Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #81
Ranked #41,738
3.65 | pDev: 9.59%
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: We stay with the German wheat beer theme for our Fall seasonal, and much like it’s Summertime sister, Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen has a unique banana and spicy clove character but this time paired with a chewy, bready (dare we say banana bread) malt backbone. Again, we hop this German wheat beer with Hallertau and Tettnanger hops.
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16Oz can
Pours a nut brown with red highlights
Smells of bready malt with hints of bananna and clove.
Tastes of brown bread and banannas and clove.
Light bodied and refreshing
Overall a good solid example of Dunkelweizen

May 16, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Massive, soapy tan head. Gradually faded and left thick lacing. medium/dark brown color that cannot be seen through.

S---Yeasty esters & alcohol. Strong clove.

T---Banana bread, as advertised. Very mild spiciness.

F---Very carbonated and airy. Medium bodied. No alcohol heat.

O---A good effort by a good brewery. They're not great, but they're solid, like this beer.

Apr 22, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma isn't overpowering but there's clove,banana, spice,yeast.
Taste is stronger than aroma ,alcohol seems strong despite low abs. Banana and clove dominate in a positive way.
Not my favorite from them , usually this is a favorite brewery of mine but this is still worth a try

Feb 21, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours brown with a full light brown head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of chocolate bread, and caramel. There are some low aromas of bananas and clove. There are some doughy notes that are intertwined throughout the aromas.

Taste: There are dough like flavors with caramel and chocolate. It has low banana and clove flavors. There are some very low herbal elements well in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with some creaminess.

Overall, I really like the chocolate flavors that were intertwined with the doughy and bready notes. For my tastes a little more banana and clove would have been great.

Nov 23, 2019
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- dark amber color with highlights of red. one finger head that dissipates fairly quick. nice lacing on the pint.

S- banana and clove and light caramel malt

F- banana, clove and caramel malt come through flavorful.

M- chewy and medium bodied but with nice flavors lingering on the back end

O- not bad and a good beer. i would have another.

Feb 26, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 3.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.188) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 2/8/19.
Undated can. In reefer at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Brown and murky.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.6 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density, average retention, diminishing to an irregular two to eight mm ring and a rocky partial layer.
Lacing – A few very tiny islands, so basically none.
First pour – Medium brown, hazy.
Aroma – 4 – Very malt forward followed by banana.
Flavor – 3.5 - Less malty than the nose suggests. A bit of clove not noted in the nose and just a hint of banana. No alcohol (5.2% ABV) flavor. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – A pleasing take on dunkelweizens, with the flavors less pronounced but better blended. I’d not be averse to drinking this again.

Feb 08, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, thinner head. Certainly pick-up some dark wheat / Bavarian pretzel notes as well as a mild clove spice, but just felt a little meek and watered down. Not bad but needs to round-out the flavors a bit more.

Jan 07, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company "Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen"
"1 PINT" can without production codes or freshness dating

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've re-cleaned a weizen glass so that I'd be sure it was "beer clean" and the head retention wouldn't be affected in any way. It poured a very hazy / lightly cloudy deep russet brown body with orange highlights beneath a three-finger thick head of foam. I had to wait for it to settle a bit so I could get the rest of the beer in. The aroma is sweetish and phenolic with caramel and clove and banana. It's a touch spicy and earthy as well. A lot of dunkleweizens have a limited aroma for some reason but not this one. Very nice. Just enough, it's not overblown. The flavor follows and it's really not that dark - sometimes they can be a little too dark and you seem to lose the yeast character within the malt but that's not the case here. It's nicely malty with wheat and caramel and a light apple fruitiness that's then softly backed by yeasty clove and a dusting of spice. A light edge of tartness helps to balance it along with a low level bitterness and yeasty spiciness and it finishes mostly dry and peppery. Looking back the head has held pretty well and the lacing is nice as well; not as nice as some hefeweizens I've sampled but still good. It's medium bodied and gently effervescent and crisp. I'm guessing the carbonation level is somewhere around 2.8 volumes of CO2 whereas a standard beer is more like 2.5; so it's not as carbonated as most of the hefeweizens from Germany but it's close. Overall, very nicely done and well balanced. Worth trying.

Nov 25, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 30, 2017... OCCASION: post apple-fest at Jill and Austin's... GLASSWARE: Schneider Edel-Weisse pokal... a dark brown body emits enough light to reveal bubbly activity that manifests in the massive, off-white three-finger blanket of foam... eventually, cave scrawls articulate lacing across its sky... clove and banana, some allspice and sunflower seed--a thick earthiness pervades, while the hops offer a vague citrus and pine... the dough is aromatic and sweet... first sip buzzes with a mellow activity, while smoothly finishing at the throat... this couldn't be more easy-drinking... the dunkel aspect adds a tea-like consistency... the banana and clove combination is bookended by lightly hopped citrus and doughy bread malts that are fresh and aromatic... a winner that reeks of autumn, with its dank earthiness...

Oct 01, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz cans

Clear medium brown colored, thick off white colored head. Nice aroma of dark bread, mild spice, earthy. Taste is similar, well balanced, not too sweet. Easy drinking but flavorful. Medium bodied, smooth feel.

Sep 30, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is dense copper to light amber, head is light tan with fine bubbles; head presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a top and ring.

Smell is light, very subtle weizen yeast, feint breadiness.

Taste is deeper in flavor: light caramel sweetness, then some feint breadiness and quick transition to a weizen yeast flavor profile of banana, light clove and dry spiciness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated and a little thin for a brew that could/can be a little thicker with wheat and bread fullness.

Overall a good beer with a thinner flavor and feel than similar brews in this style.

Dec 08, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-wheat beer glass.

A: Dark cola-ice tea coloring is dense and really nice looking. One inch tall beige colored head is foamy and firm on the hold. Strong sense of effervesce, with an strong head retention factor. Half glass lace coverage on the vessel.

A: Aroma was sweet caramelized wheat malt, dry yeastiness, with an initial good strength. Weakly holding aroma, of average duration but malt forward and nice while lasted.

T: Sweet caramelized toasted wheat malt, banana yeastiness, cloves with some dried brown sugar. Honey malt, dark raisiny crystal malt sweetness, toasted munich with a touch of cola. Deep rich toasted malt depth is the highlight here, some earthy dried leaves on the final go.

M: Nice full body, creamy, mid-range carbonation.

O: nice sweetly toasted malt character, weizen yeastiness, good drinkability and fall weather beer.

Oct 28, 2016
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice color on this one. Deep amber, ruby, light brown. Good clarity but I couldn't tell if there was any yeast at the bottom of the can to add in like you would a typical bottled hefeweizen. One of the cons of a canned beer? Thick creamy off-white head with good retention.

Aroma is a mild, yet intriguing, mix of fruit and spice with some rich malt presence. Banana, clove, bready malt, hints of bubble gum and vanilla. There is a strong resemblance to banana bread in both the aroma and flavor that I really love.

Lively carbonation and medium bodied. Very easy to drink. The rich malt makes this beer really great as a fall seasonal.

Oct 24, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into a Weizen glass.

Amber-mahogany with 1/2 finger of head. Lightly hazy with lively carbonation.

Caramel, pumpernickel, clove, banana, and rye bread.

Wheat, rye, and pumpernickel breads. Some caramel and dark candy sugar. Banana and clove.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

A very refreshing Dunkelweizen worth checking out.

Sep 07, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown-amber color with massive khaki-colored, airy head that's quick to dissipate once it starts. Smells strongly of banana, along with dry, yeasty white or Italian bread. Taste has mild banana notes and a nice black-bread, malt sweetness that I love in the style, but also a slightly formaldehyde-like tinge in the aftertaste on some sips but not others. Light to medium bodied. Passable, but not my favorite.

Sep 03, 2016
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a mixture of dark amber, caramel, ruby red, and light brown. a nice 2 finger off-white frothy head

s: tons of bready yeast, lots of clove and coriander, banana, sweet pear, some dark grains and wheat

t: spicy yeast right at the front of the tongue combined with that clove and lots of coriander. a slight bubblegum flavor follows that along with dark wheat. there is a ripe pear and banana sweetness behind that as well. pretty big phenol presence in here, and the yeast spice really seems to dominate to me.

m: mouthfeel is lighter side of medium, with a high carbonation level which is really popping the spice on the sides of the tongue

o: overall, this has a good base but i think it has a bit too much spice. i'd like to see some of the from the malts and esters. its an ok beer, but nothing really beyond that too far

May 21, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2/28...pours medium dark brown, foamy white top. Light wheaty nose, subtle banana, other fruits too. Soft, subtle wheat flavor, slightly sweet. Some milk chocolate in there. Just a hint of pepper at the finish. Masquerades as a bitter. Complex and tasty.

Mar 20, 2016
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: appropriate deep haze in its dark reddish-amber hue... not a terribly voluminous head, collapses rather quick... there should be more head formation/retention here if they've done it 'authentic'-ally - even when I poured the dregs in (which usually helps hold head in many beers, in my experience), it merely kept a thicker cap on top, but not to the degree that a Weihenstephaner does

S: verrry bubblegum, with a hint of flowery soap and the dark toasted grain coming through... these beers need to have potent esters, so they done more than alright here

T: spicy phenols up front with an excellent balance of moderate bitterness... almost a spicy plum in the middle... finishes with a light swell of the bubblegum, as well as some brown bread crust, which lingers in the aftertaste... and there is a bold banana woven in there, it's just all the other flavors are heightened and more balanced with it

F: perhaps a bit more viscosity than expected with the style - I'm guessing (without researching their site) that its the character/crystal malts added that leave this effect... the yeast, when added, puts a touch of delicate grit on that... all in all, I don't mind the heartier extra body on this one bit, as it's still light enough in the finish

O: perhaps the most fantastic American-made dunkelweizen I've tried (way better than the 3.5 rating on here) - love the esters here, and it doesn't seem to be the standard Bavarian wheat yeast (1068) that many folks use... I haven't been disappointed with anything these guys have done... gotta do German styles if you're in the Philly metro, and ya gotta do them right... I'll surely be getting this again real soon

Oct 29, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into tulip glass. One finger head. Medium carbonation. Smell of malt and minerally. Taste is sweet but not crazy. Malty. Dry and subtle bitterness. It was ok.

Nov 03, 2014
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in a 22 because it is a style I like and was at a decent price, so worth a try. Excellent appearance and decent smell but then the taste did not follow. Overall it was a decent beer that I enjoyed drinking but would not likely buy again.

Feb 19, 2014
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rixcat from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mmmm! Nice. Dark murky creamy bitter... Brings out the best of both Parmigiano Reggiano and the Dunkelweisen characteristics as a perfect matching set. Wanted to try it with some dry sharp white cheddar but there was none in the house tonight. Yea, it's December. Yea, it snowed most of today. And yea, wheat beer is fashionably way out of season right now, but I have a special fetish for a wheat any day of the year. Gimme that light, easy drinking dark wheat stuff and I'll drink it as happily as any other beer winter or summer. I'm gonna visit this brewery and get some more of Neshaminy Creek's good stuff in me.

Dec 09, 2013
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.31/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a cloudy and very dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with mahogany edges and a thin off-white head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy clove-like aroma with a weird acetone/solvent presence that is not usually associated with the style. There's also a strong bready yeast character along with subtle banana and a sweet chocolate malt notes. The chemical presence is really throwing me off, overpowering the sweet chocolate banana bread notes that make this style appealing.

On the fuller end of medium body with a prominent zesty clove presence up front but again, there's an artificial chemical-like flavor coming in mid-palate that throw things off a bit. It's not as offensive as in the nose but it takes away from the spice, banana bread and sweet malts. The bread and banana flavors stand out more than in the nose as do the sweet chocolate malt notes. Sweet chocolate with caramel, toffee and biscuit. Again, the metallic solvent like character shows up in the finish, lingering a bit after the swallow. Overall, this beer has some decent flavor but it's buried underneath a mess of other things that don't work well for the style.

Sep 18, 2013
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jtierney89 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brownish deep orange hue with a healthy tan tinged head about 3 fingers high. Smells nice, traditional bavarian yeasty notes of banana and spice . Almost smells like fried bananas in a light chocolate sauce. Faintly earthy.

Rather nice, on the lighter side of being medium bodied. Like the hefe by neshaminy lots of banana notes through out. really does taste like a chocolate dipped banana in a good. Bright effervescence that really break the body up. Slightly medicinal finish. Faint sweetness, some bready notes, a pretty complex low abv beer. Balanced and clean on the back end unlike the hefe, chocolate and caramel notes all blend together into one nice concise and somehow refrshing sip. Pretty good. A little bit of burnt toast comes into play at times that doesnt blend as well but overall a pretty good beer. Lingering banana and hearty breads in the mouth.

Sep 11, 2013
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wattoclone from California

3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dunkelweizen is by far my favorite style of beer. Among my favorites are Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Erdinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Konig Ludwig, and Franziskaner which I keep on tap at home. Up until now the only US craft beer which has achieved the level of Bavarian perfection is Perennial Artisan Black Walnut Dunkel. Neshaminy Creek has delivered another outstanding version of this style. Burnt caramel aroma. Sweet dark fruit and roasted malts with a nice burnt caramelized bitter finish. Loads of sediment which enhance the sweetness. Aroma is weaker than a typical German dunkelweizen but the intense roasted malt raises the flavor bar above most of the Bavarian imports. I hope Dunks Ferry becomes more readily available in the future.

Update: Picked up growler and bottles of the 2014 release. The mouthfeel is not as thick and rich as the 2013. The aroma and taste are similar, but less sweet and dense. The dark fruits are missing this year and it is closer to a Bavarian dunkelweizen in density and flavor. The sourness now dominates the palate and the malty sweetness takes a backseat. The bitterness in the finish are still bold which should please the trendy IPA crowd.

Update 2017: FINALLY now that I am moving to California, my local Weis has this in 16 ounce cans. Besides a bit heavy with the clove finish, it is as good as any German dunkelweizen: smooth, loaded with banana, caramel and malt. Hopefully, I will see NCBC Dunkelweizen in my local BevMo out in California.

Aug 24, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a hazy chestnut-brown color brew with a tiny white head. The head fades fast to leave only a trace of white foam floating atop the brew.

Smell – Overall the aroma is rather light. The aroma is heaviest of a banana mixed with some caramel. Along with these smells is a little bit of wheat and some aromas of yeast.

Taste - The taste begins with a sweeter wheat dark brown bread flavor. There is a good level of caramel sweetness upfront mixed with a little bit of a more dark fruit sweetness. As the flavor moves forward, flavors of lighter fruits consisting of banana and orange come to the tongue. More yeastiness and some spice develop in the taste at this time with a bit of a cola flavor developing more toward the end. In the end a rather sweet and moderately spiced darker wheaty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium to slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather average.

Overall – Not a bad dunkel and quite easy drinking. Fairly tasty and well worth a try.

Jun 20, 2013
Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 91 ratings