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Riverwest Stein Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.68%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 282
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, filtered orangey brew. Light lacing on top.

S - Orange and citrus rind notes, with tangy acidity about. Lagered yeast aromas and bitter grains/dry wood. Fruity and malty sweetness.

T - This beer is very flavorful, with tangy yeast, bitter grains and tart acidity. Dry nutty notes and wooden barrel flavors. Malt sweetness adds a nice side.

M - Very refreshing and clean. Effervescent and crisp. Highly drinkable.

O - I was pleasantly surprised when I had this for the first time at a backyard bbq. I was even more pleasantly surprised when I found it at my local beer store.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the style suggests, Riverwest Stein Beer is equal parts amber and red. Consistent with the laws of physics, those two colors combine to produce orange. Or in this case, lucent burnt orange. The head is a firm, dense, finely pitting affair that looks as though it contains a generous amount of hop resins. I'm already impressed with the lace display and the cap has barely fallen.

The nose is caramel and Munich malty with a decent amount of fruity, citric hops. I was hoping for a bit more than decent, but I really have no right to that expectation given the style. Willamette and Cascade comprise the hop bill, with the former making more of a splash than the latter.

Riverwest is one of the better amber (or is it red?) lagers that I've run across. It isn't quite the equal of Capital's Wisconsin Amber however. It's exceptionally well-balanced between sweet, biscuity, toasty malt and orangey hops with a light lagery smoothness that promotes chuggability. I've never been one to chug beer (okay... rarely), but it is disappearing fairly quickly.

More hops would probably ruin the evenhandedness of the flavor profile. I'm willing to take that chance. It needs a little more zip, a little more zing, something to take it from merely good to great. Hops, as always, are how I'd get it there. Most balanced beer favors one side or the other at different points in each mouthful. This one, however, is perfectly complementary (in terms of sweet and bitter) at all times.

I'll well aware that this beer is a lager, but I can't help wishing for a bit more volume, a bit more heft. It is supremely smooth though, and is as light as air. In spite of the fact that it tends to lose a bit of polish with warming, it'd be a perfect 'demonstration mouthfeel' to introduce novices to the difference between lagers and ales.

Too bad that I don't own a stein because Riverwest Stein Beer really should be drunk out of that particular vessel. It's a fine example of an often overlooked style and is easily the best Lakefront Brewery beer that I've had yet. Recommended.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice Amber. Not sure about the lager part, but it's a nice Amber beer.

The beer begins with a bright copper hue, froathy head formation, great staying power, and with a lot of lace sticking arround. A nearly ideal look.

Caramel sweet and richly malty to the nose. Background notes of honeysuckle, spicy and floral hops, and estery fruitiness round out the nose.

A lot of caramel flavor as well. The base malts are very crisp and clean, but the caramel taste layers delicately on the bready and yeasty beer base. Quite estery to be a lager, but the beer takes on an English-like fruitiness that aids to the complexity of the malts. Floral hops give even more variety and depth. Bitterness is only bold enough to offset the majority of the sweetness but not enough to bring undue attention.

Creamy upfront and then lightening quickly for a crisp, clean, and lightly minty finish. Well attenuated for dryness and not because of high alcohols or hop dryness.

The beer fares much better as an English Pale. But even then, the malts are too simplistic and too caramelly. Still a pleasure to drink if you like your Vienna Lagers as an Ale.

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Photo of Czequershuus
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.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle received in a beer of the month club.

Poured a clear, light copper color. Large, creamy, ivory head.

Malt and caramel greeted the nose. Yeast/bread dough were there as well. Herbal/spicy notes including pepper were present.

Well balanced. Sweet was caramel and wheat bread. Bitter was mainly at the finish - herbal/grassy. Notes of coffee/roast showed up in the middle.

Light to medium body. Medium + carbonation. A bit dry. A grainy texture cost it a point in the texture category.

Overally, pretty good. Easy to drink, nice overall flavor, and sufficient hops to give me a small fix.

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Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ng1013
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Riik3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesMKE
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of kernalklink
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a clean clear dark brown with moderate head that quickly dissipated but carbonation that kept on going. Nice maltiness, earthy and robust. Mild brown bread, slight yeastiness and medium body. Clean crisp finish with an earthy bitterness and molasses aftertaste. A mustiness permeates the brew but it is not totally overpowering, almost pleasant. Very german feeling, a more complex amber than im used too with more malt layering and less hop flavor. A hearty lager, and with a hardly noticeable alcohol content, it sessions well.

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Photo of agreenman19
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.

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Photo of Dief88
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of dfillius
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter (as soon as this review was done, I immediately poured the remains into a nice big mug). The pour is a bit cloudy with a fairly dark, reddish-amber color. Low carbonation yields a rather thin head. Faint nose offers up some toast and a slight fruity note.

Flavor is pretty spot-on for the style (which is really Vienna Lager, not American Amber like this site says). The beer has a nice firm, semi-creamy feel and medium body. Sweet, chewy, toasted malt flavors dominate all over the palate. Hopheads go home. This one is a traditional Germanic lager. In other words, liquid bread. The only contribution the hops make is to add a spicy hint to the finish that's very reminiscent of a good Maibock.

This beer has been around for quite a while and I can see why. It is an outstanding example of a Vienna-style lager. It's too bad a lot of beer advocates shun this style and gravitate towards more hoppy and extreme beers. I love Vienna lagers and go back to them often. No other beer complements food like these do. This one does just fine.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drew966
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lakefront Riverwest Stein beer pours a hazy orange with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The smell is mostly malty. Taste is quite good, strong malty backbone with a good hoppy finish. Definitely better than I expected. Recommended.

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Photo of atoulouk
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Mason_Anders
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of cjgator3
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel. Not much in the hop department.

T- The taste is smooth and malty with sweet malt and caramel up front, with a mild bitterness in the finish from the hops. After drinking the whole bottle the sweetness starts to become a bit much for me. I would prefer a little more hops to balance this one out.

M- The mouthfeel is between is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a good Amber overall.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a hint of ruby and an off-white, foamy, two-finger head. It left patchy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malt and caramel. Also, earthy/mossy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt, biscuit-like. It also had a nice spice kick

M - This was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good amber lager. Surprisingly hoppy for a lager.

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Photo of AlphaKing414
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Eman17
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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