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Steinlager Pure - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 115
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 29.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Zealand Breweries Limited visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atigerlife on 09-21-2008

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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 115
Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
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3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale straw colour with a good sustaining 1/4-inch head. Fairly decent carbonation. Nice lacing on the sides.

Smell - cooked veggie smell over a hoppy, nearly skunky aroma. Doesn't smell like it's crossed over though!

Taste - crisp, malty taste with an almost floral element here. Nice hoppiness at the end and finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel - despite the higher carbonation very smooth, mellow characteristics.

Drinkability - I really like this beer. Maybe it's partly the marketing, but it seems crisp and honest and goes down easy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

honstly a pretty good lager. drank a fair few of these in my travels there, but this is my first in the usa. i remember how refreshing this thing was after a half marathon, but i find it a little less appealing in an american craft beer context now. its a basic blonde lager, no additives or preservatives or anything, pretty darn refreshing really, but nothing out of the ordinary. very well carbonated, fresh pilsener type grains, cerealy, with a classic lager yeast. the finish is super clean and quick, light lager all the way. a tiny bit skunky in this green bottle, but not enough to turn me off. watery body, super thin and light. i can see the appeal in hot weather, and i would take it over a bud or a coors or something, but its well below the craft lager standard we have set here in the states. compared to its peers though, its one of the better options.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of shjdy
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of fionn13
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +48%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, lots of bubbles, virgin white head, but so thin and so quick to leave as time gets its legs. How is this different than regular Steinlager I'm already thinkin while I'm drinkin. I'm a big fan of the skunky aroma. If you follow, you know I think skunky is the shit for this style lager.

Mild taste, alcohol kinda up in your face for only 5%. Mild hop twang, definitely seems to follow the usual noble hop hallertau vibe. Super mild malt, jeez, is that 6 row? Gets a little tedious, but it has its place, hot weather, or palate cleanser with just enough flavor. Steinlager: You know you've had a lot worse.

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Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330ml green bottle purchased in Dunedin NZ and consumed the followig day.
Light in color and very light in body, this has excellent clarity but only a small fizzy head that soon disappears.
Aroma: light sweet malts and white bread. Very mild but pleasing.
Flavor: more hoppy than suggested by the aroma, but still sweet up front and only mildly bitter in the finish and aftertaste.

O: much better than the bottles I've had in the USA. Still, this is the Rolling Rock of NZ and not impressive

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Photo of LXIXME
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium white head quickly dies into a thin lacing over a clear golden colored beer with some noticeable carbonation.

Initial skunk aroma goes away quickly leaving a light aroma of light earthy malt blended with some light sour citrus and yeastiness.

The taste is a light sour with some malts and a very light yeast or something of that nature coming through this thin bodied lager.
Not much for an aftertaste, slightly dry with a tad bit of sourness or bitterness.

I think if this is a typical Euro Pale Lager I'll stick to drinking American IPA's. Not really impressed with this, it might end up being a good beer pong beer but I wouldn't bet on it.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.31/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml, shiny and alluring (as it could ever be) green bottle, one extolling the virtues of Kiwi water - ok.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of weakly puffy, and thinly foamy off-white head, which renders some chunky coral reef lace around the glass in its hasty wake.

It smells of semi-sweet pale grain (corn, rice, and barley, all in miniscule portions), stale orchard fruit, a stony hard water character, and fairly skunky weedy hops. The taste is more sweet, somewhat bready adjunct malt, but one duly tempered by a strong, and not altogether unpleasant floral and skanky veggie hoppiness, with a touch of stale drupe fruitiness tossed in for good measure, I guess.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wee lilting frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and airily smooth. It finishes with more faint breadiness and some lessened malodorous skanky hoppiness.

Starts off badly, carries on as such, and finishes barely tolerable - pure bunk, as far as the whole 'pureness' marketing angle is concerned. Purifying light-struck dreck, such as, oh, the regular Steinlager, is like applying the same process to shit, ipso facto, and by the transitive properties of bad beer, renders this one guilty as sin. Pretty attractive at the outset, sure, but rather disagreeable, once you take the time you get to know this particular offering.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The attractively-designed bottle is a superb start, though it is green...rather unfortunate. Of little consequence here, though...

Pours a straw-gold, with attractive head and only a little lace.

Biscuity aroma -- not bad at all, as I was expecting a nasty adjunct. Not so here.

Taste is yeasty-malty and smooth, with a nice muted hoppy finish. This one's crisp and refreshing, and certainly a standout among basic, no-frills lagers.

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Photo of ordybill
1.93/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- ahh, the green glass skunkiness
Appearance- Straw yellow with a large white head.
Taste- Skunky and rather dull, not good
palate- A light bodied brew with medium carbonation.
Overall-Avoid this beer, it is dull, skunky and very forgettable,

Overall: Hardly exciting, but not at all distasteful. This is the beer we should have been drinking in college. Doesn't require a lot of thought, goes Dow fast and easy

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Photo of Will_The_Thrill
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Moserman331
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Barley-corn yellow with a sharp clarity reveals a strong effervesce that seems to rise in sporadic bursts. The head is sea-shell white, creamy, but slight in statue, quick to fall to a messy covering. A thin band for lace.

S: Skunky upon first uncapping becoming more settled and bearable in the glass. Corn stalks, dried corn and nothing more.

T: Sweet and sour notes of corn ears and grains. A bit of a turn off at first sip, but becomes more acceptable on concurring sips. Musky green hops, corn come on the close.

M: Probably the worst aspect of the drink, musky green corn ears with an alkaline feel, washy and not something I want resting on my tongue for any length of time.

O: Overall a bit of a struggle to drink, the quicker , the colder, the better. Taste leans more towards sub-par expectations. I remember having their zeinlager and this doesn’t seem to much different. Pure? Not sure of the difference, but kinda like saying our zeinlager was made with unpure ingredients. Maybe this follows the german purity law (snicker) but is as far from taste as it is brewed from germany.

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Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 6-pack of this... haven't had it for years... and I am quite sure it's the same Steinlager I used to get in larger bottles back when I was much younger. Always loved it.

- Clear straw yellow lager, big fluffy white head, leaves a nice half finger of lasting foam... bubbly...

- Skunky green hop, biscuit, bready, grain... slightly sweet and more grassy skunky hop.

- Sweet light grains, sugars, skunky grassy hop... bitter earthy touch... grain and sweet oats...

- Light bodied, slightly sweet syrupy... bit drying and sticky..

- Overall a bubbly light lager full of flavor. Many don't like the skunky touch to the hops, but it has been the flavor profile of Steinlager for years. Maybe this isn't the same as the one I remember... doesn't quite have the bite and skunk..

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of AFDerek
3.44/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of crownrl28
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Sazz9
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of CEDAMA
2/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Kulrak
1.74/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a very pale straw golden color with a minimum of head, but lots of bubbles. Smells very faintly of yeast and coppery hoppiness, not too attractive. The taste is somewhat dry (no sweetness to speak of), but with a lot of coppery hoppiness, which is not good. Mouthfeel is watery and fizzy. Overall, it's an unimpressive attempt to do... I'm not really sure what the point of this beer is. The bottle says it's pure, as in no additives, but most beers don't use 'additives' anymore anyway. As for drinkability, I may be able to finish the glass, but I'll never have another one in my glass again.

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Steinlager Pure from New Zealand Breweries Limited
73 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.