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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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
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 drpimento
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served cold and poured a smallish, white, thick head that settled down and some lace. Color is a clear yellow with some bubble trails. Aroma is mild, beery. Flavor is bolder than nose, with hop bitter coming out, a hint of sweet, and strong carbonic tang. Body is ok, carbonation sharp. Finish is like flavor with bitter/tang dominating and slowly tapering after some time. Not really for me.

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Photo of Tone
3.02/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 7/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, grain, slight hops, hint of sweet malt, and a sulfur aroma. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight hops, hint of sweet malt, and slight sulfur. Overall, good appearance and everything else is tainted by the sulfur aroma and taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a puffy 1 inch white head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grassy notes, and slightly like some cooked vegetables. Taste is of sweet grains, grass, and some citrus zest on the finish. Very mild bitterness on the tongue after each sip. A pretty good level of carboonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good European style lager. Not too shabby.

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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 mactrail
3.41/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a diluted Eurolager, but not a bad lightweight beer. If anybody cares, the new "Steinlager Classic" packaging says 4.8% abv.

Handsome bright straw color. Nice head and plenty of fine carbonation. More of a hint of hops than really bad pale lagers. Whiff of cut grass and cardboard. Pleasing mouth feel. Clean and not much malt, but the hops are flowery and give just the right balance.

Very drinkable and refreshing. Would be interesting to compare to American industrial lagers, whether any of them are flirting with this touch of hops. Or compare with Sam Adams Light.

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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


large bottle. clear, fizzy yellow liquid, fairly heady. Aroma of euro hops, tettnang/saaz, light skunky profile. Tastes like a clean lager with the hop presence, medium bitterness and a bready sweetness that lingers. An unoffensive, accessible lager that easily quenches a sun drenched day.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
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 CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes at Old Chicago (2002): Pours very pale yellow with a decent white head and some nice lacing. Smells of grassy hops and biscuits. Flavour is similar but quite thin, leaving very for the otherwise dry finish. Some sweet malts come through in the middle with notes of apple and some subtle citrus. Thin on the palette...not too much going on here. On the plus side, for a relatively generic Pale Lager, it's very refreshing and I can see it making a decent lawn-cutting beer.

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Photo of Groucho75
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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 chinchill
2.37/5  rDev -16.8%
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 chicagoabbot
3.36/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter...pale yellow with a decent head. Right away, I notice that that 'lager funk' is missing. Tells me their lager yeast strain isn't that awesome, it doesn't get the nose. However, this is a very clean brew with an exceptional mouthfeel that goes down very easily. Not a champion brew, but it sure is getting trashed by reviewers. I'm pretty critical of bad beers but this is certainly no adjunct crap, it's just not that amazing either. If it's not a bad price, you might want to grab this one time, but if there are some good craft pils on the shelf for a similar price, I probably won't buy this again.

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Photo of CHADMC3
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden yellow body, resembling straw with a thin, feather white head that leaves only traces of lacing.

Aroma is quite bitter and bordering skunky, certainly some hops that are straw like or grassy.

The flavor is similar, again quite bitter and funky with more hop character.

Medium to light in body with medium carbonation and a bit of a bitter bite to the otherwise crisp finish.

This is an ok example of the style, perhaps lacking some of the malt backbone to counter the bitterness.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.04/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow appearance with very little head. Smell is sweet with hint of grass, picked up a bit of vegetables.

Taste is grainy and sweet but overall very faint, picked up a hint of malt and grass. Light bodied with high carbonation. To it's credit, it is clean and refreshing. Aftertaste is almost non existent, slightly bitter.

Overall, this is a typical Euro Lager. Taste is mediocre but easy to drink, glad I didn't get a skunked bottle. Would recommend if you want to try a New Zealand beer, otherwise to expensive.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | 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 thierrynantes
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : grassy and sweet aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : moderate hoppy, with a bitter finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style pale lager.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amazing that i am actually hunting down some of the worst beers on earth now. i found this and a couple more to help me kick this list on my way home from winston last night and decided to drink them as i was out in the yard all day today. served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 08/29/2010.

the pour was about what i was expecting with a light golden yellow color that gave way with a fizzy white head that quicky dropped off with only minimal lacing involved.

aroma is light grains, bready malts, a hint of light bittering hops but nothing special really, until i take the first taste and I am blown away by how good this one is, crisp, clean and nearly perfect carbonation gives way to a classic lager. i had no clue this one was coming. notes of clove, quick hits of light hops and grain, a healthy dose of bready malts and a smooth, clean and wonderfully refreshing finish.

overall totally shocked by this one, but in a fantastic way. wahat a damn good beer on a hot night, i could have drank a half dozen of these.

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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 Pardishcreel
1.94/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

pours golden with a light head that subsides into a thin layer of head about an 1/8 of an inch thick. High carbonation.

To say a beer smells skunked is one thing, but this beer actually smells like a skunk. It reminds me of driving down the highway with a buddy and eyeballing him as a strange smell arises only to have him swearing it was a skunk.... skunk or maybe they cracked this beer open in the car, who knows.

thank god the taste of this beer is not nearly as bad as it smell. It taste bitter with a quick dive into wateriness leaving a light skunked taste on the pallet. While not very good its not as horrible as the smell lead me to think it would be.

I cant say the drinkability is high because between the odor and the fact that its nothing special I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy a different beer of this style.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.59/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a typical pale straw color with a white head that goes nearly as quickly as it arrives.

S: An incredibly "off" nose. Lots and lots and lots of skunk and a slight vegetable/DMS note. Some mild adjunct/grain sweetness.

T: If you could eat a skunk's spray, this is a pretty close approximation as to what it would taste like. Perhaps some undertones of sweetness, but the skunk is hard to get passed.

M: The body is light and somewhat watery and the carbonation is medium, which is somewhat surprising.

D: Blech, this may have been a bad bottle, but from reading some of the other reviews, it seems like it's just bad overall.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Steinlager (on tap at Nelson Blue)

Appearance-Normal pale lager color, light brown, minimal carbonation from the tap.

Smell- sweet grains, alcohol, mild grassiness

Taste/Mouthfeel - medium bodied, residual sweetness, light malt, grass and mild hop aroma, exceptionally smooth, leaves a last touch of grain on the tongue as it goes down. Finishes clean.

Drinkability - clean and easy drinking lager, no real complaints to report, nothing offensive.

Overall -above average Euro Pale lager, which isn't saying that much but it isn't bad for the style. Nothing to seek out but in a pinch, it works.

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Photo of philphilphil
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - lager coloured, ok head which dissipates .
S - like any average macro.
T - bit bitter, same level as heineken, nothing amazing
M - a bit over carbonated.
D - i'd have another, but theres better out there.

surprised its not more popular, a solid macro.

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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 Mosstrooper
1.99/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 330ml bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Crystal-clear, very pale golden color with a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves medium lace.

Smell: Mostly sweet grains, backed up by grassiness.

Taste: Begins almost completely flavorless, turning sweet and finishing with grains and leaving behind a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation. Refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Sure, very drinkable, but totally unremarkable. Not bad, but the fact that it begins literally almost flavorless (more-so than any light beer or BMC stuff I've had) is a huge turn off.

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Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
2.85 out of 5 based on 433 ratings.
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