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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
libertine (340) - 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

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pershing (497) - 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.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Rasmus40 (15199) - 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

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
kerenmk (3621) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5094) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Braudog (6115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle, with the odd octagonal shape. Crystal clear, yellow beer, quite active, with a bright white foamy top. Not much up-front aroma ... drinks with a full-on corny essence, slick as silk, biscuity and bready, as you’d expect. Cleanly made. Unoffending. (#4541, 3/25/2012)

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
foxo82 (826) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Pershore Road, Birmingham. Any beer that comes in an octagonal bottle deserves attention. Unsurprisingly for the style, this one pours a pale yellow with a high amount of carbonation and a thin head. Aroma of faint lemon mixed with air. Fizzy mouthfeel. The taste is disappointingly light with a very short finish which means this becomes sparkling water as soon as it is swallowed. Is it refreshing? Yes, but so is Evian and that is a lot cheaper for the same results. On the plus side, the bottle doubles as a nice vase.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
mansquito (4649) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Total Wine and More 10oz ($2.49): Pours a crappy pale with no head. Aroma of cornbrew. Taste is kind of sweet. I pretty much just taste adjuncts. I only purchased this beer for the bottle and for the fact that it came from Estonia, which is a nation from which I have not sampled many beers. I can see the reason why.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2012
good thirst-quencher but not high on flavor. good for the bbq and fish fry and a great eye-catching bottle.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - MAR 9, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 L’odore e il sapore sono quelli di ragů congelato, che non č certo il sapore che vai a cercare in una birra.


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