Riverwest Stein Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer
BA SCORE
3.8/5
740 Ratings
Riverwest Stein BeerRiverwest Stein Beer
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.68%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,701
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
740
pDev:
11.84%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
134
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 740 |  Reviews: 276
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. A nice drinkability to this. orange body and soapy head, spicy pepper and clove and nutmeg. Above average mouthfeel. Hoppy grapefruit c-hops, good malting with caramel, good amber.Decent balance. Just not the greatest drinker for me, wanted something edgier.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light reddish-orange color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt and butter. A buttered biscuit if you will. Taste is of biscuit, graham cracker, and citrus zests. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. There is a good carbonation level with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice bready aroma and taste. Reminds me of a Fat Tire variant.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking amber colored brew, the head was white and fizzy. The smell of the beer gives of some lager yeast aromas as well as some hops and malts, all seemed pretty well balanced. The taste of the beer was nice, it was earthy and crisp with a sweetness in there too. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side I thought for a lager, it was drinkable and nicely carbonated. Overall the beer wasn't anything too special to me but still was nice to try.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some associated sweetness; there are some hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is quite sessionable.

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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 biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, the last of the eight-pack sampler from Lakefront.

This beer pours a slight hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and weakly bubbly beige head, which leaves some low-lying blotches of webbed lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of toasted and biscuity caramel malt, nutty breakfast cereal, thin brown sugar, tannic black tea, and surprisingly mild citrusy and earthy hops. The taste is still quite big on the malt - toffee, biscuit, and doughy bread, all - more demarara sugar, oversteeped tea, blase orange rind, a certain oily nuttiness, a somewhat offsetting herbal and weedy hoppiness, and some mildly metallic alcohol warming.

The carbonation is on the low side, what with its trolling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth, in the sense of the funny fat kid behind you in homeroom. It finishes well off-dry, the malt not quite ready to release its hold, in the face of some barely qualifying herbal, grassy hops.

A decent enough amber lager, (or 'stein beer', I suppose), but the bar is pretty freaking low for that style around here, so, I guess I gotta say something sorta nice about this here offering - uh, nope, I got nothing - just an adequately balanced, good to go brew.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-draught at a bar in Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee:

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as the "House Amber" (by Lakefront) at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

A very sessionable amber, the Riverwest Stein Beer has low to moderate carbonation and is medium bodied. Malty aroma with a hint of apple from the yeast. Flavors of maple, apple, and a slight butterscotch. Malty grain presence too, but well integrated. Color is a deep reddish amber tone, true to style, with a small amount of foam. Truly a session style lager, with an interesting flavor profile to match.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange-highlighted amber color with a foamy white head that sticks nicely and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Munich malt, with a grassy/lemony twang

Taste: The lemony flavors mix with the Munich malt at the outset, with the grassy hops coming along by mid-palate; the flavors blend together after the swallow, although there is also a sweet Juicy Fruit sensation in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: A rather flavorful lager; I wouldn't necessarily seek it out again but it was a cut above the standards for the category

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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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Forgetting that it's a steinbier brewed by adding glowing-red hot rocks to the wort, this just happens to be an excellent little lager! Of course, the steinbier part is really cool!

It pours a crystal clear auburn-copper body beneath a full head of ivory froth. The head retention is good, and it holds fairly well before dropping to a short, but complete surface covering that leaves some thin rings of craggy lace about the glass.

The nose is not overly bold (nor should it be), but it is fresh, toasty and caramelish, with just a hint of grassy hops.

In the mouth it's crisp with a medium body and standard carbonation at around 2.6 volumes CO2.

Lush notes of toasty (even slightly roasty), nutty, mildly sweet and caramelish malt entice you in the flavor; accented by grassy and delicately citrusy hops. It starts more nutty and toasty, then becomes caramelish across the middle, and finally finishes dry with a zing of lightly sweet malt and hops. The bitterness and some toasty malt linger in the aftertaste, reminding you that you've just tasted some beer and need to taste some more! Very nicely done!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber in color. The beer has a thin light beige head that reduces to an extremely thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is on the lighter side with the primary notes being caramel malts.

T: Very malty with caramel flavors really dominating. There is a light amount of hops and just a touch of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Fairly easy to drink and enjoyable but nothing really special. Definitely a sessionable beer but not sure it is one I really want to get again.

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Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 740 ratings
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