Riverwest Stein Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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273 Reviews
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 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 BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny/copper/clear

S: mild malt, hint of pine hops, nuttiness

T: sweet biscuit malt, hint of citrus, nuts,
toffee, smooth finish

M: med/light body, smooth mouth

O: This is one of my least favorite styles, but
Lakefront nails it. I would get again and highly
recommend to all of your NB Fat Tire friends.
Seems like lots of flavor for a lighter beer.


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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 steveh
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Renewing some old friendships and reviewing in the process.

Back in the early days of micros, when they were few and far between on shelves, Riverwest used to be one of my favorites.

12 oz. bottle, bottled the 4th week of November.

A -- Clear, coppery-amber with a dense, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Nutty character with mildly spicy hops back.

T -- Mellow nutty malts with some vague citrus, fruity esters back and finishing with some terrific toasted malts. Aftertaste is the mild hop spiciness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- Overall this is a really nice drinker. Not in-your-face, but also letting you know you've got something out-of-the-ordinary in your glass. The Amber lager is a catch-all style for BA, but don't mistake this for Leinie's Red. VaTech Hop Head -- you need to find some fresher stock.

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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 biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 4/11/11

A slight haze in a golden orange body, some tiny suspended particles and little slowly raising bubbles floating up to a fast falling finger of lace that leaves no lace

S herbal hops with some malty toffee and a little citrus

T taste mimics the smell quite well and I'm OK with that, a little more earthy then the nose

M fairly light but more carbonation then I would expect from what I could see in the glass, leaves a little behind to savor but its mellow

O reminds me of something I'd drink in October so I suppose I'm a few days late, no issues other then an average appearance

this is a decent beer and gives me a little hope for the rest of my mixed pack that's been pretty basic to this point

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Photo of canucklehead
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice earthy amber lager that hits the right notes including a long finish. The beer is just right for the Fall with a big malt backbone to anchor everything. I like the way this brewery manages to brew both decent ales and lagers and maintains a wide range of styles though drinkability seems high on the list rather than cutting edge.

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Photo of BYOFB
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a light tan head and nice lacing.

Slightly sour malt smell. Very balanced on the nose and the taste matches. Nice earthly flavor instantly reminds me of late fall and wet leaves...

Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Nice crisp clean finish. Very drinkable.

Very good example of the style.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This isn't my favorite style, but I think it is a good exampleof how to do this style right. As most of these are, it is beautiful in the glass. It is smooth and well balanced. They put in as much hops as is possible without screwing up the style.

The smell is nice, a little roastier than I like. This is one red I would maybe have again. I am swinging through Milwaukee next month so I might seek this out on tap.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Pours a light amber with some haziness. A small bone white head dissipates to a small cap on top with tiny lacing.

S: Malty, bready, some sweet caramel malts. A little hop comes through.

T: Some maltiness, sweet caramel, grain, and hops.

M: A medium body with good carbonation and good mouth coating.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still catching up...these notes are a little less than a week old.

Riverwest is a copper color with a red-brown hue. A tan head one finger tall forms a fat, rocky pillow that drops good lacing.
The aroma offers up a sweetness with a dark fruits note and a good caramel malts back with a barley-like grains presence balanced by citric hops and an earthy/wood note.
The flavor follows suit as the malty caramel and dark fruits meld with citric hops bitterness. An ethanolic alcohol presence comes through in the finish.
The body is medium but seems a little shallow, almost thin and spritzy, at first. Warming just a little seems to help quite a bit, though, as it fills in and goes smooth and creamy.

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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 beerthulhu
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orangish-amber with a slight haze and abundance of macro carbonation bubbles. A quick to collapse slight beige head is whispy and wimpy on the hold and lace.

S: The nose brings a bit of promise with a good sense of malty sweet caramel bread and toasted grain goodness. Decent level of strength.

T: Good level of maltiness, toasted sweet caramel grains with a nobel like fresh hopping. Kinda reminds me a bit of an octoberfest style hopping wise but just a bit maltier like an alt. Warming honeyed flavor on the swallow with a bit of spruce and peppery spiciness. Decent malt forward beer thought the execution fails in comparison to its true german counterparts.

M: Tight and bubbly carbonation, medium base maltiness with flowery hops off the tongue and a fairly clean and quick exit, ready for the next one.

O: Not a bad beer, average rate of consumption and enjoyment though it did start to lose its originally luster a bit more then mid-drink. Small flashes of promise mixes more so with average regards makes me a fence sitter on this one.

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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 RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah... Sunday dinner with the family at Red Robin. Enjoying this fine beverage on tap. It arrived in a 22 oz stein.

A) It's a pretty deep amber. There was an inch of foamy white head. Decent retention while drinking, not much lacing.

S) Lightly toasted malt, some bread, and a hint of fruity hops.

T) It tastes of the toasted malt, a bit of caramel, and light hops. This beer has an earthy quality. My only complaint would be the aftertaste, which just doesn't sit well with me.

M) It has a light to medium light body. Adequate carbonation, but not over done. This is a really easy drinking beer, it sits well on the palate. As mentioned above, the finish is so so.

O) This is a solid brew, and I felt that pairing it with the bacon cheeseburger and bottomless fries was an excellent choice.

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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 DabblinWiscCraft
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Passed off to me a deep, rust-tinged amber color, with a nice 3/4 inch off-white head that hangs around for a while and leaves great cling. Very clear with good carbonation. The nose is not as strong as I'd like: caramel and roasted malt notes with more subtle citrus and metallic hints, as well. It has a welcome earthiness about it. The taste is very smooth malt flavors that only begin to allow the hop bitterness to express itself at the very end. There's an almost creamy quality to this amber. It also has a bit of wheat bread and ever-so-subtle rye cracker in the mix, and just a touch of citrus rind from the hops, as well. There's a smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel to it that finishes crisp and clean. The first few sips felt a bit too watery, but that sensation seemed to go away over time.

This is a very nice amber that Lakefront has put together. It has stellar balance between the hops and malts that makes it dangerously drinkable--you hardly notice that you've just put away three pints while talking about the politics surrounding the Wisconsin state budget or whether the Packers will get a chance to repeat this year. While it's a favorite of the Milwaukee hipsters, this is an amber for all people and should not be missed.

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Photo of brdc
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, part of the sampler.
Poured into a pislner glass.

The beer itself is very good looking, a burnt orange as suggested by buckeyenation, with a nice off white head of just the right size, and good retention.
Now, this is not a style to blow your socks off, but in the style, it is very pleasant.
Caramel, malty nose, with some citric hops. Nothing fancy, but well balanced and pleasant.
Very light bodied, but it is a lager. Would be better a bit heavier, but this way is quite refreshing, a bit maltier and sweeter than it is hoppier. Clean, refreshing.

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Photo of shand
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a muddy reddish-brown color with a puny head. Aroma is slightly toasty bready malts, with a touch of fruit and some citrus hops. Taste is fairly standard, toasty bready malts with some dark fruit undertones. A bit of astringency on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's well-carbonated and goes down easily. Overall, a decent lager, but nothing to offer over some cheaper alternatives.

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Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with thin head that settles quickly leaving a ring of lacing at the edge of the glass. Hazy body. Amber in color.
S) Rich malt aroma - dark fruit, red apple, subtle caramel.
T) Malt bomb. Nice flavor. Caramel. The dark fruit aroma is not nearly as prominent in the taste - some plum and apple. Just a touch of hops in the finish, but throughout the bittering is quite mellow.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Dry in the finish.
O) A nice amber lager. I'd pour another one for sure.

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Photo of krazyboi
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a red wine glass.

A: Medium caramel color with a small head that leaves little lacing.
S: Spicy and citrusy hops, slight maltiness. The aroma is quite refreshing.
T: Light citrus and spicy bitterness, tad bit of sweetness.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
D: Not a bad beer, but nothing really special about it either. Easy to drink. A decent representative of the amber style.

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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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Riverwest Stein Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.79 out of 5 based on 714 ratings.
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