Calabaza Blanca | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Calabaza BlancaCalabaza Blanca

Brewed by:
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2004

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw colored with a nice 1 finger white head that fades to a faint ring around the edges. Medium opacity and haze.

S: Distinctive smell of brett, cider like/orangey and fruity.

T&M: Crisp, tart, dry, refreshing. Starts with a funky, barnyard cider like tartness. mild citric acid and a tangy lingering finish.

O: Really refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been meaning to pick a bottle of this up for some time now. Big thanks to Dunt for sending me a 750ml as an extra in our most recent exchange. From my understanding, this is the closest thing JP makes to a Berliner weisse without actually being one.

Shared with some friends and poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clouded straw yellow color. A finger of white fizzy head fades quick with a thin ring maintaining around the edge of the glass. A light swirl agitates bubbles from solution that produces a thin laceĀ atop.

The smell is lemony with lactic component and underneath is the presence of tangy to sweet smelling wheat. There is quite a freshness aspect about this brew that is quite appealing. Coriander and spices are evident with a contrasting note of brighter lemon. A swirl brings forth light sulfur inclusion and earthy almost grassy notes as well.

The tastes is lemony with a backing of wheat and cereal grains. The coriander inclusion exaggerates the lactic lemony component an makes it almost oily and perfume-like with a bit of orange pulp noted with a rindy mild bitterness. More sips bring on more focus to bready grain sweetness that goes into more of a realm of biscuit to brett'd cracker character. Lightly grassy and earthy into the finish with an oily sort of essence from the coriander.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite easy drinking with mild funk and nearly no alcohol indication. This is a pretty fantastic interpretation of a wittier. I think cutting back on the amount of coriander would have made it more enjoyable for me, however it was well balanced and enjoyable as-is.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle picked up somewhere a month or two back. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing. The nose carries some really great wheat character along with a light touch of oak and funk. Slight acidity there as well. Reminds me a bit of a berliner. Flavor confirms that last point. The wheat and bugs combine for a really pleasing dryness. Great balance and supreme drinkability. Light body with crisp -- yet not over the top -- carbonation. Slight acidity to the finish. Extremely solid. Beautiful beer.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of movingtrain
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I've had Jolly Pumpkin. However, I credit this brewery for expanding my palate many years ago, and for being my gateway into drinking and enjoying more Belgian sours and beyond.

This beer, the Calabaza Blanca, pours a beautiful golden color with a thick, rich white head. The bottle reads that this was batch 853, and was bottled on 7.28.11.

Aroma is is sour in its smell. Hints of orange peel, bee pollen, yeasty bread, corn, lemon, and coriander.

Man...the taste is sour, bready, tart. There are some citrus notes around the edges, but on the bittersweet/sour side of citrus...more along the lines of the flavor of the peel rather than the fruit. It is dry, balancing notes of oats and orange peel.

Overall, this is a good sour. It is very light, basic, and reserved at its core...but then the barrel aging (I'm assuming), along with whatever interesting yeast strain is used, creates something much more interesting than just a simple "White Ale." It is dry, but refreshing...sour, but balanced. A solid, unique beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of willseph
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popping my JP cherry, poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter (mad props to SpdKilz for bringing this over).

This beaut pours a hazy orange/straw color, a half finger of eggshell head, moderate amount of lacing. The nose is a pleasant combination of lemon grass, wet hay, wheat, and a touch of funk.

First taste is sour apples, tartness, fresh wheat, but still heavy on the sour notes. Delicious. As it warmed, it seemed to take on more character and complexity by bringing in more fruits (grapes, oranges) into the flavor. This beer is quite light-bodied and fizzy, finishes like a dry white wine.

Overall, a fantastic JP beer for me to start with and definitely going to be a mainstay in my cellar going forward.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kbuzz
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a club footed goblet. A little old for a Whitbier, but not necessarily for a sour - Batch 590/591: Bottled let's see how it aged.

A: Wow - tons of carbonation. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow/straw color. Massive 3 finger bright white foamy head that's sticking around. Bubbles everywhere...just shooting up through the beer.

S: Tons of funk and tartness right after I opened the bottle. definitely some citrusy qualtites to the nose as well. Vinegar, lemongrass. Some breadiness.

T/M: Nice and tart up front. Not mouth puckering tartness, but a good bit nonetheless. Also a decent bit of citrus, mainly lemon. A hint of coriander lingers in there somewhere. A nice sweet tartness sits right in the middle of the tongue at the end. You can tell that once upon a time it tasted like a whit...and it's a nice base for a sour...but the bugs have taken over this bottle and it's wonderful. Carbonation is high as expected...and it's relatively thin, I suppose...

O: Another just fantastic effort from JP. Haven't had one of these freshly bottled, but the aging can't have hurt it much...and quite possibly improved it by letting it sour a bit more. Was close to sending this off in a trade, but very glad I didn't. Might be my fave JP brew yet...still have the Noel in the fridge, though ;)

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

A big thanks to MrKennedy for this brew and its batch 777 bottled 20-04-2011.

A-Pours a cloudy very pale straw hue which leaves a three finger frothy dimple laden head.

S-Corriander is dominant with orange peel,lemongrass and a tart Belgian funkiness.

T-Lemon zest,orange rind,corriander,kumquats,spices and finished with a dry tart finish.

M-Light bodied,dry and tart very refreshing indeed.

O-This would be the perfect compliment to a beautiful hot summers day and on the right day i could drink alot of cheers.

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

Batch 867

A cloudy and very light yellow-colored beer with a fluffy, fast falling head. Very little lace to speak of.

A simple but tart and lemony aroma. Typical spices for the style, with coriander the most prominent. Flavor follows suit; not the deepest or most complex Wit but has a refreshingly clean and tart bite. Lemony, lightly yeasty and musty; faintly sour. Very refreshing. A touch of spices and pepper.

Crisply carbonated and extremely easy to drink. Perhaps a bit watery. Food friendly, although it tends to disappear under highly spiced or seasoned dishes.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.9 out of 5 based on 983 ratings.
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