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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 pat61
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours brilliant gold, 1” off white foam cap, collapses into a film. Smell: initially a little bacon with a hint of smoke and some fruit. Taste: Fruity, malty sweetness with some orange, tropical fruit, banana and wheat. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, soft above average carbonation.

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Photo of leaddog
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy straw with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - orange peel, coriander, Belgian yeast (clove, banana), wheat malts, spicy hops.

Taste - Very flavourful and well-balanced blend of wheat malts, spicy hops, Belgian yeast and traditional orange peel and coriander.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp with the yeast lingering.

Overall - A well executed witbier. This would be perfect on a hot summer Calgary day but I will enjoy this on a mild evening here in Cowtown.

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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 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 Fatehunter
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a thin head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is a fresh clementine and orange smell with some dry grain in the background.
The taste is a little watery, citrus sweet with a little pine bitterness.
The texture is soft and fizzy.

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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 FLima
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick head with medium retention. Got a bit yellow whitey after the residual yeast was poured. Better looking than usual.
Predominant aroma of orange peel and tangerines with hints of coriander and bread.
Refreshing flavor with notes of oranges, tangerines, coriander, white pepper, citrus hops, C vitamin and finishing with some yeast chalkiness.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very good Witbier with lots of spices and citrus flavors. Flavorful and with interesting choice of citrus hops (Summit) that matched perfectly. Recommended for style and better than references such as Hoegaarden.

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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 CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

Single bottle from a 4-pack poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy lemon yellow topped with a half-finger of large white bubbles, with some stratified lacing on one side of the glass. Smells wonderful, with some dry Belgian "burlap sack" funk out front, followed by bubble gum, lemon rind, fresh orange juice, coriander seed, and buttered bread. Palate is almost like a saison but with added orange, lemon, and tangerine in the middle and end phases of a sip ... Dry and somewhat tannic but very fruity. Flashes of watermelon (!) and golden raisins in there amongst the citrus and phenolic/estery yeast. Some banana going on. Light to moderate body with carbonation quite tame. Finish is dry, with some green resinous hops apparent, although the bright citrus flavor carries on through to the end. Nicely phenolic, with some clove becoming more assertive over time. Enjoyable even if the citrus is rather too dominant in the overall flavor profile.

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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 doktorhops
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my own personal race to reach the big four zero zero I came across Clown Shoes, which Monty Python would no doubt remark "is a silly name indeed" and to which I would tend to agree, so yeah I'm telling you that I bought Clementine pretty much solely due to the brewer having a silly name. That's just a mere glimpse at the hampster-on-wheel logic going on inside my head, enjoy!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: A perfect Clementine coloured hazy body with a white half centimetre head. Looks great it has to be said, but hardly a "white ale" or Witbier, sorry Clown Shoes.

S: Typical Witbier coriander leaf, orange peel and candi sugar aromas at play. A second inhale reveals a lingering back note of medicinal hops. Not bad, not bad at all.

T: Spicy coriander and white pepper leads to some chewy mid-palate orange peel, sugar-glaze and bread yeast which then finishes with a touch of medicinal hops. It has a nice, clean refreshing palate at play here and is quite honestly the best US made Witbier I've tried, though admittedly the list of US Wits I've tried is shorter than my forearm.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy, dense carbonation, spot on again Clown Shoes.

D: I must say I've got to hand it to myself on my system of picking out beers based on how silly their brewers name is. It has worked a real treat this time and if you're looking for the best Witbier outside of Belgium (based on my limited knowledge, yes) this is the one. I could drink this stuff all evening if the price tag wasn't so restrictive. Dammit Australia make a decent Belgian style Wit already! Anyway, bravo Clown Shoes, bravo.

Food match: Lighter spiced dishes such as garlic chilli prawns or a spicy BBQ fish with mango salad would pair quite well.

Note: This is how I remember Hoegaarden Original tasting before it got bought out by a multinational and watered down to the point of silliness.

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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 chogm54
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with best before date of march 2014.

A- pours a yellowish brown hazy, with a thick soapy white head about 2cm thick. The head keeps on and on.

S- sweet candi sugar, strong herbal whiff with some wheat in there. Faint mango aroma too.

T- yeasty,earthy taste with nice orange and lemon zest which isn't too strong. Wheat backdrop typical of a wit beer, but I can't really pick up the advertised coriander. Nice hoppy bitterness is noticeable throughout.

M- light to medium body, soapy texture, sharp finish and high carbonation.

O- good solid representation of the style. More bitter and less watery than a hoegaarden, this is worth a go. But drink it in summer, not in winter like me.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler. Moderately aggressive hand. Bottled on 02/21/2014.

A: Hazy, yellow-orange hued body with 3+ fingers of sudsy, slightly rocky white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Faintly musty yeast with notes of citrus zest, orange, lemon. Coriander. Lighter honey, floral hops.

T: Fruit and spice up front via the yeast. A hop bitterness mounts quickly and yields a fairly dry, pretty clean finish. Citrus zest bitterness lingers on the palate. Minimal alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. There is a mild effervescent kick with a slight prickliness.

O: Not a bad wit. A good amount of citrus is dialed in without excessive sweetness. Perhaps a bit over-hopped and somewhat lacking in depth, but certainly a refreshing, warm weather quaff.


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Photo of gcamparone
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 bottle into a snifter. Purchased for a dollar at Gasbarro's in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright golden body with a small white head that reduces without leaving much lacing or retention.

S- heavy spices and citrus.. cloves, oranges, some cinnamon and wheat. Overly spiced on the nose.

T- Heavy spices and orange peel, followed by wheat and grain. The finish has cloves and allspice.

M- Medium body, high carbonation

Good but nothing special. Spices were overdone, could have been a little more balanced.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop (£3.00):
Light golden & cloudy with a thumb-sized, bubbly white head on top that reduces a little, holding about half its original size for the next couple of minutes.

Fruity upfront with citrus notes (orange & some lemon zest). Pear & apple like aroma plus some coriander, cloves & wheat. There are a few light hops in the mix as well & some faint yeast and a semi-sweet aroma towards the end.

Orange & wheat with some lemon zest & coriander before some clove & yeast around the middle. It tastes a little sweeter than the nose indicated & some spice is present throughout, as is the faint hops from the aroma too.

Very smooth & refreshing, it's well-balanced throughout & goes down very easy despite the 6% abv. It's well-carbonated & seems quite lively giving it quite a crisp and dry finish that leave you wanting to take another drink.

A beer that I really enjoyed & one that proved far too easy to drink. It's relatively simple would usually be a bad thing but it works very well in this case with the citrus fruits & orange complimenting the coriander and wheat flavours. This one tastes as a witbier should and is definitely one worth picking up.

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

Bottle: a standard 355mL brown bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: a cloudy mid-amber colour with decent carbonation. A one-finger head hangs about for a time before settling to a thin cap.

Aroma: plenty of clean wheat, orange and tangerine citrus. A touch of Belgian yeasts.

Taste: follows the nose quite closely - wheat, citrus, cloves and like yeasts. Very little hint of alcohol. Refreshing.

Aftertaste: still quite refreshing, an easy drinking beer.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate fine carbonation. Quite sweet up front with a dryness on the finish.

Overall: quite a tasty witbier - very clean and refreshing. I don't think it has quite enough over the standard witbier to justify the price, but hey - still a damn good beer.

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Photo of Rob_Z
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours very cloudy, there is a lot of sediment here, although it suspends nicely with a good aggressive swirl. Taste is lightly sweet, faint fruit taste as you'd expect. Nice and refreshing, no edge to it at all. Really enjoyable if you're looking for a light summery beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa this past weekend, not having any beers from Clown Shoes in quite some time. I like this style of beer a lot but for some reason, this didn't do it for me. It went down well and was true to form but there wasn't anything notable about this and once the head settled down, this was a somewhat flat Witbier that needed a slightly bolder array of flavors to it.

The pour to this was indeed good, as this beer had a hazy, golden hue and a thick head that settled into a nice layer of foam. Quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle as well, as it too me a while to swirl it out. No date on this bottle either, as I would have liked to have known how old this was. Lots of citrus zest in the nose with some lemon, pepper, and straw. Not a lot of wheat to be tasted and this was just a hair too thin and sour for me. Some more carbonation would have been great too, as I didn't see or feel any when I took my sips.

Of course, the alcohol wasn't that heavy here, which lead to this going down faster than it should have. While beers of this style tend to be light and easygoing, this could have been a bit more heavy and bold. Citrus lovers might want to substitute this for a glass of orange juice but now that the spring is here, there are much better examples of this to be found on your local retailer's shelf. Only worth a try for fans of Clown shoes.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy dark yellow amber with a large (2-3 finger) white pillowy head that slowly receded, down to a thin cap which was mostly lasting and had good sticky streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, mild floral hops and a soapy musty yeast with notes of coriander, citrus (clementine) and a light scent of peppercorns.

The taste was lightly malty with a mild citrus sweetness in the beginning, and then had a moderate influx of yeast and a bit of spice, with the finish having a slight citrus peel bitterness and a touch of pepper at the end. The flavor lingered for quite a while following the swallow, with a mildly spicy yeast taste left behind lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few steps beyond light in body with a creamy dry texture and a carbonation that went a just little above medium.

Overall I really liked this Witbier, it possess lots of yeasty citrus flavor along with a mild spiciness making it extremely enjoyable and easy to drink. Although, I expect nothing less for this brewer who never seems to disappoint...


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Photo of don1481
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Mr. Pint Glass. I really should consider buying some better drinkware.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a LOT of bubbles. This beer just churns and churns and churns! Helps keep a small head to it that stays around a little bit.

Smell: Citrusy, but good gobs of bread and coriander to boot.

Taste: Yeasty with hits of orange and coriander. Not an overpowering taste, but not one that lurks totally in the background.

Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp. Not overly carbonated.

Overall: Refreshing; I'll probably save the other two bottles I got for the summer. Don't think I'll go buy more, though. Not bad, not stellar. Decent.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy gold color with a white head that leaves a lace
S-wheat comes in first with a tart pear like aroma
T-very tart taste with the wheat coming in also, and this taste stays with you til the end
M-light body and high carbonation
O-this beer was good like the smell and taste

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Clementine from Clown Shoes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,125 ratings.
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