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 Rifugium
1.69/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Whew...this may have been an infected bottle or just past its prime, but something was not right about this beer. It looked fine enough: orange-brown color with a thin wispy head. Typical wheat profile on the nose, mixed with trash and rotten orange peels. Taste was stale and harsh, more rotten orange (clementine), skunk, funk, mulch, and old bitter hops. The bottle date indicated it was only a couple months old, and it doesn't seem like a beer could go that bad that fast. Maybe this one is just a "miss" for me. Average mouthfeel, but more or less undrinkable. Drain pour.

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2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Gold color & crystal clear appearance. White froth, close & lasting crown. Herbs & intense coriander, light maltiness to the nose. Sweet caramel malt, lemon & spiced flavors. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Low bitterness & slight sweet finish. Flat. Unexpected disappointing from Clown Shoes.

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Photo of wowbagger
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow. Has a good foamy head, but otherwise reminds me of a mass-brew. Smells of straw and yeast.

Has a slightly sour, bubbly taste with only a hint of the clementine I was promised. It's certainly light, so it would be good on a hot day.

Overall, nothing special. Ok light beer + fruit but much more to say. I'd skip it.

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very pale yellow. Has a good foamy head, but otherwise reminds me of a mass-brew. Smells of straw and yeast and spices, WTF? Not expected.

Has a slightly sour, bubbly taste with only a hint of the clementine I was promised. It's certainly light, so it would be good on a hot day.

I was expecting much more based on their good reviews. Overall, nothing special. Ok light beer + fruit but much more to say. I'd skip it.

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Photo of TommyTaps
2.82/5  rDev -25%
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

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Photo of JAFoley
2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear blonde body with foamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Citrus tangerines and grapefruit

T - No real hop bite. Thick sugary citrus flavors saturate with a super subtle roasted malt coming through.

M - Medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Sticky and syrupy.

O - I just don't dig fruity beers. If the clementine was an accent flavor to a really nice pale ale, that I could like. But this beer is one note, just as advertised. For those who enjoy beer like this, it may be great, but just not for me.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
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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Photo of JonSC
3/5  rDev -20.2%

poured very nicely, light head, a bit thin feeling for a wheat beer. My experience is nearly identical to tectactoe's. It had thin, sharp taste for a wheat as well, with a crisp slightly citrus flavor. Every time I took a sip, I was trying decide if I liked it, but it did fall into the "okay" category for me.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Based on style descriptions, this is a decent white. But not my favorite (preferring Allagash's and Bells'). A bit tinnier than I had hoped. Fruity citrus aroma is nice, light filmy head, lemony and "belgiany" taste that I guess is the result of the wheat. Heavy on the yeast sediment and as such, very cloudy.


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Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Pours fizzy with a white, bubbly head. The aroma is full of malted wheat and heavy on the yeast, with a light sour orange smell. Rind and orange pith come through cleanly.

In the taste, more yeast esters, very Belgian tasting, with a note of citrus. Slight spice and unripe orange citrus notes make for a clementine like flavor, though it wouldn't have been quite as apparent without the name, given that most American made witbier contains orange peel and coriander. Still, this clocks in at 6% and is a pretty decent brew.

Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated brew. Finishes with dry coriander and citrus. This is a pretty drinkable beer that has a lot of yeast character that stands up to the citrus. Worth trying, and a must for wheat beer fans. I wonder what the Vitamin C content is in this brew.

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Photo of cujocon
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Clown Shoes Clementine White Ale
6% ABV
12oz standard brown beer bottle $2.50 at State St Northampton MA
Bottling Date - 12/3/14
Appearance: Gingerale gold, thinish head (white) settles to a flat bubble layer - lots of carbonation bubbles
Smell: sweet malt and hop freshness
Flavor: bright citrus pop on the tongue, no real clear fruitiness, mild-medium hop bitterness
Overall: 3/5 This isn't outside the box of traditional beer flavors, despite the Clementine promise of the name.
It isn't bad at all...just isn't exciting at all. I would not pick it again.

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Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with zesty spice, citrus fruit and bready yeast notes. Hints of pepper and coriander followed by tangerine, orange peel and lemon zest. As it warns, the bread character really stands out and the citrus fades a bit.

Medium bodied and very heavily carbonated with a strong peppery spice presence that lingers over the citrus and yeast notes into a dry finish. There's a very strong coriander flavor that dominates, slightly overpowering the citrus peel and bread notes. Peppery with subtle orange and tangerine notes. Tart, dry finish. Not bad, but the overpowering coriander makes this beer a bit one-note. Needs some more citrus sweetness to balance things out.

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Photo of champ103
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nearly opaque orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to a ring with a light film of watery lace.
S: Light orange peal, more of a banana and bubblegum like sweetness in the nose. Light spice and yeast as well.
T: A quick snap of orange with some banana esters. Hops show up next, but is gone in a second. That is it. Nothing lingers, and no aftertaste besides a bit of alcohol in the chest.
M/D: A light to medium body. Low carbonation that is thin and watery. Almost lifeless. I can certainly feel more alcohol than I would like from a Wit and 6% beer. Not really enjoy this one.

There is not much here. The flavors that do show up, vanish in a second. Which makes this very unsatisfying. Nothing particularly wrong, just blah and ho hum. Not something I am coming back to.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was poured into a tulip.

Appearance- The bottle-conditioned body is a deep gold with copper-orange highlights. The head got to about a finger in width before quickly settling in at a slight ring. The cap was bright white and puffy, some bubbles in there, but not many.

Smell- Your usual coriander and earthy wit characteristics are here. Some pepper helps keep things interesting, even some floral hop notes. But...wait. Where is the orange? This was brewed with clementines was it not?

Taste- Well, maybe the clementines just got lost for a minute, because they certainly showed up on the palate. And I mean, that zesty and sweet orange character goes all the way through the drink.

Under that though, the base is a very generic wheat with some coriander mucking about. I am not really sure what they could do with the base to compliment the clementines, but it was not enough.

Mouth feel- The body is lighter, and man is it carbonated. It even taste a little like flat soda pop it is so carbonated. Is that off-putting? You bet.

Really wish it was creamier as opposed to fizzy. To top everything off, it is far too watery.

Overall- So, I concede that wit-style beers are among my least favorite, and more "meh" to my palate, but Clementine under performs. The clementines are a wonderful compliment for the style, and this beer could really go places.

But...the wheat base needs some more tender, loving care. And the mouth feel has all kinds of carbonation issues. I really have no reason to return to this offering.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy orange with a small 1 finger off white head. Decent lacing throughout the beer.

S- Strong citrus/orange peel with some cloves and spice. Some wheat notes on the end, but dominated by spicy orange rinds.

T- Bitter and spice, much like it smells. Some wheat stuffed in there but a very odd taste. Almost too much on the spice end that kind of ruined the smoothness.

M- Not heavy on the booziness. A small bit of carbonation with a hint of dry. Not too watery.

O- Was a little let down with the strong orange/spicy taste and smell. A bit on the bitter end of the scale. Wouldn't turn one down, but not searching the streets either. Average-

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a schooner during a beer tasting club session. Didn't review the best before date, but it was fresh from the store.

A - yellow/yeasty cloudy wit appearance with a fluffy white head. Thick lacing down the glass.

S - this is where it seemed to go wrong for me: somewhat of a skunky spice mixed with sweat-sock nose, but not like a delightful skunky Brett; some citrus lemon notes as well. Can't say i liked the nose very much.

T - general character was tart, with citrus rind and finishing with lots of herbaceous notes. Not a lot of malt or bitterness.

M - quite light in body with light carbonation. No booziness.

D - drinkable, but not really to my liking

Overall this one just didn't do it for me; we made careful selections in pour order to prevent something overpowering it, but in the this just wasn't one of my favorites.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Plenty of haze and copper and gold color to this one, gives a full tin y bubble, white head half inch. Clove, coriander and clementine rind duke it out in the aroma.

Taste, overly bitter for style, more coriander and clove dominance. Carbonated like soda. Wasn't my thing at all, but could appreciate the taste, otherwise, pretty average.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is my first one by Clown Shoes.

Bottled last week of January, 2011:

Into a pint glass:

A: transparent bright yellow body yielded a very bubbly yet foamy large white head that lasted a good thirty seconds. Fast rising carbonation fed that head very well.

S: centered around the orange and some clove.

T: orange and the clove with a peppery sort of taste packed with light coriander.

M: light to medium, decent amount of carbonation hitting the tongue pretty hard. It leaves a dry finish.

O: I believe this is good for the style, but for me, eh, maybe only again on tap. Maybe I tried this too late, note to self, try this again fresher next time.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy orange/yellow. some carbonation can be seen on towards the sides of the glass. moderate fluffy white head doesnt last nearly as long as i expected it too.

S: black peppercorns with a very pasta-dough-like malt. a slight hint of citrus, but definitley expected much more with a name like clementine.

T: similar to the nose, black pepper and a wheaty malt. citrus is even less on the palate. a little bit of fruit, but like i said earlier i expected more considering the name.

M: carbonation is mild on a medium body.

D: ive had a few offerings from clown shoes, all really enjoyable, but this hasnt been my favorite. maybe expected a little too much.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an impressive cloudy yellow and copper. Soft white head about 1" deep. Standard aroma of clove and coriander with some orange rind.

Plenty of bitterness for style, clove and coriander pretty dominant, moves the citrus rind to the side. I thought the carbonation was a little bothersome, was looking for more of a orange cream experience, not orange 7up. Also was a little older in flavor, maybe this sat at Total Wine for some time, it was marked down $4.99/4pack.

Old lady was kind of meh on it too, neither of us identified anything that was an off flavor, but it is easily worth $1.25 a beer, so it gets another half notch on the overall scale.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 12 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you for this one! Bottled in August, 2011 and poured into a nondescript snifter...

Pours a straw- or hay-colored yellow with about a centimeter of bubbly white head that fades rapidly. Little to no legs or lacing are left behind-save for a pale ring around the edge-despite a seemingly endless stream of bubbles emminating from the base of the glass.

The aroma is of wheat, straw, and a general barnyard funk that resembles a spicier yeast-like funk; it's odd, but not entirely offputting. Perhaps this is the ""horse blanket"" smell/flavor I've heard so much about. There are some light citrus and clove notes in the nose as well.

It tastes of wheat and straw in the beginning, clove, orange, and lemon in the middle, and finally ends with some earthen notes. Not bad, but not spectacular either; one might use the term ""average"" here.

Mouthfeel is good, being crisp, clean, and smooth, and finishing a touch dry, which leaves one desiring another sip.

Overall, a decent witbier that I wouldn't ever oppose drinking, but it certainly would not be first choice in the style.

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Photo of hophugger
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours beautiful golden color with ample amount of fizzy, lingering head and lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus/orange. Taste is refreshing with citrus and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is carbonation and cool citrus. Overall, not bad !

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Photo of hreb
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Ratman197
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Half Time poured a cloudy gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, orange zest and coriander. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat, yeast, coriander and ligt orange zest with a crisp lingering citrus/coriander finish. I did'nt notice any Clemintine character, just seemed like a decent Wit Beer to me.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chilled pint glass..

A - a bright straw like orange color, nice foamy one inch head...cannot see through this beer. Head is depleting kind of quick, at about a half inch after 30 seconds.

S - Defenetly in the apple,oranges,coriander.... pear type realm. smells kind of sweet. almost a sugary sweetness.

T - very very slight hop presence...has a nice mellow easy drinking flavor....getting that apple and pear and orange..a very very slight hop presence juuuust enough to tickle the palate...So many characteristics of a saison happening here. this a saison hahah...?

Feel - Well carbonated, real drinkable

Overall, A pretty solid beer. generally not a big fan of this style but this wasn't bad....if i went out and someone had this on tap i may get it...this is a nice summer beer.

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