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Riverwest Stein Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer

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very good

265 Reviews

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 652
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 19.26%
Wants: 43
Gots: 85 | 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 Jason
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of MaxT
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of blackearth
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grynder33
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pat61
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of TimMack
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.