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Calabaza Blanca | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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Calabaza BlancaCalabaza Blanca

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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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Ratings: 996 |  Reviews: 465
Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 964. Bottled 12/8/11. Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with a large white head that disappears quickly. Scent is quite earthy with some oak notes and orange peel. A bit of lemon along with typical JP farmhouse funk. Hints of wheat and coriander with peppery spices. Taste is initially like a traditional witbier...with clove, coriander, Belgian yeast...slight banana and orange...but JP puts their twist on it with their famouse barrel aging. Lovely tart farmhouse funk and oaky, white wine characteristics come through. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and very dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I feel like a broken record when I talk about Jolly Pumpkin...they can do no wrong. They have perfected the art of barrel aging. They don't go for the "extreme"...they just do Jolly Pumpkin.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of DanK4
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Jolly Pumpkin beer, and I was not disappointed by any means. Found it at RSVP among the other Jolly Pumpkin selections, but tucked away behind their amber.

A: Poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice 2 finger head on it. Not a lot of carbonation, but a stream line from the very bottom of the glass. The head dissipated rather quickly leaving a nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Smelled like citrus mainly, not too much else going on as far as hops or grain profile. A nice light lemony zest to it with a dash of cardamom or possibly even clove. Well rounded, but not very complex.

T: Here's where we find out what this beer really is, considering the flavor overtook the lackluster smell quite a bit. Very nice and lemony with just a touch of spice to it. More along the lines of a Allagash meets Hoegaarden clone with a different mix of spices. Very enjoyable and not heavy or too in your face.

M: Nice and light, but still had a nice body to it. Hit all the right parts of the palate and made for an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Hazy straw color. Very light pale yellow.
s: One of the best smelling beers I've ever laid my nose on. Flowers and a grappy lightness. Reminds me of a summer day.
T: Tastes like a semi dry white wine. Zero hops, absolutely floral. No bitterness
M: Light on the palate but leaves a very dry aftertaste. This went away as I drink more but this aspect initially was offputting.

Overall: Certainly a unique beer. Drank very much like a semi dry white wine rather than beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jimmys
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 880. bottled 9-2-2011.

A: a very hazy, very pale straw yellow. head is bright white and frothy. good retention.

S: a barny aroma starts things off. black pepper. a little bit of wood. there is something else in there...something that reminds me of ham? that sounds crazy, but im something is triggering that in my brain.

T: oak. lemon zest. loads of barnyard funk. maybe a hint of vanilla? i may be pulling here as well, but there is some good complexity. finish has a little bit of of ginger flavor, otherwise very dry. very refreshing flavors.

M: a subtle, but present fizz. very light body.

D: super quaffable. crushable even. one of the better wits ive had. the barrel aging really stands out and adds a new dimension.

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow color with a one finger white head. Very hazy in appearance, and minimal lacing on my snifter. The nose is that of orange, funk, spices. Taste is the same profile as the nose, with some lemon added in.. Very crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Feel is sharp, w/ good carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, another solid offering from Jolly Pumpkin. I would definitely drink this again. Cheers.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, creamy white mousse.

S: Aromas of wheat, coriander, and orange peel mingle with a bit of subtle barnyard funk and must on the nose. Quite interesting.

T: A tart entry reveals notes of wheat, minerals, orange peel, coriander, oak, must, clotted cream, and barnyard funk. The finish is lactic and sour with wild yeast and oak notes underscored by coriander and orange peel.

M: Light-bodied and dry. Carbonation is active, but very delicate. Quite drinkable.

O: This is one of the most interesting witbiers I've run across in a long time. Honestly, it makes me wonder why more brewers aren't brewing witbiers with wild yeast. I think I have a new favorite from Jolly Pumpkin because this beer is simply brilliant.

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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 funky...it 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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 996 ratings
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