Baltic Beer Company – Viru
My Next beer originates from Estonia and was brewed by Le Coq Brewery.
The beer itself comes bottled in a pretty fancy bottle which is based on a 100 year old Imperial Russian Design, based on the medieval turrets found in Estonia.
A little further delving sees Viru discontinued by its current brewer around 2006 and taken on by Baltic Beer Co around 2007 where it saw a label change, an introduction to British bars & Restaurants then onto the take home market and the world.
Viru itself is a Pilsner style lager with an ABV of 5% using deep-well spring water aswell as a selection of malts from slightly sweet to lightly toasted from Lithuania. Saaz hops apparently help to provide a subtle yet smooth finish.
I have some subtle reservations that this beer may not be an all singing, all dancing number but we’ll have ourselves a nice vase for the house if all else fails.
Lets give it a go.
Viru pours with a crisp, clear and golden colour with a nice level of carbonation which helps to offer up a small amount of foam. This fizzles out quickly but leaves a little around the edge of the glass which thankfully keeps the enticing look of the beer.
No-one wants a flat pilsner.
Both the flavour and the aroma give the gentlest hint of malt and hops. The malt flavour shifts instantly into a small amount of bitterness which fades out very quickly leaving you with little in the way of lasting or noticeable flavours.
Very easy drinking at 5%, smooth but lacking in flavour strength and body.
Although not an unpleasant beer, Viru seems to go down like air.
This in itself is probably great for those looking for something different with a decent level of alcohol to help get the party started.
Those of us looking for a taste and punch in our beers will unfortunately be sorely disappointed.
The quality is there, there is some history and the bottle is unique but Viru itself is just plain ordinary.
If you have had an opportunity to try a bottle, then tweet #biertaster and let me know what you thought of Viru.