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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
10oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt and corn. Poured yellow/gold in color with a small, white head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Lightly cloudy. A few small particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of corn, malt, and a hint of hops. Light body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, corn finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
estpiwo (1310) - ESTONIA - NOV 20, 2011
Bought it in Italy, Trieste. So interesting fact, but beer was very common. Typical eurolager, without soul. Interesting bottle, no more.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2011
Poured pale yellow with a white head. Straw, grass, honey in the basic aroma, not much to go by. Starts sweet, bicomes slightly bitter. Not sure why I bought this, although the bottle is cool.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 17, 2011
Courtesy of Balázs, thanks! Világos, szalmasárga színe van, belül tükrösen tiszta. Közepes méretű fehér habja van, ami gyorsan elapad. Illata vizes szalmás, malátás és virágos. Ízében is ezeket találjuk, egy kicsit malátásabb és a komló egy kicsit háttérbe van benne szorulva. Könnyű, kissé vizes teste van és közepesen szénsavas. Utóíze keserédes, kissé fanyar. Ez egy egyszerű, hétköznapi lager sör, ami a különleges palackjával sokkal többet ígér...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sulawang (698) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2011
pours minimal head, light jasmine tea coloured. Lots of osmanthus on the nose, tastes of clover honey and osmanthus, medium CO2 carry, crisp finish with mild hops and bitterness. Quite different. Rather light bodied and watery.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
(30cl bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of mustiness, candy corn, roasted peppers, and minerals. Flavor of herbs, grass, minerals, subtle roasted pepper, and grain.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 30, 2011
25/08 0.33 l bottle from from Coop store, Gradisca d’Isonzo. It poured pale yellow body with small head that lived short. Typical grainy and lemony boring pale lager aroma. Similar flavor, besides grainy bitterness, shows some corn sourness and lemony hops. Thinner to medium body with acidic and sweetish finish. So typical and bad macro thing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Marko (4202) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 25, 2011
0.3l bottle courtesy of and shared with heavy - thx! Shiny pale golden body, small white head that went away fast. Ugly sweetish, perfumey malty nose with notes of corn. Light salty vaguely herbal corny taste. Bit dusty. Damn this sucks.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 21, 2011
Nice bottle, shame about the beer. Pale yellow, a bit too gassy for my taste, thin flavour. Not very pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2011
A rating from an old notebook. Bottle. Pale gold, thin head. A fairly crisp easy to drink lager without really any off flavours but generally quite boring. A touch on the sweet side maybe. It’s certainly an acceptable pale lager.

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