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Viru - AS Tartu Õlletehas

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122 Ratings

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AS Tartu Õlletehas visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Suds on 03-31-2006)
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Reviews by ChrisCage:
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Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- I have to say that the bottle is one of the best shaped bottles I've ever come across so that will earn this brew some marks immediately. The liquid itself is a partially hazed yellow color...almost like cloudy urine. The head is kind of non existent unfortunately, with little present initially and even less after settling down. There seems to be a decent amount of carbonation and the lacing isn't much to notice either. The contents of this wonderful looking bottle are a real letdown...

S- Interesting to say the least....there is some sweet, fruity malt noticeable in behind the typical cheap lager aromas....grass, raw grain and corn adjunct....lots of corn adjunct. The fruit that I noticed was citrus like in nature, and at does add somewhat to the overall character. I don't really smell a strong hop profile, as I would have liked to expect for this 'Pilsener' style lager....oh well...

T- The flavors in general actually aren't bad at all....there is a distinct biscuit like flavor noted, that reminds me of fresh yeast, and has a buttery (diacetyl) flavor that seems a little out of place. There is quite a bit of sweet malt noted and unfortunately boiled corn water is also a flavor I taste on my palate. Slight apple fruit is noticeable in the middle and the finish doesn't have much of a bitter saaz hop flavor....rather more of a cloying sweetness that lingers.

M- I have to say that this is a smooth, creamy beer to drink....even with a cleansing type of bubbly goodness on the palate. The body of the beer is medium-thin, which surprised me somewhat for this style. Nothing overly bad within this category!

O- This is an easy drinking, reasonably smooth beer to drink, but it just doesn't deliver overall...it is still a cheap Euro lager, that while it does have a richer malt profile, it is still full of adjunct blah-ness. I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy this one again, but won't go so far as to say that is shouldn't be tried by anybody...just not the beer that the good people at Viru say it is, that's all!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 03:59:53 | More by ChrisCage
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A 300ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. The bottle is an interesting octagonal cone shape. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. My gut feeling is that the bottle will turn out to be the best feature of this brew.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of faint malt with hints of stewed leaves, overcooked veg and a twinge of DMS. Not particularly pleasant.

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Bleh - a decidedly subpar lager. Looks pretty average, while the aroma and flavour are faint and beset with off-notes that detract from the experience. Lacklustre body. No great shakes; bland and unsatisfying. Do yourself a favour and give it a miss.

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Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
65 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.