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 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 HurbanovoType: Bohemian pilsner ABV: 4.2%
Slovakia’s Kelt beer (not to be confused with a Czech beer that goes by the same name), is produced by Brewery Hurbanovo which is owned by Heineken. They also make a 12% version but it is only available in bars or by the keg. The 10% version is available in the standard 500ml sized cans and bottles, but can also be purchased in a 2 litre plastic bottle.
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