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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with off white head. Nose/taste of cracker, biscuit malts, honey and light hops and fruit. Medium body. Clean and crisp. Definitely in the top 5-10 lagers I’ve had in my life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
22oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a hazy copper colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, grassy hops with a light caramel sweetness to the pale, bready malts. Some orange, peach, and lemon florals with a light spiciness. Flavor is similar. Fruity hops with grass and florals consisting of lemons, peaches, and oranges. A light grainy pale malt with a touch of bread before this finishes dry and fairly bitter with a nice earthy spiciness and lots of fruity florals. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a crisp and bitter lager with a nice spicy fruitiness to the hops. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle. And this bottle said 5.4 abv, so who knows what to make of the editor noge that it says 6package something on the bootle. Notes of lightly dank, herbal hops. Touch of grapefruit. Light biscuit dough malts. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11602) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2012
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grains, citrus, floral hops, and some fruitiness. Tastes of grains, some bread, citrus, and the same lighter fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
(Draught) Pours a lightly cloudy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, grass, herbs, and earthiness. Flavor of mild hops (floral, herbal, citrus) and toasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - 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 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bomber - Poured a slightly cloudy dark amber in color with a foamy off-white head that settled to a thin covering over the top of the beer. Aroma is clearly hops... flowery with a hint of spice. Flavor is medium bitter with plenty of flowery hops. Finishes mildly bitter and is slightly sweet right at the very end. OK, not great... refreshing though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3235) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7417) - 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 13/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle at ChrisOs ’Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia’ tasting. Gold, slight haze, thin beige head. Some hop on aroma. Good in mouth. Nice enough hop.

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