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Eisenbahn Rauchbier - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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BA SCORE
86
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda visit their website
Brazil

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: soper2000 on 02-13-2006)
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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!

jwc215, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of bryanbrick
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finding this beer in the depths of the Shelton Bros. Catalog I got really excited. I mean they are one of the best beer importers going and I love Rauchbier so I was pretty fired up.

But alas I think let my expectations get the best of me. Don't get me wrong this is good stuff and very drinkable, it would be killer with some bacon and eggs for breakfast. But I want my Rauchbiers to pummel me. I guess I'm like all these hop fanatics but with smoke. The more the better right?

All that out of the way here is what I think: nice dark amber color with a small, quickly disappearing head but one that persists around the edge of the glass. I never really had a heady Rauchbier so no surprises here.

The nose is packed with fresh wheat, bread dough and some far away smoke. Like a small wild fire a few towns over. I wanted a full blaze engulfing forests.

The flavors are pure and delicious with nice clarity. You taste all the parts and nothing is overwhelming, great balance. Smoked ham, pine sap, grain aspects and hints of toffee are all there.

I do like the silkiness here very much it is nice and perfectly carbonated for my liking. A bit more punch and it could be a 5 in my book.

But where this shines like I mentioned before is its drinkability. It is so balanced and actually really feminine for a beer of this style. I could easily but back a sixer of this. I guess I was dreaming of a bit more smoke.

bryanbrick, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try something from Eisenbahn for awhile, especially since it came recommended from a colleague in Brazil.

Pours a beautiful clear, clean amber color with a very rich looking finger's worth of off white head.

Smells of super smokey meats, smoked fish, smoked sausages...you name it! If you like a smokey beer than this one certainly provides the smells. Some sweet, caramel-y malts come through as well but its tough to weed through the really smokey smells emanating from this pour.

Taste is very rich, smokey, malty, roasty, toasty and sweet. Some of the caramel shines through the smokiness. Altogether I found it a very good balance between malty/lager flavor and the smoke.

Personally, I really enjoy smoked beers so I really liked this one. The smell of smoke is not as dominating as the taste of smoke, its very balanced and very drinkable.

Its great that so many delicious micros are coming from Latin America. This is one I'll seek out down in Brazil this summer for sure.

indiapaleale, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

DoubleJ, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgian globe. This beer pours a dark caramel with just a slight off white head that completely disappeared leaving no remnants left behind in my glass. The aroma is distinctly smoked barley. Not that fake liquid smoke aroma that you find in so many rauchbiers. Its not overpowering but it is definitely the most distinctive aroma in it. A nice meaty smoke. The flavor is just a really subtle smoke complement very well by a sweet caramel malty backbone. The mouthfeel is a very light and smooth but just a little to dry for me. I can honestly say that this is the first Rauchbier I have truly enjoyed.

hwwty4, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

scruffwhor, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

KarlHungus, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What they heck do I call this one? I picked this up in the store because well, it looked interesting and what the heck right. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/02/2008.

The pour had me scared, lifeless, flat and dull. Amber in color with no head or any visible carbonation. Not sure what to make of this one here, but I am hoping that going forward it will improve a bit, but we shall see.

The aroma was smoked to high heaven, but rather one sided, some touches of a cough syrup like smell coming off it as it warmed, not sure what that was, but hints of grain buried underneath as well. The flavor was surprisingly good though. Rich notes here of peat and malted grains, nice roasted touches and a very nice and well balanced grain bill. Definitely a very nice flavor and it took me off guard, the feel was a bit thin and one sided, but still not terrible.

Overall I would not get it again, but it was interesting. Whatever style you want to call it, it was interesting.

mikesgroove, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a 2 finger off-white head with decent retention over a nice dark amber colored body. NO sediment is present. As the head recedes, no sediment is present.

S- Nice sweet malt with notes of apple and pear, some fresh flour notes, and of course, an excellent smoky meat and campfire note, although not huge.

T- Starts out some sweet malt then some nice smoky malt with a drying feel and notes of apple, slight chocolate, nice smoke and cured meats. The finish is drying with a bit of smokey apple malt.

M- Appropriately low carbonation. Nice thick feel.

D- This is a nice stab at a Rauchbier. It wasn't quite a schlenkerla, but it's unfair to judge everyone against that. If you like rauchbier, try this. It won't disappoint. Huge thanks to schellsbeer!

Greggy, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of schellsbeer
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

schellsbeer, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

illidurit, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

wisrarebeer, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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)...

stumac, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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

russpowell, Sep 19, 2008
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.

tpd975, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Onslow, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of vurt
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12-ounce bottle labeled as Eisenbahn Defumada Smoked Lager. Batch number is 05. Enjoyed in a nonic pint glass

Appearance:
The beer is a striking copper-amber color, and is perfectly clear. The head is ivory colored and rich. The foam clings briefly to the glass before receding back into the beer. Eventually the head disappears altogether.

Smell:
At first sniff, it reminds me much more of a scotch ale than a rauchbier. Sweet and lightly smoky. Notes of honeyed bread and Fig Newtons.

Taste:
Sweet and nutty malt at the start, with a dry fruitiness that reminds me a little of plums and dates. The smoke flavor comes through next, light and savory on top of a base of toasted grains. The finish is honey on warm bread with an ephemeral tartness, and the smokiness lingers into the aftertaste. Delicious.

Mouthfeel:
Mostly soft and smooth, though the carbonation feels just a bit prickly. Medium-bodied. Slightly coats the palate.

Drinkability:
This beer holds together beautifully, with neither the sweetness nor the smoke coming across as heavy-handed. An absolute charmer of a rauchbier which could satisfy a fan of the style without putting off the curious novice who has never tasted one before.

vurt, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

supercolter, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle labeled "Batch 05" to BMS mug...

Beautiful clear copper color. Ample carbonation bubbles up to robust, tight head that slowly dissipates with sufficient lacing.

Solid smoke flavor - warm beef jerky. Amber lager characteristics - a little earthiness from malt profile. Nicely balanced for style.

Very mellow yet ample smoke character. Malt is sweeter than expected. Slight slight grassy hop presence. Much better balanced than expected.

Warms the mouth nicely - coats like BBQ sauce and charred pork ribs while actually being quite refreshing. Excellent for style!

This is by no means a style I seek out, but this offering is very impressive. An oily malt sweetness cuts the smoke perfectly, making this an extremely drinkable example for the style. Thanks to this I'm now craving a big plate o' ribs.

IBUnit63, May 12, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Sammy, May 06, 2008
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of errantnight
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, take my Rauchbier reviews with a grain of salt until I've had more.... but damned if this wasn't a tasty beer.

A deep, deep copper / brown, clear, with thin but sustaining head and some lacing.

Smell is actually not over the top with the smoke, bread and honey sweetness shine just as brightly.

The taste is a bit of a shock at first, there's a rolling wave of smoke buoyed by a caramel sweet middle. The crystal malt really stands out, but it finishes clean, if not necessarily dry. Once the palate accepts the smoke, the bacon similarities start to drift away.

Paired with a steak with chimichurri, this was superb.

I wasn't crazy in love with it, but it had its place, and seemed to me to be a clean, smoky interpretation of the style that could serve both as entry-point and reference point for Rauchbiers.

errantnight, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear and darker copper with a thinner creme head. Nose is only slightly smoked. Flavor is actually pretty good. Nice smooth smokiness. Nice malty edge. It's nice. Smooth feel, with a slightly biting carbonation to it. Like I said, it's nice. A smooth and unobtrusive rauch that's quite easy to drink.

RblWthACoz, Apr 20, 2008
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

Gueuzedude, Apr 18, 2008
Eisenbahn Rauchbier from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.