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

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RATINGS: 330   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.


1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle 300ml.
Clear medium yellow orange color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, cabbage water, cardboard, vegetable. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20090717]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31025) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2010
33 cL bottle, courtesy of KimJohansen. Pours clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma is mild grassy and malty. Sweet malty and cornish. Light grassy note. Bitter and grassy finish.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2003
The aroma is sour malty - is it brewed using brewing cereal? The color is yellow and it has no head. The flavor is a boring sweet malty one - with some sour hints. A below average international lager.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2005 (Bottle 30 cl) A beer in an octagonal bottle looking like a pre-revolution French perfume-bottle. Wauw, this is very fancy indeed. On that background it’s a pity Le Coq hasn’t bothered putting a decent beer in this hot looking container. The beer itself is an ordinary lager. Pale, decent head, slight sweetness and a very subdued bitterness. Very easy to drink and pleasant as such, but again - just an ordinary lager. Twist-off top. 080903

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
joergen (20662) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 18, 2005
Pale yellow - almost colourless beer, with a white head. Aroma of hops and malts. Watery flavour dominated by hops with notes of grain and malt. Boring.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2006
Bottled. Pale golden colour, small white head. Aroma is malts with some salt and hops. Flavour is quite the same, but hay is the most dominating.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (19327) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2006
[Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival] Clear pale yellow, almost no head. Grassy nose. Medium bodied with crisp pilsnerish slenderness and a fair amount of papery malt. Medium bitterness. Good for a commercial lager.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14750) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
26th September 2008. Sampled at ’Beer Exposed’. Clean crisp lager. Reasonably fruity from the little hop. Refreshing after some of the warm bitters tasted. Not bad.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fiulijn (14381) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
<i>Courtesy of Philippe (Bov)</i>
Hazy pale yellow color, small head. It smells of wet newspapers and alcohol. The common Lager flavor has a quite smooth texture and a light vanilla touch, with some alcohol perception too, overall very bad.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
saxo (13968) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
Bottle. Nice lokking bottle with screwlid. Small fast disappearing head. Color is very pale yellow. Aroma and taste is malt and hops. Short light bitter finish.


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