A. Le Coq Premium | AS Tartu Õlletehas

A. Le Coq PremiumA. Le Coq Premium
35 Ratings
A. Le Coq PremiumA. Le Coq Premium

Brewed by:
AS Tartu Õlletehas

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2004

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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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3.21/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before August 31 2012. I bought this for two reasons: because its name amused the more puerile half of my personality, and I've never had Estonian beer before.

Pours a rather pale straw yellow colour, generating slightly less than two fingers of sparkling, frothy white head that hangs around for a while. It's a fine-looking pale lager to be sure - some webby lacing even clings to the sides of the glass as the head gradually seeps away to a thin, even cap. Fresh, relatively simple aroma reminiscent of most Euro lagers; light grains and pale malts provide a bit of sweetness, with a light dusting of grassy hop notes in the background. Standard fare.

The term 'standard' pretty much covers the taste too. Dominated by the light sweetness of grainy pale malts, with little adjunct flavour to complain about. The balance isn't great, with only some slight floral hop bitterness in the finish to counter the grainy sweetness. Light-bodied and mostly watery, with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Final Grade: 3.21, a slightly above-average C+ grade. Not the worst Eastern Euro lager I've ever had, but on the flip side of that coin it's far from the best. A. Le Coq is an unremarkable brew; thirst-quenching and refreshing for sure, but not particularly interesting at all, except perhaps for the name (which will no doubt catch the eye of many psychologically juvenile shoppers in the future, much like it did for me).

Would I recommend this to someone? Possibly, if they were looking for a decent, fairly affordable Euro lager to slog back... but BAs without a passion for pale lagers can most assuredly skip this and not worry about missing anything.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL bottle from the LCBO, picked up absolutely because of the name. I have no shame about it, why should you? Heh heh...'Premium'... I've had Saku before, so this will represent Estonian beer number two.

Poured into a nonic. One of the better macro Euro lagers I've come across, I have to say, though it is one hell of a pale thing. Very light golden, spritzy visible carbonation, good frothy head that survives quite handily throughout the tasting. Not bad at all, actually.

Nose is somewhere between a maerzen and a Euro lager - sweet and malty, a bit of apple and other fruit, grain, but with an uncomfortable adjunct malt smell as well.

Sweet up front, some grain and a bit of apple or grape, then it all descends into mediocrity. A shame too, because it could be a nice little lager. It's not awful, or anything, it's just...thin and forgettable. But highly drinkable, no doubt about that.

Thin bodied, moderate-to-high carbonation, decent feel.

Drinkable lager, but nothing special.

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Photo of Sammy
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of JoshatTownHall
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great Euroswill! Enjoyed by the bottle on many occasions while in Estonia training with their army. The go to beer for all Estonians. It is not rare to find A Le Coq for less than €2 at any bar in Tallin or Tartu. Rivals any other Macro Lager coming from Europe but it is definitely a rare find in the U.S.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.09/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color lager with a large pure white foamy head. Aroma of sweet cereal notes is OK and somewhat bland. Taste is also dominated by sweet cereal notes. Body is on average for style with good carbonation. Too sweet for my taste but no major brewing flaws apart form being a bit too bland.

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Photo of DanielCole
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of metter98
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Brewery Ōlleklubi, Tallinn, Estonia

A: The beer is crystal clear very light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of cracker malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light to moderate flavors of cracker malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad and tastes like a lighter bodied beer that uses all malts.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Posh golden can with a foil covering over the ringpull, mine held 500ml and was taken during a lager tasting evening. The can also claimed the beer is a 'limited edition', not sure it is!

This was a bog standard pilsner in every way, nothing special in any aspect. Typical lager colour, typical lager non-smell, typical mouthfeel too.

This beer could have been German, Czech, Polish or even American. Not a great beer, just average throughout.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of spinrsx
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Bottle from the LCBO on King Edward for 2.30$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - bread, grains, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation an I can taste bread/grains mixed with corn and malts. There is also some light hops and some floral notes. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - As others have mentioned, more of a euro lager than a marzen. Not something I would buy again; it's pretty boring.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of jakemn91
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jwc215
2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine brought this back from his trip to the Baltic Republics. I was not impressed. It poured a bright yellow with a foam that rapidly disappears to barely a lacing. It was almost odorless. It did not have much of a taste of anything. The style was more like an attempt at a Euro lager rather than an oktoberfest. It seems that it would be a bit refreshing for a hot summer day because it is a bit watery with little to no aftertaste. There are much better examples of this style. And, while there was nothing offensive, per se, in the taste, it is because it pretty much lacks a taste.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ernie
3.61/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle and label suggest a craft beer. Deep yellow color, majestic white head and fine lace strenghten the promise. Smell disappointing - very faint, unclear, nearly synthetic. Start much better - earthy, grainy, malty. Body big, firm, rounded at the edges. Malty but not sweetish, good balance of hops especially in the finish. Aftertaste fruity, rather short. A decent beer.

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Photo of rocketcat
2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A. Le Coq Premium is not a big enjoyment, but rather very basic beer. Bland foretaste and relatively high after taste. /// Ei mikään monipuolinen elämys, mutta Ok. Mieto hajuinen, alkumaku melko laimea, mutta jälkimaku suhteellisen voimakas ja kitkerä.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.07/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO then served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Fairly pale yellow-gold color that is clear in nature. On top of the beer rests 1.5 fingers of head that doesn't really last. Tons of bubbles are readily apparent.

Smell - Some skunkiness I normally associate with beer in green bottles is present even though this came in a brown bottle. Grassy and some slightly bitter / sour notes in the nose. Subdued malts and hops are present but nothing readily distinguishable.

Taste - Tasty grassy Euro Pale Lager. Otherwise not much to distinguish it from the others. Nothing unpleasant though in the flavor, no off flavors or notes that detract from the beer. A little hint of sweetness at the end was a bit of a surprise.

Mouthfeel - Slightly watery, but really works here with the flavors and and the thirst quenching nature of a beer like this. Medium / high carbonation really adds to the drinkability (in my mind). The mouthfeel was the best part of the beer for me.

Overall - A good beer and while not my favorite of this style certainly better than some of them out there. I now remember the first time why I picked this up it's from Estonia, which I thought was pretty cool. Anyway certainly could do a lot worse than this brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brief impressions from the variant contract-brewed by Olvi Oy for the Finnish market.

4.5% ABV. .5 litre can.

Pours and looks like any other European pale lager, with the usual white head and clean yellow-copper body. Retention is well above average - ~7 minutes.

Aroma is somewhat sweet, dominated by Munich malts, with supplementary notes of corn adjunct and pilsner malts. Hop presence is minimal, but there's some generic floral & grassy character. Aromatic intensity is average.

Taste follows the aroma for the most part, and is complemented by a light-bodied by slightly syrupy mouthfeel - which has a smoothness and wetness that goes naturally with the shallow pilsner & Munich malts. Slightly refreshing, though a bit too thick. There isn't much flavour here, but the minimal hop presence provides enough bitterness to tame the malt sweetness enough.

Not a gestalt beer, and there's no harmony of texture to taste, but it's not as cloyingly sweet as many European pale lagers and I find it pretty drinkable for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners, but it doesn't have the obnoxious metallic off-note that many beers in the style do. The imbalanced sweetness and sticky syrupy mouthfeel are the biggest issues, but for the most part it's approachable.

D+ (2.42) / Not Recommended

Review of Estonian version from Summer 2014:

On-draught into a cup at a bar.

Has no head. Your usual predictable clear pale copper body.

A generic macrobrew lager with basic malt sweetness, underwhelming barley, and a standard smooth and wet texture. Overcarbonated.

Has no remarkable elements, but it's drinkable and fairly refreshing. I wouldn't buy it again, but it's better than many macrobrew lagers. I'll finish my cup, but it's mediocre.


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Photo of bark
2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale yellow; the foam is white, airy and quite firm.

The smell is mild and a bit dry with hints of lemon and chalk.

The carbonation is quite fresh, but not sharp at all. Good for being a lager.

The taste is gentle with some mild malt, some body and some mild fruity hops. The flavour is OK, but it is way too weak. The aftertaste is soft and malty with a touch of diacetyl and fresh fruits.

I found this lager extremely easy to quaff.

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Photo of Gregwa
4/5  rDev +39.4%

Photo of Harrastelija666
1.8/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Le Coq - get your mind out of the gutter - is quite pale even for a pale lager. It might better fit in with the Chardonnays or Pinot Grigios. In fact, it might even upstage them so far as clarity and complexion goes. As for carbonation, however, this has hardly a leg up; there's bubbles, well, a few of them, but no head that lasts.

The aroma has the canned creamed-corn character that's fair to anticipate of any mass-produced lager (especially the national brands of obscure countries). This one, however, is diluted with a good dose of cereal grain and pale malts. It isn't at all foul. It's not exactly appetizing either, but it is what a pale lager of this milieu should smell like.

A. Le Coq has a flavor awfully like that of corn bread. Actually, it tastes exactly like corn bread. The fact that it more resembles corn bread (a legitimate food) as opposed to, say, high fructose corn syrup (made in a lab), is a positive thing. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to learn no adjuncts are used at all. That corn flavor seems grain-derived.

So long as it's sufficiently chilled, this is a pretty refreshing lager. It's a funny thing considering how very sweet the beer is; I don't typically find sweetness refreshing. Both tartness and bitterness, for my tastes, are much more gratifying, but this has the bubbles to quench and, most importantly, drinks cleanly...and apparently quickly.

A. Le Coq, a name that begs for Beavis and Butthead laughter, is actually a national macro-brand lager that you might want to take seriously. (You'd certainly want to take it over Estonia's other big name, Saku!) It doesn't let on much adjunct taste and provides solid, if bland refreshment. I wouldn't put it on the flag, but it's well worth exporting.

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Photo of WeissBoy
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of Heminoolo
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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