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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The rich amber color and caramel flavor of this beer are derived from the generous amount of caramel malt in our recipe, with just a dash of roasted unmalted barley for a subtle toasted flavor in the background. The sweetness, body, and mouth feel tell you that this is an all-malt beer. The finish has a balanced edge of Willamen and Casade hoppiness which cuts through the malty character, leaving a clean palate which beckons for more. Note: the terminology of "stein" refers to the appropriate drinking vessel and not to a type of beer made with hot rocks.

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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2002
Yknow, 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 Siss, thinking Holy cow, this is incredible! Malting is perfecto here; has more snap than European versions, more crispness, especially when warming. Then, theres a hop bite not readily apparent in other lagers of any type. Outstanding.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 This is nice and tasty. Its 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. Its light and smooth but remains flavourful and interesting.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Rerate: Not entirely sure what style this is, but its rather malty, with a touch of sourness (not a bad thing). Very flavorful. A hint of bitterness. Everytime I taste this (Ive 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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MetalNHopHead (1840) - 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. Its 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, theres a quick, smooth finish with just a flash of hops. Not the most complex beer out there, but its undeniably tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
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

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foyle (416) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.


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