RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
Suttree (6466) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Orange, thin ring of foam. Woody, earthy, and citrusy aroma. Flavor is...mushroom? is that right? In addition to what we’ll call mushroom, there were some dryish, woody notes. Tasty, if pretty simple.

3.4
jgb9348 (6382) - 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.

3.4
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.

2
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pilsener. The appearance was a soft golden yellow color with basically all head. I have had this beer three times and all three times, the head was always the same, no matter how slow I poured it. The smell had some light sweet corn to light spice. The taste was mainly sweet but still had a light spice to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was, well let’s just say, it was more than definitely seen in the beginning appearance and once again it’s definitely felt in my mouth. Overall, interesting to say the least, perhaps a bit too carbonated.

3.2
thornecb (5987) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pours a pale copper into a shaker. Large white head recedes leaving spot lacing. Caramel and grass aromas. Bitter with little malt balance from front to back.

3.6
altonbrownd (5897) - 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.

4
notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2008
A very hazy copper pour, with a soapy, lasting head - interesting and complex aroma of grapefruit, bread, brown sugar, floral notes, hay, a lot of earthy, musty character - the fact that they left this unfiltered has given the beer a lot of earthy complexities in the flavor - smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body - strong, leafy, herbal hops - a little bit of tartness - bready malts, spices, a bit of fruity character, notes of rye, toasted grains, even hints of smoke at times - grapefruit pulp and a touch of citric acidity arrive late - an interesting and tasty beer - this is no premium lager, though - it is definitely a kellerbier. (Note to the brewer, though: quit it with the pretentious names for your beers)

3.2
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle thanks for another tic vic. Pours an orange body with a white head. Grainy dry lagered notes with a spruce character. Bitter dry hop character. Dry with a hint of fruit in the finish. Eh.

3.7
markwise (5441) - 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.

3.4
Aurelius (5425) - 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.


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