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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.

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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another pale lager import into Ontario. Not the worst of its style, some thirst quencher on an oppressively hot day. Nothing much to look at colourwise, a bit of temporary foram. Some substance in the taste. Malt, and some yeast. Malty balanced aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 03:27:40 | More by Sammy
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 BuckeyeNation


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

Pallid amber, or possibly dark straw, with a number of fine bubble streams leading up to a cotton white cap that possesses a fair amount of character. It's bumpy and bubbly on top, with a stickiness that results in a wonderful, Swiss cheese-like lace display. More lace than expected and a continuing sparkling effervescence implore me to bump the appearance score to a more deserving number.

The scent of a thousand skunks greeted me on crown cracking. At present, a mere several minutes later, it has all but gone. What's left is nothing special, although it is brighter and more hoppy than the majority of similarly styled beer. Predominantly grassy, musky, noble hops hold sway. They still can't pull the nose out of the EPL doldrums.

I know that the two styles are similar (at least to me), but Steinlager tastes more like a Czech pils than a Euro pale lager by virtue of its greater hoppy bitterness. The pale/pils malt base is solid, with a touch of sweetness that is a welcome counterweight against the firm bitterness of the hops.

There's nothing special about this Kiwi beer, nothing that grabs and holds one's attention or imagination. However, it's still winning me over with sheer competence. It displays a good melding of malt and hops, clearly favoring the latter (which is the hophead's idea of balance). The finish is increasingly bitter, surprisingly dry and crisply clean. Despite the well-bubbled appearance, the mouthfeel is anything but hyperactive and is medium for the style.

This New Zealand Breweries beer distinguishes itself from the hordes of lackluster EPLs by looking like a dream and by being much hoppier than most. Given the unfortunate reality that a beer brewed half a world away is unlikely to reach the plains of Iowa in its ideal state, I have no trouble believing that Steinlager is a beer to contend with on its native soil.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 14:24:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amazing that i am actually hunting down some of the worst beers on earth now. i found this and a couple more to help me kick this list on my way home from winston last night and decided to drink them as i was out in the yard all day today. served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 08/29/2010.

the pour was about what i was expecting with a light golden yellow color that gave way with a fizzy white head that quicky dropped off with only minimal lacing involved.

aroma is light grains, bready malts, a hint of light bittering hops but nothing special really, until i take the first taste and I am blown away by how good this one is, crisp, clean and nearly perfect carbonation gives way to a classic lager. i had no clue this one was coming. notes of clove, quick hits of light hops and grain, a healthy dose of bready malts and a smooth, clean and wonderfully refreshing finish.

overall totally shocked by this one, but in a fantastic way. wahat a damn good beer on a hot night, i could have drank a half dozen of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 02:00:28 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


1.58/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a typical pale straw color with a white head that goes nearly as quickly as it arrives.

S: An incredibly "off" nose. Lots and lots and lots of skunk and a slight vegetable/DMS note. Some mild adjunct/grain sweetness.

T: If you could eat a skunk's spray, this is a pretty close approximation as to what it would taste like. Perhaps some undertones of sweetness, but the skunk is hard to get passed.

M: The body is light and somewhat watery and the carbonation is medium, which is somewhat surprising.

D: Blech, this may have been a bad bottle, but from reading some of the other reviews, it seems like it's just bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 21:58:04 | More by womencantsail
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Quebec (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a standard head with no retention. Aroma is a mix of malts and skunk which doesn’t start too well. Taste is again dominated by that skunk taste (damn! People should know that green bottle are not made for imported beer) with a little bit of hops. Overall, this is another garbage macro lager. Won’t be seeking this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 14:10:49 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, cadmium yellow body with a thinnish, white head.

Smell: Initial wafts of skunk -- afterwards, what remains is light, delicate notes of maltiness and a slight trace of vaguely spicy hops.

Taste: Light pale malts with a subdued clover honey sweetness and touch of fresh bread. Slight spicy hops with a balancing bitterness. Finishes dry, crisp, and fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that was surprisingly sufficient. Nicely balanced and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 05:08:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 01:18:17 | More by oberon
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3.83/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steinlager pours a clear golden body with gleeming yellow highlights beneath a short head of creamy bright-white foam. The head retention is fair, but the lacing is less than average.

The nose is bright with grassy hops over delicate malt.

The taste delivers the same grassy hops that the nose does, and with just as much force. The clean, straw-like and grainy malt acts as a base, and a balance, for the hop flavor. A solid bitterness backs it and it finishes quite dry and lingering.

In the mouth it's medium-light body is roused by a fine-bubbled median carbonation that leaves it slightly tingly and then smooth across the palate.

Very European. Clean, hoppy, and bitter, along the lines of a north German pils. Quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 22:37:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 22:47:56 | More by biboergosum
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Rhode Island

1.02/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a medium foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very skunky, I've got no other way to describe it. There's mostly adjunct and a little bit of malt in it.

T: The taste is bready with a little bit of sweetness, but there's very little malt character and the adjunct flavor takes dominance. The hops presence is almost non-existent.

M: A little crisp and not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not tasty at all and doesn't go down well, at least it isn't filling, I had this beer at a tasting and hated it, but I decided to give it a fair chance by trying a full bottle, since I've had beers that have tasted very different when drinking a full bottle instead of a sample. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times and this beer tasted just as bad as it did the first time I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 01:45:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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1.88/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Feeble, broken layer of large bubbles, strange in texture, resembling dish soap. Ultra pale yellow, with some tiny trails of visible carbonation.

Paper pulp and musty grain aroma, apple juice, not really that appetizing.

Skunky, cardboard flavors, dry and astringent in the back of the throat. After a couple sips, all I want is water to wash the taste out. Light vegetal flavors add nothing redeeming, and ultimately it's wretched to drink. Gassy carbonation, unpleasant aftertaste, and very drying. Definitely avoid the green bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 01:33:06 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A trip down memory lane, there was a time in the mid 80s I thought this was the greatest beer going.

Pours golden with 1" of white creamy head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Corny, grainy & fruitty

T: Grainy, fruitty & sweetness up front. Dryness after this wams a bit. Fruittyness starts to dominate, but I also pick up some floral hops. Finishes dry, fruitty & grainy

MF: Medium bodied with moderate operation. skews way too sweet

Drinks a little above average, no new ground broken here, but would take this over BMC anyday. About the same as most eurolager, zzz. I'm sure there is better beer from new zealand, but this & the steiney light are sadly, all I know

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 06:22:52 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt and adjunct scent that is accompanied by a nasty green bottle skunkiness. It's dry and a bit bitter. The taste is average also. It starts rather nicely with some pale malt flavor, but quickly turns bitter and skunky with some residual sweetness in the finish. It has a dry and somewhat fruity lager yeast presence as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average lager at best. It has too much of that nasty skunkiness for my taste. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 19:38:33 | More by WesWes
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2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and skunk. Not so good.

T - It tasted of grain adjunct and was fairly sweet. It tasted far better than it smelled.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a farily predictable Euro Pale Lager. Bad smell and a sweet corn taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 17:18:02 | More by zeff80
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
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2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date, but recently arrived in store.

Poured yellow with a thin white foamy head that descended to barely a wisp. Left very little lace.

The smell was thin - some hints of grass and skunk.

The taste was even more thin than the smell. Almost no taste outside of a touch of sweetness (some vague hints at adjuncts and touch of grass at most.)

The feel was very watery. It reminded me of water with a hint of corn or vegetable oil.

It's a sub-par Euro-lager. Too watery, no real flavor. Bland.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 16:41:22 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 21:35:08 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a crystal clear straw yellow color. A 1" head falls relatively quickly to a few large surface bubbles.

Smell: barely some soft grassy tones is all that can be detected by the nose.

Taste: very mild malt base here with some hints of corn and grass. Very mild dry bitterness. A little more flavor than your typical American macro, but not much.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Mildly dry at the finish. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: a rather dull flavor profile keeps the marks down here. It is easy to drink this quickly but it quickly becomes boring.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 12:18:34 | More by Gavage
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2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. Bottle Purchased at Seagate Liquor in Huntington Beach.

A: Yellow, with a white, rocky head that dissipates quickly, leaving an interesting remnant of clear bubbles.

S: Smells of light malt, and some skunk due to the green bottle.

T: Not as skunky as one might think from the smell, but I was surprised at how light it was, some malts and noble hops evident.

M: Very light and crisp, high in carbonation.

D: Not hard to drink, I got through the bottle pretty easily, but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 23:36:16 | More by Halcyondays
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
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3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden yellow with a small white head, little but of carbonation. Nose was kind of skunked and grainey. Taste was grainy, a small dash of hops and sordove grassy. mouthfeel was rather thin, weak and somewhat refreshing. Not my favorite but average.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 02:41:31 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Billolick

New York

2.17/5  rDev -24.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 00:24:13 | More by Billolick
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2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden amber colour. This sticky white head. It disappears quickly but it was there to begin with.

Smell: Quite odd. It smells almost burnt. Quite husky, grainy smell. Very strange for a light lager. None of the light hoppy fragrance you expect. It's not bad, just very unusual.

Taste: Quite sharp and crisp. Again, there's that burnt character to it - it ends up verging on phenolic. Very strange indeed. To be honest, it almost tastes like a dark lager. Mouthfeel is a little flat and lifeless however.

I don't know what to make of this one. It's certainly not true to style, but in reality it's quite drinkable.

Overall, this is a reasonable beer. If it wasn't so freaking weird I think I'd like it more, but it's damn confusing as it stands.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 07:12:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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New Hampshire

2.1/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a two-finger white head that lasts and leaves a good lace. Crystal clear golden color. Nose is grainy & hoppy. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Starts and finishes hoppy with a lingering aftertaste. Reminds me of the American macros without the skunky nose. $1.35 for a 330ml bottle from RSVP Liquors Portland, Me.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 22:50:52 | More by jdhilt
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Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
67 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.