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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
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
152
Avg:
2.72
pDev:
30.51%
 
 
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Photo of keeganfrank
4.17/5  rDev +53.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.94/5  rDev +44.9%
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 +42.6%
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 +39.7%
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 farrago
3.72/5  rDev +36.8%
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 +32%
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 +29.8%
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 +29.4%
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 +28.7%
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 StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%
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 josanguapo
3.46/5  rDev +27.2%
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 DrainBamage
3.22/5  rDev +18.4%
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 alleykatking
3.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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 djeucalyptus
3.18/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.14/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a thin white head and moderate lacing. Color is pale gold. Aroma is grainy, bready and slightly sour with a very faint hint of spicy noble hops. Flavor is typical for the style, clean, crisp, grainy, balanced with noble hops and light. Dry finish. Light mouthfeel with CO2 appropriate for the style. Overall, this is a good beer for the style, not too weird or offensive but not very remarkable either. I don't know why it is getting such bad reviews, it is not bad at all.

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Photo of beer2day
3.11/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale straw gold pour. Very clear. Medium carbonation. 1 finger head with no retention. Very cool bottle, though.

Straw and grass in the nose. Bit of honey sweetness.

Clean hit, with a fairly strong malt presence. Dry and somewhat sweet. Decent, but nothing special.

Feel is a bit heavy for the style.

Decent summer quenched and the shape of the bottle might draw you in.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall glass. Very unique bottle design. Like most others who reviewed this beer before me, I picked it up because of the bottle and I have never had a beer from Estonia before.

A: Very light corn-yellow body full of bubbles under a white head that slowly recedes. Nothing remarkable positively or negatively.

S: Nondescript crisp hops and basic malts. Smells clean.

T: Is this a rice beer? Very light flavor, with very minimal hints of corn and malts. Sort of toasty near the end, with some basic hop flavors in the middle. No major flaws to speak of, just very thin.

M: On the skinny side of mouthfeel in every way, but not over-carbonated as so many of these beers are.

D: Here is the shining positive aspect of this beer. HIGHLY drinkable as a liquid, but not especially tasty. If for some reason I decided to drink a large volume of tame beer I would choose this over any of the American light lagers, if only because it would look decidedly badass to have ten or fifteen of these weird bottles laying around my apartment the next day when I woke up.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.1/5  rDev +14%
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 Cozzatoad
3.09/5  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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.07/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw yellow with a thin film of white foam with decent retention. Typical adjunct aroma of sweet malt, grain and faint hops. Flavor is light biscuit malt with a slightly harsh grain, grassy hops, faint apple juice. Light bodied with active carbonation. A decent pale lager, with a little more flavor and hops than most adjunct ales, but also a little less smooth and sweet. A satisfactory light lager for drinking with lunch but fairly average. Cool bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Brenden
3.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interestingly, this is the first beer I've bought since I arrived for vacation in Asheville. I got this one at Greenlife.

I was surprised by the appearance. A white head formed over this pale yellow brew and, while it seemed soft, it had some staying power and even left a little lacing behind.
The aroma is light malts and grains with a faint vegetable note. Nothing really to speak of, but not offensive.
The taste is straightforward, pretty similar but with a light malt sweetness to it and an herbal finish.
This beer was pretty smooth actually, though not as crisp as a typical adjunct. In many ways, this reminded me more of a Euro Pale than an adjunct. Just a side note.
This one really isn't undrinkable, and it went pretty well with the pasta salad and spinach cake I was eating on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
2.72 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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