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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear copper body, head is impressive, about 3/4" with a slow fade. Lots of sweet carmel malts in the nose, some breadiness. Taste is also very smooth and malty, a very good hops kick is also present. Sweet breadiness pervades. What mroe do you want from an amber lager? Sweet, but not cloying, hops are way above average from the usual amber lager. I see no faults here, one of Lakefront's best beers.

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Photo of WildRage
4.85/5  rDev +28%
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.

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Photo of brakspear
4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once again, Lakefront proves that its beers, particularly its lagers, are superior on-tap.

I stumbled upon this beer on-tap in my favorite north central Wisconsin watering hole and it is a total different experience on tap than in the bottle.

The appearance is a dark amber with a lush creamy head.
However, it is the aroma and taste of the draft that rises above the bottled version. Lush noble hop aromas penetrate the senses, all lingering over a deep malty sweetness. The taste is malty, but balanced by a fruity (non estery) hop flavor (non bitter). This lager is balanced perfectly. It has a full mouthfeel, but it is so easy to drink it is sinful.

Since I moved away from Milwaukee, I had forgotten how wonderful a brewery Lakefront is...I will forget no longer.

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Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice looking copper glass. Thin white head does not stick around, but laces well.
Vienna malts on the nose. A touch caramelly. A hint of toast. Some grassy hops towards the back.
As rich and complex as a lager gets. Starts with a hefty dose of caramel, leaning towards toffee. Some walnut-like flavors enter next. Some faint, but evident vanilla notes. Grassy and herbal hops provide ample bitterness and dry things out in the finish, but do not intrude on this masterpiece.
Smooth and seductive in the mouth, yet crisp and refreshing. This is a beer to be savored any time, any place. This would be outstanding on a late-summer/ fall evening.
I'll be buying this by the case come September. Blows away almost all Oktoberfests in my book.
Goes down so nicely...and so fast.
One of my favorites.

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Photo of dhannes
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a sampler at Glass Nickel Pizza in Madison.

A=Nice rich red amber...no head to speak of.

S=Slight hop smell.

T=Nice "amber" flavor--hint of cedar?

M=Very drinkable...smooth and tasty.

O=A very flavorable amber...worthy of a 6-pack down the road.

12/1/12 update--I had a full glass this time and this is much better than I recall--changed Appearance to 5.0 and taste to 5.0. 1/23/13; changed Overall to 4.75.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a clear deep ruby color. The head is one finger in height and recedes ever so slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is really amazing. Zesty, grapefruity, sweet, clean. Wow. The taste lives up to the aroma. zesty grapefruit without the backgroud haze that you would get in an ale. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth with good carbonation. Overall, this is a great, flavorful lager, and i will certainly buy this again.

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Photo of Offa
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, by contrast with their stouts, is excellent and really surprised me.

Deep amber, it has a big, light tan head slowly shrinking to a small permanent top with a little lacing.

The aroma is bread dough, toasty bread crust, pine, and leaves.

The taste is toasty bread, crust, some pine, hints of caramel, citrus, herbs, and butter. The starts is sweet followed by increasing, faintly spicy, light bitterness. It's light and smooth but remains flavourful and interesting.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is maybe Lakefront's best beer, and certainly the most likely to find around bars in Wisconsin. I lean heavily toward hoppy beers, but this is one of the few exceptions. Very classic amber lager flavor and feel, with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling too heavy. Appeals to lots of beer drinkers, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this delicious beer many times, but never really sat down to review it. I finally decided to review the Riverwest Stein from Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, WI. I had a 12oz bottle poured into a pint/nonic glass.

A - it has a very dark amber color to it, more of a dark red than what I'm used to for an amber lager. A nice slight white head at the top of the glass.

S - very balanced between the hops and the malt, it has a slight floral note it as well.

T - here is where the malt really comes through as well as the lager yeast versus an ale yeast. There is mainly a rich caramel note on the palate, and I get a hint of sweetness on the finish with an interesting hop bite at the end.

M - crisp, yet not too carbonated. Medium bodied, not too heavy, not too light.

O - I enjoyed this beer and the reviewing process. It gave me a better appreciation for what is really in this beer, a complex amber lager that should be enjoyed thoroughly.

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Photo of goethean
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generally, I'm not a fan of lagers --- I don't order them unless I'm in a German restaurant. They're boring. But this lager happens to be an amazingly complex, rich, and yet balanced one. Caramel, full-frontal maltiness, and a certain butteriness all contribute to one of the most interesting lagers I've had in a long time, and perhaps, ever. But in addition to being interesting, and unlike many extreme beers, it also has the advantage of being perfectly drinkable.

Maybe a criticism: it seems to be a little ale-like for a lager. Maybe that's why I like it.

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Photo of tsbuttry
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a classic Midwestern Lager should be (instead of some other more famous Milwaukee brews I'll not mention at this time). It's not a boat-rocker, it's just a good solid beer that is quite easy to enjoy.

Appearance: A nice color between copper and red. Excellent head with proper lacing. It's easy to tell looking at this that it's a real beer.

Smell: Slightly fruity, slightly woodsy and maybe a bit floral. The scent gives away that this beer has a good complexity, but won't be overwhelming.

Taste: An excellent maltiness hits right away, lead by mainly caramel malts and either a Vienna or Munich classic lager base, but there's most likely a very small amount of chocolate malts hanging in the background. Shortly afterwards the hopiness sets in and cleans the flavor up. Certainly much more bitter than a macrobrew, but it's not a hop-head lager by any stretch.

Mouthfeel: In a word, smooth. Decent thickness, but still washes over the tongue with no discernable aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's hard to think of a circumstance where this wouldn't be a solid beer. I've sat down over the course of an evening with several of these, I've enjoyed a couple during a Marquette basketball game on my vacation, and it's a durable beer that goes well with almost any real meal.

Overall, Lakefront gets a kudos on this one.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From my Lakefront Variety 8-Pack. I was hoping to be underwhelmed by this variety pack because there's nothing worse than finding something you like in a trial pack and never being able to get it on a regular basis where you live. Case in point: Riverwest Stein Beer. Wow. Gorgeous deep copper in the glass with a nice head of foam that coated your face when you tried to drink it. Perfect carbonation and rich, soft creamy--emphasis on the soft creamy--mouthfeel. A nice malt/hops balance in the nose, but the taste is equally balanced, but dynamic at the same time. A touch of hops hits you first, then a rich, satisfying malt... then a solid hops spice kicks in to round out the flavor and provide a really nice tartness on the tongue. I think I said the word "Wow" out loud at least 3 times, pausing to look at the contents while draining the glass. Fantastic. And now I have to find a place where I can buy more than the trial back. How far is Milwaukee anyway?

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Photo of malcontent
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure amber body with an off-white head that represents! Lacing is better than expected although the head doesn't stick around long enough.

Wonderful caramel aroma with a touch of biscuit to boot. Almost an apple-butter finish.

Man is this smooth! Caramel is more subdued with an apple skin flavor before revealing a pronounced noble hop presence.

Only the faintest slickness, an unexpected by-product for this style that holds it back from perfection. This is the very definition of drinkable. Who needs Germany when we have Wisconsin?

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Photo of pat61
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 1” white foam cap that fairly quickly dissipates down to nothing.
S: smells like malt bread to biscuit.
T: Rich, well developed malt flavors.
F: Medium body and slightly below medium carbonation. Clean and smooth.
O: A very good, refreshing and easy to drink amber lager.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dense, off-white head. Sweet malt with soft floral hops (a touch of a citrus aroma, too) in the nose. Lovely amber color. Starts a touch tart, almost, from the light hopping. Peaks in a low bitterness, then malt EXPLODES onto your palate. The hops take a slightly grassy/grainy quality to them as they finish softly on this smooth, smooth malt.

Holy hell, this if absolutely fantastic. Why have I not been buying cases of this?

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Photo of JonB1958
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at State in Chicago, in a tall pilsner glass.

Beautiful dark copper color, lots of sweet malt in the nose, but with a hop bit at first taste that yields to a sweet, slightly citrusy body. Extraordinary good mouthfeel that finishes as smooth as any lager I've ever had. A big surprise, and a great beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful looking brew. Clear deep scarlet color with a 1 inch creamy tan head. There's a nice refined malt aroma with a hop dryness apparant. Wonderful vienna like malt presence on the palate. This is a hearty malty brew. I would choose this beer over most of the multitude of Oktoberfest brews that come out in September. A subdued spicy character and a great drying on the finish as the balanced hop load clean of the palate.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one is solid. Solid. I really don't see that many Amber Lagers out there, and the ones i do see are usually lackluster.

This one has a little hop to it, is very clean, lightly malty, and very very drinkable. It's not exciting, but it's not supposed to be. It's a great step up from a pale macro lagers and probably the best example of this style i've yet had. That may be damning with faint praise, as i mentioned i haven't seen many of these in stores around here, but nevertheless; it's enjoyable.

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Photo of Mattyboombaddy
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter (Bottle was a little too cold - left in the fridge for too long)

A: Full rosy red color with foamy head, good retention

S: caramel with hints of citrus, not operpowering

T: very clean taste, hints of caramel, perfect bitter aftertaste leaving you thirsty for more

M: Light, crispy & fresh, very well carbonated

O: Overall another excellent beer from lakefront - a definite go to beer after a long day. Very unique flavor. Can't beat chillwaukee's classics.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle. The brass colored crown cap has the Lakefront Brewery Logo on it, an orangey-red ‘LB’ with a mug full of beer. A single 180° obverse label has a picture of a Main Street Old Town Milwaukee, above and below are the words ‘Riverwest Stein Beer’. Labeled as an All Malt Amber Lager, but with no listed strength, yet it does have a punch marked system on the right hand side of the label that shows that this was Bottled During Week 2 of February – though again, no year is mentioned!!

Appearance: Pearlescent dark amber copper body, truly pellucid with orange hues and dark red sun-setting flashes. Gorgeous looking creamy head that laces extremely well and sits atop the beer like a perfect blanket. Nicely punctuated with a refreshing carbonation when swirled. Looks decent!

Nose: Malty red nose with some thick turgid caramel. Roasted whole nuts and a grainy raw feel. Smells like an “Irish Red”

Taste: Lots of smooth but tasty biscuit nutty malts. Toasted caramel with a dark roasted biscuit feel that builds into a solid malty middle. Dry finish with yet more malts. A malty, yet balanced tasty offering. Little to no Hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and lots of thick malts on the feel, this one drinks well and is helped by a very smooth carbonation that supports the body of the Stein Beer.

Drinkability: A very comfortable drink whose attraction builds over time. Nicely put together, I would not be averse to seeing off a 6-pack, or two, of this. Gone in 60 seconds was partly filmed in Long Beach, it could have been filmed in my Apartment tonight with this beer!

Overall: Lakefront beers seem to be varied in quality, but this is one of their better ones, very enjoyable indeed. This feels like a “Red Lager” at times.

A яedksi Na-Zdravi Komrade to BiKHugeski for this one.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. My first from Lakefront.

Pours a light golden amber with a finger of white bubbly head that coats the glass but leaves no lacing. Smell is floral and fruity for an amber lager. More flavorful than what I've come to expect from this style too. Sweet caramel malts, citrus/floral hops, a bit of musty/metallic off-flavor in the finish, but I find this in most lagers. Mouthfeel is full and coating, crisp but smooth carbonation. This is a tasty and extremely drinkable amber lager here. Lagers don't tend to blow my mind, but for an Ale guy, this is a tasty beer.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark amber color with one inch of bone colored head.

Smell: Fresh cut apples and carmel, fruity and estery scents hide below.

Taste: Light carbonation gives way to taste of carmel and apple, a very juicy beer especially for a lager.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and incredibly smooth almost buttery texture than smooths out further as the beer warms. Very clean finish and begs to be sipped again.

Drinkability: Smooth and fruity and buttery, lots of things going on and a good choice to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of battlekow
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this simultaneously with Capital Brewery's Wisconsin Amber, which are both "Amber/Red" lagers, whatever that means. Thought I'd have a little in-state taste-off, since they're both highly-rated in the (admittedly broad) category. Also, just to clarify, from Lakefront's site, "Note: the terminology of 'stein' refers to the appropriate drinking vessel and not to a type of beer made with hot rocks." Now, onto the beer.

It's an absolutely gorgeous, well, amber/red color. It's so alluring that my girlfriend is beginning to get jealous. Smells of lemons and prunes; in a good way though, I promise. Tastes fruity, tangy, and malty; it reminds me of both Lakefront's Klisch and Great Lakes' Dortmunder Gold. Very flavorful. Fucking good beer.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Meglio Pizzeria. Pairs well with a veggie slice.

Pours a rich, ruby amber with a wispy, eggshell-colored head. Active carbonation and good head retention. Pleasing to the eye.

Aromas of sweet caramel, malt, toffee and citrus hops.

Incredibly well-balanced taste profile. Caramel sweetness upfront followed by a hoppy bitterness that's eventually overtaken by toasted malt and subtle hints of toffee.

Super smooth and medium-bodied. Highly sessionable. Consistently one of my favorite hometown brews.

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Photo of searsclone
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a flared pint glass. amber color with almost no head or lace.

smell is strong like juicy fruit gum in the bottle, but much less pronounced in the glass. in the glass, earthy with a faint sweet fruit followed by spices

taste is spicy cloves and pine, followed by sweet fruit, then to enough bitterness to dry the palate. seems perfectly balanced with just the right amount of everything.

mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink

overall, a lot going on, easy to drink and it leaves me wanting to have another.

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