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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 52 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of fisherman34
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

750 ml bottle shared with trevorwideman. Vibrant yellow in colour with strong carbonation. Not too much haze for a witbier. Strong coriander aromas with secondary notes of marjoram (thanks to my spice drawer for picking that one out!), lemon, and a bit of oat. Spritzy and light in the mouth, with a moderate amount of lactic sourness. The herbal character is stronger in the mouth, as are the oats. Focused and clean finishing citrus finish. I was hoping for a bit more of that slick oaty body and a bit less coriander on the nose, but it's still a pretty good wit.

fisherman34, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of quasimoto
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

quasimoto, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of markgugs
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weiss glass

A: Poured beautifully with a big, luscious head just like a witbier should, though it went away fairly quickly. Very cloudy yellow/orange from massive amounts of yeast.

S: Delicious smell, loads of orange & coriander right up front. Slight spiciness, slight earthy mustiness to it.

T/M: Flavor switches gears a bit, far more lemony citric than orange. Very tart with an extremely dry finish. Good carbonation and quite refreshing.

D: I probably wouldn't drink a ton of these by choice, but I also wouldn't complain about sucking down a half-dozen poolside or on the beach. This is a really nice warm-weather beer.

markgugs, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz. bottle. Cool label like all the JP brews.

Hazy, muted lemon yellow body with a bubbly finger of cotton white head. Biscuit cookies and wheat malt hide behind orange and lemon tart fruitiness, coriander, and yeast. Wheaty twang up front, followed by crisp, tart lemon citrus acidity. Signature JP wild-tart character is very refreshing in this brew. Biscuity cookie mild sweetness in the finish with orange peel and coriander. Light body with a sparkling, crisp feel. I like the tartness of this wit and think it would be/will be a great summer quaffer.

alexgash, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of VitBAficionado
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

750 mL bottle. Dragged this one over from the States.

A: Slightly hazy golden color. Very large bright white head with descent retention. Small amounts of carbonation.

S: Huge clover aroma with a bit of citrus thrown in there as well. Hops definently come through as well.

T: Sour-citrus taste typical of most wits I’ve sampled. Kind of syrupy aftertaste. Much less hops bitterness than I would have guessed from the initial smell. Possibly hints of ginger in there.

M: Thin velvety feel I’ve come to appreciate from Jolly. More carbonation in the mouth than the eyes led to believe.

D: Enjoy this one very cold on a nice sunny summer day. Good palate cleanser and was beautiful when paired with a sweet yellow curry. Would get a little less appetizing with more than a couple pints.

VitBAficionado, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of shivtim
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%

Pours a hazy yellow with a brilliantly white head. Looks about like it should. Nose is oranges, yeast, and wheat, with some slight spiciness. Taste is orange rinds and corriander, then Lemon Pinesol. The lemon really doesn't work here at all. Mouthfeel is slightly over-carbonated, even for the style. Drinkability is average. Insteresting beer, but the lemon-freshness doesn't quite jive with the orange/spiciness.

shivtim, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of montageman
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into a tulip pint. Very hazy pale golden pour with a huge head that leaves some tremendous lacing, both on the surface of the beer and the sides of the glass. Smell is very yeasty/breadish with some citrus and little something I can't identify, but the smell is very nice. Taste is citrusy, maybe even a bit of sour apple up front with a bread-like almost chewy finish. Mouthfeel is good for this style - nice carbonation. This would be great for the summer next to the pool - it's very refreshing. Too bad it is -15F outside right now...Recommended.

montageman, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

750 ml bottle with a dark, mysterious label -- appearance is nice before the beer is even opened. pours a pale golden hue, maybe slightly orange, with a fluffy white head that shrinks but never disappears. smells of fresh orange juice, coriander, and earth; freshly turned, fertile top soil with grass clippings mixed in. taste is brilliant, like a very earthy and spicy mimosa, no flavor ever dominating -- the citrus and spice chase each other across the palate with each sip. lively in the mouth; creamy with a carbonation level that hints at champagne. immensely drinkable, entertaining, enjoyable. truly a craft beer.

schusterbauer, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Enola
2.03/5  rDev -47.8%

Received as part of the Double Trouble Bif.

Hmm. This beer is a cloudy yellow. There is a fair head. The smell is typical of the style. The taste is typical as well. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both typical too. Typical as in my least favorite style. This is the first beer of the BIF I have tried. It can only go up from here. On a hot summer day this may be a little more tolerable, but not on a cold winter day beside a wood stove.

Enola, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz single, Riley's 1.99

appearance: foamy explosion (why the hell does this keep happening to me) as it hits the wit glass...body is a very watery clear golden colour, very active bubbling, foamy snow white cap hangs around for the duration

smell: lots of wit-spices abound, active yeast, pear/white grape, apple juice, white pepper, plenty of sweetness

taste: a good, but not great, Wit. overly sweet and kind of syrupy, apple plays more than the pear/grape combo unfortunately, yeast is abundandt

mouthfeel: lively, medium-light body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a massive creamy white head that has excellent retention. Spotty spiderweb lacing.
Smell is citrus dominate with some Eggo waffles mixed in. No shit, I smell Eggo waffles in this beer.
Taste is much like the smell. Lot's of citrus. Lemon, Lime, Orange, in that order. There is also some spicyness mixed in, but I'm not familure enough with the style to differentiate between the spices.
Mouthfeel is thin and very carbonated. I normally don't like heavily carbonated beers but it works here. It has a nice dry finish.
I feel like this should be a session beer with it's light body and low abv. But for me this is not a session beer. Maybe it's the style, maybe the bitterness, but for some reason I don't see me sessioning these. That does not make it a bad beer, it's actually quite tasty...just not one to session
Boolshot and Marvz contributed this to my palate curtousy of the Double Trouble BIF.

wcudwight, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of mrmanning
3.58/5  rDev -8%

Bomber from Beer Depot in Ann Arbour, MI- Pours milky hazy yellow with a fluffy, creamy, cappucino head. Lots of floaties too. Nose is spices, curacao,candy, with lots of brett. Funky orange peel citric flavours are unique. Spices and flowers filter through to the finish. Very tart and refreshing. Good on ya’ Ron!

mrmanning, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%

Pours out a hazy gold with tons of rapid bubbles racing up the beer from all points, even climbing up the glass. 1/4" head is maintained well and leaves thick, sticky lacing like merengue when drunk. Even the remaining beer in the bottle has a head. I'm guessing it's some wild and crazy yeast with Omar Gooding and Donny Jeffcoat. Smells of wheat crackers, grain, citrus oils, with spiciness and mustiness from the yeast. Leaves the nose clean after filling it with all these aromas. Upon tasting, a bright acidity rushes the palate. This is very tart. Taste is of lots of citrus, along with wheat malt and grain. Some spicy yeast in the middle. Finishes dry, clean, and with more tartness. This tastes almost like a witbier and gueuze blend. Mouthfeel is light and really spritzy, perfectly setting off the acidity. However, after first pouring, the carbonation was a bit much and would just foam up in my mouth. It's making me kind of gassy too. This is extremely refreshing and sessionable.

Jolly Pumpkin is 2 for 2.

goochpunch, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks to Woody Chandler for sharing this beer with me.

As Witbiers go this is a solid representation of the style though unique in it's own right.

Apperacance: Pours a light golden color with a foamy head and adequate lacing.

Aroma; A hint of oak, yeast and bread aromas are unique in this aroma, along with the Witbier aroma of lemon pepper spice and coriander.

Taste: Citrus and grassy flavors parallel the unique tangent this beer takes down the malty bready oak flavor trail but then returns to light dry sweet and sour tart that is apropos to style, and tasty enough if this is you thing.

Mouthfeel: Light spicy and quite carbonated, but smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: I must admit I am not a bit Witbier guy but this one would be decent on a hot summer afternoon. On November 18th on clod afternoon ... well it was a welcome deviation from some of the bigger beer we were drinking but it didn't blow me away either.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of gpcollen1
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Acquired via trade with ppoitras – thank you kind sir!

Pours a light golden honey into my troubadour tulip yielding a huge, soft pillow of a head that slowly settles back into the brew. This beer is very intriguing – aromas of spice and citrus.

The taste follows the nose – citrus and spice – now I get a bit of the coriander. It follows through with a bit of a pucker – the tartness is very welcome here adding a nice twist to what I was expecting. Carbonation is moderate but fits nicely with the tartness. About half way through the glass a begin to get a mild dryness on the finish – nothing to apparent but just right for this brew.

This beer really seems suited for my taste buds – thoroughly enjoyable. For a Sunday morning brew!!

gpcollen1, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

The "white pumpkin" pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a fluffy head of bright white. The head retention is great, no doubt buoyed by the effervescent bubbles rising from beneath, but the lacing is limited. The nose is oaky with some orange/lemon and non-descript spice beneath. It's light bodied and zesty in the mouth with a very fine-bubbled, effervescent, natural carbonation from bottle conditioning The flavor is oaky and dry upfront, followed by a spritz of orange/lemon and a touch of ginger-like spice. Coriander becomes apparent in the finish. Tart, refreshing, dry. It has a low bitterness to it, but it's still very dry in the finish, no doubt in great part to the oak-aging. Delicate. Enjoyable.

NeroFiddled, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%

A - An eternal one finger white head rest atop a lemon rind yellow very hazy brew. No lacing. The dredges of the bottle were a murky copper tinted orange.

S - Lemon pith, orange pith, strawberries with a bit of earthy undertones. Last pour from the bottle had stronger earth presence.

T - A light lemony zest with a strong tart lemony sour. A bit of an orange pith flavor. Spiciness is mild, but decernable - mostly of grated lemon peel and coriander. A bit of a dusty, earthy, yeasty flavor - actually quite good. There is an extremely faint grapefruit pith bitterness in the finish. This yeasty flavor is stronger is the last pour, while the zesty lemon is weaker. Often strong tart citrus flavors will taste like vomit. This completely bypasses that somehow. Not a hint of sweetness. I generally like beers that are a little sweet, but this is the only belgian ale I have had which is devoid of sweetness - and I really like it.

M - Carbonation is high, thin and very refreshing. End of the bottle is smoother, the carbonation is no longer a problem - still thin and refreshing.

D - Fantastic! I loved this beer. It was interesting flavororful and quaffable. Would make a nice apertif. It is a bit too mild to hold it's own against food. It wouldn't ruin most dishes, but most dishes would ruin this beer. I will have to have this again. I loko forward to my other Jolly Pumpkins.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured very slowly into a pint glass, resulting in massive, pillowy foam. Multiple tiny streams of carbonation course through the liquid. Head is slow to fall, looks like a whipped merengue.

As the last dregs of wheat & yeast are swirled then poured, the body becomes increasingly opaque. Watching the yeast fighting against the upward carbonation is like witnessing some primitive chemical reaction.

Smells of coriander, earth, lemon, and fruit pastille candy. Taste is earthy belgian yeast, mildly tart citrus, not much hint of alcohol. Pretty zippy overall with the carbonation and citrus taste. Yeast/wheat delivers a smooth mouthfeel without being soapy or heavy. Tart, tasty, and thirst-quenching.

Ranks among the best and most unique US versions of this Belgian style, in my humble opinion.

Edit: The first time I tried this, I didn't think much of it. By the 2nd or 3rd time, it's subtlety was clearly it's strong suit, and I find myself returning to it again and again for a good thirst-quencher. This ale has expanded my understanding of this style.

emerge077, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
3/5  rDev -22.9%

This brew was recommended and my wife and I were not that impressed. Poured a hazy blond w/ a creamy white 1 inch head that mostly diminished. Got a whiff of coriander, honey and some smoke elements. The body was light, watery and very fizzy like a champagne. IMO and my wife's opinion there is to much involve and drank like a champagne. Although we finished the 22 oz. bottle it was a hard to finish. For those out there, hope you get a better result.

GimpyCane, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Onibubba
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

My first JP. Glad to have been able to pick this up in a 12 oz. Fizzes immediately upon opening, and a somewhat funky sour lemon smell spills out along with the foam. Head eventually settles down over a hazy yellow body.

Smell is more citrus/lemon than spice, but it is there too. The funk is not entirely off putting. Not sure what I was expecting, but this was not it.

LOVE the taste. I had my first Wit, a Hoegaarden, with lunch and was not very impressed. I prefer this. The lemon and sour funk is more dominant in this beer.

Mouthfeel could be better. Carbonation is high, not something I am too fond of. Drinkability suffers somewhat from this, even though I like the taste. I could drink several of these in a setting easily though. Very refreshing.

I'm sold on trying more beers in the JP line now. I had been wary of them before because of the funk/sour descriptions, but if this is indicative of the taste, I'd like some more please.

Onibubba, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Tasted bottle on 9/25/06 at Tria Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

White-ish colored with a huge white head and overcarbonated resulting in multiple pours. A funky oaky and tart aroma and flavor. The coriander and orange peel don't get a chance to shine in this one. Very light bodied and airy due to carbonation but refreshing enough I guess.

Not quite what I think of when I think of a wit... save your $.

Per Label: 4.8% ABV. "Wit Aged in Large Oak Casks" & "Orange Peel and Coriander"

($6.50 / 12 oz. bottle)

RBorsato, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%

Had a hard time pouring this one as it has a ferociously active head formation VERY foamy. In the glass I have a cloudy pale yellow colored beer with a very tall puffy white head.

Smell is coriander and spicy with a strongly herbal aroma. There are also lots of flower aroma here in addition to the sweetness. There is also a rather strong lemon scent.

Taste is strongly sour in the first taste. Lots of lemon flavor and sourness to the point that this tastes more like Berliner Weisse than Witbier. After you acclimate to the sourness you can taste a lot of wheat in the beer along with a shot of coriander. Still the sourness level here is too much. I could rate this higher if it was labeled a Berliner Weisse.

Mouthfeel is over carbonated.

This definitely not one of my favorite Witbiers. Just too damn sour like lemonade with no sugar in it.

Zorro, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of rayjay
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

My second beer from this brewery, and I'm liking them more and more. Purchased at Beaumont Market in Portland. Unfortunately, there is no dating on the bottle.

Light and hazy, with active carbonation but no head. Lots of funk on the nose, but the enjoyable kind.

The taste reminds me of Berliner Weiss with lots of residual tartness. The body is definately closest to a Belgian Wit. Very drinkable. The sweetness is kept to a minimum, which may be my favorite part of this brewery. Finishes dry as a bone. Think tart honey water.

Send Jolly Pumpkin to CA!!!

rayjay, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

This beer pours an ever so slightly foggy golden straw with an unholy number of bubbles clinging to the sides of my glass sustaining a huge foamy head. Fortunately, the carbonation backed off to more moderate proportions in a few minutes.

Smells of a huge mass of lemon with only a touch of doughy honey and creamy yeast behind it. There’s also a sweet cantaloupe here with a cranberry dry oak.

As a foundation, there is a very modest spicy triple-like yeast and a touch of rye and wheat. But on top of that is a huge but delicate lemon that isn’t all too sour. The sourness here fades to a cranberry dryness that continues to flow into a very nice sour oak. In the finish, the flavors meld together and then drift away.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and silky soft with a substantial swarm of CO2 pin-pricks.

This one was really impressive. I must say that at first the mammoth carbonation was really disappointing, but as it sat, it dissipated letting me have a more intimate experience with this beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of AltBock
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

I got the little bitty 12 oz. bottle instead of the 750ml bottle. If you didn't know already, Calabaza Blanca means White Pumpkin in Spanish. Like all of the other Jolly Pumpkin labels, it's a work of art. This one has a (from what I can see) a beautiful woman with long golden hair wearing a silver dress on a balcony during a beautiful blue night looking out to the sea where a big old sailing boat is coming toward her. She has this motion of her body where this boat coming to port is carrying her lover from years past is coming home from a long and tireless voyage out on the sea. Or you might able to determine that by her body position that she is fearful that this boat is not carrying her lover, but a boat filled with murderous pirates ready to murder and pillage. Either way it's a very nice piece of work. To the left of the label is the Govt. warning and more Spanish saying "Proteja El Ambiente, No La Tire." Fellow BA Pepeton says that means Protect the Environment, Recycle this bottle, but instead of "No La Tire" they should have put something else. If you have any questions about that beermail him. Anyway, to the left of the label is a nice sized paragraph about the beer. This was also capped with a bright blue cap, you can't miss it. Don't bother to look for a date on the bottle because there isn't one. Another beer label you need to see for yourself first hand. Enough about the artwork, let me get to the beer.

Appearance: When poured into my favorite Pilsener glass, the beer was a hazy lemon yellow color with a massive head of white foam to it. I had to stop pouring the beer half way because it was rising really fast and not stopping. It almost overflowed at half glass. When I was waiting for it to settle, I took a little sip out of the bottle and even inside the bottle there was a massive head of foam. It had good retention leaving behind not as much lace as I would have expected and some white foamy rings around the glass.

Smell: The aroma was more sour lemons than anything. Besides the sour lemons there was also some coriander, different varieties of spices, malted wheat, and a touch of yeast toward the end, but that's expected of course. Pretty much an average Witbeir aroma.

Taste: The initial taste was that of tart citrus fruits (most notably the lemon of course). After that I got some malted wheat, a few cloves, a splash of orange, some spices, little yeast, and all of these flavors ended with a dry taste of malted wheat again. I know they barrel age their beers, but I couldn't taste any oak in this one.

Mouthfeel: It was light, crisp, and refreshing, but there was barely any aftertaste at all. After all of those flavors it was a bit disappointing. I was kind of expecting maybe just a slight aftertaste of yeast or spices, but there was nothing there.

Drinkability: If you like lemony tart Witbiers, then you'll love this beer. I could probably see myself trying this one again. A beer that is worthy of the artwork on the front. :-) Another beer that I was glad to try from a great brewery.

AltBock, Aug 31, 2006
Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
87 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.