RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (3325) - 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 wasnt bad, it felt as if it hadnt been fully fermented when I tried it and maybe I could have waited a few weeks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
22oz bottle from Louisville Beer Store in Louisville, KY. Pours a hazy copper colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, grassy hops with a light caramel sweetness to the pale, bready malts. Some orange, peach, and lemon florals with a light spiciness. Flavor is similar. Fruity hops with grass and florals consisting of lemons, peaches, and oranges. A light grainy pale malt with a touch of bread before this finishes dry and fairly bitter with a nice earthy spiciness and lots of fruity florals. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a crisp and bitter lager with a nice spicy fruitiness to the hops. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Light and clean nose with just a hint of cracker malt. Taste is light and fairly dry, some crisp malt, like biscuit, a touch of honey. Finish is a tad watery. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3180) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2009
has got a highly malty presence, with lots of creamy head. The taste is very herbal with a floral hops. good quality goes all the way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Put this next to a "big" lager and see the difference. This has flavor and body. the aroma is not corn but earthy malt and citrus. It has a nice amber color and a big off white head. This is the lager that we loved 100 years ago, not the slop he big guys turn out now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle: Pours a gorgeous hazy deep rusty copper with a monstrous lacing/pillowy tan head. Great looking beer. The aroma is zesty, clean, bread crust, a sweeter dark bready note, lots of fresh lemon zest/rind. Nice! Has body is lively and crisp yet substantial. The flavor has an amazing malt depth. Both clean and flavorful. Crisp upfront with notes of lemon zest-like hop spiciness, followed by a subtle toffee note in the back with other malt subtleties/complexities. Toasted bread crust, subtle vanilla, toasted almond and a long peppery/zesty hop finish. An awesome, hoppy lager with great malt character!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PotjeBier (3026) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Gathicus, Hogtown Harry and GregClow, courtesy of blankboy. Nice dark yellow, medium white head. Slightly toasty, hoppy aroma - maybe a touch of ginger? Big acidic hoppy taste over such a thin body. More ginger. Very refreshing. A was just about to say a nicely hopped unfiltered lager, but there it is in the commercial description.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 7, 2008
Blankboys bottle, shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & Tupalev. Appearance: Hazy golden orange, slightly brown. Aroma: Slight hop, sweet with banana in there too. Flavour: Musty, hoppy, slight bitter/acidic with an enjoyable hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2753) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2011
Bomber. Hazy pale orange with a nice white head. Mild fruit, grains, mild hops, light spice. Nice carbonation - quite bubbly, average body, starts a little sweet but becomes dry and slightly bitter on the finish. Leave a bit of a soapy off taste at the end - not well balanced yet still not bad.

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