Lakewood Brewing Company

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #120
Ranked #38,968
3.63 | pDev: 14.88%
Lakewood Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Notes: Is there a better fall treat than pumpkin pie? Nope, which is why there are so many pumpkin beers out there. It's also why ours is based on the dessert, not the gourd.

Our twist: Punkel has no pumpkin. It's a dark, malty German lager but with a lighter body enhanced by cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger. Because who doesn't like a little trick with their treat?

It's the perfect session beer for those fleeting cool Texas days spent watching the grackles fly south to their favorite grocery store parking lots.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 108
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz on tap at the brewery taproom.
Dark brown with a thin beige head. Head quickly fades. Some lace.
Pumpkin spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, strong ginger. Brewed with no pumpkins. Pleasant aroma.
Pumpkin spice dominates over a lightly roasty malt base.
Thin to medium body. Slight sweetness but not anything overly so. Would like to try the base Dunkel beer but I don’t think that’s ever released that way.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Punkel is a common local pumpkin beer that resembles a dunkel. It has a lot of pumpkin pie in the flavor, and it is fairly good if pumpkin is Ok with you.

Look: dark brown with an inch off-white head

Aroma: pumpkin pie

Taste: dark bread and pumpkin pie, perhaps some cinnamon, a tad too mild.

Feel: medium body

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Photo of BrewBetterBeer
1.62/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.25

This beer has no spices whatsoever. No cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg or ginger... no smell of spices and no taste of spices, none; at all. I question any Reviews saying otherwise.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark garnet pour with a light brown one-finger head. Aroma of gingerbread, brown sugar and light pumpkin. Taste has a nice balance of malty bread flavor, pumpkin and gingerbread flavors.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle. Pumpkin ales tend to come in two types: The dry type that tends to replicate more of a simple pumpkin taste and the sweet variety that tastes more like a spiced pumpkin pie. Its the second kind I prefer by far and this one does it well.

L - Dark brown with adequate carbonation and excellent retention.
S- Just like sweet pumpkin pie. Spot on!
F- Well balanced and drinkable. Fully flavored but not difficult to consume several in one sitting .
O - A well crafted pumpkin ale from a brwery that excels in sweet, dark ales. Their "Witch" pumpkin beer also happens to be one of my favorite of this variety.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: Purchased in Austin, Texas and aged for a year. 12 fl oz brown glass. Branded black pry-off crown cap. Appealing label design.

Reviewed live as a pumpkin spiced dunkel per the label. Great premise. Served cold into a snifter and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Off-white/pale khaki colour. Foamy, frothy, and creamy. Retention is good - about 6 minutes.

BODY: Amber-brown. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Translucent but nontransparent. Has a nice glow to it.

It's a decent looking dunkel, but isn't neatly within style conventions.

AROMA: Pumpkin pie spicing is abundant, with notes of powdery cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Amber malts and wheat fill out the malt profile.

Attractive. Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: Pumpkin pie spice is present, but the build is a bit of an aimless mess. Wheat disappears beneath the amber malt backbone. Notes of bread crust fill out the body nicely. I think the pumpkin pie spice clashes with the dunkel build.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, light-bodied, somewhat refreshing, well-carbonated. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific notes.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable, but pleasant as it is, I don't want a second bottle. I hoped for better given Lakewood's involvement and the strength of the premise, but this falls a bit short. I like it, but the execution just isn't there. Maybe aging it was a bad call on my part.


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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep amber with a thick lacy off white head.

Nose is pretty much just straight pumpkin pie spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.

Crisp carbonation and medium bodied. Has a lingering spice and some malt breaks in which is nice.

Probably not the best base dunkel but with the spices it's hard to tell. Tastes good enough.

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3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

It is dark, reddish brown in color with a medium white head. Smells of creamy malt & spice without much pumpkin coming through. The pumpkin does appear a lil stronger in taste. It combines with a toasty caramel flavor and cinnamon. It's subtle & true to the Dunkel style. If youre looking for an over the top "pumpkin bomb", look elsewhere. Very enjoyable & sessionable winter warmer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark chestnut color with a small tan head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose is toffee, pie spice and mild roast. A nice, fairly balanced pumpkin beer. The dunkel aspect comes across surprisingly well and the spices are not too over the top.

The lager base really shows some nice clean malts that go really well with the light pie spice. dunkel base gives it just enough sweetness. Very good beer...subtle yet delicious - something you could drink a couple of in a row.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

In a shaker pint.

Punkel has a cola colored body with garnet flashes at the edges of the glass. A maple syrup colored cap barely covers the lid of the beer.

I get whiffs of brown sugar, caramel, ginger, rye bread, and an earthy quality out of this beer. I probably would not guess pumpkin or pumpkin pie, but I like the spicing nonetheless!

A few quaffs reveal an immediate rye bread bitterness, some clove, nutmeg, and just a smidge of brown sugar. Then the dunkel starts to show with some earthy, roasty, biscuity flavors. The finish does not give much in the form of the "spices" that are supposed to be here, just more of that solid dunkel base.

Punkel drinks very smooth and does a nice job of feeling like a "big" beer, which is a testament to its creaminess.

The spice of this beer is most apparent on the nose, whereas the palate is mostly a very solid dunkel. Even if the lack of spicing noticed on the palate is a disappointment, I would certainly drink this again.

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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A orange brown, thin head, min lace. S very sweet pumpkin, fall pecan. T lots more of nose, lots of sweet pumpkiness. M great carbonation and silky mouthfeel. O very creative mix of pumpkin and dunkel, enjoyable all around. Had on tap at OSDH on world beard day.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Jack Mac's. This is a combination dunkel and a pumpkin ale.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of nutmeg and cinnamon, with not too much else going on. The flavor is similar. I get some roasted malt and pumpkin notes, but the pumpkin pie spices (mainly cinnamon and cloves) really come through the most. I also get a hint of yeast and some sugar, but it is very faint. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 108 ratings