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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 JLeege
1.21/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought because the bottle looks so stupid and awesome at the same time.

Appearance- Pours a clear straw, with a finger of bubbly white head, quickly dissipated.

Smell- Oh hell. Slight earthy hops, and a bunch of skunk. One of the few truly skunked beers I have smelled.

Taste- Slight hops, very grainy, and skunk. Spoiled rotten eggs and sulfur.

Mouthfeel- Light body and carbonation.

Overall- What a disaster! About 4 ounces was more than enough.

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Photo of kevosbob
1.47/5  rDev -46%
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

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.62/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cool bottle. I'm not ashamed to say that I bought this beer for the bottle alone, although the fact that I've never had an Estonian beer factored into the decision as well.

Pours a deep golden colour with huge bubbly carbonation. The large bubbles even stick to the outside of the glass rather than rising to the surface, giving you a good look at just how large and unseemly they are. Head froths then disappears almost immediately. Looks very worrisome.

Nose is slightly metallic and otherwise slightly skunky. If it weren't a brown bottle I'd attribute it to green bottle light strike. Otherwise very little; at its core, it's a very bland aroma.

Taste is also very, very bland. Light metallic hiss on the tongue, minimal malt, but a biting almost chemical bitterness on the back that seems thin and weak, but without any body. It's too noticeable. Really not good.

Yep, pretty appalling brew, this one. Very artificial tasting, thin, weak and unpleasant.

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Photo of wedgie9
1.7/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

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Photo of Daredevil
1.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

bought this because of the beauty of the distinctive octahedral bottle ... and to be honest, the bottle is about the only thing impressive about this brew ... smells like a dried out toast bread, actually not far from the flavors which develop on the tongue ... the mouthfeel is unpleasant and comes with a metallic and adstringent aftertaste ... again, the bottle is a classic ....

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Photo of brownbeer
1.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This came in a cool octagonal shaped bottle and is from Estonia so I went for it.

It pours a sickly transparent yellow reminiscent of malnurished urine. Almost clear.

The aroma and taste are of lightly skunked water and has a true corn husk thing going on.

This is pretty bad, not worth looking at, buying, or drinking. Try again Estonia.

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Photo of drpimento
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The best thing about this beer by far, is the bottle. There isn't anything really "bad" about the beer, unless, by bad you'd mean without any character. There are no foul characteristics, but there's not much flavor, aroma, or palate. The head is white and almost disappears quickly with no head. Color is a clear yellow. Aroma is faint world beer. Flavor is the same. Body isn't totally gone, but there isn't much. Hardly any finish. Forgettable except for the cool bottle.

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Photo of brewbasterd
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strange bottle, looks like something my grandmother would keep oil or flowers in, first beer ive had from estonia. Pours a very light pale yellow with very little head that is gone quickly. Smells like any other commercial light beer, very light grains.Nothing special about the flavor of this one, typical for this style, not much here. Very light body with no residual flavors to be talked about. Could pound these all day by the pool and get extremely bloated and unsatisfied.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

10oz, unique, octagonal shaped bottle. 3.23.14 on the cap. Does that mean best by, or bottled on? Anyway, poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint, for some reason.

Appearance: Pale yellow color that doesn't seem to be completely filtered. No head. No lacing. Really just looking like piss water.

Smell: Stale corn... not even that fake corn syrupy corn aroma, just smells stale and a bit dirty. Dank. Not pleasant, and quite frankly off-putting. These sorts of beers don't tend to smell GOOD, but this one almost comes off as flat out offensive.

Taste/feel: Thin with incredibly prickly carbonation is the very first thing I notice. I mean... prickly carbonation like a pop/soda kind of thing. The flavor, well... what flavor? A bit of that stale corn. Subtle sweetness. Wet cardboard, for sure. Adjuncts all over the place in this one. There's really no aftertaste, bitterness, or sweetness whatsoever that I can tell. This is just an incredibly poor beer, and quite frankly I'm surprised at the high ratings for this brew considering its style.

A novelty sort of thing is all this is. The bottle's neat, but the beer may honestly be worse than Bud Light in my opinion. Bud Light somehow has more flavor. This seriously might be the first time an adjunct lager sort of beer has actually let me down. I wish I waited a couple days to review this beer for April Fool's Day, because this beer is a joke.

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Photo of stcules
2.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A pale blond appearance, with greenish edges. A scarce white foam, not too beautiful.
In the smell a poor maltiness, with some bubble gum notes. Nothing inviting here.
Same for the taste. Poor maltiness. At least, it has some bitterness, but, afterall, a beer to avoid.
At least, a quite beautiful bottle.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.07/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.08/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

10.1 fl oz. bottle, with best before 27.12.13 printed on the cap. Found this bottle at a Binny's for something like $3.00. Premium beer from Estonia. Expectations are in the average range, considering the style and this beer's poor ratings on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Slightly aggressive pour on the finish conjures about two fingers of bone white sudsy head that fades away to a film quickly. Body is one of the clearest palest straw yellows I've ever seen.

S - Nose is comprised of dusty grainy malts, corn, hint of lemon, and wet cardboard.

T - Taste is of muted stale grains, malts, corn, hint of lemongrass, hint of cloves, metallic flavor, and wet cardboard.

M - Feel is coarse and dry, with a hint of bitterness & metal lingering.

Overall, this was a novelty beer that I mainly only bought because of the cool bottle. While it was cool to have the opportunity to try a "premium" Estonian beer, it would be cooler still if there were any redeeming qualities to the beer. Pretty inoffensive, but there really isn't any reason to seek this out more than once.

Viru ---2/5.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.08/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First of all, compliments on the bottles.
The content has a clear, golden color. The head is average with weak retention.
The usual malty aroma dominates the nose. Nothing special.
The taste is light, sweet and watery. No real bitterness present. Not even in the finish. Too bad. Still drinkable, but no real taste to it.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.11/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours the palest white gold with a white head that flees quickly. Nose is a sour, faintly uric grain. Faint hay malts with a whisper of hops spice. Husky finish, watery body, no linger, gassy.

I know a gimmick when I see one, but I still just wanted the bottle.

There are good Baltic lagers, but this isn't one. Rather than make a bad beer, they seem to have decided to make a completely insubstantial one. More drinkable, I guess, but why would you?

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
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

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale canary yellow, populated by large bubbles and crested with a smooth but spotty ivory-colored head. Simplistic, vapid, sugary nose with some corn-like grain, meager parsley notes, and a metallic edge. Pleasantly crisp with a weak flavor of corn, wheat, and coins, plus a barely-there spectre of nondescriptly bitter hops. Light and thin - almost alright, but it should be more sparkly. This is a boring, bland, bad beer - not terrible, but certainly below average even when compared to other similar mass-produced Eastern Bloc lagers.

The bottle sure is cool, though.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

300ml funky 10 sided triangular bottle poured into pint glass 1/1/12

A clear straw yellow with loads of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere but only a short lived thin film of foam after an angry pour no lace

S sweet grains with some sour lemon, skunk and faint grassy hops

T a weird purple grape flavor to go with what I taste, not all that great

M fairly thin but with enough carbonation, bit of a skunky aftertaste

O pretty basic stuff with some off flavors I could live without

cool bottle but that's about it, I doubt I'd bother with this one again

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Photo of fullsweep
2.21/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

300 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a rich-looking white head, but this dissipates very quickly.

Smells of grains and has a pilsener-like glossiness and scent. I was expecting a German or Czech-style pilsener, but the taste and mouthfeel left major room for doubt.

It's classified here as an adjunct. According to the ingredients label, the only adjunct ingredient is sugar (no rice, corn, etc.) Although there is a sweetness, the sugar isn't prominent. Just gives it a mildly artificial flavor.

Overall both the mouthfeel and flavor are quite flat. A touch of bitterness on the finish, but not a lot going on here in terms of flavor.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: pale yellowy gold, great clarity, lots of bubbles, thin layer of white froth w/ dimpled top

Aroma: Lightly grainy, perfumey hops

Flavor: mild candy sweetness, slight fruity essence, very fine bitterness; finishes dryish with a vegetal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, slight minerally feel

Other comments: Interesting bottle, bad name, boring beer.

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Photo of megahurts4
2.31/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

6/26/2011

Bottle shared by Greg (stoad) at Sour Fest, thanks! I think I've been subconsciously longing to try an Estonian adjunct lager.

A: An unremarkable but not unsurprising transparent yellow gold with a fleeting white head.

S: Bread and cereal grain with some doughy notes. These pleasant elements are obliterated by a pervasive skunkiness accompanied by corn and a little vegetal character.

T: Lightly sweet with notes of corn, vegetal (faint), bread, skunkiness, and a little spiciness. Finish is clean and unremarkable.

M: Light in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Overall: Not a good first impression from Estonia. I was expecting more from this country.

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Photo of lilithdana
2.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It is a refreshing drink, but with a little more intense than expected bitterness. Besides the wonderful bottle design, the content is poor. I think it is better to take it very cold, to not notice the flaws. The taste reminds me a lot of Corona or Budweiser. Nothing special.

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Photo of Suds
2.33/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After seeing this beer in the local supermarket, I bought it solely for the unique eight-sided slender bottle. The beer itself is a clear golden color. Initially, it presents a bright fizzy head, but this is extremely short-lived, and the beer quickly retreats to flatness. The aroma is of a little malt and distant grains. Not much to impress. The taste is similar, with a sharp carbonic bite and a little metallic tin-ness. Light and uninteresting. The bottle is neat, but the beer inside is completely forgettable.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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