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Xingu Black Beer | Cervejaria Kaiser

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Cervejaria Kaiser
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Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 08-20-2001

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Reviews: 585 | Ratings: 1,289
Photo of Jray17
4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a simple great tasting beer. I would definetly recommend trying it. It's got a good lager Stuart that turns into a simplistic ale as you swallow, it has a definite taste of chocolate with a bit of fruity malts that really work well together

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Photo of rkotas
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a lager at the beginning, then ends with a bit of black malt and chocolate malt. Not a complex beer, but it is smoothe and better than I expected. It has a beautiful head of foam, that is caramel colored.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Super sweet cereal grain aroma & taste while still being drinkable and not overly sweet. Some Euro/German malt character shines through in this highly drinkable wonderful beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 28Jun15) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 27Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of brown foam that halves itself into a khaki foam head after 45 seconds. Black in color with a ruby tint. Rising bubbles are very small in size and high in quantity. Lacing is thick and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Mild aromas of biscuits are backed by subtle aromas of bitter roasted malts, sweet coffee, earthy hops, and floral hops. Hints of spicy hops can also be detected.
TASTE: Instant balanced is achieved as mild biscuit and spicy hop flavors first step on to the palate. Subtle sweet coffee and floral hop flavors immediately follow without disturbing this perfectly balanced brew. Subtle bitter roasted malt and earthy hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for biscuits, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild, but pleasant dryness.
NOTE: Only my second of its style, but this was well executed. The lager characteristics played very well with the roasted malt flavors. Very balanced. I loved it.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
I got this beer only because it is the only entry I've had from Brazil on the global list "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die"
Enough said.
If you want a review, I think the Alstrom Bros got it right.

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Photo of PunkAndPorters
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was caught off guard by the taste of this beer, expecting something alot stronger or different. To me it was basically a Brazilian Budweiser. So it gets a 0 on the unique factor but i did like it. I'd drink it again

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just as the name implies, it pours black, with a off-white/khaki head. No lacing. Aroma is a bit malty and hoppy. Rather standard ale aroma. Taste is a pretty standard mix of malts and hops. Mouth feel is a bit watery. Overall, interesting beer. If I saw it poured into a glass, I would assume it's a stout or porter. Glad I tried it though.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of stevoj
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Although classified as a schwarzbier, it is not reminiscent of the true German standard for this style. Taste is sweet and mouthfeel is watery. None of the dark roast flavor is present. However, it is still a pleasant drink, and a unique style from a place halfway around the world.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottler into nonic glass. Color is dark black hence the label black ale I suppose. Make sure to do a aggressive pour if you want any type of head. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer. For some reason the only thing that bothered me was the smell but definitely not the taste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Brown beer. Aroma was mildly hoppy, roast to the edge of coffee.

Lesser malt allowed the hops to come out like a schwarzbier. Hard to get too excited about this, its a pretty average beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: black with fizzy head that fades fast
S: smells like a lager, nothing crazy or good
T: it's a dark malt lager. Not terrible, just not for me
F: thin, easy to drink if you like it

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.46/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looking for a strange, surprising brew? Another taste of exotic, a glimpse into the twilight of the jungle, perhaps? What really shines in Xingu is the water. The flavor cannot be compared to other beers one might taste because the water has made it unique. One can distinguish many minerals, silty qualities, mossy, and just plain wet. Like you're sitting in a river and licking the rocks. If you see this beer just try it.

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Photo of gautch726
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks beautiful and has a nice easy feel to it. However, looks can be deceiving when it comes to taste as this one falls a bit flat and weak on the palette. A sweeter beer with some berry flavor behind the malts. Looks good, feels good, tastes... ok.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at the 2015 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. Color is very dark with a wisp of a brownish white head. The smell is very malty as is the taste with a sweet finish. Extremely smooth mouth feel and low but adequate carbonation. Overall this beer reminds me more of a good porter than anything else. If you like dark, somewhat sweet beers than this one is worth a try.

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Photo of jhartley
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at EPCOT Food & Wine festival, on tap at the Brazil kiosk.
Deep dark black body; not light comes through when held up to sunlight.
Mild smoke aromas.
Smoky, licorice root, subtle hints of chocolate and coffee.
Light mouth feel, super easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation.
Overall, this was a a decent beer, quite a bit more going on here than what the scores on here show. Dark beer with a low abv and was really easy to drink on a hot night! Try this one out if you haven't already.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, Dark, Clean, Grainy

Tastes somewhere between a German Schwarzbier and a Milk Stout though they state it is inspired by old recipes of Indian beer. The company also boasts about being tapped twice as the best “Dark Lager” in the world. Vague enough? So really it just comes down to if the beer is good or not as we believe the brewers intention has always been to brew something unique while being able to give back. Yes, this is a charity beer for the Amazon Forest. Every beer geek should give this one a whirl.

STYLE: Dark Lager | ABV: 4.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours pitch black or deep dark brown under a ½” finely bubbled light tan head. S: Aromas are not roasty, more like dark brown bread. T: Attacks with malt dark bread flavors, grain driven fruit flavors and a light touch of anise and cola. There is a trace of tartness on the finish. No harsh roast or burnt flavors and nothing big or assertive. F: Clean and smooth with a very creamy medium light body and very fine and soft carbonation. O: This is a very subdued beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: deep brown - ruby highlights at the edges; 1 finger medium tan head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: apple is predominant, with roasted grains also evident;

T: apple is there throughout; roasted grains are noticeable at mid-palate; finish is mostly apple with a touch of bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not sure if the apple is what they're shooting for, but it's sort of odd and unexpected for a schwarzbier;

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thin tan head. Not much happening on the smell, slight nut and malty chocolate. Small, crisp taste with a very clean finish, which I not what I want in a schwartzbier. Malty finish. Ok beer.

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Photo of running3dogs
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This dark brown, almost black beer, shows the faintest of garnet highlights around the edges of the glass. On top rests a foamy mocha cap that fades quickly but leaves some decent lace. A faint roasty nose suggests a mild porter or stout, perhaps, but one taste belies this first impression. Where is the roast? Where are the malts? The palate is reminiscent of sweet cola or soda pop but with more body. In fact, modest carbonation imbues the beer with a smooth creaminess that might be its best feature. The more I drink, though, the more inescapable is a soggy cardboard taste in the finish. The twist-off cap (already a bad sign) was untwistable and had to be pried off. A indecipherable distributor code offered no hint of the beer's age, which must have been considerable. Oddly, with such meager flavor, the beer suffered only modestly from the oxidation. A sad tribute to the late Alan Eames, who championed this beer in his heyday as the "Indiana Jones of Beer."

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.49/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic black beer, with a lot of cherry and oak flavors, a little smokiness. Very drinkable while still flavorful, and a personal favorite of mine.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light seeping in. I smell extremely sweet chocolate and caramel. I taste sweet, dark bready malt. The fade is pleasant and very clean. There's a residual sweetness that lingers. The mouth is very smooth, silky, and creamy.

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Photo of JAD1956
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First time to have on draft. Much fuller than bottle, with deep sweet treacle flavor that lingers. Reminds me somewhat of Old Peculier. Easy to drink. Distinctive but accessible.

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Photo of mlockman
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad black beer, but I definitely did not get as much of an emphasis on the molasses characteristic I have been led to believe is present in many South American black beers.

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Photo of ranger7
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Black as night, with crimson edge. Great lacing, continuous head of white.
S: Apple juice? Strange, but that's what I am getting.
T: an apple-like tang in front, smooth, malty middle, with faint tang in aftertaste. Very different. I don't recall other Schwartzbier examples tasting like this. Almost fruity.
M: Lighter than I thought it would be. Very thin and watery.
O: it's been a while since I had my last Schwartzbier, but I am fairly sure it wasn't quite like this. Xingu isn't bad though, just different. Give it a shot if you're into this style.

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Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Kaiser
79 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.