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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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 allanpano
4.5/5  rDev +57.9%

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 nrv0999
4/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +40.4%

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 Dogstickfetch
4/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of andrewj17
4/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of FriedGold2112
4/5  rDev +40.4%

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 ASirahSyrah
3.91/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Storning
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of C_B_L_
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Petersfavoritebrews
3.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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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Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
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