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 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 lnashsig
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Nuggethops for the chance to review this one. After a pretty aggressive trip to Costco in 90 degree and rainy weather, a nice witbier seemed like a good choice. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a murky yellow-orange color. Bright white head, small bubbles, tons of carbonation. Smell- coriander, lemon peel, clove, just so refreshing. Taste- definite hops presence- a really nice bitterness, crisp orange/lemon zest flavors, coriander, light spices. Mouthfeel- tons of carbonation makes for a really dry finish, works well for the style. Drinkability- this is a great summer beer, perfect to cool down with after a nice hot day.

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

A- Pours a hazy light gold with a half-inch or so of head. A little darker than some witbiers I've had, which is not a bad thing.

S- Perhaps the name is simply putting things in my head, but it does smell like clementines, or at least a nice, sweet orange. There's a good dose of coriander spice, too.

T- Tangy wheat and citrus upfront with a good dose of herbal hops thrown in the middle. Definitely hoppier than your typical witbier. Finish is soft and clean and moderately bitter.

M- Smooth and medium-bodied with and appropriately high level of carbonation.

A darn good witbier and the second solid beer I've had from Clown Shoes. This beer may be a touch too strong to quaff on a hot day, but everything else about it is very nice. I look forward to trying the rest of this brewery's lineup. Recommended.

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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 robwestcott
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to jager68 for this one. poured cold to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass a murky mandarin orange with a foamy, big bubbled, long lasting near white head leaving spotty lace after each sip.

spicy aroma of coriander and citrus.

very refreshing, subtle sour lemon rind bite followed by a spicy tingle all about the tongue. citrus, spicy.

light bodied, big carbonation, spicy tingle, though not bitter.

enjoyable, light, and the label isn't offensive ; )

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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 ArrogantDeadGuy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with a thin white cap. Sweet candy roma with slight yeastiness. Sweet allover, but with a hop finish, unepected. A little yeast, lemon, grass, and banana. PRetty diverse flavor profile. Medium bodied, great carbonation. Really nice summer brew.

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Photo of JLeege
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Poured into an imperial pint, clear golden color with tons of active carbonation, with an insanely large head foaming up and not moving, more than half the glass. What the deuce!? When it finally settles it is a nice looking beer. (The 2nd pour clouded things up with the yeast in there)

Smell- Lots of lemon and orange notes, with definite coriander. Solid, inviting aroma. Maybe a bit more orange, or “clementine” than found in your average wit.

Taste- Lemon up front, turning into sweet juicy orange throughout. Ever so slightly bitter. Some light coriander spice and subtle clove as well. The label does not lie! A subtle Belgian yeastiness noticed on the linger, but it is very light.

Mouthfeel- Light body and high carbonation. Could use a bit more heft, even for the style, but it is infinitely drinkable, and incredibly refreshing.

Overall- The sum is greater than the parts on this one, and factoring in the drinkability it gets a 5. A great summertime thirst quencher and a very fairly priced bomber. Also can we talk about this brewers name… Clown Shoes!? Probably the greatest thing since sliced bread! Looking forward to checking out the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange, like an orangina.

S: Slight citrus zest, a touch of honey and spice, and a faint nose of some citrusy hops. Very subtle.

T: An initial hit of tart and sour citrus flavor, mostly orange, which quickly shifts to a slightly citrus hoppiness and ends with a crisp, dry, citrus note. All very subtle and kinda bland, but very refreshing.

O: This one is okay. Hoppy feet and hoppy feet 1.5 blew me away, but this one is just...meh. Lacks flavor for me.

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Photo of Simmy7000
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle

A- Decent looking label, beckons of summertime and a hint of what is to come. Pours a semi-cloudy yellow-orange with a 2 finger head that rapidly dissipates. Lots of carbonation bubbles. No real lacing present while drinking.

S- Faint hints of coriander, spices, and slight orange. Pretty subtle overall.

T- Follows the nose closely. Wheat up front early leads into the main showcase of a blend of coriander and orange. Some spice creeps in near the end. Yeast adds some 'funk' here and there. Nothing exciting but refreshing.

M- Extremely carbonated. Goes down extremely smooth, very sessionable.

O- This beer accomplishes what it states on the label. A refreshing, easy to drink summertime brew. If you like wit's with a focus on orange/citrus flavors, try this beer.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice golden with an inch of pure frothy white head.
Smell: Smells of yeast, coriander, and slight orangeish scent.
Taste: Taste pretty much like it smells coriander, orange and yeast. The orange comes out more in the taste as you would expect with Clementine oranges in the brew.
Mouthfeel: Easy drinking like a summer beer should be light and smooth around the mouth and tongue.

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

Poured from a keg into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy light orange color with a soft, creamy, one finger head that slowly fizzes away. A light amount of lacing clings to the sides of the glass as and there is light upwards carbonation.

Smell: There are definite notes of citrus hops, a sweet yeast smell, and faint hints of spice.

Taste: The first taste to hit my mouth was the citrus hops/clementine flavor which fades to a light bitter flavor in the back of the mouth at the end.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, lightly carbonated. Goes down very easy.

Overall: Overall, this is my favorite fruit infused white ale on the market. It has a very smooth creamy feel to it through and through and delicious spice, citrus, and sweet notes too. Definitely a great go together with all things summer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice sample of this... probably 4 oz.

Poured a slightly hazy orange-yellow, nice bubbly white head that left patches all over. Light and refreshing citrusy notes with a crisp lemony/earthy hop aroma. Hint of wheat twang. Flavor could be more assertive, but this is a nice summertime drink. Orange peel bitterness is slight but noticed in the finish. Smooth carbonation for a light, crisp beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very orange, amber hue before you swirl the bottom of this 22 oz. bottle. After you do that, the orange color is heightened with an added lack of clarity. Ohh yeah, I forgot to mention the insane head!. More of a pain in the ass than a visual pleasure. Took about 20 minutes before my pint glass was full of beer and head after each small pour and time spent letting the head recede.

The aroma had a some soft citrus notes with a little sweetnessfrom both the clemntines, orange peel, and malts. Smells happy and refreshing.

The taste is simple and pleasant. Soft citrus flavors mixed well with mild toasted malts and a good yeast profile. Very sessionable, and a slight chalky palate Worth buying again, but nothing spectacular that puts this Wit ahead of all the rest.

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Photo of birchstick
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy orangish yellow color with a nice head that sticks around for a while

S - smells strongly of coriander and orange with some spicy herbal hop tones

T - the taste and nose mirror one another. Opens up with a lot coriander / orange flavors on the front and middle of the tongue. These get pushed aside by some spicy, resinous hop characters. Very herbal. The hops add a really nice balance to the sweetness upfront. Really nice!

M - very spritzy with very lively carbonation. Goes down with a medium body.

D - this is a really enjoyable wittbier from Clown Shoes. Definitely a fruitier example of the styles, but the bops keep it in check. This was my first dive into this newest and it has left me wanting more.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade from Fluke828

Pours a strong white head of tiny bubbles, clear yellow marigold color in the body.

Aroma of belgian yeast, coriander, white wheat pale malt aroma. dough, orange peel

Taste is of mostly belgian yeast, wheat malt , strong coriander and strong belgian yeast flavors. The body is nice and light and probably on the thicker side for the witbier style. Orange peel flavors, only a bit more bittersweet and intense like one would expect of a beer named Clementine. Good bready yeast flavors. The aftertaste is slightly cloying, this is one of the main reasons I cannot give it high scores.

Overall a nice witbier. luckily there seem to be others around that I like but I would probably pick this up from time to time if it were available in CT.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Bottled March 2011. Big thanks to Hojaminbag for hooking me up with this.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden yellow color. Two fingers of white lightly frothed head with average retention and no lacing.

4.0 S: Smells like a mix between a saison and a witbier. Orange peel and corriander stands out with clementine not far behind. Hops are grassy and herbal with light citrusy notes. The saison part is a light funkiness in the form barnyard essence.

3.0 T: The taste disappoints after the nose. Actually, it's like a muted nose. The orange peel is there again and combines with the hops to offer a slightly higher than average bitterness for the style. The corriander is weaker than I'd like as is the clementine. This also isn't as malty I'd like. I can't really taste much neutral or bready malt flavor. Again grassy hops.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This has a nice creaminess to it and it goes down easy.

3.5 D: Aside from the taste (which is mediocre), this is a pretty good beer. Of course, the taste is most important, so take that however you want.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled last week of January 2011

A - Opaque golden with fluffy white head.

S - Coriander, orange peel, light spice, wit yeast and some grainy wheat.

T - Spicy coriander, orange, clementine, sweet grainy malt at first transitioning into a tart tang. Nice balance of orange, spice and wheat malt.

M - Medium body, a little heavier than I was expecting with a very dry finish.

D - Perfect after working outside all day. Tasty summer beer.

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

Bomber into a pint glass. Bottled last week of January 2011.

A: Big, airy white head atop a hazy, vaguely orange gold body rife with effervescence. Perhaps a touch dark for the style, but still lovely.

S: Wheat, slightly grassy hops, and abundant sweet/bitter orange. Perhaps a bit more coriander would be nice, but this is probably a bit old for that, sadly. Still, great nose.

T: Very much like its namesake clementine--sweet, citrusy, and a touch bitter up front, with some light bready wheat and yeast and a bit of hops in the end. There's some coriander in the middle as well, which I couldn't find in the nose. Well executed.

M: Solid carbonation means this trips sprightly along the tongue. I might even call it overcarbonated. Otherwise, the body is just right for the style--just a bit thick, but not enough to weigh you down on a hot day.

O: Very well executed beer overall. Orange pairs well with this style, and if you're going to add fruit/essence, you might as well do it successfully. This beer achieves that. Quite good.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes slowly leaving some lacing and a small fluffy crown on top.

The smells are spices, Clementine orange, and some honey. The spices I pick up are clove, coriander, cinnamon, and some vanilla. Very interesting aroma, it smells almost like tea brewing.

The taste is very interesting. Clementine oranges, clove and cinnamon possibly from the use of Belgian yeast, and a creamy light honey. This is definitely unique and interesting, I quite like it.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth, the carbonation is lively but not overly strong, and the finish is light and crisp.

Overall I really like this beer, there is so much going on. The malt backbone really let's the flavors shine through. There is a nice spice like a Belgian blonde, some nice citrus orange, and a creamy smoothness that all blends well together. A really nice beer to have out on the deck on a summer day and watch the sun set with.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color with a very light haze to it, good sized white bubbly head that fades at a fair rate, not too much lacing though, bits of sediment.

Smell has a huge spicy aroma, picking up quite the yeasty kick to it coupled with clove, coriander and a bit of orange zest.

Taste is light and crisp, high carbonation per the style that fills up the mouth with bubbles, flavors primarily coriander and spicy Belgian yeasty character with an aftertaste of orange.

Witbiers tend to be easy to drink and this one is no different, I enjoy the larger presence of orange which adds a refreshing citrus element. This would be a great choice for summer drinking.

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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 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 Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into two goblets. Thanks for BennyL1 for this. I split it with my wife, as she's a witbeer drinker. This is as much her opinion as mine.

Appearance - Hazy straw color. Opaque. Big head, but it's gone instantly. No lacing at all.

Smell - It smells intriguing. Orange smell with some spice. Some yeastiness.

Taste - The taste isn't bad for the style, but it's not much. Again, orange peel flavor with some spiciness. I can't specify which spices, really, but that's probably my palate's fault more than the beer's. It has some hop bitterness in the midrange that becomes apparent when the aromatics die off.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation that drops off quickly. The finish is extremely dry, which is par for the style I guess. Light bodied.

Overall - Well, it has good flavor for a witbeer. But it's a witbeer. Refreshing with a nice flavor and quite a good aroma, but not anything jaw-dropping.

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Photo of boralyl
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bottled March 2011. Pours a small white head into a pint glass that fades fairly quickly leaving little lace. The beer is a pale straw color with a slight haze.

S - The nose contains light orange, some peppery spices and the typical Belgian yeast aroma.

M - Light in body with active carbonation and a creamy finish.

T - The taste is very similar to the nose. It begins with orange and coriander followed by some pepper. The Belgian yeast character shows up towards the end and lasts into the finish.

Can't knock this beer, it's very good for the style. I'm very interested in trying their other offerings.

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Clementine from Clown Shoes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,137 ratings.
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