Viru
A. Le Coq

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #476
ABV:
5%
Score:
65
Ranked #48,906
Avg:
2.74 | pDev: 22.63%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
157
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A. Le Coq
 
Estonia
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  21
SCORE
65
Poor
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brennenw56 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

Sep 17, 2014
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BlackBeerDown from Arkansas

3/5  rDev +9.5%

Apr 02, 2013
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FreshHawk from Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, dull straw yellow color with a small, bubbly white head that disappears almost instantly with no lacing left behind.

S - Smells like slightly off grain and husks. Just a hint of corn/adjunct smell toward the end.

T - Pretty close to the smell. It has a slightly off grain and husk taste with a bit of a metallic aspect to it. Somewhat sweet malt taste comes out with it tasting slightly like corn, but not extremely adjunct/corn tasting. Very faint hop bite mid sip that fades fast.

M - Light body with a bit below average carbonation for the style. It has a little zesty/bubbly feel but is mostly just watery.

D - Similar to a number of mass produced and easy to drink beers. Taste has a slight off/different taste that can make it a bit more interesting to drink, but not enough for me to really want to drink it.

Notes: Pretty much a typical mass produced, easy to drink, low on flavor kind of beer just in a neat looking bottle and from Estonia. Had a slightly off and metallic taste that wasn't necessarily good or bad, just different. Not really worth seeking out, unless you want to try a beer from Estonia or want the bottle.

May 28, 2010
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AdamBear from Pennsylvania

2.94/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Feb 28, 2011
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javlin624 from Texas

3/5  rDev +9.5%

Jul 11, 2014
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wedgie9 from Tennessee

1.7/5  rDev -38%
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.

Sep 27, 2010
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cadaugherty from Illinois

3/5  rDev +9.5%

May 08, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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.

Oct 26, 2014
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ovaltine from Indiana

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

May 28, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Jan 26, 2012
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evlu1441 from Canada

3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Nov 19, 2011
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megahurts4 from Louisiana

2.31/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Oct 09, 2010
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mdunman from Texas

3.59/5  rDev +31%
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.

Apr 19, 2011
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LairdChisholm from Illinois

2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden color. A small white head fizzles out immediately. Very small carbonation bubbles. No lacing here. Not much to look at.

S - Smells of straw and alcohol. Pretty much expected.

T - Slight yeast and grains. Doesn't taste bad but not good either.

M - Too light but it goes along with this style.

D - Easy to drink just like the style suggests but would be easier to drink if it tasted better.

Sep 05, 2010
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kevosbob from Colorado

1.47/5  rDev -46.4%
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

Sep 13, 2011
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opalchemist from United Arab Emirates

2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jul 06, 2012
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jazzyjeff13 from England

2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A 300ml bottle with a BB of July 2014. The bottle is an interesting octagonal cone shape. Acquired a while back from a supermarket. My gut feeling is that the bottle will turn out to be the best feature of this brew.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of faint malt with hints of stewed leaves, overcooked veg and a twinge of DMS. Not particularly pleasant.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a dry finish. Notes of cabbage/overdone veggies, stewed leaves, husks, a whisper of malt and faint corn. Well-attenuated, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and a thin, watery body. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of stewed veg/leaves and husky grain.

Bleh - a decidedly subpar lager. Looks pretty average, while the aroma and flavour are faint and beset with off-notes that detract from the experience. Lacklustre body. No great shakes; bland and unsatisfying. Do yourself a favour and give it a miss.

May 12, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

2.07/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

300ml Bottle (The Cave, Glasgow):
Clear, light yellow, straw colour with not much in the way of a head. There is some fine, white lacing on top with a sort of bubbly look to it.

Very little in the way of an aroma, there is some dry, grassy hops and some malts with a touch of sweetness. Pretty basic and slight bit of citrus.

Sweet malts and dry, grassy hops taste that is very average and bland. There is a touch of citrus with some corn too.

Light bodied, slightly grainy and very dry with medium carbonation. Quite a thin and almost watery feel with touch of bitterness towards the end but not a lot.

Cheap tasting pale lager that is exactly what I had expected going in. The beer is inoffensive and fairly easy to drink although there is touches of grain and some skunk that are slightly off-putting.

Jun 03, 2013
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DuffDaddy from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

Oct 07, 2013
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avaldivia from California

1.75/5  rDev -36.1%

Nov 14, 2012
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Cozzatoad from Italy

3.09/5  rDev +12.8%
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

May 16, 2012
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rsdaugherty from Colorado

2.42/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Sep 12, 2011
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keethrax from Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Oct 17, 2011
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PatGreer from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

May 13, 2012
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CFHMagnet from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Sep 05, 2013
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