Eisenbahn Vigorosa (Weizenbock) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
Name hasn't been Vigorosa for years, my evaluation done in 24mar13 was re-copied here. For some reason it was now under the Eisenbahn Weizenbier that I had evaluated back in May same year. I am glad I kept a copy...
Dark brown color with a timid head.
Pleasant mild aroma of sweat wheat and yeast.
Nice taste of slight toasted malts, caramels, dark fruits and amazingly refreshing hops. Dry and mild bitter aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 8% ABV is a master of disguise in this brew.
Good weizenbock, among the best of the beers produced by Eisenbahn. Good balance between drinkability and flavor.
04-23-2014 22:46:55 | More by FLima
4.04/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance: dark brown with medium brown highlights, no head (probably from elevated ABV), murky from wheat malt
Aroma: definite banana and clove nose, but much greater malty sweetness on the nose than a weizen or even a dunkelweizen, dark fruit, hint of fig, very slight nutty character as well, pungent aroma overall, with some noticeable alcoholic strength in the nose
Taste: Banana and clove-like yeast character hits first but then is immersed in a dark fruity sweetness than lasts through the finish. There is an obvious wheat character to the taste, as well as weizen yeast, but otherwise it drinks just like a doppelbock. Dark, strong, and malty with no noticable hop character, it is lightened in flavor by the weizen yeast and smoothed by the wheat malt. No strong alcohol flavors.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and wheaty, slight graininess, moderate carbonation, full bodied with a long finish.
Overall Impression: A good malt bomb that has some interesting wheat and weizen yeast character to make it unique. Flavors of a doppelbock married to a weizen, this beer sports an 8.0% ABV that, to its credit, you feel but don't taste.
06-30-2013 20:35:12 | More by dwren89
3.98/5 rDev +7%
355ml bottle served in an ordinary glass.
A: Pours an dark amber color forming a medium creamy yellow head. Medium retention and some lacings
S: Banana bread as expected. Toffee. Wheat. Fruity. Spicy
T: Banana, wheat, dark fruits. Toffee, caramel malts. Cinnamon. Overall mild sweet taste. Grainy. End is light bitter hops
M: Smooth medium body. A bit molasses. Medium carbonation
O: Easy drinking beer despite the 8% ABV. Well done Weizenbock. Another good surprise from Eisenbahn
08-19-2012 17:57:42 | More by eduardolinhalis
2.25/5 rDev -39.5%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/14/12
The appearance is something of a cloudy, muddled brown. A two finger head crowned with a layer of loose bubbles dissipates after a few minutes. No retention or lace.
The aroma has a distinctly tangy wheat snappiness. There is a hint of dustiness and yeast, too. Underneath the wheat are notes of raisins, figs, bread, caramel, cocoa, dark cherry and suggestions of leather. Faint overtones of alcohol heat.
The flavor starts off with promise - deep wheat and bread flavors mix with more subtle representations of the complexities of the nose. However, the flavors tank quickly, leaving a finish that is wrought with oxidation and old paper. The less than pleasing flavors of the latter half linger far too long.
The feel is on the thin side of medium overall, devolving in tandem with the flavor profile. Carbonation is on the lower side, which is nice.
While there are a few good things about this beer to enjoy, it ultimately falls short for me. It's drinkable enough and I find it mellows over time. Not terrible.
05-22-2012 04:14:06 | More by Ryan011235
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
Glowing chestnut, active bubbles and tight creamy taupe head that fades and leaves the odd white trail. Banana creme, rye dough and wax on the nose.
Ryvita, more banana, milk chocolate and maraschino with clove and cinnamon to end.
Mango milkshake end and slight tingly linger - dies a bit. Medium, very creamy and smooth, bit of heat.
Some big spice balanced by very soft body. Not deep, but goes down dangerously easy for the strength. Don't get much actual wheat character, but still a solid weizenbock.
10-05-2011 22:18:30 | More by StJamesGate
3.83/5 rDev +3%
12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Ernie for busting out this crazy beer at a tasting.
A: Clear persimmon body with a half-finger of fine tan foam that settles into a ring. Not bad at all.
S: Rich, intense aroma of cooked bananas, complete with butter + cinnamon. I like it.
T: More cooked banana goodness. Pure, straight banana + brown sugar sweetness. It's no Aventinus, but it's pretty darn good.
M: Smooth medium body with low carbonation.
D: The sweetness + stickiness don't take too much away from the tastiness. Ok.
Notes: Avoid this beer if you'd rather your Weizenbock be something other than a banana-bomb, but if that sounds appetizing this is a great one to seek out. Extremely flavorful and, to me, extremely enjoyable. Not a masterpiece of brewing by any stretch, but quite an unexpected treat.
02-21-2011 02:39:49 | More by woosterbill
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
Pours a dark brown with a 1 finger creamy brown head. Good retention.
Aroma of malt and light wheat.
Taste is sweet, wheat, woody and cloves. Also get some type of rubber taste going on.
Mouthfeel is slighly cleansing, medium bodied. Rather dull on the tongue.
Overall, drinkable, but not too exciting.
01-29-2011 03:11:43 | More by atigerlife
3.28/5 rDev -11.8%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Head fades almost immediately. Dark with lots of brown and amber tones. Pours and looks like a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper
S: Caramel, banana, sweet bread dough.
T:Tastes of wheat and toasted corn. Caramel, cola. High alcohol is noticeable but balance nicely with the sweet agave syrup flavor.
M: Carbonation fades quickly on the palate into a noticeable light syrup viscosity. Sits well on the tongue and cheeks.
D: Good but I can't shake the similarity to diet soda. Hmmmm....not sure what to think of this.
12-20-2010 01:14:36 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
3.1/5 rDev -16.7%
Appearance: dark amber, very small head, and a little lacing.
Smell: caramel thick, some spices, and banana.
Taste: banana, roasted malts, and some spice.
It is fairly thin and faintly watery. It initially comes off as a thicker triple, but that is not the case.
12-05-2010 06:46:44 | More by megahurts4
3.6/5 rDev -3.2%
335 mL bottle, thanks Jon,
A: Pours a deep brown with a medium off-white head, solid retention, no lace.
S: Banana bread, definite plum and Concord grape jelly.
T: Cloves come to the forefront a lot more than in the nose. Some dark malt, lots of dark fruit - spiced plums, mission figs and raisins.
M: Medium-bodied, fairly boozy, prickly carbonation.
D: A good weizenbock, not super complex or estery, but it's a solid effort.
10-28-2010 02:42:49 | More by Halcyondays
2.65/5 rDev -28.8%
Presentation: 12oz brown screw cap; no date that I saw
Appearance: Mahogany beer capped by a dark ivory cap. A strong pour produces a nice 2 finger head, but this fades way too quickly to a patchy film and ring.
Smell: Lots of sticky dark fruit (I'm getting dried figs and raisins) as well as some dark brown sugar and a hint of fruity alcohol. Pretty nice overall.
Taste: Unfortunately the flavors don't match the aromas. While there is a really nice, almost burnt toffee characteristic here, the attractive dark fruit aromas are not mirrored in the flavor profile. Hint of earthiness, and a lot (especially for an 8% beer) of fruity alcohol. Too much, IMO.
Mouthfeel: The booziness comes together with a thinner than usual mouthfeel to make this really pretty lackluster.
Drinkability: I dunno if I'm going to get through this one...
Conclusion: Back to the drawing board with this one I'm afraid.
10-16-2010 06:02:17 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, yeast, slight alcohol, and hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight dark citrus, and yeast. Overall, lacking in body, but good blend and aroma.
08-03-2010 15:11:30 | More by Tone
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours a rich umber colour, beautifully cloudy and bronze up to the light. Head is pretty pleasant, dense and beige, sinking steadily, lace left is disappointingly thin actually, but yeah, the nice head makes up for it.
Nose is tasty, malty and sweet for the most part, with a pleasant caramel aroma and a hint of brownness - like toastiness but not quite dark and bitter enough for that, just slight sourness. Hints of raisin and cinnamon on there as well and a mild citric hop character. Very pleasant aromatic nose, sweet and fresh.
Taste is considerably more sour, has a fair amount of citrus zest on the front that descends into a slight milkiness on the mid where the malt rises to join it. A hint of vinegar on the mid before it gets mildly toasty again, with some notes of toasted grain and pine nuts, plus light citric hop notes. Quite tangy on the finish actually but really, overall it seems a bit weak, never quite reaches 'full' flavour, could be sweeter, darker or hoppier and lacks classic weizen esters really.
Fairly good body though, seems a bit light for the dryness it produces on the finish, but not bad.
Weak doesn't equal offensive. It needs a bit more balance, like more malt on the front but it's not a bad drop.
06-04-2010 03:50:00 | More by laituegonflable
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a thick and cloudy deep brown amber colour, with some bubbling head when provoked, but otherwise just a film of off-white bubbling. The thickness and the opaqueness of the body are very nice.
Big sweet weizen notes. More than a hint of banana, some sweet caramel and even a slight hint of booze. Very smooth, rich and very much like a weizenbock should be. Absolutely lovely.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, which is noticeable right from the start - a shame, and unexpected given the apparent thickness in the body. Taste is smooth, lacking a little of the rich and heavy sweetness I was expecting, but with some really pleasant light boozy phenols and a round deep weizen flavour.
A really good weizenbock. One of the best non-German examples I've had. Eisenbahn again show their skills in producing fine examples of classic styles.
06-02-2010 08:36:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.08/5 rDev -17.2%
A - Poured out a dark garnet color with a one-finger, thin, tan head. It left little to no lace on the glass.
S - It smelled a little boozy and malty with just a touch of wheat aroma.
T - Taste was not much different from the aroma. Boozy, malty and not much wheat.
M - It was fairly crisp and smooth. A medium bodied beer.
D - Weizenbock? More like a dopplebock. I got very little wheat flavors.
04-23-2010 02:25:55 | More by zeff80
Eisenbahn Vigorosa (Weizenbock) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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