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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 29
Gots: 58 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004

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5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Screw everything you've heard about this beer. It's a witbier so fine, it very close to a wine in character. Paid nearly $9 for the bottle, and saved for a special occasion. It's a food beer. Three of us enjoyed it with a fried walleye. Nothing could've been better. We all agreed it was a delicious accompaniment. Keep that in mind when you sip this: enjoy every taste. It's one of the best beers I've ever enjoyed. "Good" my eye: it's top dog.

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4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
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!

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4.95/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

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4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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!

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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.

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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