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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2002

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Photo of agreenman19
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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 bwood06
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of Schlitz74
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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 vette2006c5r
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Riverwest pours a clear amber color with a small long lasting head. There is a sweet and roasted aroma. Taste is sweeter, mellow roasted aroma flavors. A little flat, a little watery. Overall its a solid beer, a little too sweet, but still enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 3, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy looking medium amber with a modest off-white head. Busy carbonation.

The aroma brings out a malty and yeasty character but it also seems a little off like overripe fruit or perhaps vegetable oil.

The body is medium.

The taste is a little better than the aroma suggests with a good caramel malty note with a slight peppery bitterness.

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Photo of WalterDragon
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

Bought six pack. Had first in the bottle, 2-4 in glass mugs, and #5 in a stein as I felt it appropriate as I'm using the fifth for the rating (spread out over two days). I usually take about 5 beers before I do a rating on it. The sixth is purely for enjoyment; not that rating isn't also for enjoyment.

Head is thick like sea foam and sticks around for a bit, making it fun to drink in the stein.

It's got a non-distinct malty smell that kind of smells like the floors of a brewery if you take away the staleness and the dirt.

The beer gets better the more you drink. At first, it's a tasty malty drink and then it goes on and a little bit of everything starts to come out like some bitterness, a bit of floral patterns and some hoppiness. But none of those are super distinct other than the maltiness, not that that's a bad thing.

Feels nice on the palette with a sticky bitterness after awhile if you wait around for it.

Definitely not an overly sweet maltiness. If you want to enjoy it, I'd suggest doing at least two in a row. One is good if you're just enjoying a brew with a meal but to get the full flavor, I'd take few along for the ride so they don't get lonely and you get a good taste. I don't know if its a great stein beer, but it is still fun to drink in one!

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Photo of Foyle
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thin off white head that recedes leaving some light lacing. Color is a rich, cloudy amber with abundant streaming carbonation.

Aroma: sweet caramel, bread dough, a hint of pine and citrus

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, frothy, with a quite dry finish.

Flavor: caramel, butterscotch, raisins, toasted bread, with some herbal and citrus rind hops in the finish.

Overall: very well done and enjoyable. Should pair well with many foods.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up at Super Sub and Six Pack in DuBois, PA while on trip. Never seen it and do not anything about Lakefront but figured worth a try. Very surprising, good looking beer that offers very little to the nose but oh so tasty, very good. Not sure if I will ever see this again but I hope so.

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Photo of Beric
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: From a keg into plastic cup
Served: 26 July 2014

Appearance: Can't comment TOO much about this one since I unfortunately had to use an opaque plastic cup for this one. However, it poured with a great creamy beige head that actually left lacing down the side of the plastic cup, so that gets huge props.

Smell: Smelled light and 'beery', more or less, with a soft hint of some nutty and toffee malts and just the slightest herbal hoppy funk.

Taste: Really a great amber lager. Soft malt flavors add some nice character, as the malts bring hints of light nuttiness and soft caramel. Just enough hop presence to be noticeable, but barely so. The hops are mostly floral and slightly herbal. Good lager-like breadiness on the back end. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation makes this one superbly drinkable.

Overall: I put down three full solo cups of this one- it's a marvelously drinkable beer that paired excellent with the pulled pork barbecue that was being served at the party. Would highly recommend for craft lager lovers or new converts to craft beer, as it is an approachable style for all beer drinkers and one that really hits the style on the head. Would recommend.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Pours a light brown or dirty copper color with a frothy head that has good retention. Some lace is left behind on the glass and the brew exhibits decent clarity.

SMELL: Bready, hoppy, soft caramel, malty. As it warms the malts come out more with more toffee, brown sugar and caramel.

TASTE: Firm malt notes with plenty of caramel and toffee, Bitterness is mild and the hop character is leafy, herbal and maybe a slight lemony citrus. Kind of has a noble thing going on. Agreeable amber lager that reminds me alot of an English pale ale for some reason, but this is far more bready.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a fuzzy mouthfeel from a high level of carbonation. Finishes with a bit of malt and bitterness rinsing the palate.

OVERALL: A good American Red Lager here from Lakefront that would not be out of place in my fridge. Malty, bready lager beer that drinks easy and has pretty solid flavors.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at our hotel in Milwaukee.

The beer is dark copper with a mild haze and sports a half inch off off-white head. The aroma bring caramel malt, bread, grain, a hint of sweetness and mild alcohol. Perhaps a touch of citrus in the flavor with a light bitterness in the finish. Pretty drinkable, though the beer itself is rather bland and uneventful. Ok...

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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 Ri0
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Deep, dark amber wood color with 2 finger dirty white foamy head with fair retention. No lacing.

S - Dark and roasty amber malts, with sweet bread and caramel. I also hints of chocolate.

T - Big roasted amber malts and bread, caramel, crystallized honey, and hints of chocolate.

M - Smooth, rich and creamy with a medium body.

O - Delicious and malty. Every now and then this really hits the spot.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a ruddy orange color with an inch of beige head.

S - The aroma has elements of iron, tea, orange, and caramel.

T - I taste some caramel malt and floral hops. It tastes a little like rose hips and/or hibiscus.

M - Moderate and silky smooth.

O - It is an interesting and flavorful beer. It is not necessarily my favorite style, but it is worth a try.

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Photo of KevinReid
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into glass. Bottle was dated 10/29/13. Drank on 1/9/14.

A - Cloudy amber color, modest head, minimal lacing.

S - Pleasant caramel smell, not overwhelming. Preempts the taste very well.

T - Well-balanced, clean taste with just a hint of a mild malty/caramel aftertaste.

M - Light on the tongue, not overly carbonated.

O - Very drinkable amber, confident in its flavor but not overly showy. This is yet another excellent beer from Lakefront. The average beer drinker would enjoy this.

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