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Eisenbahn Rauchbier - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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86
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 17
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 lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber colour, looking rather flat and limp, with a mildly filmy, fine-bubbled white head. Some lacing in nice curtains as the glass empties.

Light sweetness on the nose, with a very subdued but definitely noticeable smoke character. Very much merely a slight woodsmoke note; none of the big smoked meat characters. Even a little pine resin creeping in. Not bad though.

I do like the fact that there is a very noticeable smoky character on the palate. Round enough on the front, and not very full-bodied, which is rather suitable, before a smoky-sweet flavour permeates and stays till the end. It's again rather muted, but I love the effective smoke here.

Mouthfeel is thin, which again, is perhaps suited to the style, but it feels a little disappointing.

Gets slightly cloying after a while, with the sweetness raising its head once too often. It doesn't strike me as a particularly good rauch, but it has its moments.

Photo of schellsbeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

IMPORTANT: The following review is for cold to cooler beer. Upon drinking it fully, and the beer had a chance to warm up, the beer became much much much...better. At least an A-. Make sure the beer is close to room temp. before all of the goodness shows up.

First beer from Brazil....can't wait to try. Found this at a hole in the wall store in the Twin Cities. Saw that it was a Rauchbier and had to pick a few up.

A - Average to Good. Burnt Carmel look. Dark Orange to Brown color. Small head which disappears quickly. No lacing present after head leaves.

S - Really not much there. Therefore, an average rating. I was expecting more of a smoke smell.

T - Good. Can taste the smoke wood flavor. I bet it would go great with brats...beer brats that is. However, hard to come by so I think I will just drink my two instead of making brats. Maybe next time I go to the cities, I will have to pick up some for cooking. I just wish there was more smoke flavor. I want campfire. Northern woods of Minnesota feel. Just isn't there for this beer. Very good tasting but light on the smoke flavor. Highly likeable though in its own sense. Much rather drink a Three Feet Deep for a rustic beer but that's just me.

M - Thin but crisp. I like the feel. Not heavy at all. Refreshing. Low carbonation which is nice.

D - At 6.5% alcohol, not a session beer. Also, hard to locate. Therefore, lower marks for this one here.

Overall, impressed with my first Brazilian beer. Will I search this one out....probably not since it is $2.50 per bottle before taxes and I can have a Three Feet Down for much less than that. However, great experience. If you have the chance, I say try one...I have 2 that I am going to enjoy.

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes

Pours orange/caramel with 2 fingers of tan head. A bit of lacing & head retention

S: Caramel & oak smoke

T: Caramel, a bit of breadyness & light smokeyness up front. Some toffee & slightly heavier smokeyness (more like alder or oak ) as this warms. Finishes a bit too sweet, with smokeyness, a touch of grainy booze

MF: Medium bodied, with a hint of stickyness, pretty good balance & moderate carbonation

Drinks alright, more malt depth would help. A nice starter Rauch

Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well balanced malt and smoke aroma with the moderate smoke playing against a relatively sweet malt profile. Bacon and wood are the main elements of the smoke. No hops.

Very clear, deep amber colour with a tiny, short lasting head.

Solidly malty flavour with a mild smokiness. Fairly sweet but also quite clean. This is actually a very easy to drink rauchbier which is nice and is quite different to the Schlenkerla version.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy with a medium body and lowish carbonation.

Quite drinkable for a rauchbier though I find myself preferring the boldness of the richer, smokier versions.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Hirter stange.

Pours a clear amber-brown with about a finger of light head that leaves little lacing on the glass. The smell is of mesquite BBQ, with hints of green apple, cocoa, and plums. The taste begins with a subtly sweet maltiness, allowing the smokiness to build up behind. That maltiness is what lingers in the aftertaste, though, rather than the smoke, as would be expected. The medium body, coupled with the overall sweetness, makes for a more drinkable rauch than usual.

Photo of Onslow
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with friends at the first Stumelagram Tasting ... some intresting things happening here, oak, syrup, mild bbq aromas ... nice complex yet light flavours ... pretty full in the mouth .. goes well with cubed ham... sweet and smoke kissed...til next time

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 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 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 scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong copper color with some light ruby and hay colored highlights. Very light tan, two finger head after a zealous pour. Pretty good retention and some sticking after each sip. Smokey bread and old world candy aroma, the hops and yeast combine to add a touch of spicy fruit to the nose. Starts with soesoft, campfire toasted malt that give a note of fruity coffee cakeRoasted plums mix with a faint peppermint hop lingering in the back of the tongue. Medium, smokey smooth body. Maybe not sessionable in my book, but still a drinkable beer.

Photo of RBorsato
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Etrusco
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Fernando_Bastos
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of matjack85
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.8/5  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.

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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 meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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