Viru (vee-roo) beer is awesome! It even comes in a (super cute) octahedral bottle. Viru is an Estonian pilsner beer. It is slightly hazy, light in color, and crisp in taste. This is not the kind of beer to reach for if you are looking for a flavorful punch of hoppy-wheaty goodness. Instead, Viru is brewed with Lithuanian malted Barley, Saaz hops, and (like Abita) is brewed in artisan spring water from the brewery area. There is also a very slight vanilla undertone. Yummy.
Many critics have slammed Viru as weak, but I find the lack of bite refreshing, especially when the majority of brewers think packing as much flavor as possible in a beer is what makes it great. Sometimes, less is more refreshing and makes for easier drinking. Ladies beware, Viru packs a whopping 5% AC, so be careful.
Viru’s signature bottle shape was designed a century ago in Russia and is meant to be reminiscent of the castle turrets of old. The U.S. only started importing Viru in 2009, so it is still a bit tough to find, but it is worth it to grab a few extra for the at home beer stash.