means either.

Jun 04, 2014
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