Riverwest Stein Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer

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BA SCORE
86
very good

633 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 38
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.68% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2002

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice Amber. Not sure about the lager part, but it's a nice Amber beer.

The beer begins with a bright copper hue, froathy head formation, great staying power, and with a lot of lace sticking arround. A nearly ideal look.

Caramel sweet and richly malty to the nose. Background notes of honeysuckle, spicy and floral hops, and estery fruitiness round out the nose.

A lot of caramel flavor as well. The base malts are very crisp and clean, but the caramel taste layers delicately on the bready and yeasty beer base. Quite estery to be a lager, but the beer takes on an English-like fruitiness that aids to the complexity of the malts. Floral hops give even more variety and depth. Bitterness is only bold enough to offset the majority of the sweetness but not enough to bring undue attention.

Creamy upfront and then lightening quickly for a crisp, clean, and lightly minty finish. Well attenuated for dryness and not because of high alcohols or hop dryness.

The beer fares much better as an English Pale. But even then, the malts are too simplistic and too caramelly. Still a pleasure to drink if you like your Vienna Lagers as an Ale.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the style suggests, Riverwest Stein Beer is equal parts amber and red. Consistent with the laws of physics, those two colors combine to produce orange. Or in this case, lucent burnt orange. The head is a firm, dense, finely pitting affair that looks as though it contains a generous amount of hop resins. I'm already impressed with the lace display and the cap has barely fallen.

The nose is caramel and Munich malty with a decent amount of fruity, citric hops. I was hoping for a bit more than decent, but I really have no right to that expectation given the style. Willamette and Cascade comprise the hop bill, with the former making more of a splash than the latter.

Riverwest is one of the better amber (or is it red?) lagers that I've run across. It isn't quite the equal of Capital's Wisconsin Amber however. It's exceptionally well-balanced between sweet, biscuity, toasty malt and orangey hops with a light lagery smoothness that promotes chuggability. I've never been one to chug beer (okay... rarely), but it is disappearing fairly quickly.

More hops would probably ruin the evenhandedness of the flavor profile. I'm willing to take that chance. It needs a little more zip, a little more zing, something to take it from merely good to great. Hops, as always, are how I'd get it there. Most balanced beer favors one side or the other at different points in each mouthful. This one, however, is perfectly complementary (in terms of sweet and bitter) at all times.

I'll well aware that this beer is a lager, but I can't help wishing for a bit more volume, a bit more heft. It is supremely smooth though, and is as light as air. In spite of the fact that it tends to lose a bit of polish with warming, it'd be a perfect 'demonstration mouthfeel' to introduce novices to the difference between lagers and ales.

Too bad that I don't own a stein because Riverwest Stein Beer really should be drunk out of that particular vessel. It's a fine example of an often overlooked style and is easily the best Lakefront Brewery beer that I've had yet. Recommended.

Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: an average looking clear amber pour with a smallish off-white head.

Smell: subtly sweet. hints of over-ripened orange and apricot. light malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: ah, everything here is much more pronounced without being over the top. a full mouthfeel off the top. smooths out into a semi-sweet fruitiness with good malt backbone. fruitiness picks up towards the finish as well as the orange peel bitterness which picks up quite nicely post-sip.

Drinkability: nice balance. light to medium body makes for an easy drinker. very good beer without trying to hard.

Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium amber with a good bit of orange and reddish highlights and excellent clarity. There isn't a lot of head but it is long lasting with an off-white ring around the glass that leaves a some lacing in the glass.

S: A moderate amount of German Malt like Munich with a crusty bread aroma. The lagering is pretty clean leaving no esters or phenols. There is a low Noble hops aroma. It's almost a bock meets marzen.

T: A rich malt flavor with a firm hops bitterness and a moderately-low spicy Noble hops flavor. The balance is slight bitter with the moderate hops bitterness dominating the light malt sweetness. The finish is dry with a slight bitter and crusty bread aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. The beer is somewhat crisp with a carbonic dryness on the palate>

O: A refreshing yet somewhat substantial lager that would pair well with german sausages and sauerkraut.

Photo of blackearth
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Miller Park from a compostable corn polymer cup. Poured a bright, golden-copper body with a fluffy white head that fell slightly and remained all the way to the last sip. Aroma is balanced between sweet malts and floral hops. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to be refreshing, this beer tasted sweet with a slight nuttiness and faint hop finish. Excellent drinkability, it was the perfect full-flavored beer to have while watching a baseball game.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a deep amber with a quarter inch of white bubbles atop the brew. Aromas of lightly toasted malt dosed with some caramel. Citrus hints are there along with some grassy scents. A touch of a sour twang as well.

First sip brings lightly toasted malts with a touch of biscuit and caramel in there as well. Citric, grassy hops meld into the prevailing malt body of the brew. Flows down with a touch of sourness again on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Pretty straightforward. Overall, not a bad brew but not something I would drink on the regular personally. Nice and malty. Thanks to BeerFMAndy.

Photo of grynder33
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amberish, small head aroma was slightly hoppy, with fruit traces,a nice full hop taste, a slightly thick texture, a little oily on the tongue. It faded into a pleasing malt taste with just a little bitterness the rest of the way. Pleasantly complex and satisfying

Photo of bishopdc0
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a light amber in color almost golden. The aroma is almost flowery and sweet. The taste starts with a light sweetness and carbonation and the sweet flower smell prevail in the taste. It finishes dry with no bitter. I think if you have a girlfriend who doesn't like beer have her try this the light body and smooth taste make this an easy beer to approach, but unlike many beer in this style it is full flavored.

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date on the label.

A- Thick chunky bone colored head, clear reddish amber hue. Great head retention.

S- Mild caramel, faint Juicy Fruit bubble gum, citric and woody hop.

T- Citric hop upfront with a creamy malt sweetness that follows. Woody hop flavor and a toasted grain meld well. Bitterness hits more in the middle and tries to clean house in the finish but there is too much malt play going on.

M- Very, very smooth ... creamy mouth feel, medium body. Light crispness in there.

D- With a lager this flavorful you'd be crazy not to want another.

Paired this with a grilled turkey tip salad with a mild feta cheese.

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chill hazed copper amber with a small almond head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma is malty toffee, spicy hops, and some apple skins. Medium body supports a low medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Taste is nicely balanced between the malty toffee and caramel and bitter spicy hops. Hints of red apple and mineral water add a tasty complexity. Very nice.

Photo of pat61
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 1” white foam cap that fairly quickly dissipates down to nothing.
S: smells like malt bread to biscuit.
T: Rich, well developed malt flavors.
F: Medium body and slightly below medium carbonation. Clean and smooth.
O: A very good, refreshing and easy to drink amber lager.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good amber color, love the sweet red seemingly aroma?

Taste, faint, yet sweet. Despite faint, has a great malt bill for a lager. Very smooth, not hoppy at all, yet I still like this very much. Brings me back, good ol Milwaukee East Sidaz! Too bad they named this after the place kids ry and look homeless.

Mouthfeel, good dynamic between the light aftertaste on the palate, and the surge you get initially. Very affordable round town.

Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper appearance. Pale head, slightly wanting and settling to a skim early. Nice ropy ring laces, however. Light apple skin aroma, honeyish tones as well. Caramel in its purest form makes up the initial taste, matched well by good moderate carbonation and a light but pleasant mouthfeel. Good balancing hop snap to the finish, in the style of Hallertau. Futher sips reveal a touch of popcorn buttery diacetyl, works well in its moderation. A very drinkable beer here, one of the best I've had from Lakefront, which seems to shine in Lager-style brews.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has got to be a very popular beer at Lakefront, it's got the perfect characteristics for a nice crossover beer. First off it's a lager, so there's some common ground already. Secondly it's very balanced yet it's actually got some color from malts and flavor from hops. But the key here is balance with that hop profile. Pours an amber with an orange glow when held toward the light, head is light cream and forms nicely with lace broken up into unevenly strewn patches. Aromatics offer up some citrus herbal qualities with biscuit malt sweetness with a touch of caramel. A clean air of yeast nut edge, maybe almond. Flavor blasts through with a creamy mildly tart and bitter sweetness. Cereal grains bring caramel sweet layer with hops through in the citric floral zip that's needed for balance. Mouthfeel has a smooth crsip curb appeal for the masses, lighter bodied with a semi dry finish. Carbonation is very nice minor hop burps come after a few sips. Drinkability overall is by the stein, I'm not sure how this is served in Milwaukee but it's defniitely suitable for at least a 1/2 liter krug or stein.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a glass mug)
A- This beer has a crystal clear brown body with a thick light tan head with bubbles gliding up to the surface.
S- The smell is really clean no mater how much swirling only a light green hint comes through.
T- This beer has soft tart note with a hop hint that is otherwise pretty clean. There is a faint green lemon hint with a soft slight toasted malt hint in the finish that is pretty dry.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish. D- This beer has no real off flavors but it doesn't really have any other flavors either.

Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still catching up...these notes are a little less than a week old.

Riverwest is a copper color with a red-brown hue. A tan head one finger tall forms a fat, rocky pillow that drops good lacing.
The aroma offers up a sweetness with a dark fruits note and a good caramel malts back with a barley-like grains presence balanced by citric hops and an earthy/wood note.
The flavor follows suit as the malty caramel and dark fruits meld with citric hops bitterness. An ethanolic alcohol presence comes through in the finish.
The body is medium but seems a little shallow, almost thin and spritzy, at first. Warming just a little seems to help quite a bit, though, as it fills in and goes smooth and creamy.

Photo of brewQ
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is rich, red-brown. Fine bubbles ceate a swiftly falling head.

Nose is earthy and malty.

Malt sweetness dominates the taste, with CO2 cutting that off from being overwhelming. A touch of hops visits the finish.

Nice with a spicy sausage!

This is my Milwaukee session beer. I have been drinking this brewery since the early 1980's but this is my first review.
A sentimental favorite- based in my Mom's old neighborhood; originally out of a storefront bakery. Good people.

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, the last of the eight-pack sampler from Lakefront.

This beer pours a slight hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and weakly bubbly beige head, which leaves some low-lying blotches of webbed lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of toasted and biscuity caramel malt, nutty breakfast cereal, thin brown sugar, tannic black tea, and surprisingly mild citrusy and earthy hops. The taste is still quite big on the malt - toffee, biscuit, and doughy bread, all - more demarara sugar, oversteeped tea, blase orange rind, a certain oily nuttiness, a somewhat offsetting herbal and weedy hoppiness, and some mildly metallic alcohol warming.

The carbonation is on the low side, what with its trolling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth, in the sense of the funny fat kid behind you in homeroom. It finishes well off-dry, the malt not quite ready to release its hold, in the face of some barely qualifying herbal, grassy hops.

A decent enough amber lager, (or 'stein beer', I suppose), but the bar is pretty freaking low for that style around here, so, I guess I gotta say something sorta nice about this here offering - uh, nope, I got nothing - just an adequately balanced, good to go brew.

Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: November 16, 2013... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams lager glass... OCCASION: TWO rates in one night--feeling good!... APPEARANCE: solid orange amber body; pours a Santa's beard-white head, frothy and thick; lacing is sporadic but significant... AROMA: malty and confidently so...pleasant hint of caramel, candied sugars and faint hints of floral hops... PALATE: somewhat smooth; simply a slick, aptly medium-bodied presence with a lingering aftertaste...TASTE: indeed malty; borderline dunkel/doppelbock base; flat, singular effect...OVERALL: caught off-guard by the five-finger malt punch this brew delivers; liking the eight-beer mix pack Lakefront puts out more and more; not a standout but one that pairs well with rainy November nights like this...

Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice looking copper glass. Thin white head does not stick around, but laces well.
Vienna malts on the nose. A touch caramelly. A hint of toast. Some grassy hops towards the back.
As rich and complex as a lager gets. Starts with a hefty dose of caramel, leaning towards toffee. Some walnut-like flavors enter next. Some faint, but evident vanilla notes. Grassy and herbal hops provide ample bitterness and dry things out in the finish, but do not intrude on this masterpiece.
Smooth and seductive in the mouth, yet crisp and refreshing. This is a beer to be savored any time, any place. This would be outstanding on a late-summer/ fall evening.
I'll be buying this by the case come September. Blows away almost all Oktoberfests in my book.
Goes down so nicely...and so fast.
One of my favorites.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. A nice drinkability to this. orange body and soapy head, spicy pepper and clove and nutmeg. Above average mouthfeel. Hoppy grapefruit c-hops, good malting with caramel, good amber.Decent balance. Just not the greatest drinker for me, wanted something edgier.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. My first from Lakefront.

Pours a light golden amber with a finger of white bubbly head that coats the glass but leaves no lacing. Smell is floral and fruity for an amber lager. More flavorful than what I've come to expect from this style too. Sweet caramel malts, citrus/floral hops, a bit of musty/metallic off-flavor in the finish, but I find this in most lagers. Mouthfeel is full and coating, crisp but smooth carbonation. This is a tasty and extremely drinkable amber lager here. Lagers don't tend to blow my mind, but for an Ale guy, this is a tasty beer.

Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive amber-red, with average lacing. This rich all-malt lager also boasts of a lovely ripened fruit bouquet, and the first taste reveals a biscuity flavor, with a slight zip of hoppy citrus in the finish. Tasty and well-done, and a perfect example of a lager done the right way.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Forgetting that it's a steinbier brewed by adding glowing-red hot rocks to the wort, this just happens to be an excellent little lager! Of course, the steinbier part is really cool!

It pours a crystal clear auburn-copper body beneath a full head of ivory froth. The head retention is good, and it holds fairly well before dropping to a short, but complete surface covering that leaves some thin rings of craggy lace about the glass.

The nose is not overly bold (nor should it be), but it is fresh, toasty and caramelish, with just a hint of grassy hops.

In the mouth it's crisp with a medium body and standard carbonation at around 2.6 volumes CO2.

Lush notes of toasty (even slightly roasty), nutty, mildly sweet and caramelish malt entice you in the flavor; accented by grassy and delicately citrusy hops. It starts more nutty and toasty, then becomes caramelish across the middle, and finally finishes dry with a zing of lightly sweet malt and hops. The bitterness and some toasty malt linger in the aftertaste, reminding you that you've just tasted some beer and need to taste some more! Very nicely done!

Photo of ElGordo
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-copper color topped by a pinky finger's worth of off-white head that vanishes almost immediately. Very light aroma of caramel malt and a touch of fruity hops. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with a touch of smokiness and just a little bit of metallic tinge. A hint of vanilla sweetness emerges mid-palate before a mildly hoppy finish. Body is nice and silky smooth. I could drink more than a couple of these.

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Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.