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Steinlager Pure - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: atigerlife on 09-21-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +49%

tyleeis, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +49%

tedho21, Jan 28, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +34.1%
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.

ronniebruner, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.03/5  rDev +33.4%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

DoctorStrangiato, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of nniicckkww
3.95/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a green bottle into pilsner glass. Every so slight haze. Golden yellow color. Meringue like white head. Effervescent. Not much aroma to be had. Definitely not skunked. I was nervous about the green bottle, but the cardboard 6 pack was impervious to light.

Smooth European lager. Hint of malt. No residual bitterness. Very balanced. Fruity and yeasty. Very drinkable. I could have a 6 pack in an hour. Clean and crisp and refreshing. If this came in a keg, I would strap it to my back and mow the entire neighborhood. My wife LOVES it!

nniicckkww, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of BethanyB
3.79/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brilliant clarity. Pale gold in color. Head is white and medium-sized. A bit airy and foamy. Right for style.

Smell: Faint pale malt and peaches. Crisp and clean.

Taste: About as smooth and clean as it gets, if your green bottle has survived the trip fr New Zealand. Pale malt and very slight bitterness are all that's present. No weird aftertaste is a big plus for a larger label lager!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation with just a bit of a bite. Just right for a lager--neither full, nor watery.

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, but doesn't require a chaser.

BethanyB, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

tbryan5, Jan 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

shjdy, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.69/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

mtboozeaddict41, Oct 17, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured a pale straw yellow color with about a finger and a half worth of head that settled quickly to a ring with no lacing to speak of. Very visible carbonation from start to finish.

S: A little skunky but not bad, I'm getting a little cooked veggie smell over a light hoppy smell. Smells better than I thought it would.

T: Good mix here, a malty taste up front with a light floral hops half way through. The finish is clean and a little dry.

M: Good crisp carbonation with a strangely smooth and dry finish. Very nice.

D: I was really surprised by this beer, not the Euro Lager crap I was thinking it would be. Very nice mix on all fronts (except for the smell)... Nice mix of malt, hops, crisp and smooth, very easy to drink. I would look for this one again. Thanks New Zealand !!

mralphabet, Aug 19, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

secondtooth, Feb 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

amstokesdb9, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Moserman331, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Danobold, Apr 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of knowledge
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had a session with this beer. Drink it if you really are a serious connoisseur of fine brews. Its not that bad - the beer has some sweet qualities worthy of a 'pure' title and its not bitter or overwhelming.

A worthy find; hard to be disappointed unless it tastes like...you know...


knowledge, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
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..

Docer, Nov 27, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

DrinkingDrake, Nov 05, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

crossovert, Mar 14, 2011
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3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim after a New Zealander who frequents my store gave a great review of it. Perhaps it is national bias, but my favourite beer style is the Euro style pale lager, so I gave it a go.

The green bottle suggests there would be some skunkiness, but surprisingly there was not much in the smell; at least when compared to something like Heineken, which is always skunky beyond repair whenever I have it. Pours a urine yellow colour much like any euro lager, with maybe half a pinky of head. The smell is good - a little grainy and a little corny, but nothing offensive. The taste is that of a well made euro lager - a little bitter, but not so bitter that my face cringes at all. It is a little sweet, but not as sweet as something like Viru. another euro lager which I swear had some liquid sucrose or something pumped into it. Overall the hopiness is great for the style, and the aftertaste is as clean as can be expected.

When comparing this lager to other lagers of its style, Steinlager really stands out as one of the better ones. I`ll likely pick this up again.

Olek4374, Jul 28, 2013
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Steinlager Pure from New Zealand Breweries Limited
71 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.