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Punkless Dunkel | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Punkless DunkelPunkless Dunkel

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
You may know this beer by it’s previous name, Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale. It’s also been called a lot of other names as well: Pumpkin Dunkel, Pumpkinweizen, etc. Whatever you’ve called it in the past, we know that regardless of what it’s called, this is one of the most popular, if not the most popular seasonal beer we make. When we set out to create what we hoped was a unique pumpkin beer we decided to brew an imperial version of our Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen, but in an unabashedly American way by adding pumpkin to the mash and your favorite pumpkin pie spices to the kettle. We add dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to the boil as well to pair with the banana esters and spicy clove imparted by the yeast during fermentation. At 8.8% ABV it’s no slouch either. Always released after Labor Day, Punkless Dunkel doesn’t last long as the crisp Autumn nights make way to Winter just around the corner. Do the seasons even change in Texas.

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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Jsalz21
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsputin
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark mixture of ruby red and mahogany. Nice, 3 finger tan solid head

S: pumpkin, squash, pine, tonssssss of nutmeg. Bubblegum, clove, caramel, oak, and lots of dark wheat. A surprising amount going on in the aroma

T: pumpkin and dark wheats. Dark berries, nutmeg and clove. Caramel and a hint of toffee. More pumpkin and wheat on the finish

M: solid medium mouthfeel with low carbonation

O: interesting combination here. The pumpkin plays well off the dark wheat. Worth a try for sure

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Photo of MikeWard
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. NO freshness dating could be found, which is a little annoying since the can proclaims "drink fresh, do not age". I'm going to assume it's this year's fall offering.

Not an attractive looking beer. A murky brown colored body. small cream colored head with no lacing.

malty and holiday spic aroma.

Hmm. The Dunkelweizen base is strong, then you get a cinnamon burst followed by nutmeg. Towards the end, the pumpkin comes through with a light bitterness.

Mouth is full, finish is lightly spicy with a slight sour bitterness.

Overall, an interesting and different fall offering. doubt I could handle more than one of these at a session. Curious how a straight dunkelweizen from NC would taste.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep autumn brown, sticky lacing - aroma of pretzel, meat casing, cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice combination of earthiness & sweetness. Taste is a pretty husky - the German dunkel notes (pumpernickel, bready malt) outmuscles the pumpkin flavors (really just spice notes that pop-in at the end). Finishes with a strong bitterness, oddly. A nice change of pace from the normal pumpkin beer but needs more balance

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Photo of Peaches13
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company "Punkless Dunkel"
1 PINT can without production codes or freshness dating
$5.09 @ Wineworks, Marlton, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Pours a somewhat hazy dark brown body with crimson-orange highlights beneath a two finger thick head of frothy khaki colored foam. The aroma displays soft pumpkin spice and sweet malt. I mainly get cinnamon but there's also some nutmeg. Nice. I hope it's not overdone in the flavor... ahh, not bad, I do get some of that cinnamon bitterness though. It's a little overdone, but not that bad. As for the nutmeg that's there as well. It's spicy! There's the spice flavor upfront and then lingering spiciness in the finish. The malt is gently sweetish with notes of caramel and a light dusting of cocoa powder. It's balanced except that I get that lingering spice bitterness in the finish - I'm sure it's not from hops, it's totally different. Looking back the head has held well and it leaves some very nice lacing behind. I'd call it medium bodied and gently crisp in the mouth. Have I missed anything? I don't think so. I like it. It's a nice change of pace. I'll have to look for this again next year. Worth trying.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck89
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a unique beer. It looks and smells like a Dunkelweizen. Very hazy copper-light brown color with a frothy light-tan head. Banana, yeast, and clove on the nose, but also with faint nutmeg, cinnamon, and spice. The taste definitely features the base beer, but with bright pumpkin pie - crust, spices, and pumpkin. It works for me.

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Photo of rdoggg
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours translucent orange-red. Smell is pumpkin spices and some sweet fermented funkiness. Tate is pumpkins and spices- heavy amount of spices, but solid amount of pumpkin and nothing terribly artificial tasting. There's a natural-tasting sweetness to this that I like. Feels smooth and a touch thick. No booziness and not much dryness. There are definitely pumpkin pie spices here, but they are comparatively mild. Overall, this in my opinion should be the benchmark of pumpkin beers. Nothing groundbreaking but pretty tasty and very drinkable. It's too bad that pumpkin beers seem to be weighed down by such a low common denominator.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can.

Dark brown in color, off white colored head. I'm not normally a bit fan of pumpkin beers. It's better than most. Bold flavors at 8.8% abv. Aroma is big on the clove and caramel dark malt flavors. Taste is definitely a dunkelweizen base - earthy herbal flavors, with just a bit of cinnamon bite. Good balance, not too sweet nor dry. Medium bodied.

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Photo of curlybird
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Curt3
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lawrence77
2.62/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've liked what I've had from Neshaminy Creek in the past so when I saw a pumpkin dunkel I had to give it a try. 'Tis the season for pumpkin and I love a good dunkel. Brought it to the counter and was shocked - $17 for a 4-pack of 16oz cans. Strike 1

I poured carelessly into a tall frozen glass mug and the head got tall and nice - looked great. Smelled more like spices than pumpkin... oh no, is this another pumpkin that's actually a pumpkin pie? Dove in and mouthfeel is quite nice, great of the cooler air of September. But, sadly, it was all spice and no pumpkin - definitely a pumpkin pie beer. Strike 2.

It seems a bit out of balance, too. It's not the cinnamon so maybe the allspice. Either way, I was let down. Far far from my favorite pumpkin but I do this every year, give a new one a try and regret it before going back to my tried and true Night Owl, Punkin Ale, and Whole Hog.

When I finished the can I felt the alcohol. Had a look and it's 8.8%! Ugh, so tired of these high alcohol beers. Overall, the beer does well in look and mouthfeel but, for me, was not the smell or taste I was looking in a true pumpkin. If you like the pie spices, I have no doubt you will like this but it's not for me. Managed to finish the 1st but dumped the 2nd and will be giving away the 3rd & 4th (and explaining it's not a real dunkel, maybe in color but highly doubt it's lagered).

As a final note, can we please do something about these pumpkin pie beers being called pumpkins? Can we please do something about these high-alcohol beers?

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. I just recently returned from the land of 8.8% beers, Sri Lanka. where 8 of the 9 beers I reviewed their were exactly 8.8% abv. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with orange highlights and a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices, pumpkin. Taste is of nutmeg, brown sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, alcohol is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of Timtac
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/mahogany with a thin film of off white head.
Smells like pumpkin pie. It's delicious, pumpkin is present, complimented nicely by the cinnamon, nutmeg.
You get pie crust in aroma as well. Clove and a small hint of banana are present as well on the palate. Nice mouthfeel, on the lighter side but not watery. Good carbonation Great pumpkin beer, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeCooke
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pumpkin beer! Dirty words by most but for this beer drinker it's a welcome sign that fall is here. Insert Neshaminy Creek's Punkless Dunkel. Let's be quick with this it smells like pumpkin pie and the taste follows that quite well. I'm not in love with the mouthfeel which is a little too "light" for the flavor. The color is a copperish rust with a two finger head. Ok so that covers the pertinent information now for my take on it. It's good if you like pumpkin pie beer and it's absolute garbage if you don't.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hub City Brewery in New Brunswick. Pours a deep, dark mahogany hue with ample frothing. Sweet aroma of cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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