Paw Paw Wheat
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #93
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #24,784
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
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Photo of darktronica
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice fruit showcase, subtle but sweet paw paw notes. Agreed with the classification here that presents as more of a fruit and field beer with some wheat in the grain bill, rather than a wheat beer with fruit added.

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Photo of Seejae
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific representation of the Paw Paw. This beer is the original star of the annual Ohio Paw Paw Festival. I appreciate the willingness to play to the Paw Paw. The sweet tropical tones lean towards a NE despite this beer preceding the genre. The appearance is dank and pulpy. An all around beautiful beer.

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Seejae from Ohio, Dec 26, 2018
Photo of Oktoberfest
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pawpaw is a fruit native to Ohio as well as several other states in the south and SE.

I read an article about them recently and, being me, wondered if someone had ever made a pawpaw beer.

Sure enough, Ohio's own Jackie O's makes this fantastic wheat. The fruit adds a sweet, creamy dimension to a high ABV wheat. The combination doesn't taste to me like either a fruit or a wheat beer so much as a unique combination that's smooth and very drinkable, with a very slight tangy sweetness.

I bought a single 12 oz bottle. I should have bought more.

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Photo of woemad
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle courtesy of WesMantooth. Hope I didn't let it sit too long, but at 9%, that might not be an issue. No date on the bottle, as far as I can see.

Hazy, apricot color to this. Looks a bit like a NE style IPA. Minor, half inch off-white head. Dropped somewhat quickly but never entirely died. Lots of tiny bits of sediment can be seen when held up to light.

Fruity aroma that I assume is that of Paw Paw, a fruit I had never heard of before that is apparently big in Ohio! I just get the slightest of hints of wheat.

Like the aroma, the fruit dominates the taste, but earthy wheat notes come through in the finish and, especially, in the aftertaste. The high alcohol content is well hidden.

Medium bodied. Soft, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

An interesting fruit beer that delivers a lot of flavor, but isn't a sugary hammer to the head, like lots are. If it wasn't for the very high abv percentage, I'd say this would make a nice warm weather session beer, but the next day would be excruciating. Thanks, Corey!

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woemad from Washington, Jan 14, 2018
Photo of ajm5108
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic gold color, thin lacing and just a bit of carbonation. Really enjoyed the nose on this, their is a tradition wheat grain base but the fruit is light, enticing and just a little tart. I have never had paw paw, but envokes aroma of melon, kiwi and orange.

Flavor is refreshing, especially for the abv, with lots of melon and mango flavor coming through, though it is never artificial or cloying. Peppery malt base helps ground it. Some classic wheat banana phenol flavor too. Finishes with a little bitter fruit. All in all a really good easy to drink beer with a unique local twist.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, May 10, 2017
Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my mad grab at jackie o's not too long ago. Had heard such good things about this one, excited to finally try it. Bottle from 2016.

Nice easy drinking wheat beer with a good syrupy fruity flavor...presumably, Paw paw? Little belgian candy and bananas. Comes across like a belgian pale but soft like a wheat.

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cosmicevan from New York, Feb 28, 2017
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer via a beer trade, and I thought it was great. I’ve never had Paw Paw fruit so I am describing the fruity flavors in terms of other fruit.

Look: semi-clear with a golden hue and a thin white head.

Aroma: The aroma is mild wheat and fruit.

Taste: Anyway, the flavor is wheat and lemony, banana, mango, perhaps honey dew. Alcohol is barely noticeable, but neither are hops.

Feel: Medium body, crisp, moderate carbonation. Overall this is very thirst quenching drinkable beer.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle, no date, purchased Sept. 2016. DFH Tulip.

A: initially a slightly hazy gold with some mild carbonation and basically no head. After disturbing sediment: very hazy dark gold with 2 fingers foamy head. Laces very nicely, though retention is as poor as you'd expect at 9%.

S: wheat, definitely. Crisp malt or grain aroma. Some faint fruity hop, but really remarkably little smell. Post sediment: there's the pawpaw! Smells like a pawpaw, which is to say a mild and slightly underripe banana. A little like faint glue solvents. A little alcohol as it warms.

T: like a high ABV wheat beer. Mind you, not 9% - you can get a hint of alcohol, but no way would I guess 9. Off-sweet, grainy arrival. Wheat and alcohol toward the end. No hops to speak of. Post-sediment: quite a bit more complexity, but not by much; pawpaw is definitely there, but it's an understated fruit.

M: heavier side of midweight, slick with low carbonation. A little lingering slickness. Post-sediment: fuller-bodied, less carbonation.

O: this is a very drinkable high gravity wheat beer. The pawpaw is a gimmick. I love wheat beers, particularly when I'm looking for refreshment. This does not give you that. I also love the clove phenols you get in weizenbocks and hefeweizens, but this lacks that, too. So I'd probably not buy this again, though I am glad I tried it. Probably better on draft.

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Photo of rypkr
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't even know how to rate this beer... what is it?

It's stupid sweet and tastes of tropical fruits. Mango, pineapple and papaya dominate. It has a creamy mouthfeel full of sugary thickness. Carbonation is very low. Faint bitterness/staleness after the finish.

Solid fruit/vegetable beer I guess? I don't even know. At 9.2% though I won't buy again. That's a lot of beer space to use on this.

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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Sep 16, 2016
Photo of Immortale25
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not much lacing to speak of.

S- Typical wheat beer aroma with an extra fruitiness over top. Slight spice.

T- Again, typical wheat beer flavor with a bit of extra malt characteristic and body. I will say the alcohol is very well hidden but there's not much flavor complexity to back it up. Once I introduce the yeast, things get a bit more lively and the banana characteristic comes through more. Still, pretty limp overall.

M- Somewhat zesty with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Not necessarily bad, but it has a weak flavor profile and not much going for it besides how drinkable it is. Got this as an extra in a trade and I wonder about how old it is given the fact that there's no bottle date.

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Immortale25 from North Carolina, Sep 14, 2016
Photo of Sabtos
2.52/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a weird beer that defies classification, but not in a tasty way, for me. It's kind of like a light wheatwine, sweet, sticky, oddly biscuity, I don't know.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Dec 17, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass. 2015 bottling.

Appearance: Hazy to cloudy golden yellow with a bit of a glow to it. Some floaters from the sediment, disturbed by the vigorous pour, came along with the pour into the glass. Thin white dense ring of foam with a barest thin skin of foam across the top. Some thick strands of lacing that slowly slid back down the glass.

Smell: A little bit of wheat/graininess, with an underlying fruitiness that is part berry like and part tropical fruit. There is a hint of lemon as well. I'm guessing this is the Paw Paw fruit. Not very strong in aroma.

Taste: Unusual, which I'm guessing is due to the Paw Paw fruit as I've not anything quite like this beer in flavor before. There is some underlying wheat and malt sweetness, and a lot of fruit flavors with some tartness thrown in. Berries, some tropical fruit, maybe some honeydew melon, and a bit of mild bitterness which is a bit herbal.

Mouthfeel: Soft, very smooth, a little chewy, light spicy carbonation under it all that comes out as a delayed response on the tongue and scrubs it a bit.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely worth a try for the use of a local Ohio unusual ingredient. I wonder how this fruit would work in a Lambic. At the price though, this isn't something I would get often. Might be worth trying again fresh on tap to see how the flavors of the fruit come out.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared large bottle in Atlanta.
Very tart and moderately high fruity.
Lively carbonation (watch out upon opening; this bottle spewed some foam).
Puckering tart.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Sep 06, 2015
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy and full of sediment, with virtually no head.The nose is sweet, with mango, white grape, and pear most noticeable. A little bready with hints of banana as well. On the tongue, candied pear and apricot front a bit of honey sweetness before being joined by the typical hefe clove note. A touch of apple and grape skin with warmth. The 9% ABV is undetectable. Good, not great.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is wheat-laden, with a mango sourness and banana/floral/honey sweetness. Somewhat complex.

Flavor falls a bit short. Too malty, with an underattenuation issue that causes it to be caramelly sweet. The fruit can't counter.

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barczar from Kentucky, Sep 05, 2015
Photo of OhioRay
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Thick white head. Orange, hazy body. Good amount of carbonation. Head falls to a thin white head as this goes down.

S - Smell sweet malts and alcohol. Some mild fruitiness.

T - Alcohol up front, giving way to wheatyness. Some over ripe bananas.

M - Medium-light body. High carbonation.

O - Decent wheat beer. Not as fruity as I'd expected.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Jun 20, 2015
Photo of gjoker321
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly sure what a paw paw fruit tastes like but nothing jumps out as unique. The most impressive part of this beer is the nearly 10% ABV!?! Would have guessed 5%. (But that explains the no head and slightly thin mouthfeel).

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gjoker321 from Florida, Jun 18, 2015
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3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle, poured into a nonic pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaquely-cloudy burnished copper-gold, where one can see the shadows of their fingers on the other side of the glass all as a single mass, rather than distinct fingers. Forms a finger or so of loose, large-bubble white head, which dissipates rather quickly and noisily.

Smell: Ripe wheat wells out of the glass, bringing with it some hints of crackery malt, and faintly, the odd half-tropical, half-melon scent of a paw paw fruit.

Taste: That's definitely a crackery wheat malt, indeed, with the essence of a wheat cracker flooding the mouth at first sip. Lurking somewhat behind and beneath that, the fruit flavors appear - it's definitely paw paw, but as that means little to those who've never had one, I'll attempt to describe it a little better. Cantaloupe melon mingles with a slurry of tropical fruit - mango, guava, starfruit - with some discernible banana notes and a very slight tinge of the sort of tartness one gets from an orange without there actually being much citrus flavor along with it. The finish leaves an echo of that subtle fruit mix, and the crackery malt.

TL;DR - Drinking this is not unlike eating a Wheat Thin with sparing traces of tropical fruit preserves, banana butter, and melon jelly spread on it.

Mouthfeel: This is lightly carbonated, almost flat, and goes down smooth and slick.

Overall: Not a bad beer, and it does showcase the paw paw. Also, any beer that's over 9% but involves almost no taste of alcohol is brewed pretty well! However, for the price point, it's not one I'm going to repeat often.

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UrbanCaveman from Illinois, May 29, 2015
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2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Slschimoler
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well done!!!
I have drank a lot of both draft and bottle offerings and it has become one of my personal favorites in the Fruit beer style.
Very well balanced and rounded with wonderful aromas of Tropical Fruit, earth and yeast. Unique offering. Jackie O's is one of Ohios best and this beer blows away other Paw Paw beers

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Photo of ClePaul
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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~

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of handcrafty
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

***.5/*****

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