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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
991
Reviews:
465
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
109
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 991 |  Reviews: 465
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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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 BlesstheHarvest
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of scratch69
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 DaPan
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Very bubbly. Strong taste upfront, but little aftertaste. Bevmo, Oakland ca, March 2016

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dgeebs07
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jodybrutal
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jkolls
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.9 out of 5 based on 991 ratings.
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