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Clementine - Clown Shoes


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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bceagles39 on 05-24-2010)
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Photo of tectactoe


2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 11:27:46 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Brew_42


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer for the second time tonight and I totally changed my mind on it, The first time I had it I was not a fan but on tap I thought it was great.

Pours a hazy orange color with a short-lived white head.

Smells and tastes citrusy and spicy. Like your average witbeir but with just the right amount of citrusy sweetness. When they say clementine they mean it, it is sweeter than beers flavored with oranges.

Overall- Great summer beer. Refreshing citrus flavor. I'm glad I tried it a second time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 07:17:40 | More by Brew_42
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange color. Off white head. Some lace.

Flavors of lemons and spices. Lots of fruits. Clementines and orange peel. Some wheat flavors. Grassy hops. Citrusy.

Mouthfeel: smooth and crisp. Light bodied. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, a really easy drinking wit. Lots of flavors, but still refreshing. I dig it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2013 00:27:44 | More by mothman
Photo of TheBrewo


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. The beer arrived in a fat stemmed chalice glowing a golden orange coloring. It held a half finger head of white bubbles, showing decent retention, and leaving light rings of lacing around the glass. Carbonation appeared active, and the faintest chill haze was noted, without sediment. The aroma sang with huge orange flesh sweetness, lemon peel, wet wheat, robust phenolic clove, and lactic sourness with warmth. Our first impression was that all the flavoring was there and robust, but lacked that warming spice so characteristic for the style. As we sipped, dull toasted wheat, musky bitterness, almond nuttiness, and light metallics started things off. The peak hit with more of the same, but with more booze and phenolic spice. The clove and nutmeg of the phenols really opened up through the end, where black pepper from the booze mixed with bright orange white sugars and flesh. The aftertaste breathed of orange, bitter clove, wet wheat, and more booze than the abv would suggest. The body was medium to full, and carbonation was high, prickling the mouth. There was nice slurp and smack, but little cream, froth, or finishing pop. There was light, slick coating, but no real drying. The abv was appropriate, and beer drank okay.

Overall, what we liked best about this one was the nose. The fruit was there, and so was the spice, but we lost both in the flavoring. The mouth was overly boozy, despite a standard abv, and the orange was sadly absent. This booze even crowed out the typical warming spice of wits, making for an overly bitter, one-dimensional offering.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 20:35:24 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellowish orange in color with a 2" head. No lace develops.

Smell: orange citrus is strong and pleasant.

Taste: soft wheat tones with loads of orange, and some spiciness. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a refreshing aftertaste.

Overall: definite beer for a warm summer day when you want a pure thirst quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2012 01:25:59 | More by Gavage
Photo of EagleTalon


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ The Gaff, Waltham. Pours to a hazy orange and thin head with little retention and lace. Aroma is orangey, spicy. Flavor is interesting. Some unusual sour lambic type flavors surrounded by orange peel, bottled lemon juice and coriander.mouthfeel is on the astringent side due to special ingredients. Overall it was off and weird but interesting and not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 03:18:17 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of xnicknj


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a completely clouded orange color with a soft golden glow. Tuft of fluffy white head slowly dissolves, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

A little spicy in the nose with some cracked pepper and soft funkiness. Orange is prevalent with juicy sweetness. Hints of biscuit malt.

Juicy and slightly sweet up front with tons of orange flavor. A few hints of tangerine and clementine along with citric peel and pith. Spice and pepper followed by some yeasty funk. Biscuit and bready malt with some residual sweetness towards the dry finish.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, bubbly and refreshing on the tongue. This was good, but I felt like I was still searching for something more after finishing my glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2012 02:05:15 | More by xnicknj
Photo of BARFLYB


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Clementine in the glass has a light golden look with some specs of hazed orange as well. A cap of white stuff with moderate lacing. Smell is ripe off the tap with wheat, some citrus and orange at the forefront. some faint pale malt in the back. Taste is a wheat beer on the fruitier side. Some faint orange, peach, clementine flavor with wheat and a touch of coriander. Feel is pretty light bodied with a nicely done up carb. I could go for a pint of this in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 03:01:30 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of CHickman

New York

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

Beer notes from 12/9/2011: on tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington; pours a very cloudy piss yellow color with a small foamy white head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smells of yeast, banana, coriander, floral hops, grapefruit, lemon, clove and light spices; nice funky yeast aroma that's grassy, airy and mixes well with the citrus notes.

Tastes like it smells with yeast, banana, floral hops, grapefruit, coriander, lemon, orange peel, light clove, light spices like pepper, sweet malt, brown sugar and herbs; very nice wit beer flavor that's par for the course.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with light carbonation, an almost watery feel and a funky dry finish.

Overall a good wit beer that's very easy drinking and hid the ABV so well that you’d think this was a light beer. Not my favorite style of beer, but I liked this one so much that I ordered a second.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 05:16:00 | More by CHickman
Photo of Knapp85


3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color with a pretty decent looking white head on top that sticks to the glass fairly well. The smell of the beer has some citrusy aromas along with the wheat softness coming though too. The taste of the beer doesn't have too much of a fruit flavor like I thought it might. The mouthfeel of the beer is light and refreshing. Overall this brew is a good summer beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 19:07:18 | More by Knapp85
Photo of socon67

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 20:39:55 | More by socon67
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a weisse vase, the beer is a golden-orange coloring, bright and unfiltered opaque, with no significant head whatsoever. The nose is citrus sweet and toasted wheat, with a decent blend overall. The beer has flavors that remain light throughout, with a sweet citrus overtone riding the typical spice palate of a Wit. Slight cloying mouthfeel to the beer, with an orange zest tinged aftertaste and a quick, clean finish. The beer is tasty, light, and crisp. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 01:54:50 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Brad007


4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Farmhouse in Burlington on 8/25/11.

Clementine pours a cloudy orange with a very thin head into my glass.

There's a strong aroma of citrus followed by some clove and banana.

The taste is a wonderful mix of clove, wheat and citrus flavors. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel has lingering wheat, clove and light citrus flavors pepper the mouthfeel.

I'm glad I started with this beer. It's an excellent thirst quencher that I may buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 23:29:16 | More by Brad007
Photo of Katezder


4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clementine is by far my favorite beer out of the Clown Shoe's batches.

While I am partial to belgian whites and saisons which is what this beer's smell reminded me of. Unlike other citrus flavored beers that use orange and clementine peels this one comes with the most refreshing kick from the nice spicy hop that you get in the after taste. It is both the perfect blend of sweet and bitter that can be enjoyed in any season.

I get excited when I see this beer on tap at a bar and that is how a great beer should make you feel!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 01:36:40 | More by Katezder
Photo of BingDings


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a keg into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy light orange color with a soft, creamy, one finger head that slowly fizzes away. A light amount of lacing clings to the sides of the glass as and there is light upwards carbonation.

Smell: There are definite notes of citrus hops, a sweet yeast smell, and faint hints of spice.

Taste: The first taste to hit my mouth was the citrus hops/clementine flavor which fades to a light bitter flavor in the back of the mouth at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, lightly carbonated. Goes down very easy.

Overall: Overall, this is my favorite fruit infused white ale on the market. It has a very smooth creamy feel to it through and through and delicious spice, citrus, and sweet notes too. Definitely a great go together with all things summer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 00:20:32 | More by BingDings
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice sample of this... probably 4 oz.

Poured a slightly hazy orange-yellow, nice bubbly white head that left patches all over. Light and refreshing citrusy notes with a crisp lemony/earthy hop aroma. Hint of wheat twang. Flavor could be more assertive, but this is a nice summertime drink. Orange peel bitterness is slight but noticed in the finish. Smooth carbonation for a light, crisp beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 03:09:25 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking pale orange with a decent pearl white head. Average lacing and retention. Big orange notes in the aroma, definitely lives up to the name. A little disappointed that the nose didn't come through more in the flavor. Had a pretty standard wheat flavor profile, but with a minor infusion of clementines. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 05:35:13 | More by uustal
Photo of matthewfox79


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer was served with a foamy white head about 2 fingers and had a cloudy but welcoming color

S- I thought the beer smelled awesome with noticable citrus notes and a slight yeasty smell present in most witbiers

T- The citrus and corriander did come through in the taste but I was distracted by the tartness of the yeast

M- It almost had a chalky feel but paired well with food.

D- A very drinkable beer that would suit anyone looking for a break from the norms of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 18:44:57 | More by matthewfox79
Photo of BeerMusketeer


4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft recently at Deep Ellum in Allston. Have been avoiding it even though i love clown shoes because I am not a fan of the style. This was the best wit I have tried. When it gets hot, i can actually see this in my fridge regularly.

The beer is almost orange and is beautifully hazy with a thin quickly receding head. It smells of fresh dough, oranges, and clementines. The taste matches, with some pleasant bitterness coming through, Great mouthfee, smooth and silken, and even more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 14:43:42 | More by BeerMusketeer
Photo of WanderingFool


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clementine pours a hazy straw yellow with a moderate fluffy white head on top. As the foam dissolves a fair amount of netted lace clings to the glass.

The strong aroma is loaded with orange peel, corriander and bready yeast. A little bit of alcohol is mixed in too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate, lightly carbonated with a dry finish. The flavor is sweet with notes of orange and lemon peel, bubble gum and corriander. Towards the end flavors of wheat and bready yeast move in. It finishes with some light fruity notes. Once gone the orange peel and corriander lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking Belgian style ale. Well balanced and not overly spiced.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 23:43:32 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Jayli


4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/30 at Deep Ellum
Served in a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep yellow/light copper color with a two finger of white, sudsy, rocky head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves nice thick wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is belgian spicing, light clove notes, and orange peel.

T: Taste starts nice and light with a strong orange peel presence. Orange peel blends in to wheat and yeasty notes. Finish has a touch of floral hoppiness to it.

M: Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, nice clean feel with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, quite tasty, not too filling, nice kick and nice representation of style. I'm enjoying everything that I come across with this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 14:47:48 | More by Jayli
Photo of tigg924


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 20:48:36 | More by tigg924
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full wheat malt, fruity esters and orange.

The taste consisted of a chewy wheat, esters, sweet orange, pepper, some must and a touch of rind.

The mouthfeel was chewy and full.

Overall a complex and full bodied witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 18:40:26 | More by plaid75
Photo of BogleHill


4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Armsby Abbey in Worcester. Being a cloudy orange brew, this one looks more like a Hefe than a true Wit. However, the aroma is dominated by citrus. The flavor combines the tart/bitter orange peel with the wheaty malts well. Spice on this is lower than others. Overall, a good refreshing brew from Clown Shoes!

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 13:09:06 | More by BogleHill
Photo of jmerloni


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden straw colored. Head is big and bright white. Little retention.

S - Yeast, orange, coriander, wheat.

T - Very refreshing. Yeast and orange with coriander. The citrus flavor actually DOES taste more like clementine than orange. Might just be in my head.

M - Medium bodied. Pretty carbonated, not overly so. Does leave a nice dry finish. I do agree with the reviewer below that it is a bit too thick bodied for the style...I prefer these fairly thin.

D - Very drinkable. Very summery. Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 22:47:23 | More by jmerloni
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Clementine from Clown Shoes
84 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.