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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of korguy123
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Special thanks to JM03 for this. Batch 853 Bottled 7-28-2011

A- Hazy bannana cream colored pour. Two finger soapy white head that won't go away. Lacing is spotted.

S- Barnyard funk, wet hay, corriander, orange rind with a slight buttery note.

T- Typical wit at first. Refreshing and clean. Than the sour kicks in and a touch of funk. The tart is reminiscent of lemon juice and the funk is hayish. Corriander is present but the orange is lost in the mix.

M- Medium to thin bodied. Lively carbonation. Crisp clean feeling.

O- JP is slowly becoming one of my favorites and this is a perfect reason why.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice take on wittier with a distant and flavorful sour edge.

Presentation: 750 ml brow capped bottle. Label shows an illustration a blonde haired lady looking out a veranda to the sea, moon and a ship in a blue haze. Side narrative goes over the main characteristics of the brew, intent, and inspiration. Displays batch number (batch 810 5-31-2011). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy pale gold pour, initial rich frothy head with moderate retention, small surface memory, and random touches of lacing.

S - Tart and wheaty… Hint of orange peel and spices over the sourness…

T - Which follows rather in sync in the mouth… Surprising tart range coating the yeasty sense, spices… coriander, hint of pepper, citric touches...

M - Light/medium body with generous carbonation, tart and lingering dry finish.

O - Pretty nice flow, refreshing and coming together rather nicely.

Notes: A very approachable offering from Jolly Pumpkin. It offers a distinct JP sourness, which does not cloak the enjoyment of the brew, quite the contrary. Certainly one to keep in mind for rich summer days, and well worthy of the social occasion.

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

had this for a few months and figured it would be a good chance to tap into.

A-calabaza pours a slight hazy yellow with a severe "snow like" head of foam all over the the sides. About as fluffy as foam can be. The carbonation rips through the brew non stop

S- invigorating funk is present at the beginning with tart and lemon scents all over. Lively little brew

T- tart flavors interact with some crisp sour apple flavors enrobed in carbonation. Dry and refreshing flavors that really don't let down

M- bubbles and bubbles of carbonation with a dry finish

O- this was my first jolly pumpkin brew. I was impressed with the details of the flavors for the brief. Good barnyard funk and sour flavors will make me look for more

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4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jolly Pumpkin : Calabaza Blanca

25oz bomber. Pours a clear straw with a champagne like, bubbly head. Aroma of wheat, lemon, and slightly sour smelling. In the taste, tart lactic acidity, lemon, rind bitterness with cracker like malt. Dry, wheaty, and sour. Mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a refreshing, sour wheat ale.

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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A: I got 1 inch of creamy white head that had a lot of large bubbles on the underside. The head dissipated down to about 1/8 inch making a nice cap. No lacing left on glass. The beer is a golden color with a hint of orange and is hazy with lots of carbonation bubbles. It looks quite nice.

S: I get spice with orange and yeast. It reminds me of champagne.

T: The taste and feel really reminds me of dry champagne but with bigger flavor that coats the tongue and roof of the mouth (this is good for me as I enjoy champagne). I get a tart orange and herb taste. The finish is dry and tart. I also detect a slightly woody taste.

M: It’s a little bit fizzy, has a light feel, and a dry finish.

O: This is one of the reasons I love beer. The fact that, to me, this is like drinking champagne, but is a beer, is phenomenal. The nose is really present on this beer and the flavor is pretty deep for being a lighter beer. I drank the whole bottle to myself. While I really enjoyed this beer, I would have preferred only 2/3 of the bottle. This one of the best representations of the style I have come across.

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3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in tulip glass.

This pours a hazy yellow color with a pure white quick fading 1 finger head. Plenty of carbonation seen on the pour. Smell is pretty funky with hints of bananas, malts, and grains. Taste is pretty solid. Truly unique tasting with sourness balanced with sweet fruits. Grains are also tasted. Pretty light bodied and easy drinking. Overall a very complex decent tasting brew.

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Photo of Preismj
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy watery light yellow. extreme head on a light pour. moderate lacing. Smell is over sour apple and yeast. mild spice on the nose as well. taste follows the nose quite well. A zesty green apple with a light spice tastes of corriander and clove. moderate flavor followed by a dry tartness and funky fruit. hay and grass in the finish. mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of fizz. pretty light bodied. very drinkable beer but the flavors are very strong. the sour apple could be more prominent and still present the sourness/funk this beer is striving for. Nice yeasty flavors in here, but overall the flavors are quite light.

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

Batch # 318/319. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a typical cloudy light yellow color with about an inch of white head that had good retention and left just the lightest traces of lacing.

As soon as I cracked the top a noticeable apple scent wafted out. As I poured the beer the apple scent grew and just a hint of vinegar was in the background, in a good, interesting way. The wheat was subdued in the back and the expected spices were noticeable but not strong. The flavors were fairly similar, a gentle wheat base, with apple, spices and yeast on top.

The body was nicely effervescent and typical for the style. Drinkability was very good, as I find most all Wits to be. Overall, a very nice example of the style. Certainly worth trying and probably worth some effort to get.

NOTE: I received this in a trade over a year ago and it got lost in one of my boxes 'o beer. I suspect that this would have much better fresh (and it was pretty good now). I also thank whoever sent me this, I've forgotten.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a tulip. not sure what batch the keg was.

massive head from the keg but quickly dissipated leaving a hazy golden wheat color. a slight vibrance.

light green apple and tart lemon with a slight mix of funk and biscuit.

mostly light lemon tartness up front with a light underlying funky body. very little spice through out for a wit. the tartness really shined through out. a hint of oak.

moderate carbonation and very light. easy to drink. very slight dryness.

overall, this was super easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 2010

A: The beer pours a rather clear golden amber color with a massive white head that is very well retained.

S: A rather strong note of green apples and apple skins to the aroma. There is a light spice character to it as well as some musty oak and a little bit of grass and pear.

T: The flavor is sort of muddled. There are some of the same apple and pear notes with a light lemon zest tartness. Musty funk is there, as with almost all Jolly Pumpkin beers. Very light spice notes on the back end.

M: Light to medium in body with a rather high level of carbonation and a drying finish.

O: Good, but it didn't impress me as much as other Jolly Pumpkin beers.

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2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A massive pillowy head that billowed up from a heavily carbonated golden straw colored beer - a little overkill it seemed. The smell is pleasant but nothing is really jumping out at me - lemon, citrusy, funky bits here and there. The taste is the same as the nose for the most part but once the sweet funkiness disappears from my palate the aftertaste imparts an unpleasant metallic flavor that isn't exactly inviting me in for another drink. The mouthfeel is too much to handle - one small sip allows for an explosion of fiz that takes up my entire mouth making it hard for me to really enjoy this. I'm a bit bummed out as this is my first Jolly Pumpkin beer I've tried. I found this bottle along with a Bam Noire in a local gas station/market store and wondered why they were in Omaha, NE (pretty sure JP doesn't distribute here). Anyway I took the advice of some fellow BAs and made the purchase only to be disappointed. I'm hoping this beer is just old and has been sitting there getting worse and worse. Hopefully JP can impress me in the future with some other stuff (I'm sure they will).


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Photo of Ninjabrew
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Ok so this beer looks and pours like a champagne, a thinner mouthfeel that fills you fast with a heavy dose of carbonation.

S Not that pungent but after about half a serving the smell of sour apple comes through albeit very faintly.

T Tart, it says on the bottle this is a tart beer. Taste a bit like champagne and has a smililar mounthfeel too. But the sour apple taste comes through as it warms. It seems as if the. I think there could be a very faint banana taste as well.

M Great, very light on the palate with all the carbonation this beer has.

O A great introduction to the sourness that JP (or other brettranomyces beers have) works well with this style.

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

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of sourness in the nose along with some hints of citrus and spices.
T: The overall taste has a light to moderate amount of sourness with flavors of wheat and notes of spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the sourness is subdued. It’s a very light, easy to drink and refreshing witbier with a twist.

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Photo of nhindian
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Jolly Pumpkin tulip.

Batch 590/591, Bottled 7-21-10.

A - Pours a dark straw yellow and orange color, transparent and fizzy. A huge 3-fingered, creamy, snow-white head quickly builds up and lasts for an eternity. It actually rose above the rim while pouring and stayed like that until I had to sip it up to drink. The lacing covers nearly the entire glass, which combined with the rest of the appearance, especially the head, leads to a very impressive looking beer.

S - The aroma is similar to other Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had, mostly due to their signature house yeast and open fermentation techniques. It's pleasantly tart without being overly funky. It has some nice spice in it with coriander, lemon zest, and orange peel. A bit off from a typical witbier, but the tartness gives it a nice bite.

T - Of the Jolly Pumpkin beers I've had, I think the slight sourness complements the base beer here the best. That's not to say I think it tastes the best, but merely that I think the open fermentation adds a component that isn't so obtuse. The sour persists throughout the entire drink, while many flavors intersperse between. It starts fairly bready from the yeast and malts, before leading to a clean, fruity finish. Absent are the typical cloves and bananas of a witbier, but there is some orange, lemon, and cracker pepper.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with high carbonation. Very active bubbles that really play on the palate. Maybe a touch too high for flavors, but if it detracts it is not by much. A creamy head leads to a smooth-drinking beer with a semi-dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is a nice, clean beer that is balanced nicely. The tartness proves to be a welcome addition that doesn't completely overshadow the base. I would've liked to see more traditional witbier flavors come through, but what does tastes great.

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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a franziskaner weizen glass? the head did not do the glass justice 1 finger of white head that is sticky and just sitting on top of the slightly hazy golden extremely active brew.

A - bubble gum, banana aroma lacking spice but has a yeasty presence that confirms it won't be overly sweet.

T - holy shit!! witbier?!?!? this is more like a berliner weissbeir IMO... its funky with a subtle tartness that is ridiculously great. yeasty then the banana and other sweet aromas are just swallowed but there for a perfect balance, acidic and lemony subtle spicyness, in the finish that lingers. don't get a lot of oak. this is my favorite summer beer as of now!

m - medium bodied and it is nice, absolutely divine feel, tingles to perfection, carbonation is much more visible than aggresive on the palate.

o - i don't know where this beer came from, just found it in my fridge and what a find! absolutely divine beer, makes me want to scream and seek more. hell yes son!

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
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