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Calabaza Blanca - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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837 Ratings
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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 26
Gots: 55 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004)
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Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am drinking a 750 mL capped bottle, poured into an Ommegang Three Philosophers goblet. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale is golden in color and pours with a hazy finish that does not dissapate. There is little head that condenses at the top of the beer in a think white ring.

Smell: The beer's coriander and curacao peel aroma is evident on first whiff. The spices give the ale a wonder aroma that makes me want a sip.

Taste: My biggest problem with Jolly pumpkin (and I say this after having had only three different bottles) is the insistence on open fermentation. The spice character of the ale makes itself known briefly on first sip before giving way to the yeasty factor that the open fermentation gives it. The ale tastes quite dry (without consideration of said spontaneous fermentation), giving it a certain pucker factor that I've not found in other witbiers. Interesting take on the style, but it seems to fall a bit short.

Mouthfeel: The ale is VERY dry, stripping the taste buds and forcing one to take another sip.

Drinkability: The ale is relatively low in alcohol and would be perfect for a hot summer day. You may want something sweet to go with it though.

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

Pours a pretty clear, pale straw yellow, loose white head forms, some spots of lace on the glass. Smell is sweet, acidic, orange and spice, hay, and yeast. Taste is acidic tang, citrus, wheat, yeast, vanilla and spices. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Nice and refreshing. Fantastic beer, fantastic brewery. Thanks DrJay!

Photo of rrwiltse
4.95/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an absolutely amazing beer! One of, if not THE, best example of this style I've ever had. This little brewery out of Dexter, MI, is simply outstanding. The aroma is outstanding--coriander, citrus, incredibly inviting. Amazingly drinkable, I'm so pleased with the relatively low alcohol content. This will be a great summer beer; also a great session beer.
Highly recommended to anyone who loves witbier.

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

Thank you to akeeper for buying this one to share.

Served from a 750ml bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours with vigorous action and an explosive head. The white head is micro bubbled and meringue-like in appearance, rising to at least two inches, and never falling far enough to reveal the beer beneath. The beer color is a hazy and dull light gold, with some small particles in suspension.

S - No doubt about the presence of coriander in this one. Also present are the obligatory notes of orange peel. Definitely some wisps of sour apple cider vinegar, but faintly so. Cool and lively.

T - Mega tartness right off the bat, but sweet as well... that's obviously what was giving off the sour notes in the smell. In the middle you'll find the spices coming around, but in measured doses. As you swallow, your taste buds squeeze to release whatever remaining saliva you have left. Not much in the hop department to speak of. The aftertaste is yeasty and sweet, but there is also a cloying that occurs as well from the tartness.

M - A bit too overcarbonated for my tastes, as the beer foams up substantially in the mouth. The swallow is thick and leaves you with some gas in the belly. *urp* Note: It's important to let this one warm up in order for the carbonation to have enough time to check itself.

D - This is a refreshingly tart drink that would be awesomely suited to accompany food. Alone, it's also pleasing, but not as easy a drinker as I would have hoped. Personally, I like my witbiers a bit more rounded and less upfront.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head was out of control like a looney out of the bin upon my pour. Lots of sediment floating around. Color is pale gold. I can smell a mixture of spice, and lemon and orange peel. Tastes mostly of lemon and spice, and maybe a hint of apple juice. Very crisp and refreshing. I could see this quenching my thirst very well on a hot day. I would be happy to drink this again. Many thanks to Northertimber for this one!

Photo of xgrigorix
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Very pale yellow, dense cloudiness. Creamy white head leave a nice bit of lace on the glass.

Nose starts off with a big spicy whiff of coriander! Other less tangible aromas hide in the background, making for a very inviting inhale.

Rustic wheat, and hints of lemon. Heavy (but balanced) dose of coriander. Some funky oak & other less discernable barrel aged type flavours. Very subtle in what it does, and really quite refreshing. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Quaffable.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesomely funky witbier. I can't wait to try more Jolly Pumpkin. I always thought the witbier style would taste great with some funky lambic fermentation and oak barrel aging. Jolly Pumpkin has proven my hypothesis.

The beer pours to a pale yellow color, though there's not so much sediment that it looks "white" like some wits. Carbonation is great and supports a nice thick fluffy white head that lasts forever. Lacing is spotty.

The smell is great. Has a nice fruity tart aroma sitting on top of the usual wheat-y banana and clove. A bit of coriander and orange peel can be detected as well. Very interesting with the tartness.

The taste is also great. Starts off like a regular witbier with the coriander and orange peel up front, but as the flavor fades into the banana and clove something funky begins to happen. An acidic tartness infiltrates the palate, adding a nice touch to the existing flavors.

The body is fairly light, and the mouthfeel dries out quite quickly once the acidity hits. It has a bit of a sting to it from the carbonation and acidity. It is not over the top, however. I'm not particularly a fan of sour beers, but I love how Jolly Pumpkin can put in just enough to where I can not only tolerate the tartness, but I actually love it!

This is a very interesting and drinkable wit.

Photo of HogHill
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased this 750 for $7.60 at Colonial (not including the 20% discount for a mix case).

Appearance: a bright gold, a lot more yellow than the pale straw which most witbiers appear. Big foamy head of white. Looks terrific.

Smell: zesty lemon and corriander, citrus.

Taste: more citrus flavor than most beers of this style which lends this wit to be a little more on the tart side.

Mouthfeel: effervescent, medium bodied, refreshing.

Drinkability: This is a quaffable beer no doubt, a great spring/summer session beer at 4.8%. Interesting and enjoyable enough to continually re-visit.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a snifter glass and it immediately filled with creamy white foam. It took me 3 pours to fill the glass. The foam slowly dissolved back down to the hazy straw colored beer leaving a thick sheet of lace all around the glass.

A strong spicy aroma of orange peel, green apple and clove hits you before each sip. It's so strong it almost makes my eyes water. This full bodied, very smooth beer gives a nice soft fizz on the palate as it completly coats the tongue. The flavor is mainly orange peel, corriander and green apple. It finishes tart and dry leaving behind some fruity residue.

This is the first beer I've ever had by Jolly Pumpkin. It's very tasty, full of flavor and has a wonderful aroma. I'll be picking up some more Jolly Pumpkin beers to try real soon.

Photo of walleye
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from the bottle. poured a cloudy yellow with a big white head that left a lot of lacing. aroma, wheat , lemon, sweet orange, when it warms up a little some sourness comes out. flavor first impression very light and refreshing, lemon, wheat, citrus, sugar. a nice dry finish.second impression very light and a very easy drinking beer. this went very well with my shrimp stir fry.will get more of this.

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I smell soap and sulpher meshed together in the aroma. That, needless to say, gets your attention. Pours a delicate pale gold with a light head that is more gas bubbles than froth. This takes many sips to get at flavor wise. Initially I thought I tasted faint bannana, but as I continued I decided it was just the effect fo the coriander and the malt and not quite the same as you would taste in say a german Hefe. There is a thinness to this that doesn’t come until the final sip, but it tastes like spicy water at that final swallow and that loses points.

Still there is a very pleasing aftertaste to this that sticks with you and compells you to drink more.

Photo of RedHaze
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden color with an almost Duvel sized white head that fades agonizingly slow. There's a thick rocky cap left that leaves tons of lacing after the head fades. Impressive.

Smell; slightly sweet to start, with some lemon and orange zest. There's a bit of a peppery spiciness with some vanilla, and just a hint of hay.

Taste; initiialy the citric flavors really stand out with the lemon and orange. After a few sips a bit of vanilla and a woody presence show up, with a nice drying spiciness in the finish. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with plenty of carbonation. This is one refreshing beer that is very easy to drink.

Photo of pentathlete
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold, almost lagerish appearance. The white head hangs around for a bit then collapses to a ring. Plenty of bubbly carbonation. Nose is odd mix of sugar, vanilla, fake banana odor. Taste is just as strange with a base of rubber band and club soda with some yeast and wheat malt thrown in, but it just isn't enough to overcome the taste. Mouthfeel is ok, medium. I can't get past the flavor. This is my second Jolly Pumpkin that has disappointed, the Roja was the other.

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

Thanks to Bashiba for sharing this one.

Pours golden with a thick white foamy head with slight lacing.

Smell is sweet citrusy, and yeast with plenty of peppery spices.

Taste is much more sour than I expected. Starts malty and sweet with a has a slight hop finish. Pepper and coriander have a strong presence. However, it is the lemony sourness that rules this brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The lemoniness leaves a tart feeling in your mouth.

Overall, this is a decent brew. I found it to be a bit of a change of pace. The more I drink the more I like it.

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

Poured a nice cloudy Orange with a decent white head, little retention and no lacing to speak of.

Smell was full of coriander, citrus and yeast.

On first taste the sourness of this beer is almost a little to intense, but quickly mellows, overall the lemony flavor is dominant along with suble toasted malt flavors with hints of white pepper and coriander spices along for the ride.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full of carbonation, pleasant.

Drinkability is good on this slightly sour jolly pumpkin offering.

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

From the curvaceous bottle, stunningly-drawn label, and the fine-bubbled orangish-yellow body to the picturesque light-as-a-feather white head, this beer is really a feast for the eyes. Smells of cloves, yeast, and of decomposing banana peel with a deep, ancient aroma. Not amazing, but polished and rounded. The flavor is very lemony and acidic. In fact, it starts too much like a fermented light lemonade. Smooths out after a second as the fine bubbles take most of the liquid off the tongue, leaving a balanced, salty, tart finish. The feel is like a little massage for the inside of the mouth. I can almost hear Sting's voice: "Massage in a bottle...."
Medium body but light on the tongue due to a healthy yet non-sizzling carbonation.

This is a well-made, polished beer that I can really respect. Though the appearance and feel are perfect, the smells and flavor profile are pretty good. Should be enjoyed with food, as the tartness cuts through most things (including this tasty roasted garlic cheddar). Very very smooth flavor and feel, and an overall nice beer.

Photo of maxpower
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle pours a cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice-orange flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, very nice.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful, pale, hazy golden color with a head so dense and rocky it almost looks like whip cream. Has to be the whitest head I have ever seen in my life! Phenolic and spicy aroma-could use a tad more depth to it. Tart and phenolic flavor. A very mild trace of spices. Finshes quite dry though refreshing. Very bright and lively mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer. Could stand to be "kicked up" a notch in the body and flavor and I think you'd have one hell of a beer. First time I have heard from this brewery and I hope to see more!

Photo of benito
2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From a bottle with the enticing Jolly Pumpkin artwork on the front and cheesy Hawaii/rustic country brewery chit-chat on the back, this pours a mix of champagne and straw, like white grape juice, with lots of head and carbonation. The head dissipates quickly, but the effervesence sticks around throughout the entire sampling.

Phenolic smell is evident, sugar and plastic along with hints of citrus, as one might expect from this style. The flavor itself is an interesting contradiction: in what I imagine is an effort to avoid the cloying sweetness that typifies many American versions of the witbier, the brewers have held back on the body and spices and amped up the citrus, carbonation, and tart flavors. In theory, I like the idea, but Calabaza Blanca would certainly benefit from a slightly more heft (and possibly smooth) body and a more distinct spicing. As it was, I found the flavors to be a sort of spritzer-like free-for-all jumble in my mouth.

There's a lot of potential here, and with a little tweaking this could be a top-notch and highly complex brew. As of today, it's not there yet.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very complex and experimental Witbier. A lot going on. Aromas are very spicy, citrusy, yeasty, bready, and musky with a touch of tartness that boarders on sour. Looks a hazy straw with an abundance of carbonation and laces very well. An alternating play of tart lemons and grapefruit with sweet oranges and wheat malt swirl around a solid dosing of hops. A moderate base of barley malt gives a bready, yeasty, and a light grain flavor. Spices of corriander and curraco play on the toung. High carbonation gives a creamy texture. Less thin than expected. Finishes dry and quite chardonay-like. Muskiness continues. Lightly sweet and bitter with a light grainy bite in the throat, still, refreshing. A very good beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coudy golden color with tons of frothy white foam; icebergs rather than lace stick to the side of the glass

Smell: Surprisingly tart nose (almost like a Berliner Weisse); clear elements of wheat biscuit, coriander and, to a lesser extent, orange

Taste: Flavor burst of wheat, coriander and orange/lemon bitterness followed by a less sour, but more yeasty, finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied but full of carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice brew for the warmer weather; having picked this up on a recent trip to Orlando, I was hesitant to keep it until next Summer; a very intriguing wit from a brewer I will seek out in the future

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

Something different from the usual witbier. Interesting interplay of dryness and a citric tartness that borders on a Berliner Weiss lactic acidity. Quite smooth, with the spicing rather reserved for the style, which is rather nice, given that so many go to excess of orange and coriander. Some white-wine sweetness is present toward the end, but it dries up for a very crisp finish.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served into a Kapuziner half liter weissbier glass, slightly chilled. Cloudy canary yellow body is brimming with excitable small bubbled carbonation. Large and pillowy vanilla head hangs around for a few minutes, until reinvigorated by the next pour. Lots of sticky globs of lace are left on the glass as it slowly empties.

Aroma has a citrusy aspect, with lemon and orangezest up front. White pepper and coriander add a soft spiciness. Hops are here, as well, lending a grassy and fresh hay presence. An odd, but pleasant, note from the barrel aging chimes in with a hint of coconut/vanilla.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, zesty with carbonation and mild pepper.

Very refreshing taste is dominated by citrusy lemon, orange peel, coriander, and cracked wheat. Lively carbonation throughout, mildly spiced with white pepper and soft coriander, dry not bitter. Yeast presence is clean and outdoorsy. Goes down the gullet quick and easy.

Another excellent, oak aged artisan ale from the Jolly Pumpkin folks. This one is as well crafted as their higher alcohol releases, and more of a quaffer. Excellent any time of the year, but this would be an exceptional summer ale.

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

Soiled ashen goldenrod finished with a spume of vanilla.
Nose of wheat crackers, coriander, and candied orange.
Now stop me if you've heard this before....as I speak of crackery wheat, orange peels, and coriander. All obviously components of a well made witbier, as this is. It just seems as 1,000 other well made witbiers. But to give this an honest shake: Saltine cracker dry maltiness upfront, leading into a slightly expanded doughy sense. Spicy in the middle with coriander, white pepper, and tickles of vanilla. A celery stalk hop bitterness concludes it.
It separates itself most in feel, with its rolling, large bubble carbonation that borders on fizzy.
It's gaseous, light-hearted, and plenty drinkable. A solid standard-issue.

Photo of Skidz
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out foggy pale straw with a massive fizzly white head, fading quickly to a thick skim. Decent amount of lacings string around the glass.

Smells of crisp wheat, corriander and orange peel. Hints of grapes, and buckets of tropical fruit; startfuit, faint pineapple and papaya.

Flavor is completely focused around the wheat, with thick streams of yeast coating the tongue. Bits of orange peel come through, along with starfruit. Bitterness propels itself forward and provides a refreshing, moderate level of grassy hop flavors. Pure and clean finish, long lasting bitterness with tropical fruit hangin around, some tartness.

Extremely crisp and refreshing, high volume carbonation in medium sized bubbles. Body is light, and completly fitting.

Satisfying in every category. I almost wish it wasn't October now, but rather somewhere in the heat of July, so this was put to better use. Either way, it's a fine beer that really puts out.

Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
88 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.