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


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RATINGS: 395   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Czik (22) - Siedlce, POLAND - JUL 4, 2012
Bottle. Boring eurolager - barely any aroma, barely any taste. It’s obviously pale golden and pours with a suprisingly half decent head, which is the only positive about it, because it’s an average watered-down boring beer - good when chilled on a hot day, but not much use for it otherwise.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
clarkbatfan (2) - Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012 does not count
Stylish presentation with bottle. Poor aroma, decent taste, could be better but not bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AndySnow (6723) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle @ Monks Sveavägen. Golden colour with a white head. Faint malt aroma. Faint taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Cuso (7785) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 6, 2012
Bottle from thedrinkshop.com. Golden color with minimal white head. Aroma of malt. Taste, malt, corn, light bitterness in finish. Bad beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
fiveacestx (928) - Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle - pours such a light yellow it almost looked like water being poured into the glass. Not much to report here. Light, some carbonation, transparent taste. Oh yeah, a cool looking bottle. Shared half of it with the kitchen sink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
EithCubes (5619) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Well, the bottle stands out on the shelf, for sure, but I’m not sure it would cause me to immediately think " BEER". Nose is a grainy/grassy blend, not skunked but a little stale, and sweet. Body is light yellow-golden with a soapy white head. Taste has surprisingly nice malt, not too sweet (though there is some Skittles character) with some cor and cereal. Slightly chalky, semi-industrial medium body, flat and smooth. Not super clean but I’m happy enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Idiosynkrasie (6419) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2012
300ml bottle. Clear golden colour with average frothy collapsing white head. Strawy malt aroma. Monotonoous minimally sweet malty taste, very decent bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Light, clear and very bubbly. Slight skunk smell but very drinkable. Interesting bottle shape is what caught my eye mainly.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
March 2008: Weird shaped brown bottle, looks like an old style vinager bottle. 5% Alcohol, 300ml in the container. Poured into one of my Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip shaped glasses. Looks like a lager, light, clear and golden. Plenty of bubbles rising towards a firm white head. Nothing wrong with its looks at all. As with almost all lager/pilsners, there is not an aroma to write about. Some wheat esters maybe, but not a lot of anything. So my average 3 score goes down. Dry and cardbord flavour, some dirty laundry with a hint of corrugated iron and rusting barbed wire in the finish. Why do these beers come to my country? We have enough tat of our own without having to import it. The dryness turns into a metallic nasty, scummy, unpleasantness, that is hard to put into words while bile is forming in your throat. Not a beer I’ll be having again. Only bought it because of the bottle shape. Conned again, I’ll never learn!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kevnic2008 (11361) - 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.

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