Corgoň

BREWERY: Pivovar Hurbanovo

Corgon LogoThe 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.

Beers

Corgon 12% Lager

Type: 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.

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Corgon 10% Light

Type: 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.

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Corgon 11% Dark

Type: 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 4sladový

Type: 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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Kelt

Brewery: Pivovar Hurbanovo

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.2%

Kelt Beer in a bottleSlovakia’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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Zlatý Bažant

Brewery: Pivovar Hurbanovo

bottle of zlaty bazant 12% beerAlso 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.

Beers

Zlatý Bažant 10% Lager

Type: 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.

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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.

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Zlatý Bažant 10% Tmavy

Type: 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.

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Zlaty Bazant Wheat

Type: 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.

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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.

 

Festival Beers

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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Stein

Brewery: Pivovar Steiger

A bottle of Stein 10% beerStein 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.

Beers

Stein 8% Light Drinking Beer

Type: 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.

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Stein 10% Draught

Type: 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.

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Stein 12%

Type: pilsner lager
ABV: 5%

A long fermentation process at a low temperature, gives this beer its full flavour and intense bitterness.

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Grošák Horden

Type: 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).

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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.

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Kachelmann

Brewery: Pivovar Steiger

The Kachelmann brand only has one beer:

Kachelmann 8% Classic

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 3.3%

An extremely light beer that’s good for re-hydrating between regular beers.  Surprisingly bitter for such a light drink.

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Sitňan

Brewery: Pivovar Steiger

The only beer under this brand is:

Sitňan 12% Classic

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Popular with the brewery locals.  This is a high quality, traditionally brewed beer with full flavours and an intense bitterness.

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Steiger

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.

Beers

Steiger 10% Classic

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.1%

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

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Steiger 11% Premium

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.5%

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

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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.

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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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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.

Beers

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.

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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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Topvar

Brewery: Pivovar Šariš

Topvar bottle of beerTopvar has been making beer for 47 years. Their beers are known for their pleasant bitterness which can be credited to the fact that they triple-hop them. They’re owned by SABmiller and their motto roughly translates to “giving people the soul of beer”.  They are the first Slovakian brewery to receive a certificate of quality from Lloyd’s of London.

Beers

Topvar 12% Premium

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Bitter, malty and full, Topvar’s 12% Lager is a beer-drinker’s beer. They stick to their original recipe and always use the freshest ingredients.

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Topvar 10% Light

Type: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 4.1%

A light beer with the bitterness of a regular beer.

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Topvar 11% Tmavy

Type: Tmavy
ABV: 4.1%

Dark beers aren’t that popular in Slovakia but it’s not because they don’t have any good options.  Sweet with a caramel base, Topvar Dark will satisfy you as it satisfies judges, winning 10 gold medals in Slovak beer competitions.

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Šariš

Brewery: Pivovar Šariš

Saris beer bottleFirst brewed in 1967, the Šariš (pronounced sharish) products are a well known and trusted brand.  They’re now being produced by the brewery-giant SABmiller but the original recipes have not been touched.

Beers

Šariš 12%

Style: Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Produced using a two-phase fermentation from light malt, this is the pride of the Saris brand and was awarded 3 gold medals in the Monde Selection competition.

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Šariš 11% Tmavý

Style: Tmavý
ABV: 4.1%

Saris’ dark beer.  It is brewed from four kinds of special malt and the best hops.  A perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

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Šariš Svetlý 10%

Style: European pale lager
ABV: 4.1%

Saris’ light beer is also its first beer.  It’s an easy drinking, refreshing brew.

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Šariš Red

Style: Polotmavý
ABV: 4.7%

Their newest beer.  It’s just as beautiful to look at as it is to drink.

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Šariš Nefiltrované

Style: Unfiltered Bohemian pilsner
ABV: 5%

Saris is doing something very special with this.  It’s only available in selected bars on tap.  By removing the filtering process and using advanced tapping equipment, Saris is insuring this beer hits your glass as fresh as it can be.  Find a pub that serves this beer (click the “Nepasterizovaný Saris z tanku” button).

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