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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

536 Ratings

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 31
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2002)
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Reviews by kernalklink:
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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

This brew poured a clean clear dark brown with moderate head that quickly dissipated but carbonation that kept on going. Nice maltiness, earthy and robust. Mild brown bread, slight yeastiness and medium body. Clean crisp finish with an earthy bitterness and molasses aftertaste. A mustiness permeates the brew but it is not totally overpowering, almost pleasant. Very german feeling, a more complex amber than im used too with more malt layering and less hop flavor. A hearty lager, and with a hardly noticeable alcohol content, it sessions well.

09-11-2007 04:29:57 | More by kernalklink
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

08-08-2004 18:58:11 | More by Popsinc
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

11-25-2012 00:48:38 | More by MadScientist
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-28-2013 04:40:32 | More by MaxT
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

06-27-2009 13:24:35 | More by blackearth
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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

12-27-2010 21:34:35 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

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

08-12-2003 22:11:48 | More by grynder33
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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

04-09-2010 23:52:41 | More by bishopdc0
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

08-29-2005 00:15:38 | More by Jason
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

08-15-2007 13:23:24 | More by merlin48
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-15-2011 02:22:51 | More by bpfrush
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-01-2013 02:54:31 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

03-30-2010 16:56:18 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

05-02-2004 18:24:05 | More by ADR
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West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

06-29-2009 15:07:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-26-2013 16:00:01 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-13-2014 19:57:28 | More by Zonian1
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3.03/5  rDev -20.3%

(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.

01-14-2010 14:36:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-02-2012 08:36:55 | More by TimMack
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-18-2013 00:27:32 | More by richkrull
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-03-2014 22:53:19 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

09-10-2012 00:52:16 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-29-2013 02:19:56 | More by JMS1512
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

09-05-2011 03:23:51 | More by Brenden
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

05-28-2005 22:50:10 | More by brewQ
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Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.