Eisenbahn Rauchbier - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A strong pour produces a three-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a clear, dark cherry colored brew, which shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinted, bright red color when held up to the light. Even as I pour this I notice the obvious smoke influence; decidedly smoke influenced, it does have some light influences of biscuit like grain, some sweet-caramelized malt and a light toasted malt character that mixes with a rich, savory smokiness. Not overwhelmingly smoked, but enough that it quite drowns out a lot of other aromatic notes.

Lightly soft as it hits the tip of my tongue, the beer feels fairly light and it picks up a prickle of carbonation texture as it flows across my tongue. The beer finishes with a light, palate coating, heft that is caused by sweetly smoky malt character. Quite sweet actually and this helps to balance the smoke much more than the nose might have suggested. Flavors of smoked caramel, some light fruit notes from the sweet grain and a nice toasted grain profile are found here. Even the rich smokiness found here adds to the perception of sweetness, though it never gets cloying, it is most definitely a beer with a bit of heft. Up front the smoke is rich, savory and sweet, but it has a touch of a drying effect on the finish, not enough to clean the palate of the lingering malt sweetness, but enough that it is lightly noticeable.

I am a sucker for Rauchbiers, this one is quite tasty if not particularly unique for the style.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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

Got this bottle from Rallison as a little extra to fill out the box he sent to me. Many thanks for giving me the chance to try an unusual beer--a traditional german rauchbier from Brazil.

My bottle says Defumada Eisenbahn Smoked Lager, 6.5 % alcohol, malt liqour, product of Brazil and has a picture of a train going through the jungle. 12 oz brown longneck twist off poured into a pils glass.

Very clear copper color with a modest light tan head, it recedes but a thin layer lasts the whole way down. Streams of carbonation rush up from the bottome of the glass and don't stop the whole time. A little lacing.

Smell is odd, I've never had a rauchbier and the closest i have ever been to one is Rogues chipotle ale which uses smoked jalapenos, but this is unusual. Good, but hard to describe.

Okay, it starts to make sense when you taste it. It doesn't taste smoky like a campfire, but it certainly has a smoke aspect to it. Again, unusual and hard to describe, but it is good. I would like to try a fresh rauchbier in Bamburg sometime, but I have a feeling that this is pretty close.

Mouthfeel is medium light, the smoked malt lingers in the mouth, very pleasing. This is drinkable, for sure, but is actually a bit filling (or maybe i was full from dinner). If you happen to see it somewhere, pick it up and give it a try. Definately recommended.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at Stimmel's Market in Bowling Green, Ohio. The label says "Defumada Eisenbahm Smoked Lager, batch 06". I chose the Sam Adams Uber-glass for the occasion of my 1st Brazilian craft beer. Everything about this beer was spot-on, it's as if they re-bottled something from Bamburg. The beer was copper colored and crystal clear (like a sun tea). The smell was smoked malts with a hint of sweetness. The flavor was definitive rauchbier, smoky after-taste but not so much as to seem like a campfire. Delicious, easy to pound, and completely recommended.

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

My bottle looks different from the one pictured here, mine has the picture of a train and states this to be a "smoked lager," same thing as Rauchbier I guess. It states "Batch No. 06" on the bottle.

The pour looks promising with an amber color and a half inch of foam which quickly settles.

Malty aromas, dark fruits, raisins, figs, brown sugar, caramel, and a little smoky. It reminds me of a Scottish ale or an Oktoberfestbier. After it warms up a bit some more fruity aromas like ripe bananas, cherries, and sweet dates push through a wall of malt. There's also a sweet bready aroma.

Tastes quite good actually; I don't recall having a rauchbier before but I'm enjoying this one. A bit sweet upfront with caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of smoked malts. Somewhat spicy on the palate.

A good amount of carbonation, very refreshing. Aftertaste is of caramelized sugar, dark fruits and a little dry.

Photo of kegster
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Prost!!

Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of rallison
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #5.

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.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i'm drinking this under the defumada label.

batch 6.

6.5% 12oz

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
Batch #06
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.

Photo of tendermorsel
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of brdc
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of klewis
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.53/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of RedHaze
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Tbone
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Eisenbahn Rauchbier from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
86 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.