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Viru | AS Tartu Õlletehas

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AS Tartu Õlletehas
Estonia
alecoq.ee

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Suds on 03-31-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,318
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
156
pDev:
22.63%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
Trade:
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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of pootz
2.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Can from the beer store - Pours a medium clear gold color with a 1 finger white cap that disappears quickly. Aroma is faint and commercial with maltose-dextrin smells and little else. Clean, no off tastes, sharp edges-lacks conditioning acute LME dextrin tastes and light hop presence - instantly forgettable.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can purchased at The Beer Store; dated Oct 28 2016 and served well chilled.

Pours a clear medium-golden colour, topped with roughly one finger of frothy white foam that fizzles off ahead of the five minute mark. A modest-sized collar is the only remnant - there's no cap, and not much in the way of lace, either. Visually, it's interchangeable with most other Euro lagers, and the same could well be said of its mundane aroma - there's just not much to speak of, other than cereal grain sweetness and some grassy, weedy hops. Perhaps a hint of apple skins?

Yep... it's a Euro lager. Doughy malts and barley grain are the most prominent flavours, with minor hints of apple juice tartness and corn sugar becoming apparent by mid-sip. The back end is mostly the same, save for a light brushing of grassy hops - just enough to provide some semblance of bitterness, tasked with the futile mission of countering the sweetness of the malt profile. Light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that briskly agitate the surfaces of the palate. Not as crisp as I prefer from this style, but the mouthfeel is otherwise fine. This is a tolerable, unmemorable pale lager, not unlike the other Baltic (and Polish) lagers I've tried in the past.

Final Grade: 3.22, a C+. Viru is drinkable as far as basic pale lagers go, but I really wouldn't call it an especially well-made beer - the term "Baltic pilsner" appears on the label, but that's a half-truth at best. I'd argue that it has more in common with standard Euro lager fare (Grolsch, Heineken, et al.) than it does with the typically higher-quality pilseners of German/Czech origin - which generally include a more robust hop presence than Viru can muster. Not something I intend to revisit - you could definitely do worse than this beer, but doing better is equally trivial - so tick it once if you wish, and then move on to greener pastures.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Glorithm
3.24/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LukeGude
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Estonian beer, purchased in Korea, enjoyed in America! A lot of travel for what essentially is Bud Light though

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Photo of jmv0009
3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the cool 330ml bottle. First beer from Estonia.
L- Pale golden color with lots of bubbles and a big white head.
S- Bread and yeast.
T - Very bready up front, with a slick alcohol finish.
F- Slick, lots of carbonation. Easy drinking though glad I tried it.
O - Easy drinking, not a bad flavor very bready. Cool bottle presentation is nice. Might get again was an above average lager especially since lagers are among my least favorite styles. Not sure why this has low ratings on here, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Served cold from super-cool shaped 300ml bottle into pilsner glass.

L) Light to medium golden colour, clear, huge bubbles, fluffy white head. Faultless in this department.

S) Hmm. A bit metallic. Was not expecting that from an all-malt lager in a brown bottle.

T) Very light malt flavour, no bitterness or much hop flavour. A definite wateriness in there. Not horrible and no off-flavours, just very weak flavour.

F) Very easy drinking and nowhere near as gassy as it looks. No aftertastes. Can't really complain on this front,.

O) Meek lager, little taste and extra points off for coming in a 300ml bottle and not a 330ml bottle, even though it looks cool.

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Photo of Salasbeer
1.69/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.46/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Carrefour. In Ikea's pilsner glass. At lunch, with rice with squids. Pretty good for the style. Not only a pretty bottle. Soft aroma and smell and thicker body than usual

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Photo of stevoj
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

One of the fluffiest heads I’ve seen on a pale lager. two to three fingers high, pale golden with fine carbonation. Aroma and taste are mildly malt with some citrus notes. Not much lasting flavor, but a very decent lighter beer.

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Photo of Allegue04
2.99/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of ovaltine
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Foyle
3.52/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 300ml bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a frothy 1" white head that drops quickly with mild lacing left behind. Color is clear pale straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: pleasant combination of lightly toasted barley and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: light, crisp, refreshing with a fairly dry finish.

Flavor: echoes the aroma: mild mixture of lightly toasted barley and grassy hops with some slight vanilla notes as well.

Overall: easy drinking and tasty, what's not to like?

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Photo of Tejon
1.17/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Beatiful bottle, taste like mahou or even worse xD

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

underrated, this has all the traits of a baltic region lager, super cold fermented feeling, patient beer, fuller bodied, well carbonated, and drinkable forever. maybe some reviewers have had dated bottles, but when fresh, this is really nice, not a trace of off flavors for a pale lager type, and pretty clean finishing despite all the body. fun beer, awesome bottle obviously, aside from the fact it only hold 10 or so ounces of beer, feeling a little cheated there, but the beer tastes fresh to me, cleanses the palate but still has flavor, and i think its my first beer from the land of estonia, so thats always fun. not sure i would buy it again, but in a restaurant context of macro brews, its a fun bottle to drink. definitely a league above most of its peers.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Apariencia: Muy bonita botella que castiga el contenido, sólo 300 ml. Destaca mucho en anaquel. Color de la cerveza muy claro, amarillo pálido, filtrada y cristalina. Corona leve de color blanco.

Aroma: Notas ácidas características de las lager. Notas frutales como plátano. Lúpulo muy sutil de notas florales.

Sabor: Agradable sabor tipo pilsner, con notas no muy complejas y amargor bajo. Predominan la maltas y el sabor ácido de las levaduras lager. Pan, levadura. Gusto seco al retro gusto.

Sensación: Cuerpo bajo con carbonatación media.

General: Una cerveza ligera y muy sencilla de tomar.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a thin lace of head. Not much aroma in this but is slightly sweet. Goes down smooth with moderate carbonation. Taste is slightly bitter and sweet with hints of carmel malts. Not sure what to think overall. At first it tasted good, but the sips i take the more it tastes like an adjunct lager, so i'm torn.

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Photo of tux_alin
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrcraft
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of laziest
1/5  rDev -63.5%

Photo of Alpha309
1.5/5  rDev -45.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, corn flake, and sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, corn flake, white grape juice, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that has a cool bottle, but the beer inside is nothing I would ever seek out again.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a spectacular Ryugyong-looking 300mL brown glass pyramid into a rather bog-standard looking pint glass.

Appearance: light yellow-golden hue with a touch of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy white foam which subsided somewhat quickly. It's OK.

Smell: kind of a wet-grain aroma with a little sweetness and a little bit of cooked corn. That said, it doesn't smell disgusting or anything. Just a little mass-produced, maybe adjunct-y.

Taste: lightly sweet malt flavor with a bit of wet grain. Hops are at least discernible, though bitterness is low. Nothing great, but nothing terrible either.

Mouthfeel: light and fizzy; par for the course.

Overall: very drinkable and, aside from the aroma, completely inoffensive.

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Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
Beer rating: 2.74 out of 5 with 156 ratings
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