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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Ratings: 1,705 |  Reviews: 668
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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Photo of Vendetta
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
September 28, 2008

Hefeweizen? Are you sure, Magic Hat? Pours clear yellow, no floral scent whatsoever, just that of mellow hops and some malt. Tastes nothing like a true german hefe, and not all that good on its own. I would definitely stay away from this one.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden with very little haze and very little head. Smells quite graint and with just a hint of lemon and coriander toward the end. Definitely no banana in this one. The taste is also super light with primarily a washed out grain taste and no hint of the coriander, although there is the slightest hint of lemon on the finish. There is also the tiniest bit of spice in both the taste and mouthfeel. Really light, even for the style, but pleasant enough if undistinguished.

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Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle in trade from ROBORB. Thanks! Pours a cloudy, thick and bright yellowish orange color with a nice white head. Smell is wheaty predominantly followed by a touch of yeast and lemon, but little in the way of spiced characteristic as from a hef yeast. Taste is very strongly wheaty and cracker like with some enjoyable honey sweetness to it. Some light lemony flavors but the sweet wheat flavors linger and dominate. Medium bodied with normal carbonation. Not really a true hefeweizen flavor wise, I would say, but I really enjoy this as an easy drinker. Thanks for this one!

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Photo of mdm46410
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a weizen glass. This beer poured an almost clear golden with a one-finger thick head of off-white foam that slightly lasted. Some light lacing was left behind. Didn't look like a hefe. The aroma consisted of wheat and a solid dose of lemon. Didn't really smell like a hefe. Very mild aroma. The flavor included a very tart lemony note and some faint wheat. No esthers or yeast notes. Didn't taste like a hefe. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and had moderate carbonation. Bland. Please stop calling your average American wheat a hefeweizen.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll be quite honest - it doesn't look that appetizing. The beer is a cloudy shade of light orange with a pale tan head. Head formation and retention aren't that great, but the lacing is pretty good.

It smells like spiced wheat with a hint of lemon. The aroma reminds me of autumn, but it's not really "earthy" - more like crisp leaves. Upon further whiffing, the lemon scent seems to stick out a bit more than the other two. There is also a hint of yeast(iness?).

I'd say that the taste matches the nose pretty well, but it's not present in quite the same balance. The wheat character outweighs the others and is what hits you first. You then experience subtle lemon flavor that fades into a nice spiciness that isn't too overpowering.

It's slightly dry and a little on the lighter side for a hefeweizen (at least, relative to the ones that I can recall), but still a bit creamy. To me, this just makes the beer more stomachable.

Very easy - goes down quite well. Pounding these beers wouldn't be hard. It definately looks thicker than it actually is.

The bottle says it's "unfiltered and unfettered." Judging by its look, texture, and taste, I'd have to disagree with that but hey - it's not like it's bad. This just proves the age old adage: "you can't judge a book by its cover." Again - it definately tastes better than it looks. Try it for a slight variation on a good style.

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

A: Pours a pale yellow orange. The bottle claims that this is unfiltered, but I would have guessed it by looking at this one. It looks very clear to claim as unfiltered.

S: The smell is quite faint. But I could pick up faint spice and citrus. Though it is faint, what is there is quite nice.

T: The taste is interesting. A mild sweet lemon with just a slight spiciness. Slight little kick in the beginning that finishes quite nice. Very little after taste.

A very nice crisp refreshing beer. As far as drinkability goes, this one ranks high with me. It's just a nice crisp and clean beer that is just nice to drink. Nothing over the top.

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Photo of lpayette
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As I continue to purge my cellar of the majority of beers that I don't expect to age well, I am once again surprised that I've yet to review this beer. Perhaps it's because I think it's fairly underwhelming. Best by the end of November '08, so I guess I'm getting this one just at the end of freshness, but I am quite familiar with this one.

A- Pours a cloudy and pale yellow as expected with about a two finger head on a hard pour.

S- Honestly it's a little unpleasant. Wet dog is the predominant feature unfortunately. Hidden behind that however are some clovey and banana notes.

T- The taste isn't too bad at all. Certainly nothing immediately offensive, but that just makes this average or so. A little more intense scrutiny reveals what was hidden in the smell prior which is a subtle banana and clove 1-2 punch. But I like a little more fight in my wheat ales; unleash the character please.

M- Tremendously clean finish.

D- Scores fairly high on drinkability , except the smell really prevents me from wanting more than a bottle in a sitting at any given time. The beer just gets a little boring by about the 3rd or 4th sip in. I realize that I'm a little more critical with this beer than others... it's just because I know what MH is capable of and wish that this year-round offering lived up to what they could be.

So this is a highly marketable beer and MH gets some props whether you agree or disagree with their style. I just wish that this one had a bit more character. A little more yeast in the bottle, higher fermentation temp maybe?, something. Just give me some more flavor and I'll be happy, and I'd be willing to bet the masses would be OK with that too.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,705 ratings