Steinlager - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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411 Ratings

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Reviews by Offa:
Photo of Offa
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is another decent lager, slightly better than average for basic macro stuff.

It's gold, bubbly, with a medium white head that steadily dissipates to a thin, lasting head.

The aroma is strong lager - perfumy, grain, grass, pine, and hints of sulphur. It's prety nice and has a fuller, more European quality than one typically sees in basic US lagers.

The taste is also a stronger, fuller pale lager, but still pretty basic. It has grain with a definite grassy, piney hop quality with definite light bitterness and hoppy aftertaste just dominating the light sweetness. It's crisp and drinkable with some character.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a light whispy head,smell was slightly skunked (green bottle) and musty with some sharp hop bitternes coming thru.Taste was harsh and not very pleasant,it was albeit slightly skunked.Some light hoppy notes but nothing I would want to try again thats for sure.

Photo of RoyalT
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Crystal clear yellow with some active carbonation and a really nice head that lasted a while and even left some cool lacing.

Smell – There’s a touch of skunk in the aroma that is otherwise musty with a few delicate, grassy, hop notes.

Taste – This one turned bad pretty quick. The skunked grain tasted almost putrid and the hops were completely gone. The absence of a sickening sweetness was the only thing that kept it out of the sink.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the light carbonation, but this Pale Lager was not refreshing at all.

Drinkability – When will I learn to stop buying Pale Lager in green bottles.

Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Big 25.4 oz green bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden yellow with a thin wispy white lace that has trouble holding.

Smell: Grainy with a side of veggie hop in the nose, not much else other than that.

Taste: Moderate body with a full carbonation in the mouth. Maltiness is grainy with a touch of sweetness upfront that gives off hints of raw honey and bread. Sizable herbal / veggie hop brings a bitter bite that has no problem cutting through the malt. Mild hints of earth and a ghost like ginger flavour come from the hops also. Graininess lingers into the finish with a faint astringency.

Notes: Decent at best, better than an American Macro Lager but not much better. Could be confused with a macro German Lager with the name and the flavour. At $1.50 a pop I can’t complain too much.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I guess this would be a Kiwi macro. Pours with nice head. Smell is weak hops. Very nice carbonation. Taste is very crisp, good and malty. If this is the Bud of New Zealand they have one on us Americans. This was actually quite a treat. Somewhat impressed. This is not as heavy as a lot of imports. Good beer to toss down. I will not buy this again, as the bottles are 11.2oz. What a rip off.

Photo of Billolick
2.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smallish green bottle, no freshness notes, this one pours very light, very clear and very grassy/skunky in the nose. Snow white head, a few sips and its clear that this is the dreaded pissy yellow Euro macro pale lager piss water that most of us hate. No big suprise that most of this ended up down the drain instead of down the hatch. Spend your money on better beer then this...

Photo of magictrokini
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When is comes to pale lagers, I like this one. Clear yellow with a bubbly white head. Bready, veggie, and slightly metallic aroma. Sharp bite that quickly goes sweet. Dry finish. Enjoyable and refreshing, and truly like no other pale lager I've had.

Photo of btmo
1.71/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I simply don't "get" this beer.

It (apparently) wins awards, it is exported all over the world, and it sponsors big sporting events like yacht racing.

But it is swill. Pure, unadulterated swill. Do Steinlager sponsor the awards as well?

The best that can be said for it (in my oh so humble opinion) is that the bottle is moderately attractive. You can even buy really big bottles! But...

This beer is skunky of smell, thin of taste and is simply not very drinkable.

There is / are some citrus note(s) buried in the taste, but unless you are hypersensitive to citrus, you simply won't notice it. Taste is a nasty amalgam of ... well, I am not sure what. Hops? Yeast? Floor cleaner?

When poured (I keep wanting to type "poored"), it has a moderately thin head that dissipates quickly to a scummy layer on the straw yellow surface. You may notice that I scored appearance highest of the various characters for this beer.

IF you chill it right down, its drinkability goes up slightly, but honestly, it is just too much trouble.

It shouldn't ought to be like this...

Life is short. Drink something else.

Photo of kb199
2.86/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light golden color, minimal head and lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy. Taste is minimal,but with a cooked veggie overtone (DMSO, perhaps?), but nothing much else. Overall, a good average beer to drink with pretty much anything. This is a beer I could drink in quantity, as it pretty much improves with the number of drinks; not necessarily a good thing, but it WAS on sale...

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely clear bright gold, almost shiny yellow, with lots of foamy white head. Looks almost like champagne, except with lots of head retention. Sweet smell at first, followed by a bland alcoholic quality. Taste was okay, for a pale lager. In my opinion, was quite refreshing. Would certainly reach for this over a Heine or Bud, but other than that, not much to write home about. Would make a great lawnmower beer. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.41/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
2.69/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd never come across this beer on the East Coast but it is all over the Pacific Northwest. It's reasonably cheap considering it comes all the way from New Zealand. In fact I suspected it was one of those Guinness/Fosters deals where it was actually brewed in Canada -- but no, it seems to be the real deal, a Kiwi beer.

I have absolutely nothing against a good lager, but I do have something against green bottles. They just ruin beer. Which is a shame because this has a lot going for it, including a tantalizing, fresh-mown-hay malt quality and a light hop crispness. The clarity of the beer is remarkable, as is the fluid mouthfeel (although it lacks the cushiony element of the best German lagers). But everything -- the aroma, the flavor, the drinkability, the long aftertaste -- is tainted with green-bottle Eurostink. (Only this time it's not from Europe.) It's indelible. And I hate it. It's like looking at a magnificent work of art through tinted glasses (green, in this case).

I will be game to try this again when it arrives in more responsible packaging. In fact, you might even hear me recommending it.

Photo of ADR
2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale and clear less-than-gold color, big frothy head with giant bubbles and not a lot of lasting power. Laces are minimal, some rings and marks on the glass. Mild aroma, some senses of honey and canvas. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation, more than average. Flavor has some of those canvas qualities, wet hay, a camping trip, but overall, quite a bit of sweetness in front, middle, and end. Slightly insipid and offputting as it winds down, like Cheerios cereal with lots of sweetener added in. In some ways, I don't actually think this beer is as well done as some tighter American Lagers, it could actaully use a sense of crispy fade to punctuate the ending a bit more.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a bright clear straw golden and it forms a nice large cloudy white head textured like a stay puff marshmellow forms a rising biscuit center with scattered lacing as it dwindles. Aroma contains nice grassy and toned down citrus notes from the hops and mild sweetness from lightly toased malts character adding another country to the list, I've had in the past and it sometimes takes awhile to revisit. However, with this one I have no idea why I'm guessing availability it was in every corner grocer in Cali while I just now ran into recently in Southeastern Ohio. Flavor is nice with a even bitterness with more of that grassy Euro esque hop character slight biscuit sweetness very easy going even flavor, but it's pretty flavorful especially for the style some may call this one another skunk but I'm a fan tasty brew very refreshing I drank a couple this past Father's day weekend outdoors in 90 degree weather and enjoyed it pretty thoroughly. Mouthfeel is light bodied not thin even carbonation doesn't bring about any unnecessary burps. Drinkability is good especially with some grillin' foods great tasty euro lager for me one of the better ones.

Photo of chinchill
2.37/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle served in pint glass

just purchased but date on bottle seems to indicate it is past date of over 1 year! It's markedly skunky. I've had better samples of this unimpressive beer previously, so given the dating, I am a bit forgiving in my (still low) ratings.

A - nice clear golden color with off-white head of medium height and retention.

S - skunky

T - attempting to ignore the skunkiness, this beer is crisp and, for a lager, hoppy.

Photo of OStrungT
3.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow color, with a thick and fluffy white head. the head fades slowly, leaving a pretty decent lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. Mixing in with that I can detect a slight boiled cabbage aroma. A very subtle floral hop aroma is present as well.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Grains with some cabbage funk and a very slight floral hop flavor.

This beer is a little high in carbonation, but it goes decently for the style. It leaves grainy aftertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and the flavor is not too bad.

Overall: Not the best beer. Not awful though. Today is over 100 degrees, and this beer hits the spot.

Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Just and average lager, maybe a bit more hoppiness though. Easy to drink, simple and boring, its OK.

Photo of Shane_Gr
1.94/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Seems to me like this is a pretty bad Kiwi beer that gets mass produced and focuses on export and marketing. I am not a fan

Photo of LXIXME
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of bighandsjohn
3.18/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Groucho75
3.28/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber stamped 31 10066 on the lower edge of the bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pale, pale gold with a head that vaporized almost immediately.

Aroma was minimal with notes of grass, hints of what at one point been a hop cone. That didn't change much as it warmed up.

Taste was much better than I expected. Clean without much finish lingering afterward.

Fairly drinkable; I was enjoying it with some pizza and neither took anything away from the other. Could see this being a good beer to have on hand if your guests generally drink the mass-produced stuff and you can't bring yourself to buy something marked "Light".

An average pale lager for the price ($3) but I guess I lucked out and dodged the skunk on this one.

Photo of zjungleist
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a off-yellow color with a thick white head. The smell is skunky and slighly sweet. The taste is pretty much the same, with bitter and baking soda flavors in the aftertaste. I wasn't expecting a great deal from this beer, so I'm not very dissapointed. It's drinkable, and that's about all. Mouthfeel is pretty basic. I doubt I'd buy this again, but it was worth a try.

Photo of biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml stout, steep slope-shouldered green bottle.

This beer pours a clear, rather pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, and thinly foamy, yet still rocky white head, which leaves a bit of fuzzy specked lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy, and slightly crackery pale malt, a bit of wet hay, and mild grassy, vegetal, and floral hops. The taste is much more sweet rice and corn oriented in its graininess, with a further stricken white cracker maltiness, a buried sour, musty lemon fruitiness, and lightly floral, wet veggie hops.

The carbonation is moderate, not much more than a dull edge, the body medium-light in weight, and kind of tacky in its smoothness. It finishes pretty dry, and kind of clean, depending on your idea of tidiness, I suppose.

A pretty straightforward offering for the style, nothing noteworthy. A tad off-seeming, yet I can't possibly put my finger on what could be causing that? Not really worthy of seeking out beyond the country tick, maybe.

Photo of dacrza1
2.34/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12. oz bottle in a Boag's footed pilsner...inch and a half frothy foam that slowly champagne-like effervescence...a little yellowish in the gold...aroma is evident from a few feet away (and outdoors!)...familiar metallic tin with banana notes...a bit of "earth" detected as well....slick, oily consistency...flat metallic aftertaste...reminiscent of Miller Lite...holy beer pong balls, Batman! The start reaks of Silo cup and the end feels like I'm rollling them back across the table...I intended to have this as a tailgate apertif for the Yanks/O's game today--good thing I celebrated the O's win with this a few days later...this one shouldn't hit high in the order....

Photo of Anonmatel
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

floral, semi-decent brew from New Zealand, hoppy, suffers from lack of bitterness though, try one though, don't go out and get a case of it... you will be sorry.

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Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
67 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.