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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
83
good

808 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 24
Gots: 76 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice intro to this brewery's beers. Nailed the style and then some.Unfiltered look.A little banana and yeasty. Good lacing, spicyness from cloves and corriander (cinammon and grains of paradise) and yes clementine/orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. A nice one.Thanks Dr. Jay for sending.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 05:17:04 | More by Sammy
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer pours a very pale straw color with golden highlights. It appears to be amply carbonated. A large, bubbly, thin head rises and takes over a third of the glass. The head retains itself for approximately 5 minutes before finally fading away. Very sparse lacing clings to the glass.

The nose is an attractive array of citrus fruits – very sweet smelling arrangement of lemon and orange. Maybe some banana in there as well. The added spices seem to be dominated by clove making this smell more of a hefeweizen than a white.

The taste is quite subdued and a letdown in comparison to the nose. It is faintly citrusy with more of a malt presence. The orange presents itself with more emphasis on the bitter rind than the sweet fruit. The finish is a bit floral and earthy, with slight hop bitterness. It isn’t really memorable in the least – in fact a bit thin and watery.

The carbonation is good, maybe just a bit too much. A bit too thin in this department as well.

Overall this is a decent example of the style, nicely spiced, but nothing spectacular. I guess I just don’t get all the hullabaloo about this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 00:46:32 | More by mjn5036
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drinkiusmaximus

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden with a fingers width soapy looking head slight retention and spotty lacing.

S-spicy coriander,hop,orange peel and yeast all fighting for the forefront. In the nose I can assume it is very well balanced.

T-floral hop and orange peel intermingle while the coriander creeps up on you. The yeasts make a play at the end but just leave a little dryness on the palate.

M-light to medium bodied nice and crisp well carbonated.

D-would have another if I had one..

Prost!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 01:57:15 | More by drinkiusmaximus
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled last week of January 2011.

22oz. bomber poured into a half liter mug. Initially a hazy golden orange, it becomes an opaque tan-orange with the yeast poured in. A finger of white foam rises, leaving smudges of spotty lace randomly in the glass. A skim across the surface remains constant.

Big orange and coriander aroma, dry and lightly spiced, not especially sweet in the nose.

Tangy orange, spicy coriander notes, some very minor leafy hops (Summit on the label) surface in the middle. Full bodied, with a dry aftertaste of coriander that lingers. Smooth wheaty body, spicing isn't overdone, and the bomber is no problem to finish. The orange notes are slightly bittersweet, more peel and pith than fruit. Fairly straightforward but with an interesting complexity. A nice warm weather refresher that i'll return to, hopefully will see this on tap around town.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:29:28 | More by emerge077
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Bottled March 2011.

A: Hazy light orange body. Big head that leaves some lacing.

S: Citrusy, floral, and yeasty.

T: Plenty of citric tartness. Also some sweetness. Slightly perfumey. Definitely Unibroue-esque, which is no surprise considering that it uses Chambly yeast.

M: Rather heavy for a wit. It's very heavily carbonated, though, so it balances out.

D: A really good American wit. Unfortunately, the weather's been pretty shitty the past few days, so I'm not as in the mood for a light refresher as I otherwise might be. I'll have to try this again in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:08:00 | More by BarrelO
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PBoegel

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly older bottle dated bottled Dec. 2010 poured into a Brooklyn Tulip.

Appealing slightly orangish color with a dense soapy bubble looking white to slightly beige head. Fairly effervescent.

Nose was light peppery spice, nice orange, clementine and tangerine tones. No hops and spicing was very moderate to low in the mix. Clean.

The flavor profile was very Saison like, a bit bigger than a traditional wit, with a touch of alcohol bite on the tongue, nice bit of oat/oily character. A flavorful touch of tropical citrus from orange to clementine to tangerine sits on the mid palate through the finish.

Medium carbonation with a good clean semi dry finish and a touch of lingering fruitiness.

Very good drinker, would seek out again. See it as an excellent fit to warmer weather with grilled fish and vegetables.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:32:17 | More by PBoegel
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Comes out an extremely hazy, unfiltered honey color. Thin amount of head with a solid ring around the glass. The nose hits you with a lot of Belgian yeast. A good amount of coriander and orange zest. The taste is a lot of the yeast again. Some banana and coriander that is usual with a white but a good amount of the clementine zest. There is some hop dryness and a faint bitterness that pops out at the very finish. A very light body with a lot of that American 2-row caramel along with a heavy amount of carbonation. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 13:45:46 | More by DrinkingDrake
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: yellow orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: wheat, citrus,

taste: orange, with a slight bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body, crisp

drinkability: a very nice and refreshing brew.

cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:38:19 | More by THECPJ
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jsh420

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours cloudy yellow gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that left no lacing

smells of orange spices bready malt and yeast

taste is very good lots of citrus orange peel - good amount of spice

mouthfeel was light low carbonation very smooth

drinkability is good could have better feel but the flavor and light body will make me pick this up again

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 00:02:44 | More by jsh420
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, citrus fruits, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, spices and bananas come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is very mild but both are where they should be for the style and bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very god lighter Belgian-style beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:53:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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wburch1967

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes Beers have been impressing me recently, so I thought I would give the white ale a shot. This is probably my least favorite of their beers, but I am not a huge fan of the style.

Hazy, big head that fell quick. The smell is of oranges and is very yeasty. The taste was much more bitter than I expected, but was balanced by a creamy mouthfeel and a nice belgian fruitiness.

I will try this agin when hot outside. Seems to be what it was designed for.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 21:31:57 | More by wburch1967
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
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%
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 +7.3%
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 +1.9%
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 +8.2%
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 +5.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +27.2%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 +24.5%
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 +1.4%
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 +6%
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 +16.3%
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
Clementine from Clown Shoes
83 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.