Clementine - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 38
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bceagles39 on 05-24-2010

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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy dark straw color; very nice, 2-finger head; good carbonation action; excellent lacing
S: lemon, yeast very prominent; endures a while
T: coriander and orange spice very noticeable edifices on a rather neutral, champagne-like but somewhat tin-tasting base of white ale; lightly hopped; slight tonic water taste; neither complex nor sweet; satisfying
M: not bad

A very decent white ale, would go quite well with dinner (fish?)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Super-duper cloudy, pale yellow-straw throughout, topped off by a staggeringly white film that skews itself across the top of the beer. Some mild, dripping wet lace is momentarily left on the sides of the glass before it starts to crawl back down towards the beer. Pretty weak looking overall, but I guess it's acceptable for a witbier.

The aroma is very bubblegummy and certainly yeast-heavy. I get lots of grass and some kind of back-up spiced note that I can't quite put my finger on. There's clove in there, too, but I'm having trouble making out the other spice. Some sweet, estery banana aroma bring up the rear and complete the witbier bouquet. Kind of lackluster in terms of stature, but I guess I wasn't really expecting much more.

Clementine hits my palate and it's shockingly thin. I know it's only a witbier, but it's still 6% ABV and should definitely have a little more body than this. Not only is the body thin, but the flavor is pretty thin as well. Some lightly sweet, fruity esters, lemon, orange zest, light yeast, and some finishing mint leaves. Seems like a nice concoction of flavors, but something's not quite right.

Orange is present in the flavor, sure, but not in the capacity you'd expect from a beer that was simply called "Clementine". The bubblegum and clove-like yeast flavors become stronger with warmth until the eventually become the leaders of the pack. As already mentioned, the mouth feel is depressingly thin, and the high carbonation doesn't exactly bode in its favor.

A resounding "meh" could be heard each time I took a sip of this beer. It's one of those "not bad, but not exactly good" type of things. It's just... well, it's nothing special. It has all been done before, and Clementine doesn't do anything to stand out and make me want to drink it again. Huge fans of the style might enjoy it, but I won't be taking it out for a second date.

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice a hazed tangerine color with a nicely formed 1/2 finger white head atop.Alot of yeasty phenols in the nose mixed coriander spiceed notes,Iam not sure if I have come across a wit with that much of a yeasty phenolic presence.flavors have a nice clementine orange presence upfront then the yeasty phenolic spiced flavors really pretty much take over,a light smattering of coriander in the finish.It's not bad but it;s a little yeast heavy handed in my opinion.

Photo of don1481
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint Glass. I really should consider buying some better drinkware.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a LOT of bubbles. This beer just churns and churns and churns! Helps keep a small head to it that stays around a little bit.

Smell: Citrusy, but good gobs of bread and coriander to boot.

Taste: Yeasty with hits of orange and coriander. Not an overpowering taste, but not one that lurks totally in the background.

Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp. Not overly carbonated.

Overall: Refreshing; I'll probably save the other two bottles I got for the summer. Don't think I'll go buy more, though. Not bad, not stellar. Decent.

Photo of ExtraStout
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with a thin white cap. Sweet candy roma with slight yeastiness. Sweet allover, but with a hop finish, unepected. A little yeast, lemon, grass, and banana. PRetty diverse flavor profile. Medium bodied, great carbonation. Really nice summer brew.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Big tower of sea-foam head; cloudy yellow with a very active carbonation. Spiciness of coriander and hops with orange peel and yeast are blatantly obvious in the nose. Rolling crispness off of a fluffy medium body. All the right facets are here ... orange peel and coriander with a light bready malt flavor. Slight tartness evens the playing field, but the yeast does distract a bit more than needed with some chalkiness in the end. Coriander turns around and drops some bitterness, along with the herbal hop, for a pulling semidry finish. A good take on the style: not over spiced, and well balanced aside from the overtone of yeast.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a meringue white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is citrus, coriander and some funky yeast.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some citrus, coriander, floral spices and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall, an OK wit, a little heavy on the spice.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with "Bottled on" dating notched onto the side of the label (Aug 2011)
Pours heavily clouded, darker tangarine, light tan head, stas for a spell then goes to a thicker film, thick collar and then leaves pretty will developed stringy bands of lacing.

Some orange, coriander and tropical spicing in the nose.

Flavor is dominated by oranges, more coriander and unknown earthy spicing. Pleasant enough wit, but nothing really special

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Julian's Providence

Appearance: 1 inch head, bright caution light yellow in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: wheat, strong citrus smell which I assume is the clementine

Taste: wheat and a super big citrus taste of orange, lemon, and clementine

Mouthfeel: very sweet, medium/high carbonation, light bodied, smooth

Drinkability: A great dessert beer. To me this is like a Blue Moon, if you remove the bitterness and amp up the sweet citrus. This is what I envision the style to be. I would get this again. A very good beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some lemon and orange notes. The flavor is more of the same. I get wheat, yeast and oranges. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good.

Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, MrHirschybar!

Golden yellow and orange with some light haze running throughout. White head and some spotted lacing down the glass.

Aroma consists of yeast, slight banana, and a bit of citrus, though it's somewhat mild.

Similar flavors are found when compared to the aroma. The flavors of citrus, slightly tangy Belgian yeast, some coriander, and banana blend well for a simple, classic, somewhat plain witbier.

Thin to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Easy to drink.

A decent, mild witbier.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an impressive cloudy yellow and copper. Soft white head about 1" deep. Standard aroma of clove and coriander with some orange rind.

Plenty of bitterness for style, clove and coriander pretty dominant, moves the citrus rind to the side. I thought the carbonation was a little bothersome, was looking for more of a orange cream experience, not orange 7up. Also was a little older in flavor, maybe this sat at Total Wine for some time, it was marked down $4.99/4pack.

Old lady was kind of meh on it too, neither of us identified anything that was an off flavor, but it is easily worth $1.25 a beer, so it gets another half notch on the overall scale.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale hazed peach body with a fluffy white head, forms thick and brings out the fine speckled lacing of the white head. Aroma is like a soft wheat grain tone with clementine citrus fruit additions with candied bitterness with hops wrapped around the citrus peel and spice additions. Flavors are bright with the citrus peel, coriander additions and clean alcohol finish I'm not sure what the abv is or the IBUs but they claim to throw in Summit hops usually a green vegetable note. My belief with their house yeast is to keep the sediment in the bottle. What's left is a light drinkable beer that Clown Shoes will sell by the tone, however I will set it straight this is not a hoppy American Wheat ale, but it's solid highly carbonated wheat that I enjoyed due to the clementine orange peel and spice additions. Overall go and drink some and form an opinion for yourself.

Photo of JonSC
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge wheat beer guy and this ranks up there as one of the best. I will admit that before purchasing this I cheated and read a review saying it was good. Usually I like to go in unbiased and blind.

I bought a large 22oz. Bottle of this and poured into a large pint glass. Very citrusy smell, hence the name clementine. This had more of an organgy citrus taste as opposed to some other Belgians which taste more lemony. This pours to a hazy yellow color, seems to be unfiltered and about 1/3 of white head and 2/3 liquid. Good carbonation. Overall a very awesome tasting witbier. One of the best domestics. Not sure about the other clown shoes beers but this one is excellent.

Photo of lnashsig
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Nuggethops for the chance to review this one. After a pretty aggressive trip to Costco in 90 degree and rainy weather, a nice witbier seemed like a good choice. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a murky yellow-orange color. Bright white head, small bubbles, tons of carbonation. Smell- coriander, lemon peel, clove, just so refreshing. Taste- definite hops presence- a really nice bitterness, crisp orange/lemon zest flavors, coriander, light spices. Mouthfeel- tons of carbonation makes for a really dry finish, works well for the style. Drinkability- this is a great summer beer, perfect to cool down with after a nice hot day.

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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).

Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a chunky white head, slow fade, good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S: Lots of wheat and citrus, if I didn't know it was clementine I would have said orange, so close enough for me. Also a slight spice note as well.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, in a good way. Lots or orange flavor as well, some wheat and a little bit of malt rounds it out.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. A great summer beer for sure. Overall, very enjoyable and easy drinking.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice intro to this brewery's beers. Nailed the style and then some.Unfiltered look.A little banana and yeasty. Good lacing, spicyness from cloves and corriander (cinammon and grains of paradise) and yes clementine/orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. A nice one.Thanks Dr. Jay for sending.

Photo of augustgarage
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!) - poured from a 22oz bomber into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Cloudy icterine body, nearly opaque but glows a faint golden-yellow none-the-less. A solid persistent creamy papaya whip head wobbles atop the glass.

Strong fruity aromatics suggest orange peel, light spice, and a floral (almost soapy) fragrance along with sweet malt and a touch of yeast.

The base beer offers hefty doses of clean malt, juicy hops, and light peppery yeast - at the same time the additions of orange and coriander are quite potent and meld with the hops to suggest orange bitters. Tangerine seeds, lavender, and other subtle complexities round out the profile and lead into a medium-dry slightly tart finish with hints of wheat. No DMS.

Creamy, pillowy, effervescent, yet crisp - very nice...

A bit too much orange peel for me, but still a very good domestic rendition of the style.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -pale gold with a little white head; little retention

S - yeasty, funky, faintly spicy; mainly smells of Belgian yeast

T - funky, Belgian yeast, faint spices, white grapes

M - medium bodied, smooth, little carbonation

This taste much like a Tripel with a lower alcohol content. It's as if they took their Tramp Stamp and laid off of the hops. This has none of the traditional Witbier notes. There's no wheat notes, lemon or orange, and there no coriander. A little disappointing for the style but not bad overall. If this were a Belgian Pale Ale it would be a pretty solid beer.

Photo of socon67
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Note: Reviewed from 5oz sample

A - Pours straw yellow\orange. Cloudy appearance. Some lacing from foam retention. Visible lively carbonation.

S - Smells yeasty and with potent citrus of grapefruit and tangerines.

T - This tastes like Orangina as a beer. I love citrus so to me this was great. Strong citrus flavor with notes of grains and a funky kind of yeast strain.

M - The carbonation is a bit too much, and makes this tougher to enjoy than it should. But it does feel light despite the bubbly feel.

O - I like it, and it is a nice witbier for citrus lovers. If that's your thing then pick this up.

Photo of cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a hazy golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very nice. Sweet malt, floral, orange peel, coriander and some hops and yeast make up he nose.

T- The taste like the aroma has some malt up front with some citrusy flavors and spices coming in next. The finish has some bitterness from the hops and some more citrusy notes lingering in the aftertaste.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is another enjoyable brew from Clown Shoes. I haven't had one of their beers yet that I haven't liked. Recommended for a quaffable beer on a warm day.

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Clementine from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 1,021 ratings.