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 (56) - - 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.
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!!
estpiwo (1222) - 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 (225) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 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.
zenkis (497) - Ogre, LATVIA - JUN 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 Pours light golden with little but sustainable head. Aroma is something between minimal bready and corny, could be more intense. I feel no hops not in aroma nor in taste after I try to get more aroma in to my nose by spinning beer in the glass, little bitterness in aftertaste, no dry finish. Carbonation level is average good, some sweetness in taste, no sourness - like it.
omhper (18966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, from Stockmann, Riga. Clear golden, mid sized head. Bready malt aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and soft mouthfeel. Nice bready malt covered in a thin layer of grassy, spicy hops. Mid bitter finish.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells appley and skunky with some corn. Tastes sweet and sticky with some perfumy hints on the finish.
Vells (544) - LATVIA - DEC 16, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep golden with medium size white head.
Aroma.. Most hoppy brew from Tērvete. Grass, bit malty. Bread, some citrus
From bit sweet to dominating bitterness, thou not too pushy and harsh.
Overall.. Not very exceptional, but nice quality drinking beer for "everyday situation"
suurjuust (851) - ESTONIA - AUG 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale golden, white soapy head. Nose is bready malts with some weak spicy-citric notes and vague cardboard. Taste is fairly malty and finishes with grassy, slightly citric hop bitterness. Texture is on the thin side, thin to medium body, discreet carbonation. Nothing overly special, but a pretty good quaffer.