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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
83
good

957 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 117 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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 twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color, pretty dark for a wit. Has a small, fast-fading white head. Not much retention or lacing.

Nose is heavy on the oranges with a fair amount of coriander to boot. Wheat is soft and lurks in the background, as does a light hop touch.

Something throws up a citrusy bitterness on the end, not unlike orange juice...not sure if this is from hops or orange peel, maybe both? Has a pithy, mild sweetness which gives it an interesting smooth/bitter interplay that is pretty refreshing and unique. I like it, not to mention Im a sucker for a good wit. This beer does a good job of standing out in a style where many versions are very similar.

Photo of Kornoms
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Shakerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Auror
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber 3 months ago from Total Wine for $4.99. Bottled on 6/13/11 but been in the beer fridge since the purchase.

Beer poured orange with a decent white head on the initial pour.

Nose is belgian yeast strain and a hint of citrus.

Taste is a hint of orange peel and pepper with a refreshing hop finish.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, light in body and decently carbonated.

Overall this is a very interesting spin on the style. I like it and would try this again.

Photo of hopsandstouts
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of NarcoSolo
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. serving.

A - 2 fingers of fluffy white head sink slowly. Hazy golden body.

S - Bright lemon, wheat malt, coriander, hints of banana taffy, straw, honey sweetness.

T - Lemon citrus and wheat malt start strong along with a dollop of grassy hops. The tangy yeast is present and has a honey kissed sweetness before finishing crisp and dry.

M - Low to medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp and dry finish.

A nice summertime or anytime thirst quencher. Bright flavors with a crisp finish.

Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of rinhaak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a melted caramel orange color, very cloudy. A one finger head that faded fairly quickly but left behind a nice lace.

Strong aromas of orange mixed with bready biscuit yeasts and wheat. Hints of cloves mixed in as well.

A nice taste with a lot of citrus (presumably the clementines) up front and then a nice hop balance follows. Hoppier than the average witbier, but not overhopped.

At the time of this review, I have had roughly six of Clown Shoes' offerings. To my tastes, this stands out as the best beer I've yet had from Clown Shoes.

Thanks to mduncan for the suggestion.

Photo of SarahMackAttack
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Gearing up for a Clown Shoes tasting in the store, so I figured I'd get more acquainted with their beers myself. This one pours a lightly hazy golden straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, lightly tart tangerine, black pepper, clove, and a twist of ruby red grapefruit. The taste brings in more of the same, but as powerful as the citrus is, the spices are the stars now: black pepper, clove, cardamom, even a touch of coriander for the sake of it. It's powerfully spicy, lemme tell ya, but I think it works here. Right on. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation, a wet feel and a dry finish (deal with that, people!). Overall, a very nice wit, a different take than I've encountered lately, what with the in-your-face spices, but definitely a welcome change-of-pace.

Photo of sweisel80
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of LambicKing
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of wowbagger
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow. Has a good foamy head, but otherwise reminds me of a mass-brew. Smells of straw and yeast.

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.

Overall, nothing special. Ok light beer + fruit but much more to say. I'd skip it.

Photo of LeRose
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. November date ticked on the label.

Pour - slightly cloudy, pale orange color, maybe an inch head that dissipated leaving a thin layer, not much lacing that I noticed.

Aroma - peppery and pronounced hops - Tettnang type aroma that was citrusy and resinous, fresh and green. Mild wheat malt aroma.

The flavor was very enjoyable and refreshing - more of a warm weather beer, but it is a style enjoyed by (a-hem) others in my household. The hops was pretty forward, a little bread-like flavor, and a kick of citrus presume from the clementine at the end. Overall spiciness/peppery flavor that I didn't find unpleasant. Clean on the aftertaste, a little acidic kick, not much on the bitter.

Overall, interesting beer and very drinkable. I liked it and would purchase again. Wife liked it - YAY!

Photo of gmichaela
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of cantfindme
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Jamstone714
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mynie
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very pale and clear for the style, with minimal haze and nice fluffy white head.

Smells aggressively peppery with some surprisingly pronounced hops and not much by way of the clementines I was promised. Just--yesterday, while high, I ate a couple of clementines while drinking a Grain Belt and was very happy with the result. I was initially expecting that and so was a little pissed off when this turned out to be a hoppy wit. After several sips, I've changed my mind: this smells pretty nice.

Tastes like it smells, only with a little peng of super sweet citrus near the very end, which becomes quickly overrun by more whitepepper. This is maybe the most peppery wit I've ever had. Also maybe the hoppiest. It's a true (Belgian) rendition of the style, though, and the clementine citrus acts as only a mild accentuation of the other flavors, instead of as a cheap sideshow. Quite wonderfully brewed, actually.

Photo of SirRyanFsu
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev +9%

Clementine from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.