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

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


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1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jeremyh70 (1025) - Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Poured a very clear and very pale yellow with minimal head and decent lacing. Aroma is light with grainy pale malt and faint grassy hop character. Taste is a like sweet grain water. Faint cereal taste with a touch of honey. Nothing offensive but nothing very enjoyable either. Mouthfeel is light and so is the body with high carbonation. Just a very weak tasting lager with not much going on. ---Jeremy H


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gigaphone (5) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 30, 2016 does not count
A bit more taste than a generic pilsner bier. It is not too bitter, less watery then expected, has some distant ale-ish taste. Head disappears in an instant. Has a nice fizzy carbonation (good in my opinion for this kind of beer), bright yellow colour. Interesting bottle, good for parties, you can stack a lot of them in a fridge and there is a story of a bottle designed 100 years ago. Does not leave bitter aftertaste. Some distant metallic smell, but only a hint of it in the taste. Overall, for a "-What can I bring you? -A beer." type of situations, it looks quite good.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kto (714) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 19, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2016 0.3l bottle from migros cafe in grün80. pours a clear pale golden with a quickly disappearing white head and no lacing. aroma of hay and vegetables. flavour of grass, hay, malts. light body, slightly oily mouthfeel, a hint of bitterness towards the finish.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
darioklc (653) - Karlovac, CROATIA - MAY 6, 2016
330ml bottle. Bought in France. Has very clean taste and very light. Average macro lager.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkel07 (4880) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Legends 240416. My first beer from Estonia and it was not as unpleasant as I expected it to be. While not bursting with flavour it certainly was a lot more drinkable than a lot of pale lagers that I have had, luckily because I bought a 4 pack of this beer. Great looking bottle that really catches the eye. Looks more full bodied in the glass than it is in the mouth and there are aromas of wet straw and dirt. All in all not the most unpleasant beer drinking experience I have had.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rask0lnikov (505) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2016
Pale yellow colour. Almost no head. No distinctive aroma. Slight sweetness and hints of malts. Sweet beginning. Bit malty in the middle. Bitter finish. Some sweetness again in the aftertaste. Usual lagerbeer.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wolfcarnival (221) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2016
Drunk with cam, last day in prague. few final drinks with him while danzig was blasting. boys at icon got me this. country tick so nice one. pours pale with a fizzy head. little aroma, but its crisp, sweet and malty. fine summer beer and a cool bottle

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2016
clear gold pour medium carbonation aromas citrus grain lemon melon corn barley sweetness the flavours sweet some corn hay grass melon lemon a little flat but the sweetness keeps it interesting a little watery the finish lacking crispness and internal fortitude this beer liked the grain note but one way sort of taste no body strength

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cagou007 (881) - FRANCE - MAR 1, 2016
Pours a clear golden with thin white head. Nose is sweet malts, honey, herbal hops. Average carbonation, foamy texture. Short sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Towey1989 (1519) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) Pours a pale clear golden colour with a fizzy white head. Aroma of grain, some bready malts, slight maize and grassy hops. Taste of bready malt, slight maize, subtle cardboard and grassy hops. Light bodied and moderate carbonation. A bittersweet, bready, grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Impressed how balanced this lager is but other than that, it’s below and average and slightly gassy.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ElDesmadre (2976) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle. Sweet, vaguely malty, bland as bland can be. Not bitter, almost devoid of aroma and flavour. Nice bottle though.


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