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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Slovak Golden Crown Beer Awards 2013

Gold Crown Beer awardsThe results are in. Slovakia’s most prestigious beer awards took place on June 13th with 13 breweries competing — the highest in competition history. Sixty-seven beers were anonymously evaluated by judges in a 20° air-conditioned room.  The beers were stored at 8-12°C.  They don’t take this competition lightly.
In the 10° category, Steiger took the gold with Zlaty Bazant coming in second, and Topvar taking home the bronze.

The 12° category had Saris winning the gold. The silver and bronze were both taken home by Steiger Brewery with Stein 12% taking the silver and Steiger 11% taking the bronze.
As for dark beers, Zlaty Bazant 10% Tmavy was first overall, Topvar 11% Tmavy was second, and Saris Red took the bronze.


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