Steinlager Pure - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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72
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112 Ratings
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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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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 Cs1987
1.91/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Gold, 1 finger of bubbly head which almost completely disappeared.

Smell - Non-existent. Seriously, I couldn't smell a thing, and my nasal passages aren't the slightest bit blocked at the moment.

Taste - So unbelievably bland. I guess it deserves a 2 for being very pure and not having any off flavours, but I would appreciate SOME flavour.

Mouthfeel - Smoother than your average macro lager, good carbonation level.

Drinkability - Even if most of Earth's population disagrees with me, I say a beer with no flavour does not make a good session drink.

Overall - I think I may have just found the blandest 5% ABV beer on Earth. I'm pretty sure that is close to what Steinlager wanted to achieve in brewing this beer, but that still does not mean it deserves a good review score.

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 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 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 notchucknorris
2.26/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale and clear golden color with a thin white head. Looks exactly like a Heineken.

S: Skuuunnnkkkkyyy! Some green apple, pear, pale malt and skunk.

T: Ugh. Skunky again. Tastes a lot like a Heineken, too. Pale malts and sourness. Not crazy about this one.

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 Jimmys
2.42/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330mL bottle into pilsner glass.

A: bright clear gold. vivid carbonation. bubbly bright white head leaves ample lacing as it comes down.

S: a bland malt backbone isnt giving me much of an aroma. cant really detect any hops here.

T: a little bit of herbal vanilla works its way in with a pretty bland malt profile. however, highly crisp. finish is gone and done in an instant.

M: ample lager carbonation. light bodied.

D: really nothing worth seeking out. a boring euro pale lager. glad i could try a brew from new zealand but i hop this isnt the only swill they have over there.

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 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 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 billybob
2.73/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a little disappointed with this beer i realize that its a euro lager but i guess i was looking for a little more. so my review, pours a clear light golden color one finger head that holds and then fades quickly to just a ring with a minimal lace. slightly sweet smell with a grassy note to it. malty slightly sweet taste very clean, with a slight hop note and you get a mineral feel from the pure water. light, smooth and easy to drink. a little more hops would have helped a lot.

Photo of brew3crew
2.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pale yellow with white lacing around the edges
S-not much of an aroma. At all.
T-not a whole lot of taste here. To be expected. Expensive nati lihht
M-light modied and crisp
D-very drinkable but nothing differentiates it from any other euro lager...

Photo of budgood1
2.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the green 330cl. bottle a slightly hazed, pale straw yellow colour with a rather large and stubborn egg shell white head. large carbonation bubbles support things with some thin wisps of lace remaining. euro lager aroma, mild sulphur quickly changing to some cracker like malt and bits of flowery hoppiness. the taste profile is a meekly malt centric one, with some doughy, bread and butter notes...complimented by a light, spicy hop bite on the back end. did i say this beer seems light?? the body supports this fact...light and lighter. mouthfeel is rather benign; crisp and prickly. drinkability is ok...a lawnmower beer for sure..it does have a relative quenching aspect to it that is redeeming.

overall this new zealand lager seemingly has any real character stripped away in the flavour profile. a bland and unrewarding offering on the 2nd of December. this is a summer slammer but would only be good for slaking a terrible thirst.

Photo of Lemke10
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green bottle, light yellow color, and grassy scent. It already screams New Zealand’s version of Heineken. Pours a clear, light yellow color with only a slight, short lived head. Scent is of cheap grassy grains. Something different for sure. Taste is mild with different grains blended together to give very earthy tone. Basically drinks like any cheap watery American beer, but with perhaps a little bolder flavor. If you drink this you’ll show a little culture but don’t expect a great taste.

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 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 TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

So many customers have been asking for this that I figured I'd take full advantage of the sample bottle given to me. Gotta see what the hubbub is about... It pours a clear sallow topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose reminds me of corn pops: sweet corn with a touch of rice and wheat tossed in for good measure. It may not be offensive, but it ain't good for beer, lemme tell ya. The taste comes off less sweet, with some mildly funky wheat, light corn, light flowers, and sweet water. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a smoothly watery feel. Overall, not a big fan of this beer, but I can't say it's entirely bad, per se. I could actually see drinking this on a hot day in Wellington (assuming it gets hot enough down there...)...

Photo of bark
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours with a fizzing sound. The clear liquid is straw yellow (5 EBC), the two finger head is white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is light and clean. Pilsener malt. Somewhat sweet notes of French loaf. Hints of alcohol, earth and flowers.

The taste is very light and a bit thin. Clean sweetness, hints of bread. Light body. Some clean bitter notes in the aftertaste, as well as hints of clean bitterness and a touch of earth. Warming alcohol and hints of green berries in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles short-lived. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

A clean beer that just borders to being thin. Not very exciting.

Photo of Tone
2.99/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of rice, pale malt, grain, hint of sulfur, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of grain, pale malt, grain, rice, citrus hops, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, the rice/sulfur dominates in the beginning, but it quickly mellows. The malts and hops are soothing in the finish.

Photo of TubaManJack
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml---> Mug
Appearance- Pale Straw yellow with a lot of carbonation and a limited head which vanishes.
Smell- Limited aroma of metallic coins and a wee bit of yeast overall very weak aromas
Taste- Malt and Hops, there a fair bit lost in the translation. An interesting bitterness but its not meant to be complex
Mouthfeel- Very Light in body and a crisp finish. Its carbonated and becomes watery is it warms.
Drinkability-Really good its a clean lager that doesn't let flavors of much of anything get in the way of drinking it.

Keep it in the bottle and very cold and you'll have no qualms.

Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1041st Review on BA
Bottle to Pils
12 oz

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World

App- A soft bubbling medium yellow with a good one finger head and nice cling. Very lager in appearance with soft colors and clarity.

Smell- Smells a bit like an adjunct but a little more to it but nothing much was here. A bit small, thin and watery. Little bit of earthy hop note.

Taste- A pretty average beer that I can't really slam. They are going for an easy drinking market. A little bit of wheat and citrus pair here with some lime flavors.

Mouth- Light bodied/High carbed. No real bite but has some good residual lime and wheat flavors.

Drink- Again like some beers this is meant to be drank really cold and in really hot weather. I see this no different. Maybe during the summer I can come back to it.

Photo of drpimento
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold which I would think it would have to be. With a white, foamy head that settles down to a light cover and good lacing. Color is a clear pale yellow with a few bubble trails. Aroma is skunk ( was in a cooler near fluourescent bulb), malt, hint of hop. Flavor is similar to nose plus plenty of carbonic tang. Body is ok and carbonation a little fizzy. Finish is like flavor, leaves a bit of sharpness on back of the tongue from carbo. Actually as it warms, it DOES get a little better: grain and malt flavors come thru more.

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 rangerred
3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear medium gold with a 1.5 finger fizzy head. Head fades pretty quick with no lacing.

Smells a little skunky along with some light malt and grassy hops.

Flavor is cereal grain along with a light grassy hoppyness. The flavor only seemingly lasts for a split second before disappearing into a watery nothingness. Bitterness is light throughout. Mouthfeel is quite soft and smooth. This beer goes down like water and would be great on a hot day. Just not much flavor.

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