- Style: Dunkelweizen – Pumpkin Beer
- ABV: 8.8%
- IBU: 15
Pumpkin beer – most people either despise them or absolutely love them, there is no in-between. Personally, I love them…when they’re done right. Many breweries make a pumpkin beer just for the sake of because they know it will sell. But a well crafted pumpkin beer can be as rich, and good as pumpkin pie. Neshaminy Creek’s Punkless Dunkel is one of those well crafted pumpkin beers. Its rich, full of all the baking spices you expect in a pumpkin pie with notes of butter and brown sugar, like a perfect pie crust.
“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.” –Neshaminy creek
This beer opens up with pronounced aromas of baking spice – think nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon, with subtle notes of Banana Foster, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown body, and a dark tan head with minimal head retention. A medium+ carbonation carries flavors of baking spice, pumpkin, buttered toast, pie crust, burnt sugar, vanilla, and subtle banana create a perfect melange on your palate. Medium bodied, but not heavy in the slightest, with it being super easy to drink without any heat from alcohol, and finishes semi-dry.
This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers out there. Its a great representation of what a pumpkin beer could and should be. It is creamy, and rich full of flavor, but not filling at all. This is liquid dessert in a can without coming across as pure sugar. I suggest putting this on your list of pumpkin beers to try this season, even if you’re not a fan of the style. This beer just may turn pumpkin haters into pumpkin lovers.