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Steinlager - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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389 Ratings

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 20.35%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
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Photo of Regenpak
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While drinking beer beyond its best by date is usually not a problem having a lager sit for a year and a half is pushing it. My can produced a half-inch head that stayed a long time. The beer was bright yellow with some flakes in it. Not good. But since a friend imported it to Amsterdam from New Zealand I just hated to throw it away so I drank it. Despite the foggy appearance it wasn't all that bad, really. But my ratings don't mean much...

Regenpak, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of jwc215
2.23/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

jwc215, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.1/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


Appearance- fizzy yellow with a huge frothy wite head. Moderate lacing.
Smell- sweet corn and a touch of skunk!
Taste- very sweet corn/ polenta with a light touch of straw.
Mouthfeel- sugary sweet and slighty flat. No aftertaste because its very watery.

Overall- This has such a corn flavor it amazes me!?! I'll pass on this in the future!!

NJpadreFan, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a fizzy pale straw yellow coloration. The head was 3 fingers high white in coloration. The head retention was poor. Light rings of foam line the glass.

Smell: The beer has a musty grassy smell. A very light sulfurous skunkyness is present.

Taste: The taste has a malty grainyness. Grassy lightly bitter hops finish off the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is just shy of medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. This beer beer isnt a bad beer. The beer was easy to drink. For $0.99 for 25.4 oz this is a ok beer for easy consumption.

nlmartin, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this one with my wife. It’s a very clear gold color with a fizzy, uninspiring foam. The aroma is of pale malt, with a modest sulfur background and a little slight hint of hops. The taste is a little grainy, with some cereal ajunct flavor and a little sweetness. There’s a fleeting caramel flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel, given the style, and modest carbonation. The finish is crisp and clean. This isn’t a bad beer at all. It’s not outstanding, and certainly isn’t interesting. Still, it’s thirst quenching and fairly enjoyable. It’s a dinkable, no frills lager.

Suds, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This poured from the bottle a pale yellow with a 2mm head sitting at the top of the glass. Smell is horribly skunky, consequence of being in a green bottle I reckon. It really doesn't taste that bad, hops are prevalent and some malt notes too but because of the skunk it really doesn't go down that well. A little harsh and difficult to down, unless I can get this in a can I doubt I'll be trying it again any time soon.

funkengruven, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one and a half ffinger foamy pillowy white head. There was very good retention and good filmy lacing.

The smell consisted of a strong flowery and musty hop aroma. There was a mild malt graininess detected as well.

The taste was crisp and rather refreshing. A nice spicy biting hop sensation up front balanced by a clean doughy pale malt finish.

The mouthfeel was clean and light. Good carbonation.

Overall an average to above average Pils - nice and spicy. Seemed a bit fresher and smoother than its continental relatives.

plaid75, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent summer beer, but nothing special. Crisp, golden colour with a messy head that clings to the side of the glass and floats around in fluffy chunks.

The scent is cheap macro lager: skunky, overly sweet with adjunct hints. Think lawnmower beer.

Taste is somewhat better, but not quite as good as some of the tropical lagers I've had. Grainy malt, hop traces with a minimum of skunk and adjunct. Balanced taste, but nothing outstanding. Bittersweet aftertaste.

Fizzy, typical and unexiciting mouthfeel. Again, lawnmower beer. Great served ice cold on a hot day...I could really used one earlier today! Despite the 3/4 litre size, still very drinkable...and cheap to!

BDTyre, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this huge 24.5oz green bottle of beer at my local Spec's Liquor store. I sure hope that the beer is OK, because I have a lot of it. I am a little encouraged by the spread in the scores, so I am hopeful.

Here I go...

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a lasting 1/4" head of white bubbles. The head was pretty thick, but was still active though there weren't many bubbles rising. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Luckily it isn't a skunk fest. There is a pretty strong contribution from hops that almost masks the sweet and slightly toasty malt lurking beneath. There isn't too much else to say.

Taste: Well, my first impression is that it is a bit minerally, but this isn't overpowering. The hops are a bigger player in this beer as compared to most macroesk light lagers. The hops are a lot bigger in the flavor and aroma than in the bittering. The beer finishes pretty dry and attenuated, but manages to retain a bit of sweetness to linger on the back of the throat for a while.

Opinion: Well, this beer doesn't suck. It is OK...a bit out of balance for my taste, but is still pretty decent. I will finish the huge-o bottle, but that will probably be enough for me for quite a while.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of mooseisloose
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells sweet, corny but aromatic almost with a bit of spice.. Pours to a pale golden yellow with a nice head. Flavor starts sparkly and sweet with a very slight bitter finish. Seems kind of bland in the middle. Not much backbone to speak of.. Refreshing but not a stand out.

mooseisloose, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow color with massive white head. Smell is very minimal with only a slight maltiness detected. Taste is also very mild with some malt present and a moderate bitterness at the finish leaving a pleasant dryness. Average at best, but not a beer is revisit.

tgbljb, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a six-pack of Steinlager at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale yellow color and is quite clear. A foamy white head forms and is fairly resilient. The head hangs around in some measure to the end, and laces the glass with rings of foam with each gulp

The smell is unremarkable, typical for the style I guess? There is an aroma of grain, some hops, but nothing special.

The taste is also grainy, like cereal, with a little sweetness on the side, and a very mild hop finish.

Mouth feel is crisp and clean but watery. The beer lacks body in almost all regards.

This is a drinkable beer, a good hot weather thirst quencher, but otherwise not a particularly attractive choice. It is average to below average in almost all respects. It reminds me of most macros, although I think it’s probably better than most American macros anyway. I would drink Steinlager again, but I hope to have better choices at hand.

RJLarse, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a small white head, and numberous small streams of carbonation. In all, classical in its appearance.

Aroma: Abundant cooked corn, with harsh, over-the-top solvent alcohol notes. No skunk notes evident, despite the green glass bottle.

Taste: Opens mildly sweet, midway through the taste a harsh, lingering medicinal hop note manifests itself. A sharp note of tannins is present as well. The bitterness carries well past the end of the taste. The finish seems rather dry for the style.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and pleasant, well-suited to the style.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, a fairly medicre example of the style, not particularly well made. The attenuation and tannins suggest that the grain bill might have been pushed beyond its reasonable limits.

Pegasus, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of utahbeerdude
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Visual: Light, clear golden color with a moderately creamy head with good persistence and nice lace on the side of the glass, and slightly greater than average visual carbonation.
Aroma: Nice whiff of spicy hops which faded rather quickly and left behind a rather distinct, if not terribly strong, solvent aroma.
Flavor: Bitterness and carbonation to start, a slight creaminess in middle, with spike in bitterness in finish that persists only a bit in the aftertaste. A bit of the solvent character appears in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Prickly and creamy carbonation, but overall on the light side.
Overall: A bit rough around the edges. Solvent aroma and nothing special in the flavor do not help either.

utahbeerdude, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a pale golden with high carbonation. Head is a medium height. Aroma is of sweet grains and herbal hops. Despite a green bottle, there was no skunking. Taste is very full-flavored. A nice sweet malt, grainy, with an edge of honey is joined by an herbal hop. No offensive adjunct flavors are noted. The is very flavorful and has a fresh taste. This is one of the best of this style that I've sampled.

Gagnonsux, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +34.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, May 28, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first, and to my knowledge only, New Zealand beer I have ever had. Got this at a bar I was at last week with a friend. Not bad, but not great. The best thing this beer has going for it is its mouthfeel and drinkability. While this beer is not overly flavorable, I think this is what Heineken would taste like if it were more full bodied and had more flavor. If I am ever in the mood for a Heineken, but also see this in the store or at the bar I'd for sure get this instead. It is not a great beer by any means, but it is a little above average and is certainly not terrible either. It is very drinkable. It goes down easy. The aroma didn't impress me as it was not very strong or distinct. I think everyone should try this beer at least once. It is certainly much better than almost all American macro lagers I have had.


neenerzig, May 01, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: 5% abv., 18 07 05 lasered into the bottle neck, a date perchance?

Aroma: Clean, light malt flavor, just the slightest hint of DMS.

Appearance: Short lived head of white medium sized bubbles leave a few clumps of lace. Strong carbonation streams in a pale gold glass.

Flavor: Heavy bittering hop (Saaz?) leads to a Pils taste. A thin malt fails to balance and leaves a lingering metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Puckering, overly dry. Over attenuated?

Overall Impression: Over stretched the grain bill? Too dry, hop taste is a bit off, not skunked though, surprised given the green bottle.

HardTarget, May 01, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The following passage is written on the back label: "Imagine pro-football without the stoppages, substitutions, padding or helmets. And with a great deal more bruising. Rugby is New Zealand's national sport. Be warned, it hurts." Okay... thanks for that information, beer company.

This is crystal-clear gold with a little bit of white head. The smell is light-struck ("skunky"), which isn't too big a suprise given the green bottle used as its means of conveyance. Smells like your generic green bottled European import lager. More skunk on the palate, along with adjunct. The flavors are light and low, and the finish is watery. This beer would be completely neutral except for its skunkiness, which instead puts it squarely on the wrong side of average.

VoodooBrew, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a crystal clear gold color with an airy head of white foam. Sweet, grainy aroma with no hint of hops. Flavor is bland but clean: grainy barley malt with faint hops, a bit of on the sweetish side, with a simple, quick finish. Moderate, average carbonation with a neutral texture.

A completely average mass-produced lager. I'm glad I only bought a single bottle.

allengarvin, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of LordChesterfield
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

NZ's budweiser, and much better than bud at that. Appetizing smell and decent appearance. Taste is light on both malt and hops and balanced at that so neither is very distinguishable. There really isn't enough flavor for a beer lover. Even Bud has more flavor even if it is a bad flavor. You would think that a country so good a rugby would also be enthusiastic about their beer. I blame christianity for giving prohibition a foothold and stripping NZ of their variety.

LordChesterfield, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev +7%
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.

WesWes, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trying to find a good lager for the summer, so I thought I would give this one a try. My local just got it in and I hadn’t heard of it before.

330ml bottle with A181005 marked on it, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours sunshine yellow with a 1 inch fluffy bright white head, slowly fades away, producing full lacing that reminds me of a doily.

S—grains, wheat, straw, hay, grass, corn, all of those are mixed together in the smell

T--wheat and corn flavor is dominate at first, then turns bland in a hurry, neither bitter nor sweet, finishes rather dry

M—not quite crisp and not quite smooth…somewhere in between, light bodied, good carbonation

D—a little disappointed in this one. I really was hoping for more flavor, but it isn’t there. Might be good for the summer, perhaps after yard work on a hot day?

hanco005, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean very pale yellow beer.Has a very small white head that disapears quickly. Light citrus notes up front in the aroma. With a light grassy character in the background. The taste starts with a light lemony citrus note that quickly fades. Followed by a quick snap of a peppery hop bite on the finish.

ybnorml, Mar 21, 2006
Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
67 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.