Brewery: Pivovar Steiger

HELL 11% Svetle

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.5%

Only available in kegs, this beer is worth bar browsing for or buying for your next Slovak keg party. They used to make few different versions of the HELL brand, and I believe it was popular, but now they only make the one. Who the hell knows why.


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Ranking the Best Beers from Slovakia

I’ve tried most of the popular Slovak-made beers and I have to say that it’s a tight race to the top. Below is a list of links to other sites that have ranked beers from Slovakia. Hopefully, it’ll help guide you on your tasting journey through the Slovak Republic.

Rate Beer
Rate Beer is the beer-drinker’s go-to site for beer ratings.

  1. Kaltenecker Chopper IPA Grand Champion 2012
  2. Kaltenecker Brokát 27 B27 Old Beer
  3. Zlatý Bažant 19% Medový Porter
  4. Kaltenecker White Shadow 15º
  5. Bratislavský Bubák 12º Tmavé

Itchy Feet on the Cheap
Boy oh boy this is a good site. I think it’s because I made it. My girlfriend and I sampled all the Slovak and Czech beers that we could find in Bratislava. The reviews are very informal and were mainly written as entertainment and for our own amusement. At any rate, the ratings are how we felt at the time.

  1. Zlaty Bazant
  2. Topvar 12º
  3. Corgon
  4. Palatin
  5. Smadny Mnich

Slovak Spectator
Their list includes some Czech beers, but I’ve ranked their top 5 Slovak beers below. If you are interested, here’s the article that tells the story of their tasting adventure.

  1. Topvar Zochar Tmavé
  2. Stein 12º
  3. Kelt
  4. Hell
  5. Steiger 11º

Most Popular
Of course, the most popular beer doesn’t mean that it’s the best. In fact, considering the most popular beer in America is Bud Light and Coors Light takes the title in Canada, I’d say: 1) people are dumb and 2) popularity doesn’t equal taste — not in the slightest. That being said, I thought I’d include this list of the top 3 Slovak beers sold in 2012:

  1. Zlatý Bažant 10º
  2. Saris 12%
  3. Staropramen

If you have a favourite beer from Slovakia, please let us know what it is in the comments.

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Smädný Mních

Brewery: Pivovar Šariš

Thirsty Monk beer coasterSmadny Mnich, or Thirsty Monk came on the market in 1993. It quickly became popular — partially because of the marketing, but also because of its light, refreshing taste. It’s slogan translates out to “A beer for anyone who’s thirsty” and its logo features a happy monk with a beer.


Smädný Mních 10%

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.3%

Produced from a special pale malt, Thirsty Monk 10% has a rich, dense and durable foam with a refreshing taste.



Smädný Mních Radler

Type: radler
ABV: 2%

With only 2% alcohol, I hardly consider this a beer, but I decided to include it anyways. Radlers (basically a shandy) are becoming more popular in Slovakia. If you are looking for a refreshing summer drink, this is it. It’s made with natural lemon juice.


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