Calabaza Blanca
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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From:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Witbier
Ranked #36
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,175
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 12.05%
Reviews:
480
Ratings:
565
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 06, 2022
Added:
Sep 25, 2004
Wants:
  40
Gots:
  118
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Notes: Spiced with orange peel and coriander.
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Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
L- Cloudy mid gold pours with partial cap of white bubbles
S- Dry, gentle spice
T- Dry almost Guezey, kight, thin, light, rustic, tart.
F- Dry clean profile, little lingers. Almost a bit sherbetty on the palate.
O- Guezey, which is a whole austere style off in it's own realm. It's dryness rather smothers it's supposed Belgian Blonde spicy style.
Bought from Bacchanalia, Cambridge £7.49/ elegant art nouveau lable 375ml bottle - ouch.
Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Jan 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I'm not even sure I'm entering this beer correctly..... This is in fact a wit beer with orange peel and other citrus flavors.... A little skunky for me and too fizzy.... Not bad
Sep 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Aug 15, 2021
 
Rated: 3.95 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jun 22, 2021
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Reviewed by jbh7

1.15/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Cathy says, “worst thing to ever cross my lips…zero stars”. While billed as a witbier, it tastes like a sour gose.

It went straight down the drain.
May 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.92 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

May 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.05 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

May 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by mltobin from Connecticut

Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Junior from Michigan

Dec 05, 2020
 
Rated: 3.46 by BigIronH from Michigan

Oct 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by avisong from Virginia

Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass; canned 06/08/20.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden color, with very solid effervescence, a one finger, white head , rim retention, but limited lacing.
S: Pungent and tart. Aromas of coriander, cloves, citrus (lemon and orange), and caramel predominate.
T: Semdryt. Coriander, lemon citrus, and cloves hit the palate initially followed by a complex mix of the elements of nose. Don't quite perceive the orange, but definitely in the mouthfeel. Bitterness is nicely in balance with the whole.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid persistent effervescence.
O: Reminds me of Blanche de Chambly, another light Belgian Witbier. Drinkable and highly enjoyable, especially for the dryness, which makes it highly useful in food pairings. Will look for it.
Oct 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

Oct 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Glad I finally drank this wit. Enjoyed it on a warm autumn day with some of tennis buddies as we closed the outdoor season.

Calabaza Blanca hit the spot. Looks appetizing (nice foam) and intriguing (more clarity than expected.) Smells initially like classic wit spicing and mixed malt bill; then, the funk/oak fills my nostrils subtly. Tastes have the same dynamic; balanced, then funky finish that also is extremely dry. Soft in the mouth, but bubbly enough to cleanse the palate. While the oak barrel makes it unique, Blanca is as much like a rustic saison as a traditional wit. A Sante' !

To close with a brewer review and a bit of a confession.... This is my 9th from Jolly Pumpkin. I rated the other 8 below the BA average or 91% below. That is highly improbable for a Belgo-phile's ratings of a leading Belgian-inspired crafter. Part of this because JP early on took the turn from funky into too-tart-for-me. And my bias seems to stick to the JP label. Because of JP's pioneering funk and JP's opening seven restaurants to make the point that funk belongs in the kitchen also, I give JP some extremely high OA Hugs. More important, I plan to revisit many of those 8 other ales and see how much I have matured.
Oct 10, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by Lelampp from Ohio

Sep 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.91 by Griphon from Florida

Aug 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

Aug 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Aug 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.44 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Aug 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Good head production and decent retention. Body is a very pale, light yellow, a shade lighter than lemon. Body is very slightly hazy, but clarity is quite good - almost perfectly transparent despite the wheat.

While the classic Wit notes of light citrus and coriander are present, the oak aging adds a wonderful component as well. Slightly sharp and quite rustic, with a moderate musty funk.

Sure enough, the oak aging and Jolly Pumpkin's yeast strain(s) take over, with the end result being a beer with more in common with funky saisons or wild ales than a proper Wit. For me, that's a pleasant result: it's more complex and tastier. There's still a bit of coriander. Modest body; very pleasant to drink.
Jul 04, 2020
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Can from Uptown Market.

A clear light orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is so damn vibrant. Light coriander and orange peel paired with a grainy wheat character, a nice delicate barrel tartness, mild citrus sourness to pair with the orange peel. Mildly funky with earth, barnyard, a touch of fart (in a pleasant way). Really good. The palate opens clean, crisp and tart with a blend of lactic and citric sourness, bright and pairing really well with the orange peel and delicate funk. Pepper, light clove, barnyard, a light lemon note , there's a lot going on here. A delicate vanilla note from the oak, along with a little tannin that works well with the dextrinous, grainy wheat note. Drying, tart on the finish, this beer is light in body and crisply carbonated. Tartness and funk linger in the finish, making this one heck of a beer. Excellent
Jun 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by Giggy from Michigan

Jun 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I like the can artwork, great use of color. The pour is similar to the look of freshly poured pineapple juice. The taste is orange peel, coriander, the farmhouse character is there as well & a sour lemon note that hits your palate upfront then lingers around towards the finish. The thing that I like about this beer is that the Farmhouse character is not overpowering the other flavors that this beer brings to the table. This is a beer that's perfect for the warm weather & it definitely leaves some twang on your tongue. Cheers! B
Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 1.68 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Mar 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.21 by Barettes from Washington

Jan 31, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Dec 27, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This pours a cloudy hazy orange straw color with bright white foam. Bursting with coriander notes on the nose, with a clean sharp bubbly effervescence. Delightfully tart. Delicious.
Nov 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.42 by eire from Alaska

Nov 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Oct 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.73 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Sep 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by mush from Illinois

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.89 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.65 by BerryKumquat from California

Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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
Nov 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by fosters9 from New York

Nov 06, 2018
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