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 damienblack
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an off-yellow with a lacy two-finger head. Smells like musty, almost dank lemons. Most definitely a better visual than smell. Tastes biscuity, with a bit of lemon "zest" in the finish. The body seems pretty watery, there really isn't a while lot behind it. Solid mouthfeel, the cloying aftertaste is the best part of the beer for me, if you can get past the initial smell-taste. It's crisp and well-carbonated, making it an easy drink. I just don't know if I would want to have another one.

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Photo of loosey
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

looks like a failed piss test... cloudy yellow, large bright white head of big bubbles that melts quick

aroma is lemony, wheat, spicy, but also something musty

taste is minimally sweet with a slight citrus flavor, i suppose lemongrass in there, finishes with a slight nutty harshness, like the little papery stuff that coats a walnut or maybe white pepper, not in a good way

mouth is light to medium body, carbonation is abundant

if this beer had mystical properties, or cured cancer i would recommend it... maybe even if it lowered sperm count as mountain dew is supposed to... as it stands however in all good conscience i heartily do not... i also advise against scratching your ears with your elbows and conversing with the mentally insane for more than 3 minutes per day

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Photo of theghost3
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a thick, fluffy white head. The head and lacing are very interesting as it kind of sparkles--somewhat like soap bubbles. Smell is not real conspicuous--wheat with citrus and some yeast and faint hops. Taste is mainly wheat, lemon, and coriander/orange. Mouthfeel is very crisp. This is one of the most refreshing beers I've had, and I don't think it affects the flavor too much to serve it very cold.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soapy medium golden body, and an aggressive pour yielded two thick but brief fingers of bone white froth, with decent lacing. Lemony aroma with a restrained malty tint, and hints of spice, mainly ginger and a dash of pepper. I was hoping for a bit more. The taste improves matters, with a somewhat bolder malty backbone. In fact, the nice malt taste makes this rather unlike a typical Hefeweizen--less light, fuller bodied, but still quite smooth. This is rather good.

Smooth and effervescent, Circus Boy strikes a nice balance between smooth, taste Hefe and a malty ale. Like many offerings from Magic Hat, this is unusual to the point of being somewhat eccentric, but in a good way. Admittedly, hefeweizen is not my favorite style; it's not that I don't like it. Rather, it doesn't grab me to nearly the same degree as BSDA, Dubbel--really all Belgians--Barleywine, and DIPA. That said, Circus Boy is a good find and well worth trying, and I'm quite glad I grabbed the 12-pack with #9 and more. Quite good.

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Photo of danielharper
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As usual with American-made "hefeweizen," this is actually an American Pale Wheat Ale rather than a true hefe. You can tell because they don't use a true German yeast strain that a real hefe would have, and therefore change the flavor significantly. I'm a huge fan of true hefeweizen, not so much for American Pale Wheats.

That said:

Appearance: Clear yellow-white body, nonexistent head. No effervescence, no yeast in glass.

Smell: A very mild sweetness, slightly yeasty. Some notes of citrus, mostly lemon-lime.

Taste: Very citrusy, strong notes of lemon and orange. Slighty dry on the finish, leaves a cloying aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, but coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: There are only a handful of American Pale Wheats really worth the time. This isn't one of them. If I hadn't gotten it out of a multi-beer pack I wouldn't have bothered with it at all. It's not unpleasant, and it goes down cleanly enough, but overall it's just not a beer I can feel strongly about. It's less objectionable than plenty of other APW's, for sure, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A beautiful golden hazy yellow...a white fluff head

S - Nose is full of wheat...and maybe some lemon

T - A very nice wheat beer...the wheat flavor is there...actually the taste follows the nose...good balance between all flavors

M - Not too bitter...medium body

D - I love this beer from Magic was my first one and it will always be a favorite of mine

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Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow orange. Thin dirty white head. Staying power is good. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is wheat, yeast and bright lemon zest. Flavor is pretty mundane. There's some citrus and lemon. Not a lot of yeast character. ( The bottle label claims "Hefeweizen" so I'd expect some yeastiness.) Some spicy wheat malt is noticeable. Carbonation is fairly high, which is to be expected. Good palate cleansing properties. Medium bodied. Decent enough, but nothing I'd need to return to. Even in the summer.

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

The bottle says Hefeweizen, but I'm going with BA and reviewing it as an APWA, because that makes more sense to me based on the flavor profile.

Looks pretty good, pale yellow body with lots of fast moving carbonation bubbles. Big white head that has some nice retention and leaves a good amount of lacing around.

Smells very nice lemony with some wheaty twang in the background.

Lemon up front with a wheaty twang next. Has an almost bready finish. Not complicated, but pretty nice.

Very thin mouthfeel, this one could use a little bit more body.

Pretty drinkable beer, much better than I anticipated.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Circus boy poured into a weizen glass is a light cloudy yellow body under a three finger bone white head. What a great looking beer. The yeast from the bottom of the glass must be swirled in the weizen glass to get equal distribution throughout the beer.

Aromas are lemon and yeasty.

Taste is very crisp with a light wheat malt. Not a ton of flavor but what is there is pleasant. Quaffable, check. Tasty, check. A great easy drinking beer.

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

Bottle left over from an event at which it was donated. Thanks to ... someone ... for the opportunity to try this one. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden crystal clear body with a fuzzy one-finger snow-white head that fades quickly. Carbonation is incredibly fast but fine. Some little splotches of lacing are on the sides of the glass, but not too much.

Aroma: Mostly pale, powdery wheat, a little spice, and an almost solventy-smelling lemon zest. Like Pine-Sol or something. Not the most appealing smell, but, to be fair, I've never really minded the smell of Pine-Sol, at least relative to other cleaning solvents. But this isn't a review of Pine-Sol ...

Taste: Pretty simplistic, if inoffensive. It's essentially just wheat - simple, sweet, a little dry - and citrus zest, though it's not as lemony as the nose, with a little more orange coming through. There are also some neutral spice notes, either from the yeast or from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, crisp, and very, very uneven. Smooth, despite its crispness.

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, nor my favorite interpretation of the style. It's not terrible, and it's pretty inoffensive, actually, but I wouldn't reach for this one often.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with a fluffy white head. Mildly pleasant grassy lemon aroma. Slightly tart wheat flavor with notes of light grains and lemongrass. Light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation and more lemony tart wheat notes on the finish. This aint bad, but this aint hefeweizen like the bottle says. I would say it is rather pleasant. Enjoy between 11am and 4pm, or any evening over 70 degrees farenheit.

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Photo of adamette
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at McNalty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio a few hours ago.

A Big head, yellow, forgettable body reminded me of a basic lager really.

S Trace malt, some wheat grains.

T Wheat, not much hops, reminded me again of a lager. Really sort of forgettable.

M Thin, light.

D Good but this beer is really forgettable.

Notes: Listed on the board at Bier Markt simply as "Circus Boy" which intrigued me (what could it be...some wild brew...) but it turned out to taste very pedestrian. I admit that I am not a big fan of wheat beers but I have had better Wheat Ales.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells great and tastes like mostly-nothing. The aromas are all huge wheat and citrus fruit, nice sweetness. Then the flavor comes through as mild graininess and wheat, almost entirely overrun by the too-strong carbonation. A disappointment.

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Photo of Kuemmelbrau
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

with a brilliant white head that is thick with near microscopic bubbles, and the color of a windy sand dune during sunset in the Sahara, this beer is only but a mirage for me- its lacing but veil of mediocrity

it smelled oh so mildly of bananas and band aids boiled in a barge full of wheat, and tasted a bit of the same; there was something off about it- no lemony zestiness or yeasty esteryness(?) and it was a bit on the sweet side- yet nothing was that mentionable ANYWHERE in this beer. What happened Magic Hat? {they are mysterious mistresses}

mouthfeel was not worth mentioning either ; ) so-so

although not terrible i would find another hefe-Weizen!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bought as part of a 12 pack for $11.99

This is one of the better Hefe's Ive had. Definitely an odd take on one, which doesn't surprise me at all considering this is Magic Hat we're talking about. Some nice banana and clove aromas and taste but the drinkability is superb, which is the most important thing. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy marigold hued brew underneath a gloriously full and long lasting fluffy white head. Tons of lace is left helter-skelter all over the glass, and the head takes upwards of ten minutes to slowly settle to two thick fingers, down from four-plus. The color of this beer is honey-gold with orange highlights. Beautiful! Looks exactly like a perfect hefe should.

S - Pear and orange notes gently waft from the glass. This isn't very assertive though. Hopefully it will open up with warmth.

T - Nice juicy pear, peach, and apricot flavors abound. Some bready yeast keeps it grounded solidly in hefe territory, but this is more fruity than most. With warmth, some sweet bubblegum notes come out. Like the nose, though, this is pretty mellow and mild.

M - Light in body and high in carbonation, this is thirst quenching and raspy on the back of the throat. The finish is clean and neutral, with a residual lingering flavor of fruit juices.

D - Extremely thirst quenching and drinkable, if a little bit under-assertive and boring. Could make an excellent summer day session the hell out of shitty Mexi-lagers for a beach beer.

FYI: Magic Hat's website is really cool. Go check it out.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Off the tap this beer poured a cloudy golden orange. Visible carbonation rising and visible wheat residue. Fizzy, white head one finger thick dissipated quickly but did leave some broken lacing. Aromas of sweet malts, some citrus and green grass. The flavors were clearly wheat at first with hints of banana and some hoppy zest. The malt is coarse tasting and balances nicely. The mouthfeel is quite fizzy and I do think it's over-carbonated but it also helps to 'fill in' this otherwise light bodied beer. The first time I tried this it beer I was not very impressed but after a more thorough evaluation I have to admit this is a very good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of mbenthall
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale orange color semi-transperent. lightly cloudy.

Smell: Faint lemon and herbal notes. Kind of medicinal.

Taste: Much like the smell first with a herbal malt with notes of lemon zest. Very faint yeast at end.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly smooth with medium body and dry finish.

Drinkability: Not what I was expecting at first. I expected more banana and a cloudier/ yeast pour, due to the label calling for a hefe. Reviewed as APWA as named above and in this offering it is a nice change. And accounts for the clarity and slightly hight carbonation.

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Photo of cpn920
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a beer that would deter me from drinking this style if it was the first one I ever had. It doesn't even come close to a real Hefe. I had a limited selection at the store and I went with this...more than disappointed. I truly would of rather had just about anything than this. It truly is a poor representation of the style.

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Photo of semihobo
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the Participation pack, best by November 30th 08.

Swished the last ounce before pouring it out to get the yeast and what a difference it makes. This is a poster for the style: very hazy body, with a gradient from light yellow at the base of the glass to dark gold at the top. Head settles to a very evenly distributed 1/4" thick cushion of minuscule bubbles. Would have liked some head to last for the whole beer, though.

Smell is wheat malt, on the dry side, with some light mid alpha hops. Only a little lemon. A bit of caramel and yeast.

The wheat on the taste is a little off, could be crisper and wheatier, right now the malt profile tastes more like more typical ale malt. Some muted, resinous hops on the finish. A sour citrus note increases as it warms.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, average.

Average APWA, nothing bad but nothing to distinguish it. After a summer choked with wheat beers I don't think I can make space for this one, but as long as it shows up in variety packs I'll drink it.

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Photo of fishtownhxc
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

first off, i'd like to point out that i'm a fan of a lot of what magic hat has done in the past. number nine and hocus pocus are both great beers, and i enjoy them quite often, especially in the summer.

as for their circus boy hefeweizen, i have no idea what they were thinking.

this might be the worst hefeweizen i've ever had. when poured into a glass it almost looks as if the beer was filtered because there isn't much yeast haziness at all. i don't even know how they came to the conclusion of calling this a hefeweizen because it's not even close.

there is also virtually no banana or clove type flavoring as well, which is what makes hefeweizens so damn good. instead there's an almost soap like flavor that makes me want to never try this beer again. honestly, my only guess is that this batch wasn't done properly, or the reviewers that gave it a much higher rating had an entirely different beer than me.

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Photo of changeup45
1.99/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I got this from their Summer variety 12 pack. Hazy, murky, tanish color with a pretty thick off-white head and quite a bit of lacing left on the glass. I'm actually not sure if that's the beer, or the fact that this may have shifted. The aroma isn't the greatest, it smells like some sort of mild chemical. The flavor is a bit better but I've got to warn you, if you don't like a lemon zing then you're not going to like this. Mostly lemon with this odd mild cleaning formula taste mixed in and in case you were wondering, that's a bad thing. I ended up with one of the three bottles from this mixed pack sitting for a long long time because I never felt like drinking it and that's also not a good thing.

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Photo of windigo32
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in the past, and they have changed the bottle art for their fall variety pack that I had this from. Taste is a little better from what I remember in the past.

A: The pour was into a pint glass, providing about a finger of head. The beer is a hazy goldenrod in appearance.

S: Slight hint of lemon and a smell of wheat.

T: Clean wheat taste with a very slight hint of citrus.

M: Lightly carbonated yet with a smooth feeling to it.

D: Easily drinkable, this is a good choice for a summer picnic or that back to college barbecue.

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Photo of Moxley
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy golden wheat with a foamy white head that dissipated quickly.

S - Lots of wheat with a touch of sweet corn and straw, hay, earthy quality.

T - Very bubbly up front - slightly over-carbonated for my liking. Strong wheat presence. Finished with a touch a sweet, sticky malt.

M&D - Well balanced wheat beer. A good example of the style, while a bit thin in texture my favorite part is its strong wheat, sweet malty finish, giving your mouth a nice sticky sweet coating. This is a smooth and mellow beer with not an ounce of bitterness (for all you hop haters this is the beer for you!)

You get a little bite on the first few sips which could be mistaken for a hoppy bitterness, but you soon realize it's just the carbonation. Highly drinkable session beer. Great summer pick Magic Hat!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App 3.0 decent 1 finger head which fades fairly quickly and leaves minimal retention. Nice cloudy yellow color.

Smell 4.0 is minimal of banana phenol with some citrusy grassy zest underneath. A slight grapefruit ester comes through as well

Taste 3.5 has a minimal banana characteristics. The wheat profile provides for a citrusy grassy characteristics with a nice light profile. This is followed by undertones of grapfruit and a mild hop bitterness to balance the sweet pale malt characteristic in the front.

Mouthfeel 4.0 Good mouthfeel. There is adequate carbonation and a very nice smoothness.

Drinkability 4.0 This is a very light and easy to drink beer that I could make lawnmower beer in the summer.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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