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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
83
good

882 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 30
Gots: 102 | 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.

(Beer added by: bceagles39 on 05-24-2010)
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Photo of jALEson
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jALEson, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of jcartamdg
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, milky gold with a one finger head that sticks around. Aroma of coriander and oranges. Taste follows nose, coriander and other spices up front orange in the back, very feint. Thicker than other wits. This is good but not great. I wouldn't seek this out

jcartamdg, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big, robust, enticing aroma of coriander, hops, orange peel, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (more than I would have expected), orange, malt, coriander, and other spices. A very spicy, easy to drink witbier.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: A tasty, well made beer.

avalon07, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +8.7%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of N1CK
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

N1CK, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of amp138
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

amp138, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(B+) Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Great carbonation release. Pours a golden orange with slight haze. Thick white head.
Nice belgian yeast, hay, and citrus aroma. Belgian citrus flavor and very bitter. Slight hop finish. It is very unique. Id probably never buy again in a bottle, and glad I didnt get the bomber, but id get it if i saw it on tap. Im not saying I dont like, but there are better wits out there. But id drink it if you handed it to me...and enjoy it. Overall, good, not great; but very unique.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Ralphs66, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Sinewave
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Ratman197
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Half Time poured a cloudy gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, orange zest and coriander. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, yeast, coriander and ligt orange zest with a crisp lingering citrus/coriander finish. I did'nt notice any Clemintine character, just seemed like a decent Wit Beer to me.

Ratman197, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of trojankeg
3/5  rDev -18.5%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Ajlvt, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a golden straw color with a little bit of an orange hue. Nice finger of bubbly white head.

Sweet orange in the aroma with a little bit of a banana aroma in the background. Coriander in the aroma with floral notes. Slightly spicy in the finish. Orange flavors with coriander and some spice in the background. Bitter on the finish.

The body is a little heavier than I would like for a wit and the carbonation is good. Overall this one is solid, but not generally what I am looking for in a wit.

Bendurgin, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer notes from 12/9/2011: on tap at Sapsuckers in Huntington; pours a very cloudy piss yellow color with a small foamy white head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smells of yeast, banana, coriander, floral hops, grapefruit, lemon, clove and light spices; nice funky yeast aroma that's grassy, airy and mixes well with the citrus notes.

Tastes like it smells with yeast, banana, floral hops, grapefruit, coriander, lemon, orange peel, light clove, light spices like pepper, sweet malt, brown sugar and herbs; very nice wit beer flavor that's par for the course.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with light carbonation, an almost watery feel and a funky dry finish.

Overall a good wit beer that's very easy drinking and hid the ABV so well that you’d think this was a light beer. Not my favorite style of beer, but I liked this one so much that I ordered a second.

CHickman, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +8.7%

valkyre65, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours clear clean golden yellow, transparent with a ring of white foam. Wheaty smell, small citrus. Orange rind notes. Chalky wheat taste. There is a citrus taste, but it is subtle and never makes the beer tart. Good carbonation buzz.

Good flavor, well balanced, even keeled.

KTCamm, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber with cool label, bottled 5/2011.

Appearance: Lightly hazed dark gold beer with steady streaming carbonatino and a nice ivory cap with good retention.

Smell: This has a really nice, traditional witbier nose...lots of yeast, sweet orange, and coriander. Vibrantly citrusy...nice!

Taste: There's a lot here that is pretty typical witbier...a nice balance of orange peel and spice, but there's also a a fairly strong hop flavor here that's not traditional. I'd assume that this was much stronger when this was first released. The hops are lightly herbal and citrusy. The bitterness comes on the swallow, and it's fairly high, especially for the style. Firm, fairly clean bitterness. Very nice sweet orange finish on the finish too, I'm assuming from the Clementine addition.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied.

Overall: An odd little number, not really a traditional witbier at 6% and with a hop kick that, even 7 months in is substantial. It doesn't have the massive refreshing character that traditional wits do, but as a strong wit, or even a double wit (a style I normally hate) this is pretty darn tasty. I don't remember what the price was (I think around 5 bucks for the bomber), but I'd likely pick this up again when the mood for something a bit different strikes.

BedetheVenerable, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was poured into a tulip.

Appearance- The bottle-conditioned body is a deep gold with copper-orange highlights. The head got to about a finger in width before quickly settling in at a slight ring. The cap was bright white and puffy, some bubbles in there, but not many.

Smell- Your usual coriander and earthy wit characteristics are here. Some pepper helps keep things interesting, even some floral hop notes. But...wait. Where is the orange? This was brewed with clementines was it not?

Taste- Well, maybe the clementines just got lost for a minute, because they certainly showed up on the palate. And I mean, that zesty and sweet orange character goes all the way through the drink.

Under that though, the base is a very generic wheat with some coriander mucking about. I am not really sure what they could do with the base to compliment the clementines, but it was not enough.

Mouth feel- The body is lighter, and man is it carbonated. It even taste a little like flat soda pop it is so carbonated. Is that off-putting? You bet.

Really wish it was creamier as opposed to fizzy. To top everything off, it is far too watery.

Overall- So, I concede that wit-style beers are among my least favorite, and more "meh" to my palate, but Clementine under performs. The clementines are a wonderful compliment for the style, and this beer could really go places.

But...the wheat base needs some more tender, loving care. And the mouth feel has all kinds of carbonation issues. I really have no reason to return to this offering.

Pintofbrown, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Exiled, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Rusty18, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of unclejazz
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4-pack of this and after chilling it cracked one open and poured it into a tulip-shaped glass for an after dinner drink.

A-copper leaning more towards the yellow than the orange. I crisp white one-finger head that thinned quickly and left a thin layer, but no lacing. The hazy appearance confirmed the white ale. No sediment, wit not wheat.

S-the orange and coriander are clearly present.There is also a must hint reminiscient of wine. Its the moldy cheese smell that reminds me more of wine.

T-I was let down by taste. The best metaphor that comes to mind is McDonald orange drink. If i added and orange slice to this stuff it would taste like a mimosa. Too much orange, artificial orange.

M-watery but the spices shore up the mouth of this white ale. Its alomost as though this beer is catering to Blue Moon fans, so , "Hey Blue Moon fans, drink this stuff instead. At least the money goes to an independent brewery."

O-I just keep thinking that a good white ale should have some citrus notes, but you should not be hammered over the head with them. I will stick with my Allagash white.

unclejazz, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours brilliant milky orange with a cloudy body. Partial 
lacing. Looks inviting. Wonderful appearance. 

S - big whiffs of Belgian yeast with an undercurrent of citrus &   Pale malts. Very forward nose. Coriander is more apparent after warming. 

T - very clean flavor of citrus peel (orange, tangerine, Clementine) on a layer of phenols & malt lending notes of French rolls,  & a touch of mango. Undercurrent of coriander throughout.    

M - fruity with a hefty bread background with citrus carrying through. Dry finish. Very crisp. Moderately bittered & spiced.

D - perfect wit, to be honest. The Clementine comes through    Quite a bit. Rating to style, this is the
best witbier I have ever had. Hands down. The yeast (the most important part of a good wit) is top notch.

chocosushi, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a Stella glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. A golden straw yello with slight signs of carbonation at the top of the glass. No clarity of the beer due to the haziness of the style.

Smell: Clementines and grapefruit from the hops. Sweet bready malts that give it a little biscuit too. Some spices also. The scent seems to be a little mellow for this beer and I was expecting more on the nose.

Taste: Everything above with more to offer. Picking up some banana and clove from the Bavarian yeast most likely that they used. Some alcohol towards the end.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, smooth, medium carbonation, very easy to drink too

Overall: I enjoyed this beer event thought there should be snow on the ground and not this crazy warm weather here in Boston.

Flounder57, Dec 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Clementine from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.