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Steinlager | New Zealand Breweries Limited

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New Zealand Breweries Limited
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Reviews: 276 | Ratings: 428
Photo of jmdrpi
2.94/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

draft served in pilsner glass

clear, pale golden color, bright white head. sweet corn and grassy aroma. not great. taste is pretty bland, not much there. thin bodied, higher carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma has a musky tone, flavor has a little snap to it. Nice pillowy head on this beer. I’m out of season on this one, it would be perfect on a hot summer’s day.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow appearance, super white head, lots of bubbles vanish quickly. Aroma was skunk as funk. I don't mind.

Omniprescient alcohol all over it, skunky taste vibe too. Does impart some hoppiness, really thin body. I'd knock one back for old times sake on the golf course come warm weather, used to drink this a bunch in the 90s when 12'ers would go on sale at Safeway.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Skunkayyyy! For some reason, I have always enjoyed the pure skunkaliciousness of Steinlager. Its a lager that hits you in the nose and mouth. Once you get past the initial assault, this beer disappears in a hurry and leaves a barely noticeable hop trace. I'm a sucker for beers in green bottles (Moosehead, Henry's Blue Boar, the original Rolling Rock), so it's no wonder that I fall for this beer from time to time.

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Photo of Fielde
1.3/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

The taste was very poor and the smell was worse.

The carbonation attacked my mouth with a vigor I have yet to experience from a beer.

However income back to the smell and I can't get paste that.

I feel that this beer would not outsell Most American lower level beers. In fact I can't even decide what flavors are in this beer.

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Photo of Stani-man
1.77/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not a fan. Very skunky. I really can't get past the skunk smell to give an honest assessment. I drank the whole thing out of respect to Beer in general, but it is not worth a trip to New Zealand. Rugby good, beer bad.

Seriously, I am not a fan of euro lagers. It may be great, but it tastes like bad Heineken.

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Photo of Foyle
3.76/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a sudsy thick white head which gradually recedes leaving decent lacing. Color is a clear light gold with abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: initially a bit of skunk (green bottle), once this dissipated remaining aroma is a combination of pungent grassy hops and sweet bread dough.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a drying finish.

Flavor: nice combination of lightly toasted barley, a hint of caramel and toffee, strong grass hop presence as well as some bitter hops in the finish.

Overall: excellent and well done pale lager. Would like to try it from a can or on tap to see if the initial skunk is not present.

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Photo of bighandsjohn
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very basic type beer. Reminds me of a basic US domestic beer. Not something I would normally choose to be honest. Pretty smooth with little flavor. A bit spicy and almost grassy type aftertaste. Nothing special. Would not miss it if I never drank it again.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.03/5  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.

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Photo of Olek4374
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of The_Rick
5/5  rDev +75.4%
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...

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Photo of BucBasil
2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
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?

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.02/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of soju6
2.65/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +40.4%
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.


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Photo of Kromes
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of troobie
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.16/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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