Neshaminy Creek Punkel Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale

Posted: November 16, 2015 in Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, Pumpkin Ale, Reviews

When I was checking on my parents’ house when they were on vacation, I noticed that I had two beers that I left there years ago. This was one of them. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 8.8%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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?”

Random: I’m curious to see if the renamed version is any different from this.

This beer poured with a two finger, ecru colored head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark mahogany color that was cloudy. There was no carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant. It had all of the typical Fall spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, light ginger and molasses. The taste was really good with two years of age. It had a lot of the same spice. It had molasses, brown sugar, nutmeg and allspice. It had wheat and booze warming at the end. After a few sips, vanilla came through too. The body was on the thick side with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with booze and all of the wonderful spices of Fall. Since I got it so long ago, I have no idea what I paid for. Either way, it was a solid beer that I would have again. I’m curious if it tastes as good fresh.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

  1. elissalynch says:

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