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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (2936) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2009
has got a highly malty presence, with lots of creamy head. The taste is very herbal with a floral hops. good quality goes all the way

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear orange color with a foamy white head. nose is strong malt with a nice hop backround, quite grainy with a bit of sweetness. Palate is full with a crisp fizzyness. FLavor is heavy malt and grains with a nice hop note to balance, a nice grassyness as well.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle… Pours mostly clear and yellow with a large, frothy, white head. Good retention. Biscuity, peppery aroma proffers light roastiness as well. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp, (a bit) metallically bitter, refreshing flavor and finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Ultra-fresh bomber. Pours a hazy golden-amber hue with a steady head of smooth, off-white foam. Wet lacing mostly breaks apart, trace spots remaining behind to dry. The aroma is really quite nice, resembling a hoppy pils, big on doughy yeast, pale pilsner malt, and citrusy lemongrass. The balance on the nose is fantastic. Flavors are just as good, toasted white bread malts and peppery, doughy yeast accompanied by a biting, grassy hoppiness and hints of citrus rind. Medium bodied and lively on the tongue, with a semi-dry finish, the brew is both substantial and quaffable. Really good stuff. One of the better American lagers out there for sure.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Not my cleanest pour, but this had huge chunks of yeast floating in a murky orange body. Aroma was sharply citrus, reminded me of lemon Palmolive dish-washing soap. Flavor was pretty crisp with a nice balance between the citrus and some maltiness. Meh.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Pours hazy orange. A firm malt backbone and strong lemon-bitter presence define this beer. Some other citrus and grassy notes, but mostly lemon with a good sweet/bitter balance. Unfortunately the bitter that pulls through in the end is not very pleasant.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle. Yellow orange pour. Dry malt with a slight spice flavor and aroma. Bitter hop but much less than i was looking for. Not very good.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2009
This is what a lager should be. A gold/bronze color with a powerful thick head. The malty fruity smell is subtle as are the bitter grassy hops taste. I wish I could find a bar with this on tap because I could drink it all night.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle thanks for another tic vic. Pours an orange body with a white head. Grainy dry lagered notes with a spruce character. Bitter dry hop character. Dry with a hint of fruit in the finish. Eh.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Thanks to Tony at Oldsmar Tap House for sharing this one. Pours yellow with a white head. Nose is light malt, spice, grass, barely noticeable lager, but mostly clean. Flavor is similar: light malt, hint of spice, maybe some sage, a touch of grass, and this light-medium bodied beer finishes clean. Interesting.


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