Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Punkless Dunkel Pumpkin Wheat Ale Commercial Description:
“You may know this beer by it’s previous name, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 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, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company 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?”
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company Punkless Dunkel doesn’t last long as the crisp Autumn nights make way for Winter just around the corner.
Additions: Dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, banana esters
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Style: Pumpkin Wheat Ale
Bananas are one of those weird fruits for me that I don’t know what to do with. As a picky eater, there are many “food rules” in my life that most are not hampered by- No mayonnaise, pasta/potato salads, cold cuts/lunch meat, meatloaf, meatballs (hamburgers are fine), raw tomatoes (cooked are fine OR if they are cherry tomatoes)…in other words, it’s a long list. And then there are the “weird fruits”: oranges, watermelon, cherries, bananas, and blueberries, where I like the idea of eating these fruits, but I just don’t like eating that fruit. That means anything non-fruit but fruit flavored is game- as long as it is not in original said fruit form.
So when I read this beer had banana flavor added in, I got excited! I love banana! Hate bananas (too mushy) but I love banana flavor! Wells Banana Bread Beer is one of my favorite beers, ever. This will go well!
This did not go well.
The label is great, that all reviewers agree upon. And there is definitely a banana aroma- points for originality for being the only pumpkin beer (we’ve heard of) to feature pumpkin flavoring as a supporting role. There is also a hops and malty aroma. Neshaminy Creek Punkel Dunkel Ale definitely tastes of bananas mixed with cloves. It feels heavy to the tongue, with the appearance to match- that of dark chocolate milk. The beer is almost opaque when sitting in a clear class.
But Neshaminy Creek Punkel Dunkel Ale is lacking in pumpkin taste. We actually gave it a 0 in the pumpkin department- something we rarely do. This beer is a clove-flavored beer, with banana on deck. It just doesn’t mix well with the dark, smokey aroma.
One reviewer remarked that Neshaminy Creek Punkel Dunkel Ale tastes like eating a banana-flavored Laffy Taffy (or Now & Later) and smoking a clove cigarette all in the same breath.
We’ll leave it at that with a final note from Amy, one of our testers: “It’s not good, I’m not gonna lie.”