Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!
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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 Dotcubed
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +23.4%
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 +23.1%
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 -4.7%
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 +9.5%
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 +37.3%
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%
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 +2.4%
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 +5%
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 +3.6%
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 -0.9%
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 +12.4%
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 +1.2%
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 +16%
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 -22.2%
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 +18.3%
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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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a hazed orange hue with a slim fizzy white head. Nice color.

Smell -- Bready malt, cream of wheat, cardamom, and lemongrass. Not too shabby.

Taste -- Dry malt, cracked wheat, mild banana-like yeat character, and lemongrass. The lemongrass is very pronounced, almost spicy. Lingering flavors of mineral water, dry malt, and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with sharp fizzy carbonation. Slightly harsh.

Drinkability -- Not as good as I had hoped. I'm a big fan of lemongrass, but less would've been more in this. Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't go for it again.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
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 Ty1erC
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

*12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.*

a: relatively clear for a wheat beer.

s: citrus and wheat.

t: not a whole lot of flavor here. flavors are subtle and well-balanced.

m: light-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

d: very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of garuda
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden yellow, rapidly fading head that leaves no lacing. Something seems off about the cloudiness, though. Looks milky in nature, and not consistent through the glass.

S/T - Not as bold as I like for a hefe, but has all the normal components of lemongrass, citrus zest, yeast.

M - Light body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D - Nice and refreshing. I think I'd enjoy it more if it wasn't winter. Well balanced, I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of larryi86
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Slightly hazy golden straw color with a white two finger head.

S- Bananas, wheat, yeast, and some spices.

T- Weak flavor but not watery. Sweet malts, wheat, bananas, and yeast.

M- Nice medium body, slightly chewy and bready.

D- This is a nice easy to drink beer that I feel would be great to have on a nice spring day.

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Photo of AdamTheFool
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I refer to this beer as the tabala rasa because it looks and tastes alot like an blank slate. By itself it is not flavorful enough in the slightest however with a little creativity...

If you drop a shot of peach shnapps in it Circus Boy tastes almost exactly like a fruity breakfast cerial and I have come to call this combination a Silly Rabbit... and its pretty delicious for a bomb.

By itself however Circus Boy is a very bland beer and definetly not one that tastes looks or pours like a Hefe.

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Photo of Genuine
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cousin had this during thanksgiving, figured I'd give it a try.

Pours out cloudy, with a goldish color, similiar to the label on the bottle. No head retention whatsoever to speak of.

Smell - wheat, some floral hops here and there.

Taste - This is where I was kind of disappointed. I was hoping it was going to be better, but I felt like it was lacking. Normal Hefe taste, very easy to drink, not very high on the flavor profile. Found it to be very bland.

Mouthfeel - Light carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. I could see this being a good beer to have a hot summer day when you're looking for refreshment. Not much more other than that.

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

A-Pours a murky gold with a smallish off white head.

S-Banana, clove, yeasty, wheaty, citrusy.

T-Exactly like the nose. Banana and clove really hit me. It is a very mild brew with some decent taste. A bit metallic.

M-Light and carbonated

D-Very easy to drink. Flavor is somewhat bland but it can hit the spot at the right time.

Nice and light for a hot night, but still a good beer when you're looking for something easy to drink. One of the first beers I tell someone to buy if they ask me for a new beer to try. A nice beer for a beginner who wants to open up their options. Not my favorite by any means but still good for what it is.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very white head and the body is a cloudy light yellow. The head disappears quite quickly. Slightly bubbly but can't tell because of the fogginess of the body. When tilting the glass towards the mouth, tiny bubbles become prominent. Some lacing on the glass.

A light grassy and citrus smell.

The citrus hops and carbonation attacks the tongue immediately. It feels almost like a soda.

The taste is citrus, grainy, wheat, a slight bitterness and a grassy taste. It's not bad.

Drink Ability is quite high because its not heavy, lower abv and its quite refreshing. It definitely will catch up due to the high acidity.

The first time I have ever tried this was on tap at a restaurant; with a name like Circus Boy I had to try it. I enjoyed it enough to want to buy a six pack of it, which I eventually did. Here I am, years later, reviewing it. I think I liked it more back then, than now. My tastes have changed in a beer but don't get me wrong, this is still good.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 29.2% out of 100 with 1,689 ratings
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