Review #15: Purgeist Bavarian Hop
4 out of 10. Not for me.
Label if it were an SMWS: “Beer”.
Overview: If you like hoppy beer, this is for you.
Bought for: $45/bottle
Background: We bought this bottle a few years ago, when were just getting into spirits at the Craft Spirits Carnival in San Francisco. It was the waning minutes of the festival and by that time, we had tried almost everything. Which is in hindsight amateurish. But dang it, we had a good time. This was the bottle we picked out at the end of the fair and I’m not very surprised.
It has a very strong flavor that if you’re palate-fatigued from all the alcohol, is striking. Problem is that alcohol made me forget that I am not a huge beer drinker.
Nose: Salt and brine immediately hit the nose. There’s a bit of a wet soil and hay quality to it upon deeper inhalation.
Palate: Takes like a nice, high ABV beer to be quite honest. There’s a hint of sweet grapefruit and a long dry chocolate bitter finish with more grapefruit pucker at the end. No heat. But yes, it’s beer alright.
If you like Bavarian light beers, I think you’d enjoy this immensely - even if you might turn up your nose at a “flavored whisky”. It’s not the most complex dram, but it’s true to what it wanted to accomplish.
Distilled from beer (to be specific: bock-style Bavarian beer) and then flavored with Hallertauer and Spalter Select hops
Aged in ex-Bourbon and ex-grappa chestnut wood casks
About Pur Spirits:
Focuses on distilling liqueurs
Their Pur Geist (Purgeist) line aims to revive the older tradition of German distillation of beer into whisky
Only a few hundred bottles per batch are distilled
Founded by Kiki Braverman from Bavaria (now located in Berkeley, CA) and headed by master distiller Franz Xaver Salzgeber