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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
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.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jaghana (3920) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - MAR 18, 2014
Nice 30cl bottle, Nose is slightly nutty with paper touch. Aroma is dry with light malt notes, peppery, hops, very low body. Less tasty, watery, light corn sugar.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JoshuaStranger (161) - - MAR 10, 2014
Clear pale yellow,half inch soapy head. Aroma is very malty,slithly metallic. Taste is sweet malts,grain,some metallic bitter aftertaste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
s_hartshorne (1391) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle thanks to sarkynortherner. Golden colour no head. Aroma grain malts. Taste same quite sweet. Medium thin body soft carbonated. Decent larger great bottle.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mR_fr0g (3139) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle from Tesco. Estonian tick. Aroma is sweet grains, mineral, later soapy aromas persist. Crystal clear pale, yellow coloured with a fleeting frothy white head. Flavour is sweet cereal, some honey, light metalic. Some staling and some harsh fermentation by-products. Thin palate, high carbonation. Not Terrible.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
andrewje41 (444) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Probably one of the coolest bottles i’ve seen. That is the majority of the good things to say about this one. Light pour with little flavor.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
StefanSD (2136) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
300ml bottle courtesy of Erzengel. Thanks. Pours a clear yellow color with a small white head that has poor retention. The aroma is muted and indistinct with cereal and a trace of white fruits. The taste is bland and nearly flavorless with a bit saccharine sweetness. The palate is thin and watery and the carbonation is lively. Finishes short and unmemorable. Overall: One of the most beautiful bottles I have ever seen a beer put into. A bottle I will keep as a trophy. I would love to have more of these for bottling my homebrew into something distinctive.

1.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Pours clear straw, big white head Smell plastic, grainy, rice and straw Taste virtually non existent, slight honey finish Light body Ok

1.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
ripliii (1) - - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
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2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hens (528) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - FEB 13, 2014
0.3L bottle. Sour regular lager hop and yeast aroma. Yeasty, sour, some floral flavors. Quite usual estonian mass beer. Little water, little malt, yeast and sugar. Booring.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MarkoNm (537) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 8, 2014
First of all, compliments on the bottles. The content has a clear, golden color. The head is average with weak retention. The usual malty aroma dominates the nose. Nothing special. The taste is light, sweet and watery. No real bitterness present. Not even in the finish. Too bad. Still drinkable, but no real taste to it.


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