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: 1,706 |  Reviews: 668
Photo of yourefragile
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen.

A: A rather unappealing pale, semi cloudy, yet clear yellow with a white head that quickly dissipates to a ring with one or two streaks of lacing.
S: Yeasty, slight lemon, spicy smell, pleasant but not overpowering.
T: This beer actually ends up exceeding my moderate expectations for it. A thicker medium body, with heavy carbonation resulting in a very smooth, thick mouthfeel. Lemon, banana, yeast and grain flavors, but not particularly similar to any other wheat beers. Nothing is very assertive but this is very refreshing and more enjoyable than expected or remembered.

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Photo of Natural510
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#2 of 4 from the Pandora's Box mixed 12-pack.

Pours a cloudy, bright golden orange color with decent but unexceptional head and nice lacing on glass.
Smells of heavy yeast & wheat with sharp tangy & spicy notes, very much like a German weissbier.
Prototypical banana/clove elements, as well as bright lemon & orange citrus flavors present.
Tangy in mouth, with a sharp bite typical in the German form of this style.
Very good American take on hefeweizen; as stated above much more comparable to the German offerings than the mass-produced, less flavorful Americans put out by Pyramid & Widmer. Recommended.

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Photo of Bitzy
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After reading some reviews that claimed that this beer was mediocre, I was afraid to try this beer and thought the 12oz. bottle of it that I had sitting in the fridge would go undrinken. However, when I tried it I was quite impressed with its flavor. A pretty pleasant wheaty taste with citrus notes and some metallic/hoppy aftertaste. I do have to agree that this beer doesn't rank with hefeweizens like Schneider Weisse (Schneider and Sohn). However, it was a great match to my lunch and would buy a sixer of it for a get together or for a casual weekday meal.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy golden orange appearance. Good sized head that slowly digressed to some good lacing. The smells seemed a bit weak but you can still notice citrus aromas. The taste was one of the highlights for this drink: a not-so-overpowering citrus flavor with some bready textures. However, the mouthfeel was not powerful enough to allow appropriate carbonation. Overall, the tastes were good but other attributes were weak.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy yellowish-orange color with a head that goes away but comes back with some rousing. Smells of cloves, banana, slight citrus and Bazooka bubble gum.

This is a smooth drinking beer, but I do admit that I am not a fan of light colored wheat beers in general. But, I again refer to my New Beers Resolution that I made with myself. Circus Boy has a light taste of lemon, bits of sweetness and a little cakey aftertaste. I can imagine myself enjoying one of these on a hot day on a deck near the water.

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Photo of Brew33
2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Very unimpressed. I had heard wonderful things about this beer and was extremely disappointed. It poured a nice yellow. It smelled like Lemon and Miller Lite. The taste was sweet with a cheap lemon/wheat taste that hangs around for a long time. It is relatively refreshing but the taste is not very good. Because it is so light you could drink multiple beers in a sitting but the flavor and aftertaste should be enough to keep you from picking this up again.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Head flattened as I poured. Dirty orangeade color. Zero lacing.

Citrusy smell, lemony bite in the flavor.

Flat as all hell.

Third beer I've reviewed form the seasonal Pandora's Box with roughly the same results. Disappointed; think I've got a bad box; never buying any of these again, especially at their premium price point. Frankly, I'd rather drink High Life.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy orange. Head dissolves fairly quickly.

S: Smells predominantly lemony, perhaps a bit peppery as well.

T: Somewhat lemony and wheaty, with a nice spicy snap. An almost dusty-sweet finish.

M: Pretty crisp throughout, with tight carbonation.

D: An interesting, tasty brew with a bit of character and just a little bite to the finish.

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Photo of alexgash
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered and yeasty golden yellow body with a thick, dense, lacy, light khaki head. Wheat bread malts with some yeasty notes. Not much [if any] clove or banana. Snappy citrus hop aroma is noticeable.

Lightly toasted malt up front with yeasty bread, slightly metallic grain, and fruit juice. Somewhat cidery with a citrus hop bitterness coming on late. Medium body with a wheaty-protein-rich feel. Crackly carbonation hidden within. Not too bad, but pretty forgettable overall.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light gold, medium straw color with plenty of frothy white head. Aroma has a lot of fruity notes to it, some pear, grapes, orange peal, but not a lot coming from the malts, as should be expected from this style. Virtually no hop aroma. On the palate, a highly carbonated brew delivers more intense fruit flavors, emphasizing standard orange and a little coriander. Finishes a bit creamy and dry. This is a fine wheat, as an APWA, it's pretty standard stuff which isn't such a good thing. It is quite quaffable, just nothing interesting going on.

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Photo of BeerTaster
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance cloudy yellow with a large white head and decent lacing. Smell bread and some citrus notes. Taste much the same as smell this beer is dominated by citrus. Mouthfeel mediem body and high carbonation. Drinkability this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The lable suggests that this beer would be a standard German Hefeweizen, but after a few sips (and confirmed by the appearance) it is evident that this beer is the inferior American Wheat. the pour brings a muddled golden, straw color with a head formation that falls between fizzy and froathy; but never hung around as it should. the scent is of bread, wheat malt, citus fruits, and a diry, musty aroma that I would later decide to be a deterant. Flavors of wheat malt and barley struggle to give the beer a decent sweetness or body over the tart citric acids. Lemons and grapefruit (not hops) govern the flavors, allowing a bruised-appricot flavor to prevail. Dirty tasting phenols gain intensity as the beer warms, leaving a musty, dusty, attic-like taste on the toung, particularly in the finish. Body starts firm, but finishes thin because of the acidity. Minerally to taste and interferes with mouthfeel. Not the best wheat beer for me, but I've had worse.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear light gold, slight white head and almost no lacing.
Smell is a little thin of spicy fruit.
Taste is mild and slightly sweet. Not a lot of anything going on. Some mild fruit maybe apples. Slight spice from the hops. Very mellow but with a nice, clean finish. Decent mouthfeel and a pretty drinkable brew. I'm not a big fan of wheat beers and I think the lack of anything strong makes this one work for me.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a weizen glass.

A - Slightly cloudy orange yellow color with very little head that disappears quickly.

S - Sweet, honey, and a little fruity.

T - Good wheat beer. Very sweet and fruity. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Not the best APWA i've had but still good.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy, dark golden color with creamy cap of foam. The aroma is citrus and fresh bananas with some wheat malt.The taste is much like the aroma, lemon citrus and graininess with some earthiness. The finish is quick and dry. The beer is light to medium bodied and fairly smooth. Overall not bad.

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Photo of Baileyuk
3.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy golden blonde. No head and a light lacing.

S - A fruity smell, almost a sour smell (although not unpleasant). This smell was clearer after the taste.

T - A definate apple taste, definately agree with the apple cider taste, alhtough I think it was fairly prevalent in the the taste.

M & D - Good, Easy going beer. Very refreshing. Not much hop but thats okay once in a while. Would drink again for sure.

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Photo of Kwak
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice name nice bottle love the fortune under the cap I cant remember what it was I forget to look most of the time>
it pours nicely thick rich head good for a American style the German style is heaver and sticks around a lot longer.
it has the smell of citrus and wheat
the color is pale yellow but a little on the dark side not the normal hazy gold.
it has a soft wheat flavor and very toned down lemon aftertaste nothing to over the top.
a little understated flavor but not watered down

this is my favorite of this style very good American wheat beer.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A blonde pour, topped with a little wisping cloud of white head.

S: A grassy aroma, some wheaty malts.

T: For the most part, wheat and yeasts. A touch of a sweet, slightly citrus in there, hanging on through the finish.

M & D: A decent brew, though perhaps not one of my favourites from Magic Hat, so far. Certainly an Americanization, and probably not what might be expected seeing "hefeweizen" on the bottle. I wouldn't mind it being a little more crisp and refreshing if it were to be something I'd session on a hot one. Decent, but probably closer to average.

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Photo of Floydster
1.96/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle that was part of a Magic Hat mixed pack I received in a trade, split with a friend, poured into a pint glass

A-Super light orange with a yellow tint in the light, 1/3 inch white bubbly head, not much retention, no lacing at all

S-Wheat, bready malt, faint grassy hoppiness, pepper, lots of yeast, lemon, spices, and orange peel

T-Lots of wheat and chewiness, yeast, biscuits, bread, faint amount of spice, black pepper, slightly sweet malt in the finish, weird sourness caused by the oranges or lemons, some grains, more wheat in the aftertaste, too overpowering, no balance, weak taste overall

M-Medium body, taste does not last, small level of carbonation, watered down with not much bite, slightly tarty mouthfeel from the citrus

D-Could not drink many more ounces of this, heavier on the stomach than you would think, ABV is only 5%, not smooth

Another loser of the night in my opinion, my buddy did not like this one either, too sweet and unbalanced in my opinion, will never have this again by choice, not recommended to anybody

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

A light Apple Cider comes to mind when this was poured. A thin White head frothed but did not stick around for long.
Sweet rolls and Lemon are the aromas that are upfront with hints of floral scents.
The first impression is that this will be a little on the sour side but then the sweetness come to the front and balances the flavor. The yeast flavor is a good addition to the mix but doesn't overpower.
A clean and refreshing beer with not much aftertaste. This would be a good summer beer for the Heffe crowd.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce brown bottle into a Mickey's pint glass:

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow that turned a dirty, clouded orange when the bottom yeast was swirled and added. Looks interesting.

S: Smells a bit zesty from the lemon peel and spicy hop and wheat. Doesn't scream summer, but it's citrusy.

T: Taste is chewy, malted wheat and lemons up front, with a grainy taste through the middle and a surprisingly clean finish. The particles really stand out in the taste and mouthfeel.

M: The yeast and wheat make this cloudy brew heavier than expected, but it's medium-bodied and fulfilling.

D: There's enough substance to make it a good beer anytime of the year, and gets an added boost if introduced to the summer heat.

A relatively open-to-interpretation style is made into a real winner by Magic Hat. I prefer this to their Hocus Pocus, which is much lighter bodied and geared toward summer.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.45/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Golden/ orange, 1 finger fast thinning white head
S: fruity, wheat, grainy, light hops
T: fruity, wheaty, very light malt, sweetness, some grainy taste
M: incredibly smooth, great aftertaste, sweetness left over, no bite
D: good, definitely can drink this easy

Amazing beer, I will buying this again.
Try it, try it, try it.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.29/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

$1.70 for a 12 oz bottle at Jacks. Pours out to a brilliantly clear apricot, forming a modest white head with poor retention and no lacing. Moderately carbonated. The aroma is of lemon pledge, dust, and windex. Horrible nose. The mouthfeel is watery and limp with a light body. The taste is horrible as well...lemon pledge, windex, antique furniture, and dustbunnies. This beer doesn't even deserve my continuing.

Horrible, absolutely horrible. Down the drain. How can they sell this crap?

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short Version:
Abominable Hefeweizen. This is a decent summer wheat ale that was evidently mislabled by Magic Hat. Very light. Somewhat refreshing. With lemon extract dumped in at some point.

Note**: My numerical ratings are based on an American Pale Wheat Ale and not a Hefe. As a Hefe it got a 'D'. I then noticed a much higher average rating and saw that it got classified on BA as an American Pale Wheat ale so I reconsidered and re-rated as such.

Attractive 12 oz yellow label depicting cryptic shadowy 'Circus Boy' extending dark clawed hand from behind the jail bars of an apparent circus animal carriage. It boasts "THE Hefeweien" as 'unfiltered' and 'unfettered'.

I tend to agree to some extent. It is unfiltered down to the nano-particle level. Thus there is still a little color left. And it is indeed unfettered by the cost of adding malt and hops.

I did not like the beer as a Hefeweizen. It ranks higher as a light summer seasonal wheat ale of some variety. I see it got entered into this website as an American Pale Wheat Ale... but that is not what it says on the bottle. It says Hefeweizen and that's what I was expecting when I bought it.

It poured a light-med straw color with almost indetectable cloudiness. Can't believe it's 'unfiltered'. Its 2" head was a stark white (think Champagne) and fell faster than a greased safe. It then coagulated into a cartooninsh star-shaped amoeba pattern at the top of the glass. Completely random but fun to look at.

Smell was strong of lemon rind, pine oil, and possibly something green. Fresh grass maybe. No lace to speak of.

Was very light on the tongue and adequately sweet. Balance was decent. Low on hops, low on malt. Makes 'em equal.

Flavor was tart (not bitter, tart) and very strong on lemon, maybe some pine there too. Could've just been my nose tricking me into thinking I was tasting what I smelled. Way too lemony though.

Finish was quick and lemony. Mildly dry.

Oddly enough, after I took my notes I got to reading the bottle closely. Says "3/4 pint of ale with natural flavors added". This scares me. I don't want 'flavors added' to my Hefe's. I want that trademark Hefe smell and flavor that comes from the fermentation process. Not an apparent squeeze of RealLemon into the conditioning vessels.

Bad Circus Boy, bad.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Hazy golden amber with a thin fizzy white head that quickly settles to almost nothing.

Citrusy orange aromas with a light crispy malt base.

The wheat malts create a clean and grainy base for some rather sweet estery flavors. A slight creaminess lingers behind a light orange flavor. Medium bodied with high carbonation, somewhat fizzy. The finish is the settling orangy flavors.

This one turned out to be a little better than I expected. Although the American Wheat Ale will never be in the same class as its counterpart in Germany, this one seems enjoyable for a warm summer day.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,706 ratings