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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #165
Ranked #36,581
3.7 | pDev: 12.43%
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
Reviews: 302 | Ratings: 1,190 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On DEC 2011) into a pilsner glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger snow-white head of large, soapy bubbles that quickly dies down to a miniscule dusting and thin collar. The body is a clear honey orange that softens to a golden straw around the edges. A light amount of small, slow-rising carbonation bubbles can be seen trickling upward to reinforce the vanishing head. Some decent lacing can be seen attempting to cling to the glass throughout consumption but fails to last for very long.

The nose is primarily wheat-based with aromas of fruity yeast and orange. The wheat aroma offers a slightly grainy and rather rustic character while the banana and orange aromas add a soft and sweet character. Combined, the aromas compliment each other.

Orange and wheat flavors tingle the taste buds with notes of orange peal, oily lemon, and a good helping of ripe banana. Swallowing the beer allows more of the earthy wheat flavors to come out. However, this is quickly overtaken by the citrus and banana flavors. As the wheat flavor fades, the oily lemon and orange flavors become more striking and end up lingering on the tongue as an aftertaste. A slight grassy bitterness slowly finds its way into the aftertaste.

Light bodied with excellent carbonation, this is a very easy-drinking beer. As expected, the body is light and playful, having an almost seltzer water feel. The carbonation is nice and fizzy, which assists in the drinkability tremendously. A slightly foamy swallow hinders the crispness of the beer slightly but isn't terrible.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Oak Cafe. Super-duper cloudy, pale yellow-straw throughout, topped off by a staggeringly white film that skews itself across the top of the beer. Some mild, dripping wet lace is momentarily left on the sides of the glass before it starts to crawl back down towards the beer. Pretty weak looking overall, but I guess it's acceptable for a witbier.

The aroma is very bubblegummy and certainly yeast-heavy. I get lots of grass and some kind of back-up spiced note that I can't quite put my finger on. There's clove in there, too, but I'm having trouble making out the other spice. Some sweet, estery banana aroma bring up the rear and complete the witbier bouquet. Kind of lackluster in terms of stature, but I guess I wasn't really expecting much more.

Clementine hits my palate and it's shockingly thin. I know it's only a witbier, but it's still 6% ABV and should definitely have a little more body than this. Not only is the body thin, but the flavor is pretty thin as well. Some lightly sweet, fruity esters, lemon, orange zest, light yeast, and some finishing mint leaves. Seems like a nice concoction of flavors, but something's not quite right.

Orange is present in the flavor, sure, but not in the capacity you'd expect from a beer that was simply called "Clementine". The bubblegum and clove-like yeast flavors become stronger with warmth until the eventually become the leaders of the pack. As already mentioned, the mouth feel is depressingly thin, and the high carbonation doesn't exactly bode in its favor.

A resounding "meh" could be heard each time I took a sip of this beer. It's one of those "not bad, but not exactly good" type of things. It's just... well, it's nothing special. It has all been done before, and Clementine doesn't do anything to stand out and make me want to drink it again. Huge fans of the style might enjoy it, but I won't be taking it out for a second date.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Coriander and spicy yeast aromas at first followed by oranges and orange zest/peel. Surprisingly, there is a strong hop presence towards the finish--lots of grassy and piny hop aromas. Quite nice.

T: Similar to the aroma, coriander, spicy yeast, and orange zest up front. Grass and pine flavors from the cops come afterward along with a light bitterness.

M: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation, this beer still manages to be pretty crisp and refreshing despite the strong hop presence.

O: A surprisingly good witbier that is almost like a Belgian IPA. Good flavors and a surprisingly strong hop presence that blends well with the flavors. Definitely one of the better witbiers out there.

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Photo of SteveLimoncello
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wc94wc
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Acforster2
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of alostplot
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boralyl
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 standardcherry
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a very bright, golden orange color. It started with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a bright, fruity citrus presence to it. I get some orange flavors mixing with a little lemon. The Belgian yeast is pretty noticeable as well, adding some spice notes. It's a little more fruity and citrusy then a typical wit, but pretty appealing overall.

The taste shows even more of the juicy, citrusy, clementine, orange flavors. I get a little zesty lemon to it as well. Some bitter, citrus rind flavors help keep the sweetness in check. In the finish the belgian yeast comes out to add some spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall a pretty tasty and refreshing beer. it definitely had more citrusy and juicy flavors then most wits, but it worked pretty well with the other flavors overall. Pretty enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of matthewfox79
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The beer was served with a foamy white head about 2 fingers and had a cloudy but welcoming color

S- I thought the beer smelled awesome with noticable citrus notes and a slight yeasty smell present in most witbiers

T- The citrus and corriander did come through in the taste but I was distracted by the tartness of the yeast

M- It almost had a chalky feel but paired well with food.

D- A very drinkable beer that would suit anyone looking for a break from the norms of this style.

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Photo of Casey3236
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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