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

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
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 +14%
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 -1.2%
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 +7.9%
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 -12.6%
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 -2%
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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Photo of harveystarr
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I'm a huge hefe guy, I have to admit, I was a bit let down by Circus Boy. While it looked beautiful (most cloudy beer does to me), smelled crisp, fruity and refreshing, what wasn't up to snuff was the mouthfell. It was a crisp, almost sharp feel with too much carbonation.

Granted, I would have no problem if someone offered me one in the future, it wasn't that bad of an experience. It tasted nice, with everything that should be present in a hefe. But I just couldn't get by the sharp carbonation.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Circus Boy is a cloudy, lively pale golden ale with a small head that quickly dissipates to leave a small ring that leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has an aroma of clove and pear. It smells grainy and fruity. The smooth, foamy, light body has a clean, crisp finish. It's lightly flavored and well balanced. Clove is the dominant flavor. Herbal bitterness finishes the taste up. It has qualities both of a Hefeweisen and an American wheat ale. It's very easy to drink.

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Photo of jarrod1124
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- next-to-last bottle of a multipack (it's mate is the last one)

A- Honey golden color, very welcoming. Rapidly-dissipating thin head. Effervescence looks almost like like tight bubbles from champagne.

S- Wheaty, is the best way I can describe it. Prior descriptions of herbal tea are pretty accurate, too.

T- Wheat, like a loaf of bread. There is some sourness on the back end for me that is independent of the lemony flavor that precedes it.

M- Fizzy, light-bodied and easy to drink. It also finishes with a puckering feeling on the tongue.

Overall, I enjoyed Circus Boy. I've had it several times in the past, and I will be the first to admit that I'm not typically a fan of wheat ales. I kept that in mind and my ratings are based on not only my prior beer experiences, but specifically my times with wheat beers.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Last of a sampler pack.

Different package than pictured.
Does anyone track beer packaging?

Poured into a tall glass. Not much foam here.
It was carbonated but all of it vanished.

Unique hefe aroma, heavy yeast.
Best buy Mar 31 2011 stamp.

Tastes like dead yeast. Sour, dry, bread.
Watery and thin, floral. An interesting take on german style.
More like a girl beer.

Prickly over the pallet, some bubbles are there.

I like the style but not really jazzed about this example.

Not hot outside enough yet.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light wheat gold, clear at first but cloudy if the sediment gets stirred up. Very thin white lacing.

Smells of fresh grassy grains and mildly citrus sweetness. Hints of yeast.

Tastes surprisingly detailed, orange peel, fresh grain malts, wheat and sweet citrus.

Feels moderate with mildly tingly carbonation.

Delicious and very drinkable. Fantastic session candidate. Will look for this again.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.16/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head with some retention.

Smells of lemon and citrus with a sting from carbonation and some mild floral notes.

Heavy sting from carbonation up front giving way to lemon and honey notes although there is very little sweetness, there is some bitter citrus almost hidden in the heavy carbonation. Finishes with a grainy wheat taste. An excellent light refreshing brew.

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Photo of wfpalm
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Part of the Magic Hat Spring Sampler. Cap reads, "Who is the endangered species?" Love Magic Hat's marketing.

A: Pours out a murky, dark straw colour. Thin white head forms, then quickly disappears. CO2 bubbles keep popping on the surface.

S: Aroma of barely, yeast, with a hint of lemon, sweet but with a tad of tart.

T: Barely hits the tongue first, followed by a hint of lemon. Back of the mouth as an herbal taste to it. Very sweet in the back of the mouth.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Very drinkable especially on a warm spring or summer day.

O: Not a huge fan of the style, but can see the merits to this specific brew.

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Photo of cooch69
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep unfiltered yellow with a whisper of a head. Lacing lasts pretty well.

Smells of Bubble Gum, lemons and sweet malts.

This beer has notes of bubble gum, band-aid, banana, snappy wheatiness and a tad bit of boozy alcohol at the end.

This beer is definetly not a Hefeweizen as the label implies. It does not have the spiceness or straightforward tropical fruits in it.

It is however a pretty decent APWA.

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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 KarlHungus
2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a billowy two inches of foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of lemon poppy-seed muffins, and oranges. It is an interesting aroma, but unpleasant. The taste is more subdued. There is still a lot of lemon and some orange, but it isn't as harsh as the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation, and a texture that is quite watery for the style. Overall, I will pass on this beer next time.

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Photo of SenkoSnack808
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a good beer from the guys at Magic Hat. Pours a white 3 finger head, that fades rather quickly, golden colored body. Tastes sweet, a little spice note, no hops at all. Easy to drink, and pretty well done overall. Would have again, in fact when in the mood for a Hefeweizen, this beer comes in front.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a mixed 12 pack.

Pours a cloudy golden color. The pillowy white head dissipates to nothing quite quickly.

Smell is muted initially but later is full of lemon zest and light yeast.

The taste is slightly sweet with lemon and yeast notes being present. Its actually pretty decent.

The mouthfeel is medium light with light carbonation.

Drinkability is decent. The beer is light enough that it should be sessionable.

Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in Magic Hat's Spring '11 variety pack. Best by 4/30/11.

A: slightly cloudy, golden in color; billowy, fluffy white head crowns at the top of the glass, about 2 fingers thick

S: citrus and zest up front, with hint of yeast; no hops in the aroma

T: typical citrus and yeast flavors, but that's the only thing "normal" about what Magic Hat calls its "Hefeweizen"; really zesty and spiced, with almost no hop flavor present; surprising sweet flavors fused with in, but this is not uncommon in Magic Hat's brews; very unique and rightly classified as an "American Pale Wheat Ale"; kudos, Beer Bros.

M: great body for such a light ABV; not heavy, but would hold its own if paired with the right foods; a touch of carbonation balances perfectly with the unfiltered yeast in the beer

D: Refreshing and crisp; as easy to drink as your popular American adjuncts without the watery, corn flavors; perfect for sessions

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad looking, tan and hazy with a fair head and pretty good lacing.

Smells yeasty with crisp wheat aromas.

Tastes lightly yeasty, a bit citrusey and plenty well wheaty and grainy.

Mouthfeel is kinda watery and not too outstanding.

Drink is average. Not a bad beer tho.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright haze golden color with just a hint of yellow and a finger of white head. The head quickly reduces to a thin ring around the glass with a little lacing.

S - Aroma is full of wheat and light citrus elements (lemon). There is also yeast that also comes through fairly strongly.

T - Starts off with some wheat flavor and some citrus (lots of lemon). Also a touch of yeast. Through the middle the yeast seams to get a bit stronger and a bit a grassy flavor comes in. Finish has a touch of sweetness to balance the citrus and wheat.

M - Medium-light bodied with a fair amount of sharp assertive carbonation. Super crisp mouthfeel overall and a nice smooth and slightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Overall a nice and balanced sweetness and citrus flavor. The yeasty flavor might be a bit much for some, but for most part it is really nice for the most part.

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Photo of weller1js
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear, golden yellow, well-carbonated with bubbly white foam leaving a bubbly white lacing.

smell: wheat smell is mild yet predominant, light sweetness is also notable that complements the aroma.

taste: begins clean and fresh, the wheat taste is subdued and also has a pilsner-like bitterness, with a light hop bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: for a wheat-style beer, it lacking in some elements, but overall it is very clean and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy orange/red color with creamy head that fades fast but leaves nice sea foam lace.

S- Bubblegum, cloves and banana. Nice citrus notes of orange and lemon rind.

T- Follows the nose. Citrus, orange and lemon peel. Biscuit malts and hints of clove with a banana cream.

M- Slightly creamy, light, refreshing and zesty

D- Very smooth, creamy, and swett. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Lauthaha
2.63/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a "3/4 Pint" bottle into a half-liter beer glass for optimum enjoyment.

Appearance: Beer is a dirty blonde/murky golden color with very heavy carbonation visible through the glass. Head is a soft-white color with decent retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very yeasty...slight lemon-zest aroma and a very subdued sweetness. Not a lot of hop presence here...not yet, anyway.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pungent, off-bitterness which gets worse and worse as the beer sits on the tongue. Too yeasty for me, I am not impressed. The balance of flavor is too far off on this one. The active-looking carbonation is almost undetectable on the palate, and the beer slides down the throat like a molded jello dessert.

Drinkability: Not for me...but maybe someone likes feeling like they have a yeast infection of the mouth.

Too bad there are three of these in my sampler pack. Should have saved an extra #9 to wash this down with. Oh well, lesson learned, I suppose.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells lemony with that wheat in the back. Very nice spicy bite with that dry lemon wheat husk taste. It reminded me of a more spicy Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat. That was my very first impression but this had a more full flavor which i enjoyed more so than the coastal wheat. These types of beers are perfect for a jump for people who want to try something other than the big 3. Yet they always seem to go for these wheat fruity type beers. Blue Moon, this one etc. That's fine though these are good... I'll always take these beers over the regular stuff. Simply said... Magic Hat makes some good beers that can turn a lot of people onto better beer.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 1,673 ratings.
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