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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,879
Reviews:
665
Ratings:
1,694
pDev:
17.46%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
283
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Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale wheat yes, not a hefeweizen. Herbal Hoppy and some lemon, like a blend of a pale ale and a hefweizen. Moderate amount of wheat in the mouth A nice one, though light on the mouth. Yeast wheaty smell. Cloudy yellowness with white head.Good summer day beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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

advertised as a hefe, this i think is mych more of an american wheat beer hybrid style. pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with visible yeast bits and a nice lacy head. smells fruity and malty, mildly spicy aroma. taste is very refreshing, noticable lemon or lemongrass element and a nice yeast flavor. very well carbonated and lighter bodied makes it a crusher in the summer, but this beer is good any time of year. one of magic hat's most popular beers.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bought as part of a 12 pack for $11.99

This is one of the better Hefe's Ive had. Definitely an odd take on one, which doesn't surprise me at all considering this is Magic Hat we're talking about. Some nice banana and clove aromas and taste but the drinkability is superb, which is the most important thing. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy yellow in color into a weizen glass with a two finger high head that faded into a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covered the surface. A medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of wheat are definitely present along with some hints of citrus, but there are also some sour notes that don't make this seem very appetizing.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by the wheat backbone and has some notes of lemon citrus. Little, if any bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't difficult to drink and it's low alcohol content makes it very sessionable, although I wouldn't consider it to be very thirst-quenching.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The lable suggests that this beer would be a standard German Hefeweizen, but after a few sips (and confirmed by the appearance) it is evident that this beer is the inferior American Wheat. the pour brings a muddled golden, straw color with a head formation that falls between fizzy and froathy; but never hung around as it should. the scent is of bread, wheat malt, citus fruits, and a diry, musty aroma that I would later decide to be a deterant. Flavors of wheat malt and barley struggle to give the beer a decent sweetness or body over the tart citric acids. Lemons and grapefruit (not hops) govern the flavors, allowing a bruised-appricot flavor to prevail. Dirty tasting phenols gain intensity as the beer warms, leaving a musty, dusty, attic-like taste on the toung, particularly in the finish. Body starts firm, but finishes thin because of the acidity. Minerally to taste and interferes with mouthfeel. Not the best wheat beer for me, but I've had worse.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon and cracked wheat. Nice aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat, spices (corriander), lemon and some yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice wheat beer. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from about an inch or so above the glass give this pale golden colored beer a smallish white head.

A very faint sweet malt and grain aroma on this medium to light bodied beer.

A light sweetness to light grain malt tasting beer.

A light dry aftertaste with just a touch of sweetness to it.

Not much to this beer, it would be good for beginners and beer pong, and that's about it I would guess.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basic American Wheat with some chutzpa.

When poured with a swirl of the bottle to rouse the yeast, it gives a very nice, cloudy yellow-orange (just like a peach) body beneath a short head of white froth. The lacing is decent.

The nose is a bit fuller than many examples of the style, and it offers some generic spiciness (a combination of black pepper and coriander/clove) and lemon, but some sulphur as well. Some chalky/nutty yeastiness is present too.

In the mouth it's crisp and medium-light bodied.

The flavor is as the nose sugggests, with a balancing acidity and bitterness. What malt is there is tame, and somewhat bland... wheaty, but almost cardboard-like at the same time - or is that just a cloak of yeastiness? Or maybe due to the pepperiness? The spiciness comes through clearly. No hop flavor is apparent, but it does have a kind of tea-like side.

It finishes chalky dry with a lingering note of lemon and pepper that hang on the tongue.

Interesting but not great. The bitterness seems slightly full for what it is. I'd rather see a touch more sweetness in play with the pepper and lemon. In comparison with other examples of the style, however, it's at least got some character to it. Worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a mildly hazy, pale yellow with a foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: A lemon & wheat aroma with a background of malt and yeast and a slight hint of alcohol.

T: It has a mild but hearty wheat & malt flavor with a touch of lemon, well-balanced taste that stays consistent from beginning to end and a very faint lemony malt after-taste.

M: Very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean, slightly dry finish.

D: This is an easy-drinking, poundable kind of beer, due to the smoothness and mild flavor. This was decent beer. The best thing I can say about it is that it’s perfect for the beer-drinker looking to take their first step out of the macro rut.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,694 ratings
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