omhper (25375) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2012
Bottled, from Stockmann, Riga. Clear golden, mid sized head. Bready malt aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and soft mouthfeel. Nice bready malt covered in a thin layer of grassy, spicy hops. Mid bitter finish. zenkis (865) - Ogre, LATVIA - JUN 12, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 Pours light golden with little but sustainable head. Aroma is something between minimal bready and corny, could be more intense. I feel no hops not in aroma nor in taste after I try to get more aroma in to my nose by spinning beer in the glass, little bitterness in aftertaste, no dry finish. Carbonation level is average good, some sweetness in taste, no sourness - like it. Tim Webb (469) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2011
50 cl bottle bought at a Rimi supermarket in Riga but drunk back home in the UK, in its sell-by month. Latvia’s best lager and able to stand up for itself in fairly stiff competition I would judge. Probaly hop pellets and 90% malt though it might be better than that. All the usual tastes of a higher quality blong lager. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells appley and skunky with some corn. Tastes sweet and sticky with some perfumy hints on the finish. estpiwo (1319) - ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle. Dark golden color. Sweet fruity aroma. Flavor is little bit sweet at the beginning, but immediately I can feel hops. Originalais is more hoppy than other Tervete brews. Good.
SaintMatty (7443) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2008
500ml Bottle - Dark golden/amber in colour. Malty, slighty citric and hoppy aroma. Lemony taste with some malt and hops and a lingering bitterness. Quite refreshing. FatPhil (16689) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 2, 2008
500ml bottle.faroeviking (11025) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 2, 2008
Fruity simple aroma, some hops too. Big hoppy bite, very bitter, and a little anaesthetic. Full body, tangy and chewy. Good lager.
Bottle. Pours a deep golden colour with a small white head. Aroma is a bit sweet with some bitterness and grains. Sweet soft bitter hopy and malty flavour krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2008
my opportunity to sample this beer is a monument of good intentions over beer-nerd sophistication: this came to me as part of the "great latvian beer airlift of 2007" (my partner went on vacation there-- don’t ask me why. sniff). zziemelis (12) - Rīga, LATVIA - FEB 6, 2006
i know as much about latvia as i do about curing constipation in geriatric gerbils-- or the dark side of saturn’s moons. not that any such knowledge is greatly requisite in simply rating a beer; i just don’t want to endorse a beer if they use slave labor or anything unsavory like that over there; i mean, for all i know, they get their brewing water from the same treatment plant that services the nuclear reactor.
barring those considerations, i found a beer that immediately wanted to learn my language and adapt to it’s host country. "whissssst" it sang out when i popped the top, and like any american thoroughbred, it galloped into the arena with it’s frothy white mane tossing, and with the shade of yellow only associated with the better-made tin grommets of the world.
fairly clean grains highlight the aroma, especially grains that came to us in plastic bins. it has a distinct "circus-peanut" kind-of orange-scented cotton candy aroma-- or imagine if jello made a lemon-hop flavored gelatin dessert. not at all unpleasant, and probably quite an allure to those factory workers who might in fact BE slaves. how should i know? anyway, seriously, i have no complaints: this is a decent enough straight-forward quencher, tending toward a medium body, grainy, dry, well-carbonated, and with enough fresh-tasting hops to rank it respectably among the ubiquitous euro-pilseners.
but... if i can only get her to go to belgium NEXT year!!
More bitter than the red-labeled «Tērvetes» (this one is slightly more expensive and carries black-coloured label, just like the famous scotch whisky). Color is golden, clear. Not bad.