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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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707 Ratings
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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%

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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004)
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2014 06:01:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer is cloudy light yellow with a moderately-sized white head. Good retention, looks solid with good lacing.

Nose contains wheat, lemon and oak. Some brett is there as well.

A bit of oak in the flavour, a bunch of wheat and a slight tart flavour. Lemon, light soft fruit. A touch of clove. The brett gets more pronounced as I drink, imparting an earthy funk that does most of the heavy lifting for this beer.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Nice, but a bit heavy for the style.

Overall, a decent wit that benefits well from the barrel aging, making it a bit unique.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 21:43:13 | More by jrenihan
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the brewpub in A2. Pours a hazy light golden with a massive bubbly white fluffy head. Bubbles coming up from the bottom like whoah. Smells of yeast funk, hay, dry coriander spice, a hint of hops. Flavor follows the aroma, with light hay and funky sour yeast, just a hint of the orange peel. Extremely light bodied with high carbonation. A little bland for my tastes overall and would have liked a bit more sweetness. Solid beer but probably the least exciting of the JP brews.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 00:38:34 | More by BMMillsy
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in tulip glass.

This pours a hazy yellow color with a pure white quick fading 1 finger head. Plenty of carbonation seen on the pour. Smell is pretty funky with hints of bananas, malts, and grains. Taste is pretty solid. Truly unique tasting with sourness balanced with sweet fruits. Grains are also tasted. Pretty light bodied and easy drinking. Overall a very complex decent tasting brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 00:24:10 | More by abrand
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a tulip. not sure what batch the keg was.

massive head from the keg but quickly dissipated leaving a hazy golden wheat color. a slight vibrance.

light green apple and tart lemon with a slight mix of funk and biscuit.

mostly light lemon tartness up front with a light underlying funky body. very little spice through out for a wit. the tartness really shined through out. a hint of oak.

moderate carbonation and very light. easy to drink. very slight dryness.

overall, this was super easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 13:35:28 | More by hooliganlife
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Downtown Johny Brown's

A - Poured a hazed yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus wheat funk and yeast

T - Follows the nose with citrus wheat funk yeast and some tartness

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is one of my favorite Jolly Pumpkin beers tastes great and I could drink this one all day long worth hunting down to try

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 02:34:15 | More by armock


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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District of Columbia

2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at Pizza Paradiso in DC over on Dupont Circle.

A: Cloudy, almost peppery orange, with very little head, just a few bubble swirls on top.

S: Very unusual. Smells of pears, orange, coriander, sweet tarts, and pepper.

T: Even more unusual! VERY peppery, with tons of orange. The pepper cuts into the citrus and the two don't go very well together in this setting. Perhaps it's because the carbonation is almost non-existent? Also, I could use more tartness overall. It tastes like diluted orange juice concentrate.

M: Like I said, not much carbonation, which I think would have benefited this one.

D: I wouldn't get this again. There are too many great Witbiers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 21:02:03 | More by Chaney
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another witbier, this one was more interesting. Beer is yellow and hazy with a tiny white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high. Looks good.

What is this? Acetic nose? This is going to be sour my friends. Very flowery.

Beer is pretty oaky, medium body but thin in flavors. Late dry sourness, oaky tannicness, moderate carbonation in mouth. Its an interesting attempt at souring a wit but it fell a little short in execution.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2010 19:46:30 | More by drabmuh
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Devil's Den for their 2nd annual sour fest in a 10.5oz glass.

Calabaza Blanca looks inviting with a tannish mix of sunkist orange mixed in with some sunlight yellow. Off the tap some white foam was in the glass but it dissapeared by the time it got to me. Some small popping bubbles on the surface. No lace.

This has got to be one of the most interesting noses on a wit that I recall. Usually with wits it's just wheat and grass with malt. That's all here but with the Jolly Pumpkin touch, some earthy sourness is there with minimal oak. A whole bunch or oranges and lemon drops.

A funky wit here, im greated by a small melange of fruit with orange and lemons. A minimal amount of bubblegum is noted but small. Small tart lemon as well, I guess some wild yeast is up in here as well. Wheat, grass and hay are minimal.

In a word, refreshing. This is refreshing and not boring. While a normal wit is predictable, Calabaza is a tart somewhat acidic on the mouth breath of fresh beer for me. Light bodied actively carbed and great for the summer. I like sour beer, so this was a shoe in.

I could and would drink a ton of this, hey it's under 5%. If it was not so darn expensive, this would be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 01:59:36 | More by BARFLYB
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the devils den.

A- comes to me with a small cap of bright white head atop a hazy golden yellow brew.

S- tart lemon and funk with a touch of wheat. Hint of ginger and vegitation.

T- crisp and tart up front with lemons and a mild funk. Sweet touches of the wheat mixed in and some flashes of green grass. Blast after blast of citrus juice, orange, lemon, lime. Its like fucking 5 alive up in this bitch. Powdery biscuits and dry scones.

M- lite body and medium carb. Very juicy and refreshing. Semi dry finish.

D- this has got to be one of my favorite wits. Saying that I kinda consider this a wild ale due to its method of fermentation. But hey call it what you will its awesome and I love it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 20:33:05 | More by oglmcdgl
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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

My first JP brew, and an endorsement from the bartender here at CK. Let's go. It pours a hazy golden straw topped by about two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises light lemon, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, and some very light pepper or cardamom. The taste is pretty much the same, but there is a stern force of citrus peel bitterness and a slight cedar flavor added to the proceedings, spinning things a bit out of control. It just doesn't taste right to me, is all. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation (that's barely there) and a crisp finish. Overall, an underwhelming offering, hopefully not all that indicative of this brewery, which I have heard such good things about.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 05:09:42 | More by TMoney2591
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3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the pub in a sampler... This is one of their better beers apparently but in a sampler it just gets lost in the shuffle. A light lemony wheat beer, ginger there too. Its sour with wood but doesn't add anything to the beer. I wouldn't have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 01:24:31 | More by jrallen34
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Im really surprised that this beer is categorized as a witbier. Its truly closer to a berliner weisse...

Tart lemon, lactic acid, brett nose. Enjoyable, but I love refreshing tart brews. The taste isnt surprising, tart, lemon, maybe a hint of spice, almost no influence from any wheat. Finishes with an odd astringency. Too thin. Missed the mark on the finish. Easy to drink with the light body and low alcohol, but the astringent finish slows me from returning quickly for another sip...

OK brew, I really dont think it should be categorized as a witbier, wont seek this one out to have again, but I wouldnt turn one down...

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 12:26:18 | More by coryking
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a favorite and welcome one to see on the wall. I could not resist grabbing a pint of this one again.

Wonderful pour, light golden yellow in color with great cloudiness to it. A big white head caps the the top of it nicely before settling down with nice lacing coating the sides of the glass. Aroma is light, slightly tart with hints of citrus and grassy notes, cloves and bananas. Really well done aroma as it seems to get even more complex the further into it you dive. Smooth, coating feel here. Not that crisp and clean feel you would expect from the style, it is fuller with a much more coating feel to it. Again really well done and just a great example of the style. Nice banana and clove flavors play off each other with light peppery spice and lemon zest tacked on for good measure. You could really just drink this one all day.

Overall this is one of the smoothest and easiest drinking beers you can find. Great job here,

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 02:07:52 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger 06-19-09 (actually listed as an oaked-aged version)

Poured into a tulip glass, a hazy golden yellow, little head or lacing. The nose is a tart/sour/funky, wood smell, sweet with some citrus hints. The taste is of dry, tart and sourness, almost candy like. A zesty finish with some pepper notes and coriander. A little funk lingers also. A light bodied summer drinking beer. A little bit more sour than i was expecting. Overall worth a try for something different.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2009 15:51:35 | More by bonbini26
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky and opaque blond with a tiny white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Musty funk and lemony tang. Signature Jolly Pumpkin musty barrel aroma is present but in good balance with the spicy, zesty quality of the beer.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tangy, mildly funky, ultra light bodied and crisp. Flavors of lemon zest and spice at the forefront. No sweetness whatsoever here, nor is it particularly sour or acidic. This is a witbier with the Jolly Pumpkin twist, exactly what I was hoping for. I could drink a ton of this stuff on a hot Summer day, it's incredibly refreshing and light but still full of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 01:34:12 | More by largadeer
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Raleigh Times. Served a hazy straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is loads of sweet malts and fruit with a decent spice presence. The taste is anice blend of sweet malt and spice with oak lingering in the background, not overly present as in some oak aged brews. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This was an enjoyable beer, especially for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 23:24:23 | More by atsprings
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3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A decent beer which strongly reminded me of my homebrewed hard cider.

A- Comes to me yellow and as cloudy as pond water. About half an inch of white head which dissipates instantly.

S- White wine yeastiness, and the fruitiness of grapes, pears, and apples.

T- Cider definatly comes to mind. The overlying flavor here is fruit- again as in the nose there is grape, pear, apple, and then some peach, and perhaps a touch of bitter orange. Sweet but with some bittering balance on the sides of the mouth and more prominent in the aftertaste.

M- This one doesn't coat your mouth, and yet there's something richer in the mouthfeel- almost the texture of soymilk- I'd have to summerise that all the yeast floating in the beer is causing this.

D- A good beer, but somewhat one dimensional, however I would have this one again if I needed a sweet change.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2007 18:53:08 | More by zdk9
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2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a hazy golden/orange color with only a little bit of head. and some nice lacing. There seems to be a lot of citrus hops in the this beer. But then it blends into a orange aroma. Dry light vinous spices take over this beer. Almost phenolic. Makes me think of eating a raw onion ala Lt Riggs style. The mouthfeel is sharp dry and crisp, but rather harsh on the palette. Hard to enjoy. I'm going to go ahead and maybe purchase a bottle of this, in hopes that it is just bad tap.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2007 12:49:17 | More by quasimoto
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4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler.

Pours a transparent straw yellow with huge white head that lingers moderately long.

Aroma is lemon peel, coriander, grains of paradise, parsley, faint earthy brett notes, and subtle clove. Maybe a touch of oak present as well.

The taste brings more of the same along with bay leaves, lemon verbena, and some lime zest. Easy drinking, flavorful, and hint of tartness that rounds it out. Without that touch of tartness the beer would suffer.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, lively, with a body in the light side. Refreshing.

Overall a very nice wit beer by JP. Super drinkable, refreshing tartness without crossing over into sour or Berliner like wheat beer territory. Summer drinker to the core.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 03:04:20 | More by MarcWP
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3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle that has been aging for quite some time. Poured into tulip. Batch 777 from April of 2011

A- Deep, hazy yellow. Fluffy, thick two-finger head that faded rather quickly. Nice looking wheat beer.
N- Earthy must, some grassiness, sour green apple, lemon zest.
T- Wheat, breadiness, slight rice-wine vinegar but not too tart. A little spiciness with some citrus as well. Slight wood flavor from the oak comes through but not as much as I would have thought.
M- Light crispness fairly high carbonation. Really dry finish.
O- Nice characteristics without being overly tart. Interesting meld of barrel-aging on a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 16:15:18 | More by JamesStreet
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4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Batch 277 Bottled 12/31/13

A - Strong carbonation rises through the hazy golden beer, fueling it's fluffy cloud-like white head, which leaves oddly sporadic globs of lacing on the glass.

S - Just an ever-so-slight hint of wild yeast funk caresses the delicate pale malt and supple wheat aroma. It's restrained yet sharp tartness and small squirt of lemon juice add a refreshing citrus note to the earthy wet rock and damp clay yeast esters. With virgin oak, the earthiness blankets the beer's soft white pepper and coriander spice subtleties.

T - Behind the initial carbonation attack on the tongue lies grainy pale malt and husky wheat - a base that's just the opposite of the nose. The soft wild yeast remains in tact and just like the aroma foreshadows, it's refreshing and citrusy in conjunction with the little splash of lemon, though spiciness is strangely absent.

M - Sparkling carbonation shocks the tongue with prickliness the first sip but the dry crispness it adds to the beer is quite welcoming; Calabaza Blanca is light bodied and refreshing.

O - At it's core, Jolly Pumpkin's Calabaza Blanca is a complex and thought-provoking brew but, when one doesn't have time to kick back and ponder the depths of subtle wild yeast characteristics in a unique take on a witbier, it remains a crisp and refreshing wheat beer with a little twist!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:50:11 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
A: Golden with a little bit of haze from the wheat, very little lacing.
S: You can smell the acidity off the nose from the oak with the coriander seeping in at the end.
T: Tart but with great herbal character, oaky, and citrusy, reminiscent of grapefruit.
M: Medium to light medium body, very smooth.
O: Great oak aged wit beer. I love the acidity with the coriander, very citrusy but balanced with the oak.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:37:53 | More by fancypantsster
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle itself looks so nice. I opened this one at a friend's party and this was a hit. The beer is not a uniform taste, but you taste some acidity, and then the classic wheat beer taste. I also tasted the pumpkin, but more like a syrup that was following a somewhat sour beer. If I can use a cupcake as an analogy, the cake was a bit sour, the frosting tasted like pumpkin. I don't know if this was done in an effort to make it "artisanal", but it worked. I liked it. There was also a good amount of carbonation, and it was not a heady beer, just a good witbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 07:17:45 | More by JulioH
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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.