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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
83
good

797 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 73 | 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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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ultramour flute.

Pours a hazy straw gold with a big stark white head that takes a few minutes to drop, leaving some nice, scattered lacing.

Big aroma of sweet oranges, juice and zest. Hints of bitter orange, coriander and light pepper.

Flavor of orange, bitter orange zest, black pepper, coriander. This is an orange bomb. Finish is very short, with orange and a light bitterness that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery, with a slight creamy edge. Good level of carbonation.

Highly drinkable. This would be a great summer time thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:39:25 | More by JamnesCameron
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JohnCurran

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A witbier from the Mercury Brewing Co. in Ipswich, MA. Bottle indicates it is flavored with "clementine, sweet orange peel, coriander and summit hops". My 22 oz bottle indicated an "end of December 2010" bottling date.

A -2 finger head quickly disappating into a thin oil slick. On first pour it was a brilliant burnt orange. A color of the sunset. Second pour a mottled orange with a dark brown hues. Both pours were cloudy and typical for an unfiltered beer. My far side finger on glass was unrecognizable. Decent carbonation.

S - Bitters with underlying aroma of fresh oranges and clementines. Not overpoweringly citrusy. Slight hit of spice. Wanted a little more citrus to come through on the nose. B-

T - More bitter than citrus although both are fairly well balanced. Initial hit is more bitter than fruity. As it remains on tongue you get a nice taste of citrus and spice. Finish is light and bitter. B

M - Light and refreshing when drinking, however, a little heavier and longer-lasting upon the swallow. Mellow carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel. B+

D - A nice spring/summer beer. Perfect for watching a ball game or backyard grilling. Light enough to have a couple. More appropriate to drink when we have less snow and more sunshine. A-

Pairings - Ceviche, grilled seafood, hot dogs, potato salad, hot dogs.

I enjoyed this beer for its color and drinkability although I wanted the citrus to shine a bit more than it did.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 04:24:49 | More by JohnCurran
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice -- hazy peach with a bright white cap. About a half inch of foam coated the beer, lingered for quite a while, and was a bit clingy. Sour wheat aroma hit my nose first, followed by yeast and coriander, oranges. Low bitterness with the same characters as in the aroma, a little breadier and slightly herbal. Spicy finish with some lingering citrus and wheat. Medium to light bodied, a little heavier than I expect in a witbier, a bit soapy in texture with lively carbonation. I liked it and would pick it up again. Pretty easy to drink with some nice character.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:02:45 | More by DrJay
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with an uncontrollable white head that eventually settles to a thick cap of foam atop a lively, gold colored beer. Nice looking, but too clear for a wit. (Edit: the last pour of the bomber produces a good amount of haze)

Aroma has nice citrus fruit notes of clementine and orange peel, along with a spicy profile that included coriander and vanilla. Reminds me of an orange creamsicle.

The flavor and mouthfeel aren't as robust or wit-like as the nose. Up front is bitter with just a slight fruit profile. The finish is very dry and crisp and doesn't have the wheaty profile I'm looking for. It is a nice, refreshing beer that seems really well made for what it is, but it doesn't taste much like a traditional witbier at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 01:22:38 | More by jeffthecheff
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augustgarage

California

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!) - poured from a 22oz bomber into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Cloudy icterine body, nearly opaque but glows a faint golden-yellow none-the-less. A solid persistent creamy papaya whip head wobbles atop the glass.

Strong fruity aromatics suggest orange peel, light spice, and a floral (almost soapy) fragrance along with sweet malt and a touch of yeast.

The base beer offers hefty doses of clean malt, juicy hops, and light peppery yeast - at the same time the additions of orange and coriander are quite potent and meld with the hops to suggest orange bitters. Tangerine seeds, lavender, and other subtle complexities round out the profile and lead into a medium-dry slightly tart finish with hints of wheat. No DMS.

Creamy, pillowy, effervescent, yet crisp - very nice...

A bit too much orange peel for me, but still a very good domestic rendition of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:24:44 | More by augustgarage
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uustal

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking pale orange with a decent pearl white head. Average lacing and retention. Big orange notes in the aroma, definitely lives up to the name. A little disappointed that the nose didn't come through more in the flavor. Had a pretty standard wheat flavor profile, but with a minor infusion of clementines. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 05:35:13 | More by uustal
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Shocktop Weizen glass.

The color is cloudy orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sweet with a fruity like aroma. Some wheat flavor comes right out with a high tart aroma that pokes at my senses. Some slight sour aroma in the nose is there as well.

The taste is a squeezed Clementine, some nice citrus flavor throughout. Some tangy flavor is there in the middle that then goes slightly into a bitterness at the end. There is some wheat flavor that is in and out.

The feel of this beer seems light at first but then takes on a bigger shape toward the back. Bigger then some Witbiers this goes down easy but has a small aftertaste that starts to get slightly puckering but then is gone. An interesting summer time beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:49:26 | More by Duhast500
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BenjieK

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Orange/gold/hazy/small quickly fading head/some lacing

S: Wow: smells like hoppy orange juice. Yeasty too.

T: Citrus, a surprising hop bite, spice, really well balanced

M: Excellent, just a little thick, but also smooth and well carbonated

D: Excellent drinkability

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 20:37:08 | More by BenjieK
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matthewfox79

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer was served with a foamy white head about 2 fingers and had a cloudy but welcoming color

S- I thought the beer smelled awesome with noticable citrus notes and a slight yeasty smell present in most witbiers

T- The citrus and corriander did come through in the taste but I was distracted by the tartness of the yeast

M- It almost had a chalky feel but paired well with food.

D- A very drinkable beer that would suit anyone looking for a break from the norms of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 18:44:57 | More by matthewfox79
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Big tower of sea-foam head; cloudy yellow with a very active carbonation. Spiciness of coriander and hops with orange peel and yeast are blatantly obvious in the nose. Rolling crispness off of a fluffy medium body. All the right facets are here ... orange peel and coriander with a light bready malt flavor. Slight tartness evens the playing field, but the yeast does distract a bit more than needed with some chalkiness in the end. Coriander turns around and drops some bitterness, along with the herbal hop, for a pulling semidry finish. A good take on the style: not over spiced, and well balanced aside from the overtone of yeast.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 18:15:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
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BeerMusketeer

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft recently at Deep Ellum in Allston. Have been avoiding it even though i love clown shoes because I am not a fan of the style. This was the best wit I have tried. When it gets hot, i can actually see this in my fridge regularly.

The beer is almost orange and is beautifully hazy with a thin quickly receding head. It smells of fresh dough, oranges, and clementines. The taste matches, with some pleasant bitterness coming through, Great mouthfee, smooth and silken, and even more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 14:43:42 | More by BeerMusketeer
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clementine pours a hazy straw yellow with a moderate fluffy white head on top. As the foam dissolves a fair amount of netted lace clings to the glass.

The strong aroma is loaded with orange peel, corriander and bready yeast. A little bit of alcohol is mixed in too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slick on the palate, lightly carbonated with a dry finish. The flavor is sweet with notes of orange and lemon peel, bubble gum and corriander. Towards the end flavors of wheat and bready yeast move in. It finishes with some light fruity notes. Once gone the orange peel and corriander lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking Belgian style ale. Well balanced and not overly spiced.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 23:43:32 | More by WanderingFool
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Reagan1984 for sending this as an extra. Shared it at the January Goose Island BA Gathering. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass.

A - Pours with a few fingers of eggshell foam that features nice retention, and settles to a solid cap and glass-coating lace. The body is a hazed golden color.

S - Orange peel, tropical and stone fruits, coriander, pale doughy (pilsner?) malt. Between the fruit and malt characters I was almost convinced there was brett clausenii in here.

T - Taste is less exciting, with more yeast and wheat character and less of the awesome fruits. Finishes with that light acidic sourness that one gets from beers made with actual fruit.

M - Zesty, and a touch too highly carbonated. Medium-light body, with a dry, crisp finish.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. It's among the best witbier's I've had and I'd certainly have it again. All it really needs is a bit more punch in the flavor department. Very refreshing too!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 15:27:54 | More by MasterSki
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/30 at Deep Ellum
Served in a pilsner glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep yellow/light copper color with a two finger of white, sudsy, rocky head. Head recedes at a moderate pace and leaves nice thick wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is belgian spicing, light clove notes, and orange peel.

T: Taste starts nice and light with a strong orange peel presence. Orange peel blends in to wheat and yeasty notes. Finish has a touch of floral hoppiness to it.

M: Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, nice clean feel with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, quite tasty, not too filling, nice kick and nice representation of style. I'm enjoying everything that I come across with this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 14:47:48 | More by Jayli
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a chunky white head, slow fade, good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S: Lots of wheat and citrus, if I didn't know it was clementine I would have said orange, so close enough for me. Also a slight spice note as well.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, in a good way. Lots or orange flavor as well, some wheat and a little bit of malt rounds it out.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. A great summer beer for sure. Overall, very enjoyable and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 00:41:33 | More by mdaschaf
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Special thanks to Jayli for helping to dial in my Clown Shoes Fix!

A: Pours with a wonderful looking hazy clarity that ends up a glowing peach color. A thick and finely bubbled bright-white dallop of foam sets up top for about a minute before completely melting down to a thin collar and whispy skim. Carbonation is lazy and hardly a trace of lace was left behind.

S: Major citrus aroma. Orange zest, nectarine, lemon, and of course clementine. Traces of spice shine through as it warms as does the subtle peach and pine from the hops. Smells delicious.

T: Exactly as described as above with the additional flavor of some spicy yeast. Hints of bread and biscuit with a shake or two of white pepper.

M: Sweet and slightly tangy citrus that blends seamlessly with the spicy yeast and dry/roasty malt. Excellent spicy hop/white pepper sizzle on the tongue that I found way more compelling than normal for the style.

D: If I could buy a 1/6 barrel of this in IL, I would drink this all year round. It's that good.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:30:04 | More by GbVDave
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 of 5 Clown Shoes offerings that I've been asked to review.

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date. Brewed at Mercury Brewing.

Appearance: Beautiful golden hazy yellow with 1.5 inches of thick creamy bone-white head that recedes rather quickly.

Nose: Faint pilsner malt aromas, some light leafy hops buried underneath lots of coriander (almost smells like the seeds themselves, a little woody), and mixed citrus-basket fruitiness. Don't get much from the yeast, though.

Palate: Bright and crisp, almost sharp. Bitter orange peel, woodiness from the spices, a spring of acidity but that gets carried away by some hops. The carbonation shows itself briefly as a creaminess but plays only a minor role. Finish is a little more bitter than most White Ales.

Notes: A big, bold white ale. An interesting interpretation and I like the added bitterness, but don't find it obtrusive.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 02:01:22 | More by SFLpunk
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Julian's Providence

Appearance: 1 inch head, bright caution light yellow in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: wheat, strong citrus smell which I assume is the clementine

Taste: wheat and a super big citrus taste of orange, lemon, and clementine

Mouthfeel: very sweet, medium/high carbonation, light bodied, smooth

Drinkability: A great dessert beer. To me this is like a Blue Moon, if you remove the bitterness and amp up the sweet citrus. This is what I envision the style to be. I would get this again. A very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 20:48:36 | More by tigg924
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured to be a golden yellow with an orange tint. It had an inch or so of frothy head with moderate carbonation. The smell was very strong of citrus-orange, lemon, or assumably clementines. There was also a spicy aroma. It was light-medium bodied and was crisp and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 12:58:46 | More by Chincino
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the 4 in the current CS lineup. Again, an awesome thanks to Clown Shoes for letting me try their brews. 22oz bottle:

A: Super golden yellow with a humongous white head that fades at a very slow pace. Very good.

S: Smells of a very nice blend of rasspberry and citrus with some sugary malts in the middle and some faint banana and port notes. Some hop grapfruit scents hidden in there too. Very good.

T: I get a blend of citrus and light grapegruit upfront with a hint of white grape juice in the middle and some faint banana on the backend. Decent.

M: Medium bodied with a good carbonation. Good.

D: Goes down good.

All in all, this is a good brew. I have not tried much from the style, but it's good, but I'm not overwhelmed by it. I'd say, try it if you have access and like light session beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:33:00 | More by steve8robin
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a big bubbly white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is citrus, spices, coriander, yeast, and wheat.

T- Taste is wheat, citrus, coriander, yeast, a touch of hops that I most of missed in the nose and orange peel.

M- Medium in body and a good amount of carbonation.

D- Really easy to drink. A very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 20:35:34 | More by nrbw23
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plaid75

New York

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

On draft at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full wheat malt, fruity esters and orange.

The taste consisted of a chewy wheat, esters, sweet orange, pepper, some must and a touch of rind.

The mouthfeel was chewy and full.

Overall a complex and full bodied witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 18:40:26 | More by plaid75
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nickd717

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber as a trade extra thanks to jleblanc.

Pours clear golden with a small, fading white head.

The aroma is big on orange - or clementine i guess - with pale malt and faint Belgian yeast.

Sweet pale malt on the flavor, with Belgian yeast, clementine, wheat, and spice.

Medium-light bodied with average carbonation.

A decent beer. Wasn't too sure what to expect from this, but it was pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 00:16:56 | More by nickd717
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Clown Shoes pint glass

A - Nice hazy straw pour with a two finger white head that dissolved leaving no side lacing, with just a little bit of retention is enough to leave a thin white blanket of foam across the brew.

S - Nice typical bread/yeast aromas. Picking up some nice spice notes, has to be the corriander like the bottle states. Some big citrus aromas. Theres something more to it though, definately getting faint clementine peel.

T - Really strong citrus flavours. Some nice bready yeast quality as well as some light malts as well. Pleasant aftertaste of clementine peels.

M - Medium carbonation. Nice and refreshing on the pallet. A definate summer pleaser!

D - Just a really nice, refreshing Witbier curtousy of Clown Shoes. Out of the four beers these guys brew, I dont think they make a bad one. Each one has its own little spin on it and flavor assault. The strength of clementine oranges really makes this one pop.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 03:36:10 | More by rudzud
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tkelley

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a tall hefeweizen glass. Strong head that rose and dissipated quickly, leaving a light lace. Looked a beautiful light orange color, which you couldnt see through.

Smelled of citrus, coriander, and hops -- much stronger hops than normal witbiers.

Taste was fantastic, again strong citrus and hops flavor, with the former in the front of the mouth and the latter in the back, leaving a delightful bitter aftertaste.

Very fizzy in the mouth, almost like an old school orange soda. Really a pleasant sensation.

A very well done beer. Love the citrus plus hops flavor. Definitely could have a few of these on a nice warm day.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 23:22:23 | More by tkelley
Clementine from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.