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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 1,081
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 47
Gots: 188 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
Witbier | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Plenty of haze and copper and gold color to this one, gives a full tin y bubble, white head half inch. Clove, coriander and clementine rind duke it out in the aroma.

Taste, overly bitter for style, more coriander and clove dominance. Carbonated like soda. Wasn't my thing at all, but could appreciate the taste, otherwise, pretty average.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a cloudy golden-amber color, thick white head with high level of carbonation. It has a sweet malty smell, a little bready as well. The taste is very much what you expect from white ale with notes of orange peel. The beer feel quite carbonated on the tongue and has a light mouthfeel.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very wheat dominant aroma initially, with notes of Clementine taking over over late, finishing with coriander and light pepper notes.

Flavor is more fruit forward upfront, becoming malty and wheat mid palate, carrying into the dry coriander finish. More fruity than I expected, it almost becomes peachy as it warms.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with slight chill hazing & a pinky of pearl white head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Slightly bready, cloves, & green banana

T: Follows the nose, a little juicy fruit as well, plus green banana up front. Pears. white grape, a little more juicy fruit & Band-Aid & plus white pepper as this warms. Finishes with banana peel, pears & cloves & juicy fruit

MF: Light/medium body, restrained carbonation

Drinks easy for the style, pretty true to style as well

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip, beautiful cloudy gold topped with thick white head. Smell is belgian yeast, spices, and slightly tart. Taste is banana, spice, and clean malt with a satisfying hop finish. Body is wonderfully light and refreshing. Very well done white ale.

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Photo of kitch
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 2nd January 2015 and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy orangey amber colour with a just over one finger white head that dissipated quite quickly leaving a very thin foamy layer.

Aroma: Strong citrus and sweet orange in the smell with hints of coriander and grass.

Taste: Definitely very orangey with citrus orange, orange peel and mandarin shining through. Hints of coriander and pine then a slight spicy but peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: A good witbier that I would probably buy again. Admittedly I was iffy when I smelt the strong orange aromas, as I did not enjoy the other really orangey witbier that I’ve tried. But this was much better and restored my confidence somewhat on orange flavoured beers.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of cujocon
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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;

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Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of JAFoley
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of JonSC
3/5  rDev -20%

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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -12%

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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 !

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Photo of FLima
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -20%

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.


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Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -20%

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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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).

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Photo of doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Clementine from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.