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Viru - AS Tartu Õlletehas

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122 Ratings

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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AS Tartu Õlletehas visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of womencantsail


2.1/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this obscure beer, Greg.

A: The pour is a clear golden yellow color with a short lived white head.

S: Smells of chile peppers more than anything. A very green, spicy aroma which is quite strange. Skunk, yeast, and water make up a decent amount of the aroma, too.

T: Sweet and sugary with a definite corn and vegetable flavor. The odd spiciness and chile pepper character is also present. Other than the bad and strange, this is pretty watery.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: This was one of the strangest beers I've ever had. And not a very good one.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:35:38 | More by womencantsail
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.9/5  rDev +44.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:18:07 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of bluejacket74


2.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:07:11 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of BestOfBatonRouge


2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like many I picked this up due to it's bottle. In Louisiana it completely stands out and I just had to have it. It poured light gold very highly carbonated and had a strong hissing with lots of bubbles. The head dissipated fairly quickly. The first sip is by far the best for this beer. At first on the front it's very malty and tasty. After that it flattens out considerably and becomes very average. I wouldn't buy it again at the price but the bottle still is cool.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 14:02:22 | More by BestOfBatonRouge
Photo of damndirtyape


3.83/5  rDev +41.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:22:20 | More by damndirtyape
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4.2/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frosty golden liquid with a finger of head that goes right away. Smells very bready, also some banana, corn and very faint citrus. Tastes like crisp vegetables with sweet fruit. For an adjunct lager this stuff is really, really good. I'd drink it all the time if I lived in Estonia.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 18:45:38 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of mdunman


3.63/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:44:03 | More by mdunman
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3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in an oddly charming six-sided obelique looking bottle- slender and elegant, Viru takes on bohemian proportions and weight for a fuller flavor than what's expected from adjunct ridden beers.

Medium gold in color and with a medium haze, the beer carries a visual weight that is more formitble than expected. A foamy white head forms and sits on the beer with solid persistence. Low lacing leads to the lack of character for adjuncts.

Medium apple and pear esters are a nice complement to the hop aroma that borrow notes of lemongrass and floral compounds. All backed by a malty/grainy blend for a well balanced nose. Bready/doughy and yeasty spice tell me that this is better beer than I expected.

Flavors also represent a sturdy malt backbone with raw barley sweetness and starchiness and a non-descript sweetness from cereal grains. Mild ester flavors of apples, pears, along with a light lemon acidity seem to surpress the sulfur taste and allow for a seamless bridge to herbal and grassy bitterness in finish. All in all, a nice but not over stated taste.

Again, a more robust or starchy body gives added creaminess and weight to the beer that never waivers- fuller and more robust than ususal, the beer seems very Maibock-like. But the sweetness lingers in the finish to rival the crisp and bitter dryness that the minty alcohol and hops provide.

Fans of bohemian pilsners and German Maibocks may want to give this beer a shot- robust for a lager and surprisingly flavorful and textured for any beer that includes adjunct grains.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 17:12:34 | More by BEERchitect
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3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very light transparent gold with a very thin head. very bubbly with some floaties.

S-smells a lot like any other american adjunct lager. smells like rice and corn malts. has a medium scent.

T-looks awful, smells awful, tastes....surprisingly decent. comes in with smooth and creamy corn malts. it transforms in to a sweet buttery rice flavor. considering the style, this is better than i expected. there lacks a potent after-taste.

M-high and creamy carbonation with a crisp finish

D-this is probably one of the best adjunct lagers i've had to be honest. it goes down so easily. i honestly feel that BMC drinkers would prefer this to...well...BMC. my glass disappeared quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:24:50 | More by AdamBear
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Close to two finger head of bone white and delicate microfoam, hard to even see the contour of most of the bubbles, retention is slight at best, simmers down swiftly, lacing fares about the same, some immediate stick then gone. Clear golden straw color to the liquid, pale yet attractive, only sparse bubbles visible, not much difference towards the rims. Noticeably sweet nose of corn syrup, honey, cane sugar and potato bread, waft of orange citrus, rice and mixed grain, no real herbaceous character, highly innocuous. Medium-bodied, good solid bottom keeps it anchored in the palate, remains on the sweet side here too with that corn and other adjuncts, honey and caramel, the orange citrus pulp and sweet, notes of standard peach and apricot fruit. Moderate hay, meadow grasses, once more avoids any really herbal bite or overall bitterness. The carbonation is light but tight enough to help it finish with elevating dryness. Nothing really noteworthy, does have high drinkability and general smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:54:38 | More by farrago
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.95/5  rDev +46.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 17:29:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow apperance with little head that disapears quickly. Smell is hard to pick up, there is some grain and sweetness.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet and grainy. There is a lingering maltiness to it. Body is light, but clean and creamy, with light carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and bitter.

Overall, really mediocre but it is refreshing. The bottle alone is a reason to get this, but it is like any other adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 03:53:07 | More by CrazyMike
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3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 21:44:43 | More by alleykatking
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2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The color is an extreme pale yellow. I don't think that I've ever seen a beer this pale. There is little head and almost no lace.

Smell: These is almost no smell. If I was blind, I don't think that I would ID this as beer from its smell.

Taste: There is almost no flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thin.

Drinkability: You can drink it. It's not a bad beer as far as taste and smell go. That's to say it doesn't taste or smell bad. It's as if someone wanted to make a beer with no flavor or smell. It that's the intent, this brew is a smashing success.

They did go all out with a cool bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 21:34:21 | More by cudmud
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3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:40:13 | More by djeucalyptus
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3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I mainly grabbed this simply because Estonia's finest comes in one of the most unique bottles I've ever seen. The beer itself is OK, but nothing to write home about.

A: Brilliant straw with very active carbonation. A dense pillow of white foam sticks the whole way down the glass and leaves bits of lace.

S: Very light. Straw, plus cut grass and that's pretty much it. Maybe a hint of mustiness.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor is very light. Dry straw makes up the bulk of the flavor. Bitterness is very light and generally flavorless. There's a hint of metal toward the end. Finishes extremely clean.

M: The light body is quite dry and has about the right amount of fizz.

D: Perfectly inoffensive and easy to down. There's nothing here that makes this beer stand out from the crowd, which might be the point.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:56:05 | More by Rayek
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Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 00:43:46 | More by biboergosum
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2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A pale, straw color with a hint of orange. Very clear, looks watery. Big white head, didn't stay long, little collar of lace throughout drinking.

S - Sweet grain malts, corn syrup. Actually that's about it.

T - Taste is in line with the smell. This is a pretty sweet, light tasting beer. Malts dominate, if something can be said to do that in such a watered down beer. Not much else.

M - Light, watery, not tons of carbonation.

D - It's fairly refreshing, although some hop bitterness would make it an easy summer thirst quencher. Not offensive, just not real good. Really just bought it for the kickass bottle, which the girlfriend wants to use as a vase. At two bucks, the beer (that rare Estonia tick) seemed like a bonus.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 01:27:23 | More by AgentZero
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3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:39:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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2.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

300 ml. bottle. Very clean and pale yellow colour, with a head that doesn't hold.The only remarkabler thing about the smell is that it makes you think it has more alcohol than it has, besides that, just grain and hops. Light body, I think I find some apple in mouth, but nothing more. Normal dull beer, but it comes in a nice bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 16:31:28 | More by janubio
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2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 14:46:31 | More by rhoadsrage
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2.13/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

After a Coors, this one. Such a bad night...

A: I would give 2.5 to the bottle. Nice format. The beer itself is not impressive. Pale yellow, very clear. Pours a medium aired white head which dissipates quiclky leaving very few lacings
S: Smells grains, basically. A bit of yeasts and a little bit hops
T: Tasteless. Adjunct grains, basically. Light bitterness
M: Very light body. Watery. Fizzy carbonation
D: Well, it's refreshing because it's very watery but it does not worth the price paid in Switzerland since you can have a Budvar of Urquell by the same price in the same supermarket

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 21:57:09 | More by eduardolinhalis
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2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A Le Coq Viru

Appearance: Clear golden, medium head, ok lacing.

Smell: Alcohol, grains, slight malt.

Taste: Grains and semi-warm malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Overall: Decent pilsner. Fairly balanced. It is very light and loses flavor toward the end of the bottle. At least it comes in an interesting bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 03:27:29 | More by megahurts4
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1.68/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Tasted from 10oz bottle purchased at Binny's Hyde Park. Pours pale yellow with a fizzy and short-lived head. Nose is pale malt with a just a hint of hops, banana and yeast. The nose is rather subdued. The flavors are even more subdued with just a little bit of malt and hops. The body is light and watery with very little carbonation. This is not a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:46:02 | More by wedgie9
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3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Viru beer is sold in distinctive tall octahedral bottles. The design is a century old and originates from Russia. It is intended to resemble the medieval-era turrets found in Estonia. The name was changed when the beer was launched in Britain. In Estonia, it's known as A. Le Coq Premium Extra.

--random facts

Haystack gold with lemon juice accents. Few bubbles can be seen blipping up to a decent looking crown of sheep's wool white that lays down better than average lace in the end. Never have I seen a more attractive Estonian adjunct lager.

The nose is pretty much as expected: slightly sweet cereal grains and grassy-musky hops of the Saaz persuation. Not one bit of nastiness lays to rest any fears about freshness or poor quality ingredients.

Viru is pretty good beer considering its area of origin. It makes no major missteps and has the most popular lagers in this country beat by a country mile. Having said that, it still delivers nothing more than the bare bones where flavor is concerned.

What greets the taste buds is pretty much what greeted the nose. The beer is grain-like without being grainy. The grassy-musky-spicy hops give a slight edge to bitterness over sweetness and provide a fair amount of flavor. This is a solid version of the style in all respects.

The mouthfeel grabs the lowest rung of the average ladder as well. It never becomes watery, even on the finish, and is properly carbonated. That's pretty much what pale lagers need to do.

If it wasn't for the distinctive tall octahedral bottle, Viru probably wouldn't have found its way into my cart. If that's what it takes to sell more beer, more power to the brewery. Bottom line: too bad the contents of the bottle don't match the distinctiveness of the bottle itself.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 11:11:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
65 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.