Brewed by Viru Õlu (Harboe)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Haljala, Estonia


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 2.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Harboes moved at least 3 GB brands to Viru, and completely changed the recipe, in early 2012.

ectuohy27's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
ectuohy27 (680) - - APR 2, 2013
I hate West Coast IPAs (and American hoppy microbrews in general), so with that caveat in mind--ugh, too much. dump a ton of hops into the mix of a Baltic strong lager, add some caramel, and some rusty nails, and voila, finale! Give me an A. Le Coq Maiz any day over this

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
visionthing (3239) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2015
50cl bottle from some supermarket in Tallinn. Pours clear deep amber to copper coloured with a quite modest off-white head. Malty and somewhat fruity aroma with caramel, dried fruits and hints of hops. Sweet and malty with caramel and fruity notes, not much bitterness. Drinkable enough but way to sweet for my likings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sugram (93) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 4, 2014
0,5l Clear amber, white head don’t stay long. Aroma: fruits and caramel candy. Light body with medium sweeteness also some malts and bit of hops. Finally tasty lager beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (441) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 4, 2014
Last bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours clear amber with small head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malty. Taste is lightly sweet, some hops, caramel, watery, some chocolate,malty. Good lager actrually, sad that they dont do it anymore.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
gorkogrlo (201) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 10, 2014
Can 0.5 l. In aroma weird caramel smell. In flavor caramel, touch of chocolate. Cascade? I cant find any, both in flavor or aroma. Too sweet, but some dryness in finish. Bad ale. Maybe too alcoholic for style and definetly too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beikes (160) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2014
Not your standard APA and definitely not your standard Vienna, and leaning somewhat more towards old English IPA. It’s rather confusing at first, because you get the color of a Vienna/Classic, but the aroma of some good American hops (Cascade) and the taste of a sweeter IPA. Let’s just for the record, be clear that this is in NO WAY an Amber Lager as described here at Ratebeer. It’s a deviant of the Pale Ale family.. Whether it’s an IPA or APA, I’ll let you decide for yourselves.. Amber color, well lasting off-white head and a brilliant smell of dough and yeast and elder and hop fields.. From the smell you’d expect something way more flowery and hoppy than what you actually get. The sweetness is overwhelming because of it, and it may turn you off if you expected a real American Pale Ale with all it’s freshness and crispyness to follow. GB FinAle get’s too heavy too soon.. To sweet and fills you up like a Double Double with the works, and you’d rather go home and sleep than carry on drinking. A good brew, but in the world of fusion and confusion, it ultimately lacks charm and sparkle, and it does feel stronger than it is (6.5%)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Moebbels (413) - FINLAND - MAR 16, 2014
A dark amberclear body with a minimal head. Nose is mild with some caramelly malty notes. Taste is quite sweet with a strange herbal minty note to it, the finish is mildy dry. Carbonation is soft and the palate is fairly rich but not annoyingly thick. The taste is quite unusual, a little like underberg or something and the nose is way too mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zarkam (516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2014
500ml bottle from Tallinn. Dark amber colour, medium frothy off-white mostly lasting head, fair lacing. Heavily malty aroma of nuts, caramel and cassis with moderate resiny hops. Taste is initially moderately sweet with a hint of bitterness turning into a bittersweet finish with a slightly acetic feel. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Very pleasant aroma, taste was a bit unbalanced towards sweetness, certainly not a vienna lager, more like some kind of a cross between English and Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3415) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
The head is medium, the body brown. It smells a bit roasty, darkmalty, bit fruity, aromatic. The taste is aromatic, fruity, darkmalty, bit roasty, dry. Good! 12/11/12/12/11/12

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
agent_persik (488) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 20, 2013
Dark amber color, no head. Light aroma of caramel, malt and some hops. Taste is similar, mostly sweet with some bitterness in finish. Light body and soft carbonation. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mauritsio (502) - FINLAND - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle from Öllepood, Tartu. Brown with medium head. Sweat malty aroma. Sweat some bitter taste.

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