Clementine - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 267
Hads: 1,034
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 5.26%
Wants: 39
Gots: 169 | FT: 2
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bceagles39 on 05-24-2010

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into two goblets. Thanks for BennyL1 for this. I split it with my wife, as she's a witbeer drinker. This is as much her opinion as mine.

Appearance - Hazy straw color. Opaque. Big head, but it's gone instantly. No lacing at all.

Smell - It smells intriguing. Orange smell with some spice. Some yeastiness.

Taste - The taste isn't bad for the style, but it's not much. Again, orange peel flavor with some spiciness. I can't specify which spices, really, but that's probably my palate's fault more than the beer's. It has some hop bitterness in the midrange that becomes apparent when the aromatics die off.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation that drops off quickly. The finish is extremely dry, which is par for the style I guess. Light bodied.

Overall - Well, it has good flavor for a witbeer. But it's a witbeer. Refreshing with a nice flavor and quite a good aroma, but not anything jaw-dropping. (918 characters)

Photo of boralyl
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled March 2011. Pours a small white head into a pint glass that fades fairly quickly leaving little lace. The beer is a pale straw color with a slight haze.

S - The nose contains light orange, some peppery spices and the typical Belgian yeast aroma.

M - Light in body with active carbonation and a creamy finish.

T - The taste is very similar to the nose. It begins with orange and coriander followed by some pepper. The Belgian yeast character shows up towards the end and lasts into the finish.

Can't knock this beer, it's very good for the style. I'm very interested in trying their other offerings. (614 characters)

Photo of ebby82
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light color into a pint glass. A very substantial head which takes quite some time to settle.

A- Wheat like aroma, a bit of the spices, but not much.

T- Again, wheat, a faint taste of orange peel and or other spices, but not very strong.

M- Crisp and clean, with a nice carbonation.

O- A tasty if not extraordinary version of the style. Definitely refreshing. (376 characters)

Photo of mdr4669
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Nugget Nectar pint glass.

App: Murky and unsettled yellowish body with about two fingers of frothy white, chunky head an reasonable lacing.

Smell: a nice bouquet of orange and coriander rule the scent, but nothing that really stands out.

Taste: Fruity, with nice citrus and malty notes. Very well balanced in taste.

MF: Very light yet complex, a great summer time vice here.

OA: Great summer brew, easily enjoyed in the sweaty months, I wish my cup holder on the riding mower was big enough to hold a bomber. I wish Clownshoes would put their stuff in cans. (603 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into an allagash wit glass, the beer is a hazed orange-golden in color, topped with a layer of off-white carbonation that recedes to a healthy ring

s: the combination of summit hops and orange citrus peel creates a great tangerine/orange effect in the aroma, balanced but clearly present, very genuine, lightly herbal, it's a near perfect compliment to the clean, slightly sweet wheat and pale malt body, coriander is used lightly to good effect, some yeast, great start

m: carbonation on the high side of medium, very lively and refreshing, with a body

t: lightly sweet wheat body, biscuity pale malt notes, great citrus rind flavor - sweet "orange" fruits like tangerine, clementine, and, uh, orange, light coriander, citrusy herbs, drying nicely to a crisp and refreshing but still flavorful finish

o: really like this one, the citrus character is awesome, and everything in good balance, drinks great (918 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made with clementine, orange peel, coriander, and summit hops.

a: The body was a cloudy, dark, straw colored yellow. It poured with a large, uneven white cap. Unfortunately the head quickly dissipated, making it difficult for me to form a relationship with this beer.

s: Perhaps this isn't the aroma of a traditional wit, but this is very appealing. More orange than I recall ever smelling with hints of coriander and a nice blanket of spot-on yeast. There is a surprisingly strong hop presence that I'm having difficulty finding an adjective for. The abundant citrus make me want to call it citric, but maybe that is actual citrus. Regardless, it noticeable.

t: Again, not traditional but it works. Sweet, gentle orange and yeasty phenols up front give way to a drier finish of orange rind and light coriander. I also noticed a fairly pronounced hop bite that I can't quite describe.

m: Chewy with spritzy carbonation.

o: I haven't enjoyed a wit this much in a long time. This was refreshing and tasty as hell even if it is a bit different. I'm very eager to try more from these guys. (1,090 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual witbier because of the orange and bitter orange aspect. Still a winner though!!!

Pours a cloudy darker-than-straw gold color with a good size delicate, bubbly white head. Lacing is thick, head retention pretty good.

I got very little aroma from this beer. Unusual in that most witbiers have a fairly strong aroma.

Luckily the lack of aroma did not carry over to the flavor. This beer has many aspects of a good witbier. Yeasts used are prominent in the taste. There are spices: coriander and cloves and a mild lemony flavor. To this basic witbier mix, there is an additional orange flavor and some orange peel bitterness in the finish. It works!!! and doesn't take away from the beer.

Mouthfeel is rich like a good witbier or hefe.

Overall a good beer, maybe not a classic witbier flavor, but the orage addition is imaginative and works pretty well. A good summertime, refreshing beer. (898 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/18/11
*From notes

A: Foggy daylight amber. Like a smoggy day in LA, it's slightly golden and hazy. A 1.5 finger head on a reasonable pour. It dies quickly and leaves little to no lacing. It actually appears rather soapy.

S: Ripe banana and orange zest. An injection of hops are faint but detectable to a knowing nose.

T: Hints of mango and a light hoppy bite on the fore. A bit of liquid smoke (which I find typical in wits) overwhelms everything on the mid and eventually mellows off to a mild clotted cream finish. Once I've introduced the sediment, I notice a much stronger (and preferable) dose of orange rind. The bitter hops intertwine with the orangey essence and they end up creating a very strong profile of juicy pink grapefruit. How odd, yet all together amazing.

M: Thin. I can't believe I'm saying this for a Clown Shoes brew (which always knock the mouthfeel out of the proverbial park), but this is the beer's weak link. Even for the style it's nowhere near the top of the pecking order. A dissapointment.

O: I should stress that I'm not a fan of wits, but I am a fan of Clown Shoes. Therefore I felt it only right to check this one out.

I can say that for the style, this is one of the better interpretations I've had, and if ever in the mood for a wit, I'll reach for a Clementine. If you're an avid wit or hefe drinker, I'd certainly recommend you check this one out.

*Paired (extremely well) with a homemade breakfast scramble and a peach jam covered English muffin (1,536 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clementine is my first beer from Clown Shoes. I was in the mood for a wheat on a fairly nice Spring night.

Clown shoes has a hazy, cloudy, bright yellow body with a pretty big white head. Retention and lacing are both ok.

The aroma has coriander, a ton of orange peel, grain and wheat. Also a good bit of hops come through.

Clementine: an American Wit? Clementine has all of the trappings of a solid Belgian style wit, but it adds a pretty good flavor from American hops. In the beginning, flavors from the malt come through with lots of wheat twang and just a hint of grain. Next comes peppery coriander and a very assertive orange peel flavor that is certainly stronger than the coriander, and probably rivals the wheat/malt base itself. The finish is where things get interesting, with a good dose of orange and a hint of grapefruit from bitter, American hops.

Medium bodied, well-carbonated and a bite of bitterness in the finish.

Typically hoppy Belgians aren't my thing, and this certainly isn't within the bounds of the wit style, but it is still well-integrated, playing the hops and the orange peel off of each other nicely. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of mjn5036
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer pours a very pale straw color with golden highlights. It appears to be amply carbonated. A large, bubbly, thin head rises and takes over a third of the glass. The head retains itself for approximately 5 minutes before finally fading away. Very sparse lacing clings to the glass.

The nose is an attractive array of citrus fruits – very sweet smelling arrangement of lemon and orange. Maybe some banana in there as well. The added spices seem to be dominated by clove making this smell more of a hefeweizen than a white.

The taste is quite subdued and a letdown in comparison to the nose. It is faintly citrusy with more of a malt presence. The orange presents itself with more emphasis on the bitter rind than the sweet fruit. The finish is a bit floral and earthy, with slight hop bitterness. It isn’t really memorable in the least – in fact a bit thin and watery.

The carbonation is good, maybe just a bit too much. A bit too thin in this department as well.

Overall this is a decent example of the style, nicely spiced, but nothing spectacular. I guess I just don’t get all the hullabaloo about this brewery. (1,190 characters)

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden with a fingers width soapy looking head slight retention and spotty lacing.

S-spicy coriander,hop,orange peel and yeast all fighting for the forefront. In the nose I can assume it is very well balanced.

T-floral hop and orange peel intermingle while the coriander creeps up on you. The yeasts make a play at the end but just leave a little dryness on the palate.

M-light to medium bodied nice and crisp well carbonated.

D-would have another if I had one..

Prost!!! (491 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (873 characters)

Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottled March 2011.

A: Hazy light orange body. Big head that leaves some lacing.

S: Citrusy, floral, and yeasty.

T: Plenty of citric tartness. Also some sweetness. Slightly perfumey. Definitely Unibroue-esque, which is no surprise considering that it uses Chambly yeast.

M: Rather heavy for a wit. It's very heavily carbonated, though, so it balances out.

D: A really good American wit. Unfortunately, the weather's been pretty shitty the past few days, so I'm not as in the mood for a light refresher as I otherwise might be. I'll have to try this again in the summer. (612 characters)

Photo of PBoegel
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly older bottle dated bottled Dec. 2010 poured into a Brooklyn Tulip.

Appealing slightly orangish color with a dense soapy bubble looking white to slightly beige head. Fairly effervescent.

Nose was light peppery spice, nice orange, clementine and tangerine tones. No hops and spicing was very moderate to low in the mix. Clean.

The flavor profile was very Saison like, a bit bigger than a traditional wit, with a touch of alcohol bite on the tongue, nice bit of oat/oily character. A flavorful touch of tropical citrus from orange to clementine to tangerine sits on the mid palate through the finish.

Medium carbonation with a good clean semi dry finish and a touch of lingering fruitiness.

Very good drinker, would seek out again. See it as an excellent fit to warmer weather with grilled fish and vegetables. (821 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes out an extremely hazy, unfiltered honey color. Thin amount of head with a solid ring around the glass. The nose hits you with a lot of Belgian yeast. A good amount of coriander and orange zest. The taste is a lot of the yeast again. Some banana and coriander that is usual with a white but a good amount of the clementine zest. There is some hop dryness and a faint bitterness that pops out at the very finish. A very light body with a lot of that American 2-row caramel along with a heavy amount of carbonation. Refreshing. (530 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: yellow orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: wheat, citrus,

taste: orange, with a slight bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body, crisp

drinkability: a very nice and refreshing brew.


The CPJ (264 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours cloudy yellow gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that left no lacing

smells of orange spices bready malt and yeast

taste is very good lots of citrus orange peel - good amount of spice

mouthfeel was light low carbonation very smooth

drinkability is good could have better feel but the flavor and light body will make me pick this up again (350 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, citrus fruits, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, spices and bananas come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is very mild but both are where they should be for the style and bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very god lighter Belgian-style beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening. (877 characters)

Photo of wburch1967
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Beers have been impressing me recently, so I thought I would give the white ale a shot. This is probably my least favorite of their beers, but I am not a huge fan of the style.

Hazy, big head that fell quick. The smell is of oranges and is very yeasty. The taste was much more bitter than I expected, but was balanced by a creamy mouthfeel and a nice belgian fruitiness.

I will try this agin when hot outside. Seems to be what it was designed for. (461 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ultramour flute.

Pours a hazy straw gold with a big stark white head that takes a few minutes to drop, leaving some nice, scattered lacing.

Big aroma of sweet oranges, juice and zest. Hints of bitter orange, coriander and light pepper.

Flavor of orange, bitter orange zest, black pepper, coriander. This is an orange bomb. Finish is very short, with orange and a light bitterness that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery, with a slight creamy edge. Good level of carbonation.

Highly drinkable. This would be a great summer time thirst quencher. (573 characters)

Photo of JohnCurran
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A witbier from the Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, MA. Bottle indicates it is flavored with "clementine, sweet orange peel, coriander and summit hops". My 22 oz bottle indicated an "end of December 2010" bottling date.

A -2 finger head quickly disappating into a thin oil slick. On first pour it was a brilliant burnt orange. A color of the sunset. Second pour a mottled orange with a dark brown hues. Both pours were cloudy and typical for an unfiltered beer. My far side finger on glass was unrecognizable. Decent carbonation.

S - Bitters with underlying aroma of fresh oranges and clementines. Not overpoweringly citrusy. Slight hit of spice. Wanted a little more citrus to come through on the nose. B-

T - More bitter than citrus although both are fairly well balanced. Initial hit is more bitter than fruity. As it remains on tongue you get a nice taste of citrus and spice. Finish is light and bitter. B

M - Light and refreshing when drinking, however, a little heavier and longer-lasting upon the swallow. Mellow carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. B+

D - A nice spring/summer beer. Perfect for watching a ball game or backyard grilling. Light enough to have a couple. More appropriate to drink when we have less snow and more sunshine. A-

Pairings - Ceviche, grilled seafood, hot dogs, potato salad, hot dogs.

I enjoyed this beer for its color and drinkability although I wanted the citrus to shine a bit more than it did. (1,442 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice -- hazy peach with a bright white cap. About a half inch of foam coated the beer, lingered for quite a while, and was a bit clingy. Sour wheat aroma hit my nose first, followed by yeast and coriander, oranges. Low bitterness with the same characters as in the aroma, a little breadier and slightly herbal. Spicy finish with some lingering citrus and wheat. Medium to light bodied, a little heavier than I expect in a witbier, a bit soapy in texture with lively carbonation. I liked it and would pick it up again. Pretty easy to drink with some nice character. (570 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with an uncontrollable white head that eventually settles to a thick cap of foam atop a lively, gold colored beer. Nice looking, but too clear for a wit. (Edit: the last pour of the bomber produces a good amount of haze)

Aroma has nice citrus fruit notes of clementine and orange peel, along with a spicy profile that included coriander and vanilla. Reminds me of an orange creamsicle.

The flavor and mouthfeel aren't as robust or wit-like as the nose. Up front is bitter with just a slight fruit profile. The finish is very dry and crisp and doesn't have the wheaty profile I'm looking for. It is a nice, refreshing beer that seems really well made for what it is, but it doesn't taste much like a traditional witbier at all. (734 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (897 characters)

Clementine from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.