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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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83
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862 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 29
Gots: 98 | 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 jman892
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

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

jman892, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

jdhilt, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of jsled
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

jsled, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

billab914, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

HardTarget, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +19%

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.

Brad007, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

Mosley1212, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

yemenmocha, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Retail1LO, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

VelvetExtract, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of ottovon
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%

A: pours out a hazy straw-orange color, with a white head that faded quickly.

S: i get straw and crackers. there is also a nice orange aroma with coriander, and some citrus from the summit hops. there is also a spicy yeast character to it as well.

T: this is quite a bitter white ale. there is crackers and light malts. orange and coriander. the summit hops come through quite a bit in citrus flavors and bitterness. this is quite dry. there is some spicy nd earthy qualities as well. starts out with just a bit of sweetness and orange and finishes bitter, dry, and citrusy. the after taste is spices like white pepper and coriander.

M: thin with good amounts of carb. can feel the carbonation run through the mouth.

O: this is a good beer. doesn't remind me of other white ales, but a good beer.

ottovon, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Bottled March 2011 in the 22 oz. bottle.

Beautiful deep golden-orange and rapidly bubbling carbonation, adding to a fluffy white head.

Fruity, with the clementines providing a huge kick of citrus right up front, hiding behind it the yeastiness and hoppiness. It's there but reserved on the nose.

General characteristics of a white with bits of hops and yeast, while the title ingredient remains dominant. Bitter and drying but still sweet citrus, almost like it's the rind that is incorporated, rather than anything having to do with the juice. the hoppiness then is far removed, sitting way back on the palette. It does though carry the citrus through here, playing more of a supporting role.

Unique in that not many breweries can pull off incorporating big citrus into a beer that traditionally only features moderate citrus. But I think this would be a good white ale without the citrus - just add some lemongrass and it might be more enjoyable. It adds something - I'm just not sure it lives up to the hype.

mdcrouser, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

A: hazy orange/yellow. some carbonation can be seen on towards the sides of the glass. moderate fluffy white head doesnt last nearly as long as i expected it too.

S: black peppercorns with a very pasta-dough-like malt. a slight hint of citrus, but definitley expected much more with a name like clementine.

T: similar to the nose, black pepper and a wheaty malt. citrus is even less on the palate. a little bit of fruit, but like i said earlier i expected more considering the name.

M: carbonation is mild on a medium body.

D: ive had a few offerings from clown shoes, all really enjoyable, but this hasnt been my favorite. maybe expected a little too much.

Jimmys, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of adam42381
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pilsner glass. Bottled 6/13/11 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light-to-medium gold color with a 1 finger foamy snow white head. Very little lacing at all.

Smell: Wheat and spices. Label mentions that it was brewed with clementine essence and sweet orange peel, but I’m not detecting them.

Taste: Wheat with a touch of citrus up front followed by spices and orange peel in the middle before ending with a fair amount of bitter hops at the finish which really balances it out. Aftertaste is mix of all the aforementioned flavors with bitter orange zest being the most dominant and spices being second.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. At 6% ABV, I could knock back a few of these if they were available in 12 ounce bottles.

Overall: Good beer overall. With all the hype around Clown Shoes lately, I figured I’d pick up what was available. This is the first one I’ve tried/reviewed and it didn’t disappoint. Definitely worth a shot.

adam42381, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Part of the label story says "Bottled last week of January 2011". It was a hazy straw color with massive carb streams. It had a large foamy head that took a long time settling to a constant thick foam. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was traditional wit elements of orange peel, coriander and yeast but had the extras of clementine essence and a good shot of hops. Interesting and I do like it even though I do love the traditional wit aroma. Taste was good and again is a mix of traditional wit and hops. Interesting take on the style and it's good in it's own right but if you are wanting a good wit then you may be disappointed. Medium mouthfeel with loads of carbonation and a good aftertaste.

Overall, a good hoppy wit that makes me want to try more from the brewery. Highly recommend if you are open to something a little different. Not avail here in TX so got from Ummagum in Chicago. Rotation - if avail near me, I'd get the occasional bomber. [O;Y]

TexIndy, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle into tulip. Bottled 6-13-11.

Pineapple yellow, clouded to opacity and topped with one finger of frothy white foam. The bubbly stuff fizzles away quickly, leaving behind a substantial layer of froth that gets bigger at the edges. Glorious webs of lace.

The nose: mandarin orange juice, softly sweet and citrusy. Some mildly pithy orange peel, some vanilla, spicy coriander. Just a hint of honey and crackers.

The flavor begins with clementine orange peel, met with some pine from the summit hops. Coriander peeks through. Dry, crackery finish.

Light, prickly carbonation with just a bit of fizz. Medium-light body. Snappy, drying, quenching.

Good orangey aroma and flavor. Sweet Clementine, bah bah bah.

Phelps, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a cloudy orangy-yellow with a skim head. No lace. The color is bright, but I wanted more foam.

Some orange zest and spice in the nose with some yeast and grain. It works. Bright, clean aromas that are very inviting.

Some sweet wheat up front, but this dries out a touch. Coriander and white pepper, with a grain husk bitterness that fights its way thru. This is not a watery or weak version. Assertive flavors. Bitterness is almost rind-like. I get chemical alcohol (really, in a wit?). This dries out in my mouth, almost cotton-mouth in its astringency.

Lighter bodied with some tingle.

Not bad. Has alot of great elements. Has some odd elements. But I dug it. This was a 12 oz-er. Grabbed a bottle because of some recent highbrow opinions that (in my opinion) did not advance the mission of beer advocacy, but essentially were a personal ratfuck attack on the brewer. So, I am going to drink more of their beer and support the local little guy. I shop at his store often, and will now buy his beer more often.

OtherShoe2, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of samueladams76
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%

I went into this with a bit of skepticism as witbiers and fruitiness are usually not my thing.

Pour into a glass. Nice head, very lively out of the bottle. No lacing, and not a substantial amount of retention, usual for the style.

Beautifully aromatic. The sweet orange zest is noticeable but not overpowering, bit a of coriander spice in there.

First sip changed my mind about the style! Again, the orange taste is not at all overpowering in the way I expect from beers marketed as specifically fruity. I find it pleasantly balanced between mild sweetness and tartness. There is some good structure to the beer, supported by the breadiness. I'm used to these running too thin or lacking substance.

Bravo, clown shoes!

samueladams76, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Mikepett2011
4.72/5  rDev +28.3%

Appearance - Orange hazey color

Smell - Citrus aroma

Taste - Tastes Citrusy with some mild carbonation at first then followed up with a creamy clementine and orangy aftertaste

Mouthfeel - mild carbonation and goes down smooth

Overall - I would have to say that Clown Shoes Clementine is easily one of my favorite witbiers. Perfect summer time beer. If you enjoy a nice white ale, then I highly recommend giving this beer a try.

Mikepett2011, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from a large bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A nice looking glowing orange to yellow orb with an opaque consistency. Head is soapy and white but doesn't seem to have much staying power. No lacing at all.

Bouquet is small orange, but also a wet sense. Smells slightly adjunct like and not particularly spicy for a witbier.

Taste is orange spritzy, even kind of saison bretty. Yeast punch and saison like quality. Texture and feel is very carbonated and gaseous. Mild orange notes on the finish but barely detectable.

Overall this is pretty ordinary for a witbier and hardly tastes like one either, but it does get better as it warms up that I will admit.

smakawhat, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of shand
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

This brew pours a nice hazy straw color with two fingers of head that quickly drop down. Aroma is great, there's the typical citrus zest and coriander of a wit, but with a hoppy kick in there to keep things interesting. The taste is great, it's a perfectly balanced witbier that provides nice orange zest, coriander, yeast, and hop flavors. They all work in perfect harmony, creating a nice wit that's quite a bit more interesting than the average one. The mouthfeel is a little thicker and more oily than I'd like. Drinkability is superb. Overall, a superlative "American Witbier" if there ever was one.

shand, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a hazy golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very nice. Sweet malt, floral, orange peel, coriander and some hops and yeast make up he nose.

T- The taste like the aroma has some malt up front with some citrusy flavors and spices coming in next. The finish has some bitterness from the hops and some more citrusy notes lingering in the aftertaste.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is another enjoyable brew from Clown Shoes. I haven't had one of their beers yet that I haven't liked. Recommended for a quaffable beer on a warm day.

cjgator3, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of WojoVT
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

Poured from a bomber, Clementine has a nice golden color to it, darker than most whites. It has a small white head which dissipates quickly with mild carbonation.

True to it's name it Clementine has an effervescence of orange which it notes on the bottle to be orange peel. The fruity hints are complemented well by spice notes - coriander. Making it a threesome, there is a nice (not overly) hoppiness to this party.

Clementine is nicely balanced. No part of the above named threesome is overpowering in anyway, which for threesomes in any respect is a good thing! It leaves with a refreshing after taste. I have found that many white ales use too much yeast in their bottling process which gives it an odd aftertaste.

It has a nice body to it, not too thin, but not to thick as to weight you down on a nice summer day.

Overall, Clementine is a win for me. It is a perfect beer for a nice hot summer day if you want to drink a beer which is refreshing, good tasting, and not too heavy as to weight you down.

WojoVT, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Many thanks to Nuggethops for the chance to review this one. After a pretty aggressive trip to Costco in 90 degree and rainy weather, a nice witbier seemed like a good choice. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a murky yellow-orange color. Bright white head, small bubbles, tons of carbonation. Smell- coriander, lemon peel, clove, just so refreshing. Taste- definite hops presence- a really nice bitterness, crisp orange/lemon zest flavors, coriander, light spices. Mouthfeel- tons of carbonation makes for a really dry finish, works well for the style. Drinkability- this is a great summer beer, perfect to cool down with after a nice hot day.

lnashsig, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of vtfan77
4/5  rDev +8.7%

A- Pours a hazy light gold with a half-inch or so of head. A little darker than some witbiers I've had, which is not a bad thing.

S- Perhaps the name is simply putting things in my head, but it does smell like clementines, or at least a nice, sweet orange. There's a good dose of coriander spice, too.

T- Tangy wheat and citrus upfront with a good dose of herbal hops thrown in the middle. Definitely hoppier than your typical witbier. Finish is soft and clean and moderately bitter.

M- Smooth and medium-bodied with and appropriately high level of carbonation.

A darn good witbier and the second solid beer I've had from Clown Shoes. This beer may be a touch too strong to quaff on a hot day, but everything else about it is very nice. I look forward to trying the rest of this brewery's lineup. Recommended.

vtfan77, Jul 14, 2011
Clementine from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 862 ratings.