When I picked the bottle of Steinlager Classic off the beer store's shelf, I figured it was from Germany. It had a German name and the font was definitely Gothic. I was shocked when I opened it a week later to find out that this German looking beer was actually from New Zealand.
After reading a bit about the beer's history it became obvious why this beer emulates a German product. Steinlager Classic was developed in 1958 in response to New Zealand's "Black Budget". The Black Budget effectively banned imported beer from entering the country. As a result, Steinlager Classic was born. No wonder it looks German, it was designed to replace German product.
Unfortunately, the contents of this Kiwi lager didn't match the German flavour it was trying to imitate. To me, it tasted like the Canadian beer Labatt Blue. It had a medium gold colour and a nice frothy head formed when poured.
Steinlager had a nice crisp classic lager flavour. If you like lagers, you'll like Steinlager Classic. It's not the best lager I've had, but it's good. I give this beer 3 burps!
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