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Clementine - Clown Shoes

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very good

273 Reviews

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 1,070
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 24.2%
Wants: 44
Gots: 180 | 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 brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled last week of January 2011

A - Opaque golden with fluffy white head.

S - Coriander, orange peel, light spice, wit yeast and some grainy wheat.

T - Spicy coriander, orange, clementine, sweet grainy malt at first transitioning into a tart tang. Nice balance of orange, spice and wheat malt.

M - Medium body, a little heavier than I was expecting with a very dry finish.

D - Perfect after working outside all day. Tasty summer beer.

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Photo of wschmit
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. Bottled last week of January 2011.

A: Big, airy white head atop a hazy, vaguely orange gold body rife with effervescence. Perhaps a touch dark for the style, but still lovely.

S: Wheat, slightly grassy hops, and abundant sweet/bitter orange. Perhaps a bit more coriander would be nice, but this is probably a bit old for that, sadly. Still, great nose.

T: Very much like its namesake clementine--sweet, citrusy, and a touch bitter up front, with some light bready wheat and yeast and a bit of hops in the end. There's some coriander in the middle as well, which I couldn't find in the nose. Well executed.

M: Solid carbonation means this trips sprightly along the tongue. I might even call it overcarbonated. Otherwise, the body is just right for the style--just a bit thick, but not enough to weigh you down on a hot day.

O: Very well executed beer overall. Orange pairs well with this style, and if you're going to add fruit/essence, you might as well do it successfully. This beer achieves that. Quite good.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes slowly leaving some lacing and a small fluffy crown on top.

The smells are spices, Clementine orange, and some honey. The spices I pick up are clove, coriander, cinnamon, and some vanilla. Very interesting aroma, it smells almost like tea brewing.

The taste is very interesting. Clementine oranges, clove and cinnamon possibly from the use of Belgian yeast, and a creamy light honey. This is definitely unique and interesting, I quite like it.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth, the carbonation is lively but not overly strong, and the finish is light and crisp.

Overall I really like this beer, there is so much going on. The malt backbone really let's the flavors shine through. There is a nice spice like a Belgian blonde, some nice citrus orange, and a creamy smoothness that all blends well together. A really nice beer to have out on the deck on a summer day and watch the sun set with.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color with a very light haze to it, good sized white bubbly head that fades at a fair rate, not too much lacing though, bits of sediment.

Smell has a huge spicy aroma, picking up quite the yeasty kick to it coupled with clove, coriander and a bit of orange zest.

Taste is light and crisp, high carbonation per the style that fills up the mouth with bubbles, flavors primarily coriander and spicy Belgian yeasty character with an aftertaste of orange.

Witbiers tend to be easy to drink and this one is no different, I enjoy the larger presence of orange which adds a refreshing citrus element. This would be a great choice for summer drinking.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another new one i was very happy to be able to acquire recently along with several other clown shoes beers. really just a great and light beer.

his one poured out a very nice, and very bright golden yellow. Lots of cloudiness and haze in here, as there should be for the style. Some nice sediment pooling on the bottom as well. Nice one inch high head of white that fizzled out quickly but left behind a copious amount of side glass lacing.

The aroma was on the lighter side of things, lots of spices, wheat and grass like smells coming together nicely. A hint of lemon zest or orange peels in there as well, brightening it up very nicely. The flavor was superb for the style. Lots of coriander and spices running through it, a touch of clove and an almost banana like flavor in the middle. Lots of fresh grass as well in the finish. Wonderful body on this one was chewy most of the time and really just came across very well. Great carbonation kept it lively throughout.

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bottle, date Late April, 2011. The beer pours a hazy straw color with a thick head and decent lace. The smell is fairly complex. I detect orange, bananas, spice (coriander?), and a pleasant bready smell. The taste is the best part of the beer. You can actually taste a hint of clementine, as well as a pithy orange flavor, and then a good bit of spice and a light wheat body. The beer is well carbonated and more dry than most wheat beers. Great beer for a hot day of yard work.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into two goblets. Thanks for BennyL1 for this. I split it with my wife, as she's a witbeer drinker. This is as much her opinion as mine.

Appearance - Hazy straw color. Opaque. Big head, but it's gone instantly. No lacing at all.

Smell - It smells intriguing. Orange smell with some spice. Some yeastiness.

Taste - The taste isn't bad for the style, but it's not much. Again, orange peel flavor with some spiciness. I can't specify which spices, really, but that's probably my palate's fault more than the beer's. It has some hop bitterness in the midrange that becomes apparent when the aromatics die off.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation that drops off quickly. The finish is extremely dry, which is par for the style I guess. Light bodied.

Overall - Well, it has good flavor for a witbeer. But it's a witbeer. Refreshing with a nice flavor and quite a good aroma, but not anything jaw-dropping.

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Photo of boralyl
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled March 2011. Pours a small white head into a pint glass that fades fairly quickly leaving little lace. The beer is a pale straw color with a slight haze.

S - The nose contains light orange, some peppery spices and the typical Belgian yeast aroma.

M - Light in body with active carbonation and a creamy finish.

T - The taste is very similar to the nose. It begins with orange and coriander followed by some pepper. The Belgian yeast character shows up towards the end and lasts into the finish.

Can't knock this beer, it's very good for the style. I'm very interested in trying their other offerings.

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Photo of ebby82
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light color into a pint glass. A very substantial head which takes quite some time to settle.

A- Wheat like aroma, a bit of the spices, but not much.

T- Again, wheat, a faint taste of orange peel and or other spices, but not very strong.

M- Crisp and clean, with a nice carbonation.

O- A tasty if not extraordinary version of the style. Definitely refreshing.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Nugget Nectar pint glass.

App: Murky and unsettled yellowish body with about two fingers of frothy white, chunky head an reasonable lacing.

Smell: a nice bouquet of orange and coriander rule the scent, but nothing that really stands out.

Taste: Fruity, with nice citrus and malty notes. Very well balanced in taste.

MF: Very light yet complex, a great summer time vice here.

OA: Great summer brew, easily enjoyed in the sweaty months, I wish my cup holder on the riding mower was big enough to hold a bomber. I wish Clownshoes would put their stuff in cans.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into an allagash wit glass, the beer is a hazed orange-golden in color, topped with a layer of off-white carbonation that recedes to a healthy ring

s: the combination of summit hops and orange citrus peel creates a great tangerine/orange effect in the aroma, balanced but clearly present, very genuine, lightly herbal, it's a near perfect compliment to the clean, slightly sweet wheat and pale malt body, coriander is used lightly to good effect, some yeast, great start

m: carbonation on the high side of medium, very lively and refreshing, with a body

t: lightly sweet wheat body, biscuity pale malt notes, great citrus rind flavor - sweet "orange" fruits like tangerine, clementine, and, uh, orange, light coriander, citrusy herbs, drying nicely to a crisp and refreshing but still flavorful finish

o: really like this one, the citrus character is awesome, and everything in good balance, drinks great

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Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made with clementine, orange peel, coriander, and summit hops.

a: The body was a cloudy, dark, straw colored yellow. It poured with a large, uneven white cap. Unfortunately the head quickly dissipated, making it difficult for me to form a relationship with this beer.

s: Perhaps this isn't the aroma of a traditional wit, but this is very appealing. More orange than I recall ever smelling with hints of coriander and a nice blanket of spot-on yeast. There is a surprisingly strong hop presence that I'm having difficulty finding an adjective for. The abundant citrus make me want to call it citric, but maybe that is actual citrus. Regardless, it noticeable.

t: Again, not traditional but it works. Sweet, gentle orange and yeasty phenols up front give way to a drier finish of orange rind and light coriander. I also noticed a fairly pronounced hop bite that I can't quite describe.

m: Chewy with spritzy carbonation.

o: I haven't enjoyed a wit this much in a long time. This was refreshing and tasty as hell even if it is a bit different. I'm very eager to try more from these guys.

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Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual witbier because of the orange and bitter orange aspect. Still a winner though!!!

Pours a cloudy darker-than-straw gold color with a good size delicate, bubbly white head. Lacing is thick, head retention pretty good.

I got very little aroma from this beer. Unusual in that most witbiers have a fairly strong aroma.

Luckily the lack of aroma did not carry over to the flavor. This beer has many aspects of a good witbier. Yeasts used are prominent in the taste. There are spices: coriander and cloves and a mild lemony flavor. To this basic witbier mix, there is an additional orange flavor and some orange peel bitterness in the finish. It works!!! and doesn't take away from the beer.

Mouthfeel is rich like a good witbier or hefe.

Overall a good beer, maybe not a classic witbier flavor, but the orage addition is imaginative and works pretty well. A good summertime, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/18/11
*From notes

A: Foggy daylight amber. Like a smoggy day in LA, it's slightly golden and hazy. A 1.5 finger head on a reasonable pour. It dies quickly and leaves little to no lacing. It actually appears rather soapy.

S: Ripe banana and orange zest. An injection of hops are faint but detectable to a knowing nose.

T: Hints of mango and a light hoppy bite on the fore. A bit of liquid smoke (which I find typical in wits) overwhelms everything on the mid and eventually mellows off to a mild clotted cream finish. Once I've introduced the sediment, I notice a much stronger (and preferable) dose of orange rind. The bitter hops intertwine with the orangey essence and they end up creating a very strong profile of juicy pink grapefruit. How odd, yet all together amazing.

M: Thin. I can't believe I'm saying this for a Clown Shoes brew (which always knock the mouthfeel out of the proverbial park), but this is the beer's weak link. Even for the style it's nowhere near the top of the pecking order. A dissapointment.

O: I should stress that I'm not a fan of wits, but I am a fan of Clown Shoes. Therefore I felt it only right to check this one out.

I can say that for the style, this is one of the better interpretations I've had, and if ever in the mood for a wit, I'll reach for a Clementine. If you're an avid wit or hefe drinker, I'd certainly recommend you check this one out.

*Paired (extremely well) with a homemade breakfast scramble and a peach jam covered English muffin

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clementine is my first beer from Clown Shoes. I was in the mood for a wheat on a fairly nice Spring night.

Clown shoes has a hazy, cloudy, bright yellow body with a pretty big white head. Retention and lacing are both ok.

The aroma has coriander, a ton of orange peel, grain and wheat. Also a good bit of hops come through.

Clementine: an American Wit? Clementine has all of the trappings of a solid Belgian style wit, but it adds a pretty good flavor from American hops. In the beginning, flavors from the malt come through with lots of wheat twang and just a hint of grain. Next comes peppery coriander and a very assertive orange peel flavor that is certainly stronger than the coriander, and probably rivals the wheat/malt base itself. The finish is where things get interesting, with a good dose of orange and a hint of grapefruit from bitter, American hops.

Medium bodied, well-carbonated and a bite of bitterness in the finish.

Typically hoppy Belgians aren't my thing, and this certainly isn't within the bounds of the wit style, but it is still well-integrated, playing the hops and the orange peel off of each other nicely.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of mjn5036
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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..


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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of PBoegel
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.



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Photo of jsh420
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Clementine from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.