Steinlager Pure - New Zealand Breweries Limited
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
4/5 rDev +32.5%
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.
08-26-2011 03:36:04 | More by DoctorStrangiato
More User Reviews:
2.95/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
11-06-2011 06:10:52 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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
01-01-2014 08:52:25 | More by chinchill
2.58/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
07-11-2011 22:17:39 | More by LXIXME
2.33/5 rDev -22.8%
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.
12-28-2010 06:08:03 | More by biboergosum
3.53/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
02-26-2011 07:39:18 | More by secondtooth
2.58/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
11-15-2011 01:30:37 | More by beerthulhu
3.48/5 rDev +15.2%
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..
11-27-2010 06:15:39 | More by Docer
1.73/5 rDev -42.7%
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.
03-08-2009 09:55:16 | More by Kulrak
4.03/5 rDev +33.4%
Steinlager Pure has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, yellow golden appearance, lots of streaming bubbles (etched glass), some brown yeast chunks floating about, and a lot of thick lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, pungent barley malt, and the flavor is fairly hoppy, sweet, somewhat sour, and one gets a full taste of hay and barley malt. Lots of white bread and bread crust with this one. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Steinlager Pure finishes crisp, semi-dry, refreshing, and drinkable. This is a very good beer, and I think you should try it out.
02-02-2013 15:04:02 | More by RonaldTheriot
2.1/5 rDev -30.5%
Beer pours a clear golden with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly. Decent amount of carbonation rising. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is practically non-existent. Very light hops and malts.
The best thing I can say about the taste is that it is not offensive. My comment to the others at my table was that it tastes like water with some light hops/malts.
Mouthfeel was light and lightly cleansing.
Overall, this beer is drinkable because it just goes down like water. Drink very cold with food on a hot day. Really amazingly light flavor. Better than macros that have an offensive taste [which are many], but nothing that indicates this is a good beer.
09-21-2008 17:48:19 | More by atigerlife
3.25/5 rDev +7.6%
I'll try anything for a dollar and this was not that bad!
A - My guess is that it's a light almost clear yellow with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. It's a guess since I drank it from the bottle.
S - Initial smells of sweet water, mild corn/rice, and some apple or pear sweetness (skunked?)
T - Initial pear or apple skunked flavors are tart at first but quickly mash with the sweeter malts and flavors of very light corn and rice. Almost sugar or vanilla like sweetness makes it enjoyable.
M - Light and at times almost "champagne like"
Overall again for a dollar it's quite a good lager and as the temperatures reach 90 here in Pittsburgh it quenched my thirst very well. Not worth more than a dollar but it drinks well for a beer from New Zealand.
05-20-2012 19:33:30 | More by DrDemento456
Steinlager Pure from New Zealand Breweries Limited
71 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.