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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004

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Photo of guthrie
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Sediment was left in bottom of bottle. Color was a golden amber with a completely white head. Head was frothy, 2 fingers at first, but left a 1/8 in layer the whole time that clung to the sides. Bubbles were constantly rising from the bottom of the glass. Smell was slightly fruity, and reminded me vaguely of champagne. Taste was mostly clean, had tinges of vinegar and wheat and reminded me of hard cider. Felt good in the mouth. Not overly carbonated, and not to watery. Very pleasant to drink, could probably be substituted for champagne without missing much.

Photo of Ehouse
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good, refreshing summer beer. This beer quickly soaks your tongue in citrus, lemon rind, and spices before fading away into an earthy almost straw like dryness. The slightly astringent taste of wood and lemon hang on the very back of your tongue. Flavors could be stronger.

Photo of oakbluff
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Very pale straw colour- similar to your std macro lager, but with a three finger head. Smell- citrus, woody brett. Taste- loads of citrus fruit, grainy and medium spice. Finishes really clean with snappy tartnes. The oak and brett are there, but not in your face. Medium carbonation, combined with the light body makes a thirst quenching beer. The least complex JP beer I've tried to date, but a nice drinker.

Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, bright, pale, hazy lemon color with a big fluffy white lid.

The smell has a light sugar-and-spiced lemony sweetness, with big tart citrus. Yeasty as well with a touch of oak.

Awesomely light with tons of finely creamy carbonation. Tart lemony orange flavor with light wheat and yeast. Throw in a pinch of coriander spice.

Not quite straight down the standard wit lines, but I likes it. Nice, fresh, refreshing, and light. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable.

Photo of Mudpuppet
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into a gold-rimmed Brooklyn flute. Pours a gorgeous hazy straw yellow with a .5 inch head. Constant bubbles flying up to the surface similar to champagne.

S- Sour, funk, lemon, apple, and an odd notes of popcorn is all present in this nose. In my world a nose like this lets me know I am in for a treat.

T- Starts with sour and light wheat notes followed by a bit of funk with citrus notes. This is not a over powering beer but better yet a delicate and delicious beer.

M- Very sharp carbonation which cuts through the sour and funk. Almost creamy on the tongue from the natural carbonation. This is not bottle refermented but I don't think it was force carbonated. I maybe wrong on this but it is a very fine carbonation.

D- Absolutely drinkable. I really like this beer. If it wasn't so hard to find this would be my summer drinking beer of choice. I cannot say enough how much I enjoy this brew!

Photo of MMAJYK
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quick review from the bar into my Blackberry.

A- Bright yellow, clear and bubbles constantly rising from the bottom of my glass. Head is 1/2" and sticks around for a while.

S- Candi sugar, corriander, orange peel.

T- Same spices and light on the palate. Very citrusy of lemons and oranges.

M- Thin and high carbonation.

D- Very light on the taste buds and stomach. Very sessionable.

Overall- Clean, light, and enjoyable. Very nice beer and great session beer.

Photo of SaucyA
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber.

A - Nice, foamy white head. Looks like a ton of carbonation. Golden, cloudy. Great looking beer and I'm excited to taste my first Jolly Pumpkin. Head lasts entire glass.

S - Typical wit goodness. Orange and coriander. Yeasty.

T - Holy cow. This is interesting. I need another sip. It's a lot more tart than I expected, but it's a good take on the style. The foamy head is a wonderful addition. Orange and lemony goodness with a crazy tart/dry finish. My mouth is a bit puckered.

M - Way too sparkly and light for my tastes. I prefer a wit with a little more body. It works well with the tartness, but not so much with me personally.

D - Probably wonderful for a summer evening or with a good food pairing. Definitely not a session/standby.

All around an interesting take on a witbier.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Pale yellow with one-finger head and plenty of carbonation.

Aroma: Funky and fruity. Can make out faint hints of orange and apple in the nose. Reminds me of an Unibroue release.

Taste: Sour and tart upfront. Faint hints of orange peel and coriander abound. Some apple as well. Sourness is prominent in this one, which as I'm told, is not a defect.

Mouthfeel: Dry with lingering tartness. Smooth.

Verdict: A different take on a witbier. Most witbiers I have had do not ramp it up on the sourness. This one does. It's different enough. Smooth and still has the characteristics typical of the style. I like it.

Photo of jtm3
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:This witbier pours a somewhat cloudy golden-yellowish color with bit of residue meandering about and decent head retention.

S: Aroma is contains a powerful tart fruit presence and some typical spices associated with this style (e.g., corriander).

T & M: First sip goes down and you are hit with the sour fruitiness (orange, lemon, peach even?). The mouthfeel is very champagne-like in it fizzy, carbonated presence. As the beer finishes, the tart taste remains with the spices kicking in ending in a slightly bitter, dry finish.

D: Being prepared for the sourness, I found this beer highly drinkable, with the dry finish a nice lead-in to the next sip.

All in all, a nice witbier that, like all Jolly Pumpkin beers, adds its own twist with their classic sour punch that masks some of the expected spiciness of the style.

Photo of Scoobydank
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:Like most of the jolly pumpkin beers I have had, outrageous thick white forathy head that takes for ever to go away, Insanely cloudy goldish yellow. Can't see through the beer it is so cloudy.
S:A big citrus lemon with just a slight hint of spice.
T:That light hint of spice on the smell comes out right away on the taste. What follows is a solid lemon zest.
M:chapagne like eforvensence is very apparent. Tiny little bubbles that tickle your mouth.
D:Good. A very enjoyable brew. A good example of the style. Nothing in your face, but certainly worth a drink.

Photo of Ryanbob
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- cloudy yellow, with a bubbly white head that disappears quickly

S- sour, a little spicy

T- Sour, citrus, rindy, a bit of dirt, mostly a nice sour taste. Fairly dry finish, lingering bitter earthy taste.

M- very carbonated, like champagne

N- Thanks Dave at Zeno's! Can't get these here in Austin, So I was glad to pop this one open. I like the sourness, I would like something a little richer than this in the same style. Although I enjoyed this beer, I probably wouldn't drink it very often.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a cloudy. straw yellow color, with some sediment making its way to the bottom of the glass. Strong head at first, then it dissipates quick after the first sip. Strong carbonation. Very sour aroma. I get a sour/sweet cherry aromas from this one. Sour flavors of the bat, I keep pulling the cherry aromas in the taste. Solid mouthfeel, with the carbonation hitting the back of teh mouth. the sour flavors invigorate my palate. This beer takes a few sips to get use to, but once you do, it is very enjoyable.

Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at Winooski Beverage Warehouse over the holidays.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Light, pale-yellow body, good-sized head with lots of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Citrus-like aroma.

Taste: Very active carbonation, lemon-like character. Taste fades fast though.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied in the palate, reminds me of lemon & ginger.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, light brew. Probably better served in warmer weather. I wouldn't rush to get one, but i'd have another.

Overall: Certainly not a run of the mill beer, a bit funky & persistant carbonation. Good beer but i've had better Witbiers. Won't count it against them as it's my first Jolly Pumpkin & i've heard lots of good stuff about them.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color with a towering, bright-white, meringue-like head. Pillow-y and bubbly lace coat the inside of the glass. Very effervescent yet this bottle did not "gush".

S: Tart, tangy, and funky are the name of the game here. Some hints of coriander and oak are present as well.

T: The taste follows, very closely, the smell. Tart citrus, tangy green apple, mild spice, funk, and sour basement.

M: Tart, dry, sour, bitter, and quite refreshing.

D: Nice and tart but not overly so. Word!

Photo of joe1510
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Received this bottle from my RB Secret Santa, thanks Melvin. Calabaza Blanca turned out to be yet another Jolly Pumpkin gusher. This wit pours an opaque, hazy straw golden. Streams of carbonation chase each other to the small crown of white head that formed on the pour and leaves a patch of lace here and there.

Smell has a little bit of that dusty funkiness to it. A solid dose of tangy wheat shows itself below the dustiness. Not much in the way of orange peel but there is a pinch of coriander. The aroma, unfortunately, doesn't stand out much.

Flavor follows the nose. Some wheat twang and a little of the funkiness but all characteristics seem really dumbed down. Not a lot of complexity or flavor. I'm usually not a big fan of wits the way it is but this one leaves things to be desired.

The mouthfeel is pretty average. The problem is there is too much carbonation which makes this beer move through entirely too fast. The carbonation is very prickly and the high carbonation makes the body seem almost nonexistent.

This beer goes down about like an ice cold macro. Non-offensive and easy to drink but not something I wouldn't waste my time drinking more than one.

I've always passed by this beer because I'm usually not in the mood for a wit. Now that I've had the opportunity to give it a try I'm glad I have passed it by. There are much better wits out there and for much better prices. Calabaza Blanca is a chink in Jolly Pumpkins armor.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With nothing better to do on a Saturday night, I turned towards my local liquor store for help. I hope Calabaza Blanca is the ticket. From a Belgian-sized bomber (750 ml), but capped instead of corked, on to the beer:

First off, careful when you open the cap, the beer exploded out and drenched my desk. After that adventure, it's a clear, light pale gold color. The head retention on this beer is something to brag about. The nose is orange dominated, with touches of apple. The taste is quite smooth, but nothing to rave about. It has a good tart taste to it, with a leafy hop flavor in the back. I personally prefer the witbiers where the ingredients are more "raw", if you know what I mean. But overall, it's good. It won't fill you up, and won't let you down. However, I'm not sure if it was worth the $8 I paid.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light golden cider with clouded yeast particles suspended throughout the head is a bit spritzy but overcarbonation doesn't come through at all in the texture. Bright white head dwindles quick with minimal thin lacing. Aroma complex coriander and citrus notes with heavy tart acidity really piercing the senses. Tart oak barrel aging really brings about some cider notes, not the overly sweetened versions but those drier in nature. Flavor brings out perfume like layers of coriander with other possible spices, citrus tartness with bitter pith notes come through. Bready wild yeast notes play their role so nicely adding to the ever growing complexity of Jolly Pumpkin beers, artisan ales at their finest. Dry soothing finish with the spices really leaving a coating on the palate. Mouthfeel is light bodied spritzy carbonation with that slight oil like composition of the dryness blended with oak and spice great mix wonderful finish. Drinkability is so sessionable at 4.8% and in addition it's complex enough to keep one refreshed and intrigued throughout each bottle excellent and don't hold back on any of the yeast sediment. Oh and I get some creamy bubblegum chalky finish thing going on that I really dig. Like stale bubblegum with cardboard accents from a pack of baseball cards, nice.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.1/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

i really, really do not get the brett thing and am regretting like hell that i bought an entire sixer of this. i should have known that this is an acquired taste that happens to not be my cup of tea. if i wanted this sour brett stuff (my mistake, i guess), i should have just bought some wine. the sweet looking bottles finally lured me in, though. and despite knowing that they use brett (shouldn't this be a fucking flaw?), i figured they wouldn't use it in a wit, right? woops. this looks like a nice wit, and smells like one too. but in the mouth it's all sourness and astringency. like a beer gone horribly wrong. if anyone wants the rest of this sixer and lives in the naperville area please come and take it before i pour it down the drain. i'm dead serious, just email me and it's yours. it's taking up precious space in my beer fridge.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the third Jolly Pumpkin brew I have sampled, and all of them have been phenomenal. Easily one of the best Witbiers I have ever had, right next to St. Bernardus. Tasty, tasty brew.

Poured part of a 750ml into a pilsener glass.

Appearance - Transparent with a slight haze. The color is a whitish/yellow/straw hue. A harder than average pour produced a huge 2+ finger cottony head that took several minutes to die down to a drinkable level. It left a bit of lacing on the way down.

Smell - Just like one would imagine a good witbier smells like. I get notes of orangey lemony citrus tartness. There is a good level of spice as well - coriander and clove. There are grain-like malts and a significant yeast scent too.

Taste - Man, this is really good. I primarily taste the lemon/orange citrus - very tart. The spice presence in the scent is even more pronounced in the flavor - lots of coriander and a little bit of clove. There are very floral hops at the end of the flavor, but they are hiding pretty deeply underneath the huge tartness the beer has.

Mouthfeel - This is perhaps my favorite part of this beer. The beer is light bodied and it is almost perfectly balanced with the carbonation level. There is a high level of carbonation but it helps to cut through the tartness and light body.

Drinkability - Man this beer is good. The mouthfeel, flavor and scent make me want to keep drinking. This beer would be in my regular rotation if they sold it in Texas.

If you like Witbiers, you should search this one out. Jolly Pumpkin hasn't let me down yet.

Photo of albern
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good witbeer all around. The only downside is that there is relatively no head on this beer. It pours a hazy, orange with lots of yeasty bits and residue floating around a settling right at the bottom of the glass. Head, lacing and retention are the lows. The smell is very good. It was clearly yeasty spritz, coriander, maybe some clove, citrus, and another smell I couldn't place until I read other reviews and came up with it ... definitely a ginger ale fizz ... spot on. The taste won't disappoint in that you will get a medium bodied, well carbonated, coriander, spicy ale with a yeasty tartness that is both refreshing and bracing. The mouthfeel is rather light and the aftertaste is tart, but good. You can't go wrong with this beer. L'Chaim.

Photo of wheelinshirt
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another unique beer from jolly pumpkin. Bottle sports a cool label with a matching blue cap. Poured a cloudy straw with not a lot of head (maybe my fault for not pouring aggresively enough) and left some lacing. Smell is a balance of the orange and coriander along with some clove and grainy malt. Taste is pretty standard for a witbier except with a bit of lactic sourness. I didn't much care for it in La Roja, but here it works wonderfully well. Swirled to get some more head that ended up dropping out pretty quickly but brought out a bunch of funk and tartness in the nose. The tartness makes the finish pretty dry but not quite as clean as i would have liked.

Overall a very unique witbier, stays in line more with other jolly pumpkin offerings than the style so if you like their other beers, you should definately try this one.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the beer spills from the 12-ounce bottle, the color is foggy yellow with a perfect white hue, head is a huge pile of cotton to crown the body, as it slowly dematerializes, and the lacing forms a white curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a rich bread dough aroma, aromatic spices, coriander, cloves and a nice orange peel hint, to accompany the crispness. Start is sweet with grain and spices, a bit of tartness at the back, top is light to medium. Finish has a prickly acidity, sweet with a touchy of hop spiciness, quite dry aftertaste lingers long, a fine representative to the style.

Photo of Nipitato
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: A great looking beer. Light gold hue. Visibly effervescent. Visible yeast. Capped with a quarter inch creamy white head with good retention.

S: A citrus tart aroma predominates. Grainy malt. Very herbaceous – orange and coriander. Some subtle oak.

T: Tart and refreshing. Citrus/orange flavor with lactic sourness. Some grainy malt flavor. Also some spicy peppery notes. A clean non dry finish.

MF: Light and airy. Creamy. Very tart clean finish. Highly carbonated.

D,Notes: Great take on a witbier. Very drinkable.

Photo of SixpointJMH
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden colour with a thick frothy white head that quickly dissolves to a lace that leaves minimal residue on the glass. There is also some yeast that can be seen floating in and settling in the glass.

The aroma is a bit yeasty, but primarily tart and lemony, with some grape in the mix at times. There's a slight touch of spice here too, but the lemon notes overpower it for the most part.

The flavour is more fruit. Lemon still leads but grapes are very apparent here in the mix and this one become white wine like at times, with perhaps even a hint of apple juice like flavours. Coriander is slightly noticeable as well amongst the overall tart flavour. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

I wasn't crazy about this one. It's too much of what seems to be a white wine/beer blend. Not bad, just odd and not my cup of tea. I'd call this one average at best overall.

Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.