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


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RATINGS: 342   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11876) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle at the Windows London Hilton. Pours an effervescent yellow with a foamy, white head. Cereal aroma. Sweet flavor, some straw, grain and cereal. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Some bready malts to finish, slight hay and slighter metal, more cereal. Not bad, really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Translucent straw with a thin white head, medium-light body with high carbonation.

Aroma: lots of sweet pale malt.

Taste: biscuity and nutty and sweet pale malt, mild hop bitterness, and a bit of simple-sugar induced fruity (apple/pear) yeast esters.

Clean, earthy, grainy, balanced, sessional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ronaldtheriot (1338) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Viru has a thin, white head and a cloudy, straw appearance with some bubbles streaming up and no lacing. The aroma is bready and yeasty, and the taste is likewise bready with quite low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Viru finishes refreshing and semi-dry. Overall, this is good and worth a sample. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4090) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2005
Strange and interesting bottle which contains a slightly,albeit very slightly above average lager.Strange bitterness that leaves a very unusual aftertaste.Low carbonisation makes it easy to drink but thats albout all I can say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4082) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2012
Grainy barley and wheat. Clear yellow thin white head. Medium body. Honey and grain. Wheat bread finish. I’m really digging on the bready sweetness. Is it exceptional? No, but this is a quality beer from a lackluster style. Well worth the elusive Estonia tick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2336) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2013
One of the fluffiest heads I’ve seen on a pale lager. two to three fingers high, pale golden with fine carbonation. Aroma and taste are mildly malt with some citrus notes. Not much lasting flavor, but a very decent lighter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
massingasetta (295) - München, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2014
Schon alleine der Design der Flasche ist inspirierend. Farbe und Optik des Bieres sind ordentlich bis gut, für die Flaschenform gibt es noch ein Punkt dazu. Schaumkrone hält gut und auch der Geruch passt. Der Einstieg überzeugt nicht, aber der Geschmackshorizont ist durchaus interessant im Körper und Abgang. Ein Bier das im Geschmackspegel von undefiniert ins Würzige fliesst. Fazit: Interessantes Pils betonzes Bier mit coolem Flaschendesign.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (261) - - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle from Bridge Tavern Newcastle. Nicely shaped bottle - contents pretty textbook - bread, sweetness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 23, 2005
Una de las mejores cervezas de los paises balticos que he probado y por menos de 40 cts de euro. Que mas se puede pedir

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Now this is some kind of fancy bottle! Not a bad beer either. Probably if not for the fact that I am seeing sugar listed up there under ingredients, this could possibly fall into the Pilsener category. I dunno if there’s been any experimentation into this area but I’d imagine if this had been called a pils, it would be rated somewhat higher. Damn anti-pale-lager bias! Regardless, this pours a nice golden color w/ a foamy head that lasts at about a quarter inch thickness for the whole glass. This may well be the result of chemical foaming agents or something but darned if it doesn’t look nice. Grassy, noble-hop nose and a bit of bready grain character. Very slightly sweet w/ a quick finish and only a very mild hop bitterness. Medium carbonation, light bodied and very lightly tart. This is a mild lager but it is by no means flavorless. My bottle tasted very fresh and was quite enjoyable, certainly a step up from most American macros or the dusty bottles of German pils you see at too many liquor stores.

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