Riverwest Stein Beer
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #4
Ranked #25,864
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Very dark amber body with some white lacing. Malt bomb smell, plenty of earthy toffee, some rye bread, and wet grass hops. Taste is smooth malts to the face, but that is pretty much the style. Feel is spot on for the style, carbonation makes the malt textures playful. Very nice amber to have on the shore of lake michigan on a summer night

Aug 16, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

About average carbonation and about the same for body/feel
Aroma is a match up between malt and an earthy grass hop
Taste is bready,malt followed by hops which linger in the aftertaste

Jul 29, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery. It poured an amber color with a small head. The malts were the dominate taste but there were some pretty earthy tasting hops that were a little muted. Not bad.

Jul 25, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice amber color from a 12oz. bottle into my LB pint glass. There is very little foam to talk about, with light carbonation.
The aroma is a pleasant sweet roasted malt.
The taste surprised me a bit, it has more of the citrus taste up front with a bitter dry finish.
The feel is medium with light carbonation.
The caramel is there but the flavor is hidden behind the hops, I was hoping for more sweetness on the finish and a little less dryness.

Mar 31, 2019
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer ours a rich amber with a moderate head. The aroma is is rich and malty, with brown bread, roasted almond and walnut, and toffee. The flavor is semi dry, with toffee, mild caramel, sweet bread, roasted nuts, and just a touch of earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very tasty, calm, and malty beer. Possesed of lovely balance, this beer is wonderfully food friendly and easy going.

Feb 09, 2019
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pianoguy from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another beer courtesy of my bet with a Packers fan GO SEAHAWKS !!

12 OZ bottle Best before date; 12th of March 2019

Pours a clear body of pale copper with a white head. Small visible carbonation. Good retention and lacing

Smell is pretty prominent. Slightly malt forward but I'm getting a German wet grass-hops-yeast scent as well. Somewhat Marzen like on the nose

Taste follows but adds a very nice sweetness on the finish. Really enjoyable !

Basic medium thin lager finish that fits the style.

Overall; Bravo !
This beer really wowed me. My new favorite in the collection of Wisconsin beers sent to my for winning a football bet. (And that includes the New Glarus Snowshoe that I sampled yesterday.)

Jan 27, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at Doc's Commerce in Milwaukee. The appearance is a clear reddish tinted amber color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel malt and some floral hops. The taste is a good mix of oranges and malt.

Aug 19, 2018
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy off-white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy hops and caramel malt fill the mouth, there is some sourness. Finish is long and semidry. OK brew.

Jul 27, 2018
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B-rett from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark copper, transparent amber
S-Sweet, toasted bread
T-Roasted malt forward, followed by light sweet bitterness
M-Average carbonation, very drinkable
O-My favorite beer from my favorite brewery. RWS is my go-to all year at any occasion. Great well rounded beer.

Jun 05, 2018
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Zopiac from Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper look, lots of head that lingers. Fairly light, hoppy flavour profile and even lighter smell. Slightly creamy feel that goes down well and easy. Hint of bitterness at the back end.

Feb 18, 2018
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Medium-dark amber. Clear. Medium tall off-white head.

S - Malty. A little bit of toast and spicy hops.

T - Begins sweet and malty, but finishes with a good dose of spicy hops. Toast with a bit of herby pepper.

F - Medium-light

O - Definitely worth drinking. A nice flavorful example of a sometimes bland style.

Nov 25, 2017
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badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer at first and thought it could be a go to. However after bought second sixer, not as good. Easy to drink but noticed a headache each morning after even a few. I think a touch of impurity?

Sep 22, 2017
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with no date, just a code on the bottom

Great color (darkish amber hue) but lacking in head; just a white film that dissipates quickly into nothing. Smell is of grain, malted barley, champagne and high proof alcohol. Taste is very flavorful: grain, sweet malt, wood, sweet esters, with a bitter hint of hops in the finish.

In a perfect world more lagers would have the breadth of flavor this one has. Drinks like a beer twice it's ABV - in a good way

Aug 31, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - dark amber orange. Halloween orange.

S - caramel malts. Toffee.

T - robust in flavor. Lots of caramel and toasted wheat bread.

F - creamy in German fashion.

O - nice meaty lager with German twangs.

Mar 30, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My father in law bought an assorted 6 pack for Christmas to share with me and this was one of those beers. I had never had any of Lakefront's offerings before so this was definitely a treat for me.

This beer pours a brilliant shade of amber that seems to glow with light carbonation easily visible. The head climbs with just a bit of work and reaches 2 fingers in height with a thick frothy appearance that dissipates ultra slowly. The head is off-white in color. 4/5 The aroma is very much on the sweet/malty side of things but is somewhat subdued. The malt is characterized by caramel, sweet Hawaiian bread, light toast, and grain. Just a hint of light fruitiness comes through as well. The hops are grassy in nature and balance out the sweetness just a bit. 3.5/5 The flavor is quite strong, especially for this style, but not overpowering. The balance leans toward sweet but there is a nice bitter counterpoint from the grassy hops. The malt really focuses on the caramel and sweet bready nature while being backed up with a hint of toast and grain. The malt really does its job well here and provides a really great tasting experience, albeit a bit simple (but that's ok). Bitterness is light and does not linger after swallowing. 4.25/5 This is a medium bodied amber that leans a bit toward light bodied with faint carbonation up front that transitions into a creamy and slick mouthfeel throughout the rest of the profile. There is really no drying sensation to this beer and no lingering mouthfeel. 4.25/5 Although the aroma is somewhat subdued, the flavor easily makes up for that flaw. This is a really flavorful amber that pucks a malty punch and leaves you begging for more. I will definitely be revisiting this beer in the future. 4/5

Feb 16, 2017
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Schlitz74 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark golden color with a nice off white head, there is no hop presence, but the malt is really strong. there is some lacing left in the glass. Overall this is a above average beer.

Nov 06, 2016
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Served in a pint glass. Pours a medium amber body with a light golden hue, one finger white head, short retention, bits of lacing. Smells of bread, light cracker, caramel, a bit of grassy hops. Very simple and clean aroma. Flavour is a bit on the caramel sweet side but the bread and crackeriness is nice; a light grassy bitterness pervades the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, crisp, moderately refreshing.

Aug 02, 2016
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Mitzvahman72 from California

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Taken from a single bottle dated June 2016.

With a cloudy amber color, it is malty with bright dried apricots and raisins in the palette. The aroma boasts dark bread and biscuit aroma, along with a great mouthfeel to boot. Although, this beer can get flowery piney when warm. This beer is pleasantly sweet overall, but gets a little too bitter with time. On another bottle dated March 2016, it was more malt-forward, like the Oktoberfest from Sprechers and Karl Strauss. I’m not sure if the recipe was changed or there was some experimenting at the time.

Jun 29, 2016
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vainosuomi from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: orange brown color, big, creamy light tan head
Smell: lightly roasted malt and caramel, hints of citrus or pine hops
Taste: Big toasted bread and caramel sweetness balance with yeast and hops spiciness. Faint fruitiness from the yeast too, and a hint of bitterness. Toasty bitter finish.
Feel: Smooth, creamy, and clean. Medium bodied, moderate/light carbonation.

Overall very well balanced and executed. Nothing particularly remarkable, but great flavors in a great combination, and pretty easy drinking too.

Jun 25, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, pretty much brown here, good 2/5" off white almost tan cream colored head. Aroma was a mixture of brown and red malt roasting.

Taste, thick mouthfeel of mildly sweet, chewy amber/red/brown malts flowing around. Solid thickness for a lager. Hops are in the background. Much lighter in the end than you would expect given its color. This is for lager drinkers who like a little more substance, but not in the way of hopping or bitterness.

May 02, 2016
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Barnoloid from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very decent amber lager. Caramel malty back end with a sweetness to balance the floral hop notes. Eminently drinkable. Decent enough body to keep things moving along.

Jan 10, 2016
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JohnnyLaw from Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is generally balanced - some sweet, not bitter and goes down easy. If you are into bitter (IPA) then this would be a very sweet beer for you. Mild carbonation - good brew overall.

Nov 08, 2015
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i like it, but i think i had my beers in the wrong order tonight. this one just isn't jumping out at me.

clean, amber color with a scant head.

sweet and malty, with nothing remarkable. super smooth and rich - goes down really easily. that might be part of the problem here; i didn't have enough time to really get to know this one.

i don't think i'd go out of my way to have this again, but it's safe on all levels.

Oct 29, 2015
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nhindian from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Riverwest is a visually striking beer, with a beautiful amber color and a crystal clear body. A foamy white head caps the beer.

Aroma - The nose is simple and clean, delivering aromas of light malt and distinct yeast phenols. There's a touch of hop bitterness that gives way to some spiciness. There's a definite European feel here.

Taste - Again, the word that instantly comes to mind is clean. The flavors aren't revolutionary or in-your-face, but what is there is enjoyable and easy to drink. There is an enjoyable spice from both the hops and yeast and a hint of grassiness. The malts bring a little toasted biscuit, caramel, and an overarching sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light, decently carbonated with a lasting finish.

Closing Arguments - A simple, quaffable beer for sure. Take some German inspiration and place it square in Wisconsin and out pops Riverwest Stein.

Sep 13, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

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.

Aug 22, 2015
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