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Viru | AS Tartu Õlletehas

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
66
poor
85 Reviews
THE BROS
70
okay
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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:
85
Ratings:
149
Avg:
2.72
pDev:
30.51%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 149
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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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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Viru from AS Tartu Õlletehas
66 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.
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