Calabaza Blanca
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #25
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,138
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 12.21%
Reviews:
478
Ratings:
1,038
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  40
Gots
  117
SCORE
88
Very Good
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jbh7

1.15/5  rDev -70.7%
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
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VoxRationis from New York

4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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
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Nass from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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elNopalero from California

4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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

Aug 04, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

May 26, 2018
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Apr 14, 2018
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amsett10 from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Jan 17, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Nov 11, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Jul 18, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jul 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Jul 03, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Jul 02, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

May 27, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

May 15, 2017
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bicarbonate from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Apr 02, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Sep 19, 2016
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wedge from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Aug 22, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Jun 28, 2016
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KingDingus from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

May 31, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

May 23, 2016
Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1038 ratings