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Steinlager - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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 tgbljb
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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 utahbeerdude
2.84/5  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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.62/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
3.97/5  rDev +39.8%
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.


Photo of HardTarget
2.6/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of VoodooBrew
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
3.28/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.35/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of hanco005
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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?

Photo of ybnorml
3.17/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sickly, pale gold in hue with limited depth; it’s not much of a pleasure to look at. Thankfully, the bright white head was massive in size, at the apex the foam was a good three fingers tall. Head retention was impressive; the foam was slow to subside. A small cap lasted the entire consumption and the subsequent lacing was beautiful, it was webby, widespread, and organized. Aside from the bland liquid this is a lovely looking beer!

I don’t smell any ill effects from the green bottle. The nose is softly malty with a faint spicy, grainy, earthy, caramel vibe. Delicate grassy hops, not much more. Limited DMS, a whisper of a suggestion of fruitiness; the lack of skunk or any other off aroma is a welcome surprise. I mean the color is so bland I wasn’t expecting much positive aromas. Sure, the nose isn’t Klinger–like but button noses are cute. Inviting, in a simplistic way.

The palate is rather pleasant. BA has this listed as a Euro Lager, maybe it is but it is close to a small Pilsner as well. First of all, the bitterness is crisp and refreshing… if you like earthy, grassy, lightly spicy hops. I do. Malt in the middle and back, grain, earth, kisses of crackers, and fainter kisses of caramel. There is much more malt depth then Peroni Lager or even Harp. Sure, this beer is simple and straightforward. So was Forest Gump and he was a charming and likeable fellow. So is this beer. I taste no flaws. It is what it is… well done.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel is indifferent. While it isn’t watery or too thin it is hardly memorable, which is okay.

This New Zealand beer is a fairly new arrival to the Omaha market. The green bottle turned me off but I found a single of it so I said, “what the hell.” I am glad I did. Will I go back to this in the future? I don’t know. I liked it fine but I still have quality control issues. Stick this in a brown bottle, lower the price a tad and it would be a winner. Still, IMO, don’t avoid trying this because it is damn easy to drink. Purchased in Omaha. Try one.

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 scottoale
2.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml green bomber. Haven't had this in a while and the price was right.

It pours a light gold, yellow straw color liquid with a pure white, finger and a half of long lasting head. Plenty of lacing as it goes down. Good carbonation.

Hop, malt, green glass skunky aroma. Doesn't smell bad, nor does it smell great, much like a Heineken.

Taste is a bit better with a malty grain like flavor and a roasty finish. Hops bitter nicely as the mouth dries. It actually tastes better than I remember it, as I drank a fair bit of it while I lived in Australia.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel for such a light bodied lager, there are better beers in NZ than this, for sure. Worth a try...

Photo of granger10
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big ass bottle for fairly cheap price. Looks like a dull golden color with a medium to small foamy head. Carbonation seems low. Aroma is quite skunky, I know its the hops but there's a ridiculous nasty skunky smell here. After a bit, I get some grainy dry maltiness but the skunky hops and yeast dominate. Flavor is less skunky but still strong on the hops. Not really too smooth either. This is definitely more pils like than lagerish. Very straightforward beer to boot. Grainy malts up front and a strong Euro hop finish. Body is medium and drinkability isn't too great. Rather uninteresting and overly skunky hopped for what it's supposed to be imo.

Photo of whynot44
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice light clear amber color with a decent bumpy white head that persists fairly well and leaves some decent lace all the way down.

The aroma is grassy and grainy with a slight hops spiciness.

The taste is heavy on hops for a Eurp lager, which is OK with me. Slightly sweet up front with a bit of fruitiness (apple/pear). Finishes somewhat dry and tart. Not really outstranding but a decent, drinkable lager with a bit more taste and body than most.

Worth a try, especially if you want a bit more hops bite than typical American lagers.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
2.57/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Because this is brought in to the US by High Falls, I figured sooner or later I'd try it.

Immediate impression was "this is Ballantine" which I didn't mind that much. So, skunky, a tad metallic. It poured with very little head and little head retention with limited cabonation and was lighter yellow, again, it seemed like Ballantine. Mouth was that of Heineken, light, minimum foam, light alcohol. This was shaping up to be less than average, and the taste, not a strong as Ballantine, not as sharp as Heineken, certainally better than BMC beers, but it was just another yellow, fizzy beer with an import price that didn't meet even the minimum that would make me buy this again. The JWD beers are far better and cost way less.

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

Highs: Interesting flavor for a Euro-lager
Lows: Nothing really stands out

Pours amber clear with no visible bubbles in the liquid. A very thin "spit" head is generated; it rapidly disappears. Nose is sweetish and mildly citrusy, reminiscent of a Cornona. Mouth is semi-sweet with a definite apple flavor. The taste is almost like mead but without the alcohol undertone that's tinged most meads I've sampled. Finish is a touch acidic with some alcohol. Drinkability is so-so; the flavor just isn't there.

Overall: Too brash for my taste; otherwise, an unremarkable lager.

Photo of karst
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just when you think you can buy a skunky green bottle of disappointing lager - along come this surprize from New Zealands Steinlager from Auckland.

Little Michelob Ales&Lagers Pisner glass did it proud. A light lemon gold sparkling lager supporting 4 or 5 fingered persistant head that laced and left rings to graduate my consumption.
Grassy Saaz aroma with some pale malt and citrus to support. Taste is very nice with light sweetness being dried out by mild bitterness in finish. Softmouth feel better than most of this style.

If you can find it fresh and protected from the light try it.

Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
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