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


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RATINGS: 355   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
edsspoon (654) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle - lawnmower beer. Pale yellow with a thin ring of a white head. Aroma of lager malts and grass, very faint though. Taste is beer flavoured water, essentially - some bitterness, lemon and sweet malts. Light body, light carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrJoller (85) - ITALY - JUL 27, 2014
lower than average lager, nonexistent flavor balance (you can only taste low quality saaz), overpriced garbage

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cmacklin (327) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
300 ml bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma of grass and malt. Slightly sweet flavour of malt and corn. Light body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Thirst quenching, but just another boring lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
teddybeer (2473) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 17, 2014
Golden color with a quickly diminishing white head. Aroma is light malty with grassy notes. Flavos is slightly bittery with a weak maltiness. Watery and weak final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (3326) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JUL 13, 2014
300ml bottle (not bottle conditioned) from Tesco, Ayr - clear pale golden, lot of bubbles, non-existent head, oaty, grain aroma, no lacing, pale malty, cereal flavour, high carbonation, light, refreshing

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Golden beer out of a whacky pyramidal bottle; tastes like any other macro lager, with an added side of fruity metal; odd, but not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TXBadger (1704) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Pours a clear light gold color with white head. Cereal grains on thr nose mainly; follows onto the palate. Finishes clean. Typical pilsner.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Graham77 (282) - Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
330ml bottle. Clean cereal taste, inoffensive, light and refreshing. Probably not worth the money you will pay for it in the UK. Average lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chrisklintworth (23) - - MAY 24, 2014
easy to drink, light hoppy favour, clear golden, white light frothy head, quite enjoyed this

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (2360) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2014
300ml bottle, bb 07/2014, merci jaghana. Papery malt nose with sulphur, continued on quite a smooth palate into decent EU lager territory: some hops, slight overcooked pale malt aromatics, yet none too sweet or corn-starchy. I can easily sum up 5 DE and BE macro lagers that are worse than this. "Oled see, mida jood" - according to this fitting Estonian dictum, I am currently an octagon-shaped, drinkable adjunct lager with a few redeemable qualities.

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