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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blipp (8162) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottled June 2008. Pours amber with an off white head. Off malty aroma with a hint of hops. The flavor has the same off malt, a little bit musty I guess, and light hoppy notes. Definitely past it’s prime. Still drinkable, but if you see an old bottle on the shelf pass it over.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Straight on the path, straight with its straighty straightness.. . some tingling bitterness . . high grade cereal and balsa wood aromas . . nice stuff, flowery but needs more cowbell, if you will . . USA 2 El Sal 1 -halftime...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
11/3/10. Cloudy orange pour with a fluffy white head. This aroma can be described as... bitter... with sour cat pee, corn, etc. Bitter corny flavor with hints of metal. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7303) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Tampa, Fl. - Whole Foods - 22 oz bomber - murky, dark golden pour with a nice sticky white head that leaves plenty of lacing - marked down a notch due to the overpowering head that would not go down. Pungent aroma with plenty of grassy goodness and some white grape frutiness. Crisp lager flavor with some mintiness, melon-like fruitiness and a touch of pepper. Full, crisp mouthfeel - great for a lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
<i>My bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus & tupalev.</i> Pours a cloudy orange-amber with lots of tiny sediment and an average size diminishing creamy white head. Aroma’s pretty decent, toasty and nice and hoppy. Flavour’s simple and delivers what it says, a hopped up Lager, also a little fruity and with a good bitter finish. Average bodied. I quite enjoyed this -- solid stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6785) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle. Peachy and tropical hop aroma. Cloudy amber, creamy lacing off-white head. Good chewyness, light sparkly. Light yeasty breadyness, main focus on grassy and tropical hops. Light soapy finish, but otherwise quite nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (6666) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle (22oz). Shared by blankboy with me, garthicus, GregClow and tupalev. Hazy amber, average off-white head. Funky-bitter, acidic aroma, underlying sweetness - pretty decent, actually. The taste is also very acidic, a hint of cherry ... and celery. Pretty average mouthfeel, lively, bitter in the finish, maybe a hint of lemon zest. Pretty solid stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
In short: A cross between a lager and a grassy thirst IPA. Good brew.
How: Tap at Vermont’s Brewers Festival 2009
The look: Almost clear dark blonde body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: The hoppy nose blends grass and pine-tree. Slightly toasted malts with a light-moderate caramel presence. Well hopped but not overly so. Hops blend dry grass and pine-cone needles to create a bitterness of medium intensity and a nice moderate dryness. Hops dominate here, had I not known that this is a lager I’m not sure I would have guessed it. I didn’t know High & Mighty were making hoppy lagers like this. Nor did I know that they had hired the marketing team of Kelvin Klein perfume to name their beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (6100) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
[Draft @ The Draft] Poured a hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, toasted dough, citrus fruits, toffee, and light pine. Taste was dry, yeasty, citrus fruits, toffee, grapefruit, and light metal, and finishing with a bit of alcohol.

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