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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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2009
22oz bottle. Large off-white head atop murky amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grass, some grapefruit, light cantaloupe. Taste is medium sweet, grassy/grapefruit, light sourness, bread. Medium body, some acidity.

bu11zeye (13029) - 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.

hopdog (12510) - 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.

hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle… Pours mostly clear and yellow with a large, frothy, white head. Good retention. Biscuity, peppery aroma proffers light roastiness as well. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp, (a bit) metallically bitter, refreshing flavor and finish.

daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Light amber pour, nice white head. Citrus hops burst forward more than most lagers can dream of. Malt is a bit grainy/corny in aroma. Flavor is crisp and pretty clean with a fair malt bill and a nice crisp hop bite. All in all not half bad.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2010

Date: April 13, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Knightly Spirits, Orlando
Appearance: cloudy amber, big off white head, lots of sticky lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light spicy earthyness
Flavor: dry malt flavor, touch of fruity character, plenty of earthy bitterness, light spicyness, lasting spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

DocLock (10683) - 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.

MartinT (9880) - 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.


JoeMcPhee (9426) - 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.

blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottled June 2008. Pours amber with an off white head. Off malty aroma with a hint of hops. The flavor has the same off malt, a little bit musty I guess, and light hoppy notes. Definitely past it’s prime. Still drinkable, but if you see an old bottle on the shelf pass it over.

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