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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 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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2010
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 05/08/2010 Very pale malt aroma. Amber coloured a little hazy in appearance and smooth on the palate with a hint of bitterness in a lasting malt finish.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5629) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2011
On tap at Beer Temple. Golden body with thick head. Nose of hops and citrus. Taste is nice and crips. Really cool pilsener really with lots of IPA traits. Nice and bitter finish.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 23, 2009
22 oz brown bottle with bottled on date (June 4, 2008) poured into an American pint glass. Appearance: Almost tawny amber hue with nice white head. A very thin layer of white remains after settling. It’s unfiltered, but duh, it says that on the label. Nose: Orange is immediately noticeable, and sweet malt, sarsaparilla, and Indian spices register. Palate: Carbonation is moderate to high. Agitation reveals a lot of dry-hop characters and a little dustiness. There is an umami character here poking out between bursts of bitter hops (leaning on the pine-y side of things, not the citrus side). Nice and bitter, decent body, with a red kool-ade note right in the mid-palate. Notes: Although this beer is sufficiently bitter and gets points for that IPA-esque extremeness, it seems to lack something in the middle. I get a strong nose, and an initial bitterness on the palate, a quick mid-palate of fruit and then immediately on to bitterness and dry hops again. I wish there was more in the middle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle from State Line Liquors. Slightly hazy orange yellow pour. Nice grassy hop aroma. Light sweetness. Earthy and grassy. Very hoppy finish. Nice and light and easy to drink. Decent lager.

   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 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.

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