Calabaza Blanca | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
984
Reviews:
461
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
106
For Trade:
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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 schlimenhaumer
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 kwkdmk
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sephyrott
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foley67
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rangerred
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of BLZR
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap, 11/04/2016.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GarbageMan10
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 dasotelo50
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 CJNAPS
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djgustafson
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MIbeer27
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.9 out of 5 based on 984 ratings.
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