Viru | AS Tartu Õlletehas

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AS Tartu Õlletehas
Estonia | website

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:
150
Avg:
2.72
pDev:
30.51%
 
 
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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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Viru beer is sold in distinctive tall octahedral bottles. The design is a century old and originates from Russia. It is intended to resemble the medieval-era turrets found in Estonia. The name was changed when the beer was launched in Britain. In Estonia, it's known as A. Le Coq Premium Extra.

--random facts

Haystack gold with lemon juice accents. Few bubbles can be seen blipping up to a decent looking crown of sheep's wool white that lays down better than average lace in the end. Never have I seen a more attractive Estonian adjunct lager.

The nose is pretty much as expected: slightly sweet cereal grains and grassy-musky hops of the Saaz persuation. Not one bit of nastiness lays to rest any fears about freshness or poor quality ingredients.

Viru is pretty good beer considering its area of origin. It makes no major missteps and has the most popular lagers in this country beat by a country mile. Having said that, it still delivers nothing more than the bare bones where flavor is concerned.

What greets the taste buds is pretty much what greeted the nose. The beer is grain-like without being grainy. The grassy-musky-spicy hops give a slight edge to bitterness over sweetness and provide a fair amount of flavor. This is a solid version of the style in all respects.

The mouthfeel grabs the lowest rung of the average ladder as well. It never becomes watery, even on the finish, and is properly carbonated. That's pretty much what pale lagers need to do.

If it wasn't for the distinctive tall octahedral bottle, Viru probably wouldn't have found its way into my cart. If that's what it takes to sell more beer, more power to the brewery. Bottom line: too bad the contents of the bottle don't match the distinctiveness of the bottle itself.

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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 LairdChisholm
2.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 Beejay
2.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Totally excited about this awesome looking bottle.

A: A light straw color with a nice white head. Crystal clear.

S: Slightly sweet, slightly malty, but really there is not a whole lot to the smell. It seems like there is even less here than usual in this type of beer.

T: Taste follows the scent. Very Light, some mild malt and a bit of residual sweetness. No hops, and fairly watery. There is something subtle in the very back that I can't identify...

M: Light and semi watery. Fairly high carbonation. Par for the course.

D: Cool bottle, but the bottle is better than the beer. This is your basic american lager, but without the distinct flavor that many others can achieve.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.58/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yes, I mostly bought this for the bottle as well. The fact that it was from Estonia was just a bonus. Sam's Blue Light has a great beer selection and always has something different.

Medium golden color and exceedingly clear body make it look a little boring and the nose is a sweet but uneventful. Seems like a basic eurolager.

Crisp and refreshing... low on flavor... thin but balanced... a little sweet... medium malts... like every single other blah eurolager. The bottle is still strong.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

I admit it, I picked this beer up because of the unique bottle. That being said, it pours a clear jaundice topped by a cute finger of bright white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, light corn syrup, and miscellaneous vegetable matter (kinda like sniffing a used in-sink disposal after cleaning a salad bowl). The taste does away with the veggies (thankfully), leaving some watered-down corn syrup, wheat, rice, and a slightly metallic wannabe-bitterness. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. I've had many better from this particular Baltic state. Nice bottle, though.

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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 tempest
2.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was searching for Carolina beers at Chip's Wine and Beer in Kill Devil Hills, NC and found this. I figured I'd never has Estonian beer and gave it a shot. It's basically just another clean continental lager. The aroma has very mild vegetable off-notes, but otherwise it's a simple and refreshing beer. It's no big surprise, but Estonians can make a macro lager as well as any one else.

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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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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 CWiggins
2.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sample bottle provided by a local representative of the importer. Yes, the bottle is unusual; it will make a great addition to my homebrew bottle set!

Pours a clear golden color with a white, soda-like head that dissipated really quickly. The nose is mostly absent, but there is a faint grainy, buttery character way back there somewhere. There's not much in the way of flavor--that's probably the point--but there is a subtle hint of hay-like malt in the center, just past the subtle hint of sweetness at the front. It doesn't have much body; it drinks like water. Surprisingly, this comes in a 10oz bottle; one could drink gallons of this without any trouble! Drinkable? Heck yeah! Interesting? Heck no!

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Photo of crossovert
2.53/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz oddly shaped bottle.

Pours about as clear as you could possibly get for a beer. It looks like slightly yellow water, crystal clear. The head is white and recedes quickly.

Those doesn't have much but some adjunct grains.

The taste is spot of for something like High Life, it tastes like macro american beer.

Overall a forgettable beer for bottle collectors.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BlackHaddock
2.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weird shaped brown bottle, looks like an old style vinager bottle. 5% Alcohol, 300ml in the container.

Poured into one of my Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip shaped glasses.

Looks like a lager, light, clear and golden. Plenty of bubbles rising towards a firm white head. Nothing wrong with its looks at all.

As with almost all lager/pilsners, there is not an aroma to write about. Some wheat esters maybe, but not a lot of anything. So my average 3 score goes down.

Dry and cardbord flavour, some dirty laundry with a hint of corrugated iron and rusting barbed wire in the finish.

Why do these beers come to my country? We have enough tat of our own without having to import it. The dryness turns into a metallic nasty, scummy, unpleasantness, that is hard to put into words while bile is forming in your throat.

Not a beer I'll be having again. Only bought it because of the bottle shape. Conned again, I'll never learn!

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Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
66 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.
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