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Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale | Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

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Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat AlePunkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 74
Photo of justintcoons
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Mahogany brown with a short tan head that dissipates quickly. Slightly cloudy with moderate carbonation.

Nutmeg, allspice, molasses, brown sugar, and toasted pie crust.

Sweet pumpkin meat, pumpkin puree, and toasted pie crust. Nutmeg, allspice, and molasses. Touches of cinnamon, pumpkin rind, and brown sugar.

Medium bodied, silky, creamy, and smooth.

Sweet and full flavored. Close to a homemade pumpkin pie. Still tasting awesome after almost 7 months. Awesome job, Neshaminy!

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Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy, muddy brown with copper edges. There was a half finger of beige head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose has a strong essence of sweet pumpkin accompanied by a hint of alcohol to tingle the nostrils. The pumpkin is present in the hearty flavor profile, but it takes a back seat to the seasonal spices. There is also a hint of maple syrup sweetness and bananas (probably from the yeast). The finish has more than a hint of alcohol.

This is a different kind of pumpkin ale - a dunkel with pumpkin. The blend works out very nicely and makes for a fine seasonal treat.

Note: I had the 2013 version both on-tap and bottled and found the flavors to be more robust in the on-tap version.

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Photo of IronLover
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Raisin brown in color and murky in appearance. Poured with a short light beige foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet pumpkin pie, nutmeg, spice and raisin aromas. Medium bodied with light carbonation that contributes to the creamy smoot feel. Sweet pumpkin, dark sugar and malty flavor throughout. Spicy coriander and nutmeg uo front transition seamlessly to spicy ho bitterness toward the end. Finishes with a spicy, slightly boozy aftertaste. This is an amazing Big pumpkin ale stlyle. A fabulous balance of sweet and spicy with malt and hop character presence as well. 

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a hazy copper color with a short head.

Smell: spices and fruit sweetness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: wheat, allspice, clove, cinammon, alcohol, and a decent bitterness. Alcohol is warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste as the spice linger on the tongue.

Overall: a slow sipping wheat beer that has a bunch of pumpkin spices. Not a bad beer, but one glass is enough in a session.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy tarnished amber hue. About a finger of tight white head clings to the glass. Nose is simply amazing, pumpkin pie, vanilla, sweet yeasty notes clove and cardamon. Really smells like fresh pumpkin pie.

A really good beer. I was hoping for more of the weizen yeast to come forward but without still a fantastic brew. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation but with a very full mouthfeel. Starts with pure pumpkin flavor on the tip of the tongue followed by all the spices that bring out the sweetness of pumpkins along the mid palate. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and the malt presence almost brings about a vanilla taste. Finishes with a dry spiciness and an underlying hop bitterness.

Mostly pumpkin and spice flavored with the faintest touch of sweetness thats quickly swept away. Definitely showcases true pumpkin flavor along with the spices that go with it without sugaring things up. I wish the "dunkel" flavor came more in to play as that's the entire reason i picked this beer up, but as a pumpkin brew, awesome!

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber that just arrived at my store today. I'm a fan of Dunkel's and have never had a Pumpkin Dunkel before so I had to grab a bottle to try myself. Poured into a Blue Moon 22oz Weizen glass.

AP: Rusty brown colour and hazy as a good Dunkel should be. Some orange hues mixed in for some pleasing highlights. Only got a 1/2" white head which fizzled down to a dusting across the surface with moderate lacing on the sides.
AR: The classic aromas of banana , bubblegum and clove spice along with some caramel and toffee with subtle hints of dark fruits like cherry (dark) and fig. Mellow baking spice scents linger in the background, but I don't get any pumpkin aroma.
T: To me this pretty much tastes like a nice Dunkel and not a Pumpkin Dunkel as I'm not getting any pumpkin flavour in the taste. The Autumn baking spices of allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon make a cameo at the beginning and then give way to the classic Dunkel flavours. The rest of it is a good solid Dunkel with all the aromas present in the taste with bubblegum and dark cherry really standing out to me. One bright note is I get a little bit of pie crust at the beginning with the baking spices, just no pumpkin to speak of. I don't know if the true flavours of the Dunkel are masking a very faint pumpkin taste or if it's just not there to begin with. Hard to score this one because it is a solid Dunkel but I am disappointed with the lack of pumpkin. Another plus is that the 8.8% ABV is well hidden. I'd swear this is a typical 5% Dunkel. As it warms the baking spices carry through to the finish for a nice touch.
M: Moderate carbonation, decent creamy mouthfeel, moist enough on the tongue before leaving an off dry finish.
OV: A rather good Dunkel for the base of this beer, the spices stand out more as it warms but I still have yet to ascertain any pumpkin flavour from this which is flat out disappointing. I wasn't expecting a lot of pumpkin flavour, but was so looking forward to it adding a subtle note of depth to the already existing classic Dunkel flavours. I've had loads of Pumpkin beers so I know what to look for and it just wasn't here. It does make me want to try their regular Dunkel, however. If it had just a hint of pumpkin to the banana, bubblegum and dark fruits this would have been at least a 4.25 taste rating for me.

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Photo of tviz33
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a tulip glass.

A- Pours super murky and thick looking. Mud puddle brown with a 1/2" off white head.

S- The pumpkin is there in the background, but I'm getting a lot of dark fruit and some banana notes very much like a quad.

T- Again, I am very much reminded of a quad. The pumpkin doesn't jump in your face and the spices are just right. This is much different than I expected, but delicious in its own way.

M- Full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not bad.

O- A good change of pace pumpkin ale. Not a spice bomb either.

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Photo of listenatjoes
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured repeatedly into a wine glass from a bomber that was bottled perhaps a few days/weeks earlier. Looks like an Oud Bruin, dusky, hazy, but with little to no head rising on each pour. The aroma quickly takes over, cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin, esters, telling me that this, like most of what Neshaminy brews, will not be a light, wishy-washy mildly pumpkin beer. This is confirmed by the taste, dark wheat for sure but also the spices, strongly cinnamon and the tang of wheat and warm vegetal pumpkin. This kind of combination (dunkelweizen + pumpkin) makes sense. Yet this is also a strong dunkel. Ding it a bit for a non-carbonic mouthfeel. I also wish Neshaminy would make their beers available in 12 oz packs as the economics of bombers makes me buy them very rarely. This one I had to try as I had independently considered brewing a dunkelweizen and adding pumpkin, only learning a few days later that my Bucks County neighbors had already done this...

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Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The picture on the label says it all. This is the weizenbocks of pumpkin ales. Intense flavor of caramel, vanilla, pumpkin, spice and and a lingering banana finish, When I opened the bottle the room smelled like banana cream pie. The actual aroma on closer inspection is sweet pumpkin pie, once the fruity esters dissipate after airing. Over 1/8 inch of yeast sediment makes it very cloudy. Overall, an outstanding, creative beer which blends two of my favorite styes, weizenbock and pumpkin ale. I will be searching this out again as it is now my favorite pumpkin beer.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler from the brewery - served in taster

Hazy golden orange pour with burnt tones, topped by a tanned layer of creamy head. Fragrant blast of spiced pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar and allspice in the nose. Slightly sweet on the tongue (but not overboard), featuring a cornucopia of seasonal spices. This wavers between pumpkin pie, cinnamon sticks and spicy sweetness, layered upon a rich wheat-based malt backbone. Finishes warm with nutmeg and pumpkin. Fuller medium body, well carbonated, sticky and lingering on the tongue.

I typically avoid pumpkin beers, but Neshaminy executed a well-crafted imperial version of their Dunkel, ratcheting up the warmth with mindful usage of seasonal spice. Not too sweet, not too ridiculous - thanks for making a beer and not candy corn in a glass.

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Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
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