thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was slightly hazy and yellow in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild malt floral . Its mouth feel is initially tingly crisp mild bubbly hop malt with a lingering tingly clean crisp palate. Its flavor contained malty hoppy grassy notes and was tasty. A nice brew indeed. Good to see Jolly Pumpkin still making decent beers!.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light yellow in color with a very lively bubbly head. Aroma was citrisy with lots of herbal and flowery notes following up with some spice. Flavor was spicey with plenty of lemon and orange finishing tart and peppery. Lots of carbonation in the mouth with a light body. Very flavorful and very champagne like. I thought it was very enjoyable and may even attempt to make mamosas with it.
beerguy101 (5288) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold amber color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is tart, citrusy and spicy. Medium bodied wit. Malts are fruity and sweet. Orange peel, coriander and some orange/citrus. Lively carbonation. Nice wit. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to Dr Bill for sharing this one.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 750ml bottle
I am rerating this primarily for my own reference, even though the original
rating was not that bad. Coming back to this reminds me why Jolly Pumpkin
is a rising star in the beer world - as long as this is one of their ’average’
beers, they are among the best in the country. Track it down if you can and
you won’t be disappointed.
Aroma / Appearance - Hints of orange peels, lemons, wheat, honey and
hay wafted up into my eager nose in a nice balance. The body itself was about
the color of liquid mandarin oranges minus the pulp. A one-finger head
lingered briefly before being consumed by the body. Overall, it was very
inviting with no faults.
Flavor / Palate - A peppery carbonation is the immediate response to
a first sip, followed by oranges, limes, wheat, vanilla and peaches. A smooth
buttery texture underlies everything ever so slightly as overall it reminds
me of day old champagne. The finish is clean, dry and leaves traces of orange
on the throat. An exceptionally well done Belgian from one of the finest
producers of Belgian style beers in the US.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.04.05 750ml bottle at HW open house, thanks to Dorwart for bringing this beauty! Cloudy yellow-white pour the color of stained teeth; the head is lofty and fizzy, loose, and white. The aroma is a burst of yummy JP funk with lemon and oak plus plenty of wheat. A dry and stark palate, this sort of beer begs to be guzzled in a plea for quenching. Spices meld well with yeast and hint of brett.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of orange, coriander and a hint of brett-barnyard, but not too strong. Cloudy, straw-yellow flavor with a nice white head. Flavor is a spicy orange, spicy coriander with some black pepper. Coriander is very fresh and bright. Watery texture with a tart, dry finish. Not much barnyard in the flavor at all. Very enjoyable.
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with that unfiltered hazy pale yellow look like most white ales....whoa, a big pillowy white head formed. Aroma is all about spiciness with some yeast and hops to boot. Flavor is more of the same with a tinge of coriander and orange zest. A lingering bitterness accompanies the nice maltiness too. Fuller than expected mouthfeel. A very nice white ale.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the best witbier I’ve had yet, though it defeats Lake Louie Prairie Moon for that title by a technicality: Prairie Moon is called a "farmhous ale" by the brewery and classified here as a saison even though it has all the characteristics of a witbier: light straw color, unfiltered yeast haze, coriander and orange peel. But I digress -- back to the Jolly Pumpkin.<P> Hazy light straw-colored pour with a huge fluffy white head that grudgingly agrees to settle down to half an inch where it remains in perpetuity or until you drink the last drop, whichever comes first. Spectacular witbier aroma -- spicy hops, coriander, citrus/orange peel, and more spicy hops. Coriander takes center stage in the flavor, suppored by that big hop spice, light hop bitterness, orange peel, and light sugary malt. Medium body (actually a bit heavy for the style), fizzy palate with a long citrus aftertaste. Quite a remarkable witbier. This is one I’ll buy again and again.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber body beneath a fizzy white head. The aroma is tart, lemon and orange zest, a little hot spice, ginger, clove, malt and yeast. Light/medium body with lively carbonation and a creamy feel. The flavor was semi-sweet, cirtus tart, spicy. Not bad.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice combination of spicey refreshment and tart appetizing zest. Orange peel is prominent with some Lactic and Pedio. hints. Soft mouthfeel that is round and full. Slightly hoppy and effervescent finish. Very nice beer that is more than just a white ale. Had at celebrator tasting.