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Viru - AS Tartu Õlletehas

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BA SCORE
65
poor

130 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 2.72
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

TwiggyCZ, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of ant1
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ant1, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Lgarciaosuna
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Lgarciaosuna, Apr 11, 2014
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....

ChristopherWIU-UTPA, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of lilithdana
2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

lilithdana, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of GeeZaa
1.75/5  rDev -35.7%

GeeZaa, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Alextricity
2.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Alextricity, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of GarthT
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

GarthT, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of arkanu
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

arkanu, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
2.04/5  rDev -25%
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.

MarkoNm, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Boone757, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.06/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of vinicole
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

vinicole, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

dcmchew, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of apasternak
1.75/5  rDev -35.7%

apasternak, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of badrockin
4/5  rDev +47.1%

badrockin, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%

DuffDaddy, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

EagleTalon, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Ciocanelu, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

enelson, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Gab4717
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Gab4717, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
2.76/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

CFHMagnet, Sep 05, 2013
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.

mfnmbvp, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of Redbarchettayyz
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Redbarchettayyz, Aug 28, 2013
Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
65 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.