Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Catawba Brewing Co.

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #339
Ranked #30,408
3.79 | pDev: 13.72%
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Peanut Butter Jelly TimePeanut Butter Jelly Time
Notes: PBJ Time Ale is a "light brown" ale featuring subtle British hopping during the boil. This ale is aged on raspberries and real peanuts to give it layered bread, peanut, and jelly flavors. It is a PB&J in a glass!

Remember when your mom packed a PB&J sandwich in your lunchbox? The flavors all melded into pure comfort food by noon! Well, we recreated this childhood goodness in a beer! This light brown ale is brewed from five different grains and then aged for weeks on raspberries and roasted peanuts. Take a sip, let the flavors mingle on your palate, and enjoy our PB&J in a glass.

Hops: Magnum, Fuggle; Malts: Pale, Caramel, Munich, Flaked Wheat; IBU: 10
Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 174 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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wolfpack87 from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Honestly didn't get much of a "jelly" taste to it but if you like peanut or peanut butter, you'll really enjoy this beer. Catawba Brewing does a great job with their beers and you can add this one to the list, well worth trying.

May 18, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This HAD to have come to me courtesy of local, in-person trader, @tone77 for The CANQuest (tm)! The fact that it is my extant picture suggests that it was from the era when pic approval took (ahem!) forever, causing it to get shunted to the side & forgotten. 8=( I am just happy to be drinking it tonight, following CANother raspberry-infused beer!

From the CAN: "Remember when your mom packed a PB&J sandwich in your lunchbox? The flavors all melded into pure comfort food by noon! Well, we recreated this childhood goodness in a beer! This light brown ale is brewed from five different grains and then aged for weeks on raspberries and roasted peanuts. Take a sip, let the flavors mingle on your palate, and enjoy our PB&J in a glass."

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN that seemed as happy to see me as I was it, giving me a faint spritz across the fingertips as a gesture of its happiness. I was lenient with it, given its potential age, so when it failed to produce much head, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl. This raised a brief finger of peanut butter-tan head with modest retention, quickly fading back to wisps. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber to Dep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was yet CANother amuse-bouche, making me smile in response to its peanut-raspberry smell. Mmm.

I liked smooth PB & my choice was strawberry jam or preserves, unless it was my paternal Grummy ChANdler's home-CANned red raspberry preserves. That, a wee carton of milk & a bag of Fritos & I was all set for the afternoon! Mmm.

Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, no great shakes, but not watery, either. The taste was full-on raspberries & peanuts! No way did I get anything that suggested an ABA! This is why "Fruit & Field Beer" was added! 8=( ChANge request CANming!

In response, I poured a wee dram of Faber Liquor's Raspberry Vodka & opened my current bag of Fritos. Mmm. Better & better. I watch the PLCB website pretty cautiously since, given their state-run monopoly, we get some wild distro! Pop-up sales for Faber Liquors in Trumabauersville, PA happen pretty frequently & since a State Store is on N Queen St, diagonal to the bus station, it was nothing to run in, grab a bottle & catch the next bus. As such, and not (usually) being a liquor drinker, I have a nice on-hand supply. A friend is now their rep & even he was impressed by the depth & breadth of my inventory! With the exception of Chocolate Vodka 8=p I'd like to procure the rest of their line at some point.

Mmm, raspberries, peanuts & corn chips! + voddy. It's like my grown-up kiddie's dream. This was CANtastic & getting better with every sip. ABA?!? Hardly. Naught but raspberry & peanuts! Amuse-bouche? Full-on sourire! I was grinning like The Joker, Harley Quinn, the ex-Old Lady, Mike Lange's butcher's dog & Cindy, all rolled into one big grin! 8=)

Finish was in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. I will leave you to decide as I return to my Fritos, my vodka & my beer. Adios! YMMV.

May 02, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was growing up, I always got hot lunch at school since I wasn't much of a sandwich person. Peanut butter and jelly just wasn't my thing but I could see why others liked it. Flash forward years later and of course, this comes out and I ended up obtaining a can via a trade. It was different than what I was accustomed to and to top it off, this was the first beer that I ever had from Catawba. I can see how the ratings on here had such a wide range and it almost seemed like a Fruit / Vegetable beer rather than an American Brown Ale but in the end, it was good to have something that stood out from the IPA's and heavier Stouts that I'm accustomed to rating on here!

Of course, the hue to this beer was a deep and radiant brown with lots of floaties and sediment in it. Not a big head and no lacing was to be seen after the first few sips of this, which would be on par with other examples of the style that I've had over the years. Lots of strawberry and grape jelly sweetness in the nose as the nuts didn't emerge until I took a few sips. Roasted, ruddy, and a bit grainy, the bread, caramel, and nuts didn't come through until this warmed up a bit. Thin, slick, and sugary, this could have had more of a nuttiness to it as that really emerged only in the aftertaste. This almost came across as "A tale of two beers" since the front and back halves were different from each other but somehow, this worked out in the end.

Not a lot of carbonation, malt, or booze in this as this seemed like a liquefied sandwich, more than anything else. Enough pecan and peanut shone through to take the edge off of the sugar but some bready malt would have sealed the deal for me. Worth a go once for the novelty factor even though this was more than a one-trick brew. Props to those who also enjoy the Family Guy reference!

Dec 01, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown with amber mixed in to give it a reddish hue. Head is non existent really fades so fat to a ring with very light lace.

Aroma is malty with hints of peanut butter and lighter raspberry fruity sweetness.

Taste is malty with definite peanuts present in the nuttiness usually found in browns. Some light fruitiness to add the jelly part. enough hops to keep it from being cloying to round it out.

Mouthfeel is light side of medium with pretty active carbonation.

Overall whelp not really a fan of peanut butter in beers but thought I would try this to see if my taste had changed any. Just not my thing but if you like beers that taste like PB&J in a beer it might be yours as many look forward to this one in these parts.

Apr 03, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy brown with a one-finger head
S: Malty, definitely some peanut butter and raspberry (jelly?) notes
T: Malty, a bit sweet, raspberry, not much peanut
M: Medium-bodied, slightly sweet
O: Pairs fairly well with the sandwich but didn't do a lot for me on its own

Aug 26, 2018
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just sort of OK? I had a different peanut butter and jelly flavored beer a few years ago, and it was fantastic. You definitely tasted the jelly and the peanut. With this ale, the flavors are there but a bit weak for my liking.

Aug 25, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can

Smells of raspberry jam and nutty roasted peanuts. Undertone notes of honey & bread crust. Tastes of jammy raspberries up front, followed by some brown malts that give notes of dark bread, caramel& earthy Malt. The finish brings out some roasted peanut flavor and longersnof raspberry. Medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and finish. Overall, both elements of peanut and raspberry are prevalent throughout, worth a try

Jun 16, 2018
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downonbarbe from Georgia

2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Excited to try this brown ale but unfortunately it missed the mark for me. I was skeptical these notes would be able to be pulled off and found it to be a beer that was fairly off putting and hard to finish. The pour was an amber haze with minimal head. On the nose you immediately are hit with aromas of seemingly soiled wheat bread, chunky generic PB and jam. I would liken it to a PBJ that was left in your car middle of summer. The taste is highly carbonated yet thin with an overpowering bready, peanut flavor. The raspberry notes are there but there is no balance in flavor. The peanut and old bread notes just linger really killing this one. Not one i’ll be trying again. Novelty ale.

Jun 12, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into tulip. No date on the can.
Pours a muddled looking brown with pinkish throughout. Small head of white. smells like wheat bread, peanut butter and raspberry jelly. Raspberry dominates much of the taste and then peanuts swoop in. Not peanut buttery but still interesting. Mouthfeel is a bit too bubbly for me and thin. Overall, I’m enjoying this gimmick beer.

May 07, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed amber/brown with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Peanut butter, berries on the edges

T: Peanut butter, strawberries& a little toastyness on the edges. A little grape & strawberry, a little nuttiness, once warm. Finishes a touch thin with some strawberry & not much else

MF: Body is light, carbonation restrained, but increased once warm

Lack of depth on the flavor makes it seem a bit fake, but not horrid, by any means

Mar 20, 2018
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valterlaw from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More raspberry that peanut. Has a light feel, and is a legitimate light brown ale...the flavor profile would probably be better suited for a more robust porter or stout.

Aug 28, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at my Bestie's in Charlotte. It poured a hazy amber with no head and no lace. The scent is a pb& shizz. The taste is a pb&j fo shizz as well. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good and interesting beer.

Jul 31, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. A very hazy amber-orange color with a modest light tan head. Nice aroma - as billed with bright peanut, bread, and strawberry jelly. Smells like a PB&J. The taste emphasized the strawberry. Fruity with some nutty flavor. No real bitterness and a bit of orange on the finish. No roasty malt to speak of. Also somewhat thin but in bounds for a brown ale.

Apr 03, 2017
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprising appearance: turbid and reddish-brown. Reasonable off-white head with OK retention.

The aroma is less surprising: raspberries first, followed by peanut butter. There aren't any notable tertiary scents.

Flavor follows, bringing peanuts up front, followed by a strong wave of raspberries. Other than a slight grassy earthiness and some breadiness, there isn't a whole lot else going on. This is a one-trick (or two-trick, if you count the raspberry and peanuts separately) pony.

Light-medium feel; lively; smooth. Very drinkable.

Let's put it out front: this beer is a gimmick. That doesn't mean it isn't made with care and craft, but they're shooting for a specific profile that's gimmicky. They nailed it, too. I can't imagine reaching for this beer, honestly, which isn't to say I didn't enjoy it - it's to say I don't see the niche this beer fills. A very impressive experiment.

Mar 29, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz can.

It is a dirty/turbid looking beer. A reddish brown and a pinkish tinted head.

It smells like crushed up peanut shells. Like sitting at the ball park or a Texas Roadhouse. Very authentic. Nothing artificial here, but just a faint fruit smell.

The flavor goes the other way. It is dominated by raspberry. The peanut shows up again in the lingering aftertaste, but it is just semi sweet raspberry and toasted grains otherwise.

This beer is very natural tasting and enjoyable, but it seems to be to extremes. Not much balance. Also, I am not getting brown ale at all from it. I recommend it despite my criticisms.

Mar 25, 2017
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smartypintz from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can this year. Pours a rusty brown color, not much head if any. Taste is raspberry jelly initially, then the peanut butter comes through. Good creamy mouth feel that lingers, Malt flavors come through, giving it an almost bread crumb taste. Overall balanced and taste like a PBJ, always look forward to the release of this one.

Mar 24, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a howler the was one day old. The beer pours a very unique reddish brown with tons of fluffy white head, which let almost no lacing.

The smell is tons of raspberry and peanuts underneath. I'd a nice, light, fresh smell.

The taste follows with a very solid tasting raspberry and peanut butter. This tastes exactly like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I mean, it's uncanny how much this tastes like a PB&J.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a brown ale and slighty under carbonated, but the could be because the howler is a day old.

Overall this is a really nice, fun, easy to drink beer. I highly recommend it.

Mar 22, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty burgundy-brown with a finger of khaki head. Head retention and lacing are both okay. Aroma is raspberry jelly, with smooth creamy peanut butter. Flavor profile is the same with additions of bready malts and palm oil. Mouth feel packs a good, thick texture that really elevates this beer. Overall, this beer drinks well for being such a unique beer. The thick feel and flavor profile could absolutely be off putting to some, but this beer nails exactly what it says on the can - peanut butter jelly time.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Mar 21, 2017
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kaufmaal from Alabama

2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

16 oz can. This one I had high hopes for as the brewery has made a number of tasty beers. It looks very nice: somewhat cloudy amber with a very faint white head and some lacing. The smell has a faint hint of roasted peanuts and berry sweetness - nothing overpowering. The taste I did not care for. It's sweet, but not jelly-sweet: it's raspberry fruit/juice sweet, and that's just not the same as jelly. The peanut taste for me was the taste of peanut shells/husks and not the nut/legume itself, and this flavor lingers and is unpleasant. A woodiness, grassiness persists. Instead of complementing the berry flavor, this peanut element overpowers and not in a good way. It's a light-bodied ale that goes down easy - there's little carbonation. I wanted this to be so much better than it was.

Mar 18, 2017
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Slack from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber brown color and cloudy with little head and no lacing.

Nose is strong on peanut with jelly and sugar in the background.

Taste is jelly, peanut butter, white bread, and hops.

Mouthful is light and a bit watery with medium low carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this is a peanut butter & jelly white bread sandwich minus the sugar. It's light and drinkable but watery. I would recommend trying it if around and you want to reminisce about grade school lunch.

Jun 27, 2016
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Dopen993 from Rhode Island

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can into tulip glass. Fresh can

L. Dark orange, copper. Full of haze with thick 2 finger head with light lacing.
S. I literally get flashes of the nuts and then of the raspberries. First peanuts then raspberries. Some light sweetnes and Malts. Lots going on.
T. Get the raspberries up front the a drier nut flavor. Definitely more sweet berries than the nut.
F. Lighter and not as creamy as I was expecting. Nice carbonation.

Apr 07, 2016
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jpro from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from Bruisin' Ales into a Duvel glass... Why not... Muddy, light brown with a two-finger head of creamy foam. Smell is dominated by raspberries - peanuts (not peanut butter) are there, too. The beer is not overly sweet - malt presence is just beyond wheat beer status... But the peanut and raspberry flavors are pretty big. Feel is pretty average - as expected. Overall, a nice beer I could have a couple of as a nice change of pace.

Apr 07, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - very underwhelmed by the look. It pours light and bubbly, 1/4" head dissipates quickly. The color of the beer looks almost closer to IPA than brown, it's honestly more of a an amber color with a gold tint when held up to light. Does not "look" brown


Taste - Excellent. the base flavor is a very peanut-y brown ale which would be good by itself, but when you add the mild strawberry flavor it takes it to another level. Everything about this beer tastes organic... no BS artificial flavors here. Lacks a prominent aftertaste, probably because the flavor is so light in the first place... not gonna punch you in the face, but quite enjoyable.

Feel - Thin for a brown, with quite alot of carbonation.

Overall - If you are missing one of the 3 ingredients for the sandwich, I recommend substituting this instead!

Mar 11, 2016
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Dave1999 from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light brown with just a small white head.

The smell is raspberry jam and peanut just as advertised.

The taste is much like the smell raspberry and peanuts. The raspberry seems much stronger than the peanuts.

The mouthfeel is very light, with high carbonation a bit watery.

I would've like the flavour to be a bit stronger, maybe a more nutty base beer. The base beer seems like it must be almost flavourless. The body is a bit on the light side.

Apr 22, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy amber-ish burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass, light amounts of fine particles in suspension, and faint golden honey highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry jam over the top of lighter aromas of peanut butter and very light aromas of wheat + bready malts (really reminds me of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of bready + wheat malts giving the flavor of whole wheat bread. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of roasted peanuts/peanut butter and moderate flavors of raspberry jam. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades away almost instantly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Delivers just as it is advertised, tastes and smells like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Glad I found and got to try this one but I'm surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did - it is easy to drink and I could have more than one of these. I'll likely pick this one up again.

Apr 12, 2015
Peanut Butter Jelly Time from Catawba Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 174 ratings