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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

508 Ratings

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 28
Gots: 18 | 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 sraimondi


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one for the first time today at (a very busy) Moe's in Lee, MA.

A-Pours with a nice 1" mostly white head with some sheet lacing which persists. Color is right on for an Amber.

S-Smell is mostly malt sweetness with some very faint grassy/floral notes.

T-Malt dominates as it should. There is some hop bite in the finish, but could have been a bit more drying for the style. I pick up just a bit of an off flavor, may be some oxidation? Good overall crispiness though.

MF-Good for the style.

D-A nice drinkable beer, which does meet the style more than it doesn't. I will have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 22:44:01 | More by sraimondi
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle in standard pint.

A- Pours a dark brown that is a little red around the edges of the glass where the light shines through. A pretty good sized head, about two finger's worth, that settles and leaves some decent lacing along the side of the glass.

S- The malt is pretty dominant in the nose with nothing else really coming out.

T- Taste is pretty much just like the nose, a bunch of sweet malt and little else. Little complexity in this one but it is pretty much exactly what the bottle says.

M- A nice creamy beer that is medium to full body. Just the right amount of carbonation makes the MF of this beer the highlight.

D- Goes down pretty easy and would make for a session beer. This one won't cause too much palate fatigue because there really is only one dominant flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:07:43 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 14:36:26 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of stakem


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

Pours a clear amber/orange color with a slight offwhite head that has a tint of yellow. Forcefull pour produces less than a finger of foam which displays very little retension. Nose is a very welcoming mix of malt and a bit of hops, much more going on with this aroma than I was anticipating for a lager. Also detecting a bit of caramel notes in the smell. Taste a nice blend of malt sweetness upfront and a touch of hop bitterness that finishes crisp. Slight bit of caramel/toffee in the taste. Light feel and med carb. Overally pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 00:16:58 | More by stakem
Photo of minnunderground


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to tumbler

A- red orage, (amber) Littlehead, partially to a non aggresive pour.

S- I think smells like malts semi sweet, maybe that is a tad bit of hops

T- solid malt backbone, nothing complex

M-Medium carb and mouthfeel

D- solid drinkablilty def better than the pumpkin and cream

Pretty good amber, solid. For a lager this has alotta flava

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 05:45:16 | More by minnunderground
Photo of tone77


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is of malts and somewhat sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a quality beer worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 00:38:21 | More by tone77
Photo of CRichardsMN


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium dark amber orange with an off white head that stays put until you drink. Head then falls to a ring and laces the rest of the way down the glass.

Very light scent of hops and citrus and a bit of malt sweetness.

Lightly sweet corn and malt with some hop twang (not much bite). Finishes with a little bitterness and sweet alcohol.

Very carbonated (not soda) but foams a little too much. Overall pretty smooth once the tides settle.

This could be an alternate to a default fridge beer. Pretty standard and good for a few rounds.

Got this as a "try this" from a guy at work. Haven't had anything else from this brewery but am looking forward to giving more of them a try. It is amazing to me how many "ambers" there are out there that just don't live up to the perception; many are too thin or over the edge on hops. An amber (to me) is not just a color or a strong version of a lager, they have a different (and better) profile. This is a pretty well done AMBER.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 22:27:02 | More by CRichardsMN
Photo of sweemzander


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap pour at Bar Louie in Milwaukee, WI

(A)- Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a great off-white head that is sticking everywhere all the way down the glass.

(S)- Slightly sweet malts with a corn/butterscotch-type aroma. Some evident pine/hop presence.

(T)- Nice pine + light hop bite with slightly sweet malts of corn and butterscotch.

(M)- Great carbonation level with slightly sweet, yet dry complexity. Smooth, except for the bite from the hops.

(D)- A great beer to enjoy one after another. A bit sweeter than the norm, but not out of the ordinary. A solid all around beer that has something to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 23:27:51 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Reagan1984


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this in Milwaukee on tap and really enjoyed it.

Each pint came with a finger + of creamy head with very tiny bubbles. The head eventually fell to a cap. The beer was a bright Reddish/Orange/Amber color with excellent clarity. This was one of those fun beers that left rings of lacing all the way down the glass. Gorgeous Looking beer.

Toasted malt with a hint of sweetness & a nice hop presence.

Flavor was really nice and well balanced. Some nice toasted malt, a moment of caramel sweetness and some nice light fruity esters. Then the hop notes come in and provide perfect balance. More on the light citrus side. While there is a hop bitterness towards the end, there is still a nice crisp finish.

Bright carbonation, medium/light body and again crisp.

Very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 23:35:59 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of beerwolf77


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite offering from one of my favorite local breweries. I've had this beer hundreds of times so I've decided to review it.

In the glass it has a dark orange almost brown hue. The pour from the bartender looked a bit agressive so I got a good two inches of thick frothy head.(she looked rather young) The nose is malty with carmel and a tinge of citrus. The taste just does it for me. Malty and rich. A little citrus bite but smooth all the way through. I like the feel of this beer. It seems robust and hearty. Sort of fills your mouth perfectly.

As I've stated I love this beer. It's on tap all over town. So getting my fix is rather easy. I've been lucky to have been to a couple weddings at the brewery where you can basically lay down under the tap Homer Simpson style. Free of charge. ALL NIGHT! I love this town.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2009 12:37:26 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of raginghophead


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

Delicious lager. Well built. Strong malts, creamy texture, good nose. Seems to bea bit hoppier than past years, but still one of the best from Milwaukee. Great brewery tour also, with a great fish fry for tourists. Probably Lakefront Brewing Companies best beer, however, there new Monkey Wheat is turning many heads, and is a great light summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 18:10:52 | More by raginghophead
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

riverwest stein beer, by lakefront
4 hazy darkish amber with a short head but persistent ring. transient lace.
3.5 one-dimensional tealike toasted caramel
3.5 very tangy, lightly toasted, medium sweetness.
3.5 lighter side of medium bodied, prickly carbonation.
3.5 not too bad, though the tang is a bit much. would not seek out, but the more i drink the more it cajoles me into drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 01:34:24 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of jsh420


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours murky brownish gold with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of sweet malt and some fruit

taste is much like a brown with nutty malts and some fruit tartness (i think the bottle was old)

mouthfeel is ok - good amount of carbonation a tad thin

drinkability is ok - not a beer i would pick up again though

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 02:17:48 | More by jsh420
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with a large head and a great lace.
The aroma of oranges and lemons. Some hops as well.
The taste starts off sweet and tangy with a good malt base and a good dose of hops to go with the citrus tones. I detected a small amount of alcohol.
The feel was creamy with a light to medium body. Smooth carbonation and just so easy to drink.

Notes: A really good beer for sessions. Well balanced and so creamy.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 01:43:42 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 15:07:46 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of blackearth


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 13:24:35 | More by blackearth
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark coppery amber with a VERY thick, if not too persistent, head. (The bottle foamed like nobody's business so I had to grab a bath towel or get a lapful of beer!) Aroma is quite strong and malty with just a hint of citrus. Taste is malty, not complex but pleasing, with just a touch of sweetness. Texture is smooth and lively, leaving quite a tingle.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 00:53:23 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of BierFan


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Off-white head and a rusty amber/orange body. Rich malty aroma. Caramel malts with a little bit of floral hops. Taste is much like the smell. Good bitterness to wrap up the experience. Real nice mouthfeel thanks to just the right amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 19:08:24 | More by BierFan
Photo of williamherbert

New York

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

Appearance is fluffy, bubbly head. Deep red-orange. So many bubbles, they obscure what's on the other side. Very nice color and good head retention. Tremendous sheet of lace.

The smell is a bittersweet amber malt. Very rich and heavily malty, but with a fitting, flowery hop. Earthy and nice. So far, so good.

The taste is strong butterscotch at first. Rich toffee malt, sweet but dark. Nutty with a hint of hazelnut. Rounded cocoa, mocha, toasted nuts. Vanilla bean. Light brown sugar. Hop is but an accent.

The feel is milky and smooth as silk. Chocolate milk on the tail end. This is the best Lakefront beer I have had thus far. Rich, smoothy, nutty.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:30:16 | More by williamherbert
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:54:01 | More by brentk56
Photo of Tone


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/orange color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, grass, and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then grass, then slight earthy malt, and some yeast cleanliness in the finish. Overall, a little lacking in body for what I was expecting. A decent beer that is easy to drink, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 02:49:26 | More by Tone
Photo of ClockworkOrange


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a clear amber color with about two fingers of fluffy light ecru foam. Aroma and flavor are of sweet caramelized malts, medium toasted grains, grassy, earthy bitter hops. This red ale is medium bodied and amply carbonated for it's style. Worth a try if you stumble upon it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 05:49:00 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of SykDoc


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in trade with Opethsprite, thank you very much for the brew.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice copper/amber color that is translucent with carbonation readily visible. A 1/4 inch almost white head forms and reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma was just a bit weak to me. There were nice caramel malt sweetness and a reasonable mossy component, but not much else and not very intense.

The taste seemed to follow suit with the aroma. There were some nice caramel malt notes and a mossiness at the finish. Some hops are lurking around the background.

The mouthfeel helped bring this back a bit. It is light/medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation that makes it feel clean and crisp, almost too much. Yet, a spicy/dry component sits at the finish.

Overall, I do think this is a reasonably drinkable beer. I wouldn't search it out but I'm glad I had it and will enjoy the one I have. I do think the blend of tastes and mouthfeel make worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 00:33:08 | More by SykDoc
Photo of Seanibus


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, though not a wow, which seems to be about Lakefront's style

Pours a clear copper with a medium, dense head with nice lacing. The aroma is solidly malty. The flavor is clean, malty, slightly woody, with a little spice on the finish and the faintest trace of hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is decently smooth with a little carbonation.

Easy drinking, easy forgetting.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 19:26:45 | More by Seanibus
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy amber color with a good amount of rising carbonation. The head was one finger of beige foam that retained quite well and left lacing in sheets. The aroma was sweet and tart with sour malty notes, citrus, toasted malt and sweet spices. The flavors were of toasted malt punctuated by a slight citrus sourness with some nutty elements. Similar to a Bock beer with a nice, clean finish. The mouthfeel was rough at first but softer after it had a chance to breath. The body was medium and the carbonation a bit too high.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 11:58:43 | More by thekevlarkid
Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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