Eisenbahn Rauchbier - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Picked this up at the Pizza Port Carlsbad Bottle Shop. I am a fan of Schlenkerla's Rauchbeers and chose this as somewhat of a novelty beer, not expecting much.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle the beer displayed a nice copper hue with a firm white head. Lacing clung to the glass as the beer quickly disappeared.
Subtle Beechwood smoke with no noticeable hop aroma. It sure smells like Weyermans Bamberg Smoke Malt was used as the base malt for this tasty brew.
Smoke is still subtle but noticeable. Perfectly balanced by early hop addition to counter the sweet malt characteristic.
Wow!! I can't believe this came from Brazil or anywhwere other than Bamberg for that matter. This is beer is top notch in every regard, and I highly recommend seeking this out if you love smoke beer. I enjoyed this beer so much it inspired me to write my first BA reveiw.
12-30-2007 01:07:16 | More by kegster
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-20-2007 00:47:07 | More by tgbljb
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours a clear amber color with a 1 finger white head that leaves no lacing and just a light covering on top of the beer.
Smells wonderfully smoky. Lovely.
And that smoke? Nice and present in the taste. Basically, smoky on top of a slightly sweet caramel-ish body. Nice interplay between the two.
Mouthfeel has a touch of richness with low to medium carbonation. I like this balance here - makes it very drinkable without being too light.
Highly recommended. A very good smoked beer, from Brazil no less. Wish I had bought more than 2 bottles.
11-21-2007 06:43:54 | More by rallison
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.
A - clear medium amber color; decent head as it pours out - settles a bit and is retained nicely in a lacing about the top
S - nice, clean smoked malt nose, no hops
T - malty taste with a moderately strong smoke taste, very balanced but only a faint hop taste on the finish which is mostly malty
M - medium body, moderate carbonation
D - This is an excellent rauchbier. I'm very pleasantly surprised by this brewery from Brasil. I guess I didn't expect that much and they keep surprising me with wonderful beers - this one being a great example!
11-17-2007 00:40:43 | More by scoobybrew
3.83/5 rDev -1%
A smoked lager? From Brazil? Sign me up!
Appearance: Pours a clear, effervescent amber body with a thin, fizzy white head.
Smell: Aroma of barley and smoked salmon with a hint of sliced pears.
Taste: Caramel maltiness with a sweet, spritzy apple and pear juice addition. Then it's the smokiness, which, when compared to so many other smoked beers comes off as quite mild. Light pinch of spicy hops near the otherwise sweet, smokey finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation. Very slight stickiness.
Drinkability: A restrained, even sensible smokiness for an altogether balanced beer. I never thought I'd use the word "sensible" when describing a rauchbier, but there it is.
11-03-2007 03:10:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
Appears a ruby amber tone nice velvety light tan head dwindles slowly leaves behind fine even lacing looking good. Smelling even better smoked rauchbier at it's finest smoked meats and peated malt accents burnt wood with sweet fruit malt undertones not getting much hops but that's okay I never have from a true rauchbier. Flavors like camp fire roasted caramel covered nuts, and smoked meats combine to form a slight woody flavor with enough malts coming through to really forms a tasty balanced smoked lager. A touch of alcohol and sweet ripened plums combine but the lingering smokiness is killer really great brew. Texture wise I get fine even carbonation even a bit bubbly medium bodied ale with lingering presence on the palate due to the dry smokiness. Drinkability is nice I could see myself indulging on a couple bottles of this stuff smoked beer grows on you especially after a couple in a session this would be addictive for me especially with some assorted meats and cheeses.
10-06-2007 18:47:49 | More by WVbeergeek
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
i'm drinking this under the defumada label.
crystal-clear brown with candy corn coloration around the edges. thin wisp of resilient foam. aroma gives off even parts honey and beechwoody smoke.. medium smoke nose. smells rich and multi-dimensional. first sip is a tad sweet immediately, lots of that uber malty german pils character. once my mouth is coated with that sensation, further sips contain more and more of this wonderfully subversive smokiness. definite balanced mix between the bamberg-style which is all smoke and no wood, and a smoky flavor one would associate with a bourbon barrel-aged beer. the latter might be perceived, as the beer leans toward the heavier, richer side of lagers. but who the fuck cares. this beer goes down easy like a hooker on hunts point. next to the rauchator dopplebock from fort collins, this is my second favorite smoked beer of all time. beats the piss out of schlenkerla helles. why didn't i buy a sixer of this?!?! next time.
10-05-2007 04:17:02 | More by goodbyeohio
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy head that leaves a nice pattern of lace
Smell: Balanced aroma of slightly smoked caramel with a dusting of chocolate; very nice
Taste: Starts out with a nice rich caramel flavor, with the subtle smoke aspect right up front; after the swallow the smoke builds as does a milk chocolate aspect; the smoke lingers on the finish
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, rather creamy, with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: I like my smoked beers to be subtle but discernable and this is one of the best examples I have found; a masterful achievement
09-12-2007 00:13:39 | More by brentk56
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear red body with a dirty white head that has a slight yellowish hint. The head last a good bit and is supported by strands of micro bubbles trailing to the surface.
S- This beer has a light tart smoke note with a smooth pale malt smell and toasted malt hint.
T- This beer has a smooth creamy caramel malt note with a light pale malt flavor that is enhanced by a alder smoke flavor. The finish has a flavor that can only be described as zippy with a hint of band-aid that is quite pleasant.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish that gives that zippy taste to the smoke. There is soft alcohol hint on the exhale after each sip but it is very light.
D- This beer has some nice malt flavors but the smoke is a bit odd. That being said most breweries can’t get the smoke correct for stouts and porters so I’m very impressed that they attempted a lager with smoke. They really made a smoked lager better than I could ever expect.
09-09-2007 14:59:13 | More by rhoadsrage
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
I am a fan of smoked beer and this Brazilian entrant did not disappoint.
Poured a nice brown color with a good quality head which dissipated rather quickly.
Very easy drinking.... Crisp clean and fresh. Not as smoky as some of the beers imported from Bamburg but a good deal of smoke flavor especially on the back end. I likely the fact that this was a bit more heavy on the malt. Overall a interesting take on my favorite style.
Quite a refreshing beer on a hot day.
08-06-2007 02:31:06 | More by tendermorsel
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
07-14-2007 21:03:52 | More by mcallister
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
07-07-2007 01:57:55 | More by brdc
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
A: Pours a dark carmael, almost red color with a foamy head. Lacing sticks briefly after each sip before slowly sliding back into the brew.
S: Strong malty smell with an aroma or burnt caramel. Slight, roasted "rauch" smell.
T: Just like the smell, malty with a subtle smokiness. A strong but smooth taste.
M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes with an extended smoke character.
D: Admittedly, I didn't have much hope for a rauch coming from Brazilian brewery. Fortunately, I was quite wrong. This beer is very drinkable and is pleasant in all areas. The subtlty of the smoked malt makes this a great introduction to rauchbiers before jumping into the Schenkerlas.
06-21-2007 22:30:34 | More by klewis
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-21-2007 07:31:45 | More by BretSikkink
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
This is a style I am warming up to a bit and I have read and heard some really good stuff about this Brazilian brewer so it was a no brainer for me to pick this up today.Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep rich amber with a swirling tight 1 one finger off white head very nice clarity to the pour,the smoke is prominent but there is a big brown sugar and taostiness to compliment the hardwood smoke.Starts off sweet before the smoke cuts thru it a nice mix of brown sugar sweetness and smoke like a brown sugar cured smoked ham.A very well made rauchbier better than alot of Bamburg ones I have had Eisenbahn impresses in my first encounter with them.
06-18-2007 00:34:43 | More by oberon
4.22/5 rDev +9%
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.
06-13-2007 21:32:52 | More by Metalmonk
4.53/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
06-12-2007 01:10:19 | More by kmpitz2
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours a dark mahogany, with a onr finger head that fades quickly to a saopy cap and ring. The remaining foam leaves behind a nice lacing.
Smell; tone of sweet malts with caramel, toffee and little bi of brown sugar. The smoked aroma is a bit subdued (compared to it's German counterparts), with some hints of smoked meat.
Taste; a bit sweet up front with the caramel, toffee and a touch bready. the smokiness comes out in the middle to back end, and becomes a little more pronounced as this comes closer to room temp. I think this would be a very good introduction to rauchbiers for someone who has never had the style before. I think this comes as close as you can get to sessionable as smoked beers can get.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and maybe a touch sticky from the sweet malts, with a pretty darn good drinkability.
05-31-2007 01:33:00 | More by RedHaze
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
05-29-2007 17:45:45 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured a deep, clear, burnt orange with minimal head. Attractive to look at.
I definitely disagree with the below reviewer about it being only slightly smokey. There is a very nice and notable sweet smoke nose and flavor to this beer. I would say that its smokier than Spezial and very similar to one I had at a small brewery outside of Bamberg Germany that does not export. It's not nearly as smoky as Schenklerla, but its also a much smoother and well-rounded smoke profile that blends into the beer. It also has a nice toffee, caramel sweetness that reminds me of a good Vienna Lager.
The mouthfeel is moderately heavy for a lager (which I like) and somewhat creamy. Unlike a lot of Rauch beers, I could drink a few of these in a row, but more because of its great balance and not because it lacks a notable smokiness.
05-22-2007 21:53:59 | More by Tbone
3.28/5 rDev -15.2%
Nearly no head initially, what little there is is gone within five minutes. Limited lace. Attractive color, burnt orange; very clear.
Not much of a smoky aroma, but there is a lot crystal malt smells--slightly sweet.
The sweetness shows up in the initial sip. Far more malty than hoppy, very little smoke flavors, which for me is a good thing, but not really true to style. This beer has a full body as would be expected in a slightly sweet beer. The carbonation is low.
If blindfolded, I believe I'd most closely compare it to a Scotch Ale in flavor. It is a subtly smoky beer which might make it a good introduction to the style.
05-18-2007 00:46:23 | More by smcolw
4.22/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-09-2007 18:49:30 | More by lordofthewiens
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Dark coppery orange with goldenrod trim. Multiple streams of superfine bubbles quickly find their way to a beautifully creamy cap the color and consistency of orange mousse. This is fantastic looking beer, even without the barely broken sheets of lace that resemble a thin layer of butter spread carefully onto the glass.
The nose is definitely rauchbier-like. As is usually the case, there aren't a whole lot of other aromas swirling about since smoked barley is so distinctive. I could use a little more power, until I remind myself that this isn't necessarily meant to be a smoke bomb on the order of Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock. It's clean and lightly, sweetly smoky.
Since I had to slurp the large head to keep it from overflowing the glass, I had an idea just how good the beer actually is. I had some doubts about a Brazilian rauchbier, but these guys have clearly done their homework and have come up with a splendid version.
Rather than overpowering the flavor profile, the smoke is a perfect complement to the sweet caramel maltiness that is cruising confidently along and holding down the bottom end. Sweet, bitter and tangy are all present, with none getting very far ahead of the others at any point along the flavor arc. I'd like even more smoke, but then I'm a lover of boldly flavored beer.
The mouthfeel is easily the equal of the rest of the attributes. In fact, it's probably the highlight for me. It's on the expansive side for a lager and is supremely smooth, not to mention expertly carbonated. I'm thrilled that we're finally getting some good beer from South America. It makes me wonder if there's isn't much more that never makes it to these shores.
In spite of the fact that my bottle says Defumada Smoked Lager, I'm pretty confident that we're talking about the same beer. And what a beer it is! This Brazilian offering can hold its head high among the world's best rauchbiers. I love being surprised like this.
04-28-2007 13:19:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Presentation: 11oz bottle ("Batch No. 6") in a classic conical pint glass
Poured with a semi-thickness and nice snap to it. Caramel is first noticeable on the nose, a pleasing, light smokiness, not over the top or anywhere near other Rauchbiers, stone fruit like cherry, slight yeasted quality, crackers. Malts are also there, slightly muddy, they grow with warmth and air. Head was a solid & lively 2 fingers of loose, cracklin' blanched almond hues foam that faded in a short time to a thin sheen and glass ring.
A beautiful, ruddy, brassy, crystal clear cherry amber in color, a slow cascade of bubbles steadily rises with little fanfare through it.
This is the way to use smoke! Its so subtle, not like the campfire in a bottle most Rauchbiers are! A splendid balance between subtle smoke and lush caramelized malt sugars, along with a pleasing array of fruits - raisin, cherry, dried currant. This is just an amazingly pleasing balance of all that which is usually found in a barreled spirit such as a single malt, bourbon or whiskey. Its slightly syrupy, adding to the allure and seduction, and grows even more so on the palate as lush, lavish, rich caramels sing with the stone fruits and ever present, but understated, smokiness...all in a beautiful marriage. This is awesome.
It finishes, true to form, with a semi-sweetness, traces of orange, a little leathery with some tannins, a whisper or orange, all enveloped in a warm glow of alcohol that hugs the teeth and leaves a crisp, chewy, slightly candied afterglow.
I feel pretty confident that, once word gets out about this and its more available, it will become one of the best of its style/genre. Just a fantastic beer, truly a barreled spirit in 11oz form, complete with the smoke. If you like single malts, bourbon or whiskey with a little charcoal in the background, some caramel up front, stone fruits here and there, and a big chewy finish I cannot recommend this enough. A new member of my personal Top 10, perhaps Top 5. Seek this out & enjoy!
04-10-2007 00:51:59 | More by BuckSpin
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
Label reads "Defumada" Smoked Lager...
Different label, imported by Shelton Bros.
A sheen of tiny micro-bubbles cling to the sides of the glass, plenty of foam atop the reddish amber liquid.
Smell is lightly smoked malt, not overpowering. Reminds me a little of Spezial Rauchbier Lager. Slight grain husk sweetness.
Taste is very smooth, light smoke upfront, nutty almond, woody dry aftertaste. Some residual bitterness, but doesn't hinder it's mouthfeel or drinkability.
Overall, a better session candidate than bigger Rauchbiers like Schlenkerla, Spezial, and Rauchenfelser. Very clean and inviting.
03-23-2007 01:03:22 | More by emerge077
Eisenbahn Rauchbier from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.