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Viru - AS Tartu Õlletehas

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BA SCORE
65
poor

122 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Estonia

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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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.66/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 22:38:24 | More by jazzyjeff13
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hoplover66

Spain

1.5/5  rDev -44.4%

04-28-2014 19:53:39 | More by hoplover66
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TwiggyCZ

Czech Republic

2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-28-2014 19:50:59 | More by TwiggyCZ
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Clear straw body, a white head recedes to nothing with no lacing.

Aroma: Faint malts, lots of dried grass, straw. And an honest boiled egg smell.

Taste: An almost lemongrassy beginning, citrus body, dry sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Watery and dry.

Overall: There is an overwhelming egg aroma and taste that ruins this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 18:23:27 | More by JuicesFlowing
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ant1

France

2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-23-2014 18:47:11 | More by ant1
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Lgarciaosuna

Mexico

2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

04-11-2014 19:33:05 | More by Lgarciaosuna
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.51/5  rDev -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....

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 04:32:43 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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lilithdana

Mexico

2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It is a refreshing drink, but with a little more intense than expected bitterness. Besides the wonderful bottle design, the content is poor. I think it is better to take it very cold, to not notice the flaws. The taste reminds me a lot of Corona or Budweiser. Nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 02:14:27 | More by lilithdana
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GeeZaa

Romania

1.75/5  rDev -35.2%

04-04-2014 20:20:41 | More by GeeZaa
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Alextricity

Michigan

2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

10oz, unique, octagonal shaped bottle. 3.23.14 on the cap. Does that mean best by, or bottled on? Anyway, poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint, for some reason.

Appearance: Pale yellow color that doesn't seem to be completely filtered. No head. No lacing. Really just looking like piss water.

Smell: Stale corn... not even that fake corn syrupy corn aroma, just smells stale and a bit dirty. Dank. Not pleasant, and quite frankly off-putting. These sorts of beers don't tend to smell GOOD, but this one almost comes off as flat out offensive.

Taste/feel: Thin with incredibly prickly carbonation is the very first thing I notice. I mean... prickly carbonation like a pop/soda kind of thing. The flavor, well... what flavor? A bit of that stale corn. Subtle sweetness. Wet cardboard, for sure. Adjuncts all over the place in this one. There's really no aftertaste, bitterness, or sweetness whatsoever that I can tell. This is just an incredibly poor beer, and quite frankly I'm surprised at the high ratings for this brew considering its style.

A novelty sort of thing is all this is. The bottle's neat, but the beer may honestly be worse than Bud Light in my opinion. Bud Light somehow has more flavor. This seriously might be the first time an adjunct lager sort of beer has actually let me down. I wish I waited a couple days to review this beer for April Fool's Day, because this beer is a joke.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:23:23 | More by Alextricity
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GarthT

Hong Kong

2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

03-20-2014 13:45:10 | More by GarthT
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arkanu

Romania

2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-14-2014 20:39:02 | More by arkanu
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

2.04/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First of all, compliments on the bottles.
The content has a clear, golden color. The head is average with weak retention.
The usual malty aroma dominates the nose. Nothing special.
The taste is light, sweet and watery. No real bitterness present. Not even in the finish. Too bad. Still drinkable, but no real taste to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 16:37:52 | More by MarkoNm
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Boone757

Maryland

3/5  rDev +11.1%

02-05-2014 02:05:40 | More by Boone757
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.06/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 21:24:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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vinicole

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-30-2013 19:04:14 | More by vinicole
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dcmchew

Romania

3.25/5  rDev +20.4%

11-10-2013 13:38:10 | More by dcmchew
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apasternak

District of Columbia

1.75/5  rDev -35.2%

10-25-2013 01:54:40 | More by apasternak
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badrockin

Michigan

4/5  rDev +48.1%

10-18-2013 23:01:40 | More by badrockin
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DuffDaddy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

10-07-2013 16:09:21 | More by DuffDaddy
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 07:26:04 | More by EagleTalon
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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-23-2013 20:05:17 | More by Ciocanelu
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enelson

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-21-2013 18:08:06 | More by enelson
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Gab4717

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-20-2013 01:08:04 | More by Gab4717
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

2.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I found this at a bottle shop in North Royalton. The cap tells me I should drink this before "27.12.13."

It poured a half finger of nearly white head. Lace tries diligently to cling to the side of the bottle. A veritable army of bubbles marches up the body on this guy during consumption, and great head retention.

The smell is weak. Beat-up bready malt and hand-me-down grassy hops.

This one is slightly sweet on the beginning. Tastes a little adjuncty. Grassy hops with a light spice end it on a slightly dry note.

The mouthfeel is light bodied. It slides over the tongue easily enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 14:38:59 | More by CFHMagnet
Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
65 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.