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 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
CanIHave4Beers (2905) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Now this is what I’m talking about when I talk about packaging 10 out of 10! The beer pours a pale yellow with just the slightest of haze, the beer has lots of tiny bubbles and a huge rocky white head that leaves some good lace. The aroma is hay and toasty malt but also has some apple and a bit of breakfast cereal as well. The flavor is lemony and grassy with some mild hop zing and a very grainy and watery flavor throughout. The palate is markedly thin but the carbonation, while on the high side is very plesant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Octagonal unique bottle. Pale, filtered, yellow color. Adjuncty, buttery sweet aroma, some herbal hop tones. Sugary, mild malt liquor pretty much. Light bodied, with some faint peppery noble hop tones. Drinkable, only because it’s so bland. Sugary mouth coating finish. Unimpressive, crap beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Odd bottle, not that bad of a beer, must be the Saaz hops. More maltier than I was expecting but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear gold with a thin white head that dissipated completely. Aroma was full of sweet grain and corn with a bit of grass and lager yeast. Flavor was similar with lots of adjunct some corn and a bit of growing grass in the finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2010
10oz bottle. Clear straw body with small white head. Aroma is bread, some straw, light soap, lemon. Taste is medium sweet, bread, some apple, light straw. Light body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle on 06/28/2010. Pale golden body with a small white head. Sweet honey and light grassy hop aroma. Sweet honey and grassy hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 3/1/3/2/7 - 1.6 Bottle at WBF-Raleigh on 04/24/2010. Clear golden body with a small white head. Sweet pilsener aroma. Sweet pilsener flavor. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 5/2/5/2/11 - 2.5

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear pale color with a medium frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet grass hop aroma. Light to medium body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Light to medium sweet flavor with a light to medium sweet finish of short duration. I would not recommend this to a freind.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pumpmaster (1089) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Sample from bottle at the Treasure Coast Beer Fest 9/11/10 Ft Pierce, FL. Nice bottle, bad beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Pretty pimp bottle. The aroma is quite empty just a flutter of malt and honey to it. The flavour is quite sweet at first but then a decent amount of noble hop character sets in with a lengthy dryness. The honey never disappears though. Not a great one.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2010
10 oz Bottle -- Pours pale yellow with a thin white head. Literally nothing on the nose. Thin and metallic with a weird sourness going on.

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