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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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86
very good

268 Reviews
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Reviews: 268
Hads: 1,046
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 42
Gots: 173 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid for a Witbier. You definitely tasted the Clementine / citrus but it's not overpowering either. There's also a nice bit of yeastiness too. (152 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a hazy orange amber color with a one finger foamy to bubbly white to off-white head that dissipates stealthily. There's barely any lacing and what there is slides quickly into the beer.
The smell starts off with light Belgian spices and sweet malts. Citrus and orange peel roam in with a light grassy edge.
The taste was sweet with a fair spice underneath.
The mouthfeel sat about a light on the body. It had pure sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to be good for a witbier and for me.
Overall, nice mellow witbier to have again. (586 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish orange gold with white head. Sweet citrus, oranges, clementines, and some wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a wheaty citrusy note. (188 characters)

Photo of PatrickCT
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a:Hazy, juicy yellow orange body with a 2 finger white head. On the darker side of a witbier.

s: Lots of citrus and yeast. The orange was a bit off putting as it smelled sweet like soda. The orange trailed off in to malt and spice.

t: Again with the orange. A little over powering for me. Nice malt flavor mixed with spices...coriander, clove with a chalky, peppery finish.

mf: Nice medium body with good carbonation.

o: I would have liked this better without the clementine. I was very excited when I poured this as it is a nice looking beer but I found that there were too many spikes in the flavoring with a chalky, lingering aftertaste. (673 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 12/17/14. Sampled on May 6, 2015.

It has a hazy orange amber pour underneath a modest off-white head that lingers.

The aromas on this are vibrant and exciting and include Belgian white malts, pale malts, sweetness, coriander, orange peel, and grass.

The mouthfeel is light to medium but also smooth.

All of those spicy Belgian characters come together to enhance the flavor but at the same time keep it on the mellow and easy to drink side. This is a witbier I would have again. (516 characters)

Photo of cujocon
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

04162015
Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale
6% ABV
12oz standard brown beer bottle $2.50 at State St Northampton MA
Bottling Date - 12/3/14
Appearance: Gingerale gold, thinish head (white) settles to a flat bubble layer - lots of carbonation bubbles
Smell: sweet malt and hop freshness
Flavor: bright citrus pop on the tongue, no real clear fruitiness, mild-medium hop bitterness
Overall: 3/5 This isn't outside the box of traditional beer flavors, despite the Clementine promise of the name.
It isn't bad at all...just isn't exciting at all. I would not pick it again. (570 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: balanced between coriander and orange;

T: all coriander up front; sweet orange mixes in at mid-palate; coriander is dominant at the finish; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O: tasty, but not very complex; (362 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours brilliant gold, 1” off white foam cap, collapses into a film. Smell: initially a little bacon with a hint of smoke and some fruit. Taste: Fruity, malty sweetness with some orange, tropical fruit, banana and wheat. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, soft above average carbonation. (289 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy straw with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - orange peel, coriander, Belgian yeast (clove, banana), wheat malts, spicy hops.

Taste - Very flavourful and well-balanced blend of wheat malts, spicy hops, Belgian yeast and traditional orange peel and coriander.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp with the yeast lingering.

Overall - A well executed witbier. This would be perfect on a hot summer Calgary day but I will enjoy this on a mild evening here in Cowtown. (549 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear blonde body with foamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus tangerines and grapefruit

T - No real hop bite. Thick sugary citrus flavors saturate with a super subtle roasted malt coming through.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Sticky and syrupy.

O - I just don't dig fruity beers. If the clementine was an accent flavor to a really nice pale ale, that I could like. But this beer is one note, just as advertised. For those who enjoy beer like this, it may be great, but just not for me. (542 characters)

Photo of JonSC
3/5  rDev -21.1%

poured very nicely, light head, a bit thin feeling for a wheat beer. My experience is nearly identical to tectactoe's. It had thin, sharp taste for a wheat as well, with a crisp slightly citrus flavor. Every time I took a sip, I was trying decide if I liked it, but it did fall into the "okay" category for me. (310 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is a fresh clementine and orange smell with some dry grain in the background.
The taste is a little watery, citrus sweet with a little pine bitterness.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
Enjoyable. (243 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours beautiful golden color with ample amount of fizzy, lingering head and lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus/orange. Taste is refreshing with citrus and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is carbonation and cool citrus. Overall, not bad ! (226 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick head with medium retention. Got a bit yellow whitey after the residual yeast was poured. Better looking than usual.
Predominant aroma of orange peel and tangerines with hints of coriander and bread.
Refreshing flavor with notes of oranges, tangerines, coriander, white pepper, citrus hops, C vitamin and finishing with some yeast chalkiness.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very good Witbier with lots of spices and citrus flavors. Flavorful and with interesting choice of citrus hops (Summit) that matched perfectly. Recommended for style and better than references such as Hoegaarden. (636 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Based on style descriptions, this is a decent white. But not my favorite (preferring Allagash's and Bells'). A bit tinnier than I had hoped. Fruity citrus aroma is nice, light filmy head, lemony and "belgiany" taste that I guess is the result of the wheat. Heavy on the yeast sediment and as such, very cloudy.

Meh. (316 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Pours fizzy with a white, bubbly head. The aroma is full of malted wheat and heavy on the yeast, with a light sour orange smell. Rind and orange pith come through cleanly.

In the taste, more yeast esters, very Belgian tasting, with a note of citrus. Slight spice and unripe orange citrus notes make for a clementine like flavor, though it wouldn't have been quite as apparent without the name, given that most American made witbier contains orange peel and coriander. Still, this clocks in at 6% and is a pretty decent brew.

Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated brew. Finishes with dry coriander and citrus. This is a pretty drinkable beer that has a lot of yeast character that stands up to the citrus. Worth trying, and a must for wheat beer fans. I wonder what the Vitamin C content is in this brew. (819 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Single bottle from a 4-pack poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy lemon yellow topped with a half-finger of large white bubbles, with some stratified lacing on one side of the glass. Smells wonderful, with some dry Belgian "burlap sack" funk out front, followed by bubble gum, lemon rind, fresh orange juice, coriander seed, and buttered bread. Palate is almost like a saison but with added orange, lemon, and tangerine in the middle and end phases of a sip ... Dry and somewhat tannic but very fruity. Flashes of watermelon (!) and golden raisins in there amongst the citrus and phenolic/estery yeast. Some banana going on. Light to moderate body with carbonation quite tame. Finish is dry, with some green resinous hops apparent, although the bright citrus flavor carries on through to the end. Nicely phenolic, with some clove becoming more assertive over time. Enjoyable even if the citrus is rather too dominant in the overall flavor profile. (949 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle. 6% ABV for a witbier? These clowns sure like their boozy-booze, don't they?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and kind of bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some random craggy lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of savoury, earthy spice (coriander and black 'n white pepper, mostly), peppy yeast, sweet wheat malt, a bit of generic citrus, and leafy, floral, and perfumed hops. The taste is pretty consistent with the aroma, if maybe a bit more blended - zesty coriander and mixed peppercorns, well honed grainy wheat, edgy and dry yeast, with a mildly threatening booze entwining itself into the late-arriving weedy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is more supportive than outright in its presentation, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth, but for a few yeast and hop (?) caveats. If finishes off-dry, the wheat starting to beat its head against the wall of spice, yeast, hop, and alcohol.

I'm kind of getting a typical brash Americian hegemony thing emanating from this one - do they get all the metrics correct? Sure. Is it drinkable? (You bet yer ass). Is it anywhere near as subtle and complex as the world-beaters for the style? Fuck no (I don't know how to express that with a Boston accent). (1,329 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my own personal race to reach the big four zero zero I came across Clown Shoes, which Monty Python would no doubt remark "is a silly name indeed" and to which I would tend to agree, so yeah I'm telling you that I bought Clementine pretty much solely due to the brewer having a silly name. That's just a mere glimpse at the hampster-on-wheel logic going on inside my head, enjoy!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: A perfect Clementine coloured hazy body with a white half centimetre head. Looks great it has to be said, but hardly a "white ale" or Witbier, sorry Clown Shoes.

S: Typical Witbier coriander leaf, orange peel and candi sugar aromas at play. A second inhale reveals a lingering back note of medicinal hops. Not bad, not bad at all.

T: Spicy coriander and white pepper leads to some chewy mid-palate orange peel, sugar-glaze and bread yeast which then finishes with a touch of medicinal hops. It has a nice, clean refreshing palate at play here and is quite honestly the best US made Witbier I've tried, though admittedly the list of US Wits I've tried is shorter than my forearm.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy, dense carbonation, spot on again Clown Shoes.

D: I must say I've got to hand it to myself on my system of picking out beers based on how silly their brewers name is. It has worked a real treat this time and if you're looking for the best Witbier outside of Belgium (based on my limited knowledge, yes) this is the one. I could drink this stuff all evening if the price tag wasn't so restrictive. Dammit Australia make a decent Belgian style Wit already! Anyway, bravo Clown Shoes, bravo.

Food match: Lighter spiced dishes such as garlic chilli prawns or a spicy BBQ fish with mango salad would pair quite well.

Note: This is how I remember Hoegaarden Original tasting before it got bought out by a multinational and watered down to the point of silliness. (1,909 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very pale yellow. Has a good foamy head, but otherwise reminds me of a mass-brew. Smells of straw and yeast and spices, WTF? Not expected.

Has a slightly sour, bubbly taste with only a hint of the clementine I was promised. It's certainly light, so it would be good on a hot day.

I was expecting much more based on their good reviews. Overall, nothing special. Ok light beer + fruit but much more to say. I'd skip it. (427 characters)

Photo of chogm54
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with best before date of march 2014.

A- pours a yellowish brown hazy, with a thick soapy white head about 2cm thick. The head keeps on and on.

S- sweet candi sugar, strong herbal whiff with some wheat in there. Faint mango aroma too.

T- yeasty,earthy taste with nice orange and lemon zest which isn't too strong. Wheat backdrop typical of a wit beer, but I can't really pick up the advertised coriander. Nice hoppy bitterness is noticeable throughout.

M- light to medium body, soapy texture, sharp finish and high carbonation.

O- good solid representation of the style. More bitter and less watery than a hoegaarden, this is worth a go. But drink it in summer, not in winter like me. (702 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler. Moderately aggressive hand. Bottled on 02/21/2014.

A: Hazy, yellow-orange hued body with 3+ fingers of sudsy, slightly rocky white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Faintly musty yeast with notes of citrus zest, orange, lemon. Coriander. Lighter honey, floral hops.

T: Fruit and spice up front via the yeast. A hop bitterness mounts quickly and yields a fairly dry, pretty clean finish. Citrus zest bitterness lingers on the palate. Minimal alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. There is a mild effervescent kick with a slight prickliness.

O: Not a bad wit. A good amount of citrus is dialed in without excessive sweetness. Perhaps a bit over-hopped and somewhat lacking in depth, but certainly a refreshing, warm weather quaff.

Prost! (815 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 bottle into a snifter. Purchased for a dollar at Gasbarro's in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright golden body with a small white head that reduces without leaving much lacing or retention.

S- heavy spices and citrus.. cloves, oranges, some cinnamon and wheat. Overly spiced on the nose.

T- Heavy spices and orange peel, followed by wheat and grain. The finish has cloves and allspice.

M- Medium body, high carbonation

Good but nothing special. Spices were overdone, could have been a little more balanced. (542 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop (£3.00):
Light golden & cloudy with a thumb-sized, bubbly white head on top that reduces a little, holding about half its original size for the next couple of minutes.

Fruity upfront with citrus notes (orange & some lemon zest). Pear & apple like aroma plus some coriander, cloves & wheat. There are a few light hops in the mix as well & some faint yeast and a semi-sweet aroma towards the end.

Orange & wheat with some lemon zest & coriander before some clove & yeast around the middle. It tastes a little sweeter than the nose indicated & some spice is present throughout, as is the faint hops from the aroma too.

Very smooth & refreshing, it's well-balanced throughout & goes down very easy despite the 6% abv. It's well-carbonated & seems quite lively giving it quite a crisp and dry finish that leave you wanting to take another drink.

A beer that I really enjoyed & one that proved far too easy to drink. It's relatively simple would usually be a bad thing but it works very well in this case with the citrus fruits & orange complimenting the coriander and wheat flavours. This one tastes as a witbier should and is definitely one worth picking up. (1,199 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that escaped my reviews, probably cause I'm not a huge fan of wheat based beers, but this was pretty decent, esp after working all day in the yard and super hot.

Pours a decent but smaller fizzy head that hits 1/2 finger and disappears pretty quickly, no lacing either, surprisingly crystal clear honey golden yellow color.

NOse brings nice spices at first, not over powering either, little coriander clove like spices, a little orange zest, hint of creamy wheat, mild toasty note, mild floral spices note, fair orange, but overall on the light side.

Taste starts with more mild creamy wheat, a little toasty but not much, into orange juice, a bitter rind and pulp like orange. Fair spices, a bit more than I expected from the aroma, coriander, floral spices, orange zest, etc. mild fruity esters, and a little peppery note. Finish is dry, very dry, little creamy too, fair bitterness kicking in mostly the bitter orange peel, and a little bit of the coriander lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a little creamy, nice carb.

Overall not bad, again not a huge fan of wheat based beers, hefes, wits, etc, but this is pretty decent, nice spices that get perhaps a bit too much on the flavor but still nice, great orange and zest, nit bitterness on the finish with dry finish, decent creamy wheat, nice on a hot summer day. (1,341 characters)

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Clementine from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.