Clementine | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ambluhm
4.92/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is my type of beer!! I love the label, but that was just the start. It really is the perfect beer on a hot day when you're looking for something refreshing. My new "summer beer" of choice.

The appearance of this one is a hazy straw, golden-white with a fairly thick head. A few laces of the head remained after a while.

The nose is perfect. I picked up a lot of the "clementine" notes in the form of citrus acidity, like a scraped orange skin. This, however, was not the base of this beer like it can be with a lot of fruit-infused beers. I also got some bready yeast, and a decent amount of delicious smelling floral hops. I was definitely excited to try the beer.

The mouthfeel delivered! I got all the aspects I picked up in the nose from the refreshing citrus body to the hints of cooling hops.

This is a beer that I am definitely going to pick up again and again. Great package, even better product. Like I said before, my new summer beer!

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Photo of samueladams76
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went into this with a bit of skepticism as witbiers and fruitiness are usually not my thing.

Pour into a glass. Nice head, very lively out of the bottle. No lacing, and not a substantial amount of retention, usual for the style.

Beautifully aromatic. The sweet orange zest is noticeable but not overpowering, bit a of coriander spice in there.

First sip changed my mind about the style! Again, the orange taste is not at all overpowering in the way I expect from beers marketed as specifically fruity. I find it pleasantly balanced between mild sweetness and tartness. There is some good structure to the beer, supported by the breadiness. I'm used to these running too thin or lacking substance.

Bravo, clown shoes!

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Photo of BenjieK
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Orange/gold/hazy/small quickly fading head/some lacing

S: Wow: smells like hoppy orange juice. Yeasty too.

T: Citrus, a surprising hop bite, spice, really well balanced

M: Excellent, just a little thick, but also smooth and well carbonated

D: Excellent drinkability

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Photo of Mikepett2011
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Orange hazey color

Smell - Citrus aroma

Taste - Tastes Citrusy with some mild carbonation at first then followed up with a creamy clementine and orangy aftertaste

Mouthfeel - mild carbonation and goes down smooth

Overall - I would have to say that Clown Shoes Clementine is easily one of my favorite witbiers. Perfect summer time beer. If you enjoy a nice white ale, then I highly recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of Katezder
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clementine is by far my favorite beer out of the Clown Shoe's batches.

While I am partial to belgian whites and saisons which is what this beer's smell reminded me of. Unlike other citrus flavored beers that use orange and clementine peels this one comes with the most refreshing kick from the nice spicy hop that you get in the after taste. It is both the perfect blend of sweet and bitter that can be enjoyed in any season.

I get excited when I see this beer on tap at a bar and that is how a great beer should make you feel!

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date. 6% abv

Thanks to Gregg B. for the awesome samples.

Pours a bright cloudy sunset orange bubbly carbonation, fast rising white head holds retention and some lacing clings to the glass on its journey to my gullet.

Sweet orange peel and spicy coriander are definitely present with a nice wheat like complexity.

Taste is amazing. Straight up sweet orange and spice, the yeast adds an excellent flavour. This is a thirst quencher for sure seriously the perfect choice on a hot summers day.

Mouthfeel is light but with just enough carbonation. not dry at all in the finish leaving a citrusy bite in your mouth

Clown Shoes Clementine is an extremely drinkable beer, i wish they made 6 packs!

Considering im not a big fan of this style of beer it really impressed. Like an Allagash white with more of a citrusy kick to it.

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Photo of tkelley
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a tall hefeweizen glass. Strong head that rose and dissipated quickly, leaving a light lace. Looked a beautiful light orange color, which you couldnt see through.

Smelled of citrus, coriander, and hops -- much stronger hops than normal witbiers.

Taste was fantastic, again strong citrus and hops flavor, with the former in the front of the mouth and the latter in the back, leaving a delightful bitter aftertaste.

Very fizzy in the mouth, almost like an old school orange soda. Really a pleasant sensation.

A very well done beer. Love the citrus plus hops flavor. Definitely could have a few of these on a nice warm day.

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Photo of angusblackheart
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bottle, date Late April, 2011. The beer pours a hazy straw color with a thick head and decent lace. The smell is fairly complex. I detect orange, bananas, spice (coriander?), and a pleasant bready smell. The taste is the best part of the beer. You can actually taste a hint of clementine, as well as a pithy orange flavor, and then a good bit of spice and a light wheat body. The beer is well carbonated and more dry than most wheat beers. Great beer for a hot day of yard work.

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Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft recently at Deep Ellum in Allston. Have been avoiding it even though i love clown shoes because I am not a fan of the style. This was the best wit I have tried. When it gets hot, i can actually see this in my fridge regularly.

The beer is almost orange and is beautifully hazy with a thin quickly receding head. It smells of fresh dough, oranges, and clementines. The taste matches, with some pleasant bitterness coming through, Great mouthfee, smooth and silken, and even more drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Now this is what I’m talking about. Strong fruity flavors, but still finishes with hops. Not too intense, but light enough that it’s a great summer beer and extremely drinkable. A great example of how to brew a Witbier and finally I've found an American brewery that can do it well with some identity compared to the German breweries.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge wheat beer guy and this ranks up there as one of the best. I will admit that before purchasing this I cheated and read a review saying it was good. Usually I like to go in unbiased and blind.

I bought a large 22oz. Bottle of this and poured into a large pint glass. Very citrusy smell, hence the name clementine. This had more of an organgy citrus taste as opposed to some other Belgians which taste more lemony. This pours to a hazy yellow color, seems to be unfiltered and about 1/3 of white head and 2/3 liquid. Good carbonation. Overall a very awesome tasting witbier. One of the best domestics. Not sure about the other clown shoes beers but this one is excellent.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Special thanks to Jayli for helping to dial in my Clown Shoes Fix!

A: Pours with a wonderful looking hazy clarity that ends up a glowing peach color. A thick and finely bubbled bright-white dallop of foam sets up top for about a minute before completely melting down to a thin collar and whispy skim. Carbonation is lazy and hardly a trace of lace was left behind.

S: Major citrus aroma. Orange zest, nectarine, lemon, and of course clementine. Traces of spice shine through as it warms as does the subtle peach and pine from the hops. Smells delicious.

T: Exactly as described as above with the additional flavor of some spicy yeast. Hints of bread and biscuit with a shake or two of white pepper.

M: Sweet and slightly tangy citrus that blends seamlessly with the spicy yeast and dry/roasty malt. Excellent spicy hop/white pepper sizzle on the tongue that I found way more compelling than normal for the style.

D: If I could buy a 1/6 barrel of this in IL, I would drink this all year round. It's that good.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ultramour flute.

Pours a hazy straw gold with a big stark white head that takes a few minutes to drop, leaving some nice, scattered lacing.

Big aroma of sweet oranges, juice and zest. Hints of bitter orange, coriander and light pepper.

Flavor of orange, bitter orange zest, black pepper, coriander. This is an orange bomb. Finish is very short, with orange and a light bitterness that fades quickly.

Mouthfeel is light, not watery, with a slight creamy edge. Good level of carbonation.

Highly drinkable. This would be a great summer time thirst quencher.

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Photo of n2185
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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 linusbwell
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up on my way home from work.

Light yellow with a bit of fogginess. White head.

Citrus aroma with a dominant hop aroma as well.

Flavor is citrusy and crisp-bread flavors.

I like the flavor of this beer-very light for summer drinking and crisp.

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Photo of WojoVT
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, Clementine has a nice golden color to it, darker than most whites. It has a small white head which dissipates quickly with mild carbonation.

True to it's name it Clementine has an effervescence of orange which it notes on the bottle to be orange peel. The fruity hints are complemented well by spice notes - coriander. Making it a threesome, there is a nice (not overly) hoppiness to this party.

Clementine is nicely balanced. No part of the above named threesome is overpowering in anyway, which for threesomes in any respect is a good thing! It leaves with a refreshing after taste. I have found that many white ales use too much yeast in their bottling process which gives it an odd aftertaste.

It has a nice body to it, not too thin, but not to thick as to weight you down on a nice summer day.

Overall, Clementine is a win for me. It is a perfect beer for a nice hot summer day if you want to drink a beer which is refreshing, good tasting, and not too heavy as to weight you down.

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Photo of DIM
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made with clementine, orange peel, coriander, and summit hops.

a: The body was a cloudy, dark, straw colored yellow. It poured with a large, uneven white cap. Unfortunately the head quickly dissipated, making it difficult for me to form a relationship with this beer.

s: Perhaps this isn't the aroma of a traditional wit, but this is very appealing. More orange than I recall ever smelling with hints of coriander and a nice blanket of spot-on yeast. There is a surprisingly strong hop presence that I'm having difficulty finding an adjective for. The abundant citrus make me want to call it citric, but maybe that is actual citrus. Regardless, it noticeable.

t: Again, not traditional but it works. Sweet, gentle orange and yeasty phenols up front give way to a drier finish of orange rind and light coriander. I also noticed a fairly pronounced hop bite that I can't quite describe.

m: Chewy with spritzy carbonation.

o: I haven't enjoyed a wit this much in a long time. This was refreshing and tasty as hell even if it is a bit different. I'm very eager to try more from these guys.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Farmhouse in Burlington on 8/25/11.

Clementine pours a cloudy orange with a very thin head into my glass.

There's a strong aroma of citrus followed by some clove and banana.

The taste is a wonderful mix of clove, wheat and citrus flavors. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel has lingering wheat, clove and light citrus flavors pepper the mouthfeel.

I'm glad I started with this beer. It's an excellent thirst quencher that I may buy again.

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Photo of mdr4669
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Nugget Nectar pint glass.

App: Murky and unsettled yellowish body with about two fingers of frothy white, chunky head an reasonable lacing.

Smell: a nice bouquet of orange and coriander rule the scent, but nothing that really stands out.

Taste: Fruity, with nice citrus and malty notes. Very well balanced in taste.

MF: Very light yet complex, a great summer time vice here.

OA: Great summer brew, easily enjoyed in the sweaty months, I wish my cup holder on the riding mower was big enough to hold a bomber. I wish Clownshoes would put their stuff in cans.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fluffy white head that is reminiscent of whipped egg whites. Decent retention but still relents to gravity. Clumps of lacing remain in the glass. Orange/Amber in color with decent clarity and some quick rising carbonation rising to the surface.

Very yeasty in the aroma and also some of that orange peel comes through.

I really enjoy this beer. A perfect thirst quencher. Excellent mix of some yeast, spices and clearly a nice light orange/citrus flavor. My favorite aroma is the oil from orange peel and the flavor really smacks of these oils. Love it. Nice slightly pithy bitterness. Very interesting.

Light in the mouth, slightly dry finish. Slight prickle to the carbonation.

This really is a great beer and one I want to enjoy again and again. I'll be back for more.

Great Job!

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Photo of puboflyons
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 12/17/14. Sampled on May 6, 2015.

It has a hazy orange amber pour underneath a modest off-white head that lingers.

The aromas on this are vibrant and exciting and include Belgian white malts, pale malts, sweetness, coriander, orange peel, and grass.

The mouthfeel is light to medium but also smooth.

All of those spicy Belgian characters come together to enhance the flavor but at the same time keep it on the mellow and easy to drink side. This is a witbier I would have again.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours brilliant milky orange with a cloudy body. Partial 
lacing. Looks inviting. Wonderful appearance. 

S - big whiffs of Belgian yeast with an undercurrent of citrus &   Pale malts. Very forward nose. Coriander is more apparent after warming. 

T - very clean flavor of citrus peel (orange, tangerine, Clementine) on a layer of phenols & malt lending notes of French rolls,  & a touch of mango. Undercurrent of coriander throughout.    

M - fruity with a hefty bread background with citrus carrying through. Dry finish. Very crisp. Moderately bittered & spiced.

D - perfect wit, to be honest. The Clementine comes through    Quite a bit. Rating to style, this is the
best witbier I have ever had. Hands down. The yeast (the most important part of a good wit) is top notch.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy light orange color. Tge head iw one inch of frothy white foam that recedes slowly into a quatern inch that sits until the beer is gone. The aroma is coriander and cardamom forward (which I like), and has a nice fruity wheaty thing going on in the background which has some nice peach and tangerine qualities. The taste is a bit more balanced between the fruit and the spice. It is very full flavored for a witbier. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fine example of the style, and I will drink it again.

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Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Clown Shoes pint glass

A - Nice hazy straw pour with a two finger white head that dissolved leaving no side lacing, with just a little bit of retention is enough to leave a thin white blanket of foam across the brew.

S - Nice typical bread/yeast aromas. Picking up some nice spice notes, has to be the corriander like the bottle states. Some big citrus aromas. Theres something more to it though, definately getting faint clementine peel.

T - Really strong citrus flavours. Some nice bready yeast quality as well as some light malts as well. Pleasant aftertaste of clementine peels.

M - Medium carbonation. Nice and refreshing on the pallet. A definate summer pleaser!

D - Just a really nice, refreshing Witbier curtousy of Clown Shoes. Out of the four beers these guys brew, I dont think they make a bad one. Each one has its own little spin on it and flavor assault. The strength of clementine oranges really makes this one pop.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH Snifter. This is the third and final Clown Shoes brew I am trying tonight.

A--Poured a murky light orange color. Very hazy and unfiltered. Poured with a nice egg shell white head that dissipated quickly and left a ring around the glass, but nothing in the center of the beer.

S--Very sweet clementines. Orange peel. Malt. Coriander and spice finish the nose.

T--Wheat up front. Then comes the sweetness of the clementines and the floral notes of the coriander.

M--Light bodied, very little carbonation. This beer has an almost watery feel to it, but yet the powerful flavors linger on the tongue.

O--This is a fabulous wheat beer. I love the orange/clementine flavor. This is a very powerful beer, though you wouldn't know it from looking at it. Clown Shoes continues to impress me.

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