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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. The label has an interesting picture on it - great artwork. Batch 272 which according to the bottle log on the website was bottled exactly one year ago. This has some age on it but doesn't seem any worse for the wear. It was a cloudy straw color with tons of carbonation and slight lacing. It had a huge fizzy white head that slowly settled to a constant foam base.

The aroma was amazing. I love wits and this one had the textbook aroma. Dry and spicy with a touch of oak. It was missing the orange peel but I ended up not missing it since the remaining elements were so outstanding. The taste was outstanding as well. Had that great wit bite (think Hoegaarden not Blue Moon) that I love. Very crisp. Hard to explain but it had a dry finish that wasn't dry. That is, it had that great dry taste and finish but it didn't leave you dying for a glass of water. Great balance. The mouthfeel was exceptional with the tartness, dry finish and carb attack.

Overall, a truly outstanding beer that I most highly recommend. Classic wit example. Only wish they were available here but looked them up on Mapquest and they are 5-6 miles from my brother's house so going to hit him up for some regular shipments. This would be a constant in my fridge if available in the Great Beer Desert of Texas. Go get some now!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 02:58:02 | More by TexIndy
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4.95/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an absolutely amazing beer! One of, if not THE, best example of this style I've ever had. This little brewery out of Dexter, MI, is simply outstanding. The aroma is outstanding--coriander, citrus, incredibly inviting. Amazingly drinkable, I'm so pleased with the relatively low alcohol content. This will be a great summer beer; also a great session beer.
Highly recommended to anyone who loves witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 23:54:44 | More by rrwiltse
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4.9/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold-orange color, it is topped by a frothy off white, creamy head that is held up by an ample carbonation. The aroma is spicy with orange peel dominating, but there are notes of ginger, pepper, a hint of musty cobwebs, earthy coriander, and a bright citrus acidity. The aroma is quite nice.

The beer is nice and light on the palate. It starts with a citrusy orange character and finishes with a bright acidity, that moves to an herbal perhaps woody tannic note. There is a nice light wheat character here that mixes well with the other refreshing components of this beer. This really is quite well done actually, at first it seems like a straight up Belgian Wit, but there are subtle notes of complexity here, and I do believe that there is perhaps a bit more acidity than is typical of the more simplistic Witbiers out there. This beer has lots of good spiciness to it as well, I get notes of ginger, pepper, coriander. I like that the coriander is used correctly in this beer, it is not too strong and the earthy-herbal note that is typical of overly-spiced versions is held nicely in check.

This is definitely one of the best Belgian Wits that I have had, I am a sucker for a good Wit, but I think that this has struck a really nice balance. It is bright, citrusy, and quite refreshing, yet it has some subtle complexity to it, but not so much that it gets in the way of this beer being refreshing like it should. Hopefully the barrels that this beer is aged in will be properly inoculated, because this could use a bit more funky complexity to it, that would definitely make this beer perfection in the glass come late spring to summer time. This is by far the best beer from Jolly Pumpkin that I have had, This is in fact just a world class example of this style, and I hope this brewery can get their Barrels going such that all of their beers can get to this level.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 02:06:21 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a 750ml into Pint glass. Decent amount of foam that too a while to settle. Very cloudy.

S- Strong smell of citrus and spices, with a light sweetness.

T- Smooth and sweet with a hints of all the different spices which can be indiviually identified.

M- Smooth and no bittlerness

Vergy good beer for the style. And nice to see from a brewer I have not heard quite a lot about.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 20:23:19 | More by elginirishpunk
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4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a gold-rimmed Brooklyn flute. Pours a gorgeous hazy straw yellow with a .5 inch head. Constant bubbles flying up to the surface similar to champagne.

S- Sour, funk, lemon, apple, and an odd notes of popcorn is all present in this nose. In my world a nose like this lets me know I am in for a treat.

T- Starts with sour and light wheat notes followed by a bit of funk with citrus notes. This is not a over powering beer but better yet a delicate and delicious beer.

M- Very sharp carbonation which cuts through the sour and funk. Almost creamy on the tongue from the natural carbonation. This is not bottle refermented but I don't think it was force carbonated. I maybe wrong on this but it is a very fine carbonation.

D- Absolutely drinkable. I really like this beer. If it wasn't so hard to find this would be my summer drinking beer of choice. I cannot say enough how much I enjoy this brew!

Serving type: bottle

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 744. Bottled 3-2-2011

Pours a solid, hazy gold that looks like the exact shade of lemon-meringue pie filling. Dense soapy white head, 2 fingers, which recedes completely about the same time the yeast sediment from the bottom starts making a more pronounced presence.

Nose starts with a light malt aroma of white bread, joined by a vanilla creaminess and musty, tart lemon notes. As more of the sediment joins the brew, the bright tartness mellows and nicely joins the yeasty spiciness. The coriander is really coming through now.

The palate is great too- moderate sweetness and an overall light body. The low alcohol coupled with the bright carbonation give it an almost Champagne-like feel- very refreshing. Big notes of meyer lemon and spices, and a finish with just the right amount of tartness- the kind of tartness that a good orange juice has, makes ya finish the carton waaay to fast.

With 'Calabaza' in its name, you have to assume its related in some way to the Oro de Calabaza. And with its brightness, lemony flavors and musty funk, it's basically a much more sessionable Calabaza, which makes me like it even more. The flavors work much better when they're lighter on their feet.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:38:17 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

04-08-2012 14:48:37 | More by JustinMatthew
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4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy gold with tons of rapid bubbles racing up the beer from all points, even climbing up the glass. 1/4" head is maintained well and leaves thick, sticky lacing like merengue when drunk. Even the remaining beer in the bottle has a head. I'm guessing it's some wild and crazy yeast with Omar Gooding and Donny Jeffcoat. Smells of wheat crackers, grain, citrus oils, with spiciness and mustiness from the yeast. Leaves the nose clean after filling it with all these aromas. Upon tasting, a bright acidity rushes the palate. This is very tart. Taste is of lots of citrus, along with wheat malt and grain. Some spicy yeast in the middle. Finishes dry, clean, and with more tartness. This tastes almost like a witbier and gueuze blend. Mouthfeel is light and really spritzy, perfectly setting off the acidity. However, after first pouring, the carbonation was a bit much and would just foam up in my mouth. It's making me kind of gassy too. This is extremely refreshing and sessionable.

Jolly Pumpkin is 2 for 2.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 06:29:57 | More by goochpunch
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4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle at cellar temp into my New Belgium goblet, the Calabaza Blanca is a clear gold with a creamy, medium-large sized white head that is slow to subside and leaves a foamy collar.

The aroma is beckoning with a soft sweetness, curacao and a mineral spritziness reminiscent of saisons, with some wheat funk as well. Very nice, but as I often find to be the case with brews that use curacao, there's just a bit to much orange.

The taste is very nice, grainy wheat with just a touch of citrus from the spices and the historically accurate bacteria sourness, which is very rare to find in wit's these day, and exactly why I like this one so much. I particularly like how the spices,are so much less obvious on the palate, in spite of the fairly orange heavy aroma. Highly attenuated with a very clean and dry, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a creamy yet sharp carbonation that gives it a pleasant crispness.

This is a very drinkable beer if you like the wild ales. I love them, and this is a great example of how they can be restrained and refreshing. The low alcohol also adds to the drink all day in the sun factor. If only it was more affordable, it would be by go to hot day beer. Pretty much the perfect wit for me, at least commercially available. If i tried to brew this myself, I'd probably add a little candi sugar to punch up the ABV about 1.5% while still keeping the body light. But the fact is I really love this one. In fact, as I worked my way through the bottle, I kept bumping up my scores to the point that it's probably one of my highest rated beers, and rightly so for my tastes!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 04:16:51 | More by ccrida
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4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy pale yellow-white color. The head is massive, creamy, and white. The aroma of oranges with a bit of coriander in the background, and an overall tartness. The taste is of juicy oranges, and is very tart. I think I might even detect some bretta at work. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this may not be a great representation of a witbier, but it is a great representation of a very good beer. I think this just might become my beer for this coming summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 01:52:05 | More by KarlHungus
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4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 250 mL bottle into a Mikasa pilsner glass

A: Looks like a creamsicle...orange and opaque with white hues, and forms a frothy 2 inch head on a gentle pour that never fully recedes.

S: The nose is lemon pepper and yeasty pastries and a touch of grassy funk. A little barnyard-y, kind of reminds me of something Fantome would brew and call a Saison.

T: The flavors follow, with a tart, honey sweet aspect quickly dried by lemon pepper and orange zest. Maybe a touch of coriander. The yeast yields a touch of funk that carries throughout the sip and accents the drying aspects. Finishes short and dry and refreshing.

M: Light and crisp on the tongue, plenty a carbonation that adds to the levity.

Another ace from JP. This has got to be one of the tastiest, most original takes on the style. I love the session-able approach as well, pretty much nailed this one on all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 04:03:19 | More by rand


4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft pour served in 10.5 oz tulip for $7. Barrel-aged witbier

A: Served with a finger and a half of a dense bright white foamy head. Incredible retention. Even after 30 minutes, the head is persisting. The body is the palest light yellow-orange-gold combination with very little transparency, even when held to light. Very active streamers line the glass, which is already filled with madly rushing bubbles keeping the height of the cap steady. No wait...the head is actually gaining height, lasting for the entire length of the brew.

S & T: The nose is awesome. Tart, mildly sour, faintly funky and it provides great expectation for the flavor to come. The oak plays perfectly off of the aroma profile and somehow even better off of the flavor. Impeccable incorporation. Bit of lemon, hints of vanilla cream, orange peel and coriander. Sour twang with medium length flavor duration and ending with orange-lemon acidity.

M: The mouthfeeel has a buggy bite to it that is most aggressive at the beginning and rounds out around midpalate so that the flavors are the only thing left to be experienced on the back end. I'm assuming the brewer used Lactobacillus as the yeast strain.

D: The Calablaza Blanca is the best witbier [or variation of a witbier] that I've ever had and I believe it deserves more credit than the ratings would lead one to believe. Much more. Phenomenally brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 23:07:27 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up somewhere a month or two back. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing. The nose carries some really great wheat character along with a light touch of oak and funk. Slight acidity there as well. Reminds me a bit of a berliner. Flavor confirms that last point. The wheat and bugs combine for a really pleasing dryness. Great balance and supreme drinkability. Light body with crisp -- yet not over the top -- carbonation. Slight acidity to the finish. Extremely solid. Beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 03:42:03 | More by Thorpe429
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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.