Beer/Cigar Reviews – Lakewood Punkel & Mi Querida

Welcome to another edition of my beer and cigar reviews! Let’s just get right down to it shall we?

Lakewood Punkel

You can definitely tell it’s fall – pumpkin everything and this is no exception! This pumpkin spice German-style Dunkel comes to us from Lakewood brewing company in Garland, TX (now right in my backyard!!!). The stats are on the bottle as shown, so let’s just dive right down into this review!

Pours a chestnut brown color with a frothy off-white head that recedes fairly quickly. Aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg and fresh baked wheat bread. Flavors follow the nose – they consist of a yeasty wheat bread supporting a rich pumpkin and nutmeg core. Deliciously sweet and smooth. Medium in body and carbonation. Drinks very smoothly and chuggable. Easily sessionable.

A very nice pumpkin ale for sure; satisfying for a fall dessert beer. Though pumpkin beers tend not to be my favorite, this was very pleasant and I enjoyed it. If you’re into pumpkin beers or pumpkin anything be sure to check this one out! Rating: 4/5

Mi Querida

Mi Querida cigars comes to us from Saka cigars. These cigars feature a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler. I tried the Ancho Largo vitola, a 6″ x 52RG Toro sized stick.

First light revealed a perfect draw putting off plentiful medium/full body smoke. Flavors of smooth earth and a sharp peppery bite and a slight hint of unsweetened cream and cocoa on the draw. Getting into the first third the intensity wavers between medium and medium/full between puffs. Getting into the first third smoke gets sweeter and drops most of the pepper while introducing a very pleasant maple syrup into the mix on the draw.

Into the 2nd third we have a nice transition dropping the earthiness and bringing in a nice coffee which mixes well with the creamy notes and the syrup. Retrohaling doesn’t bring out any different flavors, but just intensifies what is already there. The last third goes super creamy while retaining some of the cocoa. The maple syrup takes on a spicy character toward the end like a cinnamon. The smoke got too warm for my taste at 1 hour 20 minutes for a more than respectable burn time out of a Toro sized stick and brings in a medium nicotine strength.

Excellent construction featuring a near perfect burn that did not require any touchups. Draw remained perfect all the way down.

I have to say, this cigar was a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting a whole super lot but it delivered a lot to the table. Definitely will be entering into my regular rotation. Rating: 4.5/5.