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Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Brazil

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Eisenbahn Dunkel uses six different types of imported malt. The result is a marvelous beer, perfect for consuming year around with notes of toasted malts and coffee.

(Beer added by: soper2000 on 08-30-2004)
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The label says it is batch 14...no freshness date. The body of this brew is a clear amber with ruby highlights. All of this is topped by a light khaki foamy head that has good retention.

S - Sweet caramelized malt with some dark chocolate lingering in the background.

T & M - The malt I smelled in the nose seemed more roasted than caramelized when I tasted it. Also hints of dark fruit, maybe figs, that I did not smell in the nose. Really no hop bitterness to note, which makes this one a little one dimensional. The body of the brew is pretty thin, almost watery.Moderate carbonation.

D - Easily quaffable. Low ABV and decent taste make this an easy drinking beer. Seems like this would make for a good Summer beer...though being imported, it's a bit pricey. It may not be the best example of the style but I'm glad I tried it.

03-05-2010 03:49:56 | More by drizzam
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Offa

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

This is a fairly good, tasty if somewhat sweet, one-dimensional beer.

Deep reddish brown, it has a fairly big light tan head steadily shrinking to a thin top and leaving a hint of lace.

The aroma is roasty, caramelly-chocolatey with cereal, and coffee-brown-sugar candy. It's pleasant but definitely somewhat one-dimensional.

The taste is similar, toasty, at first a character of hard coffee candies, on the sweet side with almost no bitterness, a light zestiness. The sweetness then mellows out a bit and becomes drier with faint coffee bitterness. It's enjoyable and fairly easy to drink but overall a buit sweet, simple, and bland, and a bit out of balance.

08-18-2009 18:23:54 | More by Offa
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fosterific

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +23.3%

12oz bottle from batch number 17
Poured clean and dark, really dark like only a few rays of red light make it through. The head came and left, but carbonation was fairly good and constant.
Smells of chocolate and caramel with a malty backbone. Sweet with a hint of coffee.
Yep that was coffee. Pronounced roasted coffee flavor. Powerful dunkel. I do enjoy the complexity the flavor has, a good mix with much to explore. There is a hint of bitter near the end, otherwise the hopping is light.
The mouthfeel is clean and crisp. A unique lager.
A nice drinking winter beer when you are looking for flavor but don't want to chew through another imperial stout.
I always like to see one of these done well, and I believe for a brewery in Brazil, they did an outstanding job. I will be sure to try their other brews.

02-24-2009 01:12:04 | More by fosterific
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.7%

A: Poured a soft cola color with some dull orange highlights. In the glass appeared more of a dark garnet red. The head was slight with a light fizzy nature and was dirty ivory in color. Retention was short and left no visible lacing.

S: rather ordinary,light in nature with soft roasted coffee grinds with ripe plum skins standing out the most. Theres a slight scorched malt and smokiness with a watery burbon alcohol scent. Overall the aroma was very subdued.

T: a bit watery at first, There was a light burnt malting with some dried woodiness with a slight bitterness. Light toast with a equally light semi-sweet toffee and dried caramel sweetness. Rounding thing out were a slight detection of chocolate and coffee but you really had to dig and work to taste and appreciate.

M: very fizzy and active with a medium fullness. The fizzy carbonation gives this a little edgeiness on the tips and sides of the tongue.

D: average at best, a beer im sure that is hearty and big from its native origin (SA) but comes up borderline with only average attributes in regards to the many fine examples we have here. Would be hard pressed to put this in the good catergory so overall it is decent, and nothing to get excited about.

02-18-2009 01:15:50 | More by beerthulhu
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz. bottle, thanks Jon,

A: Pours a very dark brown with medium off-white head. Average retention and good lacing. Bold look to the beer.

S: Light smell, hard to get to at first. Molasses and smoke notes.

T: Not really a traditional Munich-style flavour, but a real nice tasting beer. Sweet toasted malt and brown sugar are there throughout mixed with dark chocolate/caramel and root beer notes. Sweet/smoky finish which I really like.

M: A little thin, but good overall. Light/medium body, smooth, creamy, medium viscosity, not the cleanest dunkel by a long shot.

D: An interesting New World take on this traditional German style. I quite liked it, an easy drinking dark lager, kind of a Euro Dark/Munich Dunkel hybrid.

02-01-2009 22:01:35 | More by Halcyondays
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a amber to a black color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, roasty coffee. In the taste, coffee, chocolate, and espresso. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee aftertaste. Nice flavor, big coffee. I was not expecting that at all, very nice.

01-29-2009 01:16:34 | More by OWSLEY069
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DoubleJ

California

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

Simply known as "Eisenbahn Dunkel" in Brazil, I sampled this beer at Guarulhos International Airport, as they have an Eisenbahn bar inside Terminal 2. On to the beer:

Dark, well duh! Ebony color with a solid white head on top. The aroma is sweet and soft. The flavor has notes of raisins and a hint of chocolate. Some plum and a faint roastiness, akin to a schwarzbier. Smooth on the palate with a gentle snap of carbonation, and more body than you'd think. It's very quaffable, ideal for a Brazilian summer, or my case waiting for a flight.

01-28-2009 00:27:58 | More by DoubleJ
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AlexLMS

Portugal

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: opaque with a jet-black colour. The head is low, brown and foamy with poor retention (disappears within seconds) and no lacing.
Aroma: roasted malts and black coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate notes.
Taste: roasted dark malts and coffee. Sweet maltiness well balanced by the hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: kind of dry, medium to low level of carbonation, average alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: lingering roasted bitter aftertaste.

Overall: nothing spectacular but very nice clean dark lager. Best Eisenbhan I had so far. Lack a deeper complexity to deserve a higher rating.

12-14-2008 22:01:22 | More by AlexLMS
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Jablonski

Louisiana

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown that is slighly see-through when held to light. The light appears ruby-red through the bottle. Head does not have much retention, and there is a light lacing.

Smell: malty arouma reminiscent of a stout

Taste: Chocolate/coffee taste really comes out and lingers for a while after each sip (seems to come on strong a few seconds after the sip)

Mouthfeel: a bit on the watery side; a wierd metallic feeling on the roof of my mouth

Drinkability: I could have a few in a sitting, but the taste isn't distinctive enough to make me crave it

12-14-2008 00:03:37 | More by Jablonski
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Batch 17. Pours a dark brown with a one-finger tan head. Retention isn't phenomenal, and lacing is non-existent, but still a pleasant looking beer. Smells faintly of sweet roasted munich malts--caramel and hints of chocolate. Taste is much stronger, with the roasted qualities really jumping out. The chocolate is there, but masked by earthiness and light ferric notes. Pleasant overall.

12-12-2008 01:32:29 | More by philipquarles
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -17.9%

Eisenbahn- Escura

A-Deep reddish brown with a thick frothy head. Mild lacing on the top half of the glass.
S- Light toasty malt with a touch of molasses.
T- Sweet, slightly smoked, toasted malt. Light mild molasses.
M- Light and sweet up front, slightly sappy with a molasses/ bbq sauce twang finish.

Overall- Very mild and plain. Easy to gulp down but flavors are lacking.

12-08-2008 21:31:11 | More by NJpadreFan
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured a deep copper color with moderate off-white puffy head.

Smell has some rich notes of roasted malt and caramel.

Taste also has a nice roasted malt background, with some caramel and sweet chocolate mixed in. It is a bit sweet, but without being overdone.

Left a nice roasted malt/caramel flavoe in the mouth.

A above-average flavorful easy-drinking beer.

09-27-2008 10:34:39 | More by tgbljb
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

Small capped bottle, poured into a tulip, quite fresh, in Brazil.
It is light brown in color, with amber highlights, and a tan colored head that holds reasonably well. Not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is surprisingly roasted, with some coffee and chocolate notes along the more dominant caramel.
It starts somewhat sweet and caramelized, evolving into some roasted and fruity flavors, but it manages to keep very light, refreshing and drinkable. It is by no means your full flavored dunkel, but it has higher drinkability than the avrage, assuming you manage to get it this fresh.

07-03-2008 22:30:49 | More by brdc
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.4/5  rDev -35%

I'm always going after beers from breweries that I know nothing about. This would be my first of two from them on this particular evening. After the first, I'm surprised I bought the second. The beer has timid Dunkel charm, but problematic all along the way. Aromas of harsh roasted grains and butterscotch fill the nose, making me think it's a Scottish Ale. Although the aroma caught me off guard, the look was a pleasant mohogany / brown hue with a dense, froathy tan head retention -- a nice looking beer. Tastes, however, got back to the scorched and diacatyl flavors that I expected from the nose. These off flavors dominated the soft Pilsner malt and toasty characters. Perhaps a little wheaty at times, but no fruits, noticable alcohols or astringency. Finishes a bit on the thin, slick side but not badly textured otherwise. I was hoping that I had a bad bottle, but from looking at other's reviews, this is how the brewery intends it to taste-- too bad.

04-29-2008 14:24:29 | More by BEERchitect
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +3%

Batch Number 17; Sampled April 2008
As I pour this brew a nice aroma of caramelized malt, toasted grain and light chocolate wafts to my nose. The beer pours with an initially three finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer shows a dark, amber-brown color, but shows a brilliantly clear, cherry-red color when held up to the light. A deeper quaff of the aroma yields more, concentrated aromas as previously noted; light coffee aromatics, some light raisin notes and some berry aromatics are noticeable, though the roast character tends to dominate the nose if you spend more than a second smelling it.

Quite dry tasting up front, though a bit of caramelized malt sweetness creeps in towards the finish. Nice and roasted tasting, more leaning towards a nicely toasted malt character that burnt flavors. After my first sip a bit more of the malt sweetness becomes more noticeable, though not so much as to characterize this as a sweet beer. Quite light bodied, this beer is very quaffable though it does have a presence & heft in the middle. Light dusty cocoa flavors, some bitter dark grain notes as well as a light hop bitterness are found in the finish. This has a nice raisin-like maltiness to it at times, in fact a nice malt sweetness really does pick up here as the beer warms up (or perhaps it is my palate recovering from that overly sweet Pils I just had).

A tasty beer; I like how full flavored yet quaffable it is. It has more roast character than is typical of a Dunkel Lager, but I wouldn't call it a Schwarzbier either; either way though it is tasty.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

04-25-2008 02:38:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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rowew

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

12 oz longneck, imported by Shelton Brothers. Label has a batch number, but I don't see a date. Pours a nice dark brown with a bit of ruby around the edges, good head tan in color, nice retention and lacing. Aroma and taste are a bit more towards schwarzbier than dunkel to me, but both are very nice. Medium bodied with good roasted notes, highly drinkable and interesting. This is a nice beer - but it was also pretty expensive (over $12 a six pack here in Colorado).

04-22-2008 01:35:57 | More by rowew
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

Aroma is rich, malty and smoky, more like a stout than a lager. It pours a dark translucent brown, not as dark as a stout or porter, but still appetizing and with a thick, fluffy, persistent head. Flavor is crisp, fuller than most lagers I have tried and with a definite smoky overtone. It feels just a little thin, but as far as lagers go it is outstanding.

04-11-2008 02:32:37 | More by Cyberkedi
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willer

Brazil

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%

Appearance - Dark brown with a light tan head.

Smell - Sweet and toast malt, with hints of coffee and toffee.

Taste - Toast malt character is predominant with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability - Excellent balance between slight sweet smell and the predominant toast malt flavor.

04-03-2008 17:31:09 | More by willer
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tmitch75

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

Dark brown, opaque, thin head. No lacing.

Smells of chocolate and nuts, with a sweet roasty malt base.

Taste is sweet, roasty, chocolatey. No hop bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but carbonation is good (despite small head).

Very drinkable and sessionable, but not great.

Tasted on 1/29/08

03-07-2008 05:39:39 | More by tmitch75
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JDV

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Pours basically light black, with quickly fading light tan head. Smell is malty and very nutty. Taste is nutty, slight notes of coffee, low carbonation and rich with a light nutty bitter finish. Interesting beer for sure, and reminds me of a thick nut brown ale.

02-06-2008 22:54:47 | More by JDV
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours very dark reddish brown with a relatively thin head that sticks around as a thin cap. Quite roasty and nutty aromas with some fresh grain smells on the end. Not quite as robust on the taste, but relatively clean and smooth. Lots of caramel malt, some roasted grain, and a slightly mineral aftertaste. Quite dry and relatively crisp, this beer is maybe slightly outside the style- a little lighter and dryer, but its close enough and regardless, quite tasty. I've seen this brewery's stuff around for a while, but this is the first I've tried it. I'm glad I did.

12-30-2007 02:20:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.1/5  rDev -16%

This beer poured a black color with a thick but very quickly disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and roasted. The taste is malty and roasted with a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have liked to uphold the flavor. Overall, this is a nice offering that comes off as almost a “light stout”.

12-20-2007 01:40:18 | More by barefootbrewer
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acrawf6

Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours out a dark brown that looks cloudy around the edges with a foamy tan head that drops down to nothing within a couple of minutes.

Smell. Initial whiffs are waxy and unpleasant, but the more i smell the better it gets. I get lots of roasted malts with a good touch of dark chocolate and bitter roasted coffee beans.

Taste. Tastes roasted and dry. The chocolate flavor comes out nicely. Not much of a complexity really. Aftertaste is also dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel. I find this a little on the thin side with a little slickness. Carbonation is at a good level.

Overall, not bad, but nothing to it that gets me to really want more of it.

11-13-2007 01:33:06 | More by acrawf6
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +17.3%

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - somewhat translucent, very deep dark amber color with a nice thick head that settles somewhat but still has a nice foamy collar

S - rich, roasted malt scent with notes of coffee, chocolate and some smokiness

T - the taste delivers on the aroma: rich, smooth but vibrant roasted malt character with no perceptible hops - there's enough there to balance the malt so it's not sweet - at all (but not bitter either)

M - medium creamy body, moderate carbonation

D - this is an excellent Munich dunkel style, at the moment I couldn't pick a better example really - most of the German imports are heavy with diacetyl

10-25-2007 21:12:30 | More by scoobybrew
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3%

This beer pours a dark black with a dead brown that shines through lending an ugly feel to it. Not much head at all to speak of other than a narrow collar.

Smells almost comically of chocolate, perhaps chocolate candy as opposed to actual chocolate. There's a touch of caramel here too and it's thankfully backed up by a touch of coffee which adds some depth to it all.

Tastes rather dry and sour with an initial CO2 blast followed by old coffee which then settles on a touch of faint chocolate and a bit of coffee. Finishes really clean and tasty; probably the best part of the flavor with a reminiscent and lingering chocolate and a touch of doughnut.

Feels really light and crisp with an overwhelming swarm of carbonation that greatly distracts from the experience.

Overall, I enjoyed it if for nothing else than the uniqueness.

09-22-2007 03:53:45 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Eisenbahn Escura (Dunkel) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
83 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.