Steinlager Pure - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 112
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 Svingjo
3.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden colour with a finger thick white head with good retention. The nose starts a bit skunky along with some pale malt, grass and citrus fruit. The taste is much of the same but the hop flavour is more of the earthy nature adding a slight bitterness at the end. It does finish quite crisp and clean. This along with a light bodied carbonation make this a nice refreshing drink. (397 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.09/5  rDev +1%
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 (777 characters)

Photo of ordybill
1.93/5  rDev -36.9%
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 (464 characters)

Photo of porterman66
4.59/5  rDev +50%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (496 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.79/5  rDev +23.9%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and skunky aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is easy to drink but nothing all that special. (515 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.03/5  rDev +31.7%
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 (578 characters)

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. (366 characters)

Photo of bark
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.55/5  rDev +16%
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 !! (829 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
2.42/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
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...)... (816 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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. (857 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.03/5  rDev -1%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.99/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -15%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (619 characters)

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Steinlager Pure from New Zealand Breweries Limited
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