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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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274 Reviews

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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 stephens101
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Into an SA specialty glass.

Has a two-finger, fluffy white head. Pale gold and fizzy. Smells of melon, green apple, lemon, grass and sugar. Tastes sweet and spicy with faint notes of coriander, malt, peppercorn, apple juice, lemon and a slight hop bitterness. Complex and welcoming can and do coexist here. Light bodied, mostly dry but soft in the middle, and smooth sailin' all the way.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy light orange color. Tge head iw one inch of frothy white foam that recedes slowly into a quatern inch that sits until the beer is gone. The aroma is coriander and cardamom forward (which I like), and has a nice fruity wheaty thing going on in the background which has some nice peach and tangerine qualities. The taste is a bit more balanced between the fruit and the spice. It is very full flavored for a witbier. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fine example of the style, and I will drink it again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a meringue white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is citrus, coriander and some funky yeast.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some citrus, coriander, floral spices and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall, an OK wit, a little heavy on the spice.

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

Cloudy golden color with two fingers of dense head that had good retention. Can see a lot of larger yeast particles floating in the beer. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Belgian yeast aroma dominates. Nothing particularly unique or interesting. Hints of cloves.

I was expecting more for flavor, good or bad, considering this is Clown Shoes. Rather weak tasting witbier with wheat and slightly spicy flavor. The slightest hint of citrus.

Deceptively light body considering the ABV. The carbonation fits the bill for the right amount of crispness in the finish.

Fairly good beer but not really worth it at Clown Shoes prices. Thought it was straight forward and well made.

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Photo of Zach_T
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was expecting a bit more from this beer based on the reviews, maybe I got a mishandled bottle. Just came to my area, first Clown Shoes ever.

A: Golden Copper Orangeish, hazy with a quick, thin head that dissipated quickly
A: Slightly sweet malt aroma, clear citrusy-oranges going on, no hop aroma as expected
T: Orange and honey with a quick snappy wheat kick and a touch of bitterness that doesnt linger
M: Thin, orangey extract feels "artificial" on the tongue
F: Short bite from the wheat and fruity orange flavors that end up with a clean finish

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Photo of Brew_42
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I'll try this in a mug.
Fresh, spicy with some fruit, wheat, grainy, tartness.
More towards gold, somewhat cloudy. White head that it is subdued for style.
Quite dry, but more in the beginning and less in the end. Hop flavor seems to lay on the tongue on the finish. But overall this is a more hoppy version of style, with a prominent hop flavoring too. The fruit, spice and tartness are all background with grains and hops foreground. Pleasing balance
Fully carbonated and somewhat soft.
Good solid version and nice for this heat we are in.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a whitish, yellow color. very hazy. small off white head that leaves a lacing.

Smell: belgian wheat and yeast. spices and orange. the orange is slightly bitter, slightly sweet

Taste: wheat and yeast up front, lots of spices, and strong orange. the orange starts off bitter from the peels and ends up sweet from the clementine. surprising hop bitterness in the end

Mouthfeel: i grabbed this beer for a nice refreshing one, but the bitterness is too much to be extremely refreshing. the feel is nice and smooth wheat but ends slightly too bitter

Overall: a good first impression from clown shoes. definitely a well crafted beer but just not the right interpretation for me.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sure that this is an older bottle. No matter though, it still works. The beer is fairly clear with a golden orange color. Nose is definitely wit but not very strong. Flavor is heavy on the orange with spice accents. Easy to drink and I feel like it is more of a Belgian ale instead of a wit, but it works.

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Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with no date. review is from notes

look is a hazy yellow-orange with floating sediment. great fluffy head with no lace. smell is light wheat, orange zest, spice. taste follows with a dank sweetness, but otherwise typical: wheat, clove, lemon, nutmeg, clementines(oh! i get it now...).

OK but doesn't do anything different or especially well at a premium price.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Typical witbier fare. Murky straw colored. Lots of visible carbonation without retaining much of its filmy white head. Looks inviting. Nice but nothing unexpected

Aroma: Lemon zest and other citrus notes. Obviously some orange. Coriander and that crisp clean-smelling wheat smell. Smells sweet and juicy with a slight spiciness

Taste: Follows the nose. Big citrus zest up front. Sharp wheat crispness with a little bit of spice on the mid palate. The finish is sweet and yeasty. Somewhat reminiscent of a tripel actually. More well rounded than a typical witbier. Really nice flavor. Stands out for me

Mouthfeel: Crisp, tingly from the spice and carbonation. Very refreshing. More body than your average witbier

Overall: I've always been a fan of this brew (and brewer). Clementine doesn't necessarily do anything differently than most witbiers, they just do it all right. Among the best, if not the best, domestic witbiers I've had. Very afforadable and just an extremely well rounded beer

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy deep straw color with a smallish bubbly white head that persists for a while. Smells of clove and allspice with a sweet light sugary malt base and a light lemony tart spicy wheat twang. The flavor is sweet honey and sugar with a bunch of clove and lemony orange with a tart wheaty edge. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a bubbly sweet mouthfeel. Not my favorite style and not my cup of tea. Stylistically I've had better examples of the style, this one has clashing flavors imho.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy golden colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells spicy with a lots of clove and coriander scent. Chalky yeast aroma. Slightly medicinal in scent.

Starts out dry with a mineral water taste up front. Wheat cracker malt and herbal hop. Little bit of clove in the flavor but not a lot smells stronger than it tastes.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall just an OK beer, can't say this is any better than a Blue Moon.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Now this is what I’m talking about. Strong fruity flavors, but still finishes with hops. Not too intense, but light enough that it’s a great summer beer and extremely drinkable. A great example of how to brew a Witbier and finally I've found an American brewery that can do it well with some identity compared to the German breweries.

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

At the time of this review, this is #40 on the "Top Beers - Witbier" list on beeradvocate.com. Again, not a great standing but there are plenty of witbiers made that didn't make the list at all. I thought it was OK, I'm curious to try the 1.5 version next.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze, thin head, low retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty with some citrus, nice bouquet of stuff happening, I like the aroma.

The taste falls a little flat, very estery, pretty sweet, oddly dry finish, not a lot of citrus in the beer overall. It is an OK beer but the overpowering yeastiness makes the beer, at times, feel solventy. I don't think I'd have it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tasty wheat brew with a ton of citrus funk. the pour is cloudy and bright sunshine color, glowing loudly, with a tall white head with excellent retention. the nose is real orangey, i cant specify clementines exactly, but maybe tangerines or some kind of orange. zesty more than juice in the smell, with some sour sainson-esque yeast. the flavor is equally interesting, with the orange throughout, bitter and acidic at the end. the yeast is more spicy than i think it needs to be, as the fruit would be more enjoyable as a standalone dominant note in this one, but i appreciate the use of something non generic. somewhere between a saison and a hefeweizen i think here, its a cool take on this style. the wheat malt provides some body, but its flavor is outshined by the fruit. solid feel, a little too sturdy from the sediment to be as refreshing as it might otherwise be, but the carbonation is awesome and the finish is really cool, with the acidic sting of the orange peel and the sweetness of the fruit itself, combined with a funky yeast. overall a very pleasing beer at a fair price. this is one i will look forward to trying again if warm weather ever comes back...

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

I poured this beer into a tulip glass and got about three fingers of foam. I really like the orange color on this orange, wit bier. The foam is decently sticky, which lead to decent lacing on the glass.

Off the top I really enjoy the mix of clementine orange and witbier. There is decent sweetness from the orange. There is also the good spice presence from the wit. I like the balance in there.

There is very good presence to this wit. I like the flavoring mix and balance there. This beer has a very good flavor profile.

I really enjoyed this beer. I will definitely pick up more the next time I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a murky pale golden straw yellow in color with pale white highlights and a nice finger of head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: definitely had plenty of citrus character upfront in the aroma with sweet bready yeasty notes, mild hoppy presence, spice such as coriander, slightly grassy and earthy as well.

T: the coriander spice character was more prominent on the palate alongside orangy citrus accents, some grassy notes, sweet yeasty bready character, signs of pear fruit and a touch of piney hops on the back end.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, semi bready, spice, slight fruity, mildly hoppy and prickly finish.

O: I thought it was a good wit beer and was glad to take a stab at it.

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Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with zesty spice, citrus fruit and bready yeast notes. Hints of pepper and coriander followed by tangerine, orange peel and lemon zest. As it warns, the bread character really stands out and the citrus fades a bit.

Medium bodied and very heavily carbonated with a strong peppery spice presence that lingers over the citrus and yeast notes into a dry finish. There's a very strong coriander flavor that dominates, slightly overpowering the citrus peel and bread notes. Peppery with subtle orange and tangerine notes. Tart, dry finish. Not bad, but the overpowering coriander makes this beer a bit one-note. Needs some more citrus sweetness to balance things out.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge wheat beer guy and this ranks up there as one of the best. I will admit that before purchasing this I cheated and read a review saying it was good. Usually I like to go in unbiased and blind.

I bought a large 22oz. Bottle of this and poured into a large pint glass. Very citrusy smell, hence the name clementine. This had more of an organgy citrus taste as opposed to some other Belgians which taste more lemony. This pours to a hazy yellow color, seems to be unfiltered and about 1/3 of white head and 2/3 liquid. Good carbonation. Overall a very awesome tasting witbier. One of the best domestics. Not sure about the other clown shoes beers but this one is excellent.

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Photo of KKB
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Very nice pale gold with a white head, loose bubbles that dissipate rather quickly. Solid amount of carbonation flowing up from the bottom. Looks rather good overall.

S – Lovely—literally smells like a tangerine. It’s got some grass in there, wheat, and some spices as well.

T – The taste is light but very pleasant. With the first sip I already can tell I could knock out a bunch of these. Very drinkable. It has a lot of lemon in it as well as citrus, not a whole lot else in the way of flavor. Some more of the grassiness in the taste as well. Some light spices. It’s good not great.

M – The mouthfeel is ok, the carbonation makes it nice and playful on the tongue but it lacks some body, even for a light beer.

O – Overall I would call this beer drinkable, and pretty good. If I had a wild hair I would scoop this beer up again, but it definitely isn’t something that I would seek out. Tastes nice though. Refershing. Would be lovely on a summer day.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/2012

A: Pours a clear yellow color with 2 fingers worth of head that sticks around for a couple minutes

S: Get the yeast and wheat malts right off the bat, along with clementine (duh), sweet citrus peels, and coriander. Hops also contribute some citrusy notes. Pretty much as advertised

T: Follows the nose. Wheat malts control things, with the citrusy and spicy notes in tow. Fairly bitter from the summit hops, but nothing too bad

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good American wit that has some nice citrus (mostly orange) and spice (mostly coriander) character. Fairly easy to drink. Worthy of a try

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