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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3051) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle: Pours a gorgeous hazy deep rusty copper with a monstrous lacing/pillowy tan head. Great looking beer. The aroma is zesty, clean, bread crust, a sweeter dark bready note, lots of fresh lemon zest/rind. Nice! Has body is lively and crisp yet substantial. The flavor has an amazing malt depth. Both clean and flavorful. Crisp upfront with notes of lemon zest-like hop spiciness, followed by a subtle toffee note in the back with other malt subtleties/complexities. Toasted bread crust, subtle vanilla, toasted almond and a long peppery/zesty hop finish. An awesome, hoppy lager with great malt character!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Gathicus, Hogtown Harry and GregClow, courtesy of blankboy. Nice dark yellow, medium white head. Slightly toasty, hoppy aroma - maybe a touch of ginger? Big acidic hoppy taste over such a thin body. More ginger. Very refreshing. A was just about to say a nicely hopped unfiltered lager, but there it is in the commercial description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2908) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Sampled at vt brewfest 09. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma was grassy and grainy with a touch of spiciness. Flavor follows the aroma and has a crisp and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2891) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Put this next to a "big" lager and see the difference. This has flavor and body. the aroma is not corn but earthy malt and citrus. It has a nice amber color and a big off white head. This is the lager that we loved 100 years ago, not the slop he big guys turn out now.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2779) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 7, 2008
Blankboys bottle, shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & Tupalev. Appearance: Hazy golden orange, slightly brown. Aroma: Slight hop, sweet with banana in there too. Flavour: Musty, hoppy, slight bitter/acidic with an enjoyable hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2008
20081220 Bomber from Abes. Bottled June 08. Hazy motor oil amber colored with excellent, rocky, sea foam head that seriously looks like it just blew up on the beach during a noreaster. Cool. Aroma and initial sip at first had some acetaldehyde green apple and metallic notes but those faded quickly and nice saaz grassiness became prominent. I probably should wait for a fresh sample and re-rate this summer. Mouthfeel has some aggressive eff and tinny notes mixed with definite earthy, grassy saaz. Yup, this one is a bit off but it could be worse. Stores need to to a better job of rotating out old stock.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bulk_Carrier (2593) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2430) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2010
From the 22 ounce bomber bottled on Feb 06 2010. The pour is a hazy rsuty copper with a ridiculously overzealous puffy head about three inches thick. The aroma is a mild blend of bitterness and floral hops. The mouthfeel tends to be medium-smooth. The taste is hop-heavy with some appealing malts up front. While it wasn’t bad, it felt as if it hadn’t been fully fermented when I tried it and maybe I could have waited a few weeks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO’s Back in the UK tasting, 22nd May 2010. End of the bottle - so bitty, cloudy amber with a white head. Hint of Humbrol enamel paint on the nose - obvious alcohol. Dry, quite perfumy hop taste. Nice finish.

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