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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michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Draught at TDR Ex.: Aroma of fruit, floral hops, and light malts. If you read the 4 existing reviews, people thought there was a wide variety in the aroma. Interesting. Poured copper with a hint of amber in color and a small white head that disappeared instantly. Hazy. Not sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor of yeast, spices, bubblegum, and a hint of chocolate malts. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Yeasty, fruity, lightly malty, dry finish. An ok lager.

2.8
nick76 (4402) - 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 it’s too astringent to enjoy.

2.1
maxwelldeux (4374) - 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.

3.7
BelgianBeerGal (4135) - 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.

4.1
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.

3.4
zach8270 (4021) - 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.

3.2
smith4498 (3670) - 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.

3.3
PotjeBier (3628) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 6, 2011
On tap @ Beer Temple. Pale blonde color, hazy. White rocky head. Aroma is refreshing, grainy/grassy, fruity, mildly sweet. Fairly neutral flavor ever so slightly sour. The finish saves this beer: nice and bitter

3.2
puboflyons (3466) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2010
From the 22 ounce bomber bottled on Feb 06 2010. The pour is a hazy rsuty copper with a ridiculously overzealous puffy head about three inches thick. The aroma is a mild blend of bitterness and floral hops. The mouthfeel tends to be medium-smooth. The taste is hop-heavy with some appealing malts up front. While it wasn’t bad, it felt as if it hadn’t been fully fermented when I tried it and maybe I could have waited a few weeks.

3.3
Beerdedone (3441) - 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.


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