Viru – Estonian for beer

Sure, Estonia has beer.

Somehow I lucked(?) into this bottle from a friend, who found this foreign curiosity. A cursory search retrieved this nugget via Wikipedia:

“The beer is brewed with malted barley from Lithuania, water drawn from artesian wells at the brewery, and Saaz hops from the city formerly Austrian named Saaz (since 1918 Žatec, today in the Czech Republic). Hops have been produced here for more than seven centuries.”

So, you know, it’s got that going for it. Aside from a 66 on Beer Advocate, of course.

Viru is a pretty straight-forward pilsner style and actually reminded me of a less flavorful Eurotrash. Maybe a good Estonian version of Bud Light. Not much smell, not much flavor and a pretty lousy after taste. I could stretch and try to say I found some kind of defining smell or taste, but the truth is I didn’t. My overall experience matches up with many of the Beer Advocate reviews.

Unless you’re in Estonia, you’d be OK avoiding Viru.

4 thoughts on “Viru – Estonian for beer

  1. Daniel – it certainly wasn’t anything that blew me away, but an easy drinker. The clarity was impressive.

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