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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!

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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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a long neck 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. It says "The Hefeweizen" on the label, but I think the 'Pale Wheat Ale' description here is more appropriate.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a soft-white foam one finger head that didn't last long or leave any lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus and wheat with a very subdued sweetness. Where is the yeast and that typical banana, clove and bubblegum smell that good Hefe's have? It's not here.

Taste: Like it smells, wheat and lemony citrus up front, with little or no flavor from the yeast (and I swirled it all into my glass from the bottle). Not as sweet as it smells. Hefe's are simple to get right, and this one just misses the mark on the yeast. Based on all the good reviews here, maybe I got a six pack that was too old, or too young? But in any case, the Hefe yeast flavors I'm used to aren't here. Tastes almost like a Belgian Witbier more than a Hefe. Not terrible, but nothing special either.

Mouth feel: A little overly carbonated and thin for the style. Seems a bit watery, and there's none of that good yeasty creaminess I associate with good Hefe's.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but it's far from the best Hefe's I've had (and I drink them often). I was hoping for more from Magic Hat Brewing with this one. They should really change the label from Hefeweizen to 'Pale Wheat Ale'.

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Photo of gskitt
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow, head does not last. Scent is of wheat, and wheat. not overpowering. Taste is solid, wheat comes through, just a touch of malt sweetness but tart as well. A refreshing summer lawnmower beer. Mouthfeel: just the right amount of carbonation in this brew. Overall, a solid beer, 4.0.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a golden color body that was clear with a bit haziness. The aroma was mild with a hint of bread and grass. The taste was much better than the aroma. The flavors are more pronounced than the taste, you get the taste of bread, bananas and citrus. I enjoy the taste but doesn't pack the same punch that most wheat ales do. The beer is crisp and easy to drink, the carbination dances a bit on the pallet but it is still very enjoyable. Overall its a good beer that I really enjoy drinking in the summer.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Weizen style glass

A - Beer poured with two finger, white colored foam that dissipated rather quickly; average amount of lacing; very bubbly; hazy golden colored body; semi-clear towards the bottom of the glass; some visible yeast sediment hangs in there

S - Wheat; yeast; kind of a sweet grainy smell to it with a hint of sour lemon; not to strong but very crisp and clean; more of a sweet fruity scent than sour

T - Fruity malt taste from the high yeast content; grainy and a touch of corn; slightly sour notes on the side of the palate

M - Very effervescent; thin and crisp; flavor washes away rather quickly

D- Great Hefeweizen; clean and refreshing, great summer/spring time brew; to be enjoyed within the company of friends who like something light but not a macro

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Photo of MacQ32
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a semi cloudy very light lemon color, pours about a finger of head that dissipates into nothing at all within a minute, no lacing trails the glass for more than a few seconds. Extreme carbonation continues to float to the surface throughout the drink, I can tell how light bodied this thing is going to be just by watching the carbonation

S - Lemony, grassy, and malty sweetness and some yeast/wheat aromas dominate the nose

T - Exactly like it smells but maybe a bit sweeter with less of a yeasty/wheaty taste. Grassy, lemony and very well carbonated, as id like for a summer session beer

M - Light bodied and well carbonated, good for lawnmowing in Charleston!

O - Not really my prefered style of beer at all but I was throwing together a mix of brews for some recreational events over memorial day weekend and I enjoy this beer more than I had anticipate, a solid offering

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Photo of alleykatking
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed golden sunshine color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Long streaks of lace are left on the glass when drinking this one.

S- The aroma is a little faint. Bubblegum notes and wheat are in the forefront of the beer. There is a underlying banana and clove (with the clove being the bigger of the aroma) blend in the backend of the nose. Alcohol really doesn't come into play at all.

T- I thought the aroma was faint but compared to the flavor it was bursting with notes. Hefe like with a wheat and bubblegum upfront just like the nose. The middle of the beer seems to be lacking most anything to be honest. Ending shows off a little clove and banana. Not much for alcohol flavor which fits the profile of the beer nicely.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little high for the style. Hints of wheat and banana are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, clove, and banana. Flavors were put together well just muted a lot. No off flavors were present when I was drinking it. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was somewhat lackluster at best. I think this beer through the years has changed a lot and not for the better. Although my palate could have been changed as well I don't think it has to the point of how this beer tastes now. Not a bad offering but a little bit average at best. Light flavors means I can drink this without thinking about it. Downside is it is a little watery.

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Photo of bamojr
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is up there as one of my favorite hefe. Not being a fan of them in general, I still think domestically it doesn't get much better. This is a very Citrus infused beer with some good coriander notes to back the body. Not being a fan of those on a regular basis I am impressed how much I enjoy this beer every time I have it.

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Photo of ermeis06
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a nice light color. The smell was wheat-y and crisp. It provided a good mouthfeel with a clean finish. There was definitely a finishing taste of lemon (lemon/coriander?).

Overall I enjoyed this beer but probably wouldnt buy it again. I felt that the flavor didnt have the depth I was looking for. Hefeweizens and wheat beers are some of my favorite and while this was enjoyable, the lemon was a little too much for me. But, I would recommend others to at least try it.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer 3 of 5 at Magic Hat Sampling

Served in a pilsner glass

I'd first like to say, I normally steer clear of wheat beer. However, this was offered as part of a tasting so here I go...

A : misty gold

S : very faint

T : full bodied

M : smooth and full but yet crisp

D : slightly thick start but with a nice clean finish

wheat beers are not my thing, that being said, i would have a few of these if they were offered to me

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Photo of STKPICR0720
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a tad complex and confusing than the other hefe's I have had. I truly liked this brew. It had a lemony twist and an unfiltered color to it. A bit dry to the finish but surprisingly refreshing. I would not categorize this beer as a seasonal.

I think this beer has a place in any season now matter what.

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Photo of Portertime
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of unfiltered wheat ales. I like to shake up that last little bit and get some nice taste out of the left over yeast. Magic hat has pleased me with their line of beers. Circus boy poured a very cloudy lemonade color with a healthy head. The smell was like a traditional German hefe with the clove, yeast, and ripe banana notes. The taste was more citrusy with some lemon peel and almost candied lemon zest in the background. Goes down smooth with a little bite in the end. The mixed up yeast forms a nice bready texture. Good brew.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Wheat, lemon zest
Taste-Wheat, lemony, zesty. Very refreshing and drinkable. Quaffable and certainly sessionable (4.4ABV)on a hot summer day. Would make a nice "entry-level" craft brew.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Pours pretty clear for an unfiltered wheat beer; bright golden color with a tiny layer of bubbles for a head. Light and grassy aroma, that follows through in the taste, with a bit of mild, sweet citrus. Goes down easy without the acidic bite characteristic of many other wheat beers. Thin, but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer last night and was not over impressed. The color was cloudy (unfiltered) yellow, with floaties....I HATE FLOATIES! The aroma was decent....certainly hints of citrus. The taste was decent as well....hints of clove/spice and the taste coming from the spice was almost peppery. Mouthfeel was ok nothing to write home about. Overall....it was ok.

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Photo of gdrydenc
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really nice murky straw with a substantial amount of thick white head. The head lasts an intense amount of time and never truly subsides.

S - Smell is lively, wheaty with a hint of banana. Though it's on here as an APWA, the bottle says it's a Hefeweizen. Smells an awful lot like one, too.

T - A much more muted version of the smell. Tastes like a Hefeweizen, but it's too muted for a lot of the taste to come out.

M - Quite carbonated, but not to a fault. The head came out quite intensely when poured, and the mouthfeel is nothing different. There's an odd bitterness at the finish.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer for the value. The taste isn't awesome, but the smell is quite good.

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Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Boom! This looks straight up delicious on the pour. Two fingers of head, hazy body, huge huge HUGE apparent carbonation. The head retains extremely well, probably due to all this carbonation. The taste on this is pretty good, it's a nice pale wheat that does have a bit more in common with a Hefeweizen than the style does - there's surely some clove and yeast flavors here, even though they're subtle. Otherwise it's a pretty standard wheat and citrus deal, with just enough to stand out from the pack.

The mouthfeel is nice enough, nothing special. A slightly heavier than light body and some heavy carbonation. The drinkability, of course, is superb. A very good pale wheat ale that I recommend.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow. Decent head drops fairly quickly. Some lace.
Smell is malty with notes of banana, clove, wheat and pepper. Well-balanced.
Taste is very much the same. Malt, wheat, clove. Again, well balanced.
Medium bodied though leaning heavier. Medium effervescence. Smooth aftertaste, spice and malt linger forever. Nice stuff.

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Photo of shaunb81
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy and quite cloudy golden, yellow body. It was accompanied with a nice finger of white head (which dissipated too quickly). Lacing is dismal (and that is an overstatement).

Smell - Bready malts are there. I can definitely smell alcohol. As Ron Burgundy would say, "stings the nostrils". I smell some citrus hops as well. Now that I think about it, this stuff stinks.

Taste - Ugh. Lemon and other citrus comes through. It's pretty sour actually. Bitterness comes through at the end and hangs on throughout the experience.

Mouthfeel - Though this beer is well-balanced, it is a little to watered down. The carbonation is mild and it's a little creamy in the mouth.

Overall - Blah, blah, blah. I won't be buying this beer again. Ever. I expected something a little fruity (from the smell), but was disappointed with the lack of complexity. I feel that with a name like Circus Boy, this beer should have put a little more of a show. Complete with fire and acrobatics in my mouth. No dice...

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Photo of nickfl
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A lightly hazy, straw colored body, topped by a half an inch of white foam. The head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves thick lace in its wake.

S - Lightly spicy wheat witha hint of sweet malt and that's pretty much all there is to this one.

T - Some lightly tart wheat up front with a hint of malt. Some light bubblegum yeast flavor peaks out in the middle and is pushed aside by herbal hop flavor and very light bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Honestly, it isn't all that bad for what it is. There is just a touch of real Weizen yeast character as a nod to the beers distant origins and the wheat and malt are well balanced with the light hop character. There is nothing the least bit interesting going on here, but it isn't at all offensive either and it is really pretty drinkable, which is more than I can say for most of the other beer that I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a ruddy orange-gold, and is capped with a thin film of wispy froth. *What can I say about Circus Boy that hasn't already been said about Afghanistan? It looks bombed out and depleted.*

S - The nose is dominated by notes of dried and candied ginger. Rotting banana underlies. *I'd like to thank God almighty for giving every other beer so much, and this beer so little.*

T - The taste is pretty nice if you like ginger, which I do. Other than that, it has very little else going for it. If you are looking for a Hefeweizen, which this claims to be on the label, and you buy this, you will be *more angry than Buck Nasty's mama before Silky Johnson got home to put more water in her dish.*

M - Thin and fizzy; relatively unspecial. *Magic Hat should take this bottle, and beat whoever made this brew to death with it.*

O - I do like this beer, and not really because it is good, but rather because it is quite gingery. *Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take my throne, because I'm a shoo-in... for Hater-of-the-Year.*

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Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange with a thin soapy head.

S: A big wheaty malt aroma with some lemony citrus.

T: A good malty wheat flavor with a touch of lemon citrus and fruity banana. But not as much as a Hefeweizen, only a slight banana.

M: I'm a big fan of the velevety smoothness of wheat beers.

O: It's quite good. I usually don't like american wheats, but this one leans enough toward a hefe to give it some depth of flavor.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice honey color with bits of yeast floating around.

S: Aroma of coriander, lemon and orange peel with a yeasty twang. Pretty typical.

T: Light flavors of citrus (orange and lemon) with a hint of spice. Kind of light in the flavor department.

O: Overall, just kind of underwhelming.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#111. The 600th review too! What perfect timing (again). I have happened to have this beer in my fridge for about a month or so now, and the bottle has a date of April 30 2011 on the bottle, so it's still fresh, even if it isn't it's freshest. In the region I live in, I have only seen this in the spring seasonal variety 12 pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a modest 1.5 finger depth head, but retention is pretty bad; it dies down to a thin cover within about a minute. The head is thin and airy, far from what my hopes for any type of beer are. The color is a pretty solid medium gold-yellow with some sizable carbonation bubbles that are frantic and plentiful. While the color is pleasing, the remainder of this drink's appearance (especially head retention) needs some improvement. 2.5

(Smell) Some light, clean wheat tastes waft over the entire concoction; it's not overpowering the other characteristics but it's very likely that wheat malt is the dominant ingredient to the aroma. There's some prickly hints of a grassy citrus zest in here too and perhaps a touch of honey. Slightly bitter in the nose, it isn't unlikely that some hops may be found in here. Potency is about half of where I'd hope it to be. Flavors do mesh well however, and there's fair opportunity for several aromas to peek out through the wheat maltiness. 3.5

(Taste) First impressions bring a very high wave of clean light malty taste complete with dash of lemon zest followed by a second wave of thick wheat malt, breaded banana, clove and honey. Uniquely different, there's a shift from bitter beginning to sweet finale, usually the opposite of what I anticipate in most beers. It's enthusiastic enough to be a good beer, but the extremities of this beer could drop a bit to let some middle ground flavors play a better part in the beer. One noteworthy flaw is the diluted nature of this beer; it was exceptionally chaotic in the last few sips where all the explosive flavor had apparently gone to. So swirl it or shake it up or something, or just drink it as soon as you get it. Otherwise I have few gripes about this beer. Enjoyable under just about any condition. 4

(Mouthfeel) Crisp and nearly prickly at some points. The carbonation is spot on and the alcohol, more receded than in the average beer, is certainly hard to find. Body is quite light and the beer is likely to not be very filling but would make a decent thirst-quencher. It does well to complement the flavors of a Hefeweizen. 4

(Overall) Overall, this is a decent release from Magic Hat. I really haven't found anything yet by the brewery that knocks my socks off, but this one would be enjoyable if I could somehow obtain a six pack of it down here in Georgia. It's worth the search and could pass off as a nice year round beer. 3.5

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Circus Boy
B (3.73)

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Photo of haazer
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden brew with very faint bubbly white head that dissapates quickly. Fairly evident carbonation.

S- Ummm, smell is actually fairly metallic. This was poured from a bottle, very unnatractive. Has some bready characteristics. Not a good smell.

T- Flavor is MUCH better than the aroma. Flavors are familair to that with a normal hefeweizen. Usual suspects of banana, or in this brew, banana bread, and clove. A fairly decent crisp finish. Smalles notes of citrus.

M- Mouthfeel is good for the style, a little above the light side. Nice and crisp from carbonation. A little tangy on the palatte.

O- Well if you don't let the smell of this scare you away its actually an ok hefeweizen. Nowhere near the top but its good. Much better than the standard Magic hat #9. Not worth seeking out but if this is your only option go with it.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Circus Boy pours a murky golden yellow with pretty darn poor head retention. The color is lovely however. The aroma is muted but contains a few whiffs of lemon scent and maybe a bit of spice. Sadly these are the best parts of this ale. The flavor is pretty tame for a hefe, grainy, a bit of lemongrass flavor peaks through, I get some hits of fruity flavor from the yeast. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin. If it is hot and you're at your buddies house and he has some cold Circus Boy, sure grab it, just don't seak it out.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,692 ratings
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