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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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another witbier, this one was more interesting. Beer is yellow and hazy with a tiny white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high. Looks good.

What is this? Acetic nose? This is going to be sour my friends. Very flowery.

Beer is pretty oaky, medium body but thin in flavors. Late dry sourness, oaky tannicness, moderate carbonation in mouth. Its an interesting attempt at souring a wit but it fell a little short in execution.

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Photo of daledeee
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new beer to our area. This comes in a 750ml bottle and I like the art work on their labels

This one pours a half a glass of beer and half a glass of head. Beautiful thick white head that clings to the glass like no other. The body is a bright lemon yellow an cloudy. Champagne like bubbles continue to come from the bottom.

Nose is vinegar, funky, and yeast.

Taste is once again tangy, funky, spicy, lemon.

I didn't realize this was a low alcohol beer until I began the review. It doesn't matter since this is enjoyable to drink either way. Very nice carbonation and obviously quite drinkable.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml Belgian bottle into a sampling glass. Batch 406. Thanks to my friend Ryan for getting me this.

Appearance: Pours with a huge, billowy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving behind almost complete sticky lacing coverage and a nearly complete layer of foam. The beer itself is rich golden and slightly hazy. Moderate activity.

Smell: Lemon zest with coriander and slight orange. Sweet, light malt.

Taste: Citrusy upfront with a fairly mild sourness. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation. Body is decent.

Drinkability: Fairly easy drinking for a sour, not overwhelmingly biting.

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Photo of WilliamLee
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light brown, cloudy, unfiltered
Aroma: Slight spice/floral aroma but so week it's hard to tell.
Taste: Tart lemon flavor mixed with a Saison like wheat grain taste. Some malt flavor but the tartness prevails
Overall: I like tart sour flavors so I think this is really good even if it doesn't taste exactly like other Witbiers.

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

Served on tap at the Devil's Den for their 2nd annual sour fest in a 10.5oz glass.

Calabaza Blanca looks inviting with a tannish mix of sunkist orange mixed in with some sunlight yellow. Off the tap some white foam was in the glass but it dissapeared by the time it got to me. Some small popping bubbles on the surface. No lace.

This has got to be one of the most interesting noses on a wit that I recall. Usually with wits it's just wheat and grass with malt. That's all here but with the Jolly Pumpkin touch, some earthy sourness is there with minimal oak. A whole bunch or oranges and lemon drops.

A funky wit here, im greated by a small melange of fruit with orange and lemons. A minimal amount of bubblegum is noted but small. Small tart lemon as well, I guess some wild yeast is up in here as well. Wheat, grass and hay are minimal.

In a word, refreshing. This is refreshing and not boring. While a normal wit is predictable, Calabaza is a tart somewhat acidic on the mouth breath of fresh beer for me. Light bodied actively carbed and great for the summer. I like sour beer, so this was a shoe in.

I could and would drink a ton of this, hey it's under 5%. If it was not so darn expensive, this would be a regular in my fridge.

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

On tap at the devils den.

A- comes to me with a small cap of bright white head atop a hazy golden yellow brew.

S- tart lemon and funk with a touch of wheat. Hint of ginger and vegitation.

T- crisp and tart up front with lemons and a mild funk. Sweet touches of the wheat mixed in and some flashes of green grass. Blast after blast of citrus juice, orange, lemon, lime. Its like fucking 5 alive up in this bitch. Powdery biscuits and dry scones.

M- lite body and medium carb. Very juicy and refreshing. Semi dry finish.

D- this has got to be one of my favorite wits. Saying that I kinda consider this a wild ale due to its method of fermentation. But hey call it what you will its awesome and I love it.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly hazy straw gold color with a billowing white head; at least three four inches no matter how gently I pour. Head seems to stick around forever with lively and visible carbonation. Nice lacing

S - Nose is full of coriander, lemon zest, orange peel, and a light yeasty quality

T&M - Lighter bodied with a zippy carbonation that provides some "twang". Coriander and orange peel flavors, slightly more tart then I'm accustomed too with a wit, with notes of grape and green apple. There is a tartness in the dry finish reminiscent of lemon, green apple and pinot grigio.

D - It's a big bottle, and I finished it no problem...enough said?

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip.

$9.99 / ea.

A: Big loose white head of low retention that leaves little lacing, and a thin creamy cover over a cloudy straw body.

S: Strong Belgian yeast character with just a touch of sour. Subtle wheat aromas bring up the rear with little to no hops.

T: Tart up front, but not overpowering. Slightly citrus, but VERY Belgian. Dry finish over a wheat backbone. Little aftertaste.

M: Obvious sour sensation on the tongue. light to medium body with high carbonation. Very crisp, with a dry finish.

D: Very sessionable and refreshing beer. Perfect for a hot summer day. Goes down easy, if you don't mind the tart profile.

O: The appearance and aroma were not that impressive, but once it is in your mouth it is very solid.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 298

Appearance: orange-brown in color, cloudy, 1 inch head, high carbonation, sediment

Smell: orange, lemon, and hay

Taste: orange, lemon, cloves, coriander, and hay

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter/funky, high carbonation, light bodied, dry

Drinkability: Super sessionable beer. Different for the style as this one is a bit more sour and funky. Another winner from JP that is among the best I have had in the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at ChurchKey.

My first JP brew, and an endorsement from the bartender here at CK. Let's go. It pours a hazy golden straw topped by about two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises light lemon, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, and some very light pepper or cardamom. The taste is pretty much the same, but there is a stern force of citrus peel bitterness and a slight cedar flavor added to the proceedings, spinning things a bit out of control. It just doesn't taste right to me, is all. The body is fairly light, with a light carbonation (that's barely there) and a crisp finish. Overall, an underwhelming offering, hopefully not all that indicative of this brewery, which I have heard such good things about.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the pub in a sampler... This is one of their better beers apparently but in a sampler it just gets lost in the shuffle. A light lemony wheat beer, ginger there too. Its sour with wood but doesn't add anything to the beer. I wouldn't have this again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe the cask had something to do with it, but poured a cloudy light orange with fizzy head and a sour grape and tart fruit smell. While smooth and light-bodied and with a hint of sweetness, this beer is mostly sour but not in a complementary way but just a tad offputting as it overpowers the fruit flavors and the minor spicing in there. Finishes dry and is an alright beer.

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Photo of techfed87
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hearty white head.

Smell is sour, almost like a shock tart sour.

First sip is similarly sour, with interesting notes to it.

I've never had a bad Jolly Pumpkin beer, and this is no exception. Each one is sour, each one is flavorful, and each one is amazing.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Artisan White Ale; Ale brewed with spices. Batch 547; Bottled 5-18-10

My opinion: very over rated. I can't help but think that this gets high reviews because people simply think it's supposed to get high reviews. The beer is remarkably uneventful and is not the "tart" beer it purports to be.

Pours a golden orange with a little haze and a short white head;

Nose is a light lime citrus with lemon hints; sweet vinegar undertones. Hints of white pepper.

Mouthfeel is rich and full.

Flavors are of green vegetables - lettuce, cabbage, and with a big celery character. Some white pepper in the mouth. Flavors are delicate and integrated; not really sour but "almost" there.

Short "green" finish.

This is like a beginner's sour. Supposedly brewed with oranges and corriander, neither is apparent in nose of mouth. Supposed to be a tart beer but doesn't get there; tastes a bit like mowed grass. Actually very drinkable in that it is refreshing but really misses the mark; a bit simple, thin and uneventful.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Im really starting to love Jolly Pumpkin. The beers that are listed under specific styles like this are always so far from what the usual example is that you cant really review based on style.

Batch 552/553 Bottled 5-19-10

A- Fizzy, short lived white head that is very typical of a barrel aged and sour beer. Many of these JP beers have similar characteristics to the head. The beer itself is a clouded pale yellow. Its pretty bright and refreshing looking.

S- Strong nose. Lots of coriander and spice. Orange peel is also there. A little bit of oak and tart sourness is present. This part is what really sets this under the Jolly Pumpkin umbrella.

T- Sourness is there but it takes a back seat to all the spice. Coriander is very strong. A little bit of orange peel and grassy and lemony hops.

M- Dry finish, very prickly and sharp carbonation. It ends very clean and pretty refreshing. A little bit of lemon lingers in the throat.

D- Nice low ABV. Dry, clean finish. Biting, crisp carbonation. Its decently drinkable.

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Photo of parris
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow in color, lots of fizz and a frothy white 1.5 inch head.

Citrus aroma was apparent while pouring, funky tangy aroma when you get close.

Advertised as a white ale, but my tongue says sour. Luckily I like sours. A little bit of bitter sneaks in on the back end of the flavor and lingers for a while.

Very light bodied, if it were room temperature and flavorless you'd hardly notice it in your mouth.

I could drink this all day. It happens to be 90 degrees out and I'm totally refreshed with this one.

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

Poured into a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed dull or faded golden color with at hint of orange. The 1" fluffy, creamy white head is fed by abundant carbonation and persists for quite a while but leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves rings of foam, most of which slide back down into the liquid

Smell: The aroma reveals the presence of the coriander and orange peel but clearly has something more in it to add to the complexity of the aroma. (This is not your grandmother's witbier.)

Taste: The flavors are fresh and crisp, with the coriander and orange clearly present. The complexities added by the barrel aging--a hint of vanilla and a slightly astringent mouth feel are only in the background and serve to accent and add complexity to the classic witbier character.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a soft fizzy feeling from the ample carbonation. The finish begins in the citric orange and fades into a dry tartness.

Drinkability: I quite like this beer and found it both enjoyable and easy to drink. I'm pretty confident that I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of branimal9
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Green's in Columbia - 6/8/2010.

Cloudy light gold in color with some floating yeasties. Smells woody and slightly vinegary. Taste explodes with a tart & sour kick, followed by a bit of mint. Tart lemon and honey. Never tried an oaked wit-style before, and I wasn't dissapointed - very tasty and unique.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, batch 406,

A: Pours a hazy yellow to burnt orange. Very thick long-lasting white head, thick lace, though it was a bit of a gusher on the opening.

S: Coriander initially, but is overtaken with sweet orange peel and lactic acid. Bit of semolina wheat.

T: Definite orange peel which I like in a wit is the predominant flavour with light notes of lactic acid. Coriander and peppery wit flavours are there but understated. Lemon/citric type acid in the finish. There is some acid, but the barrel aging is nowhere near as evident as in some other Jolly Pumpkin beers, but it provides a good overall backbone, coalescing all the flavours together and giving a hint of vanilla on the finish making a lemon custard note which is quite enjoyable.

M: It's so overcarbonated at the beginning, I have to dock it for that, but sometimes it can happen in bottle-conditioned beers. A little coaxing fixes this and leaves a nice spritzy light-bodied ale, mild acid, creamy and dry.

D: This is truly wonderful white ale. The oak aging adds a lot of complexity and the flavours are dynamite. I think I would like this even more with a bit more funk and acid, but it's great as is. One of the more expensive wits on the market, about $5 for 12 oz., but you get something special.

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


A-Very pale straw, about as white as a beer can get. Cloudy. Huge cloud like head.

S-Musty straw. lots of brett. Some orange. no hops.

T-Very tart and dry. Not flabby like many wit beers. A hair less sour would be nice, but this is still tasty.

M-Bone dry. Moderate high carbonation. tart. Perfect.

D-Great for a hot day like today. Very dry and tart. A bit less funk might make this perfect.

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A two finger, creamy, white head with good retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: At first, tart orange peal up front. Some barnyard funky yeast that is awesome. Oak and vanilla aromas linger as well. A light peppery spice.
T: Tart fruits are up front. Oranges, lemon, and pears. Funky yeast and spice. The peppery spice is a little more prevalent than in the nose. Some oak and vanilla lingers as well.
M/D: A light to medium body. Crisp and very dry. So easy to drink. This is great on a hot day. I can drink this all day.

This is an excellent beer. Right on the edge of being a Witbier and some sort of Farmhouse Ale. I just love it. Well done Jolly Pumpkin. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Xul
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden rod, capped by a one to one and a half finger white head. Retention is good and leaves moderate lacing in its wake.

S: Somewhat subdued overall...a moderate tartness up front, followed by spices, some green apple, and a bit of wheat.

T: Tartness comes in up front at a medium level, followed by some clove-centric spices, wheat, lemon zest, and green apples. Not a lot of complexity but enjoyable.

M: Fairly thin body but approproate for style with moderate carbonation.

D: Very quaffable, low ABV certainly doesn't hurt.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Sharing a big bottle two ways.

A- Golden pineapple juice liquid isn't too nice. Whipped white head is really nice and mushrooms out the top of the glass. Lacing is thick and kind of looks lik those vietnames shrimp crackers.

S- A sour, creamy lychee. The whole packag is lik harsh and strong smells intertwined. A bit of a stronger orval yeast smell.

T- Light lychee and pear. Watery. Something reminds me of chloriated pool water. Not incredible. Adding the yeast lees is a good thing, giving the drink character.

M- Close to thin. Astringent. Low carbonation. Doesn't feel well engineered.

D- Good.

Easy to drink but I wouldn't want to drink another one. My friend didn't even want to help me finish the bottle.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of tart malt, yeast, slight sweet malt, citrus, slight spice, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of yeast, tart malt, slight pale hop, citrus (lemon), and slight spice. Overall, a good aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 298

Aroma - Lemon and a light spice

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with plenty of carbonation, very good looking

Taste - Lemon with a slight acidic tang. Smooth and crisp and a slight dry quality. Pretty tame really

Notes - I first had this beer a couple years ago and found it more enjoyable with a stronger brett quality. I guess I have to assume this bottle was fresh and that one I enjoyed more was aged a little.

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
3.9 out of 5 based on 984 ratings.
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