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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nick76 (4404) - 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.

blipp (9783) - 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.

vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle. Yellow orange pour. Dry malt with a slight spice flavor and aroma. Bitter hop but much less than i was looking for. Not very good.

Tmoney99 (15034) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Bottle from Kingdom Liquors. Poured a clear amber color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium bitter flavor with a medium acidic finish of moderate duration. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Worth having once.

cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2011
22oz. Very basic clean crisp lager, some off putting flavors from the malts that I didn’t quite agree with. Almost a little metallic in flavor. Appearance is basic, aromas are non-existent, but I’ve had worse.

Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22 oz. bomber from redlight redlight. Pours a golden amber with a generous white head. For all of their grandiose names, High and Mighty’s beers tend to be fairly tame but drinkable and enjoyable none the less. Not so with the Purity of Essence. The nose has a lot of malts up front and a decent amount of hops for a lager, but an unpleasant foot odor throws everything off. The flavor starts well enough with a nice balance of malt and hops and very crisp but leaves a stale aftertaste. Seriously, why brew according to the German Reinheitsgebot unless you’re going to make a really excellent, even if straight-forward and not exceedingly complex, beer.

maxwelldeux (4433) - 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.

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.

damzz (521) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2013
This the 4.9% version in a 22 oz bottle. Pours an opaque, cloudy light yellow. The head is long lasting, fluffy white with lacing and sculpting. The nose is hops. The palate is light medium body that is dominated by hops. there is no balance to this beer. It is a dry beer.

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