1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Riverwest Stein Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

580 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 580
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 34
Gots: 38 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Riverwest Stein Beer Alström Bros
Ratings: 580 | Reviews: 261 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Kevin79
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of adamk1978
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of scootercrabb
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of tomwamp
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Otis77
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bootsdomino
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of twbeecher
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/11/11

A slight haze in a golden orange body, some tiny suspended particles and little slowly raising bubbles floating up to a fast falling finger of lace that leaves no lace

S herbal hops with some malty toffee and a little citrus

T taste mimics the smell quite well and I'm OK with that, a little more earthy then the nose

M fairly light but more carbonation then I would expect from what I could see in the glass, leaves a little behind to savor but its mellow

O reminds me of something I'd drink in October so I suppose I'm a few days late, no issues other then an average appearance

this is a decent beer and gives me a little hope for the rest of my mixed pack that's been pretty basic to this point

Photo of canucklehead
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice earthy amber lager that hits the right notes including a long finish. The beer is just right for the Fall with a big malt backbone to anchor everything. I like the way this brewery manages to brew both decent ales and lagers and maintains a wide range of styles though drinkability seems high on the list rather than cutting edge.

Photo of BYOFB
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a light tan head and nice lacing.

Slightly sour malt smell. Very balanced on the nose and the taste matches. Nice earthly flavor instantly reminds me of late fall and wet leaves...

Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Nice crisp clean finish. Very drinkable.

Very good example of the style.

Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't my favorite style, but I think it is a good exampleof how to do this style right. As most of these are, it is beautiful in the glass. It is smooth and well balanced. They put in as much hops as is possible without screwing up the style.

The smell is nice, a little roastier than I like. This is one red I would maybe have again. I am swinging through Milwaukee next month so I might seek this out on tap.

Photo of cagocubs
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Pours a light amber with some haziness. A small bone white head dissipates to a small cap on top with tiny lacing.

S: Malty, bready, some sweet caramel malts. A little hop comes through.

T: Some maltiness, sweet caramel, grain, and hops.

M: A medium body with good carbonation and good mouth coating.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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 Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 JackieTH
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearing medium amber with persistent white foam head. Fairly non-descript nose that is vaguely malty and somewhat earthy. Taste is slightly sweeter but thoroughly malty, biscuits, caramel and dried apricots. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but with decent carbonation. Extra points for drinkability but is otherwise middling.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangish-amber with a slight haze and abundance of macro carbonation bubbles. A quick to collapse slight beige head is whispy and wimpy on the hold and lace.

S: The nose brings a bit of promise with a good sense of malty sweet caramel bread and toasted grain goodness. Decent level of strength.

T: Good level of maltiness, toasted sweet caramel grains with a nobel like fresh hopping. Kinda reminds me a bit of an octoberfest style hopping wise but just a bit maltier like an alt. Warming honeyed flavor on the swallow with a bit of spruce and peppery spiciness. Decent malt forward beer thought the execution fails in comparison to its true german counterparts.

M: Tight and bubbly carbonation, medium base maltiness with flowery hops off the tongue and a fairly clean and quick exit, ready for the next one.

O: Not a bad beer, average rate of consumption and enjoyment though it did start to lose its originally luster a bit more then mid-drink. Small flashes of promise mixes more so with average regards makes me a fence sitter on this one.

Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah... Sunday dinner with the family at Red Robin. Enjoying this fine beverage on tap. It arrived in a 22 oz stein.

A) It's a pretty deep amber. There was an inch of foamy white head. Decent retention while drinking, not much lacing.

S) Lightly toasted malt, some bread, and a hint of fruity hops.

T) It tastes of the toasted malt, a bit of caramel, and light hops. This beer has an earthy quality. My only complaint would be the aftertaste, which just doesn't sit well with me.

M) It has a light to medium light body. Adequate carbonation, but not over done. This is a really easy drinking beer, it sits well on the palate. As mentioned above, the finish is so so.

O) This is a solid brew, and I felt that pairing it with the bacon cheeseburger and bottomless fries was an excellent choice.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.