zziemelis (12) - Rīga, LATVIA - FEB 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More bitter than the red-labeled «Tērvetes» (this one is slightly more expensive and carries black-coloured label, just like the famous scotch whisky). Color is golden, clear. Not bad.
Discore (68) - - SEP 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 Bottle. Slightly bitter. Tastes malty. Carbonation is a bit low. While the bottle and aroma won’t leave a huge impression, the taste (especially at a proper temperature) will knock your socks off. Definitely a high quality product and one of the better beers Latvia has to offer.
Brainiac (218) - Riga, LATVIA - AUG 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5l bottle. Soft white bread aroma, not sweetish. Well balanced on the tongue, aftertaste gives up a little hops.
belgis (443) - - MAY 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this many times, but never wrote anything about it. Decent foam. Well balanced tha akes it drinkable. Clean without bad aftertastes. Lovable bitterness that suprisingly stays. Refreshing. I would say one of the best latvian lager beers. Have to say it is strangely good :)
phfyysik (697) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden clear with white medium top. Aroma is hay, dust, malts, mild hops, some sourness. Taste is surprisingly bitter, some grains, dust, malts, hops, grass. Long and mild bitter after taste. Very refreshing and good beer!
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
my opportunity to sample this beer is a monument of good intentions over beer-nerd sophistication: this came to me as part of the "great latvian beer airlift of 2007" (my partner went on vacation there-- don’t ask me why. sniff).
i know as much about latvia as i do about curing constipation in geriatric gerbils-- or the dark side of saturn’s moons. not that any such knowledge is greatly requisite in simply rating a beer; i just don’t want to endorse a beer if they use slave labor or anything unsavory like that over there; i mean, for all i know, they get their brewing water from the same treatment plant that services the nuclear reactor.
barring those considerations, i found a beer that immediately wanted to learn my language and adapt to it’s host country. "whissssst" it sang out when i popped the top, and like any american thoroughbred, it galloped into the arena with it’s frothy white mane tossing, and with the shade of yellow only associated with the better-made tin grommets of the world.
fairly clean grains highlight the aroma, especially grains that came to us in plastic bins. it has a distinct "circus-peanut" kind-of orange-scented cotton candy aroma-- or imagine if jello made a lemon-hop flavored gelatin dessert. not at all unpleasant, and probably quite an allure to those factory workers who might in fact BE slaves. how should i know? anyway, seriously, i have no complaints: this is a decent enough straight-forward quencher, tending toward a medium body, grainy, dry, well-carbonated, and with enough fresh-tasting hops to rank it respectably among the ubiquitous euro-pilseners.
but... if i can only get her to go to belgium NEXT year!!
remALUS (229) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - AUG 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 500 ml,. Price 1,35 Eur. Aukso spalva, skaidrus, nemaža balta puta
estpiwo (1319) - ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark golden color. Sweet fruity aroma. Flavor is little bit sweet at the beginning, but immediately I can feel hops. Originalais is more hoppy than other Tervete brews. Good.
Tim Webb (350) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle bought at a Rimi supermarket in Riga but drunk back home in the UK, in its sell-by month. Latvia’s best lager and able to stand up for itself in fairly stiff competition I would judge. Probaly hop pellets and 90% malt though it might be better than that. All the usual tastes of a higher quality blong lager.
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small offwhite head. Clear deep yellow body with light carbonation. Fruity earthy papery aroma with herbal mealy notes. Dry peppery mealy taste with wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Dry wooden papery earthy aftertaste with mealy spicy notes. Interesting. Delicate and a bit too papery. (0.5l bottle, from Rimi.)