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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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755 Ratings
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Ratings: 755
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 42 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of scottg


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy gold with orange hues, lots of little bubbles rising up the glass and a two finger white cloudy head with great retention. Lots of citrus aromas, sweet orange, lemon and pepper. Sweet orange up front, very dry with corriander and pepper in the middle and a lemon rind finish. Light body, medium carbonation, very crisp beer, mouth coating. Solid all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 19:02:26 | More by scottg
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not a very good beer. Appearance was orange-y and cloudy with fairly minimal head. Aroma was striking - there was a lot of stinky feet or stinky cheese (isovaleric?) smell going on here, which I found fairly unpleasant (despite a fondness for cheese). Flavor was more distinctly orange-peel and witbier-like, although the sweat and cheese aroma persisted into the flavor. Mouthfeel was pretty astringent, particularly for a beer with such a low ABV. I did not find this to be very drinkable.

I would not recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 18:53:19 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Beerbuddha


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

Batch #279

Appearance- The beer poured a hazy golden color with a nice medium white head that stuck around awhile. The lacing was present throughout the life of the beer.

Smell- Wonderful citrus aroma. Nice hints of orange and lemon zest. Nice barnyard funkiness with hints of spices and hops.

Taste- A nice grain taste with hints of orange, lemons, spices and a sour funkiness. Very clean and dry with a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Has a nice creamy mouthfeel with a medium high carbonation which gives it a nice crispness.

Overall- Another impressive beer from Jolly Pumpkin. This one isn't my favorite but is still a top notch, interesting brew. These beers make me want to try more wild ale beers!! Great stuff!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 21:10:57 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of zeff80


4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a light to straw yellow color. Fairly cloudy with a small, white, fizzy head.

S - It smelled of corriander, wheat and yeast.

T - It tasted very spicy. The spiciest wit I've ever had. Nice blend of wheat, citrus and lemon flavors.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very interesting wit. It tasted like nothing like any other wit I've had. Pretty good, too.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 02:25:25 | More by zeff80
Photo of atsprings

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
Photo of JBogan


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a thin film for a head. Minimal lacing.

Citrus and coriander smell, as advertised. Perhaps a tiny bit of banana as well, but that seemed to disappear as it warmed.

Tasted of citrus with an ever so slight mustiness to go with it. Not real complex but pretty decent overall. Not as sour as I was expecting.

Great mouthfeel. Prickly and somewhat on the thin side.

This was a drinkable beer, and very nice for the summer months. Nothing exceptional here, but worth a try if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 01:15:48 | More by JBogan
Photo of sholland119


3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear light yellow with a thin white head.

S-Strong coriander and citrus notes.

T-The sourness of the oak aging dominates the flavor. A bit of citrus mixes with in as well.

M-Mouthfeel is light with lots of champagne like carbonation.

D-Light and drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:08:56 | More by sholland119
Photo of Windigstadt


2.03/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with an adequate white head. Some floaties, but it's bottle-conditioned so I'll blame myself for not pouring it well.
S- Very spicy; not really coriander as I'd expect from a Wit; grains of paradise possibly? [Side note: after looking up the Jolly Pumpkin webpage I learned it is indeed coriander; go figure...] Also a strong sour apple note. Not picking up any orange peel.
T- The sour funk of brettomyces predominates. I'll be the first to admit I'm not a huge brett fan, but I can appreciate it where appropriate (e.g. Rodenbach Grand Cru). That being said, it's not part of a traditional Witbier profile, and the only hint of such flavors from the bottle description is the fact that it's aged in an oak barrel. If Jolly Pumpkin had warned me of the strong brett character, I could have avoided this. That being said, there's simply nothing about this beer that says "Witbier." No orange flavor. No coriander flavor. And while a slight lactic tang is appropriate, that's quite different from the funky, earthly sourness found in this beer. I'm sure plenty of Belgian beer folks love this beer and I have no problem with Jolly Pumpkin for brewing this, but don't call it a Witbier.
M- Light and effervescent.
D- Maybe if you're into wild fermentation you'd down several of these, but I'll be lucky if I get through this one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:48:53 | More by Windigstadt
Photo of GoodKnight1220


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

This is a bright hazy yellow brew, with a slight head that fades quickly.

Smells of apples and cherries, kind of a cider scent.

Tastes like a cider at first and then the spicy wheat and cherry undertone kicks in.

mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing, a little over carbonated, making you burp excessively.

Could drink several of these, as they go down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 18:37:47 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of 0110x011


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow into a snifter. Bubbly, one-finger head quickly disappears leaving virtually no lacing. Nose is lemon, spice, an bright fruits. Not all that pungent. I really had to stick my nose deep in the glass. Flavor is pretty much the same, with a sour pucker and some barnyard funk. Like the nose, the flavor is very light, bordering on watery. Big bubbly carbonation and high acidity for a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Almost like a light RR Temptation moreso than a Wit. A fine summer sipper, but I lean towards more flavorful brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 02:43:29 | More by 0110x011
Photo of brewdogmrb

New York

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin is one of my favorite American Breweries and they have all the characters that a classic, high quality micro-brewery should posess, including a healthy dose of outsider/weird sensibility and a diminished sense of risk avoidance. Calabaza Blanca is a Belgian by way of Dexter, Michigan style Witbier, which is spiced in the traditional sense with orange peel and corriander, and is also oak aged and bottle conditioned. Jolly pumpkin pretty dependably offers a weird and infected take on a classic style, and this is no exception -- the usual spice and funk of a Witbier, which is found in the background and almost entirely caused by yeast and lack of filtration, is all the way up front on this beer, a massive nose full of sour and puckering farm stink procedes any sips you take. Which of course is a good thing.

So yeah, this is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, a sour Witbier, but one that is very nicely balanced, very dry, and very Champagne like. This is not an easy thing to pull off and once again Jolly Pumpking doesn't disappoint. They manage to create a drinkable, even sessionable beer here with a less than 5% ABV and a truly refreshing finish. Another Infected Session beer that you would be super stoked to have a six pack of at a barbecue or for a hang out day in the yard. Glad to have grabbed a six pack of this at State Line Liquors on the way back from a trip down to Maryalnd, which by the way, lives up to its reputation for having great craft beers in what is quickly becoming an exciting part of the world for beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:22:19 | More by brewdogmrb
Photo of morimech


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a large white head that had great retention. Bits of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

I smell lemons, oranges, coriander, and yeast. Very big smells for a Witbier.

The taste starts off with citrus and spiciness often associated with Witbiers but then it turns sour with some Brett funkiness. Leaves a sourness in the mouth on finish. An interesting mix of flavors that somehow works.

Has a light body and just a bit overcarbonated. It is not harsh but does not go well with the sour flavors.

An interesting Witbier and it certainly seperates itself from the boring wheat ales that saturates the market in Summer. Low ABV helps consumption.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 18:28:00 | More by morimech
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12-ounce bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland... Nice blue logo sticker, very artsy... "Barrel aged and bottle conditioned" on the front... Supposedly aged in large oak casks and refermented in the bottle...
Pours a very cloudy, murky, hazy, straw-colored hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that left a minimal amount of lacing along with some carbonation visible...
Earthy, spicy aroma replete with tremendous spices, coriander, wheat, lemons, and citrus nuances...
Very different from your average Witbier, with the oak-aged factor definitely playing a part in the peculiar, orange flavor...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel, but certainly not as rich or thick as other representation of the style, along with a good level of drinkability due to the modest 4.8% ABV... Overall, very tart and heavy on the citrus factor... The first Witbier I've ever tried that has been aged in oak casks...
Interesting stuff...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 19:16:54 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Murchmac


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

Bought this one as my ever expanding trek into sours.

Pours a brilliant beautiful clear urine yellow with a great head.

Smells like feet, oxidized bottlecaps, some yeast, and some citrus notes.

Tastes peppery, some citrus. some pleasant (cant believe i wrote that) sourness.

Good carbonation, pleasant sweet and sour aftertaste. Like a fermented chinese dinner.

I like Jolly pumpkin beers. I wish they made a beer from pumpkins, called the Angry pumpkin

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 02:28:33 | More by Murchmac
Photo of brdc


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large capped bottle.

Nice looking, light golden, hazy brew capped by a voluminous white head.
Aroma could be more noticeable, but what is there is quite pleasant. Coriander, orange, yeatiness.
Light bodied and quite refreshing, taste is exactly as suggested by the aroma, with a predominance of the orange.
Solid witbier, nicely crafted.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 23:11:07 | More by brdc
Photo of bort11


4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into an oversized mug. Huge billowing white head that is slow to recede. Specks of foam stick to the glass. Color is a bright and hazy golden yellow. Specks of sediment swirl around.

Smell has a light citrus notes with green herbal spices. Coriander and parsley are mixed together. Taste is a light and refreshing lemon zest and white pepper. More coriander and spices. This wit needs no extra fruit added to it.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very refreshing. A great summer beer to sip on while sitting out on the front porch with friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 22:54:28 | More by bort11
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-rod color with some light peppery floaties and a thin white head.

S: Theres a citric sourness on the nose with a musky farmhouse yeast aroma.

T: some sweet citrusy hopping, with limited complexity. Beer is clean , yet lacks the complexity or spicing of others per style. A decent American interpretation with light spiciness and orange peels making a brief appearance in the finish, Flavor fades rather to quickly to appreciate much.

M: Mouthful is very light and silky on the tongue.

D: drinkable though thought it lacked the complexity and spiciness of others per style.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 21:42:57 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of number1bum


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #14.

Pours a very pale yellow color, good clarity and lots of bubbles rising steadily to the top. Two inches of creamy white head form on top, and retention is quite good. Keeps a nice thick lace and leaves a lot of stick.

First thing I notice in the smell is that it's sweeter than a typical wit nose, which I like. Sweet malt, some coriander and orange essence.

Taste isn't as sweet as the nose suggested, which disappointed me a bit because I like wit's that are slightly sweet. It's actually quite dry and even a bit on the tart side. Orange flavor is more tart than it is bitter, and there's not much depth of flavor in the malt department. It's almost a little watery. There is some coriander in there but it's light.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, on the light side of a medium body and a little thin overall.

When I smelled this beer I thought perhaps I had found a wit that I was going to love. But the taste didn't match the nose, and overall this is a pretty good wit but nothing spectacular. An easy drinker as it's light and crisp, and I did find it to be refreshing. For the price, though, I think there are better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 17:07:00 | More by number1bum
Photo of taez555


3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/04/06 first review. 750ml

This beer poured a dulled muted off-white/yellow straw colored body with a white head.

Nose has a fresh citrus lemon/lime/orange juice smell with touches of yeast and wheat. Slight tartness with even some grapefruit smells. A cornucopia of subtle citrus smells. Mild sour, almost lambic tones, but never strays to far.

Light to medium bodied with a nice citric undertone. An undercurrent of citrus zest and acidity. Very tart and very sour, it almost tastes like a mild wit body but it with a splash of lemonade. A nice fresh herbal tea mix of spices flavors. Earthy flower hop taste with a mild but present bitterness. Ends smooth and mild with a mild lingering sourness.

A light beer base (very reminiscent of a berlinerweis) with a splash of lemonade and big touch of celestial seasonings tea and bam... you get this beer. It's totally a white ale, and very drinkable, but just has this big sour punch. Very light and refreshing, and till not sure it's worth the price, but good none the less.

12oz rereview. 5/9/08 (didn't realize I'd already reviewed it)

This beer poured an extremely pale and clear light yellow, straw colored body with a small foamy head. There's an intense amount of carbonation in this beer as the bubbles are cascading straight up.

Nose is distinctly Jolly Pumpkin with that classic wild ale funk. Sour fruits, crab apple, natural cider, pears and some soft malt.

Taste is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation that by the looks of it would be overpowering, but is surprisingly subtle. Taste is subdued a bit due to it's low ABV, almost giving it a berlinerweis taste at times, but the taste itself is dominated by a wild sourness and even tartness. Sour apple peels, mild lime peel, lots of natural root and even some dirt notes. A dry woodiness really dominates the mouthfeel and adds to the taste.

I like wild ales, but have never been a huge fan of Jolly Pumpkins big beers, this however is surprisingly good. It's the first "lawmower" wild I've ever had. Very light, very easy drinking, with tons of epervesence. It's funky and light, I like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 02:39:27 | More by taez555
Photo of ckeegan04


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow color with fluffy white head. Nice and thick with good retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Yeast, sourness, and some funk. There are some nice aromas from this beer but they dont quite add up to a great aroma.

T - Very dry with a sweet yet tart fruitiness. Lemon zest and some spice present.

M/D - Very well carbonated which gives a good feel. Very drinkable wit.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 13:36:48 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Overlord


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A tad underrated, IMHO. Thanks, MHewes.

Pours a bright yellow with a big white foam head. No lacing, lots of carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel.

Smell and taste are redolent with sour funk, tart green apples, and zesty citrus. A very flavorful beer, and delightfully acidic. I do love those quasi-vinegarish brews.

Very nice, and something I would pick up by the six pack if it were available 'round here.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 08:31:35 | More by Overlord
Photo of crookedhalo


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

Poured a hazed peach nectar color with a fluffy, bone white head. Citric, tart aromas, unripened peach skin and a mild barnyard funk. The body is rather thin but the flavor is great with sour, tart notes. Nuances of fuzzy-skinned fruits. Spritzy carbonation. Not real big on the coriander or curaçao, but a solid, tart witbier, nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 20:18:07 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle

A: Pours the perfect hazy wit color. Too many wits are now filtered to death. This one is raw in the best way. Minimal white head around the edges of the glass.

S: In my limited experience with jolly pumpkin I can tell you their yeast be strong. Sour cherries. Funk. Very faint earthy smell in the back.

T: Wheat is up front. Then it goes into a nice subtle sourness. Finishes without really leaving any lingering taste in your mouth.

M: Med body. Nothing really great but it does not take away from the beer either.

D: This is the best wit I have ever had. What is generally a boring style has been turned on its head. Really different and it actually has a ton of flavor. If you put a lemon in this you should probably be beaten. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 00:57:36 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey, Jolly Pumpkin available in Alaska! WooHoo!

Pours a hazy yellow with good white head on it. Nose is uniquely tart for the style, some wheat and a bit of coriander. Taste follows, wheat and belgian yeast come out with some crisp coriander flavors. The finish does in fact have a tartness to it that I find to increase the crispness of this brew. Not quite as tart as a lambic, but a geuezeish flavor with a nice crisp tart bite. A very faint apple lick on the finish as well. Some wood is detectable with a barnyard type of brettano dry lambic tart funk. As I drink more I realize this flavor is actually quite evident in this brew. Maybe even disguises some of the white ale characterisitics. Very interesting. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but I do like the crispness of it. Drinkaibility is good, but for the style the tartness does detract from it a bit. Overall this is a very unique brew and makes me excited to try the rest of the jolly pumpkin brews in the fridge, glad to finally see them up here, now if we could only get the rest of the michigan breweries to send it on up!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 23:52:01 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of guthrie


4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Based on notes from the bar...
I actually swooned when I first tasted this. It's like a perfect blend of a nice crisp white (like Hitochino White or Blanch de Bruixielles - light, not sluggishly wheaty, with subtle spicing) and a plain lambic or gueze.
Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy, straw yellow slight head (I was being careful not to disturb the sediment), minimal lacing.
Slight brett-funk smell. Some citrusy or slight floral notes in there.
Oh my freakin god. It's really good. A light pineapple taste followed by a nice tart-funky sensation after swallow. The brett is pretty mild in here ( as compared to their Roja) but it's still really nice - subtle.
I would definitely say this is a must try. It may be a nice intro to "real" beers for friends who are uninitiated. Absolutely a nice refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 05:51:58 | More by guthrie
Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 755 ratings.