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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 26
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004)
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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale gold, hazy and with a decent head that fades all too quickly. The smell is light lemon and orange with a very slight spiciness. The taste is light and refreshing lemon and orange again followed by a faint hit of coriander and a light grassiness. The mouthfeel is crisp and light and very thirst quenching. I really like the Jolly Pumpkin brews, but this one is really, really light. It's enjoyable, but there could be some more substance to it. Perhaps some more time in the bottle would bring out some more funk or sour. As is, a simple summer quaffer.

Photo of Applesauce1
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold color with a slight haze and a 3/4" head off the pour
Smell: oranges with some skunkiness
Taste: oranges; some malt; very watered down it seems; almost more of a orange pop flavor (not impressive)
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Drinkability: could do three or four in a night because its so light

Overall, I'm not too impressed with this beer. It has some good reviews up, so I might try it again and hopefully get a better bottle next time.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz Bottle poured into an Imperial Pint Glass

A - Pours a cloudy pale banana color with minimal 1/2 inch head that fades rather quickly. Lacing is marginal.

S - Very tart orange peel scent with a touch of spice, coriander included. Good amount of sugary sweetness. Tart fruitiness may have some lemony flavors as well.

T & M - Wow, incredibly tart orange/lemon fruitiness and an overwhelming amount of tiny carbonation bubbles. This front-loaded beer almost wears out its welcome from the get-go. Stays tart all the way through but the body gets fairly thin and unimpressive. Aftertaste is drying, but the tartness is still wreaking havoc on my tastebuds.

D - Jolly Pumpkin seems to have missed the mark on this brew. Too bad, because I've enjoyed all of their other beers that I've tried so far. This beer is way too one-dimensional in its tartness for me to even think about having another. ABV is not a factor at 4.8%. Buy with caution.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle, 4.8% ABV. Cloudy golden color, with a slight orange tint. Lots of active carbonation produces a thick fluffy white head that lasts the entire life of the beer. Great lace left on the glass at the end.

Orange zest, and other citrus fruits in the aroma, as well as corriander. Slightly sour in the nose as well.

Good tartness up front, without being puckering. Some corriander and spices, but they are restrained. Tartness lingers. Good balance with earthy hops.

Light bodied with refreshing carbonation. Great refreshing beer, perfect for summer.

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

Light hazy yellow, lots of effervescent bubbling. Pillowy head, good volume, not much for retention. Lacing is minimal.

Husky grain, subtle wit spicing, and sour citric fruit in the aroma. Certainly not overpowering.

The flavor is similarly light. First thing to notice is the tartness of flavor, it's quite sour. There is some coriander aftertaste and a dry finish. More sour than sweet, a little thin, with some citrus as well.

I'm enjoying this sour beer, it's an interesting take on the wit syle.

Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-26-07

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a huge craggy white head that maintains itself a half-inch above the surface.

Smell is very spicy, slightly sour with notes of citrus fruits and a little Belgian.

Taste is super spicy, with a sour kick right in the middle. Tons of citrus flavors follows with just a hint of bitterness. The aftertaste is bready, but light.

Mouthfeel is good, strong carbonation at first really brings out the spicy and sour.

Drinkability is also good, not too strong and very easy to enjoy.

Overall, a very good beer and very much worth a try. It's not as heavy and Belgian as some other witbiers, and thats a good thing.

Photo of xav33
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
750 ml bottle
Recent brewing, cleansed 05/07
Moderate pour in a mug.

Poured a hazy straw color with a huge rocky white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of strong fresh oranges and lemons, coriander, light bread and dough.

Taste was upfront strong sour orange and lemon juice with light to moderate bread notes followed by moderate sour oranges and lemon and bitter doughy yeast on an average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, lively carbonated, slightly dry on a dry finish, moderately puckering and slightly astringent.

Overall, this is a nice soft introduction to the sour beers of Jolly Pumpkin. The people whom I've shared this with, none of them being big craft beer drinkers, were very pleased with it. The sourness intrigues but doesn't overwhelm. Not my personal favorite Jolly Pumpkin though.

Photo of mcallister
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale copper golden urine color with a brilliant white head that contains mucho carbonation and is very flimsy and large. Decent retention with some lacing.

New Amercian oak with lemon zesty esters. Sourness is very prevelant and the bretts are at play in full force. Other tropical fruit aromas with hints of coriander and starfruit. Not bad aromas at all.

Highly carbonated, very easy drinking and very good. Carbonation may be slightly too much and the zip and sparkle may actually take away some fruit profile. Orange peel and corriander with freshly squeezed lemon and new oak flavors. Very refreshing and drinkable with zingy acidity on the finish.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, but I've been more impressed with some other Jolly Pumpkin beers. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass, this was a yellow, faintly hazy beer with a small head. It had a fruity, spiced wheat aroma. It had a citrus taste, orange mostly, decent tartness, and some warming spice. I thought it was a little too bubbly, and not a beer I'd want to drink a lot of.

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

750ml bottle shared with fisherman34 and procured for me by grub. Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Pleasing to the eye, pours with vicious carbonation and a massive head that just won't quit. Sticky lacing, light witbier colour but less hazey than I expected. Aromas of coriander, and lots of it. A little farmhouse funk, citrus zest, and a meaty marjoram aroma (meatballs!).

In the flavour the coriander and marjoram flavours stand out most, followed by a bit of zesty citrus and a lactic sourness. The carbonation, while massive in the glass, isn't obnoxious on the palate and just moves the flavour around. Pretty refreshing with a nice, dry finish. I'd say this is a light and easy drinking wit, flavourful but not obnoxious with some unique tastes in there.

Photo of fisherman34
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of quasimoto
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of markgugs
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of VitBAficionado
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of shivtim
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of montageman
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of schusterbauer
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Enola
2.03/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of wcudwight
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mrmanning
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of goochpunch
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.