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Viru - AS Tartu Õlletehas

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65
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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 23.16%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Estonia

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Suds on 03-31-2006

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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 10oz bottle (no date) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pale straw color with a faint haze to it and a thin white head. Good lacing noted, even after swirling to get some of the smell.

Smell: A lot like a sweet roll - very bready, but with some sweeter malts thrown in there. There is something like a floral or herbal smell waaaay in the back - but it is hard to tease out.

Taste: Very mild beer. Sweet bready malts up front, then a hint of apple and a very mild honey and grainy finish. Hops are absent. While on the sweet side of things - not at all bad.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue and then a smooth and slick mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: First of all, I don't think this is an adjunct lager. It has aspects of one, but it's very different and the website for the brewer doesn't claim to have adjuncts present. So maybe this is a Euro pale lager? Anyway, it's pretty good overall. Very drinkable - I could easily have another one or two of these, especially with the smaller bottle size. I originally picked it up just for the weird bottle but now that I've had it - I'm very glad I did have it and I'll have to get it again. A bit pricy since it's coming all the way from Estonia, but not a bad beer at all. I was expecting worse due to the reviews, but no, it's not that bad at all and is a very drinkable beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
1.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This came in a cool octagonal shaped bottle and is from Estonia so I went for it.

It pours a sickly transparent yellow reminiscent of malnurished urine. Almost clear.

The aroma and taste are of lightly skunked water and has a true corn husk thing going on.

This is pretty bad, not worth looking at, buying, or drinking. Try again Estonia.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #37 (Feb 2010):

Malt from Lithuania and hops from the Czech Republic, though the nontraditional-shaped bottle is really trying to set itself apart from the rest of the lagers out there. Pale yellow color and a lesser head than what a lager should have. Not much in the nose other than some dried grassiness from the grain. Massive crispness puts some force on the palate; refreshing. Watery malt body does not have much depth, though stays very clean. Hops are lemony and spicy with enough bitterness to get by. Bone-dry finish that has a virtually immaculate aftertaste.

What it is missing in complex nuances, it makes up for it by being really refreshing. Still, a no-frills lager.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.68/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a dry finish. Notes of cabbage/overdone veggies, stewed leaves, husks, a whisper of malt and faint corn. Well-attenuated, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, watery body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed veg/leaves and husky grain.

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a pale yellow crystal clear body with a foamy white head that has a slight yellow hue to it. There is a sea of bubbles but that is not enough to keep the head alive for more than a sip.
S- The slightly sweet sulfury hint of an aroma has a faint field corn note when it opens up but it is still very clean and devoid of good or bad aromas.
T- The very faint sweetness fades to a carbonic acid bite in the finish. The aftertaste is also light wit a slight pungent note that is pretty nondescript. There is a dryness in the finish aswell.
M- The light mouthfeel has a big fizzy finish that scrubs the palate of any flavor that might exist.
D- The aroma was stronger than the taste but there is realy nothing to either of them good or bad. It was a bit like drinking carbonated water.

Photo of Brenden
3.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly, this is the first beer I've bought since I arrived for vacation in Asheville. I got this one at Greenlife.

I was surprised by the appearance. A white head formed over this pale yellow brew and, while it seemed soft, it had some staying power and even left a little lacing behind.
The aroma is light malts and grains with a faint vegetable note. Nothing really to speak of, but not offensive.
The taste is straightforward, pretty similar but with a light malt sweetness to it and an herbal finish.
This beer was pretty smooth actually, though not as crisp as a typical adjunct. In many ways, this reminded me more of a Euro Pale than an adjunct. Just a side note.
This one really isn't undrinkable, and it went pretty well with the pasta salad and spinach cake I was eating on a hot afternoon.

Photo of biboergosum
2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funky, 8-sided pyramidal bottle, like something out of Star Trek or Star Wars, with the actual brewery and beer name (A. Le Coq) embossed near the base, and a much less interesting paper label on the neck, obviously slapped on for overseas treatment.

This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with a half finger of blink-and-you-miss-it fizzy white head, which is just as spare in its lace rendering. It smells of sweet corn malt, and farmer's field grassiness - wet hay and weeds. The taste is mildly sweet adjunct grains, some buttery alcohol, and grassy, weedy hops. The carbonation is pretty sedate, the body light, buy not overly so, with nothing else of note. It finishes off-dry, warm, and more-or-less clean.

As neat as the bottles is, the beer runs in entirely the opposite direction. Bland, inoffensive, I suppose, and just not worth the novelty.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lookin good, clear gold with a fast blend of carbonation leading to a one finger of white fluff....

Bready and mild yeast, and a spent grains in the nose

Wet wheat, and some sourdough pillar on top of a sweet peachy malt. This is actually a great flavored beer, perhaps because my expectations were so low and the prior reviews were bad as well.

Light and medium bodied, very clean with the ability to linger on the tongue for a few moments

Overall let it warm up and it blooms, I loved it!

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.51/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I stumbled upon this Lithuanian beer at Roosevelt at 7, McAllen, Texas. One should note that the water in this beer is from one of the deepest wells in all of Europe. It pours crystal clear yellow, little head, and average carbonation. It tastes like well water, with hints of malt, corn, honey, and a sweetness, it has a metallic aftertaste, and is not filling. It comes in a unique bottle....

Photo of tempest
2.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was searching for Carolina beers at Chip's Wine and Beer in Kill Devil Hills, NC and found this. I figured I'd never has Estonian beer and gave it a shot. It's basically just another clean continental lager. The aroma has very mild vegetable off-notes, but otherwise it's a simple and refreshing beer. It's no big surprise, but Estonians can make a macro lager as well as any one else.

Photo of opalchemist
2.8/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured it into a tulip shaped white wine glass to assess the aromas.

Eye:

Light straw golden. Thin and bubbly head - disappearing quite fast.

Nose:

Light - floral hop, faint fresh brewery aromas [same smells you can sense, if a brewery near you is brewing fresh beer] - hay/grass - later on aromas are changing to almost offensive metallic.

Taste:

Very light, almost like water; light hay aromas, very light hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel:

Watery - carbonation similar to Badoit water.

Afterthought:

Very short - even bitterness cannot prevail a couple of minutes.

Overall:

What should I say, the bottle looks totally awesome. But the beer inside is just not delivering.
A perfect lady beer, for a beer garden - for ladies, who don't really like beer. It is inoffensive throughout - but also just fail to impress on any level.

Photo of mdunman
3.59/5  rDev +32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Transparent gold with a decent white head

S: Light maltiness with some lemony hops

T: Sweet maltiness up front with a twist of lemon, followed by some weighty hops.

M: Light body with decent carbonation and a semi-smooth finish

I originally bought this because it had an awesome bottle and it was fairly cheap. But after cracking it open I found it to be a surprisingly pleasant experience. I wouldn't rush back for more, but I would definitely come back at some point. Good summer day beer.

Photo of alleykatking
3.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a pale straw yellow color. One and a half figner head shows poor retention. Light streak of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Sweetness off the bat with a hint of cereal grains. Nothing else really...although the flavor for what it is is very clean.

T- Sweetness that was in the aroma is coming off as the first taste in the beer. There is some light cereal grains that comes and goes rather quickly before giving way to light alcohol bite. Plain and simple this beer's flavor just is average at best with no off flavors.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the beer I think but typical for the style. Sweet corn notes left on the palate. Aftertaste is a sweet alcohol and that seems about it and nothing else. No off flavors at all and actually for what it is very clean. Light drying on the palate from alcohol.

D- With this beer not being full of off flavors like a lot of adjunct lagers it makes it very drinkable. Refreshing? Well that might be pushing it. Although I really did like this beer for what it was I wouldn't drink a sixer although if it were hot outside I think I might.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.14/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a thin white head and moderate lacing. Color is pale gold. Aroma is grainy, bready and slightly sour with a very faint hint of spicy noble hops. Flavor is typical for the style, clean, crisp, grainy, balanced with noble hops and light. Dry finish. Light mouthfeel with CO2 appropriate for the style. Overall, this is a good beer for the style, not too weird or offensive but not very remarkable either. I don't know why it is getting such bad reviews, it is not bad at all.

Photo of ChrisCage
2.82/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of bluejacket74
2.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

10 ounce bottle, date on bottle cap of 07.10.10. The bottle was stored in the cooler at the Party Source, but I'm pretty sure it's nowhere close to being fresh at this point. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a half inch white head. The head went away quickly, and there isn't much lacing, either. Aroma is sweet and bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a weird bitter taste that I don't care for. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it's a bit slick. It's also smooth and goes down easy. For the style it's not a bad brew. Worth a try if you can get a single bottle of it like I did. I might have to try a fresher bottle of this in the future.

Photo of Beejay
2.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Totally excited about this awesome looking bottle.

A: A light straw color with a nice white head. Crystal clear.

S: Slightly sweet, slightly malty, but really there is not a whole lot to the smell. It seems like there is even less here than usual in this type of beer.

T: Taste follows the scent. Very Light, some mild malt and a bit of residual sweetness. No hops, and fairly watery. There is something subtle in the very back that I can't identify...

M: Light and semi watery. Fairly high carbonation. Par for the course.

D: Cool bottle, but the bottle is better than the beer. This is your basic american lager, but without the distinct flavor that many others can achieve.

Photo of rsdaugherty
2.42/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A – Very thin white foam fades to near nothing quickly; brew is a clear well carbonated pale straw yellow 2.0
S – Very mild – sweet grains, dough, grass 2.5
T – A mild sweet malt grainy lager beer with a fizzy odd finish, very pedestrian 2.5
M – Utterly lacking mouth feel, very watery & thin, it is wet and has carbonation 2.0
O – Estonia checkmark is the sole reason to visit this beer, very light and drinkable but unenjoyable for me and I will not be buying or drinking this again when my 4 pack is gone. 2.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.07/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw yellow with a thin film of white foam with decent retention. Typical adjunct aroma of sweet malt, grain and faint hops. Flavor is light biscuit malt with a slightly harsh grain, grassy hops, faint apple juice. Light bodied with active carbonation. A decent pale lager, with a little more flavor and hops than most adjunct ales, but also a little less smooth and sweet. A satisfactory light lager for drinking with lunch but fairly average. Cool bottle.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An awesome bottle plus an Estonian beer... what's to complain about?

pours a typical lager-ish mellow yellow hue, crystal clear with a surprisingly decent head with fair retention. minimal lacing.

aroma is typical adjunct lager. pale malt, a hint of earthy eastern european hops, maybe a smidgen of vegginess. smells like crackers.

taste follows aroma. clean, simple light malt profile. hints of hops... a few more and this could be impressive... but it's a clean and refreshing malt profile. I've had much worse.

Mouth is clean, crisp, and just a touch creamy. ample carbonation keeps it light and clean.

All in all, as far as Amer. Adj. Lagers go, this one is really not all that bad. seems a bit cleaner than many. Not a beer I'd really crave, and it's not exactly cheap... but it's certainly not the worst. And by far the best Estonian brew I've had.

Photo of evlu1441
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In its lovely angular bottle, Viru is the only Estonian beer I have ever seen in Canada, and the only Estonian beer I've ever heard of. It's a tiny country, so you can't blame them for not having a whole lot of beers.

The beer has a medium straw colour with a decent amount of carbonation and a thin but nice-and-foamy head sitting on top.

The aroma is light and grainy, but also has a faint vanilla smell too. Interesting, if not especially great.

The taste is surprisingly multifaceted! It's very smooth and sweet towards the end, where ther vanilla notes come through nicely. There isn't much of a hop profile, but it is a very smooth and drinkable lager.

Overall, this is a better-than-average offering, and pretty good if it actually is an Adjunct lager.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.94/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 bread oriented with almost no hop bitterness showing up. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Viru finishes refreshing and semi-dry. Overall, this is a good beer and certainly worth a try, although the 10 oz. bottle in a bad value.

RJT

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.08/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

10.1 fl oz. bottle, with best before 27.12.13 printed on the cap. Found this bottle at a Binny's for something like $3.00. Premium beer from Estonia. Expectations are in the average range, considering the style and this beer's poor ratings on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Slightly aggressive pour on the finish conjures about two fingers of bone white sudsy head that fades away to a film quickly. Body is one of the clearest palest straw yellows I've ever seen.

S - Nose is comprised of dusty grainy malts, corn, hint of lemon, and wet cardboard.

T - Taste is of muted stale grains, malts, corn, hint of lemongrass, hint of cloves, metallic flavor, and wet cardboard.

M - Feel is coarse and dry, with a hint of bitterness & metal lingering.

Overall, this was a novelty beer that I mainly only bought because of the cool bottle. While it was cool to have the opportunity to try a "premium" Estonian beer, it would be cooler still if there were any redeeming qualities to the beer. Pretty inoffensive, but there really isn't any reason to seek this out more than once.

Viru ---2/5.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weird shaped brown bottle, looks like an old style vinager bottle. 5% Alcohol, 300ml in the container.

Poured into one of my Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip shaped glasses.

Looks like a lager, light, clear and golden. Plenty of bubbles rising towards a firm white head. Nothing wrong with its looks at all.

As with almost all lager/pilsners, there is not an aroma to write about. Some wheat esters maybe, but not a lot of anything. So my average 3 score goes down.

Dry and cardbord flavour, some dirty laundry with a hint of corrugated iron and rusting barbed wire in the finish.

Why do these beers come to my country? We have enough tat of our own without having to import it. The dryness turns into a metallic nasty, scummy, unpleasantness, that is hard to put into words while bile is forming in your throat.

Not a beer I'll be having again. Only bought it because of the bottle shape. Conned again, I'll never learn!

Photo of FreshHawk
2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, dull straw yellow color with a small, bubbly white head that disappears almost instantly with no lacing left behind.

S - Smells like slightly off grain and husks. Just a hint of corn/adjunct smell toward the end.

T - Pretty close to the smell. It has a slightly off grain and husk taste with a bit of a metallic aspect to it. Somewhat sweet malt taste comes out with it tasting slightly like corn, but not extremely adjunct/corn tasting. Very faint hop bite mid sip that fades fast.

M - Light body with a bit below average carbonation for the style. It has a little zesty/bubbly feel but is mostly just watery.

D - Similar to a number of mass produced and easy to drink beers. Taste has a slight off/different taste that can make it a bit more interesting to drink, but not enough for me to really want to drink it.

Notes: Pretty much a typical mass produced, easy to drink, low on flavor kind of beer just in a neat looking bottle and from Estonia. Had a slightly off and metallic taste that wasn't necessarily good or bad, just different. Not really worth seeking out, unless you want to try a beer from Estonia or want the bottle.

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Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
65 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.