Clear straw in color, the Svetlé (Light) is a well-carbonated bottled brew that comes in at 3.8% alcohol. The medium body joins an assertive, crisp hop bitterness that dominates the light maltiness. Overall, a very good match! The draught version is a clear straw color, well-carbonated, and leaves behind a thick white head. The beginning sharp hop bitterness mellows fast as the light pale malt and crisp hops combine with a resulting smooth mouthfeel. Typical tap towers feature ornate red ceramic and brass designs that include a painted portrait of Cisar Rudolf II, founding father in 1581. The bottled Cerné (black) is also a 3.8% brew but comes dark brown in color. Starting with a sweet malty aroma, this medium-bodied beer offers a flavor profile of dry dark malts and a caramel sweetness. Finishing cleanly, there's a lot of flavor for a lighter beer, unfortunately there are strong indications that the dark character comes from extract caramel sweeteners. The canned Tmavé (dark) is another 3.8% brew that also seems a bit one-dimensional for its sweet malt syrup character. The beer is pasteurized and contains both "brewed on" and "best before" dates.

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - September, 1999

Cerne Label Svetle

Kralovsky Pivovar
Krušovice, 27053
Czech Republic

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