Steinlager | New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Brewed by:
New Zealand Breweries Limited
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 280
Reviews by laintringulis:
Photo of laintringulis
3.11/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pub glass. Pours a straw yellow with large loose carbonation, moderate loose white foamy head that last throughout drinking, no lacing.

Smells of corn and wet, musty grass

Taste better than the smell. Brief intial banana and clove sweetness/maltiness that turns more sour/dry through the finish. Otherwise, primarly light corn and yeast taste.

Light plus body, pleasantly carbonated, smooth. Brief buttery feel on the intial taste with a slighty drier finish.

Easy to drink. Uncomplicated. It is what it is. I think this would be a good, light weight beer for burger and fries. The 99 cent price tag for the big bottle increases the drinkability.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a light whispy head,smell was slightly skunked (green bottle) and musty with some sharp hop bitternes coming thru.Taste was harsh and not very pleasant,it was albeit slightly skunked.Some light hoppy notes but nothing I would want to try again thats for sure.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Crystal clear yellow with some active carbonation and a really nice head that lasted a while and even left some cool lacing.

Smell – There’s a touch of skunk in the aroma that is otherwise musty with a few delicate, grassy, hop notes.

Taste – This one turned bad pretty quick. The skunked grain tasted almost putrid and the hops were completely gone. The absence of a sickening sweetness was the only thing that kept it out of the sink.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the light carbonation, but this Pale Lager was not refreshing at all.

Drinkability – When will I learn to stop buying Pale Lager in green bottles.

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Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of t2grogan
1.5/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of FadetoBock
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Big 25.4 oz green bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden yellow with a thin wispy white lace that has trouble holding.

Smell: Grainy with a side of veggie hop in the nose, not much else other than that.

Taste: Moderate body with a full carbonation in the mouth. Maltiness is grainy with a touch of sweetness upfront that gives off hints of raw honey and bread. Sizable herbal / veggie hop brings a bitter bite that has no problem cutting through the malt. Mild hints of earth and a ghost like ginger flavour come from the hops also. Graininess lingers into the finish with a faint astringency.

Notes: Decent at best, better than an American Macro Lager but not much better. Could be confused with a macro German Lager with the name and the flavour. At $1.50 a pop I can’t complain too much.

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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I guess this would be a Kiwi macro. Pours with nice head. Smell is weak hops. Very nice carbonation. Taste is very crisp, good and malty. If this is the Bud of New Zealand they have one on us Americans. This was actually quite a treat. Somewhat impressed. This is not as heavy as a lot of imports. Good beer to toss down. I will not buy this again, as the bottles are 11.2oz. What a rip off.

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Photo of Billolick
2.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Smallish green bottle, no freshness notes, this one pours very light, very clear and very grassy/skunky in the nose. Snow white head, a few sips and its clear that this is the dreaded pissy yellow Euro macro pale lager piss water that most of us hate. No big suprise that most of this ended up down the drain instead of down the hatch. Spend your money on better beer then this...

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Photo of magictrokini
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When is comes to pale lagers, I like this one. Clear yellow with a bubbly white head. Bready, veggie, and slightly metallic aroma. Sharp bite that quickly goes sweet. Dry finish. Enjoyable and refreshing, and truly like no other pale lager I've had.

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Photo of btmo
1.71/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I simply don't "get" this beer.

It (apparently) wins awards, it is exported all over the world, and it sponsors big sporting events like yacht racing.

But it is swill. Pure, unadulterated swill. Do Steinlager sponsor the awards as well?

The best that can be said for it (in my oh so humble opinion) is that the bottle is moderately attractive. You can even buy really big bottles! But...

This beer is skunky of smell, thin of taste and is simply not very drinkable.

There is / are some citrus note(s) buried in the taste, but unless you are hypersensitive to citrus, you simply won't notice it. Taste is a nasty amalgam of ... well, I am not sure what. Hops? Yeast? Floor cleaner?

When poured (I keep wanting to type "poored"), it has a moderately thin head that dissipates quickly to a scummy layer on the straw yellow surface. You may notice that I scored appearance highest of the various characters for this beer.

IF you chill it right down, its drinkability goes up slightly, but honestly, it is just too much trouble.

It shouldn't ought to be like this...

Life is short. Drink something else.

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Photo of kb199
2.86/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light golden color, minimal head and lacing. Smell is mildly hoppy. Taste is minimal,but with a cooked veggie overtone (DMSO, perhaps?), but nothing much else. Overall, a good average beer to drink with pretty much anything. This is a beer I could drink in quantity, as it pretty much improves with the number of drinks; not necessarily a good thing, but it WAS on sale...

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Photo of shjdy
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely clear bright gold, almost shiny yellow, with lots of foamy white head. Looks almost like champagne, except with lots of head retention. Sweet smell at first, followed by a bland alcoholic quality. Taste was okay, for a pale lager. In my opinion, was quite refreshing. Would certainly reach for this over a Heine or Bud, but other than that, not much to write home about. Would make a great lawnmower beer. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.41/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 330ml green glass bottle with a BB of July 2012. ABV stated as 4.8%.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear pale- gold colour with good carbonation. Forms a nice head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Very faint aroma; a hint of light malt, stewed hops and a stale background note.

Tastes of light, watery malt with a hint of stewed hop bitterness. Mild graininess. A harsh, solventy note upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is light and tingly, with mild astringency. Aftertaste of harsh stewed leaves and solvent.

Weak sauce - bland with unsavoury undertones. Watery and characterless. Avoid.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.69/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'd never come across this beer on the East Coast but it is all over the Pacific Northwest. It's reasonably cheap considering it comes all the way from New Zealand. In fact I suspected it was one of those Guinness/Fosters deals where it was actually brewed in Canada -- but no, it seems to be the real deal, a Kiwi beer.

I have absolutely nothing against a good lager, but I do have something against green bottles. They just ruin beer. Which is a shame because this has a lot going for it, including a tantalizing, fresh-mown-hay malt quality and a light hop crispness. The clarity of the beer is remarkable, as is the fluid mouthfeel (although it lacks the cushiony element of the best German lagers). But everything -- the aroma, the flavor, the drinkability, the long aftertaste -- is tainted with green-bottle Eurostink. (Only this time it's not from Europe.) It's indelible. And I hate it. It's like looking at a magnificent work of art through tinted glasses (green, in this case).

I will be game to try this again when it arrives in more responsible packaging. In fact, you might even hear me recommending it.

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Photo of HoppySeb
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of ADR
2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale and clear less-than-gold color, big frothy head with giant bubbles and not a lot of lasting power. Laces are minimal, some rings and marks on the glass. Mild aroma, some senses of honey and canvas. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation, more than average. Flavor has some of those canvas qualities, wet hay, a camping trip, but overall, quite a bit of sweetness in front, middle, and end. Slightly insipid and offputting as it winds down, like Cheerios cereal with lots of sweetener added in. In some ways, I don't actually think this beer is as well done as some tighter American Lagers, it could actaully use a sense of crispy fade to punctuate the ending a bit more.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a bright clear straw golden and it forms a nice large cloudy white head textured like a stay puff marshmellow forms a rising biscuit center with scattered lacing as it dwindles. Aroma contains nice grassy and toned down citrus notes from the hops and mild sweetness from lightly toased malts character adding another country to the list, I've had in the past and it sometimes takes awhile to revisit. However, with this one I have no idea why I'm guessing availability it was in every corner grocer in Cali while I just now ran into recently in Southeastern Ohio. Flavor is nice with a even bitterness with more of that grassy Euro esque hop character slight biscuit sweetness very easy going even flavor, but it's pretty flavorful especially for the style some may call this one another skunk but I'm a fan tasty brew very refreshing I drank a couple this past Father's day weekend outdoors in 90 degree weather and enjoyed it pretty thoroughly. Mouthfeel is light bodied not thin even carbonation doesn't bring about any unnecessary burps. Drinkability is good especially with some grillin' foods great tasty euro lager for me one of the better ones.

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Photo of chinchill
2.37/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle served in pint glass

just purchased but date on bottle seems to indicate it is past date of over 1 year! It's markedly skunky. I've had better samples of this unimpressive beer previously, so given the dating, I am a bit forgiving in my (still low) ratings.

A - nice clear golden color with off-white head of medium height and retention.

S - skunky

T - attempting to ignore the skunkiness, this beer is crisp and, for a lager, hoppy.

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Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of OStrungT
3.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow color, with a thick and fluffy white head. the head fades slowly, leaving a pretty decent lacing.

This beer has a grainy aroma. Mixing in with that I can detect a slight boiled cabbage aroma. A very subtle floral hop aroma is present as well.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Grains with some cabbage funk and a very slight floral hop flavor.

This beer is a little high in carbonation, but it goes decently for the style. It leaves grainy aftertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is not high in alcohol, and the flavor is not too bad.

Overall: Not the best beer. Not awful though. Today is over 100 degrees, and this beer hits the spot.

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Photo of Miha
3/5  rDev +5.6%

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