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Riverwest Stein Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer

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543 Ratings

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 31
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label has a notch for Feb. so I believe this is very fresh. Just arrived in my local bottle shop as part of a sample package. Poured into a Duvel tulip (sorry, don't have a stein). Clear amber body with a very red hue. Big two-finger head that leave just a little light lacing along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is somewhat surprising. Didn't expect tangy hops in the mix. Balances well with the malt and caramel notes.

The flavor is more on the malt side. Definitely more like a lager than an ale, but not in a bad way. A bit of toffee in the mix with the caramel, ending with a touch of a hop bite.

Good beer. I could see this pairing well with a meal.

FanofHefe, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of lester619
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bubbly deep amber red. Nice inch deep off white head and notchy lacing. Sweet and bready smell with some floral and piney citrus hop smells. This is just a really nice balanced flavorful beer. It's biscuty and malty in the begining. This gives way to a touch of sweet caramel flavors. There is not a huge hop presance, but some bitter pine and citrus hoppy notes come out. All this is held together by an awesome rich creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable. There is nothing here that will wow anyone. It's just a well made pefectly balanced red. Really nice beer flavors and very easy drinking.

lester619, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

orbitalr0x, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice crystal clear, dark amber with a good, creamy head that lasts fairly well.

The aroma is lagerish, with some maltiness and more hops than I was expecting.

The flavor has good maltiness and a nice bready character. Once again a little more sharpness from the hops than I was hoping for. The hops also bring with them a little lingering bitterness but it's not too bad.

The mouthfeel is very nice! Smooth and creamy with gentle carbonation that nonetheless cuts through the bitterness of the hops just fine.

Drinks fine but a little less sharpness would have made it much better.

mariposafan, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of WildRage
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new 'go to' session beer. It's got the perfect balance of hops, just enough alcohol, and very smooth.

I find that ambers typically are to weak for me, or way too hoppy - this is not the case with this beer.

They also make a very nice holiday ale.

WildRage, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive amber-red, with average lacing. This rich all-malt lager also boasts of a lovely ripened fruit bouquet, and the first taste reveals a biscuity flavor, with a slight zip of hoppy citrus in the finish. Tasty and well-done, and a perfect example of a lager done the right way.

secondtooth, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden amber, very good clarity, topped by three fingers of snow white rocky froth.

Rich enticing toasty aroma.

Thick slabs of semi-sweet malt layer the tongue, eventually topped and balanced by big bakery notes. Clean finish with a light lingering toast aftertaste.

Solid medium mouthfeel. Could easiy have three of these in a night (if I was still allowed to have three beers in a night).

Halfway through the variety eight pack and finally a keeper. Does Milwaukee lager traditions proud.

RonfromJersey, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of tapman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium dark orange with hints of red towards the wider top of the glass. A one finger head of super dense almost white foam on top and while there isn't much of it, the retention is pretty good. Carbonation appears to be abundant.

Sweet caramel notes mix with toast aroma. A little spicy earth from the hops and nothing from the clean yeast. Possibly some light roasty notes. Like an oktoberfest but a little sweeter.

Notes of toast, roast, dark fruit, and no caramel. Also there is an astringent bitterness which is either hops or alcohol and I guess the alcohol because it's hitting weird parts of my palate than I am used to for a beer like this one. Like I said, not as sweet as it smelled. I would guess small amounts of roast grain for this one opposed to larger amounts of medium kilned grain.

Carbonation is bright, but not sharp. Beer sits well in the mouth with just enough sting to be crisp.

There is a weird bitterness in the finish. It would be alright for me if there were more hop flavor or extra maltose in the brew to balance it, though it does fade away after a couple minutes. Maybe I'm just too used to Oktoberfest beers and how soft they are because this one jarred me a little from my expectations, which I suppose isn't always a bad thing.

tapman, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of PDXHops
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle/shaker pint. See-thru amber with excellent retention and scattered sheets of lacing.

Smells pretty good- cereal grains, wet hay, rather citrusy. Tastes pretty much as advertised. Gets a little juicy with the citrus midswallow. Dry and fairly crisp finish, with some lingering grains and light bready sweetness.

Overall impression: I'd never consider this a go-to, but for what it is, a damned drinkable brew and well worth a try.

PDXHops, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of soze47
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle from third week in July. (2 1/2 months old)

Appearance: Not so amber in color. More of an orangey/light brown body. Carbination bubbles move slowly from the body.

Smell: Not a robust nose on this, but not all that surprising for the style. It is both sweet and spicy. Neither the biscuity/caramel malt or herbal hops stand out on their own, but form a nice subtle complexity.

Taste: Not as hoppy as a lighter colored pilsner or lager, but those same herbal/spicy tones come through. When hop bitterness gets mixed with the more substantial caramel malt, I almost get cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Complex. Creamy and light. Smooth, but not heavy in the body. Good, but slightly rich.

Drinkability: This is a session beer to the fullest. I can see the richer malt catching up with some folks who prefer a less sweet offering, but I think the hops keep it balanced.

Overall: For the style, I think they did very well. I'm not sure how I feeling about some of the flavor sensations I got for my personal tastes. This created some unique aromas and tastes that are not found in other styles.

soze47, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber copper. 2 finger off-white head.

S - Roasted caramel malt. Fresh bread with some grassy grain. Some light citrus hops.

T - The hops are subtle in the nose but really show up in the flavor. The toasted caramel is bold without the sweetness. Bready with a hint of nutmeg. Citrus hops are a welcomed tartness. The finish is crisp and slightly grassy.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A very good Amber. It smells sweeter than it tastes. The hops compliment the malt beautifully. Very balanced.

StaveHooks, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. long neck bottle poured into pint glass.

Clear light amber body, minimal rising carbonation, with 1/2 finger off-white head, quick dissipation resulting in an uneven thin sheet of head. Nose features big maltiness, some roast re Hot Rocks, sweet and either pilsener or munich for smoothness, a wee bit of floral hops on back end. Taste mirrors nose, more malty than hoppy, with a bit of hoppiness on back end but not very much. Mouthfeel is medium light, minimal effervescence. Drinkability is OK, but nothing special and not all that tasty.

jdense, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber red color, clear and bubbly, with nice thick ivory foam and good glass-cling.

The scent is a bit faint but contains citrus-like fruits and a bready undertone.

The taste is bitter and surprisingly light with a nice grain-malt balancing it out.

The mouthfeel is biting in the fore front, mild in the middle of it, and dry in the aftermath.

A strong amber lager with individualism. Worth trying again.

donteatpoop, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Strix
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, plastic cup, watching the Brewers battle the Cubs. I managed to find a non-Miller product amongst the endless sea of Miller Lite taps.

Clear copper, lasting head.

Smells quite malty.

Rich and complex flavor. Caramel, fresh bread, apples, toast.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel.

Well balanced and flavorful, this was excellent and really surprised me.

Strix, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of bump8628
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-red with a loose white head.

Pretty complex flavor profile with some bread, medium caramel, apple skins, spicy hop flavor, a touch of diacetyl, and lingering hop bitterness.

Drinks more like an ale than a lager, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Would drink again, but wouldn't seek it out.

bump8628, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a Joe Canal's here in Jersey a few weeks back. I'd never seen anything from these guys in this neck of the woods and figured that it was worth a shot. If ya like malty beers that go down relatively easy but aren't light in taste or mouthfeel, then this is certainly up your alley!

Nice head on this but the lacing didn't measure up to that. That was the best aspect of this pour although the relatively dark hue was nice to behold as well. This beer had a good warming effect on me and there's just not any hops to be felt here. Almost reminded me of an English Red Ale since it was earthy in taste and had the moutfeel of a darker beer. The beer itself wasn't light but the aftertaste was not as heavy as other malty brews that I've had before.

Sure enough, that makes this easy to enjoy and I hardly noticed the ABV% in this. For the summer, this won't take the place of a wheat beer but I could have seen myself enjoying more than one bottle at a time. I enjoyed this and it made for a pleasant surprise since I haven't had too many beers in this style. Worth a try once for those willing to go outside of their boundaries a wee bit!

JerzDevl2000, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck poured into a pint. This beer was a gusher and I ended up with about ¼ of it overflowing the glass. Be forewarned! The beer is a nice hazy dark copper with aforementioned massive beige head. Nice lacing to boot.

The beer has an aroma of malts, other grains and some apple.

It starts with lots of malt-based sweetness. There is a bit of caramel and crackers. More apple and it stays sweet as it finishes.

The beer has a decent mouth with more than midlevel heft.

I could have a few of these but be careful on the pour!

Redrover, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of JonnieC
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite from Lakefront and one that most people should enjoy. Not the best micro but still very good. Since it's a lager, it is darker, heavier and more flavorful than a typical amber ale.

A - Golden amber and slightly cloudy.

S - Malty and sweet.

T - Very good. Sweet maltiness followed by a slight bitterness and a little sour.

M - Very good.

D - Good. Give me more.

JonnieC, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

This pours a super dark orange, easy to miss the orange and mistake for brown. Lightly clear despite the darkness, tope head that rises abouta finger but falls quickly. Very light and watery lacing...Dead aroma, not much going on here at all. Light skunk you get from a macro lager with a hint of malted rye...The taste is a little better, still light with a lack of flavor but its not skunky has something to it. Light amber taste, rye and caramel, a little hoppy finish with a touch of skunk finally...Super light feel, kinda tough to drink the whole thing.

This is something new to my tastebuds, but nothing special. Decent taste but that's it, worth skipping.

jrallen34, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's some beers that you reject right away. We reviewers, along with all other sorts of beer people, we find things that we don't like about certain beers, we anger up the locals against these things, until these things become standard signs for badness, and then when we encounter them in a beer we don't like we can point to them as proof, in a sense objective, of a beer's badness.

This is how things that are essentially subjective come to have scientific pretensions. The numerical rating system adds to this, and so does the style-specific weighting of the Best of BA list. It all seems so scientific, based on airtight, expert standards and solidified by cold, emotionless mathematics.

What happens, though, when a trait a reviewer used to malign turns out to be nice? What about when a handful of styles of beer used to have their worth measured according to how well they avoided embodying this trait?

That trait is caramel butteryness. It's what I always used to say was diacetyl but what I now know is sometimes intentional. It's usually used, when intentionally used, to middling effect, but here it mixes with a kind of dry riverwater maltiness and rounds everything out into a beer that jibes together differently, that works in way I've never seen a beer work before.

mynie, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of confer
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This beer started good and went down hill for me. It pours a dark gold/light brown with a creamy off white head that slowly dissapates.
S- A few differente smells, all in small amounts lemons, hops and blach pepper.
T- Very dissapointing. A peppery start with a soapy finish. Not refreshing or tasty at all.
MD- Thick and creamy. The taste makes it a "I won't buy this ever again" beer for me. I was really looking forward to my first Lakefront offering and was really let down.

confer, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from mdfb79...thanks!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. A thick, single finger of white head formed on top of the bronze (not quite amber) body. The foam receded down to a few wispy swirls on top of the body, leaving some decent lace behind.

The nose has some bready characters, but is dominated by a fermented grain/grass aroma. You can pick up some mild hops in the background.

The taste starts out with some barley and grains that is followed by a sweeter, earthy middle. The finish finds a little hops, but VERY subtle.

The mouth feel is light/medium, pretty oily/slick with a good amount of carbonation.

This is drinkable, but nothing I would reach for again.

mgbickel, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, burnished golden orange with two fingers of dense, creamy off-white foam.

S - Mild aroma of toasty malts with some leafy hops.

T - Delicate toasty, bready malt flavor with some leafy, floral hop character and little bitterness. Not much going on, but it's enjoyable for what it is.

M - Light, creamy body with low carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, but not the most interesting beer. Certainly worthy, although I'm not sure I'd have it often.

trbergman, May 31, 2010
Photo of errantnight
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From my trusty BotM Club.

Pours a nice amber hue with negligible lacing, nice retention into my Spiegelau tulip. Clear and nice copper tinge.

Aroma is predominantly lightly toasted bread with mild sulfur and hints of toffee.

On the palate this is clean and well balance, with a rounded and filling mid-palate, finishing with an earthy dryness helped by a surprisingly spritzy carbonation... that works here.

I keep wanting to drop down one or more of these scores towards average, but frankly, this is a really solid, above average Amber lager. No flaws. No truly defining characteristic, but something I would have loved early in my craft drinking career and something I could easily toss back a few pints of today. Also nothing I'm seeking out... but that's the style, not the beer.

errantnight, May 18, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Darkish amber hues highlight a slight head and lacing.
S - Carmel sweet with slight hops profile. Good amount of wheat backbone.
T - Caramel Sweetness along with wheat backbone and earthy hops creates an enjoyable finish. Very nice.
M - Medium bodied with balanced flavors.
D - It would be hard to find this one again and the label is so average I would probably pass right by without noticing. Very drinkable for the style.

DrDemento456, May 16, 2010
Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.