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Clementine | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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.

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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?)

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden orange with a half finger of airy carbonation.

Very citrusy with notes of orange zest and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Orange and lemon zest with a light toasted malt character.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, soft, crisp.

Overall, an interesting wheat beer but definitely not one of the better examples.

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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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Clementine from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.