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

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RATINGS: 394   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.


jeremyh70's rating

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jeremyh70 (1061) - 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


3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerUnited (47) - - JUL 31, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2016 Bottle at Punchbowl York. Poured into tulip glass. Pours pale golden in colour with a creamy white head. Weak aroma. Slightly sweet but faint. Very soft yet explosive carbonation. Taste is sweet and malty. Notes of vanilla. It is reminiscent of cream soda. Crisp finish with lingering vanilla. Definitely poor as a lager but great as an oddity. Pleasantly refreshing and a welcome change to the norm. Excellent bottle too

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
wombat23 (687) - Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Hazy pale gold with a small white head. Aroma of grass, light malts, and hint of fruitiness. Similar taste with a mildly sweet/bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sjogro (2719) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2016
Straight from the bottle at Plage de Cleut Rouz. Sweet malts, chalk. Light sweet and bitter. Under medium body, average carbonation, soft chalky feel, pretty decent.

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
darbeer75 (517) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Aroma: sickly sweet; I’m scared; Appearance: pale straw with clear pour and nonexistent head; Taste: lager that succombed to sickly sweetness; gross; Palate: light bodied with long, sweet finish; Overall: no interest in trying again.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hauxe (412) - Butzbach, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2016
Love the bottle. Pours gold into the glass with a creamy head that lingers. Aroma is malty with light floral hints. Taste initially malty sweet, with light sweet and sour notes in the finish, but overall rather bland. It makes no glaring mistakes, but the bottle design is the only creative thing about this beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gigaphone (7) - 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 (884) - 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 (705) - 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 (5146) - 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 (738) - 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.


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