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 cant be certain, can you? Youve got brewers putting all sorts of crazy things into your beer do you ever really know where they came from, or why theyre even there in the first place?
You need a beer you can trust, and thats why we make Purity of Essence. Its 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 wont 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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Bulk_Carrier (4536) - Lake Champlain, 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 lets just say, it was more than definitely seen in the beginning appearance and once again its definitely felt in my mouth. Overall, interesting to say the least, perhaps a bit too carbonated.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
The aroma is definitely hoppy with grass, citrus, malt, and yeast. The appearance is hazy gold with a large foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a very bitter finish. The palate is what I expected for the style. Overall a really nice attempt at improving a lager but its too astringent to enjoy.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
maxwelldeux (4372) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle. Blew up in my face - there are at least 5 ounces of beer soaked into my pillow right now. Pours a hazy golden color with a ginormous white head. Nose is very lager-ish and heavy. Taste is much the same, with the same heavy and carbonated feel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4055) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
(bottle - 22 oz) Hazy orange color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is floral and rather malty with a nice sweet backbone. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy at the beginning with a smooth and sweet malt backbone. Finishes very flowery and hoppy with a lingering bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3951) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Pours hazy dark golden color with huge white head. Grassy aroma with some bready malts. Doughy and grassy flavor with some hop bitterness. Slightly fruity. Light to medium body with lively carbonation.

3.6
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3332) - 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.

3.4
   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.


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