Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) - Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale)

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 62
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 18.4%
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-24-2006

Exported only to USA. Eisenbahn's South American Pale Ale is well-balanced, with sweet wholesome malt, and earthy complexity, and a uniquely spicy aroma that results from a special, and secret, blend of Old and New World hops.
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Photo of DogFood11
1.7/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12oz brown bottle. First time I've seen this on the shelves and was surprised that a pale ale from brazil made it to my local haunt. Its got a lively appearance with racing carbonation supporting a pillowy white head. Bright golden body.

Very spritzy and punchy on the palate. A good layer of hops and malt collide in a rough way. Slightly metallic and clashes with with the already troubled meat of this beer. Tastes a bit hot and lagerish. Some cooked vegetables and raw grain lingers.

Notes: A unique beer that stands out. I will not forget this flavor and I'm pretty sure I could pick this one out of a blind tasting. Pass on this one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.83/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Served in a tumbler.

The label on this thing is stamped Batch 20. Whatever that means. It pours a clear topaz topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises straight flaky biscuit, with a touch of caramel, honey, light grass, and mild flowers. Something peanut-brittle-y comes to mind. The taste doesn't do anybody any favors, either: Buttery caramel, buttery biscuits, something akin to buttery popcorn (did I mention I got a tad bit of butter in this beer?), and a stiff yet understated (yeah, wrap your minds around that one...my tongue did...) backbone of menthol, which bolts through the sea of malt every now and again. Nothing about this is right. The body is a light moderate, with a very light moderate carbonation and a somehow skinnily syrupy feel. Overall, this was an absolute mess of a beer. I almost hope it was old or a bad bottle or something, 'cause the grimace that crossed my face after sipping it lasted for several grueling minutes to follow. Bad times.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.04/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This makes a few of the beers that I've had from this brewery and they all have the same malt profile and same problems. The beer opens with a diry, earthy nose with some moderate, pungent pine, grassy, tree-bark scent. Malts give off a lightly scorched, noticible vegital qulity that is off-putting. Looks nice enough- a medium copper / amber hue with firm head formation and retention and some lacing. Flavors however pick up where the nose left off. The beer has a malt-dominant front with strong scorched / cabbage and corn flavors that prove distracting. The hops have a light metalic taste along with earthy, pungent, leaf-y flavors that do struggle to balance the beer. The body is firm, and thinning towards the end. Overall, this is not a good beer and I'll likely not try again- a rarity for me.

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Photo of armock
2.31/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes part of one of my Beer of the Month club beers.

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head with no lacing

S - Not that good malty and vegi smelling

T - Is of malt at first then some hops and finishes with a bad after taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation

D - I don't know if this beer survived the voyage to the US from Brazil too well or if this is just a bad tasting beer but theres something going on in its distribution chain somewhere

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Photo of rallison
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch 20. I love Eisenbahn, so I had to give this one a try.

The first thing I notice is the pour. There is just a slight, slight tint of green. This ultimately gives what should be a decent amber colored beer and odd overall hue. Bummer. Head is decent, but leaves no lacing.

The smell? This has definitely got some DMS going - cooked corn right here. Huge disappointment. On top of that, I think there may be some diacetyl as well.

The taste? I sure hope this is better than the look and aroma! Well....no, it is definitely not. A basic pale ale with some off flavors similar to the DMS smelled in the nose. This is one-dimensional and too flawed to drink much of. A slight odd astringency - possibly from the hops - also brings this beer down. Just a bad beer from start to finish. In fact, I think this may very well taste worse than it smells. Ugh. Thumbs down. Edit: Taste score lowered to 2.0 from 2.5.

I could go on about the mouthfeel and drinkability...but what's the point. This beer is not good, so I could care less about those two.

Not recommended. That smoked lager they do? Put your money there.

Edit: Oh, that note about exported only to the USA? I'm thinking they just couldn't stand to drink it themselves.

Edit 2: I notice a few other reviews of Batch 20 hit some pretty low scores. I'm guessing they really messed up this batch, as Batch 38 is getting higher scores. If I see a newer batch of this, I may give it another go. Until then, Batch 20 is a bad, heavily flawed beer. Pass on it if you see it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Batch No. 20)

Appearance: Pours a pale amber body with a small, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Surprising aroma of pale malts, bubblegum and banana esters, and coriander.

Taste: Faint pale maltiness with a subdued sweetness. Tastes like they added a splash or two of herbal tea. Notes of coriander, bubblegum, and banana throughout. A displeasing solventy taste creeps in the finish. Mineral water aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good gracious, me. This is just one of those beers that I didn't care for one bit.

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Photo of cokes
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch 20.
Pours golden with a faint copper sheen. Rapid jets of CO2 feed a large and durable off-white head.
The nose is primarily doughy, with a lemony wheat impression. Hopping is distant, and begins peppery, then gains some glimmers of florals and metallics after it sits a while, it also sweetens a tad with a dilute notion of toffee and creamed corn even though it claims to be all malt.
Taste...um...is "wet" a taste? Okay, then, soggy white bread. Then a watered down apple juice (we're talking 80% water, 20% juice). A touch of grain (again, washed out) and caramel appears near the swallow, right before a wet cabbagey DMS creeps up. Hopping is peppery, grassy, and coppery, and ephemeral...if not an non-entity altogether.
It's light bodied, but given feel and texture by a uppity and perky CO2. The tiny gaseous bead almost gives this a nitrogen texture, and is definitely its strong suit.
And here it starts to suggest a Southern Hemisphere Boddingtons. Hardly high praise.
It's aspirations as a Pale Ale seem overly high-minded. This is a blonde ale, and still, it's flawed and boring even then.

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Photo of smcolw
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold in color, crystal clear. Decent head but little lace on the glass

Slightly skunky; light hop. There is an off smell beyond the skunk; I would describe it as

This is a sour beer with a taste that is similar to those with lots of adjuncts. It seems like there is raw wheat in the mix, too. There's a maple syrup flavor. The hop only shows up at the swallow. This beer is relatively thin with an above average carbonation.

Better than a macro, but not in the same league as the micros.

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Photo of Gavage
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color. Short 1/4" head falls apart immediately. Spotty lacing develops. Decent carbonation levels as bubbles rise nicely to the surface.

Smell: sickly sweet malt aroma is unpleasant.

Taste: grainy malt is weak and thin. Little caramel, barely any bitterness, and orange citrus is too sweet. Some metallic flavors arrive late in the taste.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start. Smooth at the finish. Definite metallic aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this is a poor pale ale. Little flavor, off balanced, and is unenjoyable. In my opinion this is the worst choice from this brewery.

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Photo of albern
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a bit disappointing. It's rare to have anything except really bland pilsners and American style macros coming from South America, so the expectation of something better was there. You will find a copper color beer with little carbonation, not much head, zero lacing. The smell is caramelly malts, some dextrin sweetness, some Belgianesque aromas as well. Just okay. The taste is a poor imitation of Belgian style, if that is what they were aiming for. You'll get lots of dextrin malty sweetness, some odd fruity notes, maybe some pineapple but mostly bubblegum, and a touch of crispness in the finish. This beer just isn't all that good. It's a one and done for me.

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Photo of nick76
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The aroma is sweet with cereal malt and hops. The appearance is light amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma and has a grain husk like element as well as some mixed vegetables. The palate is smooth. Overall I can drink it but I dont love it. Pass.

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Photo of jkopeny
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into a Sam Adams special glass. Large head that dissipated quickly, lots of carbonation.

Taste is slightly sweet, not very hoppy for a pale ale. Goes down easily enough but no real enjoyment in it. Glad I tried it, but would not buy again.

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Photo of Jablonski
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: small head with little retention; beer is a deep see through gold

S: smells of sweet malt and lager aroma

T: very malty taste that makes it quite unbalanced; tastes a more like a mixed drink than a beer to me, but there is nothing repulsive in the taste

M: carbonation is perfect, and the alcohol is not apparent

D: I could drink a few of these in a sitting, but I'd be wanting another beer the whole time

Good for the $0.99 price, though I wouldn't pay any more for this beer

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Photo of jwc215
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on 01-29-08 under the wrong beer (the brewery's "Pale") - Thanks to jcwattsrugger for pointing out the error.

12 oz. golden yellow with a creamy white head. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet grain. Some hay and floral notes in the back.

The taste is of sweet grain with some huskiness. A touch of floral hops. Sweetness turns to a leafy bitterness in the finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, with some tannic astringency.

This one is muted in aroma and taste, with an overly sweet character. Drinkable to a point, but I didn't find it very pleasant.

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Photo of Tone
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells pale malt, sweet malt, slight grain, citrus (lemon), and slight hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, slight grain, hint of citrus, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak bodied, overly grainy, but good mouth feel.

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Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that fizzes away with out much stickage

Smell: Bubblegum, banana, powdered sugar and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the sweet bubblegum and banana flavors arriving quickly; by mid-palate, there is a bitter undercurrent that is rather herbal and medicinal; after the swallow, the sweet flavors return but are stymied by the medicinal aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is batch 38, and may be a little bit old, which could account for the medicinal flavors; if the sweetness and a more effective counterpoint, this would be a much better beer

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with a small, foamy, white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled sweet and of caramel. Almost as if it had adjuncts or corn.

T - Taste was a little thin. Some caramel and grasses. A little yeast.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light bodied beer.

D - This really tasted pilsener-esque. It wasn't awful, but it didn't taste like a pale ale.

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Photo of livingregret
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle beer

Appearance: Light amber, w/ no real head. No real carbonation but very clear

Smell: Very malty, light fruit(pineapple? peach?), very crisp smell

Taste: Malty taste w/ a touch of apples/peach/pineapple. Crisp feeling. Toward the end of a taste you get a odd hickory/smoked taste that I don't recall from before.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, goes down easy

Drinkability: Very enjoyable on a hot day but when the weather cools down the odd taste at the end throws you off a touch.

Edit: Changing comments and points based upon having a few more of these

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some notes of malts. Taste is of malts and hops, slightly bitter, not bad. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Label says this is batch #20.

Appearance: golden, medium-brown hue with a fair amount of suspended solids and practically no head. Nice color, if not exactly "pale", but otherwise not great.

Smell: mild aroma of malt, grain and noble hops. Minimal effervescence limits the volume of smell to be obtained. Not terrible but not great either.

Taste: sweetish malt flavor with plenty of graininess. There's a light tanginess at the end which I might associate with a Belgian pale. Bitterness is low, but balanced. I find myself liking it more than I anticipated, though it is a bit on the grainy side.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent creaminess despite a lack of apparent effervescence. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer doesn't appeal to me strongly. The flavor isn't bad, but as a whole package it's underwhelming.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very clean and clear and rather light looking amber with a one inch creamy white head the bubbles down to a cap in a minute. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Bit off, the malt is there and that is okay but this smell more like an American Pale Wheat Ale than an English Pale Ale.

T/MF: A bit better than the nose, the hop bitterness and malt sweetness interact nicely and the malt bitterness tickles the roof of the mouth at the same intensity as the hops stick to the center of the tongue. There is a mild nutty and herbal spice taste like nutmeg and clove, it is pretty interesting and tastes pretty nice but how well does it fit within the style remains to be seen.

D: Not a bad drinker at all, good mouthfeel well balanced taste, a bit weak in the nose and appearance and not sure how well it fits within the style but still not bad.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never saw this one before so I thought I'd give it a try.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. With just a wisp of stark white head. A bit of soapy lace is left behind.

The aroma is light hops with sweet grainy malt. Wheaty with hints of corn.

The flavor is mostly malt and tortilla chips. It tastes more like a pilsner then a IPA. Not bad but nothing special.

The body is light with a ton of carbonation.

Overall a average pilsner trying to be an IPA. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of vurt
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint tumbler. The label tells me this is from "Batch 20."

This perfectly clear brew has a deep gold color which has a brassy hint of green. Seems a bit yellow for a pale ale to me. The white head of foam looks creamy and rich, and shrinks down to a thin film. A gentle swirl of the glass restores a half-finger layer of foam.

Not much to hang onto here. I get some grainy malt; saltine crackers; a lager-ish, earthy mustiness; and a light fruit smell that reminds me of canned pears. There is also some faint hop spiciness.

Starts off bready and mildly sweet, like a few drops of honey on wheat toast. I'm also getting a light peat flavor (unexpected and tasty!), along with some apple juice and pear notes. There's also a spicy phenolic character which seems rather out of place, both for the style and for the overall character of this beer. Finishes with a lingering spicy sweetness.

Light body with rather prickly carbonation. A beer in the style of an English pale ale ought to have softer carbonation.

Moderately drinkable, with surprises which are both good (peat flavor) and not so good (phenolic notes).

Not a bad beer by any stretch, but easily the lowest scoring of the 3 I've sampled from this brewery so far. Also, it does not seem terribly close to an English pale ale in style. The malty sweetness is there, but the fruit and hop characters are uncharacteristic, and the phenolic spiciness is way off. I would not avoid this beer, but there are dozens of other pale ales I would reach for first.

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Photo of malcontent
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent auburn-gold body with a steady layer of head that just keeps going.

Loads of softly sweet, biscuity malt with a healthy dose of earthy hops on the back end. Sweetness builds to the point of mirroring a Munich Helles instead of a PA.

Once again, a bit too sweet on the malt end. However, an English PA (which this is supposed to be) should be maltier with only a touch of hops for bittering purposes. That would seem to be the case here although there's a vaguely Belgian, phenolic characteristic that seems out of place.

Appropriate mouthfeel in terms of thickness(perhaps a tad thin) and carbonation with little to no oiliness or astringency. It's also cool to see a non-English brewer making a very authentic stab at the style. However, I think I'd still buy a PA from the UK before getting this again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a BIF, and to be honest had never even heard of it before. I was looking through the fridge for a good first timer tonight and stumbled upon this one...

A - Poured a very clear light amber, no real head nor was there any real lace to it. Some, but not much visible carbonation

S - Very malty, lots of grain and a touch of yeast, Almost a light belgianesque aroma, light fruit, peach perhaps, very intresting to say the least

T - Now this was odd, first sip started off as your normal run of the mill, grain fueled English ale, however as it kept going it started to morph into more of a Belgian Pale. Lots of fruit flavors, albeit light and not all that impressive were there. Very nice, but too muted to really get hight marks. Seems as if the intent was there.

M - A bit slick and syrupy for me. Not enough carboantion and this maybe hurting the flavor as well, nothing to give it that pop.

D - not bad, I wouldnt go out and purchase alot of it, however there is really nothing wrong with it.

Overall a rather intresting, though forgettable ale. It had the intent and wanted to go somewhere different, just never really made it there. Maybe next time

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Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. (South American Pale Ale) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
78 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.