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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: 998 |  Reviews: 466
Photo of hooliganlife
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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Photo of antlerwrestler19
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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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of JayAre46
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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Photo of imbibehour
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Just showed up at the store, pretty darn ready to go. Love this baby blue colored cap, anyway... I do realise all these guys make sour beers so how does a sour Witbier turn out?

In appearance this has a great cloudy dull but simple yellow lemon body. It is consistent throughout without any hues. Head though is white but totally non existent, and not easy to form with slow decanting. What does reside though seems to be a thin collar. off simple off white. Collar doesn't stick around long and the beer looks half dead on arrival.

Smell is a bretty barnyard, mild earth and soil. No hints of classic clove or banana or fruity esters, brett takes over. Mealy tolerable, gives the hint of a simple saison. Good but perhaps it could be unexpected. Mentions orange, but I get no citrus from this at all on the nose.

Taste is orangey and wet juice quality. Got that jolly rancher chew sour candy going on in the palate. Hints of crispness on the swallow and playfull tolerable carbonation. Tolerable chewy weatness mixed with some classic bretty yeast notes. Mouthfeel has a tolerable quinnine tonic water bent, but one that isn't overpowering.

Overall this is actually kind of fun. Light and easy ABV makes for easy drinking too. It comes across as a light bodied saison it seems more than anything. Is this my ultimate Witbier? I don't think so, but there is a perfect food pairing screaming out for this beer somewhere.

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Photo of Sam21
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Bottles March 2nd. Batch 744.

Appearance – Poured with a hazy yellow-orange body. Fluffy white head that explodes beautifully out of the glass. Great retention with generous lacing.

Smell – Right up front you notice the funk from the barrels. Musty brett funk, lemon rind, and bread. Simple and enticing.

Taste – Great balance between bready malts and tart fruit. Sour lemon and orange zest rest atop a nice base of bread and grain. Finishes dry with a lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel – Light body. Full carbonation that really fills the mouth with soft active bubbles.

Drinkability – This is a tart and refreshing witbier. The character imparted by the time in the barrel is unique and gives this beer a little something extra. One that will really quench your thirst on a hot summer day.

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

poured from bottle to tulip

Color: A bright hazy golden straw. Big white frothy head appears after the pour... about 2 1/2 fingers worth. Lacing in minimal.

Nose: Yeast funk and a whole lot of barnyard smells. Wet hay and wood come to mind. Lemon zest and some coriander make an appearance along with some grassy notes.

Palate: Extremely well carbonated can be difficult to drink at times because the amount bubbles. The beers mellow tartness coats the mouth and then the tongue gets hints of lemon and orange peel.

Finish: A bit dry but clean and crisp. Plenty of texture, but not overly complex. A solid beer with a lot to like.

Rating: 92 out of 100

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 298.

The beer pours a straw gold color with a huge white head. The aroma is classic Jolly Pumpkin. I get a lot of wheat and lemon/orange notes, as well as a ton of brett character. There is a little bit of funk as well as a lot of leather notes in the aroma.

The flavor is great. I get a lot of leather notes as well as some orange citrus. There is some nice wheat and lemon notes mixed in as well. The beer is very dry overall and is very drinkable. As the beer warms I start to get some cherry notes in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation. Outstanding overall.

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Photo of MattHop
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a hazy yellow color. Head was white and not very pronounced. Beer had a very crisp taste with citrus notes. I am a big fan of the wit sytle and this beer was very good. i would definitely drink it again. Had this beer in the bottle, but would really like to try it on tap.

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Photo of WhiteOak
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden-white color with a slight haze. The white head falls quickly.

S- Smells nice with big, upfront aromas of wheat, yeast, orange peel, coriander. The smell is alluring, but what follows is a let-down.

T- Shrill, unpleasant tartness and Brett character dominates the palate mercilessly, along with a powdery yeastiness and a grassy hop finish.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 744. Bottled 3-2-2011

Pours a solid, hazy gold that looks like the exact shade of lemon-meringue pie filling. Dense soapy white head, 2 fingers, which recedes completely about the same time the yeast sediment from the bottom starts making a more pronounced presence.

Nose starts with a light malt aroma of white bread, joined by a vanilla creaminess and musty, tart lemon notes. As more of the sediment joins the brew, the bright tartness mellows and nicely joins the yeasty spiciness. The coriander is really coming through now.

The palate is great too- moderate sweetness and an overall light body. The low alcohol coupled with the bright carbonation give it an almost Champagne-like feel- very refreshing. Big notes of meyer lemon and spices, and a finish with just the right amount of tartness- the kind of tartness that a good orange juice has, makes ya finish the carton waaay to fast.

With 'Calabaza' in its name, you have to assume its related in some way to the Oro de Calabaza. And with its brightness, lemony flavors and musty funk, it's basically a much more sessionable Calabaza, which makes me like it even more. The flavors work much better when they're lighter on their feet.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split w/ bbb099. Drank 5/5/2011

A: A hazy lemonade color, with an incredibly thick and foamy head that dissipated VERY slowly.

S: Sour citrus? I honestly was not expecting to be hit with lemonade, but there ya go.

T: Remarkably smooth, but with a light hint of sour. Nothing to pucker the mouth over though. The aftertaste is a bit tart. It's hard to characterize this beer.

M: Very airy and dry. Not a bad feel when all is said and done, but not expected. It's incredibly smooth, light, and oddly refreshing. I dig it.

O: Unfortunately I'm drinking it while eating a burrito, so I'm sorry Jolly Pumpkin. I like the beer a lot, and would definitely drink it again in a different setting. Solid.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow colour with incredibly huge pillowy, white head. Lots of lacing around the glass. Smells of spices, orange, some tartness and Belgian yeast. Flavour has some typical witbier flavours, with a lot of tartness, but not quite sour. Flavour is still light and refreshing. Really big carbonation level. A really nice tart witbier.

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Photo of EORS
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ML bottle (bottled 10/2010) into a heifeweizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy and ultra pale-to dandelion. Highly carbonated. As the beer sat the color got darker, finally settling on a light golden color. Towering lacy white head that retained very well. When the bottle was uncapped and a full glass poured, the remaining head inside still reached the top of the bottle.

Smell: Dry and cidery, with some sour citrus and grain. Coriander and spices must be hidden under there somewhere.

Taste: Again, tart-to-sour and dry, with some earthy spice underneath. Wish I could taste more of the spice and mellow grain. Crisp, but still tart, aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: For such a highly carbonated beer, it has a nice body and avoids feeling too thin and watery.

Overall: A well-made beer, but a bit too dry and tart for my taste. I didn't get the spiciness that I was really hoping for, as this beer seemed to veer more towards a saison taste than a nice mellow wit. That, combined with the fairly steep price tag (still $9.99 even on sale), means I won't be looking to buy it again anytime soon.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a rocky white head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing along the glass.
Aroma is earthy with sour apple, citrus and spice notes.
Soft on the palate, refreshingly tart, and spicy with a dry oaky finish.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured from a 750ml into Pint glass. Decent amount of foam that too a while to settle. Very cloudy.

S- Strong smell of citrus and spices, with a light sweetness.

T- Smooth and sweet with a hints of all the different spices which can be indiviually identified.

M- Smooth and no bittlerness

Vergy good beer for the style. And nice to see from a brewer I have not heard quite a lot about.

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Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 323 pours an effervescent light gold color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Some yeast sludge clings to the inside of the bottle top... Hazes a bit as the bottle drains, superior head retention & & insane lacing

S: Grainyness & sourness, coriander & lemons in lesser amounts

T: Follows the nose, some lemon zest as well & chalky dryness up front, a touch of coriander & white pepper as well. Lemon zest & sourness as this warms, plus dryness, Finishes zesty, citrussy, with a touch of lemon grass

MF: Light bodied, creamy & a slight grainyness

Very drinkable, not a fan of all Jolly Pumpkin offerings, but this one is very refreshing, a great example of the style & maybe my favorite from these guys

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (Batch 313) into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains sour citrus, Belgian yeast, some spice, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with tart and acidic flavors of lemon and other citrus fruits that are quickly followed by wild Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. There is some mild spice in the background along with a faint but complementary hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid, poundable, light, Belgian-style beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of mmercede
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served at the Kite and Key.

Appearance: pure gold with a sizable fluffy head. Some haze, but not much. The head retention was great

Smell: orange zest, pine, funk, belgian yeast. A nice aroma but surprisingly weak .

Taste: Not nearly as reserved as the aroma. A nice lactic tartness and funky undertones. Spiced flavors of orange zest, nutmeg, black pepper, and general belgian yeast flavors. Wheaty grain flavors throughout. Some nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body with strong, but appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and is quite refreshing. Money is the only issue with this one.

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Photo of CMB2012
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a bright cloudy gold with a very thick starch white head which dissipates in a slow puffy fashion.

Smells of lemon/lime citrus with a strong Belgian yeastyness. Sweet tarts and bubble gum, pungent wheat.

The beer has a very powerful up front taste with a sharp tangy kick that is reminiscent of champagne. Finishes very clean with lingering citrus notes.

The mouthfeel is again similar to champagne with lots of lovely carbonation.

A very drinkable beer and I wish I had more! Jolly Pumpkin has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca had a yellow colour and an awesome 7 mm head that lasted the whole time I drank it. The smell was unimpressive: like sour apples. The flavour was similar to the smell and reminded me of apple cider with some slight bitterness. It was ok, but I didn't love it. The carbonation was fast and the bubbles were large, like you find in soda. This seemed more like a cider than a beer to me.

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Photo of bootlegger1929
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had several JP brews. This one is quite good. I enjoy it overall probably better than the others I've had. Still need to try bam bier though..

Poured into my tulip glass. Has a wonderful billowy head that recedes to a thin one that lingers throughout the drink. Has minimal lacing on the glass. Looks a cloudy yellow-orange. Pretty enticing to me.

Smells of typical wonderful JP funk with lemon, orange and a bit of spice.

Tastes great. Tart and funk up front with the fruits in the middle and ends with more funk. The funk lingers a bit as well as per the other JP beers I've tried. At first this seemed an odd flavor to me but it's certainly grown on me and I like it a lot now.

Smooth and medium mouthfeel that makes this really nice to drink. I like the carbonation level quite a bit as well. I like how it drinks but I'd rather sip it, like I would other funky beers.

Nice beer from a great brewery. Not a typical wit per se but still solid. If you don't like funk I would probably stay away from this.

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 998 ratings
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