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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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862 Ratings

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 29
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Sammy, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and some citrusy aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of clementine and orange in the nose along with notes of wheat and hints of spices.
T: Lots of fruity flavors of clementine are present in the overall taste, which also has notes of wheat. Notes of spicy yeast and hints of coriander are evident towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and sessionable and has some refreshing properties. Compared to other witbiers, it has a lot more citrusy flavors and a bit of acidity.

metter98, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a whipped egg white head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: The citrus peel almost jumps out of the liquid though a closer sniff detects the coriander, yeast and bready wheat malt

Taste: The Belgian yeast and wheat flavors establish themselves at the outset with the coriander also arriving early; after a few seconds, the clementine orange peel and hops start to really assert themselves and dominate that profile through the finish though the coriander lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little heavier than I would like for the style

Drinkability: This is a Wit with a hoppy difference, but what would you expect from the hop-loving folks at Clown Shoes? It is going to be too hoppy for some folks but I really enjoyed the difference

Thanks, Gregg, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

another new one i was very happy to be able to acquire recently along with several other clown shoes beers. really just a great and light beer.

his one poured out a very nice, and very bright golden yellow. Lots of cloudiness and haze in here, as there should be for the style. Some nice sediment pooling on the bottom as well. Nice one inch high head of white that fizzled out quickly but left behind a copious amount of side glass lacing.

The aroma was on the lighter side of things, lots of spices, wheat and grass like smells coming together nicely. A hint of lemon zest or orange peels in there as well, brightening it up very nicely. The flavor was superb for the style. Lots of coriander and spices running through it, a touch of clove and an almost banana like flavor in the middle. Lots of fresh grass as well in the finish. Wonderful body on this one was chewy most of the time and really just came across very well. Great carbonation kept it lively throughout.

mikesgroove, May 19, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden color with a rather large white head.

S: Smells a bit plain. A lot of straw and grass but not much in the usual aromas of bread, malt, spice, or citrus. There is a little bit of citrus peel. Not much coriander, though.

T: A nice citrus flavor with lemon and orange peel. Like with the aroma, there really isn't much spice or malt flavor. Some sweetness, but it's more candy/sugar-like.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Not really much witbier character to this. Wasn't a big fan.

womencantsail, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.5%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

kylehay2004, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jaydoc, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +6%

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a delicately hazed, light golden-orange body with a smallish, brief, white head.

Smell: Moist orange peel notes with a peppery-scented spice underneath and thin layering of maltiness.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly bready wheat malt followed close behind by a juicy sweet, fruity orange peel taste and spicy pinch of coriander. Growing candyish quality. Lightly bitter. Dry, citrusy finish that's quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, nice and lively.

Overall: A nice thirst-quencher at an awful price!

ChainGangGuy, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Knapp85, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

oberon, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, May 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Gearing up for a Clown Shoes tasting in the store, so I figured I'd get more acquainted with their beers myself. This one pours a lightly hazy golden straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, lightly tart tangerine, black pepper, clove, and a twist of ruby red grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, but as powerful as the citrus is, the spices are the stars now: black pepper, clove, cardamom, even a touch of coriander for the sake of it. It's powerfully spicy, lemme tell ya, but I think it works here. Right on. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation, a wet feel and a dry finish (deal with that, people!). Overall, a very nice wit, a different take than I've encountered lately, what with the in-your-face spices, but definitely a welcome change-of-pace.

TMoney2591, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottled last week of January 2011.

22oz. bomber poured into a half liter mug. Initially a hazy golden orange, it becomes an opaque tan-orange with the yeast poured in. A finger of white foam rises, leaving smudges of spotty lace randomly in the glass. A skim across the surface remains constant.

Big orange and coriander aroma, dry and lightly spiced, not especially sweet in the nose.

Tangy orange, spicy coriander notes, some very minor leafy hops (Summit on the label) surface in the middle. Full bodied, with a dry aftertaste of coriander that lingers. Smooth wheaty body, spicing isn't overdone, and the bomber is no problem to finish. The orange notes are slightly bittersweet, more peel and pith than fruit. Fairly straightforward but with an interesting complexity. A nice warm weather refresher that i'll return to, hopefully will see this on tap around town.

emerge077, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

largadeer, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +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).

biboergosum, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SocalKicks, Sep 20, 2013
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Clementine from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.