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 Monkeyknife
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a crystal clear pale yellow with a foamy white head. Sticky lacing on the sides/

Upon opening the bottle a definite skunk smell appeared but then faded away leaving a smell that is grassy and earthy.

Taste is dry, grassy, earthy and tart.

Mouthfeel is very dry and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a very easy to drink lager which is perfect for a hot day.

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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 GrimmReaper
3.16/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles that never seem to stop
very delicious creamy bright white 2 finger head that's very appealing
when i first poured,i got a whiff of skunk but brought it to my nose and a mild skunk smell with grassy overtones
i got a dry but fresh and crisp mouthfeel with a grassy and
earthy kinda taste
very easy to drink and goes down smooth
750 ml bottle ...i like that

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Photo of dacrza1
2.34/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12. oz bottle in a Boag's footed pilsner...inch and a half frothy foam that slowly champagne-like effervescence...a little yellowish in the gold...aroma is evident from a few feet away (and outdoors!)...familiar metallic tin with banana notes...a bit of "earth" detected as well....slick, oily consistency...flat metallic aftertaste...reminiscent of Miller Lite...holy beer pong balls, Batman! The start reaks of Silo cup and the end feels like I'm rollling them back across the table...I intended to have this as a tailgate apertif for the Yanks/O's game today--good thing I celebrated the O's win with this a few days later...this one shouldn't hit high in the order....

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Photo of Gmann
3.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a very nice and fluffy white head. The brew was poured aggressively but the sheet of chunky lacing is impressive none the less. The smell is almost non-existant for better or worse, some light grains. The brew has a bit more of a malty presence than a Budweiser, it has that almost tin like hop character, not grassy or citrus but a bitter edge. It doesn't really have that skunky Euro lager taste. The feel is light and watery and moderately carbonated, overall pretty neutral. An average beer at best, beats a macro anyday.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very light, more yellow than gold, with a big, immaculate white head that disappears quickly. Very little aroma, only some faint herbal hops and an adjuncts-and-malt base. On the palate, bland is the word... things open with fairly brisk carbonation and bitterness that's substantial for the style, but there's little hop or malt flavor. Just another bland Euro lager, nothing special.

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Photo of zeff80
2.81/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and skunk. Not so good.

T - It tasted of grain adjunct and was fairly sweet. It tasted far better than it smelled.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a farily predictable Euro Pale Lager. Bad smell and a sweet corn taste.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light straw color with a thick crisp head that lasts awhile. Aroma has a slight skunk maybe a bit of cracker. Taste has some breadiness,sweet with a slight metallic note, Euro. hop with a good amount of carbonation that dances on the tongue having a light mouthfeel. A typical macro type lager, having nothing too special, but a good refresher.

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Photo of giblet
2.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a bad import. pale color. poured a decent head and carbonation but then quickly died down. decent smell and taste has that skunky twinge to it. i drank this one pretty cold - maybe colder than it should have been. this might have masked some of the taste but it was refreshing.

nice diversion.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of gmfessen
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy yellow-gold color with a glistening white head. The smell is similar to most euro pale lagers, slightly grainy with a touch of fruitiness and a definite skunkyness about it. The taste is also skunky and slightly bready but it has a distinct hop bitterness about it that isn't very flattering. The beer is light in body and finishes smooth. I could drink a few of these if someone offered them up but I don't think I'll be perusing any Steinlager anytime soon.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

25.4 oz. Bottle Purchased at Seagate Liquor in Huntington Beach.

A: Yellow, with a white, rocky head that dissipates quickly, leaving an interesting remnant of clear bubbles.

S: Smells of light malt, and some skunk due to the green bottle.

T: Not as skunky as one might think from the smell, but I was surprised at how light it was, some malts and noble hops evident.

M: Very light and crisp, high in carbonation.

D: Not hard to drink, I got through the bottle pretty easily, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.03/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a medium foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very skunky, I've got no other way to describe it. There's mostly adjunct and a little bit of malt in it.

T: The taste is bready with a little bit of sweetness, but there's very little malt character and the adjunct flavor takes dominance. The hops presence is almost non-existent.

M: A little crisp and not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not tasty at all and doesn't go down well, at least it isn't filling, I had this beer at a tasting and hated it, but I decided to give it a fair chance by trying a full bottle, since I've had beers that have tasted very different when drinking a full bottle instead of a sample. Unfortunately, this was not one of those times and this beer tasted just as bad as it did the first time I tried it.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this one on a whim, not expecting much, but ever in pursuit of a good hot-weather summer swigger. And while the prohibitive price keeps it from being that, exactly, I was ultimately fairly pleased with the purchase. Steinlager, in the end, is rather like a craft brewer's rendition of a macro lager - pale and light in flavour, but what flavour there is is pretty enjoyable.

Pours a light colour - gold/straw-ish; nothing remarkable. The green bottle and open-six-pack mean, however, that this lil' fella will be prone to skunk (no surprise). The brew is capped, though, by a nice two fingers of head that dissipates within a few minutes down to a half-finger, but it stays at that level for awhile, and leaves some decent lacing. Pleasantly, the effervescence isn't all that visible, which is quite nice.

But boy is this guy skunked - the nose isn't bad, but is obviously influenced by the dreaded skunk. But that's what you get when you distribute overseas in a green bottle. Beyond the skunk, however, the nose is pretty nice. You can tell that the water source is good - a mineral-y nose - and there's some nice toasted malt complimented by some grassy aromatic hops. The nose rather reminds me of Beck's, actually.

The taste is more of the same. Enjoyable, but not especially distinct. Some indistinct fruitiness, some grain. Quite "crisp" and "clean," though those are obviously the standard buzzwords. Toasted malt, and light hops (grass, lemon) that don't bitter too much. Somewhat sweet, but definitely no adjunct. Minerals.Yeast. Finishes just a touch dry, but goes down like a glass of water. Refreshing, but not especially noteworthy for taste; again, similar to Beck's, although Beck's has more of that toasted malt character that I would like to see more of here.

I can't fault the mouthfeel, though. Standard carbonation for a pils - effervescent and lively, but not overdone, and the body feels just right - I think the water source is probably the best thing about that brew. Drinkability is likewise high - there's nothing here you haven't seen before, but this brew's practically designed for hot summer chugging.

Average. Indistinct. Worth a try. But probably not worth the price over the long haul.

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Photo of xzqrut
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle, beer was standard macro lager, medium gold color, light head that didn't last long, with minimal to no lacing. The smell and taste both mild, some yeast and grass scents and flavors. Mouthfeel was light, some decent carbonation, not too much aftertaste. All in all, OK.

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Photo of Gavage
2.93/5  rDev +3.2%
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 SaCkErZ9
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Huggos on the Rocks in Kona, HI.

Pours a clear light golden color. Minimal head. Aroma is corny and grassy with minimal hop aromas. Mostly rice. Taste is a bit lacking but pretty much uniform for the style. Light in flavor but not as crisp as I would have hoped. Okay drinkability but I wouldnt search this beer out again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dandelion yellow-gold with a small bubbly head that eventually recedes to a collar with smoky haze. A bit of wet lacing is left on the glass. A swirl or two brings back a fizzy white head.

S - Kiwi and melon light fruity notes remind me of a good kolsch. A bit of saltine cracker, but not as strongly as a German or Czech pils. Sort of a salty sea breeze nose.

T - Fruity like the nose, but with some mineral "sucking on a penny" notes that I don't care for at all. Hard crusty bread or baguette flavors too.

M - Medium bodied for the style, but still pretty light. The finish is crusty and after eating a crusty crouton.

D - Pretty good. This is a great light pils alternative to BMC for a day out on the lake or by the pool...this has some good session potential on a hot day.

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Photo of BBM
2.55/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured your standard pale straw color, with white sudsy head. Aroma was a bit skunky, slightly bitter, and had hints of bread and cereal.

Well, this beer isn't going to set the world on fire, that's for sure. It's a color-by-numbers pale lager, with a cereal-based flavor, slight earth bitterness, and a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. The mouthfeel is way to thin and overly carbonated, too. Overall this wouldn't be my first choice if I wanted a light Euro, but it's drinkable if you're presented iwth .

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From Wayne's Liquor, on to the beer:

Pours a pale straw color into a glass with a nice, dense head that sticks. It shares its smell with European lagers in green bottles; skunky. The flavor is farily unique, but might have been better if it weren't foir the skunk. It has grassy and herbal flavors, distinguising itself from your standard lager. Soft on the palate, light, and creamy, it reminds me of a lighter version of Grolsch.

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

330ml green bottle, best before date a long way in the future, over a year away... yikes, I didn't know 5% pale lagers could be aged?!?!
Pours with a good deal of head that actually seemed to rise higher through the tasting; very creamy white appearance. The body is extremely pale yellow in colour, alot of clarity even for the style. Actually kinda neat how much clarity there is. Lightly grassy aroma, pilsner malt, lightly floral hops. The degree of 'skunkyness' seemed to vary from bottle to bottle, this particular candidate for review wasn't too bad. The beer doesn't offer up much in the means of flavour, but stays considerably refreshing. Other than a light pilsner malt there is a serious absence of flavour... eh, might be a good thing. This works as it is, something very light and refreshing.
Thanks Jason B Bad!

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Photo of alexskovan
2.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured clear gold with a fluffy white head that was pretty durable. Aroma is very understated, maybe a little hops, not much. Taste is very similar to Budweiser: nothing at all up front but watery bubbles, then a sharp and rather unpleasant aftertaste.

This is a beer in all respects identical to middle-of-the-road American Macro.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
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 russpowell
3.36/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A trip down memory lane, there was a time in the mid 80s I thought this was the greatest beer going.

Pours golden with 1" of white creamy head. Good lacing & above average head retention

S: Corny, grainy & fruitty

T: Grainy, fruitty & sweetness up front. Dryness after this wams a bit. Fruittyness starts to dominate, but I also pick up some floral hops. Finishes dry, fruitty & grainy

MF: Medium bodied with moderate operation. skews way too sweet

Drinks a little above average, no new ground broken here, but would take this over BMC anyday. About the same as most eurolager, zzz. I'm sure there is better beer from new zealand, but this & the steiney light are sadly, all I know

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Photo of GClarkage
2.81/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes in earlier drinking days...

Presentation- 12oz bottle, freshness code imprinted on back label. Poured into a typical pint glass.

Appearance- Very clear golden body. Gleaming white 1/2 inch head, quickly evaporates to almost nothing. Leaves a very light lace behind.

Smell- Typical green bottled skunk. After a while it goes away, but just it being there ruins it. Hay and grassy nose with a whiff of hops.

Taste- Pretty much like the scent, but minus the major skunk. Really pils like. Prominent hop bite in the swallow leaving behind a trail of toasted malt and maybe a bit of lemon rind?

Mouthfeel- Crisp and tightly carbonated.

Drinkability- Nice hot weather pils..or lager, whatever the hell you call it. Not offensive (except the initial smell), but nothing to shake a stick at either. They have good sales in the grocery stores for this. Can't argue much with a 12pk for less than $10. Keep some on hand for maybe moving the lawn on a hot sticky August afternoon.

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Photo of BigBry
2.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Green, 330 ml bottle, no date visible.
Another Euro Pale Lager, a fizzy yellow beer. Clear pale gold color. White foam was formed with the pour, but no retention or lacing to speak of. Aroma is as expected: grainy, grassy and that "euro-skunk" that I just can never get used to. No real flavors to it, tastes like it should, with a bit of metallic aftertaste. Carbonation is OK giving it a thin, yet appropriate mouthfeel. Hot weather, easy drinker, but for the extra 'import' price, not really worth it.

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Steinlager from New Zealand Breweries Limited
Beer rating: 2.84 out of 5 with 438 ratings
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