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Steinlager - New Zealand Breweries Limited


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347 Ratings

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 20.28%

Brewed by:
New Zealand Breweries Limited visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
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Photo of MarkoNm


2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean golden color and topping it is about two finger of white head which dissipates quite quickly.
There is the familiar mild hoppy aroma with perhaps some grains complementing it.
The taste is light, crisp. Some initial (mils) sweetness is followed by a nicely balanced body with slightly bitter finish.
Nothing special about this one, just your typical refreshing and drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 12:02:24 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Clear golden color. Rocky white head holds at a half inch. Lots of sticky and stubborn lacing.

S: Grainy with a hint of toast. Dry herbal hopping.

T: Grainy and toasty malt base. Perhaps a thin suggestion of caramel. Grape skin and vague fruit. Herbal hops have a slight oily spice to them. Metallic. Grainy and lightly toasted finish.

M: Lightish medium body. Somewhat firm and round. Mild hop astringency gently rakes the tooth enamel. High carbonation.

O: Not terrible. It's slightly above average in the Euro Lager category. The hop taste and bitterness are a little more aggressive than is the norm for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 16:38:27 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

2.61/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

First review in a while. My liquor store had big bottles of this on sale this week, so I picked one up. Apparently this is different from the Steinlager Pure that we also sell. Let's see how it compares.

Aroma is hoppy, grassy and a little skunky. Not nearly as skunky as something like Heineken though, despite both coming in green bottles.

Appearance is straightforward - nice fizz, lots of bubbles rushing up the middle of the glass. The head is pretty weak and dissipates really quickly.

Not sure what to make of the taste. It's a bit hoppy and the skunkiness is coming through, but it is fairly easy drinking. It has an almost soapy finish. It's really odd and not something that I usually get from a euro lager.

Pass for me, nothing to see. Get the Steinlager Pure instead, if you can find it - It's very superior to this.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 06:04:45 | More by Olek4374
Photo of The_Rick


5/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the second beer that is just perfect.
Appearance - Perfect.
Smell - Perfect.
Taste - Perfect.
Mouthfeel - Perfect
Overall - just a Perfect Beer.
its the Bud of New Zealand. in Oklahoma its here today and gone tomorrow. really. they cant keep it on the shelves and have a hard time finding it to replenish it. there are a few beer Pubs that carry it, and thats where you have to go to get it because the Liquor Stores don't carry it all the time. and did i tell you thats its a perfect all around beer...

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 09:27:07 | More by The_Rick
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Drank from the 330mL can in Shanghai China.

A: Drank from the can so can't say much.

S: Light and crisp with lots of grass, some hay, some citrus in there and some vegetal.

T: Very typical. Crackery malt holding up just barely a wet veggie and lightly sweet character. Not too bad I guess.

Overall: Just about as average as it comes for this style. You can picture it in your mind before you drink it, and then what do you know - exactly that. Although I guess in some ways that's not a bad thing?

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 14:31:56 | More by BucBasil
Photo of TheMarkE


3.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow with moderate head and lacing.

Smell: Corn and grain.

Taste: Corn, grain, lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, dry, slight lemon aftertaste.

The Verdict: Average. A drinkable yet forgettable lager, pretty much like any mass produced swill from the big brewers.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 20:23:21 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of soju6


2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light yellow color with a small head that fades to no lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, grain and bit of citrus in the background.

T: Taste is similar with some malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a quite dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refresing.

O: Reminds me of a run of the mill Euro Lager. Drinkable but there are much better beers available in NZ.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 00:07:24 | More by soju6
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.39/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml Bottle from The Cave, Glasgow (£1):
Clear, pale straw colour with a foamy, quite thin white head on top that holds pretty well.

Corn and lager malt aroma that has a touch of grassy hops and a skunky bitterness to follow this up. There was some grain too and a very small hint of sweetness but other than that there wasn't a whole lot going on really.

Bland with some corn and cheap malts. There is some grain and a hint of sweetness with some grassy hops that makes it come out a lot like the nose but other than that there isn't anything to say about this one. Not offensive just bland and basic.

Light, smooth and clean taste. The beer is pretty bland with some touches of sweetness and as a result of this the beer is quite easy to drink. There is some bitterness in the crisp, dry finish.

As expected to be honest, a basic and cheap lager that isn't quite as bad as some of the mass produced ones I've tried over the years. It's not great but it is by no means the worst and it was pretty easy to drink. Definitely not one worth picking up but not quite drain pour either thankfully.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 07:41:33 | More by flyingpig
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this a few times in Canada but decided to pick up a 750mL since it was cheap. From notes.

A - Poured very light golden straw with good carbonation, a two finger white head that was gone fast, and bright. Weak lace was left with a film of retention.

S - Grain, corn, sugar.

T - Sugar, grain, plain and inoffensive, yet not overly tasty.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, sweet then slightly dry in the finish.

O/D - Pretty clean and strandard for a macro lager. Lacks the corny grossness that alot carry with them. Cheap and inoffensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 07:07:12 | More by tbeckett
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A small white head quickly dies leaving barely a lacing at all above a clear golden colored beer.

This beer has a big sour lemony citrus aroma.

Sour citrus taste mostly lemons with a touch of graininess.

A very light aftertaste with some lemony tones.

This beer seems to remind me of a lesser quality Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:03:37 | More by LXIXME
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steinlager Classic has a thin, white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance. Lacing is almost nonexistent. The aroma has an initial skunk whiff upon pouring the beer, but this goes right away. What one encounters is a sweet, lightly-toasted barley malt, a nice hop bitterness, and some cracker. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Steinlager finishes crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is astronomical. Overall, this is quite nice.


Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 14:05:16 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Kromes


2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A clear straw color with a thin soapy head.

S: bready malts with a slightly earthy and skunky hop aroma.

T: There is a nice sweet honey and earthy hop flavor at first and then there are some grainy adjunct flavors that show up in the finish.

M: light in body with average carbonation. Makes it very drinkable.

O: The flavors are good at first, but then they do not finish strong. Still an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 21:14:27 | More by Kromes
Photo of troobie


2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Steinlager Classic, imported from New Zealand.

11.15 fl. oz. bottle (330ml.) 4.8% ABV, NOT 5.0%. Seems this might be a recent change to the beer.

Back label states, "No additives. No added preservatives." Farther down on the back label is, "Contains sulfites from naturally occurring fermentation." First time I've ever seen a beer label that mentions sulfites?

A: Pours a 2 1/2 finger foamy head that disappears gradually and leaves almost nothing behind. The lack of lacing is disappointing. The color is only a shade darker than a typical American light beer.
S: Strong sulfur. Metallic. Apple juice. Light grain.
T: Bitterness hits earlier than expected and lasts long after swallowing. Too long. Some very light grains and cooked vegetables. Delicate, honey like sweetness that is enjoyable.
M: Very creamy. Medium/medium-low, tight carbonation. Slight tea like dryness on the back of the tongue after swallowing.
O: Definitely fits the style. Refreshing, but nothing special. A little too much bitterness for me even if I did enjoy the creaminess. Probably best consumed cold and out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 07:42:50 | More by troobie
Photo of leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden straw yellow with a finger width of foamy, bubbly white head.

Smell - Grains, apple/apple juice, malts.

Taste - Earthy grains and malts provide a nice, strong flavour. Nothing too complex going on in this one.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with lots of tingly carbonated bubbles. Crisp and refreshing quality.

Overall - A good representation of a euro pale lager by NZ Breweries. The intensity of the grains/malt flavours make this lager stand out from similar brews in this style. Nothing fancy, but definitely for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:08:17 | More by leaddog
Photo of dansmcd


2.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Light bright and clear, thin white head fades to a ring with some light lacing.

S - Watery hops and corn syrup.

T - Corn, grass, lemon, faint floral hops with some unsavoury coins.

M - Crisp with a mild hop bitterness, light body, moderate carbonation.

O - Don't bother, just more macro piss water.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 06:39:35 | More by dansmcd
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.38/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of July 2012. ABV stated as 4.8%.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear pale- gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a nice head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Very faint aroma; a hint of light malt, stewed hops and a stale background note.

Tastes of light, watery malt with a hint of stewed hop bitterness. Mild graininess. A harsh, solventy note upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, with mild astringency. Aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves and solvent.

Weak sauce - bland with unsavoury undertones. Watery and characterless. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 20:31:25 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of drpimento


2.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served cold and poured a smallish, white, thick head that settled down and some lace. Color is a clear yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma is mild, beery. Flavor is bolder than nose, with hop bitter coming out, a hint of sweet, and strong carbonic tang. Body is ok, carbonation sharp. Finish is like flavor with bitter/tang dominating and slowly tapering after some time. Not really for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:59:00 | More by drpimento
Photo of Tone


3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 7/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, grain, slight hops, hint of sweet malt, and a sulfur aroma. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight hops, hint of sweet malt, and slight sulfur. Overall, good appearance and everything else is tainted by the sulfur aroma and taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 23:46:49 | More by Tone
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a puffy 1 inch white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grassy notes, and slightly like some cooked vegetables. Taste is of sweet grains, grass, and some citrus zest on the finish. Very mild bitterness on the tongue after each sip. A pretty good level of carboonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good European style lager. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 22:57:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of marqoid


3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from 11.~ oz bottle.
Appearance: green bottle light straw fizzy beer
Smell: Grainy, skunky, crisp, minimal bitterness
Taste: Again skunky grains with minimal bitterness but dry and some mineral quality.
Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy, but certainly not filling. This is very drinkable and a solid crisp lawnmower beer.
Overall: This needs to be cold, it can be very enjoyable. What sets this apart from others is the dryness that keeps is crisp and refreshing but highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 14:07:00 | More by marqoid
Photo of mactrail


3.43/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a diluted Eurolager, but not a bad lightweight beer. If anybody cares, the new "Steinlager Classic" packaging says 4.8% abv.

Handsome bright straw color. Nice head and plenty of fine carbonation. More of a hint of hops than really bad pale lagers. Whiff of cut grass and cardboard. Pleasing mouth feel. Clean and not much malt, but the hops are flowery and give just the right balance.

Very drinkable and refreshing. Would be interesting to compare to American industrial lagers, whether any of them are flirting with this touch of hops. Or compare with Sam Adams Light.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:00:03 | More by mactrail
Photo of Beernoisseur


3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good european style pale lager. It's not bad, but not great either. This bottle was somewhat skunky, thanks to the green bottle, but I like the bitterness of euro lagers, so I was willing to give it a pass. First beer from New Zealand, and somewhat unremarkable. I'd drink another if someone gave it to me, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 03:59:52 | More by Beernoisseur
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


large bottle. clear, fizzy yellow liquid, fairly heady. Aroma of euro hops, tettnang/saaz, light skunky profile. Tastes like a clean lager with the hop presence, medium bitterness and a bready sweetness that lingers. An unoffensive, accessible lager that easily quenches a sun drenched day.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 05:34:48 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Knapp85


2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Steinlager is a lot like as Becks, or a Stella to me. This beer is a golden yellow looking brew that has a quick dissolving white head on it. The aroma of malts and some hops are the basic aromas that I get from this beer. The flavor of this beer is grains and some grass, there's a little bit of a hop kick in there but not much at all. This mouthfeel is light and fairly crisp. It's a decent social beer. Not much complexity or anything like that.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:55:57 | More by Knapp85
Photo of CuriousMonk


3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes at Old Chicago (2002): Pours very pale yellow with a decent white head and some nice lacing. Smells of grassy hops and biscuits. Flavour is similar but quite thin, leaving very for the otherwise dry finish. Some sweet malts come through in the middle with notes of apple and some subtle citrus. Thin on the palette...not too much going on here. On the plus side, for a relatively generic Pale Lager, it's very refreshing and I can see it making a decent lawn-cutting beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 19:08:40 | More by CuriousMonk
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Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
67 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.