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Riverwest Stein Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.68%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2002

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Reviews: 270 | Ratings: 688
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, pretty much brown here, good 2/5" off white almost tan cream colored head. Aroma was a mixture of brown and red malt roasting.

Taste, thick mouthfeel of mildly sweet, chewy amber/red/brown malts flowing around. Solid thickness for a lager. Hops are in the background. Much lighter in the end than you would expect given its color. This is for lager drinkers who like a little more substance, but not in the way of hopping or bitterness.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a bottle of this at the Woodman's in Sun Prairie, WI. Riverwest Stein pours an amber hue with not much of a head and an ok lacing. The aroma is very malty and there is a hint of floral hops. The flavor is what really stands out. It is a very crisp caramel malt with just a hint of floral happiness similar to the aroma. The finish is crisp and clean. Overall this is the best amber lager I have had so far.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very decent amber lager. Caramel malty back end with a sweetness to balance the floral hop notes. Eminently drinkable. Decent enough body to keep things moving along.

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is generally balanced - some sweet, not bitter and goes down easy. If you are into bitter (IPA) then this would be a very sweet beer for you. Mild carbonation - good brew overall.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i like it, but i think i had my beers in the wrong order tonight. this one just isn't jumping out at me.

clean, amber color with a scant head.

sweet and malty, with nothing remarkable. super smooth and rich - goes down really easily. that might be part of the problem here; i didn't have enough time to really get to know this one.

i don't think i'd go out of my way to have this again, but it's safe on all levels.

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Photo of nhindian
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Riverwest is a visually striking beer, with a beautiful amber color and a crystal clear body. A foamy white head caps the beer.

Aroma - The nose is simple and clean, delivering aromas of light malt and distinct yeast phenols. There's a touch of hop bitterness that gives way to some spiciness. There's a definite European feel here.

Taste - Again, the word that instantly comes to mind is clean. The flavors aren't revolutionary or in-your-face, but what is there is enjoyable and easy to drink. There is an enjoyable spice from both the hops and yeast and a hint of grassiness. The malts bring a little toasted biscuit, caramel, and an overarching sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light, decently carbonated with a lasting finish.

Closing Arguments - A simple, quaffable beer for sure. Take some German inspiration and place it square in Wisconsin and out pops Riverwest Stein.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 11/19/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, light lemon/orange zest, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, light lemon/orange zest, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Light-moderate dryness after the finish. Very nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Vienna lager style. All around good robustness and balance of dark/bready malt and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Riverwest pours a clear amber color with a small long lasting head. There is a sweet and roasted aroma. Taste is sweeter, mellow roasted aroma flavors. A little flat, a little watery. Overall its a solid beer, a little too sweet, but still enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 3, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy looking medium amber with a modest off-white head. Busy carbonation.

The aroma brings out a malty and yeasty character but it also seems a little off like overripe fruit or perhaps vegetable oil.

The body is medium.

The taste is a little better than the aroma suggests with a good caramel malty note with a slight peppery bitterness.

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Photo of WalterDragon
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

Bought six pack. Had first in the bottle, 2-4 in glass mugs, and #5 in a stein as I felt it appropriate as I'm using the fifth for the rating (spread out over two days). I usually take about 5 beers before I do a rating on it. The sixth is purely for enjoyment; not that rating isn't also for enjoyment.

Head is thick like sea foam and sticks around for a bit, making it fun to drink in the stein.

It's got a non-distinct malty smell that kind of smells like the floors of a brewery if you take away the staleness and the dirt.

The beer gets better the more you drink. At first, it's a tasty malty drink and then it goes on and a little bit of everything starts to come out like some bitterness, a bit of floral patterns and some hoppiness. But none of those are super distinct other than the maltiness, not that that's a bad thing.

Feels nice on the palette with a sticky bitterness after awhile if you wait around for it.

Definitely not an overly sweet maltiness. If you want to enjoy it, I'd suggest doing at least two in a row. One is good if you're just enjoying a brew with a meal but to get the full flavor, I'd take few along for the ride so they don't get lonely and you get a good taste. I don't know if its a great stein beer, but it is still fun to drink in one!

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Photo of Foyle
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thin off white head that recedes leaving some light lacing. Color is a rich, cloudy amber with abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: sweet caramel, bread dough, a hint of pine and citrus

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, frothy, with a quite dry finish.

Flavor: caramel, butterscotch, raisins, toasted bread, with some herbal and citrus rind hops in the finish.

Overall: very well done and enjoyable. Should pair well with many foods.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up at Super Sub and Six Pack in DuBois, PA while on trip. Never seen it and do not anything about Lakefront but figured worth a try. Very surprising, good looking beer that offers very little to the nose but oh so tasty, very good. Not sure if I will ever see this again but I hope so.

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Photo of Beric
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: From a keg into plastic cup
Served: 26 July 2014

Appearance: Can't comment TOO much about this one since I unfortunately had to use an opaque plastic cup for this one. However, it poured with a great creamy beige head that actually left lacing down the side of the plastic cup, so that gets huge props.

Smell: Smelled light and 'beery', more or less, with a soft hint of some nutty and toffee malts and just the slightest herbal hoppy funk.

Taste: Really a great amber lager. Soft malt flavors add some nice character, as the malts bring hints of light nuttiness and soft caramel. Just enough hop presence to be noticeable, but barely so. The hops are mostly floral and slightly herbal. Good lager-like breadiness on the back end. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation makes this one superbly drinkable.

Overall: I put down three full solo cups of this one- it's a marvelously drinkable beer that paired excellent with the pulled pork barbecue that was being served at the party. Would highly recommend for craft lager lovers or new converts to craft beer, as it is an approachable style for all beer drinkers and one that really hits the style on the head. Would recommend.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a light brown or dirty copper color with a frothy head that has good retention. Some lace is left behind on the glass and the brew exhibits decent clarity.

SMELL: Bready, hoppy, soft caramel, malty. As it warms the malts come out more with more toffee, brown sugar and caramel.

TASTE: Firm malt notes with plenty of caramel and toffee, Bitterness is mild and the hop character is leafy, herbal and maybe a slight lemony citrus. Kind of has a noble thing going on. Agreeable amber lager that reminds me alot of an English pale ale for some reason, but this is far more bready.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a fuzzy mouthfeel from a high level of carbonation. Finishes with a bit of malt and bitterness rinsing the palate.

OVERALL: A good American Red Lager here from Lakefront that would not be out of place in my fridge. Malty, bready lager beer that drinks easy and has pretty solid flavors.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at our hotel in Milwaukee.

The beer is dark copper with a mild haze and sports a half inch off off-white head. The aroma bring caramel malt, bread, grain, a hint of sweetness and mild alcohol. Perhaps a touch of citrus in the flavor with a light bitterness in the finish. Pretty drinkable, though the beer itself is rather bland and uneventful. Ok...

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Photo of Mattyboombaddy
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter (Bottle was a little too cold - left in the fridge for too long)

A: Full rosy red color with foamy head, good retention

S: caramel with hints of citrus, not operpowering

T: very clean taste, hints of caramel, perfect bitter aftertaste leaving you thirsty for more

M: Light, crispy & fresh, very well carbonated

O: Overall another excellent beer from lakefront - a definite go to beer after a long day. Very unique flavor. Can't beat chillwaukee's classics.

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Photo of Ri0
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Deep, dark amber wood color with 2 finger dirty white foamy head with fair retention. No lacing.

S - Dark and roasty amber malts, with sweet bread and caramel. I also hints of chocolate.

T - Big roasted amber malts and bread, caramel, crystallized honey, and hints of chocolate.

M - Smooth, rich and creamy with a medium body.

O - Delicious and malty. Every now and then this really hits the spot.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a ruddy orange color with an inch of beige head.

S - The aroma has elements of iron, tea, orange, and caramel.

T - I taste some caramel malt and floral hops. It tastes a little like rose hips and/or hibiscus.

M - Moderate and silky smooth.

O - It is an interesting and flavorful beer. It is not necessarily my favorite style, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of KevinReid
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into glass. Bottle was dated 10/29/13. Drank on 1/9/14.

A - Cloudy amber color, modest head, minimal lacing.

S - Pleasant caramel smell, not overwhelming. Preempts the taste very well.

T - Well-balanced, clean taste with just a hint of a mild malty/caramel aftertaste.

M - Light on the tongue, not overly carbonated.

O - Very drinkable amber, confident in its flavor but not overly showy. This is yet another excellent beer from Lakefront. The average beer drinker would enjoy this.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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...

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Photo of Matthew13
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall a neglected style that examples are not prevalent. It was advertised as an amber on the menu, but I was pleasantly surprised to get a Vienna Lager. Slightly astringent. Other than that it was to style and smooth. Served straight from the cooler at the Elephant and Castle in Chicago.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront 8 pack. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours copper malt, hazy, dark no foam. Still. Nose is all malt, caramel too. Taste is light sweet, quite bready, faint bitter lurks in the background. Smooth and malty. Good flavored amber.

Pretty good beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears a deep amber with nice clarity, thin layer of white head, and heavy lacing. The nose is malty with a light herbal hop presence. Notes of caramel malts and brew present beneath the hop profile. Taste starts with a nice hop bitterness highlighted by some flavorful pine an earthy hops. This is followed by a nice grainy malt character which brings some bread and honey to the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is a nicely balanced brew and makes for a nice flavorful lager.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a deep cloudy red orange with a small white head with some staying power. Smells of dark roasted malt with some berry undertones, the label does not lie. Tastes of roasted malt with some berry undertones. Beer is medium body with nice carbonation and a clean taste with a great finish, can't really describe it other than you just have that great feeling. Overall a very good beer.

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Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.