Circus Boy | Magic Hat Brewing Company

659 Reviews
Circus BoyCircus Boy

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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

Added by Jason on 02-03-2006

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Reviews: 659 | Ratings: 1,666
Photo of callmeclemens
5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Upon drinking this beer I was dissapointed there was only one in my Make your own six pack. A six mind you that up until this was very poor.

First off. I cannot even describe how drinkable this beer is, its the perfect mix of light and flavorful. I could have finished this beer in ten seconds had I not wanted to savour it.

I dream of the day I can have this on tap.

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Photo of ABV
5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent for what it is -- a gateway/session beer. I generally like extreme beers with huge hops, but now and then crave a nice refreshing hefeweizen, and Circus Boy fits the bill. (Almost a pun there.) Creamy mouthfeel, taste is lemony with a touch of apricot. Toned down but not as pallid as many American wheats. A good companion to Magic Hat's terrific flagship brew Number 9. Extremely drinkable. Bizarro (and appealing) name and label.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.65/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is awsome. The brew has a golden, cloudy appearance but you do not see the yeast floating in the beer like you do with other Hefe Weizens; in fact even though Magic Hat calls this beer a Hefe Weizen it is classified as an American Pale Wheat Ale.

The Beer is a golden yellow with a minimal head. The smell is like, well, have you ever smelled a vat of warm yeast at a brewery, now imagine the same smell but the vat is full of cold brew; (this beer is best served cold), Some might find this smell unpleasant; I do not. I can not smell any spices in this beer and I don't think Magic Hat put any in there; it works for me.

The main reason I love this beer is that it goes down SMOOTHLY with no aftertaste.
From what I have read people either love or hate this beer. Well I LOVE it. This is my favorite beer from Magic Hat.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.64/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden yellow and cloudy. Head stays around for awhile and leaves some splotchy lacing.

S - Mainly grains in the nose. I'm picking up wheat bread and lots of black pepper. Smells fantastic. Black pepper replaces the traditional clove spice on this one. Also picking up lemon and some sweet orange.

T - Very earthy. Wheat, lemongrass, green tea bitterness and again I'm getting a black pepper spicy character.

M - Almost medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Very light and clean.

D/N - This is the best offering I have had from Magic Hat. the other beers I have had from them were sub-par. This only comes in the mixed 12 pack where I am. That sucks.

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Photo of Tee76
4.62/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice bright yellow color,with a great thick head.

The smell was very lemony with a solid citrus punch

The taste was that of lemon grass type of herbal tea, perfect lemon taste without being to citrusy

Light to medium body, with decent carbonation

I was able to taste this when i bought Magic Hat's "Night Of The Living Dead" 12 pack sampler, out of all the beers i expected this one to be the lightest and weakest of the bunch.But it surprised me!! really good beer, careful it could get addictive and you'll find yourself drinking more then you planned on.

Perfect for a summer's afternoon

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy peach color with a nice off-white head and very active carbonation. Very cloudy when the yeast is swirled in. Citrus fruit aroma without being tart or biting. Apples come to mind with some orange character. Similar in flavor with a nice refreshing fruit character. Very yeasty with some graininess. A medium-light bodied and smoothly refreshing summer quencher.

Per Label: "The Hefeweizen" & "Natural Flavors Added" (?!?) & "Unfiltered and Unfettered"

Per MHBC website:
1.055 Gravity, 18 IBUs, 5.0 SRM.
Malts: Wheat & Pale
Hops: Amarillo & German Magnum

Drink By (end of): May '06
Tasted: 05/07/06

($14.99 / 2006 Spring Variety 12-Pack)

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Photo of AoxoMoxoA
4.57/5  rDev +33.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.52/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange-gold. Little head but spritzy carbonation. Orange sherbert nose. Tart and sweet with a little spice balance. Flavor is sweet, tart and refreshing. Orange sherbert comes through in the flavor. Wonderful hot-weather beer. Stands out among other summer wheats.

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Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden color, two finger white head that holds to a covering on the beer. big smell of fruit and citrus. taste is of tropical fruits and citrus and bread. mouthfeel is light, good carbonation no bitter after taste. good session beer for the summer months

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Photo of mralphabet
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle in to frozen glass.... Orange and hazy in color, not much of a head, little lacing. Smells of lemons and oranges, very pleasent. Mouthfeel is not to heavy not to light.... Tastes a lot like it smells, lemony with a hint of yeast.... Very smooth finish, makes you want another one... Would be a great summer beer. I enjoyed it very much and will buy more... This shows Magic Hat is more than just #9... Great job.

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is cloudy golden yellow with about 1 fingers worth of white head and good lacing in the glass

smell of sweet citrus and wheat are the main aromas of this beer that entice you in to drink it

taste is a clean wheat with a lemon citrus flavor that complements the flavors very well and dosent overpower it

good clean mouth feel that is smooth and refreshing

great drinkablity this beer is refreshing and smooth

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Photo of chefhatt
4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a golden yellow body with a 2 inch white head that lays down to a thin lace. The smell is of wheat and lemon. The taste is citrus, mostly lemon with some wheat coming through. The mouth feel is great, easy drinker. Overall i really like this beer.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Golden/ orange, 1 finger fast thinning white head
S: fruity, wheat, grainy, light hops
T: fruity, wheaty, very light malt, sweetness, some grainy taste
M: incredibly smooth, great aftertaste, sweetness left over, no bite
D: good, definitely can drink this easy

Amazing beer, I will buying this again.
Try it, try it, try it.

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Photo of 18CGL
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.

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Photo of kahjdfh
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - nice golden yellow appearance
S - slight pleasant lemon aroama
T - good wheat flave with a hint of lemon, this would be perfect on a hot summer day
M - nicely carbonated
D - good anytime of the year but would be great in the heat of summer sitting by the pool or watching a baseball game

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Photo of nmyers
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice cloudy golden almost amber color. A very thin white head with no retention.

S- Wheat right off the bat and a yeast aroma. There are also strong hints of citrus.

T- A plesant wheat taste with hints of lemon citrus. A slight after taste but nothing to bothersome.

M- Mild carbonation, very smooth and light bodied.

D- Very easy to drink.

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Photo of MagicHatFan
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my favorites. The cap read, "A good mind is a horrible thing to baste". It pours an yellow "hay" like flavor with a almost thick head that disappears pretty quickly but leaves a white lacing as you drink. The flavor is very light and citrus-y. This is a beer that is best enjoyed on a spring/summer evening (although it tastes good year round). Garnish the beer with a lemon to enhance the citrus taste. In addition, it's best to pour this beer into a glass while pausing half way through pouring to swirl the rest of the bottle's contents.

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Photo of gobias
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a bit cloudy with an orangish hue. There is some residue on the bottom of the bottle and the six pack package recommend you pour 2/3rds of the bottle then lightly swirl the remainder then pour.

It smells a bit tart to me but it doesn't taste that way. It has a fresh taste with generous flavor. Perfect for summer evenings.

If you are looking for a hefeweizen, I think Circus Boy would be a good call.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one surprised me. Really. Not really a Hefe or Belgian White fan (especially when they add citrus flavors), I assumed this would be akin to a lemon spritzer. I prefer beer that tastes like, well, beer. Looked OK in the glass (actually surprising clear for something called a Hefeweizen... maybe they need to check the definition of the German word) and the smell was pretty clean, predominantly light malted wheat with no citrus present. The initial flavor was great, somewhat clean and biscuity with a subtle lemon flavor that wasn't citrusy at all but had the character of a flavor hidden in the hops matrix... so I checked the bottle. Lemon grass. No wonder. Not really lemon at all, but a really unique (and surprisingly pleasant) flavor that enhanced the wheat. I liked this a lot and I can't wait to share it with someone I know (J) who is an American Wheat fan.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't have a weizen glass, so substituted a tulip. Could not get the classic look, but came out okay. Nice color, more yellowy than orange. Good yeast consistency with no chunky floaties. Frothy head. Appearance consistent with a hefeweizen, but not as glorious as the best of the bunch. Retention is not top-notch.

Lemony, wheaty aroma. Herbal, grassy hops. Lemon kind of overpowers any banana you might expect to find.

The lemongrass plays quite a role here it seems. It tastes lemony and grassy. It is amazingly like a nice herbal tea. I suppose purists will frown on what is basically a hefe with a lemon wedge already tossed in. But this is no longer listed in possibly the most rigid beer style, and there's room to do something different. Banana notes aren't really to be found. Maybe a little creeps in late. The grassy aspect is nice. Really adds to the crispness, with a very light bitterness. Slight wheaty tart plays well with the lemon. This beer tastes fresher than it probably is. Finishes like herbal tea. I find this very refreshing.

Not overcarbonated. Pretty light bodied, but not in a bad way. It's only 4.4%.

Funny how when I bought the Magic Hat pack, I liked this best, and thought the Odd Notion was a bomb. I wonder if the scores are relatively poor because the bottle says "the hefeweizen" and people really have a stick up their butt when it comes to what is and isn't one. This style is populated with APAs made with wheat, and what are more or less American-style hefeweizens. Of the latter, this is of the better ones. Certainly a breeze to drink.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Various hues within the glass ranging from goldenrod to carmel. Frothy lace and decent head. Many rising bubles to the top of the glass. Smells very fresh, with aromas of citrus and wheat. The taste is very refreshing and crisp. Tastes wheaty and somewaht yeasty with a citrus tinge. The mouthfeel is somewhat above average. I feel this is a quality heff and would drink this again.

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Photo of oldpinecone
4.27/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Great beer here!

Pours a cloudy yellow/copper with a one and a half finger head. Lacing is there but its not too sticky.

Smell is great. Wheat upfront and clementines in the back. Really appealing.

Lemon is the first flavor I got from this beer. Really really enjoyable combined with the wheat flavors. Thats about all there is to it. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel was great very crisp for a wheat and nicely carbonated. left a cool sensation afterward.

Awesome summer beer for a hot day.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.24/5  rDev +24%
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!

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy dark gold. Sudsy off white head. Not very clingy.

The smell is full of yeast and spices. Also an underlying odor of salt water?

Taste is full of spicy hops and pungent yeast. I could see this going well with a tangy goat cheese. Quite grainy as well.

The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected. Richer than most wheat beers. Very satisfying "texture."

Drinkability is quite good. A full flavored beer that's rich in taste and texture, but not so much so that you're limited to drinking one or two.

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