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.

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BelgianBeerGal (4138) - 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.

jgb9348 (6434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Hazy golden coloured body with a nice large white head. Aroma of very strong, pungent alcohol, malt, metal and a touch of light frutiness. Medium-bodied; Strong malt flavours with a dose of light hops, some apricot and peach tastes, a bit of floral notes and some major metallic tastes. Aftertaste is relatively nice, some deep pungent maltiness, some good hop balance and a mild dryness that couples well with the finish. Overall, a good beer, not amazing, but definitely good for the style and a welcome sample! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Knightly Spirits (Orange Blossom) in Orlando, Florida on 15-November-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 27-November-2010.

jonas (7986) - 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.

drowland (8951) - 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.

Aurelius (5492) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Slightly sour, almost Bohemian Pilsener aroma. Medium, foggy, amber brown. Sweet, with raisin/bock/vienna toastiness, and good German hops. Medium to medium-heavy body. Crisp, citrus pith finish at first which mellows out into a chalky aftertaste. Not bad. New Leaf Market.

ben4321 (6675) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 10/17/10
Bottled on Date: 9/9/09

Aroma: The nose has some earth, spice, yeast, a bit of fruit, grass, and herbs
Appearance: It pours a giant gusher: Once I’m able to slow that down, this beer is cloudy, it has kind of a burnt orange color and a huge, fluffy, off-white head leaving lots of lace on the glass
Flavor: The flavor is alright, some malts, dry, earthy notes, and a somewhat herbal aftertaste
Palate: Light-medium bodied, the carbonation is rather high to the point that it minimizes the drinkability
Overall Impression: This is my first rating for High & Mighty. No, not a gusher! There is wasted beer everywhere... Well, lets not hold that against this one. Anyway, this stuff isn’t particularly impressive. It isn’t bad, but that flavor isn’t something I’d rush back for anytime soon, and the drinkability isn’t that high either. Decent, may have been better if it was closer to the bottled on date, but I can’t say for sure.

williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Hint of sour apple and lime, but also some chlorine. Appearance-wise, has a healthy, puffy head, like shaving cream. Cloudy carrot orange. Looks quite nice actually. The flavor is pale malts with a sharpish Euro-style malt. Touch of citrus and orange creamsicle. Takes a weird turn as it warms up. Has an interesting non-lager character. Some slightly sweet malts. The palate is thick and somewhat chewy. A decent, drinkable malty lager. Better than this brewery’s average output.

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.

minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Crystal clear orange gold; medium frothy white head. Light aroma. Slightly sweet flavor. Medium body. I actually would like this lighter and even less sweet. This just isn’t all that.

TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Got to say it. I really fucking enjoyed this lager. Pours slightly cloudy orange-amber with a small white head. Nose of citrus (grapefruit, clementines, meyer lemon of note), floral, light bread/toast, hay. Flavor is very clean yet very full with the hops and malt in perfect balance. Crisp and dry finish.

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