Steinlager - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 411
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 16.9%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of Beernoisseur
3.56/5  rDev +25.4%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  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. (449 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (483 characters)

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. (726 characters)

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. (452 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.36/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter...pale yellow with a decent head. Right away, I notice that that 'lager funk' is missing. Tells me their lager yeast strain isn't that awesome, it doesn't get the nose. However, this is a very clean brew with an exceptional mouthfeel that goes down very easily. Not a champion brew, but it sure is getting trashed by reviewers. I'm pretty critical of bad beers but this is certainly no adjunct crap, it's just not that amazing either. If it's not a bad price, you might want to grab this one time, but if there are some good craft pils on the shelf for a similar price, I probably won't buy this again. (623 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
2.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden yellow body, resembling straw with a thin, feather white head that leaves only traces of lacing.

Aroma is quite bitter and bordering skunky, certainly some hops that are straw like or grassy.

The flavor is similar, again quite bitter and funky with more hop character.

Medium to light in body with medium carbonation and a bit of a bitter bite to the otherwise crisp finish.

This is an ok example of the style, perhaps lacking some of the malt backbone to counter the bitterness. (495 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
3.04/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow appearance with very little head. Smell is sweet with hint of grass, picked up a bit of vegetables.

Taste is grainy and sweet but overall very faint, picked up a hint of malt and grass. Light bodied with high carbonation. To it's credit, it is clean and refreshing. Aftertaste is almost non existent, slightly bitter.

Overall, this is a typical Euro Lager. Taste is mediocre but easy to drink, glad I didn't get a skunked bottle. Would recommend if you want to try a New Zealand beer, otherwise to expensive. (523 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, straw yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated quickly to a few random bubbles. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet wet grains. Hay and grass.

T: Light sweet malts. Mild spicy hop character. Finishes clean and crisp.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Very smooth ahead of a clean and slightly dry, crisp finish.

D: Easy to drink. Not as bold as some, but balanced and clean. (427 characters)

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : grassy and sweet aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : moderate hoppy, with a bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style pale lager. (251 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev +25%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of SteveDavies
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into glass slight head soon dissipated, colour was pale straw. Smells strongly of malt. Taste was a pleasant surprise, a good bodied well balnced taste with a good caramel / malty base. Alcohol was well hidden. Carbonation was adequate without being excessive. I found myself quite enjoying this lager. (360 characters)

Photo of Pardishcreel
1.94/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

pours golden with a light head that subsides into a thin layer of head about an 1/8 of an inch thick. High carbonation.

To say a beer smells skunked is one thing, but this beer actually smells like a skunk. It reminds me of driving down the highway with a buddy and eyeballing him as a strange smell arises only to have him swearing it was a skunk.... skunk or maybe they cracked this beer open in the car, who knows.

thank god the taste of this beer is not nearly as bad as it smell. It taste bitter with a quick dive into wateriness leaving a light skunked taste on the pallet. While not very good its not as horrible as the smell lead me to think it would be.

I cant say the drinkability is high because between the odor and the fact that its nothing special I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy a different beer of this style. (831 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
1.59/5  rDev -44%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Steinlager (on tap at Nelson Blue)

Appearance-Normal pale lager color, light brown, minimal carbonation from the tap.

Smell- sweet grains, alcohol, mild grassiness

Taste/Mouthfeel - medium bodied, residual sweetness, light malt, grass and mild hop aroma, exceptionally smooth, leaves a last touch of grain on the tongue as it goes down. Finishes clean.

Drinkability - clean and easy drinking lager, no real complaints to report, nothing offensive.

Overall -above average Euro Pale lager, which isn't saying that much but it isn't bad for the style. Nothing to seek out but in a pinch, it works. (599 characters)

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

A - lager coloured, ok head which dissipates .
S - like any average macro.
T - bit bitter, same level as heineken, nothing amazing
M - a bit over carbonated.
D - i'd have another, but theres better out there.

surprised its not more popular, a solid macro. (257 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
4.39/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steinlager is continuously in the most underrated beer category in the world! Sure, it is a common, easy to find beer, brewed in a large brewery, but that doesnt make it a BUdweiser or MGD. There are large breweries that make outstanding mainstream beers i.e. Heineken, Hollandie, Stella Artois, Peroni, etc. This is not a unique beer, just a good ol fashioned good lager beer. If you like Heineken and beers like that, you will fall in love with Steinlager. (458 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
1.99/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 330ml bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Crystal-clear, very pale golden color with a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves medium lace.

Smell: Mostly sweet grains, backed up by grassiness.

Taste: Begins almost completely flavorless, turning sweet and finishing with grains and leaving behind a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation. Refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Sure, very drinkable, but totally unremarkable. Not bad, but the fact that it begins literally almost flavorless (more-so than any light beer or BMC stuff I've had) is a huge turn off. (634 characters)

Photo of tjd112
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Golden/Yellow color with white head, leaves little lacing

Smell - Very non-descript, and surprisingly not that skunky for something that is green bottled

Taste - Somewhat of a mix between malty and grassy

Mouthfeel - Light and disjointed

Drinkability - Could finish it, but it frankly wasn't that pleasant (373 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
1.58/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of white head. It is pale yellow in color. The aroma was an immediate turn off. I get a skunked, grassy smell. It comes in a green bottle so the smell was expected. The taste is metal, sweet malt and finishes a nasty bitter. This is not a beer to be revisited unless it is on tap. I need to quite trying these imported green bottled beer. I don't think I've had a good one yet. On tap is a different story since kegs shouldn't get light damage. Of course then there's temperature . . . (531 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.42/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle (yes, complete with a 'classy' green bottle and bottlecap). No freshness date on here, but it is the newer style label. Pours a clear yellow color with a pretty nice, creamy white foam. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

Smell is very skunkalicious, with some green apples and grainy malt to round things out. Sweet, with some watermelon Jolly Ranchers thrown in. Not all that great.

Sweet grains remind me of corn syrup, but the beer tastes like it might be all barley. Not much hops in here, but does have a slight drying effect on the finish. Fruitiness in a lager is a bit of a turnoff. Malts provide a full-ish body, but doesnt really do much for the beer. I am not digging this much and am working hard to finish the 25.4 ounces. I seem to remember this tasting much better while in Hawaii 10 years ago...go figure. (841 characters)

Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an American wide pilsner glass, this was a sample not light damaged by the idiotic "international" green glass bottle.
Time was, 25 years ago, Steinlager was available in 25.4 ounce bottles. I use to buy a sealed case box of twelve. But that is long ago, when you could tell the difference between Steinlager brewed in Auckland, as opposed to that produced in Wellington. Now, over the years and brewing consolidation, the beloved Steinlager has become a rather mediocre offering, a touch below Holland's Bavaria.
This bottle says: "Steinlager classic" (whatever that means) and lists its alcohol strength, by volume, at 4.8%. A classic golden foamy appearance, but alas, like many other famous international brands, it has lost much of its character.
It is drinkable, but that's about all. (802 characters)

Photo of resistivity
2.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I thought i would try this beer out. It is horrible and i regret wasting money on this beer. The beer should not be imported into Australia and should stay in NZ where it belongs.A premium price for such a poor beer.

Its not the worst beer i have had, but its close... (270 characters)

Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
67 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.