Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by justintcoons on 12-06-2012

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Reviews by wattoclone:
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3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of JMS1512
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
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...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.96/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of hopsputin
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.88/5  rDev -20.4%

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

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