Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Clementine - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

274 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 274
Hads: 1,081
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 46
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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (48) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Clementine Alström Bros
Reviews: 274 | Hads: 1,081
Photo of ExtraStout
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

 427 characters

Photo of chogm54
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with best before date of march 2014.

A- pours a yellowish brown hazy, with a thick soapy white head about 2cm thick. The head keeps on and on.

S- sweet candi sugar, strong herbal whiff with some wheat in there. Faint mango aroma too.

T- yeasty,earthy taste with nice orange and lemon zest which isn't too strong. Wheat backdrop typical of a wit beer, but I can't really pick up the advertised coriander. Nice hoppy bitterness is noticeable throughout.

M- light to medium body, soapy texture, sharp finish and high carbonation.

O- good solid representation of the style. More bitter and less watery than a hoegaarden, this is worth a go. But drink it in summer, not in winter like me.

 702 characters

Photo of fourstringer
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler. Moderately aggressive hand. Bottled on 02/21/2014.

A: Hazy, yellow-orange hued body with 3+ fingers of sudsy, slightly rocky white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Faintly musty yeast with notes of citrus zest, orange, lemon. Coriander. Lighter honey, floral hops.

T: Fruit and spice up front via the yeast. A hop bitterness mounts quickly and yields a fairly dry, pretty clean finish. Citrus zest bitterness lingers on the palate. Minimal alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. There is a mild effervescent kick with a slight prickliness.

O: Not a bad wit. A good amount of citrus is dialed in without excessive sweetness. Perhaps a bit over-hopped and somewhat lacking in depth, but certainly a refreshing, warm weather quaff.


 815 characters

Photo of gcamparone
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 bottle into a snifter. Purchased for a dollar at Gasbarro's in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright golden body with a small white head that reduces without leaving much lacing or retention.

S- heavy spices and citrus.. cloves, oranges, some cinnamon and wheat. Overly spiced on the nose.

T- Heavy spices and orange peel, followed by wheat and grain. The finish has cloves and allspice.

M- Medium body, high carbonation

Good but nothing special. Spices were overdone, could have been a little more balanced.

 542 characters

Photo of flyingpig
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop (£3.00):
Light golden & cloudy with a thumb-sized, bubbly white head on top that reduces a little, holding about half its original size for the next couple of minutes.

Fruity upfront with citrus notes (orange & some lemon zest). Pear & apple like aroma plus some coriander, cloves & wheat. There are a few light hops in the mix as well & some faint yeast and a semi-sweet aroma towards the end.

Orange & wheat with some lemon zest & coriander before some clove & yeast around the middle. It tastes a little sweeter than the nose indicated & some spice is present throughout, as is the faint hops from the aroma too.

Very smooth & refreshing, it's well-balanced throughout & goes down very easy despite the 6% abv. It's well-carbonated & seems quite lively giving it quite a crisp and dry finish that leave you wanting to take another drink.

A beer that I really enjoyed & one that proved far too easy to drink. It's relatively simple would usually be a bad thing but it works very well in this case with the citrus fruits & orange complimenting the coriander and wheat flavours. This one tastes as a witbier should and is definitely one worth picking up.

 1,199 characters

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that escaped my reviews, probably cause I'm not a huge fan of wheat based beers, but this was pretty decent, esp after working all day in the yard and super hot.

Pours a decent but smaller fizzy head that hits 1/2 finger and disappears pretty quickly, no lacing either, surprisingly crystal clear honey golden yellow color.

NOse brings nice spices at first, not over powering either, little coriander clove like spices, a little orange zest, hint of creamy wheat, mild toasty note, mild floral spices note, fair orange, but overall on the light side.

Taste starts with more mild creamy wheat, a little toasty but not much, into orange juice, a bitter rind and pulp like orange. Fair spices, a bit more than I expected from the aroma, coriander, floral spices, orange zest, etc. mild fruity esters, and a little peppery note. Finish is dry, very dry, little creamy too, fair bitterness kicking in mostly the bitter orange peel, and a little bit of the coriander lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a little creamy, nice carb.

Overall not bad, again not a huge fan of wheat based beers, hefes, wits, etc, but this is pretty decent, nice spices that get perhaps a bit too much on the flavor but still nice, great orange and zest, nit bitterness on the finish with dry finish, decent creamy wheat, nice on a hot summer day.

 1,341 characters

Photo of Glennlawless
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chilled pint glass..

A - a bright straw like orange color, nice foamy one inch head...cannot see through this beer. Head is depleting kind of quick, at about a half inch after 30 seconds.

S - Defenetly in the apple,oranges,coriander.... pear type realm. smells kind of sweet. almost a sugary sweetness.

T - very very slight hop presence...has a nice mellow easy drinking flavor....getting that apple and pear and orange..a very very slight hop presence juuuust enough to tickle the palate...So many characteristics of a saison happening here. ...is this a saison hahah...?

Feel - Well carbonated, real drinkable

Overall, A pretty solid beer. generally not a big fan of this style but this wasn't bad....if i went out and someone had this on tap i may get it...this is a nice summer beer.

 807 characters

Photo of SmashPants
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: a cloudy mid-amber colour with decent carbonation. A one-finger head hangs about for a time before settling to a thin cap.

Aroma: plenty of clean wheat, orange and tangerine citrus. A touch of Belgian yeasts.

Taste: follows the nose quite closely - wheat, citrus, cloves and like yeasts. Very little hint of alcohol. Refreshing.

Aftertaste: still quite refreshing, an easy drinking beer.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate fine carbonation. Quite sweet up front with a dryness on the finish.

Overall: quite a tasty witbier - very clean and refreshing. I don't think it has quite enough over the standard witbier to justify the price, but hey - still a damn good beer.

 764 characters

Photo of Rob_Z
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours very cloudy, there is a lot of sediment here, although it suspends nicely with a good aggressive swirl. Taste is lightly sweet, faint fruit taste as you'd expect. Nice and refreshing, no edge to it at all. Really enjoyable if you're looking for a light summery beer.

 272 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa this past weekend, not having any beers from Clown Shoes in quite some time. I like this style of beer a lot but for some reason, this didn't do it for me. It went down well and was true to form but there wasn't anything notable about this and once the head settled down, this was a somewhat flat Witbier that needed a slightly bolder array of flavors to it.

The pour to this was indeed good, as this beer had a hazy, golden hue and a thick head that settled into a nice layer of foam. Quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle as well, as it too me a while to swirl it out. No date on this bottle either, as I would have liked to have known how old this was. Lots of citrus zest in the nose with some lemon, pepper, and straw. Not a lot of wheat to be tasted and this was just a hair too thin and sour for me. Some more carbonation would have been great too, as I didn't see or feel any when I took my sips.

Of course, the alcohol wasn't that heavy here, which lead to this going down faster than it should have. While beers of this style tend to be light and easygoing, this could have been a bit more heavy and bold. Citrus lovers might want to substitute this for a glass of orange juice but now that the spring is here, there are much better examples of this to be found on your local retailer's shelf. Only worth a try for fans of Clown shoes.

 1,387 characters

Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy dark yellow amber with a large (2-3 finger) white pillowy head that slowly receded, down to a thin cap which was mostly lasting and had good sticky streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, mild floral hops and a soapy musty yeast with notes of coriander, citrus (clementine) and a light scent of peppercorns.

The taste was lightly malty with a mild citrus sweetness in the beginning, and then had a moderate influx of yeast and a bit of spice, with the finish having a slight citrus peel bitterness and a touch of pepper at the end. The flavor lingered for quite a while following the swallow, with a mildly spicy yeast taste left behind lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few steps beyond light in body with a creamy dry texture and a carbonation that went a just little above medium.

Overall I really liked this Witbier, it possess lots of yeasty citrus flavor along with a mild spiciness making it extremely enjoyable and easy to drink. Although, I expect nothing less for this brewer who never seems to disappoint...


 1,142 characters

Photo of don1481
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

 656 characters

Photo of a0lbudman
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy gold color with a white head that leaves a lace
S-wheat comes in first with a tart pear like aroma
T-very tart taste with the wheat coming in also, and this taste stays with you til the end
M-light body and high carbonation
O-this beer was good like the smell and taste

 276 characters

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque, somewhat glowy orange with a fluffy white head.

S: Nose is full of fruity esters, orange, general citrus peel (especially grapefruit), some peach, and some tropical fruit.

T: Taste is quite citric. Nice notes of tangerine, lemon (only very slightly tart), peach, grapefruit, citrus peel and a touch of pine. Tropical fruit and peach are missing, but it tastes quite good.

M: Medium bodied, typical witbier feel, but not harshly carbonated.

O: Recommended, especially to citrus lovers. Is clementine in there? Probably. I'm not exactly sure what that tastes like.

 586 characters

Photo of bmwats
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly white head. Dissipates quickly. Continually rising effervescence. No real lacing.

S: White bread, lemon citrus, and coriander.

T: Yeasty bread. Lemon an orange pith. Coriander.

M: Light and crisp. A bit of a steely bitter aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Hazy with continually rising effervescence, a bubbly head, but no real lacing. Bread with citrus and spice. Light and crisp yeast, citrus pith, and coriander brought to a head with a steely finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

 611 characters

Photo of Mike_Moe
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark golden color, with a nice creamy head.
Aroma: Strong lemon/orange aroma, accented with a light coriander and spice smell.
Flavor: Strong lemon/orange citrus flavor, light on the coriander and spices. The finish is a bit bitter. It is full bodied, highly carbonated.
Overall: Not a bad tasting beer. This brew is heavy on the citrus, but light on spices and orange flavor. Its tangy taste is reminiscent of orange zest rather than slices. The beer is more like a good lager with orange zest and spices added later.

 531 characters

2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Gold color & crystal clear appearance. White froth, close & lasting crown. Herbs & intense coriander, light maltiness to the nose. Sweet caramel malt, lemon & spiced flavors. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Low bitterness & slight sweet finish. Flat. Unexpected disappointing from Clown Shoes.

 331 characters

Photo of BB1313
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/10/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy pale golden; small off-white head that leaves solid retention and decent lacing. The aromas are nice. Lots of peach and orange marmalade. Lots of yeast. Some coriander in the mix as well. The flavors are very good, but I suppose it could be slightly cleaner for the style. Tons of orange zest and tangerines. Hints of spice. More peach along with some tangerines. Lots of citrus. Hints of lemon and herbs. Some cracker malts. There's a subtle hop bite to it. It finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has very prickly and active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's a nice beer to relax with. It's refreshing as well.

This is a very solid witbier. I really like the citrus notes. I wish it was slightly refined, but there's something I really like about this beer. It was enjoyable right now in the winter, so I can just imagine enjoying this in the spring/summer.

 977 characters

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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?)

 464 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

 869 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes has been available in Orange County for some time, but its price in large format bottles have shied me away from the brand. Luckily, I found some 12 ounce bottles at Total Wine just yesterday going at a more "affordable" rate ($2.99 single bottles versus $9 bombers, do the math). First one in, Clementine. On to the beer:

The color is much darker than the usual white ale. Looks like a yellowish orange color with some cloudiness, small visible carbonation bubbles running along the glass, over an inch of semi-creamy head which retains well. The lacing it gives off is very impressive, being thick rings. Aroma is mild in intensity. A pleasant bite of orange peel is the highlight for the nose. There's also a crisp note of grass and a hint of spice.

Tasty enough and refreshing at the same time, two aspects which I expect to find in a good witbier. Clementine hits that bar. The flavor is spicier than I thought, has a bite of clove. Has a bite of citrus as well. It's a light-medium bodied beer with some buzzing carbonation and finishes with a spicy and bitter citrus note.

Clown Shoes' version of a witbier is a success. Just the beer you need to "smack that mean day upside the head".

 1,209 characters

Photo of carlborch
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Expected more haze in the pour. Was rather brilliant and dark-yellow to light-gold.. The yeast was no longer in suspension and had settled for the most part. Lively carbonation upon pouring but a very short-lived head. Nose is typical Witbier with hints of coriander, citrus (clementines and sweet orange peel labeled) and clove. Medium-light body and pleasant carbonation. Belgian lace does not form. Crisp, forward bitterness and spiciness, which includes peppercorn. A little sweeter than expected. Very pleasant. It tastes like a session beer, but the ABV (6%, although not noticeable) may be a too high for this.

 617 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/21/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, floral. and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; with great flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,228 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Clementine a couple weeks ago for $2.29 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of the 12oz bottles of Clown Shoes beers that I bought to get familiar with this brewery, so far I think they are decent, but I have yet to be really impressed, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Wiezen glass.

A- The label looks good, it's not the most eye catching, but I like it. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on an orange/amber color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that faded to nothing and didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a decent looking beer, the color was nice, but the head and lacing could have been better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a lot of orange aromas coming through that have a nice orange juice like aroma with some citrus zest aromas in the background. Up next comes the Belgian yeast imparting a pretty big spicy aroma with an even mixture of cloves and coriander with some sweet and grainy malts in the background. The aroma was nice but I thought it was a little unbalanced.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness that took on a slight honey like flavor followed by a sharp orange flavor that is more orange zest tasting. Up next comes some sweet wheat flavors with some Belgian yeast that imparts some clove and coriander like flavors that are lighter then they were in the aroma. On the finish there's a medium amount of light bitterness with a orange zest and clove like aftertaste. This beer tasted nice for it's style, but there wasn't anything that made it really stick out.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, slightly watery, on the real light side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of high carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was just ok, I thought it was a little watery and over carbonated.

Overall I wasn't that into this beer and I thought it was a very average example of the style, all of the aspects of this beer seemed pretty average and there wasn't anything about it that separates it from all the other average Witbiers. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth and not filling, but the flavor didn't really hold my attention and I think it would really start to wear on me after drinking more than one so I think one would be my maximum. What I liked the most about this beer was the orange aspect, it wasn't bad and it didn't seem to be artificial. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, I think it needs some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, since it really doesn't stick out for the style and it's a little overpriced for what you get. I would only recommend this beer to someone who really likes this style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, there wasn't anything about it that made it a memorable Witbier. Better luck next time guys, Hoppy Feet is still my least favorite Clown Shoes beer but this one wasn't too much better, I'm still not sure about this brewery and I think it might be hard for them to compete against the local Michigan brewerys.

 3,212 characters

Photo of MarkQ617
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good witbier with the clementine being a slightly different take on the stereotypical organize you get with a lot of other similar beers. Has this poured out of the big boy bottle into the weizen glass. The color is a hazy darker yellow. Lighter mouthfeel as one would expect for the style. Liked it.

 300 characters

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