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 neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a cloudy light to medium gold color with a nice white fluffy head about an inch thick when poured that settles to a good 1/2 inch and then 1/3 inch. Very nice lacing too. Sweet lemony, citrusy aroma with a bit of coriander and sweet malt. Has a sort of grainy, bit of a sour flavor along with the aforementioned coriander and citrus flavors, along with some wheat and malt. Rounded out with a slight touch of hops. A unique mix of flavors here. Has a crisp, sort of chewy, and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a well crafted beer should be. It may not be a true Hefeweizen, but it is still pretty good.


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Photo of Amalak
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold and opaque in color, with an average head and decent lace. It has a very veggie like scent. It's quite interesting.

I really kind of hated this beer the first time I had it, but I don't think I was giving it a fair chance. I actually appreciated the beer a lot more on the second go. Not what a hefe normally tastes like, with all the veggie taste it has, but a decent beer.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of a mixed 12 pack. Bottle says "The Hefeweizen". Although, this is clearly NOT a hefewizen. The Beer Advocate category is right on.... American Pale Wheat...

Poured into my pint glass and produced a 1" head of pure white. The beer was crystal clear and a light orangy/yellow in color.

Aroma: Interesting.... not at all like a hefewizen... much sweeter smelling... with a little diacetal (butter) smell...

Taste: Sweet with a carmely malt taste. A hint of grassy hops way off in the background.

MF: Quite Fizzy... but also somewhat rich and robust.

Drnkabilty: Yes... it's fine. Just don't be expecting a hefeweizen.... even though the label states that this beer is "THE HEFEWEIZEN". It is a decent beer... and you could probably knock back a few of these in a sitting without any adverse effects...

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle received in trade, thanks Phil.

Tried Jul 2008.

Pours with a large thick yellow white head. Very bubbly. Hazy pale straw color. Aromatic, lemony, grassy with some coriander. Starts slightly watery but sweet and lemony, grapefruity. Medium body, almost chewy. Flavors are more developed towards the end. Overall light and refreshing.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - Decent look, nice chunky yellow hef. Head reduces down to a donut ring quickly. Floaty bits swirl on top.

s - The lemongrass claimed on the bottle shows up here. Lemons and yeast.

t - Not much really going on. The lemons and other citrus promised in the nose fail to show up (again, not a big shock with lemongrass). Some faint sweet mixed with faint sour. A refreshing hint of citrus in the finish.

m - it's got some hef chunkiness but it's overcarbonated for such light flavor.

d - Sure, you can put these down easily. You'll certainly build up some bubbles from the carbonation.

I think this is more of a summer cookout beer that actually does better straight from a bottle. Into a glass it underwhelms. Now I'm curious if the same will apply to the rest of the Magic Hats - I've tasted a bunch of them in the past but only recall having MH #9 in a glass.

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Photo of JayNH
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a dirty cloudy yellow with a generous head. Ample lacing left on the glass.

S- a very nutty wheat with maybe a slight hint of citrus waaaay in the background.

T- A dry yeasty wheat with a tiny hint of lemon. On par for the style.

M- Light bodied and mildly carbonated.

D- Good. Probably OK for mowing the lawn on a hot day.

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Photo of chiefydawg
2.34/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Neat packaging overall, let's get to the beer inside. Very pallid and hazy yellow with a short, white,frothy head. There is the signature yeast at the bottom to swirl loose.

Smells wheaty with some fake citrus. No real banana, clove, or bubblegum to speak of, but a soapy, spent-grain aroma lingering. Not pleasant.

Initial taste is artificially cloying as it hits the tongue, partially due to the smell. After a couple sips, it settles in as not quite so bad. By the end of the glass it becomes more wheaty and crisp like a Hefe should, though this is more of an American Wheat ale with a Now N Later dissolved.

Overall, I would not recommend. Not the kind of flavor I want in a Hefeweizen, and I could go get something more palate refreshing seen in a commercial during any NFL game.

Note: I'm glad I didn't review more of these out of the 12 pack sampler in fear of sounding harsh. The #9 was even worse, but the Roxy was by far the best. I don't plan to buy more, so doubt if I review.

Edit - I see this is listed as an American Pale Wheat Ale on heere which makes more sense, though the bottle says "The Hefeweizen".

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.28/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Magic Hat Circus Boy....

Appearance-pale yellow, huge head, really really active carbonation, head is gigantic,

Smell-usual pungent aroma of bananas and sugar, some fruit, but the banana takes up most space.

Taste/Mouthfeel-heavy wheat flavor, bananas and fruits come in, muddled unfinished flavor which isn't pleasant, carbonated to the max.

Drinkability-not for me, but others may like.

Overall-the beer was made alright but for me it felt unfinished and had a flavor that was really not good. I didn't enjoy and will not seek out again.

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Photo of rdub
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Smelled of lemon with a wheat note behind it. Taste was surprisingly average. I guess I was expecting more. Mouthfeel was thin and light with a high effervescence. The drinkability was good and would be a good choice if you're looking for an average wheat to down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with tons of carbonation bubbles and a light foamy head.

I stuck my nose in the glass a bunch of times on this one, just to get this right. Yeast, sweet wheat, grass, some lemon, and an odd scent -- almost like buttered popcorn. That last element is what always got me with every sip, and I did not like it at all.

Light flavors here. Some citrus, raw grain, and lemony notes.

Thin mouthfeel, but it allows this to be more of the thirst quenching type of beer, I think on a hot summer day, I could have several of these, but not in the winter seasonal pack (these will be the last of the group for me). Overall, an average effort.

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Photo of gabe23
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy light orange color. Small off-white head that fades fast and leaves very little lacing.

S - Very mild aroma of grain, hops and citrus.

T - Mainly wheat flavor, with some light citrus and spiciness at the finish. Very mild as the smell would indicate.

M - A fair amount of carbonation gives this one a crisp body with a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a pretty light beer both in body and taste. I could down a few on a hot day and be refreshed, but it's not really something to be savored for it's complexity.

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Photo of LordFinley
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm a rookie at beer tasting and this is my first reveiw EVER, so give this a chance.

Circus Boy is an unfiltered wheat ale that I would perfer in the summertime because of its bright fruity taste. Out of the beers I've tried so far I feel it is very Goose Island 312.

Appearance: Bright Cloudy Gold (Unfiltered) with a quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Typical wheat ale aroma with a citris hint.

Taste: Bright/Crisp citrus taste with a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A Little thick due to its unfiltered texture. Bubbly but not over carbonated.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking beer.

Serving Type: Bottle

One of my favorite beers so far.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes Oct 12 08
Pours cloudy yellow with a thin, dissipating head. There's a good aroma of citrus and spice. The flavor is bland, particularly at first. The blend of citrus and spices comes out much more as it warms. Light bodied with lively carbonation,a pretty good wheat beer.

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Photo of beer2day
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale, pale yellow with a big head. Strong zesty, lemony aroma. Hard bite in the intial hit, with a bitter citrus finish. The citrus bite hit right away, but the taste does not linger. Mouthfeel is about right, maybe just a tad heavy. I know this is a Magic Hat staple, but am not sure why it should be in a winter seasonal mixed 12 pack.

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

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, straw-yellow body with a small, white head that had fairly decent retention and nice lacing until the finish.

S: A slightly sour, lemon smell with some slight, sweet, malt notes.

T: A sweet, citrus malt taste with a mellow, sweet, slightly honey aftertaste. Pretty good, overall.

M: A pretty light mouthfeel that proved to be crisp and refreshing.

D; A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste that was excellent for the style. Definitely a nice drinking beer that would be very welcome on a warm, summer day.

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Photo of hikebikemike
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice cloudy, yellow gold. Foam sticks to the side of glass with tenacity.

Smell - Crisp, citrus.

Taste - Lemony and spicy. A tad too much carbonation for my liking.

Mouthfeel - Very light and clean.

Drinkability - Very good beer. A little less carbonation and I would rate it a little higher.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy , small head , a little lacing.

Slight aroma of orange with some biscuity bread notes.

Getting a lot of orange upfront with a subtle peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Good carbonation.

I think I'd enjoy this more on a hot summers day, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This beer poured a cloudy, golden straw color with a big white, fluffy head.

Smell- Very interesting aroma here. Real nice spiciness to it with hints of pepper and clove but alos nice hints of lemon. Had interesting yeastiness present as well.

Taste- The taste was similar to the smell but with a nice wheat background. The pepper and citrus flavors come through in the finish as well. No hops that I could taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall- Overall a good beer. This is something that would be nice to drink on a hot day. Magic Hat doesn't distribute to LA though so oh well.

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Photo of Jwale73
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of the 12 beers of Xmas 12-pack. Best by March 2008 notched on the bottle. Served in my MH Circus Boy glass. Poured a hazy honey gold with a one inch tight, bright white head that reduced its volume in under a minute. Nose was skunky, followed by lemon and wheat. Bland flavor profile; biscuity, wheat and a slight citrus astringency. Mouthfeel was light and effervescent with a clean finish. Goes down easy, but a fairly weak performance for the style.

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

had this on draft at my house. the pour was like a typical hefe with some head and some floaties at the bottom. yellowish cloudy in color with the aroma of an orange slightly. would be served in a hefe glass. had this in august. i could see drinking many of them in the long summer days here in pa.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard 12oz capped brown bottle. Pours out a lovely cloudy, golden-yellow. Good size head creamy white head that seems to be lasting. Smell is mostly malty with some citrus and spice. Cereal and something chalky comes through as well.

Taste is similar but a bit bigger as the smell was pretty light. I also pick some of that traditional banana flavors. Crisp bitterness and a solid malt backbone seem to bring everything together. Very effervesant in the mouth.

Overall, a solid effort. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-moderately clear straw color with a decent white head with average lacing.

S-Earth and yeasty, bready lemon ...

T-Smooth and crisp, a hint of bananna...a perfect warm weather brew...

M-Slightly more carbonated that I would like, but this is typical of MH brews.

D-Very good summer and warm weather beer...nothing exceptional here, but then again, I am not a big fan of MH in general.

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

Appearence - Clear, not traditional Hefeweizen.
Pour - thick head, quickly fades.
Flavor - Dominating lemon flavor.
Drinkablility - very easy.

Summary: I would buy his beer again but not if looking for a hefeweizen. Lookikng forward to other beers from Magic Hat.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy Straw yellow in color, poured a decent size head with minimal lacing, decent retenion.

Smell: A citrusy/hopped out aroma, a bit of apples tinges through that they use on the #9, small residual hop bite in the nose, a bit of banana in there as well.

Taste: Well rounded fruit florals blast through, although the apple is a bit muted, its still there. Not too much in the way of the taste but refreshing to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, thin and and a bit watery.

Drinkability: This is easily Magic Hat's more boring beer to date, although I can't say I hate it, it is still a good beer and deserves recognition, just not a full fledged winner like some other MH creations. Lacks too many characteristics to be a true Hefe, but again it's refreshing so it would go pretty well on a hot summmer day. Just a tad bland for my taste.

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Photo of selecter70
2.77/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of all, I've never been drawn to Magic Hat. I hear that they're good; I just can't stand their artwork and marketing. Ok, bad reason, I know...So, a nice little reaturant-pub had it on draught, and since I had never tried it (& because it was not listed as a Magic Hat offering), I ordered it with my onion rings (which were grand). The serving was in a Duvel-meets-margarita glass and had no head, just some bubbles popping up through a sickly yellow appearance. The aroma was weak and smelled like syrupy lemon grass. The flavor was flat, and far too sweet with just the slightest wheat flavor and just a concept of hops in it. Bleh! Better than a Corona....

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,712 ratings