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Steinlager Pure - New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 29.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Zealand Breweries Limited
New Zealand (Aotearoa) | website

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 UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.31/5  rDev -24%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
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...)...

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Photo of chinchill
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of vfgccp
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Pale clear gold. White head sits low with ok lace.

S – Light malt, wax, and a simple mineral / woody hop.

T – Nice soft malt, lime-like acidity. Honey and banana sweetness.

M – Medium-light body. Clean finish. Nice carbonation.

O – Not a bad malt character.

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Photo of Tone
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, straw yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated quickly to a few random bubbles. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Sweet wet grains. Hay and grass.

T: Light sweet malts. Mild spicy hop character. Finishes clean and crisp.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Very smooth ahead of a clean and slightly dry, crisp finish.

D: Easy to drink. Not as bold as some, but balanced and clean.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of bark
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale yellow color. Head fizzes and dies. Looks like a macro lager.

S-Hey, this is a bit better than expected. A bit grassy, and a bit grainy. Doesn't display much of the Macro lager skunk. Mildly pleasant.

T-This one doesn't taste too bad either. More flavor than your regular lager. Grass and grain and some sweetness. Better than anticipated.

M-Light with heaps of bubbles. No unpleasant aftertaste.

O/D-A good lager. I enjoy the flavor in regards to the style. What makes this beer infinitely better is that at my local store, due to a closeout, this beer is $3.50 for a six pack. Might need to grab a nice $12 dollar case in the near future.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.03/5  rDev +32.6%
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

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Photo of rarbring
2.05/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of budgood1
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Steinlager Pure from New Zealand Breweries Limited
73 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.