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Riverwest Stein Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer

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264 Reviews

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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 cagocubs
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (339 characters)

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 Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.32/5  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. (1,054 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 RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (795 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 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 DabblinWiscCraft
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Passed off to me a deep, rust-tinged amber color, with a nice 3/4 inch off-white head that hangs around for a while and leaves great cling. Very clear with good carbonation. The nose is not as strong as I'd like: caramel and roasted malt notes with more subtle citrus and metallic hints, as well. It has a welcome earthiness about it. The taste is very smooth malt flavors that only begin to allow the hop bitterness to express itself at the very end. There's an almost creamy quality to this amber. It also has a bit of wheat bread and ever-so-subtle rye cracker in the mix, and just a touch of citrus rind from the hops, as well. There's a smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel to it that finishes crisp and clean. The first few sips felt a bit too watery, but that sensation seemed to go away over time.

This is a very nice amber that Lakefront has put together. It has stellar balance between the hops and malts that makes it dangerously drinkable--you hardly notice that you've just put away three pints while talking about the politics surrounding the Wisconsin state budget or whether the Packers will get a chance to repeat this year. While it's a favorite of the Milwaukee hipsters, this is an amber for all people and should not be missed. (1,244 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, part of the sampler.
Poured into a pislner glass.

The beer itself is very good looking, a burnt orange as suggested by buckeyenation, with a nice off white head of just the right size, and good retention.
Now, this is not a style to blow your socks off, but in the style, it is very pleasant.
Caramel, malty nose, with some citric hops. Nothing fancy, but well balanced and pleasant.
Very light bodied, but it is a lager. Would be better a bit heavier, but this way is quite refreshing, a bit maltier and sweeter than it is hoppier. Clean, refreshing. (577 characters)

Photo of shand
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a muddy reddish-brown color with a puny head. Aroma is slightly toasty bready malts, with a touch of fruit and some citrus hops. Taste is fairly standard, toasty bready malts with some dark fruit undertones. A bit of astringency on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's well-carbonated and goes down easily. Overall, a decent lager, but nothing to offer over some cheaper alternatives. (448 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with thin head that settles quickly leaving a ring of lacing at the edge of the glass. Hazy body. Amber in color.
S) Rich malt aroma - dark fruit, red apple, subtle caramel.
T) Malt bomb. Nice flavor. Caramel. The dark fruit aroma is not nearly as prominent in the taste - some plum and apple. Just a touch of hops in the finish, but throughout the bittering is quite mellow.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
O) A nice amber lager. I'd pour another one for sure. (494 characters)

Photo of krazyboi
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a red wine glass.

A: Medium caramel color with a small head that leaves little lacing.
S: Spicy and citrusy hops, slight maltiness. The aroma is quite refreshing.
T: Light citrus and spicy bitterness, tad bit of sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
D: Not a bad beer, but nothing really special about it either. Easy to drink. A decent representative of the amber style. (420 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 Lemke10
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

Pours a clear amber color with a decent head that leaves some lacing. Scent is very heavy with malts as to be expected from the label on the bottle reading "All Malt." Has a really good taste to it that is very well mixed. Very malty but also has some nut hints and sweet carmel. Leaves a good after taste. A very tasty and well made Red Lager. (442 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass; nice off white head that bulks up at first to about 1 inch then dissipates and clings very well; color is a lightly hazy amber to copper.

Smell is lightly sweet malt, touch of biscuit.

Taste is a nice caramel malt sweetness, a few notes of fruitiness, tough to decipher.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, great flavors on the tongue and good carbonation.

Overall, another tasty brew from Lakefront. Well done amber lager. (452 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 garbercury
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one...

A--Nice amber hue with plenty of head and lacing.

S--Nose has nice hoppy thing going on, but not overbearing.

T--Excellent, so balanced! Starts with a hoppy bite with a good malty finish. Caramel malts, enjoyable.

M--The feel is fine.

D--This is a really excellent, sessionable brew. I recommend this one for sure and I am glad I was able to try it!! (393 characters)

Photo of chumba526
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears hazy dark orange with a small off white head.

It smells of dried fruits ( prunes and raisons) and bread like malts.

it tastes initally a tad bit sour. it tastes a bit fruity. i get a raison taste. I also get a bit of a bread like malt flavor. There is also a slight bit of a caramel malt flavor to the beer. There is also a bit of a citrus flavor.

There is a crisp mouthfeel to the beer.

The drinkability is very good. This is a light easy drinking beer. (466 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very nicely for a two finger thick light tan colored head, and has a copper and red colored body, which is cleanly filtered.

In the aroma it's very toasty and has more of a metallic hops fragrance. Caramel and some earthy nuances are there too.

Taste wise it's a bit caramel and a buttery upfront, but dives into a tobacco and cooked veggie bitterness.

Mildly carbonated in the feel along with an oily slickness.

Overall a solid lager. I could picture this one holding well against any German Oktoberfest beer, but with just a little les ABV. (556 characters)

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. (669 characters)

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. (614 characters)

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. (642 characters)

Photo of mariposafan
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (585 characters)

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