Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! | Magic Hat Brewing Company

1,681 Ratings
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 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 VTaler
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalace
A - Very Cloudy yellow bronze color with decent frothy head that goes away after a while. Nice lacing
S - Not a very strong smell but there is floral hops followed by fruity banana esters. You can also smell the sweet malt
T - First taste is the fruity esters. It tastes like a combination of apricots and bananas. The wheat is there but not as profound as in other wheat beers. The floral hops mix nicely with the fruity esters. There are clove note and a little bit of lemon notes. Could have been better with a little more yeast character and hops. I've had quite a few of these styles and this one is in the middle as far as wheat and estery and hop flavors go. It's a pretty well balanced beer. As an aftertaste similar to a lager like a pilsner or a adjunct lager but also combined with a wheat aftertaste so it is not that bad.
M -Very light mouth feel with a lot of carbonation.
D - Pretty drinkable, not surprising for such a low ABV and light body.
Also this beer is 4.4% abv NOT 5.5% and it should be called a hefeweizen not an American pale wheat ale

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Photo of jjanega08
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice hazy yellow color with a pretty amberish color down the center of my glass. Actually a really cool color. There's a nice three finger meranigue head that unfortunatly doesn't last as long as I hoped. The lacing doesn't stick either and just sort of falls.
S= wheaty and maybe a little clove maybe a small lemon spritz but no bannana.
T= really odd flavor. Its labeled a pale wheat which I would say it most represents but the bottle says hefe which I also can understand only to a lesser extent. There's a light wheat character up front and quite the clove flavor in the middle but that is all swallowed by the spritzy lemon flavor. The finish is wheat.
M= pretty good. Not too carbonated. Smooth and crisp.
D= decent. This beer confused and intrigued me. I'm not sure what style to judge it on. It says hefe but here it says pale wheat. I think it falls more into the pale wheat area but either way its pretty enjoyable with my dog on a hot late summer day.

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Photo of elniko
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Bottle marked by best by October 2009.

A: High carbonation, poured with less head than I would expect from hef. Glowing amber with some murky qualities.

S: Really strong lemon, zesty qualities. Definitely the strongest lemon tones I've ever got from a wheat. Still some wheat and grass qualities in the background as well.

T & M: Lemon tones from the nose come through in the taste as well. Pretty thin bodied with watery mouthfeel which I've encountered with all the Magic Hat brews that I've had thus far. Some almost tea like qualities as well which is a new one for me with a wheat. Finish is crisp with the carbonation qute apparent.

D: Drinkable, but there are definitely better options out there. Wont be seeking again.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Best by notches of 10/09 on back label. Was a hazy yellow color. Lots of carb streams and some lacing. It had an average sized white head that settled into a thin foam and collar.

The aroma was wheat, lemon, clove and pepper. Didn't mix very well for me and wasn't very appealing. The taste followed the aroma with the pepper spice jumping way out in front. Unfortunately, the pepper overwhelmed the other flavors and left a bad aftertaste as it was too much. Felt like you needed a sip of water to cleanse your tongue.

Overall, a disappointment as I'd heard good things about this one. Could be something if they toned down the spice and upped the lemon. Don't recommend.

Rotation: one and done - better out there. Maybe on tap if down to this and BMC.

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Photo of Soozy
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a big, frothy, inch head. Smells pretty bad actually, like a mix of bad yeast and acetaldehyde. Taste is average, with just a hint of lemon, no spice is anywhere to be found in this one. Smooth, refreshing, good for a summer day as a substitute for a pale ale.

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Photo of thekanna
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice darker golden appearance with about 1 finger of palpable head.

S: Not much there. Some sweet wheat malts and faint citrus, but that's about it.

T: Largely biscuity (somewhat like a biscuit you get from a fast food fried chicken chain) with some lemons shining through and a bit of peppercorn.

M: Somewhat over-carbonated. Finishes crisp and dry.

D: I wasn't too impressed. A little too filling for my taste.

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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 chaswisler
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy yellow, not much head and does not appear that it will stay long

T - Citrus, taste not overwhelming. Just enough to let you know it's there. Good taste, pleasant aftertaste with a twist of tartness at the end.

M - Nice carbonation, little tingle.

D - Due to the citrus, a very refreshing beer. I could definitely down a couple of these on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of haddon
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- cloudy golden honey appearance. not much of a head with lots of carbonation bubbles showing through the clouds

S- pretty subdued. mostly wheat with a bit of citrus hiding in there

T- citrus peel with the wheat flavor really dominating. very strong spice on the tail end. almost peppery in flavor. not that appealing.

M- little heavy on the carbonation for me but crisp in the palate

D- not a bad Hef. nice beer to have in the cooler for the summertime.

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Photo of Tates
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I do not normally like Hefewiesens, but I have found Circus Boy to have the right amount of citrus to be refreshing but not overpowering. I like many other unfiltered wheat beers and buy this one on a regular basis. I've noticed it has hints of banana when coming out of the tap, but is much fresher out of a bottle.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SMason for this extra. Served in a weizen glass. Best before October '09.

A - Pretty typical weizen look - three fingers of creamy white foam that slowly dissipates to a thick cap. Hazed golden color that is a little lighter (more straw-like) near the bottom of the glass.

S - Smell is strong in tangy yeast, with lots of spice and a touch of lemony citrus hoppiness. Not really a ton of banana or clove in the nose here. Definitely more APWA than Hefeweizen - even though the label tries to convince me otherwise. As it warms the spicy yeast kind of takes over in a less than pleasant way.

T - Taste is a little cleaner, with some malted wheat and light notes of lemon, spice, and a yeasty aftertaste. It's OK, but nothing special - a step up from phony macro witbiers like Blue Moon or Shock Top.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium body - finish is a little heavier and stickier than I prefer from a wheat beer.

D - Nothing wrong with this brew. The lemongrass addition works well within the flavor profile and doesn't seem overtly gimmicky. Low ABV and solid taste make it inoffensively drinkable.

Magic Hat seems to be moving towards capturing the craft beer entry-level market, which isn't overly glamorous to veteran BAs but is probably important to the long term health of craft beer nonetheless.

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Photo of peabody
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly cloudy yellow to tan with one finger of white suds. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is soured banana peels. No clove no real banana.
taste is very strange for a Hefe. The Odd Notion summer 09 had the right aroma and flavor. This one has like a soured raisin with some corriander added in but no sugar.
Mouthfeel is OK I guess but this one is def. not my fav Magic Hat.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen, one finger white creamy head, loads of bubbles, hazy warm brown honey color, nice lacing.

s- pretty mild, the obvious wheat.

t- doesn't strike as very hefe at first, low amount of wheat, low wheat, little bit of banana, little lemon at the end, finishes a little dry, interesting.

m- medium bodied.

d- pretty great, nice offering from magic hat, i'd drink again.

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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 originalsin
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

New bottle design this year. I'm so confused about the style of this beer. Bottle proclaims "The Hefeweizen!" but here it's listed as an American Pale Wheat Ale. Doesn't entirely taste like a hefeweizen--lacks the dryness that I've come to associate it with.

Anyway, pours a hazy yellow color, with a little bit of head that doesn't last and doesn't really lace either. Smells pretty sweet- there's a lot of citrus on the nose. Lemon peel, coriander, wheat, orange.. The taste is pretty similar- but worse, unfortunately. A huge lemongrass kick, a lot of wheat, and a bit too much bitterness really detract from drinkability. Nonetheless, it's medium bodied, all kinds of smooth, and maybe, just maybe, a worthwhile lawnmower beer.

Last year I was buying these regularly, extolling their virtues to friends. Oh how my palate has changed...

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Photo of rfgetz
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yet bright golden yellow. Fluffy white head that goes away rather quickly.

S: Lemmons and malt. Slightly sweet rather than sour.

T: Lemons, pineapple and black pepper. More sweet than sour. Decent malt backbone.

M: Light, crisp, clean refreshing.

D: Nice light summer beer with just enough flavor.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy put this in a mixed six pack for me. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a cloudy dark gold/light amber color. The head is three fingers tall, small bubbles, great retention and very nice sporatic and thin lacing.
S: The aromas are spargy, orange peel and many a hint of pine.
T: The flavors are citrus, pine and some wheat.
M: The mouthfeel is very crisp.
D: This is a great beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A - pours a medium gold with a frothy two-finger white head. Somewhat cloudy appearance, but not as much as a witbier. Head is gone by half way down the glass, no lacing.

S - Very little smell when opening the bottle, but in the glass, there is a moderate smell of orange peel, spice and wheat malt. Needs a stronger smell.

T - Lemony and sweet up front, followed by a wheat-malt dominated body. Hints of yeast, lemongrass and a tad bit of hops can also to be found in the body. The finish is more lemon grass and wheat malt. Leaves a bitter yeast/lemongrass aftertaste.

M - Medium thin body with ample carbonation and a tad creamy. Suits the style well.

D - This beer has an awkward combination of flavors that never seems to sit quite right in my mouth. The yeast and wheat-malt seem to be conflicting with the lemongrass, leaving a weird bitter sensation, although maybe i'm just not a fan of the style. Got this beer in the Magic hat spring variety pack, and I would not get it again. Sorry Magic hat, your beers are a little too off the wall for me.

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Photo of Gunnz
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Circus Boy pours a nice light amber color and slightly cloudy, typical of the Hefewiezen style. It has a beautiful and long lasting cream colored head.

This beer has a very nice floral and hoppy aroma with hints of a sweet malty smell.

Very delightful, slightly hoppy taste and very malty and slightly sweet. Very nicey balanced and well built but does not have a clear lasting aftertaste. It does, however, fit its style.

Medium bodied beer with a medium smoothness and nicely balanced carbonation.

I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and I would recommend it to others but it would not be on my list of top unfiltered wheat beers.

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

This and Feast of Fools are two of this brands better beers in my opinion. The body is a hazy golden color with an average amount of carbonation. The average frothy head leads to some nice lacing. It has pasture and fruit aroma. The tones of grains, lemon and banana are somewhat strong for an American wheat beer. The body is moderately thick with great carbonation. It is very refreshing.

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Photo of a4tuurbo
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer poured fairly clear for being unfiltered. It had a 1.5-2 finger head that gave way to some decent lacing. There are very active bubbles sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Citrus is apparent. Also some hops and a definite wheat presence.

T- Pretty much a standard wheat beer with the exception of the lemongrass. If it werent for that I dont think I would really remember this beer over any other one. I like that they used lemongrass. It added something more than just citrus would I think. It did finish with a nice little hoppy bite though.

M- Its not harsh by any stretch of the imagination. Carbonation is a bit excessive for me but not prohibitively so.

D- I would drink this all day long easily and with such a low alcohol content I think I could (it actually says 4.4% on the bottle).

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

Smell is of an abundance of citrus with a touch of yeast. Pretty typical for style.

Taste is rather lemony in the body; tart and citrus. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, as expected. There's a bit of wheat/grain perceptible on the finish as well. Finishes very clean with very little taste left over. Pretty refreshing beer. Nothing exciting for sure but nothing to scoff at.

This beer gets high marks for drinkability and for taste, simply because I feel it's a good representation of style and goes down easy. Very sessionable.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice one finger head that gives way to a slight lacing. There is sediement in the bottle and it has a nice unfiltered look to it. The aroma is of wheat with a slight lemon and banana smell to it. The taste is of wheat with a hint of lemon and a hint of grassyness. The mouthfeel is smooth and with out carbonation. The drinkability on this is good. You can have it over and over again. Its not complex as other hef's but it is a solid beer.

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

A lot about this beer is sort of a standard hefe.. certainly better than any macro garbage but middle of the road as far as hefe's go. What sets it a bit apart is the lemongrass.. The citrus character that is contributed to the beer is really a great addition. The use of lemongrass, specifically, as opposed to just lemon juice or some otehr straight forward fruit citrus also contributes an interesting character to the flavor with a floral sort of presence that in a way is reminiscent of hops but slightly different. Other than that the other thing to note would be a very good drinkability. the light mouthfeel and body give it an airy, refreshing quality that makes drinking several quite easy. It also pairs nicely with a variety of fodos it seems.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 1,681 ratings.
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