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Viru - AS Tartu Õlletehas

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BA SCORE
66
poor

133 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 21.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 generallee
3.25/5  rDev +19%

generallee, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of CSFerrier
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

CSFerrier, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
1.75/5  rDev -35.9%

avaldivia, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of DasBoot2112
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

DasBoot2112, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

harpus, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Pshkwa
3.25/5  rDev +19%

Pshkwa, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of chel29
1.75/5  rDev -35.9%

chel29, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of opalchemist
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +5.5%
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 +13.6%
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%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -26.7%

jk3, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of stoutman
3/5  rDev +9.9%
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 -12.8%
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 -26.7%

djrn2, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev +11%
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 -21.2%
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
Photo of evlu1441
3.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

evlu1441, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of avalon07
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was almost no head to speak. No real lacing either.

S: A decidedly muted aroma of hops, malt and a grassy quality.

T: Tasted of hops, a little lemon, malt, and the grassiness. Not a whole lot going on with this one. Very thin and watery, without much character.

M: This is a beer in need of some carbonation, though it does have a decently crisp and dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is just another bland Euro lager that just happens to come in a cool-looking bottle.

avalon07, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of keethrax
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

MGD imported in a fancy (and small) bottle.

Got this as a Christmas gift, no doubt due to the admittedly neat bottle.

Like your big brewery american beers there's not much *wrong* with this, but really not much right with it either. Which would be OK at the prices charged by the big and (relatively) local guys.

Appearance: Straw yellow, quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Almost nonexistant (which beats the frequent reports of skunked bottles)

Taste: MGD but a little sweeter.

Mouthfeel: Light and pleasantly fizzy.

EDIT: This one actually improved when served at what I would consider too warm for the style. As such, I've edited my ratings a bit.

keethrax, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of kevosbob
1.45/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Viru, also know as “A. Le Coq Premium Extra,” is an adjunct style lager brewed in Estonia. Viru is brewed by the Baltic Beer Company at the A. Le Coq brewery in Tartu. Introduced in the United States in December 2009, Viru is imported by C2 Imports, based in Denver, Colorado. Viru is probably most famously know for the distinctive octagonal pyramid shaped bottles intended to resemble the medieval-era turrets found in Estonia. At a 5% alcohol by volume this light beer is brewed with malted barley from Lithuania, water drawn from artesian wells at the brewery, and Saaz hops.

The color of this beer is a pleasant golden yellow that is slightly hazy. Personally, I enjoy this compared to the super filtered American style adjunct lagers. The head is foamy and white and lasts longer than expected for this style of beer. The nose of this beer is very slight but notes of cereal and musky hops can be picked up. Unfortunately, a copper or mineral aroma can be picked up to which may be intentional by using water from artesian wells

When drinking this beer it was maltier than expected with a mellow sweetness. It tastes like it smells with bread or cereal flavors and grassy, musky, spicy hops to add to the bitterness. The high carbonation makes the beer crisp on the tongue, but the beer has very few flavors to start with so the crispness doesn’t last long. The hops are mostly aroma based and there is no alcohol warmth, and even though it’s not a bad beer, it does seem to lack in quality and craftsmanship.

This is actually a pretty good summertime beer to accompany any hot day, but because of the price it really isn’t worth buying over other adjunct lagers. It would be great if it was sold in 30-rack quantities, but for $4+ for a 10 ounce bottle, this beer is not worth the price. The unique bottle is really the only thing that sells this beer and it’s too bad the beer doesn’t match the distinctive packaging. I would only suggest this beer for a die-hard fan of bohemian pilsners, and even then I hesitate.

My Beer Rating: 1.5

kevosbob, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of rsdaugherty
2.42/5  rDev -11.4%
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

rsdaugherty, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of JLeege
1.2/5  rDev -56%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought because the bottle looks so stupid and awesome at the same time.

Appearance- Pours a clear straw, with a finger of bubbly white head, quickly dissipated.

Smell- Oh hell. Slight earthy hops, and a bunch of skunk. One of the few truly skunked beers I have smelled.

Taste- Slight hops, very grainy, and skunk. Spoiled rotten eggs and sulfur.

Mouthfeel- Light body and carbonation.

Overall- What a disaster! About 4 ounces was more than enough.

JLeege, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.6/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cool bottle. I'm not ashamed to say that I bought this beer for the bottle alone, although the fact that I've never had an Estonian beer factored into the decision as well.

Pours a deep golden colour with huge bubbly carbonation. The large bubbles even stick to the outside of the glass rather than rising to the surface, giving you a good look at just how large and unseemly they are. Head froths then disappears almost immediately. Looks very worrisome.

Nose is slightly metallic and otherwise slightly skunky. If it weren't a brown bottle I'd attribute it to green bottle light strike. Otherwise very little; at its core, it's a very bland aroma.

Taste is also very, very bland. Light metallic hiss on the tongue, minimal malt, but a biting almost chemical bitterness on the back that seems thin and weak, but without any body. It's too noticeable. Really not good.

Yep, pretty appalling brew, this one. Very artificial tasting, thin, weak and unpleasant.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 17, 2011
Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
66 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.