Clown Shoes

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #185
Ranked #38,550
3.7 | pDev: 12.16%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Reviews: 304 | Ratings: 1,198 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can - dated 02/14/19 - poured into a Belgian chalice at fridge temp.

Reviewing my way-too-old beers in the back of my refrigerator. Most have held up well. Let's try this one. 14 months old.

*DISCLAIMER* This review is not an accurate representation of what the beer is SUPPOSED to taste like, but how it drinks after prolonged storage.

Pours fairly dark for a wit - golden amber/orange with a finger of khaki head that soon recedes to a foamy film and thick collar. Decent effervescence, but it's a nucleated glass. Only slightly hazed.

Nose: Very saison-like. Tons of soft grainy wheat, fruity Belgian yeast esters - a hint of clove and unripe banana, a touch of black pepper, and not funk, but a rustic sort of farmy quality to it. At times, I also get a hint if sterile gauze and even the occasional whiff of fresh soft plastic fishing lure. Undertones of lemon, orange zest, and coriander.

Palate: Greets the palate with that soft wheat nalt, which thankfully contributes very little sweetness. Some very mild hop notes are present, lending a nice herbal, floral, and spicy character, which pkays with some peppery yeast spice. There's actually some real almost farmhouse funk in here, and ecen just the faintest, faintest, faaiiinnttessst whisper of tartness. Some lemon, orange, melon rind, a touch plastic-y, and then the finish dries out bringing some elevated hop character before finishing fairly clean, with lingering wheat. Final murky splash from the bottom of the can tastes exactly like fruit punch.

Mouthfeel/Body: Light-bodied, but not thin or watery, thanks to that wheat. Soft, satisfying, and a medium level of effervescence. Nit tacky or grabby like some witbiers.

Overall: It's actually quite good. It isn't amazing, and it isn't winning any awards, but man, I won't lie, I'd keep it in the fridge. It clearly holds up, it went down in like 5 minutes, and it's just a perfectly good wit.

Apr 17, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enters the glass a ghostly, pale yellow that belies its strength of character.

A semi-sweet spiced white Belgian with a nose full of wheat-laden citrus. Its sort of like Blue Moon's older, [email protected]$$ cousin who likes classic rock and NES instead of dub step and cheap cigarettes.

On the pallet, Clementine plays a classic tune of hearty wheat and timid spicing, backed by the proud, humble heritage of typical Belgian whites.

Doesn't hump and bump its way down like a belch-inducing Blue Moon, so you'll get superior mouthfeel from Clown Shoes. The carbonation is tame, no acid bite, behaves like a gentleman.

If you're looking for a crowd pleaser, this would be a safe bet. It beats normal "party beers" (like the shameful Budweiser, mediocre Blue Moon, and tasteless Natty Bo) by a wide margin, but is equidistant in quality when compared to superb imports and craft beers. All told, a solid Belgian white. Enjoy with a fresh wedge of blood orange if you desire enhanced flavor.

Jan 21, 2020
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty, and hazy like a Belgian white, and a decent head. A clean-tasting beer, decently hopped and not too malty, light on the fruits as well with a mild wheaty backbone.

Aug 30, 2019
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orangish golden color, 1/2 inch white head, little lacing
S: Bandaid, clove
T: I get the classic German yeast taste of bandaid and clove, sweetness of the malts then orange
M: Light to medium
O: A great tasing white beer. Really good flavor and a good amount of nose.

Aug 08, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has sweet notes in the aroma. It is quite citrusy with orange and some apple characteristics. There is some low levels on honey in the background and a bit of a flowery nature.

Taste: There is a combination of sweetness and spiciness in the flavor. It has a bit of a peppery spicy takes with some citrus and orange mix in. There is also a bit of apple in the background flavors.

Feel: It has some high carbonation with a mostly light mouthfeel. The spices are a bit more dominant in the finish.

Overall, a light beer that has a combination of spicy elements and fruity esters that dominate the flavors.

Jul 20, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear orange color, visible carbonation, and a solid white creamy head. The head displays good retention with some ring like lacing.
The nose opens with citrus, particularly clementine. Soon, the citrus gives way to notes of banana, bubblegum and sweet bready wheat malt.
The palate is fairly dry but with flavors of clementine, banana, wheat and coriander like spices. The finish is dry with a touch of citrus, spice, and a modest hops bitterness.
Medium to light bodied, crisp and with a moderate but live,y carbonation.
Nice summery and refreshing Witbier that is deserving of slightly higher ratings.

Jun 25, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated 4/27/18 poured into Sam Adams nonic pint.

Hazy gold color with a tall fluffy white head of 3 fingers, leaving broken lace on the glass as the head recedes to roughly 1 finger.

Aroma brings a strong wheat presence, followed by yeasty phenolics, slight circus peanut, and finally fruity clementine. The fruit notes have faded since canning obviously, but the peel elements still remain pretty loud.

Flavor is mild and wheat-y, with slight clove and pepper, some notes of circus peanut and clementine and orange, finishing on yeast phenols and sweet clementine.

Feel is crisp and has a moderate creaminess, with a busy carbonation. Slight dryness/parch, but nothing getting in the way of the style example.

Overall as a style example this beer does very well and is an enjoyable witbier. All Witbiers by nature are mild so they incur a lower BA rating in general, but I'd like to say this one by Clown Shoes is a good example and worth your time if you like Witbiers. Nice fruity elements and the clementine still pops a year after canning.

Apr 05, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tercertiempocervezas. Can. In Teku glass. At lunch, with bacalao dorado + russian salad. Superb, without the artificial touch i find in many witbiers and with very natural and fresh clementine oranges and hoppyness

Mar 29, 2018
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a white head. Smells of oranges, wheat, and other citrus. Tastes of wheat, orange zest, grapefruit zest, coriander, and light hops. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Overall a pretty tasty witbier.

Jan 05, 2018
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keith40 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz can marked May 10 2017 A very enjoyable Witbier with a darker color than previous ones. Notes of citrus, coriander and wheat come through in an enjoyable and easy drinking beer. More flavorful than several we have had. Purchased at Luke's in Brewster.

Jul 24, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance was a transparent bright yellow body that yielded a very bubbly yet foamy large white head that lasted a good thirty seconds. Fast rising carbonation fed that head very well. The smell centered around the orange and some clove but something actually felt off unbalanced. The taste had orange and the clove with a peppery sort of taste packed with light coriander but once again, the flavor seemed a bit off. The palate is about a light to medium with a decent amount of carbonation hitting the tongue pretty hard. It leaves a dry finish. Overall, seemed pretty Americanized, but somehow worthy of more pours if necessary.

Jun 22, 2017
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tofumang from Florida

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reasonably good white ale. Nice cloudy golden orange sort of appearance, notes of clementine / sweet citrus are absolutely upfront without at all being overpowering. Not to reduce the beer to comparisons but it tasted sort of like a hybrid between a very simple wheat beer and a saison. The sweet turns into more pepper-y notes but not too overtly.

Goes down super smooth, hard to believe it's 6% abv. Tastes like it could be 5%. Not my favorite of the recent Clown Shoe six packs I've found, but only because the others have been so damn good. Perhaps part of why my rating isn't higher is that I expected it as a 'white ale' to be a little cleaner tasting, I can almost see this being sold as a light heffeweizezen.

Apr 19, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours a clear, brass-leaning golden. Head start s as a nice medium cap most of the pour. Lacing is heavy.

Nose gets a little bit of wheat but the coriander comes out more than I'd expected. Clementine competes a little with the hop pith for the rest.

Flavor is bright, with the orange coming out up front. A refreshing level of carbonation keeps the refreshment level high up front. Mid-taste the wheat and coriander cuts the citrus, with a light pine note ending the beer with a little bitterness.

A refreshing beer that isn't exactly to style, but the components are in there. I enjoyed the take.

Apr 14, 2017
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hreb from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, no date. Yellow and slightly cloudy, certainly both paler and clearer than I'd expected from a white ale. Mild aroma of orange juice. First sip is immediately astringent, with carbonation and tartness immediately attacking my lips. But underneath that, there's a pleasant German style wheat beer flavor with a refreshing orange pulp twist. Almost like a Hefeweiss with lemon, except there's no lemon. Coriander flavor is very mild and only really detectable in the aftertaste. Decent, and would probably be supremely drinkable on a hot day, but overall, just decent.

Mar 19, 2017
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Stephenmheadley from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid witbier and one of the better selections from Clown Shoes, great for a hot summer day as the beer is refreshing with a nice orange finish, matching its color.

Mar 05, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky, light golden color. The head was white, frothy and one finger. The nose I get citrus notes. The taste is, well, citrus. It is a light citrus flavor. This beer would, probably be amazing on a 90 degree day, light and refreshing. Decent flavor.

Mar 02, 2017
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TommyTaps from New York

2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as witbier's go I feel this one fell short. Faint orange flavor, not very yeasty, and coriander was completely absent. Despite all of that it was very easy drinking and satisfying on a hot summers day. Bottle was undated and poured into a pint glass

Jul 30, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 05/16/2016) poured into a Sam Perfect Nitro Pint glass.
Body is a hazy yellow gold with some whitish head leaving limited lacing.
Aromas include malt and coriander, with orange pith.
Taste is the same eith a clean, dry finish.

Jul 13, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a bar. It pours a cloudy, golden-straw color with a one-finger, milk-white head and lacing. It smells of orange, malt, and floral hops. The taste is fairly sweet at the beginning, with the coriander and cloves taking over mid-taste, and finishing with a fairly bitter hoppiness. For a witbier, it is medium-bodied and easily drinkable at 6% ABV. Overall, it is a nice witbier but Clown Shoes is much better with Stouts, strong ales, and other "big" beers. This wit is fine but it's not Clown Shoes at its best.

Jun 05, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap into a snifter. Cloudy yellow with no head and minimal lacing. The smell was floral sweet. The taste was very fruity with the clementine taste dominating. A good beer.

May 29, 2016
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: 3/1/16.

Poured a golden-copper color in a Spiegelau glass with a 4F head which
took a while to resolve. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom.

Aroma: Fragrant orange, spice, floral.

MF_ very carbonated, tangy.

Taste: transitions well from the aroma. Orange, clove, spicy, tangerine
followed by a spicy, bitter finish.

Excellent approach to a Belgian Witbeer. I especially like the floral and spicy character of the beer.

May 02, 2016
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AleMan66 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop beer glass. It pours a cloudy golden with a 3 finger quickly-dissipating white head. The smell is a wonderful citrus. The taste is very orangey and outstanding. It will make a great summer beer. Light on the hops.

Apr 28, 2016
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clementine pours an expected light orange-gold and has the citrus notes you'd expect to smell and taste. The flavor is light and fruity, and the aftertaste is tart. Overall, a good beer.

Apr 25, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blend.
Look is cloudy yellow. Creamy looking head.
Aroma Is orange, lemon, pineapple.
Taste is light wheat, citrus.
Feel is a little flat, light and refreshing though. Well balanced, a good beer.

Apr 06, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint The appearance is a cloudy golden yellow with a large white head. The aroma is all citrus. The taste is citrus with a hint of hops. A good beer.

Apr 03, 2016
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