Paw Paw Wheat - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 8
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xdefeatsy on 12-09-2013

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Photo of schoolboy
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very unique beer that works. It is so easy drinking that I would call it a date rape drug.

It pours light orange with a fine head. The aroma is faintly fruity. The taste, on the other hand, is more fruity, and uniquely so. It has a sort of melon taste, more subtle than most fruit. There are hints of yeast in there. It is a smooth drinking beer - very refreshing yet complex.

The aftertaste eventually produces an alcohol burn - it is a delayed reaction. Overall, the booze is hidden so well that it is hard to believe this is as strong as it is, but you can feel it in your brain.

This is highly recommended, but the price is a bit out of this world. I lived in Athens from 1974-1978 and at that time the cost of one bottle of this would have left you staggering around uptown. I think I bought cases of beer for close to this. But it's sort of worth it.

This marks the end of my 1000th review at I want to thank the bros for the great place to track my beer drinking hobby. I hope I can do a thousand more.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light straw yellow with a 1/8 inch head. Slight sticky lacing.

Smell - Light tropical/floral fruits. A little wheat along with some yeasty sugars.

Taste - First sip is really strong, acidic with some alcohol backbone. Unique fruit flavor, im guessing its the paw paw. Semi sweet, a little acidic and smooth. Added yeasty sugars, some spices and maybe a little coriander/ orange peel. Wheat malt backbone along with some alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Paw paw fruit is upfront along with some spices on the tongue. Palate gets more tropical fruits, wheat and malts. Aftertaste is semi sweet fruity, wheat and some alcohol.

Overall - What a nice,, big, strong wheat beer. The paw paw is a interesting fruit, and id love to try again in another beer. Still smooth, easy to drink, especially for a 9% beer. Cant wait to try on tap.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

A soft tropical nose gets pushed aside by grassy, almost astringent wheat, followed by hints of banana taffy. As it warms, the flavors blend and the wheat softens into fresh bread.

Melons, mango, ripe cantaloupe, sliced bananas fruit bowl with wheat crackers. Solid body for a wheat beer. ABV is completely hidden. Slides across the tongue. Short finish.

Since the fruit in this beer a subtle melange of flavors, it's a pretty enjoyable, drinkable take on this style. The higher ABV provides some beef to the body and turns it into more of a cocktail wheat to be slowly consumed.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love the fact that you can buy these now around the state in a 375 ml bottle, a paw paw fruit spiked imperial wheat ale weighs in at 9% abv. Poured into my new Weyerbacher chalice, hazy golden orange glowing bright body with a pristine finely carbonated white head. Aromatics offer up tart citrus, mango like notes, wild tropical fruit notes with the sharp wheat additions weighing in as well. As it warms up a bit it really weighs in with more tropical fruits like pineapple, ripened banana, and more mango notes even a bit of passionfruit. Flavors are juicy ripened fruits across the board a bit of honeydew melon, mango, citrus fruits, and more tart pineapple the yeast provides minimal spiciness a bit of bready yeast notes with some dryness and alcohol just slightly leaves it's mark on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a touch of residual sugars left on the palate post fermentation, even carbonation carries it all pretty well. Overall a very sweet beer that highlights the paw paw fruit quite nicely I'd like to track some down to see what it tastes like unadulterated by any booze that this big wheat beer provides.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into Speigelau glass

A: dirty star color, hazy, almost no head whatsoever

S: getting a coriander and a touch of honey with an over ripe fruit smell a little banana

T: a lot like the nose honey, coriander, banana, over ripe fruit almost a little stone fruit taste

M: fairly light feel a little syrupy maybe because of the low carbonation

O: I have never had the paw paw fruit that this was brewed with but as far as a wheat beer this isn't too bad. I don't think I'd buy it again though for the cost per bottle.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Paw Paw Wheat is a much bigger beer than I expected when I opened it. The beer poured a cloudy golden with 1/2 finger thick white head that is not lacing much. The scent has a scent grain base with mellow fruit tinge. The taste definitely has wheat with mild apricot flare. The mouthfeel is full body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good beer but at 9% abv it would be a tough session. I was impressed that there was not much abv punch that some big beers contain.

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml Bottle, 2014, poured into a tulip

A- pours a thick, slightly hazy golden yellow color with a small creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- the paw paw fruit gives aromas of honey-dew mellon, mango & guava. Also picking up a sugary banana custard-like sweetness with some herbal and floral hop notes, very sweet and fruity overall

T- concentrated fruity flavors up front with a big emphasis on fresh melon and guava nectar, a hint of banana mixes with some lemony tartness, crisp grainy wheat kicks in with a malty sweet finish, a hint of lemon-grass on the finish

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and thick finish, abv is hidden very well

O- an awesome take on a fruit beer that is loaded with flavor and hides the alcohol pretty well

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Living in Ohio I will be first to admit that I have never had a paw paw, after this drink I can say I do not know if I really want to try one. Beer pours a beautiful cloudy golden like a Belgian triple. Nice thick foam that dies down and leaves nice light lacing. Smell od apricot's, pears, green apples, and cantaloupe. Taste is far from what I expected. A melon like flavor comes up front with an odd bitterness on the side and back, some acidic notes with light bittering hops keep coming through. Some light caramel taste there too with a very light banana flavor. While this is not really my cup of tea, or beer for that matter, I will re-try this at later time. It is very complex, yet it really does not give me the WOW I was looking for from a very good brewery I would love to visit.

As a side note, the brewery would benefit from the idea of a paw paw Belgian triple so the Belgian candy could aid in the complexity with a nice yeast strain.

Photo of BergBeer
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Look: Murky straw gold with a very active white head.

Smell: A solid wheat beer base with hints of melon, honeydew, banana, and mango. Very fresh and clean smelling beer.

Taste: Whew this one is wild. First you get a regular but good wheat beer then come huge honeydew notes that blends with a citrusy kind of mango, a bit of sweet honey, plantain, something like a very mild green pepper, pineapple, some moscato notes and finishes like biting into a banana. It's wild.

Mouthfeel: This beer is light and springy on the tongue and goes down smooth no hint of booze and the banana notes linger on the tongue.

Overall: This one is strange. It's a solid wheat beer but all the fruit notes dominate this beer but are somehow muted like a banana. I've never had a paw paw but I'd like to try one now

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head that sticked around a little while. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like wheat, melons, mango, and some white grapes. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some clove-like spice, banana, and a bit of apricot. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. I liked this brew, I'd pick this up again in the future. $5.99 a bottle.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 86/100

Real nice novelty beer. Taste sweet and fruity for a 9%. It's def unlike anything I ever had before. Taste is that of a sweet star fruit with a muted booze burn. Really, I personally like the taste. It's solid and unique all the way around. Worth a grab for sure. That said, my PERSONAL taste doesn't seem to reflect what I am looking for.... Again, that's MY personal taste only. Subjective all the way. Worth a grab~

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

L - It is bright amber in color. Small particles of yeast are suspended in it. Thousands of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. It is topped with an inch of eggshell colored head that leaves some lacing.

S - It has a peach and pear aroma. I am not familiar with the paw paw fruit, so I guess this is what it smells like.

T - The flavors of peach, pear, and alcohol remind me of a Belgian pale ale minus the spices.

F - Medium

O - It is a pretty good beer. I never realized how high the alcohol was before. It is not as good as the their barrel aged stuff but worth a try.

Photo of minterro
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got as part of a beer trade with pkthebuckeye. Great label artwork and texture wise, really like the bottle shape as well.

A&S: Aroma consists of white wine, champaign alcohol tones, some bitter spices, and green grapes. Lively translucent hazy yellow colored beer. White head that doesn't hang around

T&M: Intense sweetness upfront that fades into more of a tropical blend of flavors ranging from pineapple to kiwi. Conflicting bitterness from a spices come into the mix midway though the taste. Very crisp and sharp.

Overall: Not great, I still want to try more stuff from this company though.

Photo of brewtus
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 375ml bottle into a teku. Pours clear orangish yellow. Single finger white bubbly head. Smell is tropical paw paw, earthy sweet potato, mango, some cherry. taste is only slightly sweet, nice paw paw flavor, some pineapple, sweet potato, some great slight grassy notes. Low carbonation, nice texture. Overall this is a great beer to try because paw paw is so unique in itself, not your typical fruity wheat ale. Hides the abv so well.

Photo of T_Reeves92
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Serving: Bottle & Tap

This beer was very intense for being a wheat beer.

A: Pours a nice golden color with a thin-medium white head
S: Tropical Fruit, Melon, Sugar
T: Tropical Fruit, Honey, and booziness in the after taste.
M: Thick and creamy, very smooth for the higher abv
O: Great beer, I would definitely buy again.

Photo of Tylertut
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours hazy gold with a slight green tint

The smell is very interesting. Smells a bit of melons with a little banana a bit of wheat too.

Taste follows the smell pretty close. Lots of melon and banana. Reminds me of a papaya with some mango. A bit of alcohol comes through at the end but it is barely noticeable.

This is defiantly a paw paw. Having growing up in Ohio eating these fruits in the fall I had expectations going in. While not over the top paw paw you can easily identify it. Overall a very solid wheat beer.

Photo of blankenhoney
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle picked up recently in Toledo; poured into a teku

A: pours light gold with hints of orange; perky 1-finger head but no retention; looks like apple juice

S: white grape or white wine; grassy melon; some musty wheat

T: lots of white grape; sweet generic fruit; like flat muscato

M: sticky and little to no carbonation

O: decent summertime brew, but a bit too sweet for me. i've been living in Ohio for about a year…time to try some real paw paw fruit

Photo of WesMantooth
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$6, 375ml/12+ oz. bottle pours very deep, cloudy golden color.

Earthy, slightly funky Bret like and grain smell. Not a ton going on here.

Taste like a good solid wheat should. Very malt based. The Paw Paw is defiantly on full display here. Tough to pin down. It is tropical/citrus in nature. I would describe as faint banana and some sort of melon or grapefruit. Has a crisp bite at the end. Reminds me of a Heffe in many ways.

Carbonation is just right - a little more than avg. The alcohol doesn't really reveal itself for as strong as it is. Finish is smooth, with a little bit of hop bitterness.

A very intriguing beer. Not a flavor bomb by any means, but enough distinct character to make it enjoyable. I would buy again, but the price/ABV kind of takes it out of the "session" category it probably belongs in. Nonetheless, Jackie keeps on rolling out good beers.

Photo of nmann08
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a straw pale yellow with a thin wispy head.

The smell is fruity, berry, citrus, mango and a very distinct fruit punch type smell. I imagine it is similar to what a paw paw will smell like, but I have not had one before. The flavor is spiked fruit punch, a little papaya, citrus hops, berry, wheat grains, and melon. This is a bit wild, a very fruit wheat ale.

Photo of handcrafty
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer. Initial smell brings up nostalgic memories of 'hunch punch' and 'jungle juice'. Pours a murky golden brown with almost zero carbonation or head. Smells like butterscotch and bananas, golden grains, kiwi and papaya. Taste follows with hints of melon, unripe papaya, bananas, raisins, guava and mango skin; small raw alcohol graininess on the backend. Goes down smooth due to the almost neglected carb., with a small slick patch on the tongue. Dangerously crushable for the ABV; it sneaks up on you. Glad I had the chance to try this, now to seek out a pawpaw fruit to taste the real deal.


Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks decent enough, lots of paw paw chum floating in the glass though. Smells vaguely fruity, inviting.

The taste is dry but sweet up front, going to a slightly puckering, astringent dryness on the swallow. A bitter tanginess follows, not all that enjoyable.

M outhfeel is fine, and the abv is well hidden. I just found the flavor lacking.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, peach, pear, melon, white grape, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of paw paw fruit and wheat malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of apricot, peach, pear, melon, white grape, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, floral, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, peach, pear, melon, white grape, light banana, wheat, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of paw paw fruit and wheat malt flavors; with a nice malt/fruit balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial fruit wheat beer. Good robustness and balance of paw paw fruit and wheat malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light wheat color with a creamy 1+ finger head that lingers for quite some time
S: The fruitness and creaminess of the pawpaw definitely comes through along with some wheat/malt notes
T: Definitely paw paw but a touch medicinal. The wheat and something a touch herbal come through but the finish also tastes a bit bitter/off
M: Light-bodied but creamy
O: I really want to like this beer and can taste the paw paw. There's just something else on the palate I can't pinpoint that takes it down a notch

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden, with a hint of red, translucent body, thin, wispy white head that leaves minor lacing.

S - Unusual nose. Up front is the alcohol, which is not surprising given the ABV. Under it comes a rather sweet banana-esque note, which must be the paw paw.

T - The flavor includes a strong grain element, as the wheat makes its appearance. The banana flavors of the paw paw continue - although it reminds me more of fried plantains than the standard Cavendish - but with other elements, too, such as a bit of anise. A touch of woodiness, along with melon flesh sweetness. The close is a slow fade.

M - There is a touch of mild warmth from the alcohol, a moderate carbonation, keeping things clean.

O - Interesting, and not at all what I expected. The beer offers a flavors that suggest a drunken banana bread. Decent experience.

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +5.8%

No bottle date other than "2014"

A: Pours a very hazy amber. Tall off-white head that fades out fairly quickly. Almost no lacing. Decent retention at least.

S: Well, I have no idea what a Paw Paw smells like but this is definitely fruity. It reminds me of cantaloupe with a little sweet citrus aspect. Like mango maybe? Wheaty too, of course.

T: More of the same. Definitely has a little more citrus bite here. Mango again I'd say. The cantaloupe aspect is muted compared to the aroma but it's still here, especially in the middle. Sweet melon flesh. Decently heavy wheat finish. Lingering melon flesh in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sweet and lightly citric.

O: Nice fruity wheat beer. Really nice bold fruit flavor for that matter. I like cantaloupe so I especially liked this one. Pretty simple in general but the unique fruit flavors work.

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