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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Brewery: Pivovar Steiger

Bottle of Steiger Light beerQuite possibly, the first beer brewed in Slovakia.  The Steiger brewery dates back to 1473.  Over 500 years later, Steiger is still using traditional brewing techniques and basic brewing ingredients.  They strive to remain a traditional regional brand, with availability throughout Slovakia.


Steiger 10% Classic

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.1%

A pale golden beer that is thirst quenching and very light.



Steiger 11% Premium

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.5%

Mild hops, medium bitterness, highly refreshing.  A light golden color with sparkling clarity.



Steiger 11% Dark/Tmavy

style: Tmavy
ABV: 4.5%

With a beautiful dark color and a unique smell, Steiger’s dark lager is one of their best beers.  It has a sweetness to it which, according to their website, will please women drinkers.  In Slovakia they will often make a sort of “black and tan” or “half and half” with dark and light lagers.



Steiger 12% Premium

style: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

The finest malt and hops are traditionally cooked to make this beer.  The locals in the brewery’s area will swear by it, but beer drinkers that are new to it may swear at it.


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Steiger Brewery

Vyhne č.24,966 02 Vyhne.
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Tel: 045 – 6772116
Fax: 045 – 6772234

Aerial shot of Steiger Brewery.


Slovakia’s oldest brewery was built in 1473 by the Knights Templar in the Banska Bystrica region.  This turned out to be a good choice of location, as over the years the brewery would find success selling to the miners that dominated the work force of the area.  Miners in the area often refer to beer as liquid bread and they often drank it while they worked.

Since 1473, the brewery has undergone many rebuilds and changed owners several times.  Production went up and down, depending on the times.  During times of war, sales would increase, however, during the German occupation in World War II Jaroslav Raiman, the director of operations was killed and many of the workers were arrested.  This put a halt on production until December of 1944 when the brewery slowly started making beer again.    During the communist era, more people drank beer and business peaked.  In 1958 they sold 280-300 thousand hectoliters.  It wasn’t until 2004 that the brewery became what it is today.  The name Steiger Pivovar was adopted in April of 2006 and it became the companies main brand of beer.  In 2007, Stein brewery moved their production from Bratislava, the countries capital, to the Steiger brewery.  Steiger Brewery currently represent only 6-10% of the beer sales in Slovakia.


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