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Svijanská Kněžna 13°

Rating: 3.35

This beer, my first from the Svijany brewery in Czech Republic, was a fairly random and last-minute dash and grab purchase while I was waiting on my flight home from Prague’s international airport. I was quickly trying to find some beers from the 1001 beers list and although this one doesn’t feature on the list another from the same brewery does and that was part of the reason I grabbed this one. Founded in 1564, Svijany is one of the oldest breweries in the country and although this one is a dark beer, the brewery is more well-known for its unpasteurised, mainly light lagers. Having been nationalized between 1945 and 1990 under the North Bohemian Breweries umbrella, the brewery has since returned to private ownership and since 2010 the brewery has been owned by the Liberec Investment Fund which also oversees Pivovar Náchod who make the Primátor line of beer.

Svijanská Knežna 13°

Appearance (4/5): Quite a dark looking, almost mahogany brown colour and topped with a large, two-fingers tall head that is a foamy looking beige colour with good retention and some lacing on the sides too.
Aroma (7/10): Very sweet notes initially with some sugar and chocolate coming through alongside some floral notes, background fruits and light hops. Definitely a sweet one with some earthy notes, raisin and a little treacle coming through as well.
Taste (6/10): Again this one is quite sweet although not as sweet as the aroma, it comes through slightly more subdued with more of an earthy flavour to it. There is some raisin, hints of chocolate, caramel and dark malts with an almost nutty taste; certainly enjoyable but not a stand out flavour to this one.
Palate (3/5): Smooth with about low to medium carbonation and an almost creamy body, the beer also has hints of spice through it.

Overall (13/20): Quite a mellow and light taste that was easy enough to drink but didn’t really do enough to grab my attention or have me desperately want to take another drink. It was nice and the taste was well-balanced but it just seemed like one big blur and I doubt it will be a memorable one.

Brewed In: Svijany, Liberec, Czech Republic
Brewery: Pivovar Svijany
First Brewed: Brewery since 1564
Type: Dunkel/Tmavý
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Prague Václav Havel Airport, Prague, Czech Republic
Price: 60Czk (£1.80 approx.)

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