Clown Shoes

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Ranked #25
Ranked #15,063
3.9 | pDev: 8.72%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: Crunkle Sam, tired of being a mer anomaly as a most refreshing summertime Barleywine Ale, targeted a German beer style and bastardized it. He had us brew a traditional Kolsch, but made us add all natural mango flavor. Warning: This beer is NOT Reinheitsgebot!
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Ahypercube from California

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this from the Total Wine & More in Reston, VA. Yummy stuff. I don't get to try Clown Shoes often. Grabbed some Galalctica too.

Pours with an almost transparent golden body and a one-finger eggshell white head. Creative and colorful can art.

Aromas of mango and golden apple up front with hints of lemon and yellow peach and a biscuit malt base. A faint metallic note is in there that I don't like, but there's a nice sourdough presence to keep it foody.

The bready base is much more noticeable on the palate. The mango also comes through very clearly, bringing apple and pineapple flavors in its wake. The bready flavor of Kölsch beer holds everything together nicely, like sourdough toast with mango chutney.

There's a nice tart crispness to the finish, but the body of this beer is a little heavier than the style is made for, although it appears to have been even heaver in the past, since my can reads an ABV of 5.5%, while this listing currently reads 6.5%.

Very not Reinheitsgebot; very delicious. More candy beer for those who don't like bitterness. Prost!

Oct 15, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this came out during the Gose slash/and Kolsch boom that lingered around 2014-15. diving into the mango experience feet first with a rad devil horn hand expression set this puppy apart and seems to have inspired quite a few to follow in its path to awesomeness. if this sounds like a Harry Potter blurb in the wizarding world newspaper when they all liked him it's because it kinda-spiritually is. sipping on it now, it is easy to remember a time when Kolsch was folk-chic and mango was strangely overlooked in the brewing landscape.

4 endearing points to Gryffindor for finding Snape's old textbook and using it to do cool things and such. Hazahhh

Aug 11, 2020
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The two finger head goes away almost immediately and leaves behind some lacing in small patches. It's a slightly hazy bright gold color.

Smell: It's a strong, overly sweet aroma of artificial mango flavoring and that's pretty much it.

Taste: It's just sweet with a mango hard candy flavor followed by a touch of grainy, malt sweetness in the background. There's a soft bitterness in the aftertaste but it's not enough to provide any character or really make things interesting.

Mouthfeel: It's light, refreshing and moderately creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall: It's not bad, but the mango flavor feels artificial and the rest of the beer is nothing to write home about either.

Jun 30, 2020
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entheos from California

3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Just a sweet brew that would be better as a fruit. Great name, but disappointing brew. Need something more toasty and sensational to gain a higher rating.

Jan 11, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/6/19

Pours a lightly hazed out orange with a white head that reduces to a ring with pretty good lacing

Aroma is full of fruit and hops, definitely mango, with other tropical fruits like banana. The hops are aromatic for sure, akin to a standard west coast IPA, very fresh. A light funk appears too

The taste unfortunately dumbs down the complexity of the aroma and it’s basically just hops. Not offensive, but I don’t taste much of the fruit, but it’s still juicy

A little flatter than I was expecting sadly, it kept it from being refreshing. Still drinks light and crisp as a kölsch should, but not what I was expecting

I was expecting more here, but this wasn’t all that bad. Knowing Clown Shoes I was hoping for something a bit more robust, but this’ll have to do

Jan 06, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes Beer "Mangö American Kölsch"
12 fl.oz. can, coded "pkg 04/08/19"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Although they've used the term Kölsch at least they've added the word American to it, and while not on the label itself, they have clearly states that this is a bastardized version of a German Kölsch. I appreciate that. So, the beer, it's got a clear dark golden body beneath a short cap of creamy white foam. It's actually got fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity! I find the mango in the aroma, and although it's not that bright, and is mixed with a little bit of that 'entering a candleshop aroma', it's pretty good. It's clean and inviting. The flavor works in the same way. There's some mango to it but then there's also some lightly grainy malt. I'm not finding hops but I wouldn't really expect to, and I certainly can't taste the fruity yeastiness with the mango flavoring there. It's not that bitter, somewhere around 20 to 25 IBUs, and that's enough to perfectly balance it. I'm glad they didn't over-do the mango, it seems exactly right on to me. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently crisp and then smooth. So, no real surprises here other than that it's done better than you or I might have thought it would be. If you're a fan of mango you could probably drink this all year 'round, but I'd reserve it as a summer beer.
Review #6,719

Sep 26, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Haven't had many from Clown Shoes, but this one has to be one of their best...

A very light and clear amber colored brew with light foam and no lacing, to match the light scent of mango and hops that meets your nose. The carbonation is light as well, but that were all this "lightness" ends. The taste is so smooth, so crisp, and blended well between hops, malt, and the mango flavor. I have to admit, the writing on the can made me pause thinking this was light a flavored cooler, but from Clown Shoes I should always think different. A great surprise from one of those brewers I always keep an eye out for.

Jul 23, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mangö has a very thick, off-white head, a clear, slightly bubbly, golden appearance, with some glass lacing. The aroma is of subtle mango, with some pale malts. Taste is similar, with noticeable, yet pleasant hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Mangö finishes pretty crisp and refreshing. RJT

Jul 11, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent bar poured head initially but it dies off completely leaving no lace. Clear, darker gold color.

The smell is lightly fruity, like the real stuff, not malty fruitiness from a typical Kölsch. Light bubblegum notes to the nose as well.

The flavor is rich with a degree of sweetness I wasn't expecting. The body is very rich. I wouldn't know there was mango in this beer except for the title. There's a stronger hop presence than the style suggests. It makes for a decently balanced beer.

Jun 23, 2019
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light amber/yellow cololur. Smells like pale malts, slightly sweet, earthy hops, and a hint of mango. Tastes light, bitter, earthy hops, pale malts, sweet malt undertones, and a faint hint of juicy mango. Crisp and refreshing.

Jun 14, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange/mango color. Aroma was fresh mango, malty bread with the taste being similar. There is a bitterness to the taste but it is mild and overall pleasant. Body was a bit thick in a good way with what seemed a decent amount of carbonation. Overall it was an excellent beer for sitting outside as the sun goes down which is how I enjoyed it

Jun 08, 2018
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft, poured a hazy, straw color typical of the style. Taste was slightly hoppy and malty with a huge mango/citrusy aftertaste. Extremely drinkable, the perfect summer beer!

Jan 07, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale yellow gold with a 2 finger head, fluffy with lots of nice legs and lace left behind.

Aromas of mango extract, rice, and pilsner malt.

Flavor is bright mango, citrus, and then a very formidable sharp Saaz presence with slight herbal bitterness as well, with a fierce crackery malt, finishing on remaining bitterness and citrus rinds.

Feel is nicely carbonated, with a soft creaminess and a firm back bone. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall, a bit too bitter for a Kolsch, but then on second thought I respect the nice hop presence. It's not shy at all. This is far from a fruit beer - it's more like an in-your-face Kolsch supplemented with mango and citrus.

Dec 30, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow body with a foamy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of mango. Tastes of malts and fruit. Citrus sweet up front with mango and a hint of hoppy bitterness at the finish.

Nov 15, 2017
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scottyshades from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Candied mango and faint bready malt on the nose. Fresh cut grass but sweet. Taste is slightly artificial mango and a light clean malt bill. Refreshing and makes for a great tailgate beer in the heat

Oct 21, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 7-8-17 for $2.16. Canning date hard to see but it appears to be in May.

Beer poured a golden orange with an okay white head.

Nose is sweet mango, not bad.

Taste is sweet from the artificial mango which is overriding the Kolsch yeast strain.

Mouthfeel is heavier than expected, medium bodied and not light bodied.

Overall this brew is drinkable but a bit of a disappointment.

Oct 20, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the king of Kolsch, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some mango's. Taste is mango ,malts, a bit of graininess. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but nothing special.

Oct 10, 2017
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice orange-yellow with a very persistent quarter inch head. While the smell has some fruit the taste is a nice balance of malt and hops with just a hint of fruit in the finish and on the lips. The carbonation level is excellent and long lasting without being bubbly. Great mouthfeel. Overall this is a pretty decent refreshing Kolsch but at 6.5% ABV it isn't something to hit to hard after working in the yard or garage but more of a settling in type beer.

Aug 08, 2017
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keith40 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12Oz can-no date. Our second Kolsch and first fruit beer. Very easy drinking and flavorful with wheat, malt and a touch of Mango coming through. Refreshing and not sticky sweet with enough bitterness on the finish to dry it out. Good by itself on a summer day. Purchased at Liquor'n More.

Jul 30, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well aerated pour produces a skimpy white head over a fairly hazy orange brew. No retention and minimal lacing. Smells of mango, wheat, grassy hops, and toffee. Taste is a combination of mango fruitiness and a deep hop-derived earthiness. Feel is subpar, with a drying astringency on the finish and a watery body overall. This bottle was really old, though, which may have something to do with it...


Jul 22, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow with a small white head. Smells of mangos, tropical fruits, and some malt. Tastes of light ripe mangos, and some malt. Light dry body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a good refreshing and not overpowering (fruit wise) fruit beer.

Jun 25, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Came a dull slightly hazed deep orange infused golden with a full one finger white head atop.Juicy mango really comes out in the nose along with sweetish biscuit dough,not much hop presence but I really like the fruit and doughiness that stood out.A little dryer on the palate with some mild bread and earthy tones,the mango gives off some nice fruity sweetness in the finish.A little thinner in the mouth.A different take on a kolsch for sure but nice for a hot summer day.

Jun 23, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; nice lacing;

S: not intense, but clearly mango;

T: all mango from start to finish; sweet;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: too fruit soda-like for my taste;

Jun 14, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im not sure i need much of this one, but as the mango beers go, especially the light ones like this designed for mass appeal, its hard to not til back a pint pretty quickly and contemplate ordering another one, which may be as high a compliment as a beer like this can be offered. its pale and golden and sticky sweet, with a concentrated mango juicy nose and taste, but not the essence of the fruit, not by a long shot, i miss the light tang, the stringy texture, and that peak of ripeness satisfaction that only comes from the real fruit. this tastes levels below that, from a can or jar, syrupy and sweet, mango sure, but its like a cherry cough drop compared to a real cherry, the two are not the same at all. the beer is light and plain enough to be almost boring without the mango, and so the addition of it is welcomed and it really cant come soon enough for me, but it ends up being sort of lame and mass appealy to me, like it missed its moment, and not even close to the heavy hitting and creative stouts these guys do. its way too rarely these days that i have a beer from clown shoes, so i expect more than this mediocre and generic sugary fruited offering. its just okay...

Jun 08, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON: 04/14/17 11703-5 08:17"

Appearance: The body is a slightly hazy light gold color and it supports a good sized fluffy white, billowy head.

Aroma: I get a citrus aroma similar to grapefruit. It smells more like hops than it does fruit.

Taste: There is a nice malty grain flavor up front which combines with a bit of what tastes like the skin of a peach. Not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice soft mouthfeel and it is very easy to drink. It has a nice light bitterness at the end which is a bit much for a Kölsch but it seems to work well on this beer.

Overall: It is a nice, light, enjoyable beer to just kick back and drink. While I did not pick up any mango aroma or flavor specifically there was a nice tropical fruit aroma and flavor to the beer. I would recommend it and it is nice enough that I would drink it again.

Jun 03, 2017
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