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


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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.11   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
altonbrownd (3681) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle in Geneva with Peter. Golden body with thin head. Nose of malts, grains and some hops. Taste is skunky but pretty good. Sweet. Warming finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rubbishystuff (1872) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2011
A little lemony and little grassy. Not too bad. Not super though. Standard euro lager fare. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tomer (1787) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAR 18, 2011
0.3L bottle, smallish head, clear pale straw yellow colour, lightish aroma with some yeast and a hint of fruitiness, medium bitterness which is a touch coarse with a complementing malty sweetness, dry aftertaste. Clean and quite drinkable on a hot summer day, but nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Pours transparent blonde with a slight white head. Nose is standard pale lager, with light hops, a corn-wheat type malt, and a little skunkiness. Flavor is weak but at least avoids skunk and has a little bit of pleasant sweetness to it. Hops are dead. Carbonation is low. It’s drinkable and servicable for the style, but that isn’t really saying a lot. It is what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beernovice39 (3156) - Montana, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle pours a clear yellow with a thin white head. Scent is lemony, butter and malty. Taste is malty with grass.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Appearance: thin, yellow, light in color. No head, just a bubbly collar. Swirls with not much of anything.
Nose: powdered sugar covered lemon bars. Lemon and wonderbread, crust included. Touch of sweat, locker room, and old socks in the back and along the edges. Cream corn hits last.
Palate: watery. Socks, stale crust, and massive stinky sweaty locker-room in the back. Lingers long and stale. Waxy lemon skins. Sweat and stank.
Final Thoughts: at least my therapist got something good out of this deal because I sure as heck didn’t.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (7886) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
11.2 oz oddly shaped bottle. Pours about as clear as you could possibly get for a beer. It looks like slightly yellow water, crystal clear. The head is white and recedes quickly. Those doesn’t have much but some adjunct grains. The taste is spot of for something like High Life, it tastes like macro american beer. Overall a forgettable beer for bottle collectors. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-25-2010 00:10:39

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronaldtheriot (1333) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Viru has a thin, white head and a cloudy, straw appearance with some bubbles streaming up and no lacing. The aroma is bready and yeasty, and the taste is likewise bready with quite low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Viru finishes refreshing and semi-dry. Overall, this is good and worth a sample. RJT

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
ectuohy27 (627) - ESTONIA - FEB 15, 2011
Blehh--boring, kinda funky, pale lager. Props for being Estonian and being in such a cool bottle though (fx. city)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a shallow head. Smells of sweet and sour aged citrus. Light to medium nectar with good carbonation. Feels light and airy on the tongue. Sweet and grainy with mild bittering.

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