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Swagger - Clown Shoes


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very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%

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

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Phillyz on 07-31-2013)
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Photo of SmashPants


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a typically Clown Shoes-esque craft label.

Appearance: a cloudy dark amber in colour with orange highlights. Big carbonation visible. A one-finger off-white head with good retention and fantastic lacing.

Aroma: a sweet aroma of bread malts and yeast, citrus hops and tea leaves.

Taste: big citrus hops with some earth bitterness. The sweet bread malts linger in the back too. A fantastic tasting lager.

Aftertaste: again plenty of hop bitterness coming through, but it is very sweet and well-rounded, unlike some AIPAs for instance. Very nice.

Mouth feel: a moderate feel with a big carbonation to carry the flavour. Sweetness up front, smooth with a dryness on the finish.

Overall: well-rounded flavours, a sweet and bitter hop with good malt backing. Add a reasonable price and that this is different to your normal grain lager; definitely one of the better lagers I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 12:05:00 | More by SmashPants
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes Swagger has a medium, off-white head, a hazy, brown-red appearance, and some light lacing left on the glass. The aroma is rich- sweet bread crust, tea, and hop oil. Taste is of sweet brown bread crust, tea, and floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Clown Shoes Swagger finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and refreshing. Well, it’s a rather simple beer and overly hoppy for a lager (a style issue), but it’s also very delicious.


Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 23:55:47 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of a0lbudman


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-amber color with a large white head that lingers around and leaves a good lace
S-Hops is strong, but some malt comes in
T-At first you get the malt then you get a hop bitterness in the aftertaste that gives you a grapefruit and pine taste in there, and it lightens up in the end
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-great beer has a great hop taste and a malt background that I enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:39:07 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice brew from clown shoes. not sure why they are getting a bad rap out here in colorado, all of their stuff has been solid. red lager hopped aggressively. caramel color more amber than red, with over an inch of lacy white head, looks great. the nose is all lemon hops, citra probably, and maybe something for bitterness, because this is very bitter. the taste is malt first hops second, with a distinct lemon character all the way through. one of the first reds where hop bitterness trumps sweet malt and i really like it. soapy sudsy feel, really big for a lager, but it drinks clean in the finish. i think this is a great illustration of a well flavored and not boring lager. the hopping is done very well, and the mouthfeel is big for the style. these guys deserve some credit for making some really neat beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 16:00:13 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of wethorseblanket


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce bottle, dated 8/5/13.

A: Pours a hazy dark amber with a finger thick off-white head which leaves splotches and spots of lace.

N: Floral and herbal, citrus (orange and grapefruit) zest, some toffee malts.

T: Grainy malts, mildly sweet caramel, bready, faint grilled toast, wood/earthy.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Crisp and malty finish.

O: I've relearned the importance of looking for bottle dates very carefully before purchasing anything hoppy. The dry-hopping with Simcoe and Citra just wasn't there for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:57:56 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of Chico1985


3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is darkish amber with orange highlights. A beige ultrahead fills most of the glass, falls to a thick frothy fingers worth, leaving an abundance of lace.

Certainly lots of fruity hops in the scent with some pine and floral as well. Malts are big as well however with caramel and toastiness. Decent strength.

Taste follows suit, decent amount of hops and bitterness but good malts to back it up. Like the scent, noticeable grapefruit and citrus with some floral, pine/earthy qualities. The malts are a kinda on the sweet side for a lager, lots of candy caramel/toffee with just light toasted flavors on the finish.

Smooth, somewhat bigger and maltier than expected with lowish carbonation.

I've had this a few times now, good stuff. Nice hops but the sweetness of it detracts a little.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 01:40:05 | More by Chico1985
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a becker a clear deep bronze with a large blooming head that leaces two full rings of broken lace as it settles oh so slowly into a frothy mass.The Simcoe hops stand out in the nose along with caramel malts and mild toast,like a hopped up Vienna lager to me.Dryer on the palate with toasted grain,earthiness,and leafy hop goodness,a little more oomph from the leafy hops and it would bump up my score.A damn fine amber lager,a healthy dose of hops, and on the dryer side.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:28:21 | More by oberon
Photo of ISmith87


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 4.0 - Dark kind of hazy reddish brown color. Thick film of off white bubbles that leaves a nice lacing.

S - 3.5 - smells like caramel, saaz hops, bready malts, peppery,

T - 3.5 - peppery, bready malt taste, saaz hops, slight caramel in the background, not that great, but better than tasteless american lagers

M - 3.5 - light-medium, pretty bitter aftertaste, alc covered.

O - 3.5 - It's not that great. Little bit of a dirty/earthy taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:48:17 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Mikecap


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber with a finger of whitish lace that fades quickly to a spotty lace.

Smell: Citrus forward with grapefruit and lemon, a vegetal note, and a blend of hoppy notes. Almost reminiscent of a west coast IPA, but not as hoppy.

Taste: Lemon, grapefruit and peach up front are balanced by a hoppy backbone with pine and grass. Not overly malty as amber ales can be, thanks to a nice happiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth with a nice hop kick, but not overly bitter. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall: A quite solid beer from Clown Shoes that I would drink again. This bottle wasn't extremely fresh so I'd love to get my hands on something fresher.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:07:16 | More by Mikecap
Photo of DrDemento456


3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dirty amber brown with a solid 1/2 inch of head. Very sticky and stays around for a while.
S - Very hoppy and citrus forward heck I can smell it from my desk! Other than that it does have some distinct sweet malts. In a way it kind of smells like Nugget Nectar.
T - Kind of hollow so this may be a touch old. The hops are rather timid, some orange rind hop bitterness and malts do a pretty good job of balancing. It is quite good.
M - Light to medium in body. Goes down smooth.

Overall quite a good deal mixed and matched for $2.50 and I found it quite worth it. A great tasting hoppy red ale despite if its a few weeks or months old.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:50:29 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +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 light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. There are some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel that bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good hoppy representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:26:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of BigCheese


4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the 4 packs. Clown shoes always has cool labels. I think its their summer seasonal and its october but whatever.

A: Deep copper, big thick 1' head. Some great sticky lacing.

S: A little light, some roasted molasses and toffee malts, some piney-citrus hops.

T: Hoppier than the smell. Well balanced. A nice earthy, spicey, with some tropical notes too. Solid malt body with some english malts with toffee, nutty, and caramel notes. Some tea like bitterness from red malts.

M: Lively, high carbonation, smooth, easily drinkable. I like.

O: This would make a great everyday drinker. Great beer to pair with any meal, not too overwhelming, but interesting and tasty. I suspect fresh it would be way hoppier, I'll try it next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:27:04 | More by BigCheese
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Bottled 8/5/13.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earthy citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the hop profile in this one is quite earthy.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:45:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a deep copper color with a chill haze.
SMELL: Pine, resin, tropical, very nice hop character in the nose.
TASTE: Has a strong hop flavor and bitterness. Pine, grapefruit and citrus zest. Mild faintly nutty malt note but mainly hoppy, with the citrus flavor and pine.
FEEL: Medium bodied brew with a good level of carbonation.
OVERALL: A very hoppy, citrusy amber ale. Quite tasty and worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 19:27:27 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of CrazyDavros


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows tropical fruit including melon and fruit confectionery alongside some sweet clean malt.
More fruity hops as flavours with big confectionery notes. Also a fair whack of sweet clean malt before an aggressive but balanced bitterness enters.
Could use more carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 08:30:30 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of DoubleJ


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Swagger is free stuff that you get from a trade show, NOT the $100,000 gold necklaces that lazy hip-hop artist wear. Clown Shoes chose to go the latter, showing a peacock stepping out of his expensive car in his plush driveway with his girl on the passenger side. At $2.99 per 12 ounce bottle, this beer could be considered swagger. Hoping for good. On to the beer:

Dark red/crimson colored brew and topped with a thick head which gives off frothy lace. I like the toastiness worked in the aroma. Very toasty and it seems to be a spice to it. Lightly sweet. Crusty. Floral. This could be good.

I expected a good toasty flavor following the aroma, and I got it. With the supporting cast built around it, Clown Shoes has a winner. Pleasantly toasty with a little sweetness, backed up with carmelized malt, a distinct hop juice akin to melon. A kiss of pine adds another layer to this very fun beer. It's medium/full bodied and surprisingly soft texture, but with a gentle jolt of carbonation.

It's hard enough to find a variety of red lagers, and even harder to find one which stands out. Clown Shoes nailed this one. Too bad it's brewed as a summer beer, because honesty I could see this working during the winter season too.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:28:28 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, amber coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a thin, sparse, off-white surface coat of head. Aromas of tangy sweet caramel, resiny and piney hops, grapefruit and mango sweet, and a subtle roasting. Flavors are roast and rich caramel sweet forward, with a very quick hops bitterness to follow. Tropical fruit notes combine with the piney notes to balance the rich, sweet backbone. Light, effervesced body keeps this beer very drinkable, with a tangy, tropical sweet aftertaste. Clean, effervescent finish with a subtle drying. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 16:37:10 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of corby112


3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark copper color with burnt orange edges and a one finger frothy, off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Pretty good retention with streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Very bland aroma with lager yeast notes, spicy and earthy hops, and prominent sweet malts. This beer is dry hopped with Citra and simcoe but the hop presence in the nose is almost undetectable. Slightly spicy witj very subtle grass and pine character but lacking complexity in the hop profile. Slightly floral but really boring with some sweet caramel malt, toffee and cracker-y malt.

On the fuller end of medium bodied and a bit more complex than expected. Thankfully, the hop presence is stronger and more interesting than the aroma hinted toward. Some dank,sticky bitterness with resinous oils, pine needle and grass followed by a subtle summit/onion presence before the malt backbone comes in. Sweet caramel flavor along with toffee, hazelnut, some dark fruit, biscuit and graham cracker. Well balanced, flavorful and decently drinkable. Nothing too exciting going on her but it's a interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 05:58:36 | More by corby112
Photo of micromaniac129


3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well it pours a burnished blood orange amber with a thin fizzy head. Lot's o' carbs in a hazy body of fluid.
The aroma is hoppy but I pick up no tropical or citrus hops. Just wet and dank.
The taste is hoppy and bitter. The malts have a grainy taste.
I didn't really like this one. It seems rushed or not thought out.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 12:12:29 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ADZA


3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good name and pours a dirty orange amber hue with a two finger head packed full of little bubbles and lacing as far as the eye can see,woah the smell is defjbately different almost smells infected like a weird mix of blood orange,chicken pieces,stone fruit and jelly definitely unique and obviously that's the smell as on taste it's not infected it starts off with orange marmalade,plum jam,some roasty malts that give a nice medium body and finished with a citrus piney smooth bitterness and overall yeah easy to drink but nothing to make me come back cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 09:08:42 | More by ADZA
Photo of 57md


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear reddish-copper with more than a finger of head that lingered a bit and left intricate lace in its wake. The nose is quite hoppy for a lager. The flavor profile is dominated by hops, as well. There is not much malt to balance out the hoppiness - my only real concern.

Good, but not quite true to style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 04:36:26 | More by 57md
Photo of gatornation


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

A- pours a hazed amber color with a nice 2 finger head and good lacing thru-out
S- dank hops smells of pine and tropics with caramel malts
T- dank citra hops a musty earthy hop profile with notes of floral citrus and pine followed by malt and bread
M- creamy but full bodied with hops but still very drinkable on the session side
O- loads of flavor could drink the whole 4-pk again its dank and full bodied but also creamy delicious

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:29:57 | More by gatornation
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Swagger pours a pale amber color with a finger of frothy white head.

A good bit of hops in the nose. Tropical aromas, pine and some juiciness first. Citra is evident in musty, earthy notes. Sturdy malt backbone keeps hops in check.

Less fruitiness compared to nose with citra becoming more prevalent. Dry dankness, pine again, malty sweetness.

Slappy and a bit sticky with a dry, bitter finish.

Pretty good citra-centric brew. Nothing short of a "hoppy red ale."

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:22:08 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of justintcoons


4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy reddish-amber with 2 fingers of off-white head. Low carbonation and good retention.

Dough, bread, pineapple, pine, lemon and tangerine.

Very doughy and bready malts with a good dose of honey. The sweetness is complimented by balanced notes of pine, tangerine and lemon with nuances of pineapple.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Super-clean and delicious. This is a downright stellar Red Lager. This deserves to be at the top of its class. Thank you, Clown Shoes!

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 14:25:23 | More by justintcoons
Photo of JayQue


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good robust Red/Amber Ale. Pours a bright copper color with a good sized off white head and good lacing. Head retention is better than average. Nice hoppy aroma...the citra and simcoe hops are a nice combination. Good strong citrus aroma with some floral and earthy highlights.

Taste is more of the same. Good hoppy presence....bitter without being a real headshrinker but with some balancing caramel malts. This is not one of those bland, too-sweet red ales/lagers.

Mouthfeel is rich (for a lager) crisp and nicely bitter.

The session police say that 6% abv is not a session beer, but a few pitchers of this with friends would be very welcome. A good everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 23:57:16 | More by JayQue
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Swagger from Clown Shoes
86 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.