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


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RATINGS: 341   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dnicolaescu (944) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - APR 24, 2014
BOTTLE 30CL courtesy of bunget. Look: clear straw with a white head. Aroma: a drop of hops, mineral, clean lageresque aroma. Taste: light bitterness, light hoppy, some malt, clean and balanced, some grains in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bunget (573) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
300ml bottle. Clear yellow body, small white head with poor retention. Aroma of grassy hops, grains, a touch of metallic tones. Taste of sweet grains, grass, metallic can. Decent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
superflyguy (428) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
decent euro lager. recommended mouth feel. quite ’thick’. mild aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undercurrent25 (1485) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Fairly ordinary lager, a bit watery on the palate. Don’t think I will be revisiting this one any time soon

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
10oz, unique, octagonal shaped bottle. 3.23.14 on the cap. Does that mean best by, or bottled on? Anyway, poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint, for some reason. Appearance: Pale yellow color that doesn’t seem to be completely filtered. No head. No lacing. Really just looking like piss water. Smell: Stale corn... not even that fake corn syrupy corn aroma, just smells stale and a bit dirty. Dank. Not pleasant, and quite frankly off-putting. These sorts of beers don’t tend to smell GOOD, but this one almost comes off as flat out offensive. Taste/feel: Thin with incredibly prickly carbonation is the very first thing I notice. I mean... prickly carbonation like a pop/soda kind of thing. The flavor, well... what flavor? A bit of that stale corn. Subtle sweetness. Wet cardboard, for sure. Adjuncts all over the place in this one. There’s really no aftertaste, bitterness, or sweetness whatsoever that I can tell. This is just an incredibly poor beer, and quite frankly I’m surprised at the high ratings for this brew considering its style. A novelty sort of thing is all this is. The bottle’s neat, but the beer may honestly be worse than Bud Light in my opinion. Bud Light somehow has more flavor. This seriously might be the first time an adjunct lager sort of beer has actually let me down. I wish I waited a couple days to review this beer for April Fool’s Day, because this beer is a joke.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
prawlie (1186) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
Bottle from Tesco into a pint glass. Golden, lightly gassy with a bubbly-foamy head. The aroma is of Saaz and malt, nothing special. Sweet, malty, very bland. Lightly bitter. Not particularly impressive, but not terrible.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
StueyD (1239) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
A pale yellow coloured beers with a weak white head. Cereal aroma, some malt and a hint of citrusy hop. A weak, dry mouthfeel. A dry cereal taste to start, biscuity and malty, with a background hoppy citrus fruit flavour. The finish is thin citrus and citrusy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2014
330 ml bottle from Tesco. Pours clear pale gold, no head. Aromas are grainy, light, distant lemon. Taste is light sweet. Thin and watery. Ok for what it is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kacyper (337) - Lublin, POLAND - MAR 22, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 Piana żadna, aromaty słodowe. Bardzo słomkowe idealnie klarowne. Niskie nasycenie daje dużą sesyjność.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
danlo (1329) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Distinctive 300ml bottle. Clear yellow-golden colour, white foam head and aroma of straw, grain, grassy. Taste is sweetish grain, corn, straw, cardboardy. Watery, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, light dry metallic bitter finish.

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