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European Pale Lager
Ranked #388
Ranked #48,488
2.86 | pDev: 20.28%
New Zealand Breweries Limited
New Zealand
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4/5  rDev +39.9%

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Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 25.4 oz GREEN bottle..skunk city here i come..
"World's best lager'..we will see.
It actually looks pretty good in the glass..nice not too bright yellow colour with a pure white head that shrinks but does not dissapear.
Smell is the average "import" lager stench..not good but not horrible.
Again the taste is quite average theres some malts and a bit of hops nothing to get excited about.
Again pretty non-confrontational on the tongue ..yawn.
Qute a drinkable lager i dare say if all you had ever tasted was Bud.

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Photo of brywhite
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out to a nice golden color with a full and cotton like white head, some notes of lace. Medium level of carbonation. Aroma is of burned malts and stale earth. Hope this isn't indicitive of the other 5 in the fridge. Ugh. Luckily the taste is a welcome change to the smell; cooked veggies, medium malts, hops, and some hay and grain. Not bad. Mouthfeel is pretty good, the carbonation makes this brew more quaffable than most. Drinkability is average. I could take or leave this. I will sample a couple of other bottles and see about the aroma. It really kills the enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of Groucho75
3.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber stamped 31 10066 on the lower edge of the bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pale, pale gold with a head that vaporized almost immediately.

Aroma was minimal with notes of grass, hints of what at one point been a hop cone. That didn't change much as it warmed up.

Taste was much better than I expected. Clean without much finish lingering afterward.

Fairly drinkable; I was enjoying it with some pizza and neither took anything away from the other. Could see this being a good beer to have on hand if your guests generally drink the mass-produced stuff and you can't bring yourself to buy something marked "Light".

An average pale lager for the price ($3) but I guess I lucked out and dodged the skunk on this one.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a good example of a middle-of-the-road European style macro lager. The beer pours yellow-gold. It's very clear, and had a pure white head that left lacing on the sides of my glass. The taste was crisp and moderately hoppy, and the beer had an overall pleasant flavor. This was a very easy drinking beer. Nothing complicated, nothing hidden, just a garden variety Euro macro. Don't go out of your way to look for it, but its worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of resistivity
2.19/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I thought i would try this beer out. It is horrible and i regret wasting money on this beer. The beer should not be imported into Australia and should stay in NZ where it belongs.A premium price for such a poor beer.

Its not the worst beer i have had, but its close...

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Photo of HardTarget
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: 5% abv., 18 07 05 lasered into the bottle neck, a date perchance?

Aroma: Clean, light malt flavor, just the slightest hint of DMS.

Appearance: Short lived head of white medium sized bubbles leave a few clumps of lace. Strong carbonation streams in a pale gold glass.

Flavor: Heavy bittering hop (Saaz?) leads to a Pils taste. A thin malt fails to balance and leaves a lingering metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Puckering, overly dry. Over attenuated?

Overall Impression: Over stretched the grain bill? Too dry, hop taste is a bit off, not skunked though, surprised given the green bottle.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
2/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of Gavage
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a crystal clear straw yellow color. A 1" head falls relatively quickly to a few large surface bubbles.

Smell: barely some soft grassy tones is all that can be detected by the nose.

Taste: very mild malt base here with some hints of corn and grass. Very mild dry bitterness. A little more flavor than your typical American macro, but not much.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Mildly dry at the finish. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: a rather dull flavor profile keeps the marks down here. It is easy to drink this quickly but it quickly becomes boring.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of whynot44
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice light clear amber color with a decent bumpy white head that persists fairly well and leaves some decent lace all the way down.

The aroma is grassy and grainy with a slight hops spiciness.

The taste is heavy on hops for a Eurp lager, which is OK with me. Slightly sweet up front with a bit of fruitiness (apple/pear). Finishes somewhat dry and tart. Not really outstranding but a decent, drinkable lager with a bit more taste and body than most.

Worth a try, especially if you want a bit more hops bite than typical American lagers.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Clear golden color. Rocky white head holds at a half inch. Lots of sticky and stubborn lacing.

S: Grainy with a hint of toast. Dry herbal hopping.

T: Grainy and toasty malt base. Perhaps a thin suggestion of caramel. Grape skin and vague fruit. Herbal hops have a slight oily spice to them. Metallic. Grainy and lightly toasted finish.

M: Lightish medium body. Somewhat firm and round. Mild hop astringency gently rakes the tooth enamel. High carbonation.

O: Not terrible. It's slightly above average in the Euro Lager category. The hop taste and bitterness are a little more aggressive than is the norm for the style.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Came in a hefty green 750mL green bottle. Time spent on the shelf was questionable. Pours out a light gold lager hue, decent carbonation, with a thin head of foam that leaves small wisps of lace. Did I get a bad bottle? Nose has a hint of skunk, some grains that remind me more of scotch than a lager, and a bit of fruit, sweet, almost like apple juice. Flavour is also grainy, almost like half baked bread, which lends itself to the mouthfeel as well. The hops do it a bit of justice. I've had touch and go experiences with this particular beer, have found it difficult to make up my mind for good, as it has never remained consistent (although New Zealand IS a long way to import from). This time around was like liquid herbal bread dough in a pint glass. Disappointing.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Steinlager is a lot like as Becks, or a Stella to me. This beer is a golden yellow looking brew that has a quick dissolving white head on it. The aroma of malts and some hops are the basic aromas that I get from this beer. The flavor of this beer is grains and some grass, there's a little bit of a hop kick in there but not much at all. This mouthfeel is light and fairly crisp. It's a decent social beer. Not much complexity or anything like that.

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Photo of WesWes
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt and adjunct scent that is accompanied by a nasty green bottle skunkiness. It's dry and a bit bitter. The taste is average also. It starts rather nicely with some pale malt flavor, but quickly turns bitter and skunky with some residual sweetness in the finish. It has a dry and somewhat fruity lager yeast presence as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average lager at best. It has too much of that nasty skunkiness for my taste. It's one and done for me.

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3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of beertaster13
1.59/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Say it isn't so, another dissapointing lager. Pours a straw yellow with a fizzle of a white head, the smell is very skunky, so much so it is hard to find any traces of anything. The tase is again slightly skunk and earthy. Grainy tones are in the forefront with almost weedy dry aftertaste. Feels light and dull in the mouth and would not consider to have this anytime soon, I'd rather not look at it again either.

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Photo of asmangat
2.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of ybnorml
3.17/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean very pale yellow beer.Has a very small white head that disapears quickly. Light citrus notes up front in the aroma. With a light grassy character in the background. The taste starts with a light lemony citrus note that quickly fades. Followed by a quick snap of a peppery hop bite on the finish.

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Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +39.9%

Photo of woemad
2.14/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured a pale gold color, Good sized white head which dropped quickly. Left a little lace when agitated. otherwise pretty sparse.

Smell couldn't be more skunky even if a white stripe was down it's middle.

Taste isn't quite as bad as the smell (this is known as damning with faint praise). Blandly sweet malt and corn is the most discernable flavor.

Mouthfeel is about what one would expect from a thin pale lager. No surprises here.

Drinkability is fine if you were weaned on Bud Lite. Otherwise, steer clear of this. If this is anything to go by, beers in New Zealand aren't so different from America.

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Photo of soju6
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light yellow color with a small head that fades to no lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, grain and bit of citrus in the background.

T: Taste is similar with some malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a quite dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refresing.

O: Reminds me of a run of the mill Euro Lager. Drinkable but there are much better beers available in NZ.

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Photo of alexgash
2.82/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kiwi beer. Pours a standard golden lager color with a spittle white head. Smells a bit of the skunk, with notes of otherwise clean maltiness and a moderate dose of hops. Taste is full of cereal grains accented with some honey sweetness that is well balanced by some slightly metallic hops. Not bad, but I think the Southern Alps are the real reason to go to New Zealand (and perhaps the girls).

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Photo of kmanjohnson
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 447 ratings