Calabaza Blanca | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
jollypumpkin.com

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,078
Reviews:
471
Ratings:
1,008
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
113
Trade:
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Reviews: 471 | Ratings: 1,008
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12.7 oz bottle, batch 861, bottled 12/22/2015... poured in 2 stages into a 14 oz Gibraltar glass: first, about 3/4 of the contents, without sediment; recorded notes, then swirled bottle and dumped in remaining 1/4)

L: on careful initial pour: crystal-clear, rather pale yellow-gold; hardly any foam and the little bit fizzles, leaving razor-thin half-moon collar (2.5)... intensely cloudy, persistent, thin foam cap; a very cloudy Wit, laden with dregs (3.75)

S: smells more like a bland gueuze than a wit; modicum of spice, hint of animal-cracker biscuit (3.25)... some yeast and a touch more spice emerge; overall more Wit-like (3.75)

T: definite delicate funk coloring a rather dull, very lightly dinner-roll-y malt base, very faint hint of (white wine) fruit in the aftertaste, sluggish emerging coriander, dull fruit-skin bitterness (3.5)... the yeast-ed wheat now seems on point, with the funk adding a nice subtle twist to the flavors, it's just the spices seem rather mummified (3.75)

F: light-bodied with a tiny tubby mid-swell; buried suds, soft subtle sizzle in finish (3)... good bit more gas/activity; much creamier texture, much closer to a hearty, unfiltered wheat beer (4)

O: a potential drain pour which, with the sediment incorporated, developed into an rather intriguing, well-rounded interpretation... purchased this cold at Top Hops in NYC about 10 days ago, didn't notice the bottling date till last night though - that taken into account though, not too shabby; digging the wild barrel character, will definitely pick up another (fresher, bigger) bottle

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: spiced, tart, coriander, orange peel, herbal whit pepper, yeast, stone fruit, with slight woody notes. Same with the nose. Gold, hazy, with white head and delicate lace. Medium body. Zesty. 15 IBUs

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hued with great clarity and plenty of vibrant carbonation bubbles erupting from the depths. There's a fingernail of dishwater white covering a third of the rim and a third of the top. I smell pale wheat and coriander. I'm tasting orange peel, coriander, and pale wheat. The mouth is very light, crisp, and refreshing.

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

12 oz bottle

Pours hazy lemon gold, white ring of lacing for a head.

Smells of lemon citrus, coriander, orange zest and cracker.

Flavor is of citrus and cracker malt, coriander and spice finish.

Light body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Nice medium tart farmhouse beer, good flavor and drinks refreshingly. Definitely would have this again.

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Photo of amsett10
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a rather old bottle, a little over 2 years old, and it was still very good. Not overly tart but still pretty sour and was very dry as well as extremely refreshing. Worth buying if you come across.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8 oz serving tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on November 10, 2017. Spiced with orange peel and coriander. It is refreshingly tart, with a wonderful dry finish.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light hazy, yellow. Foamy, medium, white head that fades fast.

Smells citrus, light tart funk, spice and white wine.

Tastes lemon, orange, citrus peel, oaky and light yeast funk. Finish is dry with citrus peel and yeast funk linger. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy gold with a one finger creamy white head. The head leaves some light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is orange peel, lemon, coriander, white pepper and oak.

T - The taste is lemon, white grape, white pepper, oak and light funky brett.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Definetly an interesting take on a Witbier. The flavors are tart and refreshing. Very nice.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a decent glossed over yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds. The lacing was somewhat there and just kind of went all over. The smell was tart and had some light orange flesh and orange peel, light coriander, light lemon and ends with just a tad of yeastiness. The taste was sweet and yeasty with a decent bitter to tart conglomeration of the lemon and orange peel. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fair carbonation to allow a decent sessionability about it. Overall, good witbier I’d probably have again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy golden body, no real head on tap and a short one that fades quickly from the bottle. Minimal lacing on pour.

S - Nose is funky, grape and wood. A bit of lemon, and a touch of yogurt.

T - The flavor is super clean, bright sourness, oak and lemon. Close works toward sweet tart territory.

M - Bright open, slightly sharp prickliness in the close.

O - A tart, refreshing treat. Delicious!

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks murky straw like and resembles a white wine with bubbly beer head.

Smells funky and fruity with a sour, fizzy mouthfeel but not overly sour. The taste is sour, white grapes, lemon, and oak. But can't taste any barrel flavor.

Overall it's alright but nothing like some of the better barrel aged beers or better sours. But would consider this the 1st Jolly Pumpkin beer that didn't disappoint me.

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Photo of EMV
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazy light golden copper pour. Massive foamy head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Citrus, grains, and pepper... a bit of funk and oak.

T/F: Listed as a Witbier... drinks more like a barrel aged/conditioned Saison. Some good citrus notes... lemon rind, peppercorn, coriander, and light grains. Nice tartness and oak with a bit of funk thrown in. Feel was way off. Ridiculously overcarbonated.... to the point that it interfered with the flavor/enjoyment. Fizzy... finish is tart with a dash of funk and citrus.

O: Flavor was good, and again... tasted much more like a Saison than a Witbier. The mouthfeel killed this one for me. Too fizzy and really took away from the brew. Very drinkable with the low ABV.

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Photo of bicarbonate
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More of a wild ale or sour beer than a witbier. Sure, it has a cloudy yellow appearance and subtle coriander spice, but tartness and funk are the main attractions.
Descriptors: lemon, spice, funk, pineapple, wood

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Photo of Stevedore
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall nothing too crazy; a solid witbier with a fairly standard appearance and head without too much overwhelming spice on it, drinkable with a decent body. You can say that about most of JP's offerings.

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

@ Beer Study

Cloudy straw under a slim sticky covering. Aromas of barnyard, musty lemony citrus, wheat, and a touch of coriander. Funky, flowery flavors...dry woody spice, lemony tartness, white wine,and wheat. Dry, medium-light feel that is tart and frothy. An unusual Wit for sure, given the JP barrel treatment, but I just love their house character. Easy drinking, characterful stuff.

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Photo of jp32
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a champagne color, or pale straw yellow, with just the slightest haze to it. Smells tart. The flavor of the beer is very tart. Reminds me much more of a gose without salinity than it does a witbier. In fact, it barely reminds me of a witbier at all. Think tart, sour, chardonnay. Maybe just this style isn't exactly for me, or the beer wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be, but this one wasn't for me.

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Photo of KingDingus
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is a very light straw/pale gold

Smell is of white grape and white pepper

Taste, like may of JP's ales, starts with a slightly tart brightness. Then you get a little orange peel and funky light spice, completed by a white wine-like oaky finish. Well balanced and just enough depth of flavor. This one doesn't ask too much of you if you're just looking for a delicious Belgian Wit but, upon further inspection delivers all the complexity you might want from this classic style.


Feel is light and smooth, very easy to drink.


Overall a very good ale. Jolly Pumpkin is clearly able to nail the wit style while doing it in their very own and discernible way. Having had over half of the ales Jolly Pumpkin makes year-round at least twice now, I can say that I'm very familiar with the distinct flavor qualities that characterize Jolly Pumpkin's delicious productions. This Wit has it, Oro De Calabaza and many others do too. It's difficult to describe but unmistakably delicious.

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Photo of puck1225
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Cloudy yellow with a nice white head and little lacing. Funky sour smell that carries over to the taste. Tart lemons with some spice. Light and refreshing with nice carbonation.

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

Cloudy neon yellow with a massive symmetrical white head that mellows out to a nice blanket on the surface.

Bright lemon on the nose, and the funk is present, but for a Jolly Pumpkin beer, subdued.

In addition to these elements, there is something smoothing and savory on the palate that is a bit less pronounced of a monterrey jack cheese element that a well-made gose showcases. Same goes for the yeast spiciness, which is also nicely balanced in the background and not overboard like an overzealous American Belgian-style beer might be.

Crisp, dry, drinkable and refreshing, not a combination I usually find myself proclaiming for a JP beer, which are usually very extreme, love them or hate them.

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Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Transparent lemon color. Ominous, soapy head builds as you pour, never letting up and coating the glass in sudsy lace. Wonderful floral bouquet with mild yeast and white pepper on the nose. Flavor follows close. Light wheat character with a subtle yeast funk. Piney, lemony, spicy, floral, peppery. Soft tartness. Light yet complex and well balanced. Crisp, clean finish with lingering spice. High carbonation. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Keithernandez
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 3 year old 750 ml bottle into a snifter glass.

Look: nice golden color. Good amount of haziness.

Smell: the smell of Brett funk comes through immediately, a nice dose of citrusy zest follows, there are noticeable hints of coriander definitely coming through as well.

Taste: very similar to the smell. The Brett really shines in this beer, a nice citrus profile follows with a slight peppery/dry finish.

Feel: nice and bubbly, fairly light, super drinkable.

Overall: jolly pumpkin has knocked it out of the park with this one, age has done this beer well. I would consider this more of a wild ale rather than a witbier, but it is absolutely amazing. Would highly recommend to try at least once.

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Photo of alwaysTomorrow
1.24/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is not a Witbier, it's a fucking Gose. There is no "balance" between sweetness/tartness as one reviewer put it, there is *zero* sweetness to this beer. nor did I find it particularly "tasty" -- sours admittedly aren't my thing, but I really couldn't pick up *any* subtlety or nuance. Nothing but extreme, funky sourness and vinegary acidity. Like Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus contaminated a vat of lemon juice.

I wouldn't presume to critique an example of a style I don't personally enjoy, but this is very clearly labeled as a Wit and it is categorically not a Wit.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dull golden color. a half finger of a white head. fades fairly quickly and leaves a small lacing behind. hazy and just about opaque. some brightness to the color.

Smell: lemon juice, slight vinegar, some light graininess. green apple skin.

Taste: opens with green apple skin. lemon juice filters comes in. some orange peel and graininess.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. lacking some carbonation.

Overall: nice and light and super drinkable. good flavor. I wish it was a bit more recognizable as a witbier and a bit more carbonation. overall quite nice but could be a bit better.

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Photo of DannyV
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pasty yellow look, some bubbly action but not too much. Definitely tart and a bit sour which I'm not too fond of unfortunately. Not bad, but I wouldn't probably try it again.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow. Has a tart Brett fermented aroma. Flavor is tart, a little salty and there's a definite Brett backbone to this beer. Finished a little light. Overall a nice little beer but nothing special.

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,008 ratings