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 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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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque, somewhat glowy orange with a fluffy white head.

S: Nose is full of fruity esters, orange, general citrus peel (especially grapefruit), some peach, and some tropical fruit.

T: Taste is quite citric. Nice notes of tangerine, lemon (only very slightly tart), peach, grapefruit, citrus peel and a touch of pine. Tropical fruit and peach are missing, but it tastes quite good.

M: Medium bodied, typical witbier feel, but not harshly carbonated.

O: Recommended, especially to citrus lovers. Is clementine in there? Probably. I'm not exactly sure what that tastes like.

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Photo of bmwats
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Hazy golden hue. Pours a half finger, bubbly white head. Dissipates quickly. Continually rising effervescence. No real lacing.

S: White bread, lemon citrus, and coriander.

T: Yeasty bread. Lemon an orange pith. Coriander.

M: Light and crisp. A bit of a steely bitter aftertaste.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Hazy with continually rising effervescence, a bubbly head, but no real lacing. Bread with citrus and spice. Light and crisp yeast, citrus pith, and coriander brought to a head with a steely finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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

Appearance: Dark golden color, with a nice creamy head.
Aroma: Strong lemon/orange aroma, accented with a light coriander and spice smell.
Flavor: Strong lemon/orange citrus flavor, light on the coriander and spices. The finish is a bit bitter. It is full bodied, highly carbonated.
Overall: Not a bad tasting beer. This brew is heavy on the citrus, but light on spices and orange flavor. Its tangy taste is reminiscent of orange zest rather than slices. The beer is more like a good lager with orange zest and spices added later.

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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 BB1313
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/10/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy pale golden; small off-white head that leaves solid retention and decent lacing. The aromas are nice. Lots of peach and orange marmalade. Lots of yeast. Some coriander in the mix as well. The flavors are very good, but I suppose it could be slightly cleaner for the style. Tons of orange zest and tangerines. Hints of spice. More peach along with some tangerines. Lots of citrus. Hints of lemon and herbs. Some cracker malts. There's a subtle hop bite to it. It finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It has very prickly and active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's a nice beer to relax with. It's refreshing as well.

This is a very solid witbier. I really like the citrus notes. I wish it was slightly refined, but there's something I really like about this beer. It was enjoyable right now in the winter, so I can just imagine enjoying this in the spring/summer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy dark straw color; very nice, 2-finger head; good carbonation action; excellent lacing
S: lemon, yeast very prominent; endures a while
T: coriander and orange spice very noticeable edifices on a rather neutral, champagne-like but somewhat tin-tasting base of white ale; lightly hopped; slight tonic water taste; neither complex nor sweet; satisfying
M: not bad

A very decent white ale, would go quite well with dinner (fish?)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale hazed peach body with a fluffy white head, forms thick and brings out the fine speckled lacing of the white head. Aroma is like a soft wheat grain tone with clementine citrus fruit additions with candied bitterness with hops wrapped around the citrus peel and spice additions. Flavors are bright with the citrus peel, coriander additions and clean alcohol finish I'm not sure what the abv is or the IBUs but they claim to throw in Summit hops usually a green vegetable note. My belief with their house yeast is to keep the sediment in the bottle. What's left is a light drinkable beer that Clown Shoes will sell by the tone, however I will set it straight this is not a hoppy American Wheat ale, but it's solid highly carbonated wheat that I enjoyed due to the clementine orange peel and spice additions. Overall go and drink some and form an opinion for yourself.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes has been available in Orange County for some time, but its price in large format bottles have shied me away from the brand. Luckily, I found some 12 ounce bottles at Total Wine just yesterday going at a more "affordable" rate ($2.99 single bottles versus $9 bombers, do the math). First one in, Clementine. On to the beer:

The color is much darker than the usual white ale. Looks like a yellowish orange color with some cloudiness, small visible carbonation bubbles running along the glass, over an inch of semi-creamy head which retains well. The lacing it gives off is very impressive, being thick rings. Aroma is mild in intensity. A pleasant bite of orange peel is the highlight for the nose. There's also a crisp note of grass and a hint of spice.

Tasty enough and refreshing at the same time, two aspects which I expect to find in a good witbier. Clementine hits that bar. The flavor is spicier than I thought, has a bite of clove. Has a bite of citrus as well. It's a light-medium bodied beer with some buzzing carbonation and finishes with a spicy and bitter citrus note.

Clown Shoes' version of a witbier is a success. Just the beer you need to "smack that mean day upside the head".

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Photo of carlborch
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Expected more haze in the pour. Was rather brilliant and dark-yellow to light-gold.. The yeast was no longer in suspension and had settled for the most part. Lively carbonation upon pouring but a very short-lived head. Nose is typical Witbier with hints of coriander, citrus (clementines and sweet orange peel labeled) and clove. Medium-light body and pleasant carbonation. Belgian lace does not form. Crisp, forward bitterness and spiciness, which includes peppercorn. A little sweeter than expected. Very pleasant. It tastes like a session beer, but the ABV (6%, although not noticeable) may be a too high for this.

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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 StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Clementine a couple weeks ago for $2.29 at The Lager Mill. This is the last of the 12oz bottles of Clown Shoes beers that I bought to get familiar with this brewery, so far I think they are decent, but I have yet to be really impressed, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Wiezen glass.

A- The label looks good, it's not the most eye catching, but I like it. It poured a pretty hazy golden color that took on an orange/amber color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that faded to nothing and didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a decent looking beer, the color was nice, but the head and lacing could have been better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with a lot of orange aromas coming through that have a nice orange juice like aroma with some citrus zest aromas in the background. Up next comes the Belgian yeast imparting a pretty big spicy aroma with an even mixture of cloves and coriander with some sweet and grainy malts in the background. The aroma was nice but I thought it was a little unbalanced.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness that took on a slight honey like flavor followed by a sharp orange flavor that is more orange zest tasting. Up next comes some sweet wheat flavors with some Belgian yeast that imparts some clove and coriander like flavors that are lighter then they were in the aroma. On the finish there's a medium amount of light bitterness with a orange zest and clove like aftertaste. This beer tasted nice for it's style, but there wasn't anything that made it really stick out.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, slightly watery, on the real light side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of high carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was just ok, I thought it was a little watery and over carbonated.

Overall I wasn't that into this beer and I thought it was a very average example of the style, all of the aspects of this beer seemed pretty average and there wasn't anything about it that separates it from all the other average Witbiers. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth and not filling, but the flavor didn't really hold my attention and I think it would really start to wear on me after drinking more than one so I think one would be my maximum. What I liked the most about this beer was the orange aspect, it wasn't bad and it didn't seem to be artificial. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, I think it needs some work. I wouldn't buy this beer again, since it really doesn't stick out for the style and it's a little overpriced for what you get. I would only recommend this beer to someone who really likes this style. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, there wasn't anything about it that made it a memorable Witbier. Better luck next time guys, Hoppy Feet is still my least favorite Clown Shoes beer but this one wasn't too much better, I'm still not sure about this brewery and I think it might be hard for them to compete against the local Michigan brewerys.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good witbier with the clementine being a slightly different take on the stereotypical organize you get with a lot of other similar beers. Has this poured out of the big boy bottle into the weizen glass. The color is a hazy darker yellow. Lighter mouthfeel as one would expect for the style. Liked it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Into an SA specialty glass.

Has a two-finger, fluffy white head. Pale gold and fizzy. Smells of melon, green apple, lemon, grass and sugar. Tastes sweet and spicy with faint notes of coriander, malt, peppercorn, apple juice, lemon and a slight hop bitterness. Complex and welcoming can and do coexist here. Light bodied, mostly dry but soft in the middle, and smooth sailin' all the way.

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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 KarlHungus
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a cloudy light orange color. Tge head iw one inch of frothy white foam that recedes slowly into a quatern inch that sits until the beer is gone. The aroma is coriander and cardamom forward (which I like), and has a nice fruity wheaty thing going on in the background which has some nice peach and tangerine qualities. The taste is a bit more balanced between the fruit and the spice. It is very full flavored for a witbier. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a fine example of the style, and I will drink it again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden amber with a meringue white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is citrus, coriander and some funky yeast.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with some citrus, coriander, floral spices and yeast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth creamy carbonation.

Overall, an OK wit, a little heavy on the spice.

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

Cloudy golden color with two fingers of dense head that had good retention. Can see a lot of larger yeast particles floating in the beer. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Belgian yeast aroma dominates. Nothing particularly unique or interesting. Hints of cloves.

I was expecting more for flavor, good or bad, considering this is Clown Shoes. Rather weak tasting witbier with wheat and slightly spicy flavor. The slightest hint of citrus.

Deceptively light body considering the ABV. The carbonation fits the bill for the right amount of crispness in the finish.

Fairly good beer but not really worth it at Clown Shoes prices. Thought it was straight forward and well made.

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Photo of Zach_T
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was expecting a bit more from this beer based on the reviews, maybe I got a mishandled bottle. Just came to my area, first Clown Shoes ever.

A: Golden Copper Orangeish, hazy with a quick, thin head that dissipated quickly
A: Slightly sweet malt aroma, clear citrusy-oranges going on, no hop aroma as expected
T: Orange and honey with a quick snappy wheat kick and a touch of bitterness that doesnt linger
M: Thin, orangey extract feels "artificial" on the tongue
F: Short bite from the wheat and fruity orange flavors that end up with a clean finish

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Photo of Brew_42
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer for the second time tonight and I totally changed my mind on it, The first time I had it I was not a fan but on tap I thought it was great.

Pours a hazy orange color with a short-lived white head.

Smells and tastes citrusy and spicy. Like your average witbeir but with just the right amount of citrusy sweetness. When they say clementine they mean it, it is sweeter than beers flavored with oranges.

Overall- Great summer beer. Refreshing citrus flavor. I'm glad I tried it a second time.

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

I think I'll try this in a mug.
Fresh, spicy with some fruit, wheat, grainy, tartness.
More towards gold, somewhat cloudy. White head that it is subdued for style.
Quite dry, but more in the beginning and less in the end. Hop flavor seems to lay on the tongue on the finish. But overall this is a more hoppy version of style, with a prominent hop flavoring too. The fruit, spice and tartness are all background with grains and hops foreground. Pleasing balance
Fully carbonated and somewhat soft.
Good solid version and nice for this heat we are in.

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Clementine from Clown Shoes
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,140 ratings.
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