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Clementine 1.5 - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
85
very good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%


Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

When you beat down a hot day with a Clown Shoe, but the heat boomerangs back, counter with beer karate: drink Clementine 1.5.

(Beer added by: Dope on 07-12-2012)
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a weizen.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 2+ finger, tight, bubbly, white head. Settles very slowly, leaving dry sticky residue behind as it does. Continually rising effervescence is present.

S: Wheat, orange, and lemon citrus.

T: Wheat forward. Orange liqueur. A little bitter citrus pith.

M: Thick and syrupy. Coppery, bitterness lingers on the palate throughout. Boozy. High alcohol is evident. A bit biting.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Deep golden hue, substantial head, and some nice spiderweb lacing. Nose is wheat and citrus. Wheat and boozy orange and lemon sweetness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:26:19 | More by bmwats
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden to orange body beneath the foamy white head which dissolves fairly quickly to leave a scattered lacing clinging to the glass.

Aroma is very abundant and varies depending on temperature. Up front it offers wheat, yeast, and grass but as it warms it becomes increasingly citrusy with generous orange peel, lemongrass, pepper, and coriander.

The flavoris fairly citrusy with generous orange and lemon complimented by grass notes, a touchif black pepper, and yeast.

Medium to lighter on body with medium carbonation and a semi sweet, drying finish.

A nice wit and aptly name for the focus on the clementines throughout the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 23:54:58 | More by CHADMC3
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with lots of carbonation and immediate smell of orange peel and yeast and is a cloudy, hazy light yellow.
Taste is subtle fruit, yeast and a rolling bubble feel in across the mouth. This beer is very refreshing for a spring or summer day given its light body and I'm surprised its no longer being made and looking forward to trying the regular "clementine"

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 11:51:32 | More by alaimoa
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber with a white head.
Strong coriander on the nose alongside doughy wheat and subtle orange peel. Very herbal. Peppery too.
Flavours focus more on the citrus but there's still a big herbal coriander note and doughy wheat. The coriander seems excessive.
Needs a lighter body and more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 09:19:09 | More by CrazyDavros
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I missed this one yesterday, but it's been taken down by me this time... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly-glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, coriander, light clove, very light black pepper, cracked wheat, and a hint of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with a decent contingent of bitter and alcoholic orange peel. The alcohol is certainly present, but it's not really a negative factor here. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a surprisingly good imperial wit, one that overshadows the original for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 23:13:38 | More by TMoney2591
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours clear. A deep golden color. Head is mild and white. Barely fully formed. Light lacing rings are left behind on the glass.

S-Very concentrated yeastiness. Spicy too. Moderate wheat notes pop up. The yeast smells of Belgian bloodlines. Dusty citrus flesh.

T-The yeast strikes first and leads into lots of wet wheat and miscellaneous spices. Tangy citrus notes are paired with a light grassy hoppiness. A bit of hay as well.

M-Medium to full in body. Soft carbonation.

O/D-I liked the normal Clementine better. This one is pretty cool but the flavors don't mesh with much effectiveness.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 21:44:59 | More by VelvetExtract
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer served in a Clown shoes shaker pint, check my twitter feed for the photo. Pint glass was a gift from the brewery. Thanks! At the time of this review, this is #50 on the "Top Beers - Witbier" list on beeradvocate.com. I thought this beer was good for a huge witbier.

Beer is amber with a lot of haze, a white head of small bubbles, low retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, mildly citrus.

Beer is nice and light in body, a little heavier than expected but I imagine for an 8% beer, this is probably about as light as you can get it without it getting boozy, the alcohol is hidden quite well. Nice finish, some citrus, orange and lemon flavors. A decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 16:09:44 | More by drabmuh
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, pale golden orange color with banana yellow edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Looks really nice.

Sweet citrus aroma with peppery spice, earthy hops and bready yeast. The tropical/citrus presence is much more noticeable in this version with hints of blood orange, grapefruit and mango countered by grassy, floral hop notes as well as some pepper, coriander and bread.

Medium bodied with a strong peppery spice and earthy hop presence that lingers over the sweet citrus fruit notes and bready yeast into a slightly tart, dry finish. The citrus presence is stronger here than in the regular version with hints of orange, tangerine and mango, but it's still overpowered a bit too much by dry, peppery coriander and earthy hops. Subtle bready yeast and a pale malt backbone for balance but just a touch to heavy on the spices and hops for my liking. The high ABV is very well hidden making it decently drinkable but I wish it was just a bit better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 08:10:55 | More by corby112
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at The Ugly Moose

Clementine 1.5 in the glass has a light golden look with some specs of hazed orange as well. A cap of white stuff with moderate lacing. Smell is ripe off the tap with wheat, some citrus and orange at the forefront. some faint pale malt in the back. Taste is a wheat beer on the fruitier side. Some faint orange, peach, clementine flavor with wheat and a touch of coriander. Citrus rind with some ummppphhh. Feel is pretty light bodied with a nicely done up carb. I could go for a pint of this in the summer, but would prefer the regular version as I don't see a major difference between the two taste wise, while the regular version has less alcohol, making me go further in life.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 21:07:25 | More by BARFLYB
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jsanford

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-yellow with a dense white head. Very juicy aromas, lots of orange zest/juice with a touch of banana and clove from the Witbier yeast. Taste is similarly juicy, lots more orange, banana, wheat, and spicy yeast. Smooth mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Overall another great Clown Shoes beer, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 22:23:30 | More by jsanford
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of orange, lemon and spices that are quickly followed by the breadiness of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. It really tastes almost the same as the original version with a bit more alcohol. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good higher-octane Witbier to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 00:02:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4oz sample
On tap at TJ's in Paoli, PA

A: Hazy bright yellow orange color. The head was about a finger right away but then faded. Sticky lacing.

S: Lots of Belgian yeast on the nose. Tons of coriander and clove and maybe some orange peel. Pulling that wheat too.

T: It's a beefed up wheat brew. The coriander and clove are very pronounced. There is a strange off putting flavor in the middle of the mouth. Fairly dry finish.

M: Light to medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 14:05:02 | More by inlimbo77
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with some haze. Carbonation hangs around the outside of the glass. Smell is hard to place with some citrus and sweet notes. The flavor is a winner - could be considered an imperial wheat beer - clementine flavor comes through a bit sweeter. A hint o alcohol on the back end.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 21:29:45 | More by Oakenator
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 5.99. Bottled 07/12. Served on a goblet. 

Pours a cloudy orangey yellow with 2.5 fingers white head that quickly dissipates, leaving very little lacing.

Sweet aromas of orange, wheat and cloves. 

Taste follows the nose, and quite smoothly. Orange, wheat, spice, peel and grass. Nice, sweet, refreshing blend with only a hint of the alcohol.

Medium heavy feel. Tingly carbonation. Long sweet orange peel finish.

I'm not a fan of wit/ wheat beers but this is good stuff. Drinks almost like a wheatwine with the heavy feel and big sweet flavors. I might have to try aging a bottle to see if it continues to develope like a wheat wine. 

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 19:25:56 | More by ThickNStout
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babbules

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer matches its name. It has a bright orange, yet hazy color with a great citrusy smell. A decent white head and little lacing, but a wonderful sweetness that was pleasant. Finishes with oranges. Somehow, it manages to still be light and refreshing even though it's packing some pretty big alcohol. Overall, this is probably the best fruity beer I've had in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 23:27:46 | More by babbules
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bmoriarty

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into half pint tasting glass.

Pours a hazy orange color, somewhat frothy white head that disappears quickly, no lacing at all.

Nose is yeasty, fruity, and alcoholic. Orange, maybe coriander and lemon. Refreshing, but nothing jumps out either.

Taste matches up to the smell fairly well. Crisp and refreshing (at first), but also like the smell nothing jumps out. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly.

Honestly, it's a white ale, just MORE of it. There's nothing to set it apart. It's good, I really enjoy white ales. But I think the extra flavor - and, more importantly, the extra alcohol - seem to fight against the best characteristics of a white ale. In other words, good but not great. I enjoyed it, but will stick to regular white ales for now.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:58:46 | More by bmoriarty
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Brad007

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild orange with cloudy blonde notes and a one-finger head.

Chock full of orange and grapefruit in the nose. Perhaps a bit of alcohol as well on the nose. Mostly citrus.

More like Clementine Squared. Very clean upfront with citrus and clove mainly.

Ditto on mouthfeel. The alcohol adds a kick of sorts but not much else.

If you really, really, REALLLYY like this style, here you go.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:09:52 | More by Brad007
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium yellow/orange color with a soft white head. The aroma was yeasty, bread crusts, light citrus fruits, wheaty, herbal with a hint of musk and phenols. Tastes of sweet citrus, a hint of alcohol, yeasty, bready esters, wheat and flowers. The feel had a bit of a creamy feel, full bodied for the style, likely thanks to the elevated abv.

All in all, it's not bad at all, though I've never found a double wheat that was awesome and still had that refreshing Wit quality. For me, the higher abv and body detract from that. Still, good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 23:18:02 | More by EgadBananas
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with a big billowing slightly off-white head. Fades slowly, leaving nice lacework all over the glass.

S: Strong and intensely fruity. Loaded with orange, lemons and a little banana. Grainy and bready malt backs it up nicely. Lightest hint of grass? Nice refreshing aroma.

T: Strong bready malt pervades. Orange and a hint of lemon. Spicy, mainly black pepper along with the earthiness towards the finish. A touch of grass in the finish. More grainy bread lingers between sips.

M: Medium bodied, has a heavier grainy type astringency to it. A little drying.

O: This is a tasty brew but unfortunately the heavy bready malt dominates. I like witbiers to be lighter and refreshing. With all the bread and graininess it overshadows the lighter and fruitier refreshing flavors. Similar problem afflicts Southampton Double White in my opinion. I personally feel that the comfort zone for witbiers is in the 4.x to 5.x (maybe 6.x) range. Though I did think Jan De Lichte was great and it was 7.0. 8.0 seems to be pushing it too far unfortunately.

Don't get me wrong, I think Clementine is a tasty and underrated brew. This one is a bit too much though.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:21:19 | More by Dope
Clementine 1.5 from Clown Shoes
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.