Steinlager | New Zealand Breweries Limited

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

Style: Euro 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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Reviews: 278 | Ratings: 431
Photo of The_Rick
5/5  rDev +75.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the second beer that is just perfect.
Appearance - Perfect.
Smell - Perfect.
Taste - Perfect.
Mouthfeel - Perfect
Overall - just a Perfect Beer.
its the Bud of New Zealand. in Oklahoma its here today and gone tomorrow. really. they cant keep it on the shelves and have a hard time finding it to replenish it. there are a few beer Pubs that carry it, and thats where you have to go to get it because the Liquor Stores don't carry it all the time. and did i tell you thats its a perfect all around beer...

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Photo of Mitchster
4.88/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out to a sparkingly clear straw golden, forming a vigorously whipped creamy white head of fine bubbles with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderately brisk. The aroma is wonderful...crisp and clean ferment with tons of freshly mown hay, delicate floral Saaz, pale malt husk. A classic pils. The mouthfeel is great. Crisp and very clean with a great finish and light body. The taste is a recapitulation of the aroma....a stand-out Pils. No perceptable off-flavors with a lightly sweet aftertaste hanging on the tongue all held in check by a superbly balanced degree of floral bitterness.

This is just an exceptional beer. I would consider this a faultless Pils and the finest I've ever had, even next to Prima. I wonder why I haven't bought this in so long, as I used to drink quite a bit of it when I was younger. I could drink these all day long. As soon as I popped the top, I was immediately reminded of what I have been missing. Highly, highly recommended!

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.39/5  rDev +54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steinlager is continuously in the most underrated beer category in the world! Sure, it is a common, easy to find beer, brewed in a large brewery, but that doesnt make it a BUdweiser or MGD. There are large breweries that make outstanding mainstream beers i.e. Heineken, Hollandie, Stella Artois, Peroni, etc. This is not a unique beer, just a good ol fashioned good lager beer. If you like Heineken and beers like that, you will fall in love with Steinlager.

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Photo of techdiver
4.35/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a decent head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap and displays good carbonation.

Nose is of clean refreshing malt and hops.

Taste reflects the above. Very smooth and refreshing. Well balanced and quite enjoyable.

Light and refreshing in the mouth, a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steinlager Classic has a thin, white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance. Lacing is almost nonexistent. The aroma has an initial skunk whiff upon pouring the beer, but this goes right away. What one encounters is a sweet, lightly-toasted barley malt, a nice hop bitterness, and some cracker. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Steinlager finishes crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is astronomical. Overall, this is quite nice.


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Photo of Zorro
3.99/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First thing is that for a long time I thought I didn't really like this beer.

And then one day I got the un-skunked version!

Smell! WOW this smells like heaven! Honey and Heather! Reminds me of really good Scotch. I tried to find the skunk but it isn't there, this smells like summer.

Taste, It tastes like an Ale, with that Honey and Heather thing going on. Medium Carbonation. Dry not sweet. Good but not great.

Better than average mouth feel. A lager in that respect.

Very drinkable. Smell is the strong point.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.97/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first, and to my knowledge only, New Zealand beer I have ever had. Got this at a bar I was at last week with a friend. Not bad, but not great. The best thing this beer has going for it is its mouthfeel and drinkability. While this beer is not overly flavorable, I think this is what Heineken would taste like if it were more full bodied and had more flavor. If I am ever in the mood for a Heineken, but also see this in the store or at the bar I'd for sure get this instead. It is not a great beer by any means, but it is a little above average and is certainly not terrible either. It is very drinkable. It goes down easy. The aroma didn't impress me as it was not very strong or distinct. I think everyone should try this beer at least once. It is certainly much better than almost all American macro lagers I have had.


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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.88/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium golden copper with a wild amount of bubble activity. Head is 1/2 inch, stark white and pillowy.

S: Red apple juice mixed with noble hops with a metallic twang.

T: Begins with a strong mineral lime stone dryness which really stays with the drinker through the entire process. Trace amounts of pear, green apple and grape can be found lurking under the surface. A tender hop bite with accompanying bitterness delicately mingles with the subtle green fruits. Finishes with more dryness mixed with honeysuckle and pear.

M: Thin body with a medium mouthfeel. Carbo sting a bit abrasive.

D: I find this beer to be well balanced and quite refreshing. I'm digging on the blend of dry and sweet. One of my favorite warm weather beers, a beer I will turn back to again and again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steinlager pours a clear golden body with gleeming yellow highlights beneath a short head of creamy bright-white foam. The head retention is fair, but the lacing is less than average.

The nose is bright with grassy hops over delicate malt.

The taste delivers the same grassy hops that the nose does, and with just as much force. The clean, straw-like and grainy malt acts as a base, and a balance, for the hop flavor. A solid bitterness backs it and it finishes quite dry and lingering.

In the mouth it's medium-light body is roused by a fine-bubbled median carbonation that leaves it slightly tingly and then smooth across the palate.

Very European. Clean, hoppy, and bitter, along the lines of a north German pils. Quaffable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear straw color with a huge, fluffy white head three fingers in height. Lacing is thorough. The aroma is suprisingly more hoppy than I ever would have imagined. Noble hops with a touch of cirtus dominate the noise. The taste isn't quite as bold as the aroma, but is nice nonetheless. The mouthfeel is a touch ligher than medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, if memory serves me correctly, this is one of the best Euro Lagers I have ever had. I would certainly drink this beer again.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.77/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a bottle in Hawaii a long time ago and then found it again just recently in my local store. I remember watching coverage of the 1989-90 Whitbread Round-the-World sailing race when the New Zealand boat Steinlager 2 (skippered by the late Sir Peter Blake) won every leg--a rare feat. Now I know what they were racing to get on the other end. Really an excellent beer--and "Euro Pale" isn't one of my favorite styles. This is more of an Australian lager (e.g., Boag's) fruity/veggie flavor... a bit exotic and (like the boat) adventurous. Worth trying.

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Photo of Foyle
3.76/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a sudsy thick white head which gradually recedes leaving decent lacing. Color is a clear light gold with abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: initially a bit of skunk (green bottle), once this dissipated remaining aroma is a combination of pungent grassy hops and sweet bread dough.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a drying finish.

Flavor: nice combination of lightly toasted barley, a hint of caramel and toffee, strong grass hop presence as well as some bitter hops in the finish.

Overall: excellent and well done pale lager. Would like to try it from a can or on tap to see if the initial skunk is not present.

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Photo of SteveDavies
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from The Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Poured into glass slight head soon dissipated, colour was pale straw. Smells strongly of malt. Taste was a pleasant surprise, a good bodied well balnced taste with a good caramel / malty base. Alcohol was well hidden. Carbonation was adequate without being excessive. I found myself quite enjoying this lager.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.7/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall this is a beer I would never kick out of bed. I enjoyed it although it was not a beer I thought of as a memorable beer. It happens to be one of the beers that could go great with some italian food or some good old sports food, lil smokies, or southwest eggrolls. pretty good but not a stand out beer like peroni, as in when you see the beer you cannot really remember how it tastes but you know it was good.

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Photo of bditty187
3.68/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sickly, pale gold in hue with limited depth; it’s not much of a pleasure to look at. Thankfully, the bright white head was massive in size, at the apex the foam was a good three fingers tall. Head retention was impressive; the foam was slow to subside. A small cap lasted the entire consumption and the subsequent lacing was beautiful, it was webby, widespread, and organized. Aside from the bland liquid this is a lovely looking beer!

I don’t smell any ill effects from the green bottle. The nose is softly malty with a faint spicy, grainy, earthy, caramel vibe. Delicate grassy hops, not much more. Limited DMS, a whisper of a suggestion of fruitiness; the lack of skunk or any other off aroma is a welcome surprise. I mean the color is so bland I wasn’t expecting much positive aromas. Sure, the nose isn’t Klinger–like but button noses are cute. Inviting, in a simplistic way.

The palate is rather pleasant. BA has this listed as a Euro Lager, maybe it is but it is close to a small Pilsner as well. First of all, the bitterness is crisp and refreshing… if you like earthy, grassy, lightly spicy hops. I do. Malt in the middle and back, grain, earth, kisses of crackers, and fainter kisses of caramel. There is much more malt depth then Peroni Lager or even Harp. Sure, this beer is simple and straightforward. So was Forest Gump and he was a charming and likeable fellow. So is this beer. I taste no flaws. It is what it is… well done.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel is indifferent. While it isn’t watery or too thin it is hardly memorable, which is okay.

This New Zealand beer is a fairly new arrival to the Omaha market. The green bottle turned me off but I found a single of it so I said, “what the hell.” I am glad I did. Will I go back to this in the future? I don’t know. I liked it fine but I still have quality control issues. Stick this in a brown bottle, lower the price a tad and it would be a winner. Still, IMO, don’t avoid trying this because it is damn easy to drink. Purchased in Omaha. Try one.

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Photo of marqoid
3.67/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from 11.~ oz bottle.
Appearance: green bottle light straw fizzy beer
Smell: Grainy, skunky, crisp, minimal bitterness
Taste: Again skunky grains with minimal bitterness but dry and some mineral quality.
Mouthfeel: Thin and fizzy, but certainly not filling. This is very drinkable and a solid crisp lawnmower beer.
Overall: This needs to be cold, it can be very enjoyable. What sets this apart from others is the dryness that keeps is crisp and refreshing but highly drinkable.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is skunky and slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing finishing a little sweet. Watery and a little bitter in the mouth. Highly drinkable, especially in the heat. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one and a half ffinger foamy pillowy white head. There was very good retention and good filmy lacing.

The smell consisted of a strong flowery and musty hop aroma. There was a mild malt graininess detected as well.

The taste was crisp and rather refreshing. A nice spicy biting hop sensation up front balanced by a clean doughy pale malt finish.

The mouthfeel was clean and light. Good carbonation.

Overall an average to above average Pils - nice and spicy. Seemed a bit fresher and smoother than its continental relatives.

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Photo of joecast
3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not surprisingly this pale lager comes in a green bottle, but i do want to mention the classy looking "steinlager" script around the neck. not a bad looking label either.
fresh hop aroma which compliments the flavor very well.
good clean mouthfeel, not too heavy or light.
overall a well rounded beer that i wouldnt mind having a few more of.

re-review 21/8/05
grabbed another one today after a while. not sure what its like on the mainland, or NZ, but this beer doesnt get much press down here. and really, it should. though i doubt it would make too much difference. its just too different for some people.

nice white head on a clear light golden beer. head is very stable.

fresh, herbal, grassy hay aroma. sort of typical, but fairly refreshing, and deffinitely nothing wrong with it.

crisp taste with a bit of bitterness up front. better than your average macro lager, but nothing to get too excited about.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.62/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a pale golden with high carbonation. Head is a medium height. Aroma is of sweet grains and herbal hops. Despite a green bottle, there was no skunking. Taste is very full-flavored. A nice sweet malt, grainy, with an edge of honey is joined by an herbal hop. No offensive adjunct flavors are noted. The is very flavorful and has a fresh taste. This is one of the best of this style that I've sampled.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.62/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers for the price. One of my most widely consumed beers in college. Has a very light apperance with a very hoppy aroma. It has a very refreshing herbal taste. I think the mouth feel is about average. New Zealand knows whats up!!!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +25.6%
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 dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
Pours a clear, lucid, golden, applejuice color with hardly any head and very minimal lacing...
Faint, grainy aroma with hints of corns and slight sugars...
Sweet, crisp, refreshing lager taste with hints of earthiness and grains...
Slick, light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel with a decent level of drinkability to match...
Not bad...

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 12/18/16

Clear straw gold with even, consistent, light, foamy yellowed white head of great retention. Upwardly streaming bubbles that replenish head are abundant and enticing. Grain and slight honey aroma, with light hopping equal parts citric, floral, and melon-like. Smells very refreshing. Green bottle but no skunk. Very rich grainy to grassy palate, not harsh at all and in balance with toasty elements as well as the clean and semi-bitter hops. Slight rindy to peppery retro-olfaction. Medium in body but flavor and eventual creaminess of otherwise sudsy and tingly carbonation tempt me to say full. Refreshment in a pokal, I’m guzzling it.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
3.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good european style pale lager. It's not bad, but not great either. This bottle was somewhat skunky, thanks to the green bottle, but I like the bitterness of euro lagers, so I was willing to give it a pass. First beer from New Zealand, and somewhat unremarkable. I'd drink another if someone gave it to me, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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