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Steinlager Pure - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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BA SCORE
72
okay

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atigerlife on 09-21-2008)
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1.5/5  rDev -51%

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1.5/5  rDev -51%

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1.5/5  rDev -51%

Photo of Kulrak
1.73/5  rDev -43.5%
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
1.95/5  rDev -36.3%
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 CEDAMA
2/5  rDev -34.6%

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2/5  rDev -34.6%

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2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of rarbring
2.05/5  rDev -33%
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
2.1/5  rDev -31.4%
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 crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%
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 Necronomad
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of biboergosum
2.33/5  rDev -23.9%
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
2.4/5  rDev -21.6%
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 t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of enelson
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.53/5  rDev -17.3%
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 LXIXME
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
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 beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
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 budgood1
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
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 billybob
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of DrewLikesBeer
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Steinlager Pure from New Zealand Breweries Limited
72 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.