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Riverwest Stein Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

264 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 264
Hads: 643
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 42
Gots: 75 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2002

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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. (281 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light reddish-orange color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt and butter. A buttered biscuit if you will. Taste is of biscuit, graham cracker, and citrus zests. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a good carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice bready aroma and taste. Reminds me of a Fat Tire variant. (517 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some associated sweetness; there are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable. (611 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange-highlighted amber color with a foamy white head that sticks nicely and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Munich malt, with a grassy/lemony twang

Taste: The lemony flavors mix with the Munich malt at the outset, with the grassy hops coming along by mid-palate; the flavors blend together after the swallow, although there is also a sweet Juicy Fruit sensation in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A rather flavorful lager; I wouldn't necessarily seek it out again but it was a cut above the standards for the category (610 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking amber colored brew, the head was white and fizzy. The smell of the beer gives of some lager yeast aromas as well as some hops and malts, all seemed pretty well balanced. The taste of the beer was nice, it was earthy and crisp with a sweetness in there too. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side I thought for a lager, it was drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall the beer wasn't anything too special to me but still was nice to try. (476 characters)

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. (1,145 characters)

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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as the "House Amber" (by Lakefront) at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

A very sessionable amber, the Riverwest Stein Beer has low to moderate carbonation and is medium bodied. Malty aroma with a hint of apple from the yeast. Flavors of maple, apple, and a slight butterscotch. Malty grain presence too, but well integrated. Color is a deep reddish amber tone, true to style, with a small amount of foam. Truly a session style lager, with an interesting flavor profile to match. (483 characters)

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. (2,076 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a hint of ruby and an off-white, foamy, two-finger head. It left patchy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malt and caramel. Also, earthy/mossy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt, biscuit-like. It also had a nice spice kick

M - This was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good amber lager. Surprisingly hoppy for a lager. (406 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Bobby.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a finger of white head.

S: Not too much aroma to this. Bready malt with a bit of toffee and yeast. Some toasted malt with a little bit of a butter note toward the back end. Sort of bland and plain.

T: The flavor is also sort of bland and uninteresting. Bread and toasted malts with a little bit of a biscuit flavor. There is some very light hopping and minimal bitterness. Also some butter to the flavor.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Nowhere near as delicious as the Cherry Lager. (575 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.69 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown body with a white head topping one inch.

Smell: Mildly bready, yeasty-toned aroma with a toasted accent to it and supporting notes of fruit and powdered spices.

Taste: Lightly toasty, lightly nutty malts with a mild touch of sugared sweetness. Spicy, yeasty, estery, and with a small bit of dried citrus midway, all pretty fleeting. Faintly bitter. Drying finish, with a slackening, thinning body.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Though it lacks the real depth of character and malt complexities of the finer examples, it's still suitable as a mild, easy-drinking lager. (727 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off white head with a tinge of brown. Reasonably good retention and excellent lace. Reddish copper color with good clarity.

S - Malty with a hint of toasted grain and a mild hop aroma.

T - Deep malty character with caramel and mild roasted malt flavors. Earthy, noble hop flavor and a well balanced, fairly dry finish.

M - Creamy, medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable with a nice, balanced malt character. A good beer overall and certainly one of the best efforts from lakefront. (524 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Another revisiting of an old SummerFest brew. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, wheat, light pine, and orange peel. The taste amps the caramel up just a bit, increases the orange peel, and then adds a bit of orange flesh to the proceedings as well. Near the end, the caramel toasts itself (or somehow becomes toasted...whichever...). The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little amber, something pleasant enough to stroll around SummerFest with. (627 characters)

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! (1,124 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and bready up front with sweet flavors of citrus, caramel and some spice. There's a touch of smokiness and a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful session beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a long time. (752 characters)

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. (666 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My best friend in New York Andrew once told me about this beer that every time he had, it just made him happy and made life seem so much better at that moment. (And lo and behold, it shows up at Bierkraft one beautiful day) When most people totally go on about how great something is, I am usually like, yeah, sure. Cuz it ends up being a let down. But Andrew and I share similar tastes and when he says something regarding food is good, it is. So...

Pours a clear darker amber. Nose is airy. Very slight touch of caramel coated roasted apples. If only it were a bit more pronounced, I'd give it a 4. Flavor is very smooth, but robust with a defined sweet tone. Almost seems like an apple variation is hitting me. When I lived in Hawai'i, I would pick mountain apples (a.k.a. Malay apples) off trees on certain hiking trails. I think this reminds me of that a bit, though it has been a very long time since I had one of those apples. This is a bit heavier than the apples, and that is due to the malts. Feel is great with carbonation and has a nice thicker and smooth liquid feel. Overall, very drinkable. Would be extremely interested in trying this on-tap, and what if...what if it were on cask? Hmmm. Interesting apple qualities on this one. This is why I trust Andrew's judgment.

Edit: After walking down the street to go throw my laundry in the dryer, I dwelled on the lingering aftertaste and it is totally mountain apples. Interesting indeed.

http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/malay_apple.htm (1,502 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz botle that is about 5 weeks old (bottling date) from a mixed 8 pack that certainly ran the gamut from beers I really enjoyed, to a one I really disliked the (coffee stout)

Pours a clear amber/to copper with a bubblly head that drops of to
a thin but lively head. Head retention and lacing are below average

Smell: Faint malt not much else

Taste: Hops bitterness up front and then a pleasing caramel maltiness and sweetness come through. Slight hint of alcohol with a dry slightly hoppy finish

MF: Pleasantly balanced, good carbonation

Drinkable beer that would work well a session quaffer or an apperitif to something stronger. (652 characters)

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. (1,112 characters)

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

Nice rocky head that lasts and leaves a ring of sipping lace on the glass side.

Sweet, round malt aromas. There is nice fresh, floral hop balance to the smell.

The flavor is more bitter hop than the smell would lead on. There is an interesting malt balance at the swallow. Quite the opposite of most pale ales. I think the body is excellent with a proper amount of carbonation.

There are so many different ales now available in America. I think this one is one of the better ones...Don't expect anything extreme, just a flavorful, full-bodied ale. (556 characters)

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

Appearance: muddy bronze body, below a small, dunnish head.
Aroma: a bit complex! Bitter, dark fruits mingle with caramel overtones, although the dominant aspect is dry, with a whiff of carbonation. Malt is felt prominently, and seriously kicks in once you get it up to the lips.
Great texture right up front, and a very mellow mouthfeel. Little hops, but substantially malty. That's what this beauty is all about, and it delivers a fantastic, rewarding taste all the way through. Rich, tasty, lush, warm and friendly, full in body, this is a malty masterpiece. Just a perfect lager in every respect, never, ever lacking in flavor. (633 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one inch of white head and light carbonation and lacing.

s - Smells of caramel and smooth bready malts.

t - Taste is caramel and bready malts again up front, followed by a little bit of citrus fruity hops. Tiny bit of bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth.

d - An ok amber ale. Some nice caramel and bready malts in the smell and taste. (456 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,505 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled during Feb, Wk 3 notched on label - poured into stein:

Pours coppery amber with a thin white, lasting head. Trailing lace sticks in the form of broken rings and dots down the glass.

The smell is of caramel with an earthy, fruity, slightly nutty tone.

The taste is of light caramel, lightly toasted bread, with earthy, slightly tart, citric notes. A dry-ish finish balances the mild sweetness.

It has a medium-body with a clean, crisp finish. Carbonation on-spot for a lager.

An easy-drinking, well-balanced, enjoyable amber lager! (543 characters)

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Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.