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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lakefront 8 pack. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours copper malt, hazy, dark no foam. Still. Nose is all malt, caramel too. Taste is light sweet, quite bready, faint bitter lurks in the background. Smooth and malty. Good flavored amber.

Pretty good beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appears a deep amber with nice clarity, thin layer of white head, and heavy lacing. The nose is malty with a light herbal hop presence. Notes of caramel malts and brew present beneath the hop profile. Taste starts with a nice hop bitterness highlighted by some flavorful pine an earthy hops. This is followed by a nice grainy malt character which brings some bread and honey to the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is a nicely balanced brew and makes for a nice flavorful lager.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a deep cloudy red orange with a small white head with some staying power. Smells of dark roasted malt with some berry undertones, the label does not lie. Tastes of roasted malt with some berry undertones. Beer is medium body with nice carbonation and a clean taste with a great finish, can't really describe it other than you just have that great feeling. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date on the label, poured into a .5 L glass named spaten, where it rose to the top and crowned, then left windows of lacing.

A- Pours a giant, dense, bone colored head, with red amber body. Great windows of lace and head retention.

S- I feel like I am in Dusseldorf, with this lemony and caramel malt bomb offering fruit, plus citrus rind and woody hop.

T- Slight hop upfront very inviting followed by a creamy malt sweetness and a wood body. Woody hop flavor and a toasted grain. It's billed all malt, and it's very german, very all malt to the core and to the finish. But I like it, very authentic German brew pub style. A nice non-cloying sweetness, an indoors beer.

M- Great, smooth ... creamy w medium body. Light crispness, lemony finish. Sweet, and well finished.

O: The very best from this brewer having tasted 8 of theirs in a crazy 8 pack. I would buy this in bulk.

Paired this with a garden tomatoes, balsamic, grilled fish sticks, and it could stand up to any winter fare. Order this for T-giving & Xmas. Bravo!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-05-24
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Not a particularly complex ale, but a solid offering featuring some fine European malts (Munich and/or Vienna) and a touch of European hops; not quite in bock territory for various reasons, but it's on the path there. This is an easy-sipping beer that can be enjoyed multiple times over the course of a night without getting burned-out on. One I would go back to, particularly as a nice fall 6-pack.

Pours a 1cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, with average retention length of about one minute. The foam falls to a thin ring around the body of the beer, little lacing clings to the sides of the glass, a small dot scattered here or there. Beer is an amber-orange color, with light bringing out golden orange hues with yellow highlights. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, low in number, but fairly vigorous in activity.

Aroma of grainy, toasted malts, probably Munich and Vienna with hints of caramelized sugars; almost like sticking your nose in a grain bag with Munich, Vienna, and crystal malts. Deep, rich, and malty.

Overall flavor of grainy, toasted malts (think Grape Nuts cereal with a bit of malt syrup) with toasted nut characters and light woodsy hop accents. Front of palate finds light sweetness complementing lightly toasted, nutty malts (Munich and/or Vienna). Mid-palate is of grainy, toasted, biscuit, slightly nutty and caramel-like malts (again showing influence of Munich/Viena/Crystal) with slight woodsiness brought out by Germanic hops. Back of palate picks up toasted bread, nuts, slight woodsiness and bitterness from hops. Aftertaste is sweet, slightly syrupy, with modest toasted nuts and slight graininess.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, surprisingly, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a smooth, though somewhat placid, mouthfeel. Some more carbonation would fit this beer and accentuate the aromas and move it more prominently across the palate. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of 57md
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a finger of off-white head some of which sticks around for a bit. The nose is musty and astringent – not a good start. The malt flavors are easily discernible in this hearty beer. The finish dries out a bit, but there is also a hint of sweetness from the malt at the very back end. This offering has a unique flavor that I enjoyed, however taken as a whole package, this beer is mediocre.

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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 guityler83
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Marmalade orange, clear with moderate haze. small off white head that laces nicely with each sip

S: Caramel and toffee malt aroma. Sweet with no hops in the nose.

T: The aroma and the flavor profile are very similar. Caramel and toffee with some toast highlights. Sweet with almost no hop flavor. Clean finish with no residual flavors

M: Crisp with moderate body, higher carbonation levels

O: The ol' go to beer in these parts of the MKE where every bar carrys BMC (and LF). While I think its a good easy drinking amber lager I'd like some hop character to come through in this beer. Between Riverwest and east side dark I prefer the east side dark (i know i know they are totally different beers) but most carry RW over ESD not sure why...

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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 MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium amber with a good bit of orange and reddish highlights and excellent clarity. There isn't a lot of head but it is long lasting with an off-white ring around the glass that leaves a some lacing in the glass.

S: A moderate amount of German Malt like Munich with a crusty bread aroma. The lagering is pretty clean leaving no esters or phenols. There is a low Noble hops aroma. It's almost a bock meets marzen.

T: A rich malt flavor with a firm hops bitterness and a moderately-low spicy Noble hops flavor. The balance is slight bitter with the moderate hops bitterness dominating the light malt sweetness. The finish is dry with a slight bitter and crusty bread aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with a moderately-strong carbonation. The beer is somewhat crisp with a carbonic dryness on the palate>

O: A refreshing yet somewhat substantial lager that would pair well with german sausages and sauerkraut.

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

Pours a clear bubbly deep amber red. Nice inch deep off white head and notchy lacing. Sweet and bready smell with some floral and piney citrus hop smells. This is just a really nice balanced flavorful beer. It's biscuty and malty in the begining. This gives way to a touch of sweet caramel flavors. There is not a huge hop presance, but some bitter pine and citrus hoppy notes come out. All this is held together by an awesome rich creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable. There is nothing here that will wow anyone. It's just a well made pefectly balanced red. Really nice beer flavors and very easy drinking.

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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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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 deadonhisfeet
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BeerForMuscle
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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 martyl1000
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE 7/2015
It's been three years of my own, misguided beer snobbery since I've had a Riverwest Stein. I'm upping my old score (3.76), way up. It's so much better than I could perceive back then. My palate just wasn't that sensitive -- I had to have min. 9% abv, and all that a big beer entails.

Now I'm reassessing regular-strength beers. And I'm now able to appreciate what more seasoned craft beer lovers say about this exceptional brew.

12/2011, orig. score: 3.76
On tap at The Fountain (Madison). Thin, off-white head. Orange-amber beer, w/ very little carbonation visible. Mild, "clean" lacing that leaves nothing behind on the sides of the American pint glass.

Bready malt and Mild-mannered hops balance out well. It's a pretty hot day on the sidewalk of this restaurant, and served ice-cold, even the toasted-bread flavor come off as refreshing. Caramel and nut flavors emerge if you squint and seek them out. The hops assert themselves in the throat after one swallows.

There's hardly any carbonation on the tongue. But I could have called this "smooth", as this lack of carbonation is not a drawback here.

On tap, it's a very good summer beer for a malt lover. (Not sure the bottle version is quite as good.)

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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 BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
Bottled during May Wk1 (2012) notched on label.

A - A giant lumpy, fluffy, egg-shell colored head floats atop a clear and well-carbonated deep amber colored beer. After thinning out to loose bubbles, the foam left lots of lacing.

S - Malt heavy but well-balanced in deed, Riverwest is loaded with toast and bread qualities draped in melted caramel cube along side shards of toffee and a light nut blend. Earthy hops faintly arise through a vigorous swirl.

T - Hops emerge with a finer level of balance, asserting themselves into the flavor of this malty lager. The same earthy notes combine with just a pinch of pine to teeter-totter the delicious toasted bread malts with a slight hint of mild, light, Connecticut Shade tobacco.

M - Riverwest is a medium-bodied lager that's crisp and clean, exhibiting no off flavors, but, while there's a carbonation tickle on the tongue, it still feels kind of flat, very slick almost. It's incredibly smooth, but mid-palate, Riverwest falls short. The finish has some nice lingering dryness and mild astringent bitterness to balance the malt out.

O - Lakefront's "flagship" beer, Riverwest, is an easy-drinking amber lager that's got the malt and hop balance down pat. If you like your lagers malty but not cloyingly sweet, this utterly smooth lager is for you!

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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 CreamCity
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A- Thick off white two finger rocky head. Mild carbonation. Head lingers for well over 2 minutes. Dark copper-amber in color. Lacing follows me down the whole glass.

S- Floral-woody hops. Sweet and nutty. Mild citrus. Someone mentioned juicy fruit. I would say that's a pretty darn good example.

T- Toasted malts. Creamy. Good hop presence. The sweetness of the malts overpowered most of the bitterness.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Pretty crisp.

O- Very drinkable. An extremely attractive beer (color, head, lacing). Very flavorful. Leaves a good taste in your mouth long after you're done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium copper with a one finger head that refuses to ago away.

Smells quite floral with some caramel and biscuit.

Taste is all floral up front with caramel following close behind. There is a lot of biscuit about halfway through all fading away to a moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly full for the style.

Overall this beer surprised me. It is really good with my one complaint being I wish the finish was a little crisper. Besides that a pretty outstanding beer.

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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 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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