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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 cadaugherty
3/5  rDev +10.3%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of BlackBeerDown
3/5  rDev +10.3%

BlackBeerDown, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of mveatch
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

mveatch, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

ChrisCage, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of danoble1
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%

danoble1, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +47.1%

Beerman1977, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +37.9%

lupercmda, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

generallee, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of CSFerrier
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

CSFerrier, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
1.75/5  rDev -35.7%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DasBoot2112, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%

harpus, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

Pshkwa, Jul 28, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -35.7%

chel29, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of opalchemist
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

opalchemist, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
2.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a slight, quick head and lace.

From a pint glass, I discerned faint hops and sweet malt. Overall it was more grassy and faint.

The flavor of Viru is much akin to mineral water. There is a sweetish, faint apple flavor with a light, almost undistinguishable finish.

A medium body with lots of carbonation and no alcohol.

Easy to drinik and thirst quenching, though uninteresting. There is nothing offensive here and it did add to an enjoyable afternoon with friends.

SLeffler27, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300ml bottle

A- Really pale yellow, even for a pale lager. One finger head completely disappears in a couple of second

S- Pretty classic grainy smell with a nice amount of grassiness on the back of things. Maybe a slight citric note. Decent

T- Slightly crisp grainy malts, with some corn notes also showing up (slightly reminds of an american adjunct). Some light fruity hints (mostly lemon) show up on the tongue. Refreshing, herbal aftertaste. Again, decent

M- Light watery body, not as heavily carbonated as most pale lagers, just the right amount of pleasant crispness on the palate, a bit on the juicy side on the tongue

O- Not an impressive beer, but i'm finally tasting an industrial pale lager that feels natural. Highly drinkable and refreshing, it brings exactly what you would expect from the style

Cozzatoad, May 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +19.5%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -26.5%

jk3, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of stoutman
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one in Naples, Italy.. Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma is malty, cardboard with some grain. Taste is also sweet malty with some grain leading to an ultra lightly bitter but dry finish from the saaz? hops. Pretty ordinary and inoffensive but a GREAT OCTAHEDRAL BOTTLE!!

stoutman, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of rudzud
2.38/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased one of these cool looking bottles at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear straw hue with a fizzy one half a figner head that fades to leave a thin halo and light cloud in the middle.

S - Smell is heavily of corn and sweet malts.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose. Drinks more like an american adjunct. Lots of corn and malts. Not much else.

M - Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery. Nothing to it really.

O - Overall, this is quite the subpar beer. I would rather drink an american macro than another one of these.

rudzud, Jan 26, 2012
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2/5  rDev -26.5%

djrn2, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The coolest brown bottle in Beerdom. Best before date is supposed to be on the cap, but none there.
Listed as an American Adjunct Lager on BA, but is really more of a German Pilsner with Saaz hops and Baltic malts.
It pours a very pale golden color with a 2" snow-white head and some sticky and trailing lace.
The aroma is mostly grassy malt and a lightly citrus and resinous hop. A mild smell of wild flowers is in the distance.
A taste of white crackers carries a very light dose of lime-like hops. A hint of herbs and an odd salinity in the aftertaste throws things off a bit.
This isn't a bad beer...Very very gulpable lager.

BeerResearcher, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
2.15/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

300ml funky 10 sided triangular bottle poured into pint glass 1/1/12

A clear straw yellow with loads of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere but only a short lived thin film of foam after an angry pour no lace

S sweet grains with some sour lemon, skunk and faint grassy hops

T a weird purple grape flavor to go with what I taste, not all that great

M fairly thin but with enough carbonation, bit of a skunky aftertaste

O pretty basic stuff with some off flavors I could live without

cool bottle but that's about it, I doubt I'd bother with this one again

wordemupg, Jan 02, 2012
Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
65 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.