Brewed by A. Le Coq (Olvi)
Style: Pale Lager
Tartu, Estonia


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Originally sold by Tartu as A. Le Coq Premium Extra. The beer was bought by Brand Independence Ltd in 2006 and renamed Viru. It is contract brewed by Tartu for Brand Independence Ltd.
Ingredients: Water (from one of Europe’s deepest wells); Malted Barley (Lithuanian); Sugar; Saaz Hops; Yeast.
‘Viru’ (pronounced ‘veer-roo’) is becoming a well known Baltic states’ beer export. Brewed in the university town of Tartu, Viru is packaged in a octahedral bottle designed over 100 years ago, and thought to be based on the churches and towers of old Tallinn, capital of Estonia.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
janubio (367) - SPAIN - NOV 3, 2010
300 ml. bottle. Very clean and pale yellow colour, with a head that doesn’t hold.The only remarkabler thing about the smell is that it makes you think it has more alcohol than it has, besides that, just grain and hops. Light body, I think I find some apple in mouth, but nothing more. Normal dull beer, but it comes in a nice bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atom (1219) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2010
From bottle pours slightly hazy yellow/straw with medium white head. Aroma is grain, malts, and honey. Taste as it smells slight paper and spice. A decent pale lager in a really cool bottle, I know I’m a total child.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jsquire (3346) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2010
First off, this is a great bottle, which is why I bought this from the store. Short lived white fizzy head over a straw yellow beer. Light corny nose that reminded me of breakfast cereal. Light bodied and fizzy on the tongue. Sweet corn flavor with some grains and citrus notes. Alright European lager, but great bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Now this is what I’m talking about when I talk about packaging 10 out of 10! The beer pours a pale yellow with just the slightest of haze, the beer has lots of tiny bubbles and a huge rocky white head that leaves some good lace. The aroma is hay and toasty malt but also has some apple and a bit of breakfast cereal as well. The flavor is lemony and grassy with some mild hop zing and a very grainy and watery flavor throughout. The palate is markedly thin but the carbonation, while on the high side is very plesant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nuplastikk (4135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Octagonal unique bottle. Pale, filtered, yellow color. Adjuncty, buttery sweet aroma, some herbal hop tones. Sugary, mild malt liquor pretty much. Light bodied, with some faint peppery noble hop tones. Drinkable, only because it’s so bland. Sugary mouth coating finish. Unimpressive, crap beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Odd bottle, not that bad of a beer, must be the Saaz hops. More maltier than I was expecting but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
deyholla (5975) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear gold with a thin white head that dissipated completely. Aroma was full of sweet grain and corn with a bit of grass and lager yeast. Flavor was similar with lots of adjunct some corn and a bit of growing grass in the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2010
10oz bottle. Clear straw body with small white head. Aroma is bread, some straw, light soap, lemon. Taste is medium sweet, bread, some apple, light straw. Light body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle on 06/28/2010. Pale golden body with a small white head. Sweet honey and light grassy hop aroma. Sweet honey and grassy hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 3/1/3/2/7 - 1.6 Bottle at WBF-Raleigh on 04/24/2010. Clear golden body with a small white head. Sweet pilsener aroma. Sweet pilsener flavor. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 5/2/5/2/11 - 2.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear pale color with a medium frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet grass hop aroma. Light to medium body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Light to medium sweet flavor with a light to medium sweet finish of short duration. I would not recommend this to a freind.

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