Beer review: Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca

Vika Vinmonopol in Oslo usually have some beers for sale that is not a part of Vinmonopolets basic range. A friend of mine called me up while over there a couple of weeks ago and informed me of some bottles from Jolly Pumpkin. I got him to pick up one of each of the following beers:

  • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca
  • Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga (The Firefly)
  • Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja

which I will be reviewing in the above order.

Jolly Pumpkin is an American brewery located in Dexter, Michigan which are, according to their website:

Focusing on traditional rustic country style beers brought to life through labor and love, we strive to create beers to lighten the spirit, and soothe the soul.

I’m really excited about these beers, so let’s get started!

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza BlancaLooks

Light orange color with white head.


Pretty yeasty and funky aroma up front, with hints of hay and grass. There are some lemon and orange aromas coming through as well.

Smells really refreshing.


At first the beer is a bit tart. There are, as in the the aroma, hints of lemon and oranges.

The carbonation level is a bit high (usual for beers of this style), which helps lift the flavors. There is a bit of acidity to the flavor which reminds me of green apples.

According to the label this beer is barrel aged, which does not come through at all in the flavor.


The finish is quite long, with lemon, oranges and some yeasty notes. Really refreshing!


One of the better wit beers I have had. I would really love to have a bottle or two of this in summer time. Score: 4.5/5.

Batch: #835
Bottled: 2011-07-07

This bottle was bought at Vinmonopolet at Vika in Oslo.

Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca

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