1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Eggenberg Svetlý Lezák (Premium Lager) - Pivovar Eggenberg & Restaurant Eggenberg

Not Rated.
Eggenberg Svetlý Lezák (Premium Lager)Eggenberg Svetlý Lezák (Premium Lager)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

18 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Eggenberg & Restaurant Eggenberg visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 05-13-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by friendofthedevil:
Photo of friendofthedevil
friendofthedevil

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Excellent beer from the wonderful town, Cesky Krumlov. Didn't tour the Brewery, but sampled a few pints at the Brew Pub. Although I can't quite put my finger on it, this beer has an interesting (in a good way) taste and feel in comparison to other Czech Beers of the same style. The bottle was slightly less enjoyable than what we were served on tap, but I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if given the opportunity to do a little sampling.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2007 09:18:38 | More by friendofthedevil
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerman1977
Beerman1977

Austria

3/5  rDev -21.5%

04-19-2014 22:02:24 | More by Beerman1977
Photo of beerprn
beerprn

California

4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having this beer unfiltered at the monastery as this is written. Pours golden yellow clear not brilliant. White head that does not persist, (I had this same beer filtered in restaurant earlier in cesky Krumlov and head was silky/rocky and very persistent). Low hop aroma mild to moderate round hop bitterness typical of bohemian sazz character. Malt character a bit strong and grainy for style. Overall unfiltered beer is less desirable then unfiltered.

Now the unfiltered pils:
Pours golden yellow with very slight copper tint. Head rocky with silky texture, dissipates quickly, nice round soft diacetyl butterscotch aroma usually undesired but works with this beer. Hop bitterness more foreword than the unfiltered with more spicy and floral character. The diacetyl gives better mouthfeel this is not as thin as the unfiltered. Very nice glass lacing. Taste is crisp, balanced, refined, malt and hop are very distinguishable. Diacetyl comes through as butterscotch but adds character and does not distract but complements complexity. Overall this is one of the best beers I have had in the Czech Republic. If you are her the combo of chesky Kumlov and a monestary that has been brewing for 100's of years is awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 13:37:16 | More by beerprn
Photo of Poupae
Poupae

Thailand

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-17-2013 08:07:34 | More by Poupae
Photo of Theshooster
Theshooster

Korea (South)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-10-2012 05:30:57 | More by Theshooster
Photo of SilentBrew
SilentBrew

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After a brewery tour of Pivovar Eggenberg, I tasted several of their Pilsners/Lagers. Like most Lagers in the Czech Republic, it was clear, light and refreshing with very little aroma or hops flavor. The sweetness of the grain taste mixed well with the 5.% abv made a decent balance, but it was a little dryer than some of the other Pilsners/Lagers from the region. There are slight hints of earth tone from the Saaz (Chmel) but overall the hop flavor is very minor if at all existent. The carbonation was good and the beer had decent head retention, but it was slightly lacking in mouthfeel coming across as a little thin. While fresh on tap, this beer did not have any bad after tastes, however from another location where I tried one it possessed a slight metallic after-taste which I attributed to the length and location of storage at that location. While in Cesky Krumlov, the Eggenberger Pivovar is an excellent place to try some local Lagers at a decent price, but do not expect one of the best Pilsners/Lagers Czech has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 19:33:38 | More by SilentBrew
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in mug in Cesky Krumlov near brewery

A- light malty aroma. Appealing and somehow a little different.

T - markedly strong flavor, with big contributions from both malts and hops. Nice, slightly dry and long lasting finish.

M - excellent medium-to-medium high carbonation and medium body

O - Very nice, but I liked this notably less than the Eggenberg cerne that proceeded it. Still, highly recommended for style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 00:53:10 | More by chinchill
Photo of thetomG
thetomG

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from a friend who was recently over in the Czech Republic.

Pours a clear golden color with some nice foamy white head that lingers slight around the edges. Respectable lacing.

Aroma is mostly malts with a hint of spices. Flavor is similar with just a little bitterness coming from the hops. Crisp and refreshing - goes down very smooth.

Not a huge fan of this style, but I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 00:14:18 | More by thetomG
Photo of stcules
stcules

Italy

2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden color, with a lot of bubbles. Clean. White average foam, quite creamy, one finger.
At the smell some malt, cooked grains, a bit of hop. Maybe a bit anonimous.
At the taste the same notes. It is quite clean, but nothing above average.
Dry. Maltiness.
Quite light in body, for a good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 18:55:58 | More by stcules
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Svetlý means light. This beer is a deep gold with a little haze. Excellent head and lace that lasts to the very end.

Slight vinegar aroma--but with all of the sauerkraut, this may be from the server's hand.

Full bodied and solidly dry. Great malt flavor with a spicy hop finish and aftertaste. I love the creamy body.

I drank this in the town where it is produced and it shows. This was a fresh pilsener-style (in Czech, only Pilsen can produce pilseners). Great tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 20:52:03 | More by smcolw
Photo of nniicckkww
nniicckkww

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brown bottle given to me by girlfriend who just brought its back from Czech Republic.

Lots of carbonation. Crystal clear and golden. Malty/bready/spicey smell.

Extremely crisp with assertive hop bitterness. Delicious. Metallic aftertaste is not necessarily a bad thing. Crisp and refreshing and highly carbonated.

I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 21:14:39 | More by nniicckkww
Photo of lacqueredmouse
lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard brown half litre bottle. Eggenberg crest and 1560 as the original date of the brewery. Motif of barley and hops in gold. Mostly red and white. 5.0% ABV. Has the ingredients listed in Czech, but they don't mean much to me: Pitna Voda, Jecny Slad Cukr, Upraveny Chmel, Chmelovy extrakt. I deduce water, malted barley hops and hop extract, but I could be wrong.

Massively carbonated, and leaves a huge frothy head, despite the most timid pour. Fizzes all the way, leaving a snap crackle and pop on my eardrums. Body is very pale gold, and the head is white, and as I mentioned, massive. It's pretty solid too, despite its fizziness.

Slightly spicy hops on the nose, hints of paprika and cinnamon, and something a bit meaty. Even a little bit fruity as well, but you have to stretch the imagination a little for that. Very nice.

Taste is also pretty good, with the hoppy bitternress late on the palate, the front is quite sweet, but the hops soon cut through, with a fragrant spicy sharpness. It's not complex, but it does what it does well. Nice.

Despite the apparent carbonation, the mouthfeel stays round and full with out being too sharp or cutting.

Very nice, very drinkable. A fine example of a Czech pils. A suitable accompaniment to the wonderful town where it is brewed.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 06:55:59 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of etenbus
etenbus

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this lager on tap while visiting the Eggenberg brewery in Cesky Krumlov, southern Bohemia. Cesky is a wonderful town, with its medieval streets, winding river, and lively vibe on a summer night. After renting a canoe and paddling up the next town, we took in the brewery for our dinner. I had a half liter of the dark lager and then a half liter of this. Oh yeah, I also had dinner.

Appearance: Judging from the photograph I have of the beer in its half liter glass (which I took in the middle of the restaurant, thus causing the Chinese tourists next to us to do the same!), the beer was deep golden in color.

Smell: The aroma of the Czech pilsners I had were almost as good as the flavors. While this one did not have the ultimate pilsner aroma of the best pils I had in Czech (that was Budvar), it still had some of that bready and grassy aroma to whet the thirst. Saaz hops very much on the forefront.

Taste: Excellent. A little more understated than the Budvar and PIlsner Uruquell that we downed, but the freshness of drinking this at the brewery was evident. I liked the pilsner better than the dark lager, but both are excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and filled me up more than I expected. So I had a more difficult time finishing my meal of roast duck (one of the best meals I've had in some time at a restaurant).

Drinkability: What are you kidding me? You're in a medieval Czech town, surrounded by a lovely castle on the hill, lots of small intimate restaurants serving up good hearty Czech meals, and the half liter cost about 60 cents. Any beer advocate could drink these all night. By the way, our entire meal for three, including four half liters, came out to around $13.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2007 05:12:41 | More by etenbus
Photo of xtacyturbo
xtacyturbo

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled this bottle from a sampler pack given to me after touring the Eggenberg brewery. So far I'm quite impressed with their offerings.

Poured into a Czech flute glass. The beer is a light golden color, just hazy enough to not see clearly through. Frothy white head that quickly settled, leaving a film topping the beer all the way through and lacing the glass from top to bottom. The appearance of a Czech Pilsener, defined.

Smell is bready and flowery. Quite a pleasant aroma actually.

Taste is refreshing and balanced. Very very light hop bitterness, excellent balance between malt and hops. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Prickly carbonation matches well with the beer's flavor, giving a thirst-quenching type feeling as it goes down. Perfect for enjoying on a warm summer evening.

A very, very drinkable brew, I could easily drink many of these in an evening. An excellent example of a Czech Pilsener, and a surefire winner anytime of year, but especially tasty in summer. Wish I had more than one, but unfortunately I have yet to see Eggenberg for sale in the US.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 18:57:16 | More by xtacyturbo
Photo of JohnW
JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer from the downstairs cellar at Cesky Krumlov brewery tap ( Czech ) on a warm summer afternoon, surrounded by locals who were well on the way from starting earlier than we did! Pale colour, good tight head, fresh clean crisp refreshing drink, not overly hoppy or sharp, nice balance, not demanding, and thus very easy to drink...and drink....in the surroundings we were enjoying it! Maybe the circumstances in which we enjoyed it makes me mark it higher than deserved, but it sure was good to me! And...at the price there...about UK£0.40 a bottle (US $0.70c) what more can I say?

Prost!

John W
Bham UK

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 13:49:43 | More by JohnW
Photo of jaluria
jaluria

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Asylum in Adams Morgan. It was served in a traditional pilsner glass which allowed the carbonation to be the center of the show along with the beautiful golden color. The smell was indicative of the style; soft and subdued. The taste was very well balanced with just the right hop character to mellow the malt presence. The taste was distinct and refreshing with it's crisp texture. The beer became even tastier as it warmed; with a hint of caramel coming out. I had a few of these and I could have had more; great beer with unique flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2005 18:30:04 | More by jaluria
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this beer at the Eggenberg Brewery’s canteen for many times during my three-day visit in Cesky Krumlov, South Bohemia last month. 12% Svetlý Lezák, it is to be served unfiltered.

Appearance: only slightly hazy golden in colour, with a very tight, rocky beerhead settling slowly down to a thin layer covering the beer throughout the drink.
Smell: deeply perfumy/flowery and delicately fruity aroma (fresh sugar-cane juice and green apple peel), with considerable amount of malts at present as well… Overall the aroma of hops is restrained but delicately nice.
Taste: the taste is a bit understated compared with the nose--soft palate of malt and bready taste upfront, plus a mildly bitter and slightly sour yeasty flavour. More fruity (finely-tuned sugar-cane again) hop flavour in the aftertaste…the finish is rather short though, leaving a quite clean mouthfeel.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: the mouthfeel is consistently velvety smooth and very nice. This is a medium-minus bodied, but medium-full flavoured unfiltered lager. Extremely fresh, tasty and drinkable especially at the brewery canteen.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2005 13:47:55 | More by wl0307
Photo of Sigmund
Sigmund

Norway

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, now available in Norway. Golden colour, large to moderate head. Strong flowery aroma with notes of honey and butterscotch. Made with "modified hops and hop extract", hmmm .... Clean pilsener flavour with flowery elements and a respectable hoppy bitterness. A solid Czech pilsener in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 17:52:20 | More by Sigmund
Eggenberg Svetlý Lezák (Premium Lager) from Pivovar Eggenberg & Restaurant Eggenberg
85 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.