Viru | AS Tartu Õlletehas

ViruViru
BA SCORE
2.74/5
156 Ratings
ViruViru
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:
#43,854
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
156
pDev:
22.63%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of boxer0029
4.5/5  rDev +64.2%

Photo of keeganfrank
4.17/5  rDev +52.2%
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.

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Photo of badrockin
4/5  rDev +46%

Photo of Beerman1977
4/5  rDev +46%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.94/5  rDev +43.8%
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.

RJT

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev +41.6%
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!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.8/5  rDev +38.7%
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.

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Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Photo of thshinning
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Photo of farrago
3.72/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

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Photo of mdunman
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.

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

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Photo of danoble1
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of brennenw56
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

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 dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

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 mveatch
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

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 endless1408
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

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