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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
Pours hazy deep copper with big 3-finger off-white head. Nose is female gymnast feet, hops, assy funk, caramel malt, florals, spicy peppery. Tastes feety hoppy, funky, with earthy mushroomy notes, spicy florals, fruit, and malt. Palate is rich and the complexity is great. This is a great beer, although it comes across as a Simcoey IPA much more than a malt liquor. I’ll definitely be picking more of this up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2008
Bomber. Hazy deep amber with a frothy off-white head. Fruity and floral aroma, with honey, citrus, apple, pear, some white grape and a bit of caramel. Light caramel and honeyed cereal flavors, with a nice fruity/citrusy presence. Lemon/grapefruit hoppy finish. Medium to full body. Nicey balanced and quite enjoyable. A pleasant surprise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully drinkable Kellerbier (with American flair) is the scene for the refreshing equilibrium of lightly caramelized, toasted malts and herbal, almost zesty hops. This is the kind of beer I would like to have in the fridge all the time, but which is sadly quite rare in these parts.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A rocky head of foam decorates the hazy, bright amber, lacing admirably.
-The body is lean and the flavor profile balanced until the hop finishing bitterness, whose leafy zing has a lot of endurance.
-Herbal (noble) hops are more present in the nose than the malts.
-Orange zest highlights appear towards the end.
-Carbonation is frothy and made of big but soft bubbles.

Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4424) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2627) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
22oz traded bottle. Bottling date of 9.24.10 so pretty fresh still. Really wish all lagers were made this well. Hazy copper-orange color with a foamy white head and just some spots of lacing. Aroma was pretty strong German hops, lager yeast and sweeter, Vienna malts. Great lager flavor with (relatively) strong hops. Ended a little citrus/fruity. Flavors continued to get more complex as it warmed. Really cool.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2204) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2008
22 oz bomber. God... these names are beyond obnoxious. Deep amber/hazy beer with a thin white head. Aroma is quite hoppy. A touch of berryish fruitiness and a noble hop spiciness. There is a definite malty sweetness on the back as well. There is something I really like about this, but there is something else that I’m not sure I do. It has a crusty bready aroma but it also has that fairly raw grainy rusticity. The malts are quite fresh and crusty with a bready yeasty freshness. Some soft fruity hops, berries yeast and a nice grainy/malty flavour. I’m not convinced they knew what they were doing when they made this, but I like it nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2905) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a cloudy brown with a faint soapy head. Aroma is of spicy fruit, almost like hot sauce. Almost no malt aroma. Medium body with some sweet potpourri and horse blanket mustiness. Very smooth finish with an amazing balance.


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