Steinlager Pure
New Zealand Breweries Limited

Steinlager PureSteinlager Pure
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #175
ABV:
5%
Score:
71
Ranked #49,658
Avg:
3.09 | pDev: 19.42%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
128
From:
New Zealand Breweries Limited
 
New Zealand
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  15
SCORE
71
Okay
Steinlager PureSteinlager Pure
Notes:
View: Beers
Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 128 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of monkist
monkist from Hungary

3.99/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay this is quite close to why I like lagers.
The description here says that this is an European Pale Lager, but the first sniff into it smelled almost like a quasi-pilsner, which in the end evolved into something different. It started out skunky and hoppy, then later on it got some sweetness to it from somewhere but strangely enough it could maintain its drinkability all the way. It is neither an outstanding beer nor a quality craft brew, but it is a nice, clear, not too thin, not too foul, nothing extra but good enough to chug a few down good old lager. I liked it, even though most of us don’t. Takes all kinds, I guess...

Apr 24, 2020
Photo of bwood06
bwood06 from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer while in the airport between flights in NZ during my wife's and my 2 week trip in NZ. This one just sounded good at the time since I wanted something light to drink,

This beer pours a pale straw color that is clear and shows off some seriously high carbonation. The bright, white colored head is a thin frothy layer that dissipates quickly to a thin lacing that is retained throughout the drinking experience. 3/5 The aroma is typical of the American Adjunct lagers with a very light grainy malt and rice both coming through, and then being backed up by a grassy hop note. The aroma is incredibly simple and straightforward with a heavier emphasis being placed on the hops, although this is relative. 3/5 The flavor leans toward hoppy with the malt acting as a balancer here. The malt is grainy and slightly sweet with a hint of rice. The hops come across as fresh cut grass and hay, with just a hint of peppery spiciness. The flavor, from the malt to the hops, is not incredibly strong, but is a tad better than original Steinlager. 3/5 The mouthfeel is watery, which results in an incredibly light beer that is thirst quenching and not drying in the slightest, with no lingering mouthfeel. There is a decent carbonation burn up front, but this goes away fairly quickly. 3/5 This beer really comes across as New Zealand's version of Budweiser to me. It is very light, but well balanced, despite the lean towards hoppy. It is nice and thirst quenching and is very easy drinking. 3/5

Feb 12, 2017
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought 12-pack $11.99 Longs Drugs
Light clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light malt taste, clean
Overall just ok. The light taste makes it refreshing on a hot day. Better than regular Steinlager, but should be at a Budweiser price point.

Sep 08, 2016
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First of all, I have no idea how this differs at all from the regular Steinlager. Looks the same: yellow beer, thin white head. Skunky as aromas come, but not bad. Enjoyable even.

Same hop twang, high bitterness, alcohol heat for what it is. Would not be able to differentiate with regular Steinlager if drank blindly.

Dec 16, 2015
Photo of DoctorZombies
DoctorZombies from Florida

3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold pour from green bottle with tight white foam; good cap, clarity and carbonation. Aroma is an odd slightly floral/slightly skunky biscuit nose. Flavor is yeasty biscuit and just a little floral hop. Lite watery mouthfeel. Overall, a crisp easy drinking lager, but an odd smell I found off putting.

Aug 27, 2015
Photo of Svingjo
Svingjo from Canada (BC)

3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden colour with a finger thick white head with good retention. The nose starts a bit skunky along with some pale malt, grass and citrus fruit. The taste is much of the same but the hop flavour is more of the earthy nature adding a slight bitterness at the end. It does finish quite crisp and clean. This along with a light bodied carbonation make this a nice refreshing drink.

Jun 22, 2015
Photo of metter98
metter98 from New York

3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at Blue Nelson, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin clear around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of pale malts with notes of apples and hints of sweetness. A light amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very clean and doesn't have any "off" or skinny flavors despite coming in a green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

Apr 12, 2015
Photo of ordybill
ordybill from Georgia

1.93/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- ahh, the green glass skunkiness
Appearance- Straw yellow with a large white head.
Taste- Skunky and rather dull, not good
palate- A light bodied brew with medium carbonation.
Overall-Avoid this beer, it is dull, skunky and very forgettable,

Overall: Hardly exciting, but not at all distasteful. This is the beer we should have been drinking in college. Doesn't require a lot of thought, goes Dow fast and easy

Feb 11, 2015
Photo of porterman66
porterman66 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very clean tasting lager that complements spicy food very well. One of the best tasting of it's kind that I have had. In the same class as Spaten lager, but a bit better.

Dec 25, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

honstly a pretty good lager. drank a fair few of these in my travels there, but this is my first in the usa. i remember how refreshing this thing was after a half marathon, but i find it a little less appealing in an american craft beer context now. its a basic blonde lager, no additives or preservatives or anything, pretty darn refreshing really, but nothing out of the ordinary. very well carbonated, fresh pilsener type grains, cerealy, with a classic lager yeast. the finish is super clean and quick, light lager all the way. a tiny bit skunky in this green bottle, but not enough to turn me off. watery body, super thin and light. i can see the appeal in hot weather, and i would take it over a bud or a coors or something, but its well below the craft lager standard we have set here in the states. compared to its peers though, its one of the better options.

May 20, 2014
Photo of chinchill
chinchill from South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330ml green bottle purchased in Dunedin NZ and consumed the followig day.
Light in color and very light in body, this has excellent clarity but only a small fizzy head that soon disappears.
Aroma: light sweet malts and white bread. Very mild but pleasing.
Flavor: more hoppy than suggested by the aroma, but still sweet up front and only mildly bitter in the finish and aftertaste.

O: much better than the bottles I've had in the USA. Still, this is the Rolling Rock of NZ and not impressive

Jan 01, 2014
Photo of BethanyB
BethanyB from New York

3.79/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Brilliant clarity. Pale gold in color. Head is white and medium-sized. A bit airy and foamy. Right for style.

Smell: Faint pale malt and peaches. Crisp and clean.

Taste: About as smooth and clean as it gets, if your green bottle has survived the trip fr New Zealand. Pale malt and very slight bitterness are all that's present. No weird aftertaste is a big plus for a larger label lager!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation with just a bit of a bite. Just right for a lager--neither full, nor watery.

Overall: Hardly exciting, but not at all distasteful. This is the beer we should have been drinking in college. Doesn't require a lot of thought, goes Dow fast and easy, but doesn't require a chaser.

Dec 13, 2013
Photo of mtboozeaddict41
mtboozeaddict41 from Montana

3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: extremely clear pale yellow. big bubbly head that only lasted a few moments but clued to its carbonation.
Smell: smells of fresh cut grass and lemon. Light malt with subtle hop presence. Quite pleasant.
Taste: crisp malt through the mid palate. light fruit and hops.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation cleanses the palate
Overall: one I will come back to. Not bad from my first one from New Zealand.

Oct 17, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84 from California

3.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and skunky aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is easy to drink but nothing all that special.

Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Olek4374
Olek4374 from Canada (AB)

3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim after a New Zealander who frequents my store gave a great review of it. Perhaps it is national bias, but my favourite beer style is the Euro style pale lager, so I gave it a go.

The green bottle suggests there would be some skunkiness, but surprisingly there was not much in the smell; at least when compared to something like Heineken, which is always skunky beyond repair whenever I have it. Pours a urine yellow colour much like any euro lager, with maybe half a pinky of head. The smell is good - a little grainy and a little corny, but nothing offensive. The taste is that of a well made euro lager - a little bitter, but not so bitter that my face cringes at all. It is a little sweet, but not as sweet as something like Viru. another euro lager which I swear had some liquid sucrose or something pumped into it. Overall the hopiness is great for the style, and the aftertaste is as clean as can be expected.

When comparing this lager to other lagers of its style, Steinlager really stands out as one of the better ones. I`ll likely pick this up again.

Jul 28, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steinlager Pure has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, yellow golden appearance, lots of streaming bubbles (etched glass), some brown yeast chunks floating about, and a lot of thick lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, pungent barley malt, and the flavor is fairly hoppy, sweet, somewhat sour, and one gets a full taste of hay and barley malt. Lots of white bread and bread crust with this one. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Steinlager Pure finishes crisp, semi-dry, refreshing, and drinkable. This is a very good beer, and I think you should try it out.

RJT

Feb 02, 2013
Photo of rarbring
rarbring from Sweden

2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear straw, a quckly settling white head, little lacing, small curtains.

Boiled vegetables, some herbal grassiness, sweet corn flakes.

Sweet corn, boiled vegetables, a dash of lemon marmalade, some biiter notes, quite chemical.

Little carbonation, soft texture, a small body and slightly dry finish.

In all a very boring beer. Possibly ice cold on a warm beach.

Nov 08, 2012
Photo of bark
bark from Sweden

2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours with a fizzing sound. The clear liquid is straw yellow (5 EBC), the two finger head is white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is light and clean. Pilsener malt. Somewhat sweet notes of French loaf. Hints of alcohol, earth and flowers.

The taste is very light and a bit thin. Clean sweetness, hints of bread. Light body. Some clean bitter notes in the aftertaste, as well as hints of clean bitterness and a touch of earth. Warming alcohol and hints of green berries in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles short-lived. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

A clean beer that just borders to being thin. Not very exciting.

Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
Lemke10 from Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green bottle, light yellow color, and grassy scent. It already screams New Zealand’s version of Heineken. Pours a clear, light yellow color with only a slight, short lived head. Scent is of cheap grassy grains. Something different for sure. Taste is mild with different grains blended together to give very earthy tone. Basically drinks like any cheap watery American beer, but with perhaps a little bolder flavor. If you drink this you’ll show a little culture but don’t expect a great taste.

Aug 23, 2012
Photo of mralphabet
mralphabet from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured a pale straw yellow color with about a finger and a half worth of head that settled quickly to a ring with no lacing to speak of. Very visible carbonation from start to finish.

S: A little skunky but not bad, I'm getting a little cooked veggie smell over a light hoppy smell. Smells better than I thought it would.

T: Good mix here, a malty taste up front with a light floral hops half way through. The finish is clean and a little dry.

M: Good crisp carbonation with a strangely smooth and dry finish. Very nice.

D: I was really surprised by this beer, not the Euro Lager crap I was thinking it would be. Very nice mix on all fronts (except for the smell)... Nice mix of malt, hops, crisp and smooth, very easy to drink. I would look for this one again. Thanks New Zealand !!

Aug 19, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll try anything for a dollar and this was not that bad!

A - My guess is that it's a light almost clear yellow with a 1/2 inch of sticky white head. It's a guess since I drank it from the bottle.

S - Initial smells of sweet water, mild corn/rice, and some apple or pear sweetness (skunked?)

T - Initial pear or apple skunked flavors are tart at first but quickly mash with the sweeter malts and flavors of very light corn and rice. Almost sugar or vanilla like sweetness makes it enjoyable.

M - Light and at times almost "champagne like"

Overall again for a dollar it's quite a good lager and as the temperatures reach 90 here in Pittsburgh it quenched my thirst very well. Not worth more than a dollar but it drinks well for a beer from New Zealand.

May 20, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
Jimmys from Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330mL bottle into pilsner glass.

A: bright clear gold. vivid carbonation. bubbly bright white head leaves ample lacing as it comes down.

S: a bland malt backbone isnt giving me much of an aroma. cant really detect any hops here.

T: a little bit of herbal vanilla works its way in with a pretty bland malt profile. however, highly crisp. finish is gone and done in an instant.

M: ample lager carbonation. light bodied.

D: really nothing worth seeking out. a boring euro pale lager. glad i could try a brew from new zealand but i hop this isnt the only swill they have over there.

Feb 12, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

So many customers have been asking for this that I figured I'd take full advantage of the sample bottle given to me. Gotta see what the hubbub is about... It pours a clear sallow topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose reminds me of corn pops: sweet corn with a touch of rice and wheat tossed in for good measure. It may not be offensive, but it ain't good for beer, lemme tell ya. The taste comes off less sweet, with some mildly funky wheat, light corn, light flowers, and sweet water. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a smoothly watery feel. Overall, not a big fan of this beer, but I can't say it's entirely bad, per se. I could actually see drinking this on a hot day in Wellington (assuming it gets hot enough down there...)...

Jan 21, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
FosterJM from California

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1041st Review on BA
Bottle to Pils
12 oz

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World

App- A soft bubbling medium yellow with a good one finger head and nice cling. Very lager in appearance with soft colors and clarity.

Smell- Smells a bit like an adjunct but a little more to it but nothing much was here. A bit small, thin and watery. Little bit of earthy hop note.

Taste- A pretty average beer that I can't really slam. They are going for an easy drinking market. A little bit of wheat and citrus pair here with some lime flavors.

Mouth- Light bodied/High carbed. No real bite but has some good residual lime and wheat flavors.

Drink- Again like some beers this is meant to be drank really cold and in really hot weather. I see this no different. Maybe during the summer I can come back to it.

Jan 20, 2012
Photo of drpimento
drpimento from Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold which I would think it would have to be. With a white, foamy head that settles down to a light cover and good lacing. Color is a clear pale yellow with a few bubble trails. Aroma is skunk ( was in a cooler near fluourescent bulb), malt, hint of hop. Flavor is similar to nose plus plenty of carbonic tang. Body is ok and carbonation a little fizzy. Finish is like flavor, leaves a bit of sharpness on back of the tongue from carbo. Actually as it warms, it DOES get a little better: grain and malt flavors come thru more.

Jan 19, 2012
Steinlager Pure from New Zealand Breweries Limited
Beer rating: 71 out of 100 with 128 ratings