Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Y’know, I kinda like the Vienna style. For example, I thought the Aass Juleol and Smutty Lager were pretty good. Then, this weekend, I pick up a six of this. I had one each night at my Sis’s, thinking ’Holy cow, this is incredible!’ Malting is perfecto here; has more snap than European versions, more crispness, especially when warming. Then, there’s a hop bite not readily apparent in other lagers of any type. Outstanding. NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Pours like a glass of iced tea, with a frothy, disintegrating head. Nice whiffs of biscuity malt, honey, almond, and tangy Cascades. Startling complexity for a lager, with different aspects of this beer calling for attention at each sip. Seems to defy categorization, sometimes like a bitter, sometimes like an Oktoberfest, maybe even an APA? This rating is for the superb bottled version, but it is even better on draft in Milwaukee.
Also, a very neat, colorful label; in fact, one of my favorites in recent memory. Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 This is nice and tasty. It’s deep amber with a big, light tan head that slowly shrinks to a small permanent top and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is bread dough, pine, and toasty bread crust. The taste is toasty bread, crust, a little pine, hints of caramel, citrus, herbs, and butter. It starts sweet, with increasing, faintly spicy, slight bitterness. It’s light and smooth but remains flavourful and interesting. austinpowers (2828) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Rerate: Not entirely sure what style this is, but it’s rather malty, with a touch of sourness (not a bad thing). Very flavorful. A hint of bitterness. Everytime I taste this (I’ve had four), it strikes me as being different from most other beers and somewhat unusual for a lager to be so flavorful. Fantastic stuff! Thirst-quenching.
Rerate 8/07: Perhaps more bitter than I remembered, but I like it! StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Still one of my favorite Milwaukee beers, but needed a little touch-up as I get older... Amber-to-copper in color and translucent with a pillowy, fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy - pulling on toffee, caramel, roasted aspects and a dash of pepper. Taste proceeds in an amplified fashion of what we expected in aroma: smooth yet spicy and an all-encompassing flavor department. Caramel, cinnamon rolls without icing and mild butterscotch flavors jive harmoniously with the roasted nature and substantial malt support. Slightly bitter with a moderately aggressive edge to balance the lager. Dry finish. Damn good beer.
MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 2, 2016
I got to enjoy Riverwest Stein with some fried cheese curds and some golden-brown strips of fried lake perch. It’s hard to get more Wisconsin than that. Hard to dream up a better pairing for the meal, too. Riverwest Stein pours amber and has a decidedly malt-forward aroma. Flavor is lightly toasty and has lots of caramel sweetness. For all the maltiness, there’s a quick, smooth finish with just a flash of hops. Not the most complex beer out there, but it’s undeniably tasty. Lyman0481 (2) - - JUN 21, 2013 does not count
Great malty beer. Not heavy, but lots of flavor. Beautiful amber color with nice aroma.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone GoldForg (11) - Hainesville, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
A dark amber color with a head that lasts well after the initial pour. A very malty taste, yet a relatively clean finish. foyle (422) - Wyoming, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a thin off white head that recedes leaving some light lacing. Color is a rich, cloudy amber with abundant streaming carbonation.
Aroma: sweet caramel, bread dough, a hint of pine and citrus
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, frothy, with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: caramel, butterscotch, raisins, toasted bread, with some herbal and citrus rind hops in the finish.
Overall: very well done and enjoyable. Should pair well with many foods. rdnowak (1) - - MAY 17, 2015 does not count
IMHO there is a big difference between amber ales and amber lagers, and I much prefer the latter. Riverwest Stein is a great example. Amber in color, malty and mouthy, but refreshing at the same time. Ales with a similar maltiness tend to be too sweet and less refreshing... must be something about the lagering.