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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2012
Very nice 30cl octahedral bottle. Pours a lemon yellow colour with a thin white head. Bready yeast aroma with flavours of bread, caramel and barley. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
reebtogi (4812) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
Unique 330 ml bottle pours a pale golden color with a quick dissipating white head that leaves no lace. Aroma is cheap grains and malts. Taste is light malty sweetness and an undesirable hop bitterness. Only appeal to this one is the bottle itself.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sevenlee (1566) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma is malty, cardboard with some grain. Taste is also sweet malty with some grain leading to an ultra lightly bitter but dry finish from saaz hops. Pretty ordinary but inoffensive and a great bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Nothing special here at all. Typical bad pale lager................................

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
RobertDale (4266) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 9, 2012
10.1 ounce bottle. Pours a pale clear yellow with a decent white head. Aroma of malt and grain. Taste is grain, malt, and a hint of hops. Light body. Not offensive. Nice bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
Very uniquely-shaped bottle, sampled at home, from my Hennepin glass. Pours clear yellow, thin white head; spotty lacing. Nose is tart with cardboard, lemon, and some faint earthy notes (hops?) way in the back. Flavours of damp cardboard, earth, some graininess... Not awful, but bland as hell.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
aphelion1979 (172) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
pours yellow with white fluffy head. taste is sweet/bitter, some floral notes, high carbonation. bottle is the best bit.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
12oz? bottle from Binny’s poured into a shaker. Pours a clear gold with a half finger of white head. Aroma of light hops and yeast. Taste is about the same. Light bodied with a thin texture. Fizzy carbonation and not much of a finish. Overall, it’s ok. Nothing really special here. I really just bought it to get myself another country. At about a buck a bottle, it’s drinkable.

   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.

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