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


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RATINGS: 331   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma shows notes of grain, grass, and a certain herbal quality. Flavor shows the same but also tastes like a gelcap disolved in my mouth. Not very pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
My first Estonian Rating.
10oz, conical-octagon, shaped bottle. Pours clear, almost yellow. Mostly clear, with fizz. Smells of sugary malt powder, heavy malt nose. Not much hay, grass, or steamed vegetables as expected. Flavor of rice, malt powder, and some leathery hop florals. Finishes with a mineral taste, heavy on the hard water salts. Overall, it is better than most other fizzy pale lagers from Eastern Europe. Bonus points on Appearance for the bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Thanks Richmond crew! Transparent pale gold, no head but a thin white ring. Large bubbled effervescent. Nose of corn, light citrus, bit of metal. Sweet corn flavor, dough, bit of urea through the finish. Thin effervescent finish, bit of dough, biting corn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gowdy (730) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2011
300ml bottle at home. grass, pale, clear, no head, light sweetness, not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle @ home. Somewhat clear light yellow-orange body with a white head. Grainy pale malty lager nose. Flat and bland pale malty lager flavor. Slightly bitter finish. Boring beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma of grain, light malt, light floral. Flavor is very much the same, a tad sweet, not much hop in the finish. Mouthfeel is light body with high carbonation. Overall, not much to say.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of Butters. Pours clear straw yellow with a spare, fizzy white head, short retention and flat. Aroma is heavy malt (grainy, straw, meal, cereal), light hops (earthy), and light esters (fruity) with notes of corn, corn, and corn. Flavor is heavy malt (straw, meal, cereal), light hops (earthy), and light esters (fruity) with notes of corn, corn, and corn. Light body, low warmth, carbonation, and creaminess with a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zvikar (3383) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 16, 2011
Draught sample at the 1st Israeli Beer Exhibition in Tel Aviv. pale with a small head, aroma of cereals, corn and malt, flavor of cereals, malt, rice and pleasant sweetness, light bodied.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
13th Richmond Gathering. Thanks to Butters. Aroma is faintly of sweet grain. Flavor matches, no hop flavor, very faint bitterness. Just not much going on here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Butters (3763) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Sampled at the Richmond Gather XIII. Very pale clear straw with faint ring of white head. Light corn and grassy notes. A little yeasty dusty actually. Moderately crisp. lemony finish. No horrible flaws...about what I expected. Cool bottle though.

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