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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Interesting bottle from backlog notes. Pours a clear light golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet grainy malt, corn, grass, general pale lager crap, I would not revisit, I probably should have avoided it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SSNZ (1) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2014 does not count
Points for the bottle....but alas, we’re raing the beer. Not great, not offensive, but just nothing happening here. Very subtle hops, slight sweetness which dies away fairly quickly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
eduardovl (1067) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle poured in a chalice. After a Coors, this one. Such a bad night... A: I would give 2.5 to the bottle. Nice format. The beer itself is not impressive. Pale yellow, very clear. Pours a medium aired white head which dissipates quiclky leaving very few lacings S: Smells grains, basically. A bit of yeasts and a little bit hops T: Tasteless. Adjunct grains, basically. Light bitterness M: Very light body. Watery. Fizzy carbonation D: Well, it’s refreshing because it’s very watery but it does not worth the price paid in Switzerland since you can have a Budvar of Urquell by the same price in the same supermarket [ BA Review @ 10/21/2010 ]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kita (1424) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle, 0.30l. Clear pale golden color with medium frothy white head and sparkling appearance. Aroma is grassy, grainy, vegetably and papery. Taste starts with moderate sweet corn malt and honey, follows by grassy and grainy sourness, mouthfeel is dry, while finish is light bitter. Light body, slick texture and average carbonation in palate. Bottle is certainly its only strength...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ken1 (1211) - DENMARK - OCT 12, 2014
Aroma: Sweet corn. Flavor: Sweet corn and a watery finish. Moutfeel is watery. Color: Amber with a quickly fading white head.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dervock (593) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle - straw yellow with a small white head. Cereal malt aroma. Slightly sweet, watery palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cimbasso (328) - - AUG 29, 2014
A very pale yellow with a short-lived white head. Aroma of grains and malt. Sweet, honeyed taste which is quite mouth-filling. Hop taste is rather weak without much bitterness to offset the slightly cloying sweetness. Bread-like after-taste. Not bad, but needs a little more hop flavour. Bottle is very individual and characterful.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1804) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Pale, yellow coloured with a fleeting frothy white head. Aroma is sweet grains. Flavour is sweet cereal, and some honey.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Ragnampiza (745) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - AUG 26, 2014
300 ml funky looking bottle. Pale golden yellow, crystal clear, with a small, creamy but not persistent bright white head. Dusty and grainy nose, slightly hoppy (earthy), some sweet malts, a hint of wet cardboard and herbs/grass. Sigh, another cloyingly sweet pale lager. I was hoping for some decent bitterness from the Saaz hops but no.. Sirupy, honey like and sugary sweetness. Slightly astringent, almost no bitterness whatsoever. Relatively easy to drink, but pretty much unpleasent. Average carbonation, light body, slightly creamy texture. Another new country tick, at least.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
bytemesis (4468) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear pale golden, small white head, dissipates quickly with little lacing. Aroma is grain, grass, hay. Flavor follows, little sweetness, medium bitter, clean, clear of defects, refreshing. Light body, plenty of carbonation.

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