Calabaza Blanca | Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

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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 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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Photo of Stigs
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, served in Stone Levitation glasses

A - pours with a thin layer of loose white bubbles, falling away fairly quickly. the beer is unusually clear for the style - very light gold almost yellow colored with a good amount of bubbling.

S - very pungent tart lemon and sour apple. only a faint amount of wheaty sweetness, coriander, grainy....

T - very crisp, slightly sour green apple and a large amount of grains...some spiciness. great little kick of funk in the second half. noticeable earthy and grassy characteristics.

M - very crunchy and prickly carbonation, thinnish body as expected. finishes quite dry yet refreshing.

D - very unique, missing the Witbier qualities but still a good one. awesomely refreshing, screams "sit outside and enjoy me on a warmer day". really love the subtle musty funkiness that is very delicate.

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

Pours a hazy yellow with three fingers of persistent head.

The aroma is grainy and hoppy with a nice clove and citrus backbone. Definitely what I would expect for the style.

The flavor is spritzy and first and catches me off guard. Some light grape tartness and a spicy finish. Earthy hops and a bit of must are also noticeable. The body is medium and carbonation is high but not prickly. Everything about this beer seems about standard for what I would consider to be a "good" beer for the style. Overall it didn't really seem noteworthy however.

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Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to my Portsmouth Brewery tulip

A: This beer pours a hazy dark yellow with a two finger of rocky, but very sudsy looking head. Head recedes somewhat quickly and leaves just a few spots of lacing in the glass.

S: Nose has a brewery, or "house," tartness to it and a grapefruit citrus, a light earthy grassiness, and a hint of wheat.

T: Taste starts with a bit of tart, sour apple flavoring, light wheat flavoring moves in, and light grassiness. Grapefruit and lemn tart come barreling through in the finish. Grapefruit tartness really sticks on the tongue after the finish.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body with a touch of a sticky finish.

D: Goes does easily, well balanced, very tasty, the drinkability on this is very high.

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Photo of Dubber55
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent refreshing beer. Nice and tart. Pours an off white color with a nice cap of foam. Tastes and smells like citrus and green apple, slightly spicy. I am picking up a bit of the orange peel as well in the taste. A bit overly carbonated but a very nice light beer. Excellent for pairing with food

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a favorite and welcome one to see on the wall. I could not resist grabbing a pint of this one again.

Wonderful pour, light golden yellow in color with great cloudiness to it. A big white head caps the the top of it nicely before settling down with nice lacing coating the sides of the glass. Aroma is light, slightly tart with hints of citrus and grassy notes, cloves and bananas. Really well done aroma as it seems to get even more complex the further into it you dive. Smooth, coating feel here. Not that crisp and clean feel you would expect from the style, it is fuller with a much more coating feel to it. Again really well done and just a great example of the style. Nice banana and clove flavors play off each other with light peppery spice and lemon zest tacked on for good measure. You could really just drink this one all day.

Overall this is one of the smoothest and easiest drinking beers you can find. Great job here,

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Photo of nsmartell
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the Batch 416 bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass. A good Christmas present from my brother.

Appearance: Pours orange in color with a huge fluffy white head that stays around for some time. Lots of bubbles floating to the top.

Smell: Spices, orange and banana cloves and a hint of tartness.

Taste: The tartness really takes over now. Too tart for my tastes for what I was expecting in this beer. The spiciness comes through now as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, very tart and crisp. This beer is well carbonated and finishes nice and dry. However, the tartness is overwhelming.

Drinkability: Due to the tartness, I would be OK with just the 2 glasses this bomber allows. Definitely the most unique witbier I've ever tasted.

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

Taken from Notes at Christmas (yeah, I've been meaning to add these for quite some time)

Appearance - I pour two glasses, one for my brother in law (cheers!) and one for myself. Two fingers of beautiful fluffy white head are garnered through a moderate pour, and as we sit and chat, the head slowly dissipates leaving some great looking lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Tart, spicy, green apples, the great barnyard funk JP is so famous for is highly prevalent as well. I keep inhaling deeply just enjoying the aroma of this brew. Amazing.

Taste - Witbier's have been growing on me as of late, and what a better way to make me like them better than have one made with JP's twist on the style. Unbelievable. An immediate sour/tart flavor reaches your mouth with slight musty barnyard funk (not as prevalent as in JP's saison's). The flavors of green apples, wheat, white grape, etc. Extremely refreshing as we are drinking this by a roaring fire (and will be drinking some heavy stouts later on out in the cold for the hell of it!). The sip finishes with another tart flavor, leaving your lips slightly pursed for the next drink.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied yet almost watery, very carbonated, and finishes a bit dry.

Drinkability - I would drink this by the gallon. This review is from Christmas and now that I am typing it up I am so annoyed I cannot obtain this readily out here in California (I was home in Illinois at the time I purchased the Calabaza Blanca). Extremely drinkable, but honestly pretty expensive for such a low alcohol content beer. Alas, I guess I have expensive taste, heh. I would buy this again in a heartbeat if I saw it.

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Calabaza Blanca from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,002 ratings