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 VaTechHopHead
2.41/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks and smells like an amber lager or red ale but after one sip there is definitely something wrong with this one it tastes like a hard apple cider or faint farmhouse ale. Don't know if something went wrong or is infected but this one is way off the style guidelines not worth reviewing in my mind, avoid

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Photo of budsboy
2.43/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours reddish brown with a thin white head that clings about for awhile.

Slightly metallic-sugary smell. Fruit and candied sugar. Maybe this will be too sweet, eh?

Bit of a sour apple flavor, finishing with a vaguely hoppy bitterness. All-in-all, a liquid Jolly Rancher.

Highly carbonated but still fairly smooth and medium-light body.

Eh. No thanks.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a rich red amber w/off-white head. Light tracing. Head lasts a couple minutes and leaves partial cap.
S-Toasted malt, faint caramel, overall pleasant, but there's also something else that's bothering me, but difficult to place, like dishwater. Also some faint cider.
T-Lightly toasted malt and light hops. The taste is slightly woody, but I'm also picking up a slight earthy edge of salt and mineral. The aftertaste is unbalanced, with some astrigency and a soapy-solvent character w/some phenols and metallic edge. It's really hard to place, but somewhere behind some great beer character, something's slightly off, possibly the water? It's not skunked, but it's like it's stale.
M-Body is light, and carbonation is heavy. The feel at the end is unbalanced with the off-base flavors.
D-Something doesn't fly with me. I'm not a fan.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Light copper color with a nice light tan head that slowly disappears.

S - Very light smell. Light sweet malty scent.

T - Some hops, sweet and malty flavor. A little citrus.

M - Medium bodied good carbonation.

D - Ok beer. I'm not really impressed. I got a variety 8 pack from Lakefront and really haven't been impressed with many of these.

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Photo of irrgalaxy
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my giant Oktoberfest novelty stein (seemed appropriate). Beer always looks sad when it's taking up the bottom quarter of your glass ...

A: dark amber color, with fairly large bubbles from carbonation. Couple of centimeters of head, settling quickly.

S: dry, crisp smell; reminds me of autumn.

T: Not much bitterness. Malt flavors. Slightly sour at the finish.

M: Lots of bubbles from the carbonation; medium on the palate

O: An OK beer, but nothing really distinctive in the flavor profile. It's a little too heavy to be a hot weather beer (or anything I'd want to quaff out of a full stein). Would likely be a delicious pairing for beer cheese soup, beer bread, or food in general - drinking standalone isn't the best experience, though.

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Photo of UncleFlip
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brown sugar clour with an off white to tan head, whch disapates at a medium pace, leavng sparse wet lace behind.

The smell is airy and yeasty, carrying just a hint of hops.

Flavour is spicy, thin, and woody- but there aren't enough other qualities here to round it out, leaving the feeling that something is missing.

The mouthfeel is medium, with a low tight carbonation that's somewhat consistent.

This isn't one I think I'd have again. Some folks may loveit, but it's really not my speed.

Be well

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Photo of jrallen34
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

This pours a super dark orange, easy to miss the orange and mistake for brown. Lightly clear despite the darkness, tope head that rises abouta finger but falls quickly. Very light and watery lacing...Dead aroma, not much going on here at all. Light skunk you get from a macro lager with a hint of malted rye...The taste is a little better, still light with a lack of flavor but its not skunky has something to it. Light amber taste, rye and caramel, a little hoppy finish with a touch of skunk finally...Super light feel, kinda tough to drink the whole thing.

This is something new to my tastebuds, but nothing special. Decent taste but that's it, worth skipping.

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Photo of granger10
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear coppery body with a good sized creamy head. A bit of lacing. Aroma is sweet with notes of toffee and bread. Quite malty. Taste follows suit. Lots of malts without much to cut them. Caramel runs strong and thick. A slight fruityness in the finish but it doesn't really cut off the malty caramel-like syrup texture. This tastes more like a Vienna Lager than anything else but it's not really that solid of an offering. I am surprised the abv was at 6%, seemed like it would be lower and maybe it should be. I will try this again and see if I get a different result but its really just average at best imo.

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Photo of Gmann
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with an average tan head. The aroma is fairly weak. The taste is buttery, tea like malt, slight lemon flavor. No off-putting flavors just nothing exciting. The feel is light almost watery, thin carbonation, with a sweet-tea like finish. An average brew at best. No off-putting flavors but no good characteristics. Easy drinking yes, but not worth remembering. Definitely better amber lagers out there.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a glass mug)
A- This beer has a crystal clear brown body with a thick light tan head with bubbles gliding up to the surface.
S- The smell is really clean no mater how much swirling only a light green hint comes through.
T- This beer has soft tart note with a hop hint that is otherwise pretty clean. There is a faint green lemon hint with a soft slight toasted malt hint in the finish that is pretty dry.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish. D- This beer has no real off flavors but it doesn't really have any other flavors either.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
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 jjanega08
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A= small head with a deep amber color falls into just a wisp and rings around the glass
S= sweet malty with little or no hops
T= very basic, minimal hop bitterness and some sweet malt mixed in.
M= crispy and average weight
D= average. This was a very basic malt based beer. I could see myself enjoying a few of these.

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Photo of Amalak
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got as part of an assorted eight pack. Had a copper color, not too bubbly, massive foamy head and lace. Very firm malt scent to it.

Mine was a slightly bitter beer and the malt certainly came through. I can't quite put my finger on it, but while this was a smooth beer, there was something missing and it left a sour taste.

It's a mediocre malt beer.

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Photo of david18
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last night and my local bar. Nothing about it really stood out for me, which is not surprising since this isn't my favorite style.

Color is what you'd expect, amber-red. Carbonation is almost white and there was good head. The aroma was very faint and the flavor is ok but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle week 2 of October. Poured into lager stein.

A - Big caramel colored head. Small bubbles lie atop a red hued bright brown beer. Leaves a nice bit of lacing.

S - Quite sweet on the nose. Some toasty malt but a bit of sweetness. Clean with a tiny bit of herbal hops.

T - Pretty sweet and a little toasty. Munich malt showcases a little darker malt flavor than in the aroma, a smidgin of nuttiness. A touch short with hopping as this beer leans far onto my malty palate.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation. A bit too sweet of a finish.

O - Hops were relatively absent. Nice complexity to its malt but a little to off balance. Still clean and a nice lager.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I originally sampled this beer on 5 October 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This pours a crystal clear amber color,
Flavor: Riverwest Stein has a very simple smooth taste.

In my opinion, this brew makes a good session beer. It's certainly not outstanding, but very drinkable

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks pretty with an amber/red body and a bit of lacing. The aroma has a mix of caramel malt and American citrus caramel. The malt is super smooth on the tongue, but too faint. The hops are nice, a bit juicy, but not complex. There's also a slight off aroma and flavor that comes out as this beer warms. I don't know about this one, something is rubbing me the wrong way.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light-brown to dark amber hue... Minimal head... Minor carbonation, slight lacing...
Smell: Rich amber aroma bursting with hints of vanilla, caramel, and malts...
Taste: Peculiar, ultra-sweet flavor... Way too sweet for me with a strong malt backbone, hints of sugars...
Light-to-medium bodied mouthfeel...
Average level of drinkability...
Nothing special...

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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 JackieTH
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful honey amber with an egg shell colored head that quickly turns into a ring around the pint glass.
Smells malty ans sweet a little hint of sour mash
Tastes a little tangy up front, Malt sweetness follows. Aftertaste is a bit dry and slightly bitter.
Medium body with fine carbonation that is quite lively.
Overall a decent beer though the malt sweetness would catch up with me after the second one I do believe.

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Photo of confer
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This beer started good and went down hill for me. It pours a dark gold/light brown with a creamy off white head that slowly dissapates.
S- A few differente smells, all in small amounts lemons, hops and blach pepper.
T- Very dissapointing. A peppery start with a soapy finish. Not refreshing or tasty at all.
MD- Thick and creamy. The taste makes it a "I won't buy this ever again" beer for me. I was really looking forward to my first Lakefront offering and was really let down.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark red with a pallid white head, average retention, spotty lacing.

S: Strong notes of malt and caramel, sugary smell.

T: Sour tinge, kind of tangy on the first sip. That goes away and the main flavour gives a light toasty malt and a mild grassy hop bitterness.

M: Very light lager feel, like the bottom dropped out of it. Relatively smooth, but its lightness is a distraction.

D: A fair beer from Lakefront, I really didn't like it, but I didn't hate it either. Drinkable, but I don't see myself getting this again.

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