Eisenbahn Rauchbier - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 109
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Brazil

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: soper2000 on 02-13-2006

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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 109
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (842 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (838 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro for getting me to try this. I never would have tried it without his suggestion, and then I would have really missed out. This is a great, almost phenomenal, beer. A 12oz bottle, Batch 06, poured into a pint glass. Dark amber color, small head. Faint campfire smoke aroma, with a some fruit. Very pleasant. Fruit, malt taste, with the faint smoke flavor coming in afterwards. Very subtle, very comfortable. Truly a beer to enjoy. I need to see if Tully's carries this, because I don't get up to Waldoboro that often. (581 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a seidel. Clear copper color with an ecru head that fizzes out pretty quick. No lacing. Aroma is salted meat with a mild phenolic plastic note. Some sweet caramel tempers the smoke, making this beer less intense than the Schlenkerla rauchbiers. Flavor is pretty much identical. Nice light smokiness, not like drinking a Christmas ham. Light body and pretty clean. Drinkable and even kinda refreshing. (412 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky ruby color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and toffee malt with a smoke undercurrent. The taste is a bit smokier than the aroma, and there is still a solid malt presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation which seems to slightly get in the way of the taste. Overall, this is a decent rauchbier that I could drink again, but there are better examples out to be had. (474 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Quake for this one.

A: Poures a transparent amber hue with a fluffy beige colored head. Exhibits good retention and slight lacing.

S: Aroma mostly consits of smoked malts. There is a nice campfire aromas with hints of smoked meat.

T: There is a bit of sweetness up front with some caramel and toffee. The smokiness comes out in the middle to back end. The campfire is not really there, the smoke is more on the smoked meat side.

M: Medium in body, with active carbonation.

D: Not bad for a smoked beer. Did not think I would like it, but I did. Would buy again. (576 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber red color with a two finger fluffy head with short retention.
Light predominant aroma of smoked malts and biscuit.
Flavor of smoked malts, red apples, caramel and a hint of pine. Dry aftertaste.
Light body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is well hidden.
A sessionable Rauchbier, maybe worth it as an entrance for beginners, but far from the usual smoked intense for the style. (395 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with massive creay tannish head.
Smell is mildly smokey with some roasted malt also present.
Taste follows through with a nice smokiness. Pleasant and enjoyable without going too far.
The smoke is also evident in the finish, but the taste is a bit to sweet for my liking.
An interesting beer. A nice introduction to the style. (353 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (982 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a reddish amber with three fingers of light tan head. I poured the whole beer at an angle due to the high carbonation. Thick and foamy, good sheeted lacing down the glass. Very active bead from below. Looks great.

Aroma - a very pleasant smoked grained. Reminds me of hickory for some reason but it could be anything.

Taste - lightly sweet grain at the start, a soft smokiness casually overtaking it. Very mellow, the malt gives just a bit of caramel on the swallow and the smoke is evenly balanced. A fairly clean finish, very restrained hop presence at the end.

Mouthfeel - for such an effervescent brew this comes across amazingly smooth. The bubbles are there but the malt has enough body to keep 'em under control.

Drinkability - this is an ideal candidate for an introduction to the style. Not over the top smoked like a Schlenkerla rauchbier but definitely enough to get a feel for the style. Beer tasting candidate for certain. Perhaps the most sessionable smoker I've had. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As someone who nearly vomited upon first tasting a Rauchbier, I am quite happy I eventually got over all that.

Pours an off-white head that sizzles and settles on top of a ruby-tinted amber/copper brown. A little lace is left in the liquid's wake.

Aroma is, unsurprisingly, dominated by smoke. Has a mesquite charcoal smokiness. Makes me think of glowing coals and BBQ. The smokiness veils any other aromas that might've tried to penetrate.

Oh wow. Flavor-wise this is one of the best smoked beers I've ever had, in any category. The depth of flavor is immense, revolving around a complex smokiness that indicates the brewer didn't use just any old crappy wood when smoking the malt. Woody, earthy, dense, hazy, rich, round...the smoke dominates, but there's an apple-ish layer coming through, giving the right amount of light, sweet balance to an otherwise hearty, heavy brew. Superb flavor. I mean: SUPERB.

As awesome as the flavor is, this is more demanding and left-of-center than your everyday beer, hurting the drinkability somewhat. But it still this comes highly recommended.

Hooked up with this beer thanks to msubulldog25. Much respect flyin' out to B to tha G. (1,186 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer fills the glass with a deep copper hue. the finger of very bubbly head falls quickly to a quarter inch over top, though a constant stream of bubbles helps to keep it stationary there. The color is very brilliany and clarity is fantastic. Even before getting near, I get excellent sweet smokey notes wafting towards me. Taking a closer smell, I find a nice and delicate smokey character, with a more mild sweetness playing below that. The sweetness from the smoke and the malt play well together and are hard to tease apart. The first sip brings a reserved smoke character with a solid bready and slightly grainy malt base that hits directly after the smoke. The smoke then kicks again before fading to a very bready finish. There is excellent balance between smoke and malt here. There is even just a hint of a hop bitterness on the finish. I definitely get a lot of the base beer without feeling I lost any of the rauchbier character that I love. This is excellent. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. A little more carbonation would be nice, but that is just my personal opinion. Overall, this beer is impressive from start to finish. I'm used to smoked beers with a very dominant smoke. I think I may like the balance of this more than others I have had. I will be having this one again. (1,323 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been hearing about this beer and finally get to try it. Must say one of the nicest looking lagers I've seen in awhile. Dark crystal amber with bright ruby highlights. Head is off white full fluffy and has good retention leaving thin lacing behind.

Big rich aromas of caramel and toffee, with some butterscotch as well. Smoke shows through and is almost perfectly integrated in the aroma with the malt aromatics. A certain chocolate aroma with some macadamia nut aromas. Slightly sweet brown sugary lies beneath.

This is an unbelievable Rauchbier. Perfectly integrated, big and chewy complexity. Rich coating thick mouthfeel and very easily drinkable. Melted heath bar with milk duds on the side. Big chewy fresh caramel, smoke isn't overpowering at all and lends a great compliment to the thick malts. A slight hop bitterness on the 2 minute finish. Easily one of the best Lagers I've tasted. (899 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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. (721 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (446 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tan head about two fingers, dark amber color with red highlights. Ample carbonation and a nice head, good lacing.

Smokey aroma, but light in a way. Singed wood is pointed without getting too acidic or charred, and the aroma's presence is notable.

The lager flavor at the beginning are light, creamy and sweet; they get overtaken in the middle by the silky smoke which meets up with a caramel malt backing. Subtle hop presence is there for balance, everything is nuanced and not forced. The light smoke character is very good for drinkability - rating Defumada against other rauchbier, drinkability should be higher, though the flavors perhaps less adventurous.

Finish is clean, a nice caramel malt driven lager. The smoky aftertaste hangs around long enough to be effective, but is also whisked nicely off the palate by scrubbing hops. All around a very nice brew. (876 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (366 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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. (707 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with Onslow at the first Stumelagram...

...pours a dark amber with a darker-white head... the nose is oaky... slightly sweet...i dig it... the taste is smoky, wood, delightful, sweet malts... medium bodied... medium carbo... uh-very niyees! (borat)... (260 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber-brown, ok head.

Smell: Smoky meats, not too strong.

Taste: Moderate smoked meat flavor backed with bready malt base.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these since the smoke is not overpowering.

A single I picked up since I liked the weizenbock I tried from this brewery and smoked beers are interesting. This is a pretty decent smoked beer/rauch. Not overpowering in the smokiness, but gives a nice smoked sausage flavor. Worth a shot. (464 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high hopes for this one, despite the fact the new label is not as nice as the one from the picture on BA...
My country, one of my favorite styles, and from a region with heavy german culture, it was promising....
It starts quite nicely, brown with mahogany hues, a nice off-white head with good retention after puring on a mug...
The smell, although quite pleasant and "smoked", bacon and sausage-like, as expected, is unfortunately quite mild, at least for me, that love a heavy smoked aroma like the Schlenkerlas.
It has a reasonably smooth body , and the taste has some unexpected sweet maltiness, and the obviously expected smoked, sausage like flavors. It is a bit more complex that Schlenkerla, but that is secondary to lackinh that big smoked "punch" I personally love.
Reasonably good beer, a nice surprise from my country, not exactly known from great beers, but a little below what I expect from rauchbiers. Perhaps a good introduction for non-rauchbier lovers, but I prefer the wicked smoked flavors of the german counterparts. (1,049 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice chestnut color. Thin head but laces on the side of the glass.

Clean, smokey nose. Not as deep and earthy as Schlenkerla but still very noticeable.

Medium smoke taste. Crisp and clean but a bit watery in the finish.

Good overall rauchbier but lacks the guts of a good Schlenkerla. (302 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle served in a mug.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown clear color (nutty color) forming a medium yellow aired head which dissipates quickly. Only few lacings left

S: Smoked malts. Toffee, caramel, caramel malts. Bacon. Bready yeasts. Light notes of flowery hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Notes of toffee, caramel, caramel malts, roasted malts, bacon. Quite biscuity. Good and moderate bitterness which is a mix of roasted and smoked malts and hops

M: Medium body. A little bit molasses. Good carbonation. Sweet upfront and mild roasted bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Great Rauchbier made in Brazil (628 characters)

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