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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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802 Ratings

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 74 | 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.

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Photo of TheDinger

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy orange with a small 1 finger off white head. Decent lacing throughout the beer.

S- Strong citrus/orange peel with some cloves and spice. Some wheat notes on the end, but dominated by spicy orange rinds.

T- Bitter and spice, much like it smells. Some wheat stuffed in there but a very odd taste. Almost too much on the spice end that kind of ruined the smoothness.

M- Not heavy on the booziness. A small bit of carbonation with a hint of dry. Not too watery.

O- Was a little let down with the strong orange/spicy taste and smell. A bit on the bitter end of the scale. Wouldn't turn one down, but not searching the streets either. Average-

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:05:49 | More by TheDinger
Photo of eclipse54


3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you for this one! Bottled in August, 2011 and poured into a nondescript snifter...

Pours a straw- or hay-colored yellow with about a centimeter of bubbly white head that fades rapidly. Little to no legs or lacing are left behind-save for a pale ring around the edge-despite a seemingly endless stream of bubbles emminating from the base of the glass.

The aroma is of wheat, straw, and a general barnyard funk that resembles a spicier yeast-like funk; it's odd, but not entirely offputting. Perhaps this is the ""horse blanket"" smell/flavor I've heard so much about. There are some light citrus and clove notes in the nose as well.

It tastes of wheat and straw in the beginning, clove, orange, and lemon in the middle, and finally ends with some earthen notes. Not bad, but not spectacular either; one might use the term ""average"" here.

Mouthfeel is good, being crisp, clean, and smooth, and finishing a touch dry, which leaves one desiring another sip.

Overall, a decent witbier that I wouldn't ever oppose drinking, but it certainly would not be first choice in the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 03:18:33 | More by eclipse54
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with "Bottled on" dating notched onto the side of the label (Aug 2011)
Pours heavily clouded, darker tangarine, light tan head, stas for a spell then goes to a thicker film, thick collar and then leaves pretty will developed stringy bands of lacing.

Some orange, coriander and tropical spicing in the nose.

Flavor is dominated by oranges, more coriander and unknown earthy spicing. Pleasant enough wit, but nothing really special

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 00:06:21 | More by Billolick
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3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to a ring with a light film of watery lace.
S: Light orange peal, more of a banana and bubblegum like sweetness in the nose. Light spice and yeast as well.
T: A quick snap of orange with some banana esters. Hops show up next, but is gone in a second. That is it. Nothing lingers, and no aftertaste besides a bit of alcohol in the chest.
M/D: A light to medium body. Low carbonation that is thin and watery. Almost lifeless. I can certainly feel more alcohol than I would like from a Wit and 6% beer. Not really enjoy this one.

There is not much here. The flavors that do show up, vanish in a second. Which makes this very unsatisfying. Nothing particularly wrong, just blah and ho hum. Not something I am coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 20:31:57 | More by champ103
Photo of womencantsail


3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 04:39:12 | More by womencantsail
Photo of July2Nov


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, lighter gold color with a thin lacing and no carbonation after the initial pour.

Smell: Funky farm house smell with a citrus touch.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Some tartness (citrus) and bitterness (spiciness) at first that quickly delves into a smoothness of a creamy mouthfeel. Lighter in tasting and easily drinkable. The taste is just like the smell indicated, but in a way lesser amount. Citrus hops and spice blends well near the end with a tart and dry aftertaste.

Overall: A great overall beer that makes it so easy to drink. Would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:55:47 | More by July2Nov
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloud golden amber with a finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong yeast presence, lots of spice and fruit notes. Banana and cloves. Some sweet malt.

Taste: Follows from the smell, but not too sweet. Strong spice notes up front with the banana and cloves. Strong flavors fade a bit to yield a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: The taste seemed a little watery as the spice and fruity notes fades. Other than that it was very crisp and refreshing. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:50:33 | More by oline73
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Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a schooner during a beer tasting club session. Didn't review the best before date, but it was fresh from the store.

A - yellow/yeasty cloudy wit appearance with a fluffy white head. Thick lacing down the glass.

S - this is where it seemed to go wrong for me: somewhat of a skunky spice mixed with sweat-sock nose, but not like a delightful skunky Brett; some citrus lemon notes as well. Can't say i liked the nose very much.

T - general character was tart, with citrus rind and finishing with lots of herbaceous notes. Not a lot of malt or bitterness.

M - quite light in body with light carbonation. No booziness.

D - drinkable, but not really to my liking

Overall this one just didn't do it for me; we made careful selections in pour order to prevent something overpowering it, but in the this just wasn't one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 19:14:37 | More by DoktorZee
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy gold into the glass with one finger of head that quickly disapated with little lacing. Smell was heavy on fruit and spice. Carbonation medium and a medium body as well. The taste was surprisingly heavy on the hops. It has a bit of that hoppy bitterness in the after taste that isn't usual in a witbier. Not horrible, but not as clean finishing as I'd like.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 18:53:42 | More by Cyrano41
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3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a snifter - bottled 9/11

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is a bit muted at first but I can detect notes of lemon zest, orange peel, and bready malt. As it sits it opens up a bit more.

T: The taste is a bit muted as well. I'm getting flavors of lemon zest, orange, and a lot of bread/malt.

M: The feel is a bit overcarbonated.

O: I wasn't too impressed with this one. The flavors and the mouthfeel aren't exactly what they should be for a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 06:45:09 | More by GregSVT
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a light golden tone with a one finger head. The nose of this wit has orange or perhaps clementine and coriander. Its` taste has some pepper, light hops, more orange/citrus, a bit of yeast too. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a nice, dry finish. This wit drinks easily and is quite tasty. I wish they distributed this in CT.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 01:17:19 | More by mltobin
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3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange with a light, white head that fades quickly.

Smells of clove, pepper, citrus (orange/lemon). Pleasing overall.

Tastes of citrus, lemon up front with some orange character followed by a slight spice, and a small bitterness on the end. The taste lingers as some sweet sugar or malt with the yeast phenolic taking center stage.

Lighter bodied with higher carbonation work well for the style.

This is a damned solid representation of the style, there is some odd lemon plus phenol character that just makes me think of cough drops....still, not uncommon for the style. Really one trick flavor...if there could be a bit more complexity somewhere that would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 23:58:45 | More by TenHornsProud
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased in Cherry Hill NJ @ total wine for $4.99

A - a cloudy yellow pour gives way to a one finger head that recedes immediately but no big deal. It's a wit, I wasn't expecting much anyway. A good looking cloudy one, at that.

S - surprisingly citrus forward wit, with a Belgian yeast and coriander undertone. As it warms, the yeast becomes more prominent and a banana scent gets picked up. Probably from the yeast. A bit off style though, in comparison to other true wits.

T - this is done much better then I thought reading all the hate on clown shoes and their labels. Familiar Belgian yeast with refreshingly light citrus and herbs. I am not a fan of herbal hops and thankfully this one doesn't really show any. Not really any wit characteristics, but very easy to drink.

M - medium to heavy for a wit, but medium to light overall. Good carbonation level. Very easy drinking.

O - I must admit I am impressed with this one. It's a solid brew in every category and one I'd love to pick up again on a hot day. If it felt more like a wit, I'd probably bump this category up to 4.5, but it's a little off for a wit and it is going to get all 4's instead. Good job guys!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 20:15:20 | More by dfclav
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a weisse vase, the beer is a golden-orange coloring, bright and unfiltered opaque, with no significant head whatsoever. The nose is citrus sweet and toasted wheat, with a decent blend overall. The beer has flavors that remain light throughout, with a sweet citrus overtone riding the typical spice palate of a Wit. Slight cloying mouthfeel to the beer, with an orange zest tinged aftertaste and a quick, clean finish. The beer is tasty, light, and crisp. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 01:54:50 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's always nice when a new beer joins the texas beer market, especially available in Beaumont. My first beer in 2 weeks.

Appearance-Sunny Orange body with a one finger off white head the dissipates pretty quickly. Body is very hazy. Hope it's as refreshing as it looks.

Smell-Belgian Yeasts, some light wheat and some lemon, orange, and I almost got a whiff of some sour lime aroma.

Taste-Big bitter orange rind. I feel like I was nibbling on the inside of the orange rind. Upfront it's a thin layer of spice and wheat and finish is that lightly bitter orange. Pretty simple taste but fits the mold.

Mouthfeel-Pretty thin, easy to drink. Light bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall-Simple beer that I would substitute for orange juice in the morning. Easy to drink and refreshing. Looking forward to trying Tramp Stamp.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:46:03 | More by SWMeyer4141
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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours straw yellow with a sudsy head. Somewhat hazy

S - Smells strongly of belgian yeast, some clove is noticeable, and maybe some orange peel as well

T - Spicy taste, cloves upfront, mixing in with a very mild citrus flavor, and a mild amount of funkiness

M - Crisp mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation

O - Decent beer, my first from this brewery, a good summer beer, it is not outstanding but pretty solid

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 00:15:37 | More by jman892
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New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, ton of yeast left in bottom of bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose, a sharp wheat and yeast flavor. $2.35 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 22:14:50 | More by jdhilt
Photo of jsled


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: 4/5. moderately hazy gold. thin head.

A: 4/5. traditional witbier nose. banana and pepper.

F: 7/10. sweet. spicy. slightly peppery.

M: 4/5. good, thin, light. some residual bitterness.

O: 7/10. a bit too sweet and cloying, maybe, but a decent witbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 01:40:26 | More by jsled
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a very bright, golden orange color. It started with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a bright, fruity citrus presence to it. I get some orange flavors mixing with a little lemon. The Belgian yeast is pretty noticeable as well, adding some spice notes. It's a little more fruity and citrusy then a typical wit, but pretty appealing overall.

The taste shows even more of the juicy, citrusy, clementine, orange flavors. I get a little zesty lemon to it as well. Some bitter, citrus rind flavors help keep the sweetness in check. In the finish the belgian yeast comes out to add some spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall a pretty tasty and refreshing beer. it definitely had more citrusy and juicy flavors then most wits, but it worked pretty well with the other flavors overall. Pretty enjoyable beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 21:06:30 | More by billab914
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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival to Texas, brown bomber lists the 6% abv and gives a bottled on date of 8/11. Wait a tick, that's THIS month! A new beer to Texas and we're not getting leftover stock?! Nice!

Appearance: Hazy peach colored glass doesn't hold a head for long, not much to look at honestly.

Smell: Bready yeast is pretty up front, has all the classic wit characters, bit of orange peel, light whiff of spice (not getting a lot of coriander, but assuming that's it), sweet malty base.

Taste: Bang on for style, tastes like a wit. Rough wheat paired with sweet malt with the citric peel and spices rounding out the flavor. Bit of lime in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit low but has some prickle left. Body is medium light with a slightly oily finish.

Overall: A classic wit, no off flavors, no harsh edges, just a well made beer. Looking forward to the other Clowns.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:24:11 | More by HardTarget
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4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Farmhouse in Burlington on 8/25/11.

Clementine pours a cloudy orange with a very thin head into my glass.

There's a strong aroma of citrus followed by some clove and banana.

The taste is a wonderful mix of clove, wheat and citrus flavors. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel has lingering wheat, clove and light citrus flavors pepper the mouthfeel.

I'm glad I started with this beer. It's an excellent thirst quencher that I may buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 23:29:16 | More by Brad007
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4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. This is the third and final Clown Shoes brew I am trying tonight.

A--Poured a murky light orange color. Very hazy and unfiltered. Poured with a nice egg shell white head that dissipated quickly and left a ring around the glass, but nothing in the center of the beer.

S--Very sweet clementines. Orange peel. Malt. Coriander and spice finish the nose.

T--Wheat up front. Then comes the sweetness of the clementines and the floral notes of the coriander.

M--Light bodied, very little carbonation. This beer has an almost watery feel to it, but yet the powerful flavors linger on the tongue.

O--This is a fabulous wheat beer. I love the orange/clementine flavor. This is a very powerful beer, though you wouldn't know it from looking at it. Clown Shoes continues to impress me.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:21:06 | More by Mosley1212
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3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, golden straw, with white head. Nose is over the top with orange, almost perfumey orange - in fact reminds me a tad of Grand Marnier. Plenty of the coriander on the palate, soft wheat, creamy medium body, and some additional perfumey qualities exhibited on palate as well. Prominent aspirin taste too. Finish is spirity orangey, and a tad sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 04:25:01 | More by yemenmocha
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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second Clown Shoe offering of the evening. This one's definitely no Tramp Stamp. Heffeweizen wheat type beer with the orange already in it. This poured a nice orange tint into a pint glass, with a fairly voluminous head. Strong Belgian strain yeast scent, with some floral and citrus notes. Taste follows the nose. Strong on the Belgian yeast with some nice mellow citrus. Moutfeel is decent enough, although a bit thin. Overall, a nice summer beer. Not something I'd make a habit of getting, but I could revisit this on a moments notice without any reservations.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:24:32 | More by Retail1LO
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pretty honey hue. Hazy liquid. Off-white head forms. Head is large and retains. It also some good of lacing.

S-Big whiff of Belgian yeast. Lively citrus and wheat as well. Quite an aromatic Witbier. Yeast is big and bold. Fresh aroma.

T-An interesting flavor. Varies a bit from the nose. Definitely getting some clementine on the palate. Goes down quite smoothly. Citrus, wheat, yeast, spice too. I enjoyed the flavor more than the nose.

M-Incredibly smooth. Light bodied with light carbonation. Great for warm weather.

O/D-Clown Shoes does it again. Was mildly unimpressed by the nose, but the flavor really hit the spot. This brewing company makes some impressive brews. This is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:16:46 | More by VelvetExtract
Clementine from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.