Steinlager Pure | New Zealand Breweries Limited

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Steinlager PureSteinlager Pure

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New Zealand Breweries Limited
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 125
Photo of budgood1
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the green 330cl. bottle a slightly hazed, pale straw yellow colour with a rather large and stubborn egg shell white head. large carbonation bubbles support things with some thin wisps of lace remaining. euro lager aroma, mild sulphur quickly changing to some cracker like malt and bits of flowery hoppiness. the taste profile is a meekly malt centric one, with some doughy, bread and butter notes...complimented by a light, spicy hop bite on the back end. did i say this beer seems light?? the body supports this fact...light and lighter. mouthfeel is rather benign; crisp and prickly. drinkability is ok...a lawnmower beer for does have a relative quenching aspect to it that is redeeming.

overall this new zealand lager seemingly has any real character stripped away in the flavour profile. a bland and unrewarding offering on the 2nd of December. this is a summer slammer but would only be good for slaking a terrible thirst.

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Photo of Tone
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, straw color. 2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of rice, pale malt, grain, hint of sulfur, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of grain, pale malt, grain, rice, citrus hops, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, the rice/sulfur dominates in the beginning, but it quickly mellows. The malts and hops are soothing in the finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Barley-corn yellow with a sharp clarity reveals a strong effervesce that seems to rise in sporadic bursts. The head is sea-shell white, creamy, but slight in statue, quick to fall to a messy covering. A thin band for lace.

S: Skunky upon first uncapping becoming more settled and bearable in the glass. Corn stalks, dried corn and nothing more.

T: Sweet and sour notes of corn ears and grains. A bit of a turn off at first sip, but becomes more acceptable on concurring sips. Musky green hops, corn come on the close.

M: Probably the worst aspect of the drink, musky green corn ears with an alkaline feel, washy and not something I want resting on my tongue for any length of time.

O: Overall a bit of a struggle to drink, the quicker , the colder, the better. Taste leans more towards sub-par expectations. I remember having their zeinlager and this doesn’t seem to much different. Pure? Not sure of the difference, but kinda like saying our zeinlager was made with unpure ingredients. Maybe this follows the german purity law (snicker) but is as far from taste as it is brewed from germany.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, lots of bubbles, virgin white head, but so thin and so quick to leave as time gets its legs. How is this different than regular Steinlager I'm already thinkin while I'm drinkin. I'm a big fan of the skunky aroma. If you follow, you know I think skunky is the shit for this style lager.

Mild taste, alcohol kinda up in your face for only 5%. Mild hop twang, definitely seems to follow the usual noble hop hallertau vibe. Super mild malt, jeez, is that 6 row? Gets a little tedious, but it has its place, hot weather, or palate cleanser with just enough flavor. Steinlager: You know you've had a lot worse.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into an generic tulip glass]

B: [11.15 FL OZ, 330ml]Generic shape and simplistic labels. Not a lot of information, but includes a brief description of ingredients and abv. Claims to be pure, making one assume that this is a beer that comes off as really clean and crisp.

A: Clear golden body with very nice fluffy/creamy head(good retention), and decent lacing.

S: As expected, it's skunky like a lager, but it's not as intrusive compared to the majority. Others smells reminds me of pears and grass.

T: Smooth malt complimented by Lemon and Lime, grass and grain.

M: Crisp/clean, light bodied, high carbonation, and low alcohol presence.

O: One of the best lagers I've ever had, although I don't think much of them. When your comparing lagers, this comes off as clean and lives up to it's claim. The skunk also didn't make the drinking experience too unpleasant oppose to others lagers I've come across. If your into lagers, I recommend picking up some Steinlager. I must say that this surprised me, since I wasn't expecting much. Cheers!!!

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.44/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and golden. Less than a finger of bubbly head. It disappears fast and leaves only a few groups of bubbles. Malty nose. Grainy and a lemony sweetness. Herbal/grassy hops. Sweet pale malts but that fades quickly to a slightly sour/lemon tingle with a lot of carbonation. A veggie and grain flavor comes as soon as the carbonation fades. Very dry on the finish with that lingering veggie/lemon flavor. Bitterness is grassy. A friend gave me a six of this for driving him home. It came in an box with a punch out side and clear, long-neck bottles.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.99/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is extremely smooth for a light lager. The beer pours very light with almost no head, lace, or foam, but decent amount of carbonation. The beer smells of light hops and grains, and has an extremely smooth finish. This is an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Pale clear gold. White head sits low with ok lace.

S – Light malt, wax, and a simple mineral / woody hop.

T – Nice soft malt, lime-like acidity. Honey and banana sweetness.

M – Medium-light body. Clean finish. Nice carbonation.

O – Not a bad malt character.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Found this in a random mix-a-six selection and decided to to give it a go... Wasn't expecting much from it, but in opening up the page to review it, I see it gets a C... I'll try not to let that knowledge effect my rating.
Served in a pils glass.

Really nice clarity in the straw good body. One finger of fizzy and frothy white head with bubbles steadily streaming up the middle and attempting to cling to the sides of the glass. The head is almost entirely gone after about 45 seconds, leaving a milky, cloudy wisp of microbubbles. A little better retention, and I'd say this was a very nice looking Euro lager.

Smells... Well... Bland. There is a dusty grain note with some mild and gentle hops. The flavor is just like the nose suggests, but something here (and in lots of these pale lagers) reminds me of the smell of cologne from when I was a kid in the early 80s... What creates that? The yeast? The water? Whatever it is, it isn't something I necessarily enjoy...

The body is medium but could use a bit more carbonation... The feeling I get is of almost being syrupy and oily.

Overall-- this isn't one I'll grab again. I love trying new beers, especially in cans, but I have found many better than this. I'm not saying I find this beer to be unpalatable, but there's nothing about it that makes me WANT to drink it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pale yellow color. Head fizzes and dies. Looks like a macro lager.

S-Hey, this is a bit better than expected. A bit grassy, and a bit grainy. Doesn't display much of the Macro lager skunk. Mildly pleasant.

T-This one doesn't taste too bad either. More flavor than your regular lager. Grass and grain and some sweetness. Better than anticipated.

M-Light with heaps of bubbles. No unpleasant aftertaste.

O/D-A good lager. I enjoy the flavor in regards to the style. What makes this beer infinitely better is that at my local store, due to a closeout, this beer is $3.50 for a six pack. Might need to grab a nice $12 dollar case in the near future.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale straw colour with a good sustaining 1/4-inch head. Fairly decent carbonation. Nice lacing on the sides.

Smell - cooked veggie smell over a hoppy, nearly skunky aroma. Doesn't smell like it's crossed over though!

Taste - crisp, malty taste with an almost floral element here. Nice hoppiness at the end and finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel - despite the higher carbonation very smooth, mellow characteristics.

Drinkability - I really like this beer. Maybe it's partly the marketing, but it seems crisp and honest and goes down easy.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, clear and bubbly golden yellow color with fizzy white head. Scent is relatively sweet malts with whiffs of wild grass and a faint minerally and metallic note. Taste brings more sweetness than expected from the style, quite clean and crisp in taste and body until a quite minerally presence takes over at the end. Lighter side of medium bodied, active carbonation. Slightly more flavorful pale lager with a little more than aggressive minerally presence.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.26/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale and clear golden color with a thin white head. Looks exactly like a Heineken.

S: Skuuunnnkkkkyyy! Some green apple, pear, pale malt and skunk.

T: Ugh. Skunky again. Tastes a lot like a Heineken, too. Pale malts and sourness. Not crazy about this one.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium white head quickly dies into a thin lacing over a clear golden colored beer with some noticeable carbonation.

Initial skunk aroma goes away quickly leaving a light aroma of light earthy malt blended with some light sour citrus and yeastiness.

The taste is a light sour with some malts and a very light yeast or something of that nature coming through this thin bodied lager.
Not much for an aftertaste, slightly dry with a tad bit of sourness or bitterness.

I think if this is a typical Euro Pale Lager I'll stick to drinking American IPA's. Not really impressed with this, it might end up being a good beer pong beer but I wouldn't bet on it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | 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 TheHoppiest
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 300 ml can into a pilsner glass. The can is quite unique,tall and thin, and a brilliant green color. The beer is more typical in appearance, pale yellow with a thin white head that dissapates quickly.

Smelled at first like a typical lager, grainy and grassy with hints of lemon. As it warmed (and I mean over the space of ten minutes) it began to smell of sugar, wih a faint funk undertone.

Crisp, sweet, and slightly malty, with a mild lemon aftertaste. Some slight bitterness ends it.

Light bodied, with active carbonation that gives it a sharper taste and feel.

A decent beer overall, though not one that I would seek out again. Too expensive for what you're getting and there are many other better lagers locally available.

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Photo of nniicckkww
3.91/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a green bottle into pilsner glass. Every so slight haze. Golden yellow color. Meringue like white head. Effervescent. Not much aroma to be had. Definitely not skunked. I was nervous about the green bottle, but the cardboard 6 pack was impervious to light.

Smooth European lager. Hint of malt. No residual bitterness. Very balanced. Fruity and yeasty. Very drinkable. I could have a 6 pack in an hour. Clean and crisp and refreshing. If this came in a keg, I would strap it to my back and mow the entire neighborhood. My wife LOVES it!

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Photo of crossovert
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml embossed green bottle. It really is some snazzy packaging, but alas the color is green.

It pours a clear, pale gold color with a fizzy bright white head. Pretty typical, but nice.

There is no skunk in the aroma just a clean grainy smell with a bit of fruitiness, earthiness, and yeast.

The flavor continues with this fruity style. It is for sure one of the fruiter, yeastier "EPL"s.

I was expecting this to be a very bland lager but it has a lot of sweetness and fruit.

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Photo of billybob
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a little disappointed with this beer i realize that its a euro lager but i guess i was looking for a little more. so my review, pours a clear light golden color one finger head that holds and then fades quickly to just a ring with a minimal lace. slightly sweet smell with a grassy note to it. malty slightly sweet taste very clean, with a slight hop note and you get a mineral feel from the pure water. light, smooth and easy to drink. a little more hops would have helped a lot.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The attractively-designed bottle is a superb start, though it is green...rather unfortunate. Of little consequence here, though...

Pours a straw-gold, with attractive head and only a little lace.

Biscuity aroma -- not bad at all, as I was expecting a nasty adjunct. Not so here.

Taste is yeasty-malty and smooth, with a nice muted hoppy finish. This one's crisp and refreshing, and certainly a standout among basic, no-frills lagers.

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Photo of brew3crew
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pale yellow with white lacing around the edges
S-not much of an aroma. At all.
T-not a whole lot of taste here. To be expected. Expensive nati lihht
M-light modied and crisp
D-very drinkable but nothing differentiates it from any other euro lager...

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a bit of frothy head. Other than being the colour of piss it looks pretty good. Smells like any adjunct lager... Some light hops and a bit of malt but mostly oderless. Good mouthfeel though and solid drinkability. Overall, the best thing about this beer is the sexy can

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Photo of biboergosum
2.31/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml, shiny and alluring (as it could ever be) green bottle, one extolling the virtues of Kiwi water - ok.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of weakly puffy, and thinly foamy off-white head, which renders some chunky coral reef lace around the glass in its hasty wake.

It smells of semi-sweet pale grain (corn, rice, and barley, all in miniscule portions), stale orchard fruit, a stony hard water character, and fairly skunky weedy hops. The taste is more sweet, somewhat bready adjunct malt, but one duly tempered by a strong, and not altogether unpleasant floral and skanky veggie hoppiness, with a touch of stale drupe fruitiness tossed in for good measure, I guess.

The carbonation is moderate, just a wee lilting frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and airily smooth. It finishes with more faint breadiness and some lessened malodorous skanky hoppiness.

Starts off badly, carries on as such, and finishes barely tolerable - pure bunk, as far as the whole 'pureness' marketing angle is concerned. Purifying light-struck dreck, such as, oh, the regular Steinlager, is like applying the same process to shit, ipso facto, and by the transitive properties of bad beer, renders this one guilty as sin. Pretty attractive at the outset, sure, but rather disagreeable, once you take the time you get to know this particular offering.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A peculiar sized can, 10.1oz can poured into a hotel glass. Can looks more like a can of red bull.

A- Pours a fizzy golden yellow that's completely transparent. The head dies down quickly and doesn't leave anything in the way of lacing.

S- Some skunky hops, a little bit of malt and a little but of grassy notes. Reminds me of a less skunky heineken.

T- Pretty much the same as the nose. Some skunky hops and crystal malt. Seems a little watered down even for the style.

M- Lighter bodied that has tight, crisp carbonation. The carbonation just tickles the tongue.

D- Pretty standard. Light flavors and not much else. The small can it comes in makes it easy to drink at the beach or something. I think it's the whole reason it is specially imported to Hawaii.

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Photo of Docer
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 6-pack of this... haven't had it for years... and I am quite sure it's the same Steinlager I used to get in larger bottles back when I was much younger. Always loved it.

- Clear straw yellow lager, big fluffy white head, leaves a nice half finger of lasting foam... bubbly...

- Skunky green hop, biscuit, bready, grain... slightly sweet and more grassy skunky hop.

- Sweet light grains, sugars, skunky grassy hop... bitter earthy touch... grain and sweet oats...

- Light bodied, slightly sweet syrupy... bit drying and sticky..

- Overall a bubbly light lager full of flavor. Many don't like the skunky touch to the hops, but it has been the flavor profile of Steinlager for years. Maybe this isn't the same as the one I remember... doesn't quite have the bite and skunk..

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