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 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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Photo of chilidog
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A American Pale Wheat, perhaps that this brew to me favored the pale over the hefe, at least by appearance. It pours a nice Clear golden with a good looking inch white head. Lace was restricted to one ring at head top. Not much cloudiness to be had with this unfiltered ale either.

The aroma favored the wheat and malts, not much citric here yet.

The taste was good, crisp and favors the wheat. A fruit like sweetness starts things out. The pale malts come thru over any hop. A slight citric lemon juice finish and leaves the mouth a slight citric tart.

Drinkability, sure. Its just the beer is'nt big in any one area. Its a good average hefe. Not to big in appearance, smell or taste.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is nice. Golden and cloudy, the way a good hef should look. Head retention was nice.
Not much to the smell. Straight up smell of buttery bread. That's about it. No fruit smell is off.
Immediate taste is wheat. I didn't taste any banana or citrus or anything, just like the smell.
Good carbonation and thickness on the mouthfeel. Very smooth.
Could drink a lot of these, but it would get boring, as this beer is not very complex.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly clear for a wheat beer (slight haze); Gold color; light lace on the glass side. Moderate head with excellent lasting power.

Crisp smell; aromas of lightly toasted bread; biscuity.

There's a slight sourness to this beer. Strong spicy and bitter finish. Very little wheat flavor compared to most of this style. High carbonation; decent body.

This is a lighter beer; it's quenching and easily finished.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Circus Boy has an opaque appearance, with not much head. It has a good fruity smell, rich with orange. The taste was alright, but it didn't really compare with its European hefeweizen cousins. It possessed that typical wheaty, orangey flavor, but didn't have the subtlety of other beers of its type. That said, it's still a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle with freshness date March '08, poured into a glass stein with underside of the cap stating "Get jinxed"

A - Pours a murky, pale golden color with a white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Gives off a sort of dry floury biscuit with small hints of an yeast and subtle nutty aroma

T - Enters the mouth with a malty sweetness mixed with a hint of yeast and a crisp wheat flavor and leaves with a clean wheat finish with the tiniest hint of a kick that seems to come from the carbonation if nothing else.

M - More of a light-bodied beer with no real hints of alcohol and a higher level of carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable. Goes down clean and smooth. Could be a good transition beer for those looking to go from macro to micro if they don't mind the wheat aspect.

My first test of wheat-type beers, overall pretty enjoyable. Looking forward to diving into the Hefeweizens though.

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Photo of Hephaestus
2.44/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle from the Feast of Fools pack. While a fan of the other three brews, this one just doesn't cut it for me. Maybe it's my extensive resume of Hefeweizen sampling, this is just another so-so wheat ale.

A: Good Golden color, healthy but cloudy, not too much sediment.

S: Very biscuit like, all in all; really not that appealing

T: Had it's obvious wheat taste, but besides that, really nothing more. No hops present (it is a hefe style so that's understandable) No presence of added flavoring such as coriander, citrus etc. Doesn't seem to hit many parts of the tongue before disappearing.

M: Perfect level of cabonation. Really just rolls over your tongue and leaves barely any trace.

D: I've had hundreds of beers similar to this in style...while not the worst, this really just doesn't do anything for me. I think this beer could have been a lot better if there was a little presence of hops, maybe even some citrus or spices as well.

Poured into a Weizen Glass.

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Photo of mltobin
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since I was a young lad, I have been a fan of the Magic Hat Brewery in Burlington, Vermont. Whenever I am snowboarding in northern Vermont, I make a point of spending some time at their factory. The bar there has several taps. The old stand-bys are always on tap, as well as couple beers in their testing stage. I was sampling their beers when Circus Boy was still in this testing stage. And as someone who loves hefe - weizens, I had to to sample it. Although, it certainly is not as enjoyable as some of the Geramn hefe - weizens out there, it is definately a solid beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow color, with a greasy haze (like pickle brine). Head is pretty insubstantial. Aroma is rusty, with a bit of citrus, but the citrus is definitely secondary. Flavor is a very faint citrus and cloviness, and is very mild. Mouthfeel is pretty this stuff is pretty high in sugar. Not so good for a hefewiezen, but not bad for a "herb & spice beer." Not bad, but I don't think I'll be looking for this again.

I'd weakly recommend this beer. I bought this 12oz single at Brew&Brew in North Ridgeville, OH.

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Photo of marcpal
2.16/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from MH Feast of Fools Pack. Had a long time ago but thought I would give it another effort with the sampler.

A: Golden color typical of an nonfiltered wheat. Not much remarkable about this one in terms of head, retention, or lacing.

S: Yeast and wheat. Not much else here but had some thick biscuity odors. Not all that exciting.

T: Citrus wheat and not much bitterness, free of any hop flavor. All around bland.

M: Carbonated and left the mouth extremely dry. Light and airy, yeasty mouthfeel.

D: Not a fan again of wheat ales, but I still dont think this is a good example that was all that enjoyable. I would advise to pass on this one unless giving it the effort as part of the sampler. Had to get through these to enjoy ones I know Ill love- roxy rolles and 9.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head that seemed to disappear to quickly. Smell is a spicy bitter skunky mixture. Taste is a sweet lemoney citrus with a bitter after taste. Mouthfeel is tangy but thin. Definitely not one of my favorite wheat beers, average at best.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.53/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a hazy golden color with a medium thin ivory head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing. Light citrus and wheat aroma. Thin body with light fruit, wheat and herb flavors. The finish is fruity and short with a mild spice aftertaste. Just not very good though.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Instructions to rouse, best before notched 08,F (enjoyed 07,D).

Aroma: Heavy lemon pith, wheat earthiness, and a spot of yeast.

Appearance: Hazy lemon yellow with a short lived large bubble cap that didn’t last or lace.

Flavor: Coriander, which I love, is firm and fresh. None of the clove or banana you would expect from a Hefe, so I’m leaning hard toward American Wheat. Lemon is the predominate fruit element, with a lemongrass finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly low carbonation level, especially toward the end of the glass. Medium body seems a bit heavy for a Hefe or Wheat.

Overall Impression: Nice beer. Style wise it’s not in the ballpark, but who cares? I really liked the lemon and coriander elements, no trouble drinking this at all.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy in a color mixed between yellow and orange. Cloudy because it takes pride in being unfiltered.

A strong smell of citrus, orange to be exact.

Very sweet to drink, goes down very smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Kind of like a cross between organgina and a hefeweizen.

Throughly pleasant and a good addition to Magic Hat's arsenal of beer, but I have to say it was a much better beer when it was just a seasonal and not a year round offering.

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Earthy, light citrus notes, wheat bread crust, light pleasant yeasty notes. No hop aroma, alcohol, or off aromas noted. Very clean and pleasant.

Appearance: Pale orange, cloudy, and a sudsy white cap. Soda-like effervescence in the glass.

Flavor: Crisp wheat bread, light orange citrus, and a touch of yeast. Well balanced and clean. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat detected.

Overall Impression: A light, refreshing American wheat ale. Perfect for a summer day. Very clean and probably a good "cross-over" beer. I just wish Magic Hat would worry more about correct bottle labels instead of catchy marketing ploys. Overall, they make some pretty decent beers.

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Photo of madjr80
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16 oz pint glass. Very little foam, but enough bubbles rising up through a murky body. Alot of lemon/orange taste, but too overpowering. Someone had mentioned that its smelled like some form of orange soda, and I can see where they are coming from. I would drink this again, but wouldn't mind trading my extra bottle of Circus Boy for a Blind Faith, or Roxy Rolls.

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

Had this on tap at my cousin's wedding at the Susquehanna Club in New Cumberland Pa. Served cold in a tumbler.
A - Cloudy gold w/ an amber hue, the head is white and about a full inch high and creamy in appearance. There is a good amount of lace that clings well.

S - Yeasty odors w/ a light custard note. Slightly doughy w/ a gentle wheat aroma.

M - Light body, low carbonation w/ gentle sweetness and creamy round qualities.

T - A light wheat cereal taste w/ a lemony spice note. The taste has a gentle nutty quality. The graininess is light w/ more of a banana shake like smoothness. Pretty samey after the intial taste.

D - Not too complex, after a pint I was satisfied. It serves its purpose as an easy to drink American wheat. It has some moments that are better than average, but I would probably pass next opportunity.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from Magic Hats "Feast of Fools" 12 pack.

Appearance - Good golden color, very cloudy, as is fitting for an unfilitered wheat. I poured half into a mug, swirled then poured the other half. Hopefully it was my fault, but the head was extremely extremely weak, doesn't leave any traces on the side of the glass. The top was completely barren before I was finished...really not what I expected from a Weizen. I'll try again with a fresh bottle later.

Smell - Sweetly bready, banana bread. No hoppy aroma. The nose is subtle.

Taste - The fruity, lightly citrusy sweetness is balanced in the mouth by a touch of bitter. Hops taste is not noticeable. The aftertaste is bready, a bit sweet. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Mid-high carbonation, dry finish. Moderately light mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I was really disappointed in the lack of fully, wheaty head. The nose and taste are subtle, but appropriate for the style. A bit weak all in all, but that does make it easy to drink.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a hefe glass, the liquid is a cloudy yellow with OK carbonation. The head was white and fluffy but seemingly small for a hefe.

The smell was a little fruity mostly bananas but a few other nondescript note in there. I was tiring to get some cloves or spice but that was faint if at all.

The taste followed, Bananas and apricot but no spice, Some what of a disappointment but the beer did not taste bad.

The mouthfeel was average for a lighter wheat brew,the carbonation was lacking for the style.

The drinkability was good the beer tasted nice and went down with lunch quite well. MK

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Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a brownish-copper amber color brew that pours with no head... The smell is pretty good, reminiscent of cloves, wheat, and bananas... Drinkability is only decent, as I wouldn't want to down too many of these... A good mouthfeel coupled with a decent taste makes for a good beer that can be enjoyed any time. I'm not sure if I'd get this one again, as I was only somewhat satisfied. This beer really didn't do it for me overall and would personally not recommend this... The ale taste is certainly there but there are traces of witbier-hefeweizen... This is a unique drink that can really be enjoyed but not by me...

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Photo of jneiswender
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a mix pack in Burlington VT. Poured into a tall pint glass. Served with the yeast mixed in.

Great ripe lemon color with an impressive head that lasts quite long.

Nice citrus lemon scent. Under tone of banana (very slight).

No lemon wedge here. Strong lemon flavor. Astringent. Bready finish.

Not my favorite take on hefe but very drinkable. Perfect for a BBQ during the summer. Very thirst quenching.

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Photo of nortmand
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy straw colored pour with a fair amount of white head.

Aroma is dominated by a strange wet dog aroma. A little spice.

Lots of phenolic flavor. Some hop bitterness up front. A bit cidery near the end. Not great.

Light bodied, nothing special, some flaws, though. Meh.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,710 ratings