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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice intro to this brewery's beers. Nailed the style and then some.Unfiltered look.A little banana and yeasty. Good lacing, spicyness from cloves and corriander (cinammon and grains of paradise) and yes clementine/orange taste. Above average mouthfeel. A nice one.Thanks Dr. Jay for sending.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spices, yeast, and some citrusy aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tasty wheat brew with a ton of citrus funk. the pour is cloudy and bright sunshine color, glowing loudly, with a tall white head with excellent retention. the nose is real orangey, i cant specify clementines exactly, but maybe tangerines or some kind of orange. zesty more than juice in the smell, with some sour sainson-esque yeast. the flavor is equally interesting, with the orange throughout, bitter and acidic at the end. the yeast is more spicy than i think it needs to be, as the fruit would be more enjoyable as a standalone dominant note in this one, but i appreciate the use of something non generic. somewhere between a saison and a hefeweizen i think here, its a cool take on this style. the wheat malt provides some body, but its flavor is outshined by the fruit. solid feel, a little too sturdy from the sediment to be as refreshing as it might otherwise be, but the carbonation is awesome and the finish is really cool, with the acidic sting of the orange peel and the sweetness of the fruit itself, combined with a funky yeast. overall a very pleasing beer at a fair price. this is one i will look forward to trying again if warm weather ever comes back...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy yellow color with a pretty decent looking white head on top that sticks to the glass fairly well. The smell of the beer has some citrusy aromas along with the wheat softness coming though too. The taste of the beer doesn't have too much of a fruit flavor like I thought it might. The mouthfeel of the beer is light and refreshing. Overall this brew is a good summer beer for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of clementine and orange in the nose along with notes of wheat and hints of spices.
T: Lots of fruity flavors of clementine are present in the overall taste, which also has notes of wheat. Notes of spicy yeast and hints of coriander are evident towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and sessionable and has some refreshing properties. Compared to other witbiers, it has a lot more citrusy flavors and a bit of acidity.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle. 6% ABV for a witbier? These clowns sure like their boozy-booze, don't they?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and kind of bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some random craggy lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of savoury, earthy spice (coriander and black 'n white pepper, mostly), peppy yeast, sweet wheat malt, a bit of generic citrus, and leafy, floral, and perfumed hops. The taste is pretty consistent with the aroma, if maybe a bit more blended - zesty coriander and mixed peppercorns, well honed grainy wheat, edgy and dry yeast, with a mildly threatening booze entwining itself into the late-arriving weedy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is more supportive than outright in its presentation, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth, but for a few yeast and hop (?) caveats. If finishes off-dry, the wheat starting to beat its head against the wall of spice, yeast, hop, and alcohol.

I'm kind of getting a typical brash Americian hegemony thing emanating from this one - do they get all the metrics correct? Sure. Is it drinkable? (You bet yer ass). Is it anywhere near as subtle and complex as the world-beaters for the style? Fuck no (I don't know how to express that with a Boston accent).

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Photo of brentk56
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a whipped egg white head that leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: The citrus peel almost jumps out of the liquid though a closer sniff detects the coriander, yeast and bready wheat malt

Taste: The Belgian yeast and wheat flavors establish themselves at the outset with the coriander also arriving early; after a few seconds, the clementine orange peel and hops start to really assert themselves and dominate that profile through the finish though the coriander lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a little heavier than I would like for the style

Drinkability: This is a Wit with a hoppy difference, but what would you expect from the hop-loving folks at Clown Shoes? It is going to be too hoppy for some folks but I really enjoyed the difference

Thanks, Gregg, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled last week of January 2011.

22oz. bomber poured into a half liter mug. Initially a hazy golden orange, it becomes an opaque tan-orange with the yeast poured in. A finger of white foam rises, leaving smudges of spotty lace randomly in the glass. A skim across the surface remains constant.

Big orange and coriander aroma, dry and lightly spiced, not especially sweet in the nose.

Tangy orange, spicy coriander notes, some very minor leafy hops (Summit on the label) surface in the middle. Full bodied, with a dry aftertaste of coriander that lingers. Smooth wheaty body, spicing isn't overdone, and the bomber is no problem to finish. The orange notes are slightly bittersweet, more peel and pith than fruit. Fairly straightforward but with an interesting complexity. A nice warm weather refresher that i'll return to, hopefully will see this on tap around town.

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Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloud golden amber with a finger of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong yeast presence, lots of spice and fruit notes. Banana and cloves. Some sweet malt.

Taste: Follows from the smell, but not too sweet. Strong spice notes up front with the banana and cloves. Strong flavors fade a bit to yield a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: The taste seemed a little watery as the spice and fruity notes fades. Other than that it was very crisp and refreshing. I would have another.

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Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden orange color. Off white head. Some lace.

Flavors of lemons and spices. Lots of fruits. Clementines and orange peel. Some wheat flavors. Grassy hops. Citrusy.

Mouthfeel: smooth and crisp. Light bodied. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, a really easy drinking wit. Lots of flavors, but still refreshing. I dig it.

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

Poured into a chalice a hazed tangerine color with a nicely formed 1/2 finger white head atop.Alot of yeasty phenols in the nose mixed coriander spiceed notes,Iam not sure if I have come across a wit with that much of a yeasty phenolic presence.flavors have a nice clementine orange presence upfront then the yeasty phenolic spiced flavors really pretty much take over,a light smattering of coriander in the finish.It's not bad but it;s a little yeast heavy handed in my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/21/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lemon zest, tangerine, orange peel, grapefruit, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, floral. and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; with great flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that escaped my reviews, probably cause I'm not a huge fan of wheat based beers, but this was pretty decent, esp after working all day in the yard and super hot.

Pours a decent but smaller fizzy head that hits 1/2 finger and disappears pretty quickly, no lacing either, surprisingly crystal clear honey golden yellow color.

NOse brings nice spices at first, not over powering either, little coriander clove like spices, a little orange zest, hint of creamy wheat, mild toasty note, mild floral spices note, fair orange, but overall on the light side.

Taste starts with more mild creamy wheat, a little toasty but not much, into orange juice, a bitter rind and pulp like orange. Fair spices, a bit more than I expected from the aroma, coriander, floral spices, orange zest, etc. mild fruity esters, and a little peppery note. Finish is dry, very dry, little creamy too, fair bitterness kicking in mostly the bitter orange peel, and a little bit of the coriander lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a little creamy, nice carb.

Overall not bad, again not a huge fan of wheat based beers, hefes, wits, etc, but this is pretty decent, nice spices that get perhaps a bit too much on the flavor but still nice, great orange and zest, nit bitterness on the finish with dry finish, decent creamy wheat, nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, citrus fruits, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, spices and bananas come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is very mild but both are where they should be for the style and bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very god lighter Belgian-style beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

quite beautiful cloudy golden with lots of lacing in the wine goblet. Nose of cloves.

Tart but full of malty flavors. Rich and mouthfilling with very nice carbonation. Not so intensely orange, but quite flavorful. A wheaty mouthful of flavors with the banana and clove. The yeasty Belgian flavors are quite refined and add just a little bitterness at the end.

After having just had a Elder Betty from Magic Hat, it was interesting to taste another big fruit beer. This one wins for the remarkably nice sudsy and creamy mouthfeel. On the sweet and spicy side if you're in the mood. From the 12 oz bottle.

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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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden/tangerine yellow with a finger tall fluffy white head. The head has moderate retention and pretty good amounts of lacing on the glass. No visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of wheat with hints of orange and spices (corriander most likely). There is a little bit of a yeasty smell present as well.

T: Flavors of citrus (orange, lemon, clementine - which I recognized from the box I just finished eating), grasspy hops, and wheat. There is just a hint of tanginess from the yeast and light bitterness which is refreshing.

M: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: A really easy to drink beer and a nice thirst quencher. I really enjoyed this beer - another pleasant offering from Clown Shoes, I have been impressed with this brewery thus far. This beer is quite sessionable and I will look forward to quaffing quite a few come the spring/summer - though I will have to trek into NY to purchase this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a delicately hazed, light golden-orange body with a smallish, brief, white head.

Smell: Moist orange peel notes with a peppery-scented spice underneath and thin layering of maltiness.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly bready wheat malt followed close behind by a juicy sweet, fruity orange peel taste and spicy pinch of coriander. Growing candyish quality. Lightly bitter. Dry, citrusy finish that's quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, nice and lively.

Overall: A nice thirst-quencher at an awful price!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a chunky white head, slow fade, good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S: Lots of wheat and citrus, if I didn't know it was clementine I would have said orange, so close enough for me. Also a slight spice note as well.

T: Surprisingly hoppy, in a good way. Lots or orange flavor as well, some wheat and a little bit of malt rounds it out.

M/D: Medium bodied, very crisp and refreshing. A great summer beer for sure. Overall, very enjoyable and easy drinking.

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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 mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another new one i was very happy to be able to acquire recently along with several other clown shoes beers. really just a great and light beer.

his one poured out a very nice, and very bright golden yellow. Lots of cloudiness and haze in here, as there should be for the style. Some nice sediment pooling on the bottom as well. Nice one inch high head of white that fizzled out quickly but left behind a copious amount of side glass lacing.

The aroma was on the lighter side of things, lots of spices, wheat and grass like smells coming together nicely. A hint of lemon zest or orange peels in there as well, brightening it up very nicely. The flavor was superb for the style. Lots of coriander and spices running through it, a touch of clove and an almost banana like flavor in the middle. Lots of fresh grass as well in the finish. Wonderful body on this one was chewy most of the time and really just came across very well. Great carbonation kept it lively throughout.

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Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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 smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, straw yellow color with a huge, magnificent head. It recedes in a complicated rocky way with lots of large bubbles. It also leaves lots of chunky lace.

Prickly bitterness of hop and spent yeast. I find this only slightly wheaty to the nose.

Strong wheat flavor from the start to the finish of the taste. There's also some metal to the finish. The aftertaste is short lived and has an iron flavor to it. The body is typical, the carbonation is low. The combination gives the sense of a thicker beer than it really is. The swallow has a nice bitterness from hops. The aftertaste has a mild sourness.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for this one, Jeff.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden color with a rather large white head.

S: Smells a bit plain. A lot of straw and grass but not much in the usual aromas of bread, malt, spice, or citrus. There is a little bit of citrus peel. Not much coriander, though.

T: A nice citrus flavor with lemon and orange peel. Like with the aroma, there really isn't much spice or malt flavor. Some sweetness, but it's more candy/sugar-like.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Not really much witbier character to this. Wasn't a big fan.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a murky golden color with ann inch of white head,

s - Smells of pale citrus hops, oranges, floral notes, and faint spices.

t - Tastes of citrus, oranges, wheat, bready malts, and faint spices.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent fruity witbier. Lots of citrus and orange in the smell and taste. Wouldn't seek out again but would give another shot if someone had a bottle.

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