Eisenbahn Rauchbier - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Thanks to my brother for sharing this beer. Always excited to try new smoke beers.
The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of toffee malt with some smoke mixed in. The smoke is present, but far from overwhelming.
The flavor is very similar. The first and main flavor that I get is a meaty smoke, but there is also a strong caramel and toffee malt backbone. As the beer warms I start to get some dark fruit notes that mix very well with the other components. Very easy to drink.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
01-21-2011 06:38:13 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
Mine's called 'Defumada' Smoked Lager, with a depiction of an old train engine barreling through a tropical jungle. Oddly enough, it's also called 'Malt Liquor' on the label...
This beer pours a hazy, cloudy dark amber colour, with one finger of fast-disappearing soapy beige head, which leaves some very sparse lace in its wake. Its smells of light smoked wood, grainy malt, deli scraps, and mild grassy hops. The taste is smoked, woody grain, a bit of caramel, savory charred flesh, and floral, weedy, practically refreshing, hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium-heavy in weight, and smooth, in that campfire-tinged mountain air kind of way. It finishes with still a fair bit going on - caramel sweetness, latent meaty smoke, and light, ethereal, meadowy hops.
A nice, solid, surprisingly clean offering, with more of a tendency towards a visceral, subtle meatiness, than sinus (or palate) searing smoke.
10-01-2010 22:41:41 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +3.4%
An old favorite style since the great success of our homebrewed Mentholated Laser Jaw.
Clear, amber, low carbonation. Moderately smoky aroma, sweet malts. The smokiness lingers but isn't punishing. A refreshing and delightful experience. Stays sweet until the smoke begins to dominate towards the end.
An interesting mix of sweetness and smokiness. Definitely got smokier as the glass warmed, or, alternatively, as more smoked malt in liquid alcohol form was drank (a cumulative effect, as it were).
A nice beer, would surely try again.
09-22-2010 04:41:28 | More by dragonWhale
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a clear, rust color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of rauchbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight earthy malt, hint of grain, and a hint of hops. Overall, a lot better then the Dourada. Good mouth feel and blend.
08-03-2010 15:00:12 | More by Tone
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Source/serving: 12oz bottle.
Source/Serving: Slightly charred sweet potato, freshly toasted caramel, lightly burnt apple pie. An ash pit the day after the fire. Light almond. Faint smoked ham as it warms. Overall quite sweet and very rich.
Taste: Really full bodied up front...thick and fairly sweet with light campfire smoke in the background. Syrupy caramel with a tinge of apple and pear cider. Fields of grass come to mind as it warms. The middle is juicy apple cider - lots of ripe tree fruit actually. Some sweet potato. Fairly clean at first which transcends into moderately heavy smoke on the way to the finish. Finish is very sweet potato.... And tastes remarkably true to the vegetable especially as it lingers. A smoky edge gives a lightly charred character. A slight mineral, almost rust, note.
Overall: Sweet, rich malts and caramel very nicely balance the moderate smoke in this which creates decent complexity and interest. For a smoke beer, especially one as sweet as this one, this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.
07-10-2010 23:30:06 | More by 4000qtrap
2.55/5 rDev -34.1%
Pours a bronze colour, quite clear with minimal head, sinks to a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Leaves some unimpressive lace. Hmmmm... not very impressed, a bit blah.
Nose is quite amber-malty with some dark characters as well and hints of currants and cherry, then emerges this slight dark wood smoke, a lot of smouldered oaky notes, with a hint of cola lurking behind. Slightly subdued smoke-wise, but not bad, has a bit too much sweetness though.
Taste is sadly a let-down, very malty and sweet with brown sugar and some weak citric notes, then gets a slight smokey flavour at the back but dominated by a medicinal overtone and the smoke comes through as more of an afterthought. It may well just be diminished from being old though, it does retain a shadow of its woody, smokey past but it's a pale imitation of what it could be and what other Rauchs are.
Thin and untextured mostly, a bit syrupy as it goes down, actually quite unpleasant texture.
Fairly unimpressed with this but will happily give this a second chance with a fresh bottle if anyone from Oz wants to import another batch.
04-29-2010 05:53:00 | More by laituegonflable
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours a clear amber colour, looking rather flat and limp, with a mildly filmy, fine-bubbled white head. Some lacing in nice curtains as the glass empties.
Light sweetness on the nose, with a very subdued but definitely noticeable smoke character. Very much merely a slight woodsmoke note; none of the big smoked meat characters. Even a little pine resin creeping in. Not bad though.
I do like the fact that there is a very noticeable smoky character on the palate. Round enough on the front, and not very full-bodied, which is rather suitable, before a smoky-sweet flavour permeates and stays till the end. It's again rather muted, but I love the effective smoke here.
Mouthfeel is thin, which again, is perhaps suited to the style, but it feels a little disappointing.
Gets slightly cloying after a while, with the sweetness raising its head once too often. It doesn't strike me as a particularly good rauch, but it has its moments.
04-27-2010 10:27:31 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Rusty amber with a quarter-inch, creamy off-white head that remains.
Smell is smokey malts and very faint hops. Some very faint sausage and caramel as well.
Taste is again smoked malts, with some sausage being a little more present than on the nose. Hints of barbeque as well. Finish is slightly malty.
Mouthfeel is mildly crisp, with a little bite halfway through. A bit watery overall.
Drinkability is very good. This is a nice one to have when you'd like a little smoke, but not too much.
04-09-2010 02:18:40 | More by Parrotbeak
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
12 oz twist off "Defumada" bottle.
Pours a red amber with a 1 centimeter white head that dissipates rather quickly.
The smoke scent is incredibly subtle with dark malts in the forefront.
The taste is rauchbier mixed with doppelbock and it works really well. It has hints of chocolate, coffee, and smoke. All of it is well balanced.
It is a pretty good rauchbier.
03-07-2010 03:24:54 | More by crossovert
3.28/5 rDev -15.2%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is good, malts and smokes meat, some notes of hops. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall a pretty interesting and not bad beer.
02-20-2010 14:22:10 | More by tone77
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
Served in a Hirter stange.
Pours a clear amber-brown with about a finger of light head that leaves little lacing on the glass. The smell is of mesquite BBQ, with hints of green apple, cocoa, and plums. The taste begins with a subtly sweet maltiness, allowing the smokiness to build up behind. That maltiness is what lingers in the aftertaste, though, rather than the smoke, as would be expected. The medium body, coupled with the overall sweetness, makes for a more drinkable rauch than usual.
02-11-2010 08:37:17 | More by TMoney2591
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
Well balanced malt and smoke aroma with the moderate smoke playing against a relatively sweet malt profile. Bacon and wood are the main elements of the smoke. No hops.
Very clear, deep amber colour with a tiny, short lasting head.
Solidly malty flavour with a mild smokiness. Fairly sweet but also quite clean. This is actually a very easy to drink rauchbier which is nice and is quite different to the Schlenkerla version.
The mouthfeel is quite creamy with a medium body and lowish carbonation.
Quite drinkable for a rauchbier though I find myself preferring the boldness of the richer, smokier versions.
01-28-2010 06:20:04 | More by dgilks
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
This is the Defumada with an attractive label of an old fashioned steam locomotive rumbling through the rain forest, complete with a Scarlet Macaw. This is marked as Batch 04. A 12 oz. bottle into my Einbecker Ur-bock glass---seemed fairly appropriate.
A-Clear, brilliant copper with medium tan head. Head reduced to a wisp of film and left minimal lace.
S-Light smoke, malt sweetness, a suggestion of Lebanon Bologna and a hint of chocolate and anise.
T-Sweet smokiness---again to this PA Dutch raised boy the suggestion of Lebanon Bologna is unmistakable. Light touch of chocolate malt in the finish. Nice bready backing.
M-Medium-light bodied, fairly sharp and crisp. Nice lingering smoky flavours and malt sweetness.
D-Damn solid. Certainly not the best rauchbier I have ever had but considering this is made in Brazil---well, color me impressed. A pleasant, well made and easy drinking brew. I think Xingu will have to take a back seat to my new favorite beer from Brazil!
01-17-2010 23:13:44 | More by Deuane
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Defumada. 6.5% - different label (this one is in color - but still features a steam locomotive passing through what appears to be a rain forest). Batch 04. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my pilsner glass.
Brilliantly clear rust colored liquid with heavy carbonation building up a three finger, dense, dark beige head. Small curls of lacing adorn the edges of the glass.
Light smoke, but strong clean malt aromatics. Very distinctly German ingredients.
Distinctive buckwheat soba noodle (!) on the palate - incredibly appetizing though a bit surprising. Very slight bacon and butter notes, with a clean mouth-watering finish.
Fairly light bodied with very high carbonation.
This is an excellent lager.
12-11-2009 03:18:32 | More by augustgarage
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
This is a pretty good, tasty, solid rauchbier.
Red amber, it has a big, slightly airy tan head steadily thinning to a thin foamy top, then gradually thinning to a foamy ring and wisps. It leaves no real lace.
Aroma is smokey but not overpoweringly so, with hints of caramel, charred wood, stewed plums and apples.
Taste is smokey but again not too much so, quite malty in the smokeiness with light stewed plum-apple fruitiness, hint of caramel, mineral quality. It's lightly sweet before a more dry, zesty minerally-leafy herb finish. It has light grain elements throughout, too, and is very easy to drink. It is perhaps on the thin side and sweet side and is not too complex, but has good character that hold up well.
11-10-2009 19:55:34 | More by Offa
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Found this 12oz brown bottle at Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL. but my label is completely different from the one shown above in the BA picture. Mine has a picture of a freight train engine on it with the words Defumada smoked lager on the front instead of the German word rauchbier.
The beer pours a clear caramel color that left a 2 finger tan head that dissipated in less than 30 seconds and left no lacing. This is the clearest dark beer I've ever seen. You can look right thru the glass and see things on the other side.
The smell is an interesting mix of heavy malt and smoked deli meats. It's unlike any other beer smell.
Very sweet caramel taste. In fact the caramel is more pronounced than the smoke flavor. Some burnt malt is in there as well. The finish has a nice touch of spicy alcohol flavor to it.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly weak and watery. How they put all those flavors in there and still made it so light I don't know, but this was the most disappointing part of the beer. The carbonation is low to medium, which is OK for this style, but I wish it was thicker or chewier.
Don't know if anyone would want to polish off a full 6 of these all in one sitting, but I sure wouldn't mind another one.
11-09-2009 01:52:04 | More by matjack85
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Appearance: Cloudy amber, off-white head that dissipates to this layer on top.
Smell: Curious chocolate and deep caramelized malts in the smell. Very inviting.
Taste: Deep caramel, sweet, chocolate, and vanilla notes over arched by a smoky presence and minimal hops. Good textured malts in the aftertaste, and a lingering smoke that outlasts the rest. Intriguing, complex and pleasing.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Drinkability: Due to ABV, this wouldn't be good for fast drinking or in large quantities. Better for sipping and contemplating the interesting taste.
Overall: a fine beer. The smoked flavor is interesting, and though not my personal favorite, I give this beer a good rating because it is different from the usual import lager.
10-21-2009 05:39:32 | More by allforbetterbeer
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle labeled Defumada with a freight train on the front purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of smoked malts with a good amount of underlying sweetness. As the beer warms the smoked malt aromas increase.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Smoked malt flavors up front with an underlying sweetness that carries through to a mildly sweet ending with a lingering smokiness.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and I could have a few more.
Overall this was a pretty good rauchbier. The flavors certainly improve as the beer warms so be sure to let this one get to a good temperature. Worth a shot.
09-04-2009 03:42:40 | More by glid02
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
A: A rusty brown color, thin layer of densely packed head, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Smokiness is the first thing that I notice on the nose - it is quite strong though not overpowering, there is also the unmistakable crisp lager aromas, some grain smells also make a showing - 4.00, T: Smokiness is present but like the nose it does not overwhelm, crisp and refreshing, quite distinct sweet caramel malt, very pleasing palate - 4.00, M: Silky mouth feel - 4.00, D: Very drinkable and a beer I would unquestionably drink again, having called Brazil home for a little over a year and considering it a beer wasteland, it is nice to see craft beer taking hold - 4.25
08-23-2009 23:57:05 | More by deereless
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours out a clear dark brown/amber with a short white head that leaves no lacing.
The smell is smoke, reminds me a bit of smoked mozzarella. There's also some nice malt sweetness.
The taste is smoked cheese, smoked sweet malt and a nice, lingering, smokey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is fairly thin with mild carbonation.
It's pretty drinkable to me. ABV is manageable and nothing objectionable in the taste.
I like this style and while this is no great beer it's pretty good. I wonder if the Brazilian restaurant in the city serves this, they should.
08-07-2009 22:26:47 | More by meatyard
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
Sold to me as the Defumada. Slogan says that this joint is "South America's Craft Brewery," and man it must suck to live in a whole continent with only one craft brewery. I thought North Dakota was bad, but this is just crazy.
Pours light brown with a decent sized white head.
Smells meaty, salami and colby jack, with more generic wooden smoke and some malt that might be just a little stale. Says its from Batch 06, whatever that means. No freshness date = safe to review.
Tastes a lot more together, even if it's a little old. The malt is fruity and aged, but that actually works to tie together the nice smoke complexities. We got your meats, your cheeses, and your earthen grains yearning to breathe free. Solid smoke.
Well brewed. If I could be guaranteed to get ahold of this fresh, I'd love to try some more from this brewer.
06-17-2009 06:09:20 | More by mynie
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottle into an American shaker pint.
A--Pours up a deep copper body with a creamy fairly dense white head that bubbles away after some time and laces well. Looks like a vienna lager--dark brownish red.
S--The smoke is as much wood as it is slim jim. There's a decent beef jerky here but there's also some peaty notes as well as considerable caramelish malt. Smoke is nowhere near overpowering in either sense.
T--Less like standing over a barbecuing Boston butt than like sipping on a decent Marzen that had some drops of liquid smoke in it. Flavor profile is actually pretty malt forward, which puts the smoke into the rear guard. Still, some spicy barbecue type flavors sneak into the back end while the more woody or peaty flavors contribute up front. Very restrained version of the style.
M&D--Both are fine, with higher marks to drinkability just because the subtlety of the smoke doesn't overpower your palate. Better for a more offbeat session than for something that's gonna knock your socks off with novelty--for those expecting a sock of smoke you'll be disappointed, and probably even bored. Could have been more flavorful for the ABV.
03-28-2009 22:13:47 | More by TheycallmeTim
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!
Pours dark copper with a fluffy white head than leaves uneven rings of lacing.
The smell is smoky - blend of peat-like and Rauch-like/meaty. There's a hint of Scotch with caramel. Smokiness is certainly there, but allows a caramel maltiness to come through nicely.
The taste, as in the aroma, is there but not overwhelming. It has a caramelish ("O-fest") maltines with a slightly spicy, semi-dry, finish.
Medium-bodied, it is very smooth, somewhat velvety.
Very drinkable, as it is smoky but not overly so, allowing other characteristics to come through that complement the smokiness well. Alcohol is well-masked. Solid choice for a smoky, but not overpowering, brew with a balanced maltiness. A very nice one here!
03-23-2009 00:46:17 | More by jwc215
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
Picked up a single bottle at Nikki's Liquors in RI. Poured into my nonic pint glass a clear golden amber color with a quickly vanishing off-white head. Smells mildly of smoked malts and burnt caramel with a unique taffy like sweetness. Tastes of sweet, brown sugar coated smoked ribs. The smoke is mild and not overpowering. A bit thin in body with medium carbonation. It did not take long for my glass to become empty. Worth a try if you see it.
03-06-2009 04:20:21 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Finding this beer in the depths of the Shelton Bros. Catalog I got really excited. I mean they are one of the best beer importers going and I love Rauchbier so I was pretty fired up.
But alas I think let my expectations get the best of me. Don't get me wrong this is good stuff and very drinkable, it would be killer with some bacon and eggs for breakfast. But I want my Rauchbiers to pummel me. I guess I'm like all these hop fanatics but with smoke. The more the better right?
All that out of the way here is what I think: nice dark amber color with a small, quickly disappearing head but one that persists around the edge of the glass. I never really had a heady Rauchbier so no surprises here.
The nose is packed with fresh wheat, bread dough and some far away smoke. Like a small wild fire a few towns over. I wanted a full blaze engulfing forests.
The flavors are pure and delicious with nice clarity. You taste all the parts and nothing is overwhelming, great balance. Smoked ham, pine sap, grain aspects and hints of toffee are all there.
I do like the silkiness here very much it is nice and perfectly carbonated for my liking. A bit more punch and it could be a 5 in my book.
But where this shines like I mentioned before is its drinkability. It is so balanced and actually really feminine for a beer of this style. I could easily but back a sixer of this. I guess I was dreaming of a bit more smoke.
03-04-2009 04:15:24 | More by bryanbrick
Eisenbahn Rauchbier from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.