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Eisenbahn Rauchbier - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 109
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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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 supercolter
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a decent brew, kinda plain, but decent.
Appearance is a nice golden color, with some head and lacing.
Smell is light- dry malt with a bit of sweetness.
Taste is a bit more pronounced, almost reminds me a bit of salad dressing-good backbone though.
Mouthfeel is light to medium in body.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Defumada" means smoked in Portuguese, but in Brazil, this beer is simply named Rauchbier. The bottle label even recommends to pair this beer with a cigar. Ahh, beer education. On to the beer:

Amber brown color, with pretty hues of orange and yellow found at the bottom edge of the glass. It has a sweet aroma, a mix of smoked meat and sweet pale malt. It's mellow. The taste is a surprise to my expectations. Not very smoky, but not very intense, a surprise given its 6.5% listed on the bottle. There's some juicy meat flavor found, but it's leans more towards a helles lager. No odd flavors either. A good rauchbier to be had, and one that paired well with homemade churrasco.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a tasty and satisfying smoke, with the medium lager mouthfeel backdropping the right amount of smoked malt flavour, with some long finish and some complexity. Sweetish but not too sweet. Drinkable this one. Tiny white head but appropriate though significant carbonation.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sharing this beer. Always excited to try new smoke beers.

Batch 04.

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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of RedHaze
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rwathree
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Very nice dark caramel color with ruby accents, but also a lot of visible sediment. I'd be more put off by that if the color wasn't as attractive as it is. Head disappears quickly, leaving a thin cream-colored ring around the brew.

S: First things first, the smokiness of this beer emerged as soon as I started pouring, which is a great sign for me and my terrible sense of smell. On closer inspection, I smell the expected smoke - like in your peatier single-malts - but also pungent hops. Smells almost like a smoked double IPA.

T: tastes like it smells, really - smoky at first, but then the bitterness kicks in...but then there's that peaty smoke again. The only thing I don't like is that the smoke makes the character of the hops hard to pick up, past the general bitterness.

M: good. Effervescent to start, and once the smoke comes out in the taste, it coats my tongue and top of my mouth very well.

D: it's rauchbier, so I'm not drinking one of these every day - or two in a sitting - but for all that it's pretty smooth going down. I think the conditioning aids the drinkability a lot: this beer's crisp enough to refresh the palate from sip to sip.

O: I bought this in a mix-a-six because my daughter liked the picture of the train on the label. Glad she did. I didn't pay attention to the cost of the bottle or of a six-pack, so I don't know if it was worth what I spent, but I think so. I think this is going to be the Thanksgiving-dinner six-pack this year.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of Offa
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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

South America's craft brewery.

Pours an interesting red amber color with ok white head. Nose is slight smoke and good pilsnery malt. Taste follows with rich lager, almost schwarzbier taste, some roast and noticeable smoke flavor. A good crisp finish. Adequate carbonation in the mouthfeel, and pretty good drinkability. An interesting style done fairly well. I love rauchbier, but I'm not sure I like it in a lager form. It would be good for an introduction to the style for those unfamiliar. It is good, but it is nothing particularly special or flavorful. Good beer, just not amazing.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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Eisenbahn Rauchbier from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.