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


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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered.
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kevnic2008 (10771) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2012
Pours pale honey slightly hazy with a medium head, aroma of grain, cereals, wheat and vanilla, flavor of malt, corn, cereals, herbs, finishes with lemon, light body, easy to drink and pretty sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rumproasts (4698) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2012
golden with minimal head. a pretty run of the mill euro lager. at least the bottle is unique.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
thirstyrabbit (1657) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2012
Octagonal bottle. Pale yellow, minimal head. Aroma has something lemony and very light hops. Thin and fizzy palate. Taste is generic and boring. Tastes like a rice or corn lager. They should pour it back down to their "Europe’s deepest well".

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Marduk (5332) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2012
330ml bottle. Clear yellow color. Very very thin head, almost flat. Fizzy, alcohol, unclean aroma. Unpleasant taste dominates, I don’t know what it is. Reminds me A. Le Coq Double Bock, only lighter version of it. For a "elite" beer very poor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FatPhil (12719) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 3, 2012
300ml bottle (Drink Shop, Tallinn)
9% better than a 330ml bottle of pale lager, and an impressive 40% better than a 500ml bottle of pale lager. Really shines against the 1L bottles of pale lager, being 70% better, and an astonishing 85% better than 2L bottles of pale lager.
Don’t believe the story about the bottle being based on the churches and towers of old Tallinn - I fucking live there, right next to one of the towers, and it’s nothing like any of them. Marketting bullcrap scores negatively in the overall.
Anna insists that I write something about the look, aroma, and taste - it looks, smells, and tastes, like a typical bland clean baltic lager.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
libertine (364) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2012
suggested to me by my local party store.not much of a lager guy but hey i thought i would give it a try.comes in four 10 ounce bottles so its basically a nine dollar fourty.sweet and lacking any hop flavor.im a stout and ale guy and we sometimes say that lagers taste like water,on this it holds true.sweet water.save your cash and keep it in the baltic.nice bottle but the contents are not good

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pershing (506) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Clear yellow with a white sustained head with lots of visual carbonation. Sweet malt aroma with a grainy sweet bland taste. Not much hear. OK for a summer beer. I was hoping for something better since this beer is brewed in the Baltic Region.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rasmus40 (15760) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2012
Clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, light malty and corn. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. Watery. 300412

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kerenmk (3804) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 28, 2012
Bottle, and one of the pretties I’ve ever seen. Pours clear, pale golden with a frothy white head. Smells sweet, like corn syrup, and tastes sweet as well - wrong lager kind of sweetness with hints of bitter. Bottle must be quite old as the beer is no longer imported to Israel, but the BB date is not printed on cap, as promised on the Hebrew label. Light body, sticky, mild carbonation, short finish. Redundant. One extra overall point for the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5243) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2012
Grainy barley and wheat. Clear yellow thin white head. Medium body. Honey and grain. Wheat bread finish. I’m really digging on the bready sweetness. Is it exceptional? No, but this is a quality beer from a lackluster style. Well worth the elusive Estonia tick.

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