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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Reviews: 440
Hads: 913
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 25
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of PorterLambic
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge, poofy head but no real retention. Some scattered lace. Hazy, the color of white grapefruit juice.
Smell is full of funk with a tick of malt and lemon.
Taste is tart, funky, malt, citrus (mostly lemon) with a bit of spices, mainly pepper. Great balance.
Light bodied, tangy effervescence, like drinking Squirt (look it up). (331 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pored 375ml into Duvel tulip. Bottled 1/9/15.

A - Hazy golden yellow with a fluffy 2 finger bright white head. Thick cap and lacing with jetting bubbles shooting from teh bottom.

S - Aromas of orange peel and coriander with tart lemon zest. The oak aging process brings about a nice funky wood aroma along with some spice.

T - Starts out as a nice ale with a dose of yeast that quickly transforms into a citrus and woody masterpiece. The orange peel and coriander along with lemon zest dance with a light funk on the palate. A nice tart finish with hints of spice.

M - Light, and refreshing with prickly carbonation. It is wonderfully dry on the finish.

O - Another wonderful beer from JP that I will buy from time to time given it's $6 price. (750 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow color with a thick bright white head with great retention.
Mild funky aroma with notes of sulphur, horse mantle, fresh oranges and peaches.
Nice flavor with notes of coriander, lemon, just a bit of acid lactic, cereals, white pepper, natural pineapple juice and a hints of herbal. Oak is just a supporting actor. Dry aftertaste, and acid, but not radically so.
Light body with an effervescent carbonation.
Interesting take on Witbier by Jolly. Not extreme, just refreshing, easy to drink, and not boring given it mix a Witbier with a sour. Though I would like to see a less elegant and bolder version. (624 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” cream colored foam cap that grips the side of the glass.
S: Citrus, barnyard funk, spice aromas.
T: The palate showcases wild yeast with lemony citrus, barnyard, tart, and spice flavors.
F: Has a very fine, soft carbonation and a dry, medium light body.
O: Excellent wild wit. (312 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold with small fluffy white head, good sized cap remains, rings of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: lemony, mildly grainy - sweet, lightly floral. Taste: lemon-lime, cereal grains, bitter orange, lightly tart; mildly acetic and herbal finish. Light bodied, somewhat effervescent but appropriate level of carbonation, drying finish. Pretty straightforward for JP, but really nice wit. 08/14 bottling. (418 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale, cloudy straw color with zero head. Bit of tart citrus, lemon candy on the nose. Grapefruit tartness on mid palate. Pucker. Pineapple emerged as the tasting went on. Bit high on carbonation, but probably right for the style. Crisp flavors, dry finish. Left me wanting another sip. Anxious to try more of their offerings. (325 characters)

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Look is a hazy gold/orange/yellow. Head went away quickly and was colored white.
Smell is fruity. I get peaches. No idea if thats what it is brewed with.
Taste is crisp and light. Citrus notes hit the back of the throat and the carbonation is perfect. Last like it looks, light and refreshing.
Feel is nothing.
Overall is that this is avery good beer that I would purchase again if given the money...;) (403 characters)

Photo of samshaw
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden, mostly opaque. Moderate thickness. Large white head dissipates slowly.

S: Moderate orange flavor, lightly tart.

T: Spicy, moderately sweet, medium orange taste. Moderate sour and tart tastes linger on the tongue.

M: Thin with moderate carbonation.

O: Sparkly, spicy orange beverage. Like a more deliberate mimosa. (339 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a huge head that stays forever. The clumpy head is there forever on an unfiltered medium gold base.

S- Lots here. Sour base shines through. Grapefruit.

T- Sour and good. Tart and crisp. Well blended beer. This one has a lot going for it. Nice overall beer

M- Dry and crisp. Super tart. Just a nice sour style beer

O- Excellent little brew overall. Looking forward to every sip

Food Pairing

This wonderful little beer went well with...... General Tso's Chicken. This beer ate right through the heat.

Enjoy (629 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden straw colour. Quite hazy. Huge head. I could not keep it down. The head filled at least half of the glass. Tons of very active carbo streams. Not much lacing considering the head.

A very brett aroma. Smellslike a barnyard in a very good way. The brett is over the wheat aroma. Lots of coriander too.

A very tart taste that comes in 2 waves. First upfront is a tart lime taste. Then at the end in the back of the palette is a stronger sharper tartness. Herby taste of coriander along with oakiness from the barrel aging. A medincial brett taste as it warms. This is not the sweet spiciness of a typical witbier.

Very dry feel with lively carbonation in the mouth.

This is hard to rate because it is so atypical of a witbier. I appreciate how well it is made. I enjoy the tartness. It took 2 sittings for me to sip through the 750 ml. (850 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.38/5  rDev +12%

Date: 8/9/2014

Appearance - 4.75/5
Perhaps it's just my particular lighting conditions, but this beer absolutely glows when held up to the light. It has a perfect orange beer color. The carbonation bubbles flow quickly upward, making this beer look alive, almost as if it was beckoning me to come drink it. Again, the carbonation might just be due to my particular bottle (the carbonation almost overflowed the bottle when I opened). Once the initial head settles, there is little to no head, but the carbonation bubbles still flow rapidly upward. Even after sitting for probably 5-10 minutes, the carbonation flowing quickly upward is still evident.

Smell - 3.5/5
The initial whiff is a mixture of tasty tart smell and cheap beer smell (which I don't really mind). I didn't seem to really be able to smell much after the initial whiff (perhaps the beer is too cold, or my nose is off today), but what I did smell was essentially the same tart + standard beer smell.

Taste - 4.2/5
My first deep sip reveals a tart, juicy ambiguous fruit flavor--maybe some tastes of apple and lemon as well as other fruits. I have had several other Jolly Pumpkin beers, and I love the sour taste they all have. If you have had the Oro de Calabaza or Calabaza Boreal, the sour taste is basically very similar to those beers. I personally love the sour style of JP beer, and I think JP does a great job at making delicious tart beers. I came into the drinking of this beer with an expectation for the classic JP tartness, and I was not disappointed. Perhaps one minor complaint I have which slightly lowers the rating I give is that the high carbonation level somewhat masks the taste of the beer, however I love the carbonation, so the trade-off is of minor consequence.

Mouthfeel - 4.75/5
The beer is very alive and I can feel the carbonation bubbling on my tongue the moment it makes contact. As a swish the beer around my mouth, more carbonation is created, giving a bubbly mouthfeel. It's a great experience for the mouth. The beer is light, not heavy, it moves easily around the mouth and down the throat.

Overall - 4.6/5
Overall, a great drinking experience. I may be biased due to my love for the tartness of the beer, but since that is part of the intended experience for this beer, I think it is fair to give the beer a high rating for pulling it off well. Definitely a beer I would drink again.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (2,469 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tough pour when its just opened. Really aggressive carbonation. Hazy orange. Nose is sharp and tart, full of apple cider vinegar, some yeast at the tail end.

Just too overwhelmingly sour to me. Decent wheat finish, but the tartness abrades your taste buds and scrubs away most of anything else in the brew. The spices and all the rest are lost in the sour.

Simply too one dimensional to be enjoyed. I've had better wits that have more on offer. (447 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: aggressive carbonation, pour slowly; huge white head, like meringue, and long retention; foggy, gold coloured body

Aroma: orange and spice are prevalent, a touch of aluminium; peach jam

Taste & Mouthfeel: light and bordering on watery with a champagne like effervescence; mostly bready, wheat flavour with hints of spice, orange rind, clove, coriander, white pepper; once the chill dies down, the mouthfeel improves, growing more full, and the flavours become more clear as well

Overall: in the end, a good witbier but can't say it gained much from aging; might want to have this one a bit warmer than you normally would (635 characters)

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Nice aromas of wild yeast and orange. Very high carbonation. Mouthfeel is strong but short. Very sour with traces of coriander and citrus. Surprisingly, barrel aging taste is quite absent. No bitterness and very refreshing. (223 characters)

Photo of kellyej
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Light amber/hay color; weak head
S: Nutmeg, clove, orange, raisin
M: Light, bubbly, dry
T: Sour, spicy (peppery), quite sour, citrusy
Awesome beer. Would love to have again (if I can find it!) (200 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%


Hazed, light golden blonde, 3 fingers of white head, lots of lace. Smell is a mix of fruit and oak, citrusy orange and lemon, a bit funky with some spicy points as this warmed. Taste is acidic and tart, dry oak flavours, citrus, orange and lemon, more classic wit flavours of coriander, spice and orange peel is present. Highly carbonated, light to medium bodied, champagne like feel. Not bad, but the excess of carbonation makes this a bit tough to drink a lot of. (470 characters)

Photo of haggadah
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle picked up from the LCBO (bottled 21/1/14) and poured into a tulip, my first beer from Jolly Pumpkin and marking my 800th review here. Hoped this would suit the occasion. This bottle was a crazy gusher as I've heard others have found with this batch, a bit disappointing but after the head settled down a bit we had an attractive looking cloudy blonde gold beer with pretty impressive lacing.

S - funky tartness, some of the orange peel comes through with some lactic barrel character. Gooseberry, lime, a complex tart and mildly acetic character, refreshing and decently complex. Powerfully Brett forward as it settles. full and complex.

T - Starts with more lime and white grape notes, refreshing acidity to it. Pick up some interesting yeast interplay, tartness and some subtle vanilla, along with a herbal/floral aspect. Wheat character is pretty apparent with a creamy base for the tart notes of lychee and kiwi to stand, ends a bit more dry and coriander. Finish is really crisp with a lingering brett character that commands a following sip.

M - A quenching beer for sure, it stays quite light on the palate while delivering on all flavour aspects, and a refreshing tart acidity and a delicate finish, sourness is at a noticeable, tasty but thoroughly manageable level, it does form a significant aspect of the beer but the integration is done quite nicely. Sessionable and refreshing definitely.

A refreshing and balanced wit, maintains the lightness and refreshing spice of a traditional wit while packing some interesting barrel and Brett acidity and tart character. I thought aside from the gush on the open this was a well put together beer, noticeable tart lime and gooseberry flavours along the coriander and citric orange. A bit yeast forward at the start but it flows nicely into the spicy and tart fruit body, I enjoyed the concept and beer, certainly one I would recommend for fans of Brett as well as to have myself again. (1,958 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served fairly cold into glassware. Purchased from LCBO for $9.20 CDN. Here's hoping this wit is worth it.

Appearance - even a gentle pour yielded inches of white froth resting delicately upon a light and hazy golden beer with just a few orange hues. Incredible lacing left behind and the frothy white head lasts for a good long while. Spectacular looking beer.

Smell - big fruit nose combined with some Belgian yeasts, more similar to smell to a saison than a traditional wit. Quite fruity with some peach and pear as well as some spiciness.

Taste - light and tangy with a healthy helping of Belgian yeast, with some bitterness that comes through with some peach and pear flavor. Some earthiness as well. Tasty but to me this is closer to a low ABV saison than a wit. Quite a bit of orange flavor in this as well.

Mouthfeel - very lively carbonation, smooth feel and dry vinous finish.

Overall - certainly tasty and worth trying especially if you are a saison or wit fan but for the price I will probably pass on this next time. (1,047 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into nonic pint. bottled on january 21, 2014. consumed on july 25, 2014

a: fully cloudy pale yellow. three fingers of frothy, bubbly, web-like head

s: a nice banana scent up front, then oak, spices, pineapple, lemon, and sour funk

t: tart lemon, wheaty malt, orange, funk, pineapple, oak, coriander, and banana, in that order. has a really dry finish with lingering oak, malt, and slight funk flavours

m: really harsh carbonation right when it hits the tongue, could be toned down a bit. light-bodied

o: a tasty and complex beer with lots of interesting flavours. finishes a bit too dry and i'm not a fan of the bubbly mouthfeel, but other than that, great stuff (680 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a cloudy orange yellow with a 1 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly. Lacing, yep.

Coriander, clove, banana, some bubblegum...pretty smelly, err aromatic. Hey is that some Brett in there?

It tastes like someone squeezed a fresh orange into my glass of this beer and then threw a blanket in it. A horse type blanket. The coriander and clove are there but that orange and Brett flavour is killing it. In a good way. I could drink a couple back to back.

The body seems to be medium at times but mostly light. Plenty of carbo.

A nice tasty Wit, for sure. (569 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Honey, your ship seems to have come in - so, what's the catch? Ooooh, lemme guess - it's a big white pumpkin!

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some random reaches of splattered sudsy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of gritty wheat malt, funky yeast, orange peel, lemon zest, dried coriander, white pepper, a hint of astringent barrel staves, and a slight earthy leafiness. The taste is rather thin grainy wheat, muddled black pepper and coriander spice, ethereally funky yeast, fairly tart lemon rind, a bit of weak salad vinegar, just-emptied white wine barrels, and a musty, leafy grassiness.

The carbonation is quite tight and well into the realm of frizzante, the body medium-light in weight, barely, and just a bit too fizzy to be deemed particularly smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the grainy wheat handing things off to the lingering yeast, spice, grass, and lemon.

An interesting enough witbier, the typically average sweetness perhaps lacking here, but the expected adjuncts doing well to blend and provide a balanced flavour. I'm not sure the funkitude of the yeast is all that welcome, though, by the style, and certainly not by this camper - kind of detracts from the ease of drinkability, I gotta say. (1,358 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/24/13

A: poured into a Speigelau pint glass to a light and slightly cloudy yellow topped by a fluffy three finger head with excellent retention and lacing
S: smells of lemony tartness, funk, and oak
T: taste is barnyard and horseblanket with some lactic sourness and more brett flavors, slight spice but not a lot. swallow is somewhat neutral with some light maltyness, oak and more horseblanket
M: this beer is on the light side with prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: A great beer but not as a wit. Light and tart with some nice funk which makes it a great summer sipper (591 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-wheat, lemon, yeast and light funk, hint of spice, oak

T-wheat bread, lemon, orange,yeast, slight funk, light tartness with little vinous quality, oak

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and dry

O-interesting Witbier, refreshing and enjoyable (316 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin's Calabaza Blanca a couple weeks ago for $4.99 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer when I visited Jolly Pumpkin in Ann Arbor and I thought it was good and I thought I should pick up one these newly released smaller bottles to review, so lets see how it goes. No bottled on date, but I know it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12.7oz bottle into a my jolly pumpkin snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's looks like an illustration taken right out of a fairy tale, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a hazy straw yellow color that took on more of golden hue when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy and creamy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of sticky, spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness and a medium amount of tartness followed by some citrus aromas being the first show up with lemon peels seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by a slight wheaty aroma. Up next comes that signature funky Jolly Pumpkin yeast that adds just enough funk to the aroma and it's followed by some light oak aromas. Towards the end comes the spices with coriander seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a very nice aroma, I thought the citrus and spices were at both the right level.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a lower amount of medium tartness being the first to show up along with some nice citrus and lemon peel like aromas and it's followed by the spices with coriander still sticking out the most. Up next comes the yeast and the barrel which are both lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart the same aspects. On the finish there's a nice wheaty and grainy flavor that lingers into the after taste with some lemon peels and spices. This beer tasted pretty good and it seemed to be balanced nicely.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, a little prickly, refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel and it suited it nicely.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good example of a funky White Ale, it had most of the aspects that I would expect in a White Ale and the spices weren't overpowering, but it had just enough funk to identify it as a Jolly Pumpkin beer. This beer had great drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, slightly prickly, refreshing and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I would have no problem taking out a big bottle or a few of these smaller bottles, especially on a warm day in the summer, I almost wish it came in cans. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and drinkability, I thought they were both very nice and to me they were the highlights of this beer. What I like least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change about this beer. I would buy this beer again and now that it's in smaller bottles I can see myself keeping a couple bottles in the fridge all summer long and I would recommend it to anyone that doesn't mind a little funk in their beer. All I all I was pretty happy with this beer, I forgot just how easy drinking and refreshing this beer is and on a warm evening like tonight it's really hitting the spot. This isn't my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beer, but it's still a damn solid addition to their lineup and so far it's my favorite funky White Ale. Great job guys, this was one tasty and refreshing beer, keep up the great work. (3,692 characters)

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.