Steinlager Pure - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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

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Beer added by: atigerlife on 09-21-2008

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Reviews by mtboozeaddict41:
Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: extremely clear pale yellow. big bubbly head that only lasted a few moments but clued to its carbonation.
Smell: smells of fresh cut grass and lemon. Light malt with subtle hop presence. Quite pleasant.
Taste: crisp malt through the mid palate. light fruit and hops.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation cleanses the palate
Overall: one I will come back to. Not bad from my first one from New Zealand.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of LXIXME
2.58/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.31/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of ordybill
1.93/5  rDev -37.1%
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

Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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..

Photo of Kulrak
1.74/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.03/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at Blue Nelson, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin clear around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts with notes of apples and hints of sweetness. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very clean and doesn't have any "off" or skinny flavors despite coming in a green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of atigerlife
2.11/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 300 ml can into a pilsner glass. The can is quite unique,tall and thin, and a brilliant green color. The beer is more typical in appearance, pale yellow with a thin white head that dissapates quickly.

Smelled at first like a typical lager, grainy and grassy with hints of lemon. As it warmed (and I mean over the space of ten minutes) it began to smell of sugar, wih a faint funk undertone.

Crisp, sweet, and slightly malty, with a mild lemon aftertaste. Some slight bitterness ends it.

Light bodied, with active carbonation that gives it a sharper taste and feel.

A decent beer overall, though not one that I would seek out again. Too expensive for what you're getting and there are many other better lagers locally available.

Photo of rarbring
2.05/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear straw, a quckly settling white head, little lacing, small curtains.

Boiled vegetables, some herbal grassiness, sweet corn flakes.

Sweet corn, boiled vegetables, a dash of lemon marmalade, some biiter notes, quite chemical.

Little carbonation, soft texture, a small body and slightly dry finish.

In all a very boring beer. Possibly ice cold on a warm beach.

Photo of rfgetz
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, clear and bubbly golden yellow color with fizzy white head. Scent is relatively sweet malts with whiffs of wild grass and a faint minerally and metallic note. Taste brings more sweetness than expected from the style, quite clean and crisp in taste and body until a quite minerally presence takes over at the end. Lighter side of medium bodied, active carbonation. Slightly more flavorful pale lager with a little more than aggressive minerally presence.

Photo of porterman66
4.59/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very clean tasting lager that complements spicy food very well. One of the best tasting of it's kind that I have had. In the same class as Spaten lager, but a bit better.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.99/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is extremely smooth for a light lager. The beer pours very light with almost no head, lace, or foam, but decent amount of carbonation. The beer smells of light hops and grains, and has an extremely smooth finish. This is an easy beer to drink.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden. Less than a finger of bubbly head. It disappears fast and leaves only a few groups of bubbles. Malty nose. Grainy and a lemony sweetness. Herbal/grassy hops. Sweet pale malts but that fades quickly to a slightly sour/lemon tingle with a lot of carbonation. A veggie and grain flavor comes as soon as the carbonation fades. Very dry on the finish with that lingering veggie/lemon flavor. Bitterness is grassy. A friend gave me a six of this for driving him home. It came in an box with a punch out side and clear, long-neck bottles.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.59/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Found this in a random mix-a-six selection and decided to to give it a go... Wasn't expecting much from it, but in opening up the page to review it, I see it gets a C... I'll try not to let that knowledge effect my rating.
Served in a pils glass.

Really nice clarity in the straw good body. One finger of fizzy and frothy white head with bubbles steadily streaming up the middle and attempting to cling to the sides of the glass. The head is almost entirely gone after about 45 seconds, leaving a milky, cloudy wisp of microbubbles. A little better retention, and I'd say this was a very nice looking Euro lager.

Smells... Well... Bland. There is a dusty grain note with some mild and gentle hops. The flavor is just like the nose suggests, but something here (and in lots of these pale lagers) reminds me of the smell of cologne from when I was a kid in the early 80s... What creates that? The yeast? The water? Whatever it is, it isn't something I necessarily enjoy...

The body is medium but could use a bit more carbonation... The feeling I get is of almost being syrupy and oily.

Overall-- this isn't one I'll grab again. I love trying new beers, especially in cans, but I have found many better than this. I'm not saying I find this beer to be unpalatable, but there's nothing about it that makes me WANT to drink it.

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.81/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A peculiar sized can, 10.1oz can poured into a hotel glass. Can looks more like a can of red bull.

A- Pours a fizzy golden yellow that's completely transparent. The head dies down quickly and doesn't leave anything in the way of lacing.

S- Some skunky hops, a little bit of malt and a little but of grassy notes. Reminds me of a less skunky heineken.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. Some skunky hops and crystal malt. Seems a little watered down even for the style.

M- Lighter bodied that has tight, crisp carbonation. The carbonation just tickles the tongue.

D- Pretty standard. Light flavors and not much else. The small can it comes in makes it easy to drink at the beach or something. I think it's the whole reason it is specially imported to Hawaii.

Photo of crossovert
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml embossed green bottle. It really is some snazzy packaging, but alas the color is green.

It pours a clear, pale gold color with a fizzy bright white head. Pretty typical, but nice.

There is no skunk in the aroma just a clean grainy smell with a bit of fruitiness, earthiness, and yeast.

The flavor continues with this fruity style. It is for sure one of the fruiter, yeastier "EPL"s.

I was expecting this to be a very bland lager but it has a lot of sweetness and fruit.

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Steinlager Pure from New Zealand Breweries Limited
72 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.