lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 26, 2001
This is, by far, my favorite beer. Big chewy malts blened smoothly and clearly. Wow - I think I’ll go get one! johnnymilwaukee99 (6) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2002 does not count
One of the best beers to come out of Milwaukee in many years. A draft pitcher of fresh Stein may be as close to heaven as I’ll get! mmcdowell3 (13) - USA - OCT 15, 2007
Best all malt lager there is. caramel malt with spicy hops that tickle your tongue. Finishes smooth. Very tempting aroma, which is better accentuated when Riverwest is drank from a stein or mug, hence the name. No corn or rice makes this brew very nice. timmy4 (19) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Love this beer. Its starts out malty and finishes with hop. The sweetness in very memorable. I love this style of beer, and Lakefront’s offering is better than most others. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
One of the first Lakefront beers that really piqued my attention, was their Riverwest Stein Beer. The reason I was so interested was I initially believed this beer was an actual stein bier or stone beer. What is stein bier? It is a unique German beer style where hot rocks(stones) are submerged in the brew kettle while the beer is brewing. The sugars of the malt caramelize and coat the hot rocks. These hot rocks are then allowed to cool, and are put in the lagering tanks where they add caramel/toffee flavors to the brew. As it turns out Riverwest Stein Beer is NOT a stone beer, stein in this case just refers to the drinking vessel.
While I was a bit disappointed that this was not a stone beer, Lakefront more than made up for it with this beer. This beer is absolutely delicious. It is a malty/toasty amber lager with fantastic malt character, and a wonderful hop presence that balances out this beer. This beer is a Milwaukee favorite, and it is easy to see why. Riverwest Stein Beer pours to a beautiful deep amber color with a thick off white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is just packed with sweet and toasty malt aromas with a subtle back drop of hop aromatics. The body is firm with lots of good sweet malt, caramel malt, and toasty flavor. A portion of unmalted barley is used in the brewing of this beer really making the malt flavors shine in this beer. Riverwest Stien beer finishes with more great malt flavor then is balanced with a nice, dry hop bitterness making this beer quite balanced at the end.
This is a fantastic amber lager with really great malt flavors. This beer is the perfect foil for grilled meats such as bratwurt, or a nice juicy burger. This would also match up extremely well with pizza. If ever in the Cream City of Milwaukee, seek this beer out.
biermensch (64) - USA - NOV 7, 2004
My favorite Lakefront brew. Deep red color, small, brief head, with a huge malt backbone. Mild hops balance makes for a very drinkable amber, one that I slighlty prefer to Capital Amber and Elliot Ness. Delicious in bottle and tap, I will be serving Riverwest Stein draft for the holidays. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2001
As near to perfection as a lager can be. Great color, wonderful hop/malt balance, a nice caramel sweetness and some earth-tones, totally smooth and easy finish. 12/10 rerating (bottled). Can’t believe I don’t have to change a single number, but there it is. Would just mention the powerful malt presence all the way through; palate gives you just enough hops to keep it from being too syrupy-sweet-smooth. Wonderful, though I personally would put the Klisch Pilsener at the top of the brewer’s heap. mwendt99 (20) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2001
A glorious amber with a rich malty taste, mild hoppiness and a rich, almost creamy finish. hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2001
A warm and spicy brew with an incredibly silky feel. hutch914199 (107) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2001
Great beer from a great, as of yet, unknown brewery.