Clementine | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 GrumpyGas
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of puck1225
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of AleMan66
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy deep golden color with a loose one finger bright white head. Retention is decent, but not much lacing. Smell is corriander, cloves, bread, wheat, but no clementine. Taste is similar with some banana notes and the slightest hint of citrus. Feel is very light and tickles the tongue. Overall a solid beer but nothing special.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing particularly wrong with this, just unexciting. Pours a nice looking clear golden with lasting half-finger of tiny white bubbles. Aroma is pleasantly less sour than expected, mostly bready with slight citrus. Flavor is slightly sweet with orange (clementine) and lemon notes. Finishes fairly dry.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Not much head after a light pour. Hazy brownish yellow with lacing.
S: Smells like bread, not detecting much citrus.
T: Nice, bright with a heavy dose of coriander.
F: Pretty carbonated, nothing noteworthy.

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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 cheer4beer_
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a cloudy golden-amber color, thick white head with high level of carbonation. It has a sweet malty smell, a little bready as well. The taste is very much what you expect from white ale with notes of orange peel. The beer feel quite carbonated on the tongue and has a light mouthfeel.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very wheat dominant aroma initially, with notes of Clementine taking over over late, finishing with coriander and light pepper notes.

Flavor is more fruit forward upfront, becoming malty and wheat mid palate, carrying into the dry coriander finish. More fruity than I expected, it almost becomes peachy as it warms.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent gold/bronze with slight chill hazing & a pinky of pearl white head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Slightly bready, cloves, & green banana

T: Follows the nose, a little juicy fruit as well, plus green banana up front. Pears. white grape, a little more juicy fruit & Band-Aid & plus white pepper as this warms. Finishes with banana peel, pears & cloves & juicy fruit

MF: Light/medium body, restrained carbonation

Drinks easy for the style, pretty true to style as well

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Photo of DrSpaceman
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip, beautiful cloudy gold topped with thick white head. Smell is belgian yeast, spices, and slightly tart. Taste is banana, spice, and clean malt with a satisfying hop finish. Body is wonderfully light and refreshing. Very well done white ale.

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Photo of kitch
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 2nd January 2015 and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy orangey amber colour with a just over one finger white head that dissipated quite quickly leaving a very thin foamy layer.

Aroma: Strong citrus and sweet orange in the smell with hints of coriander and grass.

Taste: Definitely very orangey with citrus orange, orange peel and mandarin shining through. Hints of coriander and pine then a slight spicy but peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: A good witbier that I would probably buy again. Admittedly I was iffy when I smelt the strong orange aromas, as I did not enjoy the other really orangey witbier that I’ve tried. But this was much better and restored my confidence somewhat on orange flavoured beers.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid for a Witbier. You definitely tasted the Clementine / citrus but it's not overpowering either. There's also a nice bit of yeastiness too.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a hazy orange amber color with a one finger foamy to bubbly white to off-white head that dissipates stealthily. There's barely any lacing and what there is slides quickly into the beer.
The smell starts off with light Belgian spices and sweet malts. Citrus and orange peel roam in with a light grassy edge.
The taste was sweet with a fair spice underneath.
The mouthfeel sat about a light on the body. It had pure sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to be good for a witbier and for me.
Overall, nice mellow witbier to have again.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish orange gold with white head. Sweet citrus, oranges, clementines, and some wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a wheaty citrusy note.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a:Hazy, juicy yellow orange body with a 2 finger white head. On the darker side of a witbier.

s: Lots of citrus and yeast. The orange was a bit off putting as it smelled sweet like soda. The orange trailed off in to malt and spice.

t: Again with the orange. A little over powering for me. Nice malt flavor mixed with spices...coriander, clove with a chalky, peppery finish.

mf: Nice medium body with good carbonation.

o: I would have liked this better without the clementine. I was very excited when I poured this as it is a nice looking beer but I found that there were too many spikes in the flavoring with a chalky, lingering aftertaste.

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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 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 HamdenHector
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: balanced between coriander and orange;

T: all coriander up front; sweet orange mixes in at mid-palate; coriander is dominant at the finish; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry finish;

O: tasty, but not very complex;

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