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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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447 Reviews
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Reviews: 447
Hads: 935
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 26
Gots: 84 | FT: 7
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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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of fancypantsster
4.16/5  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.

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Photo of JulioH
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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

a great friend described this beer as the most similar to what everyone else is doing of the jolly pumpkin repertoire. and while this came before many of them, i generally agree with him. this beer is fabulous, no questioning that, but its not as unique and distinct as their others. this is their take on a belgian wild wit, with coriander and orange peel over a pale wheat malt base with lots of classic dexter michigan funk and brightness. blonde beer with great white head, a nose of herbs, almost like a gin, and funky brett. the flavor is wine-like and fruity, with the orange adding quite a bit. complex and tasty, but indeed similar to other wits out there. some others of theirs, fuego and the special brown come to mind, are so entirely their own, while this one sort of flirts with other beers in the same style. its delicious and refreshing, but less separate. could use a touch more carbonation and maybe the same amount more body, this comes through on the thin side, even for a light style. but its yeasty finish makes it awesome. not critiquing this too hard, but their other beers impress me a bit more.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect summer beer.. Unfortunately, I am drinking it in February. But that doesn't take away from the fact that it's really friggin' good. It smells slightly tart with wonderfully subtle oak. Taste is light, refreshing and effervescent. It's citrusy with a good amount of oak in the background. Really surprised me.

Great beer. Would definitely buy again and save for a nice, warm day.

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Photo of BierGiek
2.72/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Feelings as to this beer noted above. Great appearance, all right aroma, mouth feel light and fitting for the style. As to taste: far too acidic, and the funk overwhelms the delicate witbiet characteristics. What's left is simply too much: no subtlety, too acidic, too funky, too many cooks in the kitchen. Pick a style and run with it; I've had enough of these everything but the kitchen sink beers

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Photo of jbaker67
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow pour with big, fluffy, lasting white head, aroma brought notes of nice earth, biscuit, cracker sweetness, nice coriander, clove, hints of orange peel, lemon, touch of wild yeast with some bretty barnyard like notes. Taste is a mix of nice white fruits, some orange, going into biscuit, bread, slight yeast, touch of coriander, finishing with some slight funk, slight acidity.

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy and light straw yellow with two fingers of rich off-white head. Wet sheets of lacing left behind.

Tart aroma of lemon zest, green apple, coriander, white pepper, and light funk.

Much like the aroma, the taste was tart with lemon zest, green apple, coriander, white pepper, yeast, and barnyard funk. Finished clean.

Light-to-medium bodied and dry with a sharp carbonation.

A very tasty and easy-drinking Witbier from Jolly Pumpkin. Recommended.

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

A: Poured a clear golden color with a massive white head that is very well retained. Great retention and damn fine looking wit.

S: A light apple note with a light spice character to it as well as some musty oak and a little bit of grass and pear.

T: Initially the taste buds receive apple and pear with a light lemon zest tartness. Its a little musty and Earthy with a hint of pepper and spice. The finish is pretty clean and refreshing.

M: Light to medium in body with a rather high level of carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Outstanding witbier!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/17/2013. Moderate gusher upon opening, took a while to pour this. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart lemon, green apple, pear, grape, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, wet hay, grass, floral, funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast, spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, pear, green apple, orange peel, clove, pepper, coriander, wheat, hay, grass, floral, funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of crisp tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, clove, pepper, coriander, hay, grass, wheat, floral, funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast, spice, and light malt flavors; with a great fruity/spicy balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged witbier style. All around great balance and complexity of spice and yeast flavors; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 1173 bottled on 8/27/12
A: cloudy golden with small bubble inch of white head leaving spotty white lacing
S: tart citrus like grapefruit and orange peel, slight funk to it but would have expected more given the barrel and bottle conditioning
T: grapefruit, orange peel and spice with a very dry finish - no overly pronounced flavors but mildly tart and sweet but not much impact from the barrels
M: medium/high carbonation with a nice body and smooth finish

Overall good beer, a bit weak on the smell and would have liked this beer to have a bit more punch from the aging and conditioning process. Could easily drink this on a warm summer day. I would probably go with a Oro or La Roja from JP over this one

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an "artsy" 750ml bottle into a balloon glass.
Cloudy, orange/apricot color, huge head of whipped egg-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast notes
Taste-Orange zest, spicy yeast, coriander, "dusty" hop note. Wonderfully dry and tart. Very refreshing and drinkable, with a light-bodied saison quality. Very nice on a warm day and with lighter fare.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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

A: into a tulip, measured pour; hazy yellow beer with a head big-as-you-want-it of fizzy white foam

S: yeasty lemon and peppery spice, some funky farmy aromas and a waft of wet fields

T: citric and musky, coriander and orange pith, slightly sweet and mildly tart; bright yeasts and floral hops; earthy undertones - malts are delicate and crisp

M: light, fuzzy, soft, clean and dry finish

O: although I've only had a few, this was a delightful witbier - very bright and refreshing, easy-drinking and light

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales branded short stemmed tulip

Pours a hazy, very pale yellow capped by a two finger sea foam-like head. Above average retention; significant wispy lacing. The unmistakable aroma of brettanomyces-induced light funk and musty earthiness, coriander, hints of citrus, and light accents of oak on the nose. Opens with general light fruitness, coriander, yeasty earthy notes, and grain and wheaty malt. Hints of white pepper give way to the bone-dry finish that ties together musty oakiness and very light tart accents of citrus rind. Abundant carbonation, slick and smooth mouthfeel. A very tasty twist on the traditional witbier. Solid brew.

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.