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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Well, sure, the Cold War might be over, but you can’t be certain, can you? You’ve got brewers putting all sorts of crazy things into your beer – do you ever really know where they came from, or why they’re even there in the first place?
You need a beer you can trust, and that’s why we make Purity of Essence. It’s an overstuffed blend of the best malts, fresh Noble hops, yeast, and water, brewed according to the German Reinheitsgebot – the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 – but you won’t find anything like this in the Old Country. Vienna and Munich malts add just a bit of color and malty firmness to balance the intense hoppy flavors and aromas that make this brew distinctly American.

Malts: German Pilsner, Vienna, Cara-Munich, and Wheat malts
Hops: German Perle, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker
Available in 22 ounce bottles and in kegs.

NOTE: ABV is stated as 6.5% on the bottle but 5.4% on the website. The former appears to be correct.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hockeybeerguy (1704) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pilsener. The appearance was a soft golden yellow color with basically all head. I have had this beer three times and all three times, the head was always the same, no matter how slow I poured it. The smell had some light sweet corn to light spice. The taste was mainly sweet but still had a light spice to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was, well let’s just say, it was more than definitely seen in the beginning appearance and once again it’s definitely felt in my mouth. Overall, interesting to say the least, perhaps a bit too carbonated.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (226) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 19, 2014
The label on this bottle says it is 4.9% abv. It pours a slightly hazy medium gold colour with over a 1 finger head of foam but doesn’t leave a lot of lacing. The smell is big grain that reminds me of an AAL. I truly can’t smell anything else. The taste took me by surprise. Very hoppy and very bitter. Grapefruit flavour that is more bitter than I’m used to. It has an earthy malt presence that doesn’t seem to bring any balance. Some grainy notes now just showing up. Weird. Lots of carbonation, imho...too much. The body is nice. Interesting brew but not something I’d want to drink again.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
damzz (249) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2013
This the 4.9% version in a 22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque, cloudy light yellow. The head is long lasting, fluffy white with lacing and sculpting. The nose is hops. The palate is light medium body that is dominated by hops. there is no balance to this beer. It is a dry beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Murky orange-amber with good, delicate, flotsam, off-white head, decent legs / Sweet, malty nose of sour malt, honey, brown sugar, cooked citrus / Medium body, malty, moderate sweetness, lightly sour, good hop balance and bitter finish / Malty flavors of sour malt, bread, caramel, turning apple, dry hops, nutmeg, light clove / Not the sort of beer that I typically go for - malty, sweet, muted fruit, but this one grew on me. Nicely balanced. Would be nice on the patio in October.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
maxwelldeux (3502) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle. Blew up in my face - there are at least 5 ounces of beer soaked into my pillow right now. Pours a hazy golden color with a ginormous white head. Nose is very lager-ish and heavy. Taste is much the same, with the same heavy and carbonated feel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle thanks to Zack Shelton. Pours a hazy straw, solid frothy head. Nose and flavor much like Beer of the Gods, with good crisp noble spicy hops, very light bready malt balance, and grassy bite as well. Clean and well made.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grains, citrus, floral hops, and some fruitiness. Tastes of grains, some bread, citrus, and the same lighter fruitiness.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardW (1461) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle. After a journey in a suitcase, I wonder if the yeast unsettlement affected this. Very sour aroma, deeply fruity with a tart, astringent finish. Lots of fruit cake and spices late on. Extremely lively, ended up pouring a 660 ml bottle into a jug, a pint glass and a half pint too. Hugely foaming headthat never settled down. Very unusual

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3226) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle. And this bottle said 5.4 abv, so who knows what to make of the editor noge that it says 6package something on the bootle. Notes of lightly dank, herbal hops. Touch of grapefruit. Light biscuit dough malts. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
22oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a hazy copper colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, grassy hops with a light caramel sweetness to the pale, bready malts. Some orange, peach, and lemon florals with a light spiciness. Flavor is similar. Fruity hops with grass and florals consisting of lemons, peaches, and oranges. A light grainy pale malt with a touch of bread before this finishes dry and fairly bitter with a nice earthy spiciness and lots of fruity florals. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a crisp and bitter lager with a nice spicy fruitiness to the hops. Enjoyable beer.


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