In most countries, the strength of a beer refers the percentage of alcohol by volume or ABV. In Slovakia, and other parts of central Europe, the beer’s strength is thought to be the amount of fermentable material used to make the beer. If you look at a bottle of beer in Slovakia you’ll often see a large number with a percent sign after it (usually between 10 and 12%). Many of the beers even incorporate the number in their names (Steiger 10% Classic, Topvar 12% Premium). This often leads to people thinking that the beers are 12% alcohol but in reality they are probably 3-5% ABV. The number simply means that 12% of the ingredients’ density is made up of fermentable materials.
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Pivna Kozmetika is a company out of Žilina, Slovakia that is selling soaps, shampoos, and bath salts that are made out of beer. They claim that beer has polyphenolic substances in it that will increase the strength, gloss, and volume of your hair. For 9.90€ you can get a gift package that contains a 300ml bottle of beer shampoo and a 300ml of beer balm.
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There are many good reasons to go to the Slovak Republic, but my favourite is the beer. It’s delicious and very reasonably priced. Pintprice.com has it costing an average of 0.91 Euros. That makes it the fourth cheapest place to drink beer in Europe (Ukraine is #1). If you’re looking for a place to have your bachelor or stag party, a weekend in Bratislava will give you everything you need to make a man rethink a commitment. But before you go, I recommend boning up on a little Slovak. Here’s what you’ll need to know.
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Brewery: Pivovar Bytča
Popper is one of the oldest brands in Slovakia but also one of the smallest as far as production goes. Unlike many of the other breweries in Slovakia, it was never purchased by SABMiller or Heineken, so it hasn’t expanded like its competition, but its roots are strong and it shows in their beer. Since the brewery stopped producing Palatin 16% Tmavy (despite its numerous awards and favourable reviews), Popper is the brewery’s only brand. It’s named after the Popper family who owned the brewery for 100 years.
Popper Light 10%Type: European pale lager ABV: 4%
Popper’s light beer is made from Czech malt and hops. It’s golden in colour with a delicate hoppy aroma.
Popper 12% PremiumType: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4.7%
This beer is aged in a cellar for a long time, giving it a unique taste with a greater fullness and bitterness.
Popper Tmavy 10%Type: Tmavý ABV: 4.2%
Popper’s dark beer has a delicious caramel flavour with a lower alcohol content. It is popular among Slovak women and has received awards by the Slovak Association of Historical Brewers.
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Brewery: Banskobystrický Pivovar
Urpiner is brewed with traditional recipes. The beer is naturally aged for 50 days and consists of the best hops, malt grown in southern Slovakia, and local spring water from the surrounding hills of Banská Bystrica. Over the years, the brand has placed in many beer competitions including gold medals in Slovak and Czech contests.
Urpiner Classic 10%Type: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4%
In 2010, this beer won Slovakia’s gold crown in the 10% category. It has a medium to high crispness, is a clear golden colour, and will quench your thirst even after a physically demanding activity.
Urpiner Premium 12%Type: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 5%
Urpiner’s most popular beer. In 2012 it won a silver medal in the European Beer Star competition in the “Bohemian Pilsner” category. It was the only Slovak beer to bring home a medal.
Urpiner Dark 11%Style: Tmavý ABV: 4.5%
This dark lager is based on an original recipe using water, three types of special malts and hops. It has a malt caramel flavour and aroma and is sweeter with a medium to high bitterness. In 2012, it won a gold medal at the České Budějovice (Czech city where Budweiser was first brewed) Beer Festival.
Urpiner Exclusive 16%Type: Strong Bohemian pilsner ABV: 6.5%
As far as Slovak beers go, this one has the highest alcohol content. With a taste and smell of malt and hops and a distinctive bitterness, Urpiner Exclusive has won many medals in various Czech beer competitions.
Urpiner Kaprál 11%Type: Polotmavý/semi adrk lager ABV: 4.5%
Kaprál translates to “corporal” but this beer is also known as Urpiner Desmod which is a Slovak metal band. Desmod roughly translates to “blood thirsty bat”… On the Urpiner site, if you display the page in English it will call the beer Urpiner Desmod. Confusion aside, this beer has a slightly bitter taste with a mild malt and hop aroma. In 2012, it won a gold medal at the České Budějovice Beer Festival.
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Brewery: Pivovar HurbanovoType: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4.3%
A traditional Slovak beer with the full flavour of malt. It’s named after the region in Slovakia where the beer was first produced. Production began in 1965 but the brewery was sold to Heineken and the Gemer brewery was closed. The beer is now brewed in Hurbanovo Brewery.
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Brewery: Pivovar Hurbanovo
Popular in the central part of Slovakia, Martiner was first brewed in 1894 in the town of Martin which, of course, is where it gets its name. In 2003 the brewery was bought by Heineken and production was moved to the Hurbanovo Brewery.
Martiner 12%Type: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4.6%
In 2009 this beer was presented with a silver crown by the Slovak Association of Producers of Beer and Malt.
Martiner 10%Type: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 3.8%
Martiner’s light beer is malt-y with a slight bitter taste. It’s surprisingly rich for a beer with such a low alcohol content.
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BREWERY: Pivovar Hurbanovo
The Nitra Brewery started producing beer in 1896. It was eventually made into a public company and the name was changed to Karšay Brewery. In 1992 they created the Corgon brand. Five years later, the company was bought by Heneiken which helped it modernize and expand. In 2007, the beer moved its production to Brewery Hurbanovo.
In English Corgoň means “champion”. This made it a natural sponsor for many sporting events including Slovakia’s national football/soccer league and basketball league.
Corgon 12% LagerType: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4.8%
Made from a special, high-quality hops, Corgon’s 12% is a beer for beer-lovers. It has a higher level of bitterness that is perfectly balanced.
Corgon 10% LightType: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4%
A golden ale that’s just as delicious as it is refreshing. Hence, it’s one of the best-selling beers in Slovakia.
Corgon 11% DarkType: Tmavy ABV: 4%
This beer is now only available on tap. It’s a fantastic combination of pilsner, Munich malt, and caramel.
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Corgon 4sladovýType: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4.6%
Another Corgon beer exclusively available on tap. Sladový means malt and, you’ve guessed it, this beer is made from 4 different types of malt. It has a unique, full taste with a slight sweetness and a pleasant bitterness.
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Brewery: Pivovar Hurbanovo
Also known as its English translation, “Golden Pheasant” this beer is Slovakia’s most popular beer. It’s the most exported Slovak beer and can be found in such countries as the USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldavia, and Kazakhstan. Over a million hectolitres are sold all over the world per year. In 2006, its 12% version was awarded the best beer in its category by the Slovak Union of Beer and Malt Producers.
Zlatý Bažant 10% LagerType: European pale lager ABV: 4.3%
A soft aroma of hops and malt is followed up by an intense bitterness. The lower alcohol percentage makes it more refreshing than its 12% brother.
Zlatý Bažant 12%Type: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 5%
With subtle hops and a moderate bitterness, Golden Pheasant’s 12% beer is the brands finest achievement and is the most widely available Slovak beer in the world.
Zlatý Bažant 10% TmavyType: Tmavy ABV: 3.8%
Golden Pheasant’s dark beer is recognized by its sweet-ish caramel flavor and moderate bitterness. It is quite popular to cut it with a Zlaty Bazant’s 10% lager.
Zlaty Bazant WheatType: Wheat ABV: 4%
Slovakia’s first (mass produced) wheat beer. Made with 50% wheat malt, 45% barley malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Like most wheat beers, it’s top fermented and unfiltered.
I can’t find any reviews for this beer. Let me know how it is in the comments if you’ve tried it.
Zlaty Bazant Radlers
The brand also produces a lemon and a grapefruit radler. With only 2% alcohol, they are very light but refreshing and are produced with only natural ingredients.
Zlaty Bazant also produces a number of seasonal beers available only during certain times of the year. They include:
- Zlaty Bazant Wheat Beer
- Zlaty Bazant Porter
- Zlaty Bazant Bock
- Zlaty Bazant Dark Ale Yeast
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Brewery: Pivovar Steiger
Stein brewery was founded in 1873. It immediately began winning medals for its quality product. In 1995 the company went public and in 2007 the production was moved from Bratislava to the Steiger Brewery in Vyhne. Stein’s logo shows Bratislava’s coat of arms, which is not an image of Bratislava Castle but a general depiction of a medieval town. Stein just celebrated 140 years of making beer.
Stein 8% Light Drinking BeerType: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 3.0%
Highly fermented and produced with high quality water, hops, and pilsner malt. A very light but easy-to-drink beer.
Stein 10% DraughtType: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4.1%
A fine, bitter hop flavoured beer that tastes like a draft beer even out of a can. Of course, it’s best served from a tap on a hot day.
Stein 12%Type: pilsner lager ABV: 5%
A long fermentation process at a low temperature, gives this beer its full flavour and intense bitterness.
Grošák HordenType: Pale European lager ABV: 3%
Cooked in open vats and fermented in traditional lager tanks, Grosak Horden is a light flavorful beer. Grosak translates to “roan” which is a term used to describe a horse that has a mixture of colored and white hairs. The beer’s logo is also a horse, but I don’t see the connection between the color and the beer (ie. don’t worry, you won’t find horse hair in your drink).
Starosladnicke 11%Type: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4.5%
Bratislava’s historic 11% lager’s name translates to “old malt”. It is a completely traditional beer that is only available in kegs.
There are currently no reviews for this beer. If you’ve tried it, please review it in the comments section below.
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