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Eisenbahn Pale Ale - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn Pale AleEisenbahn Pale Ale

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87
very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda visit their website
Brazil

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Eisenbahn Pale Ale is a Belgian styled beer of amber color, heavier mouthfeel and bitterness and with an abv of 4.8%. This beer is one of the few Brazilian Pale Ales - A rare joy among beer enthusiasts.

(Beer added by: soper2000 on 08-30-2004)
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Reviews by tjd25:
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate but thick and dense head, almost creamy, on a hazy pale orange copper color body. The taste is yeasty and slightly malty, with fruity notes of citrus. Some fermenting apples, some peach, with notes of alcohol. Slightly peppery, almost cardamom. The taste is a bit surprising after the impression of the smell. It is juicy and dry, ending on a dry hoppy note. Contrasting with the other Eisenbahn brews, this one is a litte more aggressive with wooden and almost winy notes bringing a raw dryness to the palate. Red fruits appear though, and the finish gets grapefruity, showing light apple notes of alcohol. The mouthfeel is consistent, and for once really fits in the style. Even a bit thick, chewy on the palate, lacking a cleaner element. More an IPA imho.

tjd25, Sep 08, 2005
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice write up on these guys can be found at (by soper2000): http://www.beeradvocate.com/news/stories_read/635/

8/2/05: Sample sent directly from the brewery in South America, direct from Juliano Mendes himself. It looks like this and their Dunkel will be distributed by Shelton Brothers soon (if they haven't already launched them). The Pale Ale will carry the name: Eisenbahn SAPA (or South American Pale Ale) and the Dunkel will be known as Eisenbahn Escura (aka Brazilian Dark Lager), according to my sources...

I was expecting a German or English style Pale Ale. Was hit by a bunch of unexpected things...

Ap: Clear copper, off-white head begins big and pillowy, fades to thin lace rather quickly, leaving a great lace upon decay. Ample carbonation moves through the glass, appears slightly restrained, as if the brew is a bit thick.

Ar: Absolutely unexpected Belgian yeastiness leaps out. This pale smells like a witbier or fruity hefeweizen. Big bubblegum notes, smells a bit like candied banana bread. Slight phenolic twinge as well. No hops on the nose. A major departure from the US Pale Ale. Some farmhouse-style horse-like character in there as well.

T: Some candy-like sweet notes, Belgian yeast tastes, banana, cloves, and a real horsiness, similar to a farmhouse ale. Some off, phenolic flavors as a detractor, but overall, interesting. A bit smoky toward the back. Fairly thick mouthfeel, with a syrupy feel and note.

F: More sour than bitter, but this is restrained. The sweetness becomes a bit cloying, and the finish is a mix of sweetness, cereal graininess, horsiness, smokiness and yeastiness.

Misc: A South American beer brewed in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516? It would seem so, but this sucker is more Belgian than German. Per the article referenced above, it's brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, which is evident in the flavor. An interesting beer, not what I expected from a Brazilian beer. Hats off for going the old-school European route with their beers!

AdvocateFan, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of soper2000
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Best Brazilian microbrew yet. Eisenbahn is a microbrewery from Santa Catarina in the south of the country and it's current brewmaster was schooled at Weihenstephaner in Germany. The beer pours a beautiful golden orange color with a frothy white head. Floral aromas dominate. Could have been the environment, but this is one of the best smelling Pale Ales that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Taste is also floral backed by a weak malt finish, a little bit of yeast is also present. Although I expected a stronger ABV, this is a very solid beer. (note I enjoyed this at room temperature instead of the normal Brazilian way of serving beer 0 degrees Celsius. If you're in Brazil and see this on the menu, order without hesitation! My favorite Brazilian beer that I've sampled. Maybe we'll get some imported in the future.
BTW - Eisenbahn has a brewer on this site, he can be beermailed under the name jumendes

soper2000, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Eisenbahn Pale Ale at Figuera Restaurant in Sao Paulo. This was a good beer. The appearance was clear copper color with decent carbonation that provided a thin white head that lasted through the beer. The smell was ok, hops were subtle but noticable. The taste was a smooth lightly hopped ale which finished off the pallet very clean. The mouthfeel was very good, this is definitely a session ale.

WoodBrew, Aug 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

srbcurti, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of willer
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Beautiful golden copper color with a nice creamy withe head.

Smell - Sweet malt and fruity character.

Taste - Sweet malt with a mediun bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouthfell - Medium body, low carbonation and alcohol warmy.

Drinkability - Balanced, a beer to be drinked everyday.

Notes: The best brazilian pale ale available!

willer, Apr 03, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of schiaveto
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful orange color with a nice head formation.
Although the spicy notes should be pleasant, in my opinion this beer had a modification in its original taste and aroma since it started to be produced in Blumenau. I don't know if it's intentional, but this beer originally was more balanced between the malty and hoppy aromas, like most of pale ales. Nowadays, it seems they've created a "new style": a "weiss pale ale". Drinkable and surprinsingly, anyway.

schiaveto, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +3.1%

vhmf1978, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

HabiMendes, Jan 18, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Flavio_Gama, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ironyisoverrated, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this while in Brazil, at a decent wine, beer, and liquor shop in the downtown area of Larajeiras, Vitoria, E.S.

Pasty white fizzy head of about a finger rises and fades semi quickly over mostly clear golden orange colored beer.

Nose has some light hops, hint of citrus and grassy hops, light malts, and a golden ale like aroma, light and crisp, with a slight cheap lager aroma too.

Taste is fairly light, very crisp and drinkable, a nice refreshing ale taste, a nice Belgian pale ale malty flavor, light Belgian yeast, some light mild grassy hops and a bit of earth, light fruits, with a slight bready malt flavor too. Finishes with some bitterness, a bit of lingering grassy hops, some light malts, and fairly dry and crisp.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, sessionable, a nice dry finish, and goes down very smooth and crisp. This is the best beer so far I've had from Brazil. The nose gets a little extra loss from a light cheap lager aroma, which I'm starting to think might be the water, but otherwise I could really drink this one, even in the crazy heat down there.

jlindros, Jan 15, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light gold with a nice off-white head and great carbonation. Yeast banana and clove Bavarian Hefeweizen aroma and flavor. Has some nice bubblegum characteristics. Medium bodied for the low ABV ... creamy and smooth with a yeasty yet grainy finish.

A nice Brazilian Bavarian brew from an otherwise average BOM club !!

RBorsato, Dec 23, 2005
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this South American beer, as I was expecting a lot less. Poured to a golden orange, with good carbonation and a thick foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nose was a nice mix of malty sweet and hoppy fruit. Mouthfeel was full and the malts and hops worked together for slightly bittersweet sensation. Taste was well rounded and the finish smooth along.

Would make a good session beer.

kimcgolf, Nov 30, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Scarpin, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Etrusco, Jul 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

factoide, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Selection of the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with massive white head. Smell is magnificient with yeast, bananas, and much spiciness found. Taste brings forth more spiciness and banana notes. Taste is similar to a Hefeweizen. Nice Belgian finish and a great ending to a good beer. Great beer.

tgbljb, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Adamostella
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the opportunity to try this on tap at the brewpub in Blumenau while on business.

Color is right in the amber range, white fairly thin bubbly head.

Someone earlier described it as hitting you belgian yeasts on the nose and this is exactly what my impression of it was as well.

Taste was pretty true to style, picked up the belgian yeasty notes and a the malts definitely came into play on this one. clean drinking and refreshing, especially in the heat and humidly!

Blumenau itself was settled by Germans,(the town has a giant Oktoberfest each year) so many of their beers reflect that heritage, incredible to see how they brought that culture across the ocean. A really unexpected find, if you are ever in the area, be sure to check it out!

Adamostella, Nov 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mhaugo, May 27, 2012
Photo of brdc
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was bought and almost immediately consumed quite fresh, while in Brazil. The label initially gave me the impression this was an american pale ale for whatever reason, which clearly is not.
Dark golden with reddish highlights, a head on the small side with good retention and average lacing. The aroma is the first hint this is not an american pale ale; it is closer to a belgian as it is classified here; fruity and malty on the nose, a pleasant medium body that opens into a fairly sweet malty note, evolving into a fruitiness with an occasional bitter kick, all the while maitaining heavier fruity and sweet notes.
Not very complex but quite pleasant, highly drinkable, another nice find from this brewery.

brdc, Jul 04, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mulligan's Irish Pub in Porto Alegre, Brazil. On to the beer:

The head is creamy, thick, and rich on top this hazy gold body. Could it be fools gold? The nose gets a phenolic kick to it. Yep, this is Belgian inspired. Taste like it is too. Actually, I didn't like the taste much as first because I was expecting something sweet and fruity. Instead, I got a lighter imitation of Orval. That means very dry with an echo of apricots, some notes of soap. Then it goes bitter before going sour and acidic.

Somewhat of an acquired taste becasue of the Belgian yeast. Worth trying out. Also known as S.A.P.A. in the United States market.

DoubleJ, Jan 15, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale deep golden and copper color that shows a nice fluffy white head with moerdate retention and above average lacing.

Aroma is of cereal grain, bread and biscuity malts followed by floral and citric hops (with orange and lemony notes).

Taste follows aroma starting out with a grainy and kinda stale malt profile followed by the citric/floral hop combination. Finishes with a mild bitterness that lingers somewhat in the aftertaste.

Body is medium to low and carbonation is high. Medium drinkability.

Overall an average pale ale with a malt profile that IMO is kind of stale and grainy, reminding me of a lager. Not much fruity ale-yeast contribution to the beer. The hops are pretty nice in this beer that leans more towards a British Pale Ale than an American.

paulozanello, Sep 25, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with a two finger head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Good aroma of malt, Belgian yeast, fruits and floral hops.
Malty flavor with an elegant bitterness and hints of condiments, Belgian yeast again, guaraná and apples. Dry and bitter aftertaste, nice that has some persistence.
Light towards medium body with good carbonation and a spicy feeling.
Well balanced beer, with a nice flavor and pleasant to drink. Good session ale.

FLima, May 25, 2013
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Eisenbahn Pale Ale from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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