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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%

Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sul Brasileira visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of BarrelBrother


4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Xingu is an unusual beer, plain and simple. Complex flavours with spice overtones make this an unusual taste treat indeed. My wife and I enjoyed Xingu over our past motorcycle trip when we stopped for the evening at our lodging. Full flavoured with a hint of carmel this beer is an interesting choice for the judges.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 05:15:30 | More by BarrelBrother
Photo of russpowell


4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours mahogany with effervscence & a rocky 3 fingers+ mocha head. Some lacing & no head retention

Smell: Slight frutiness, some winey notes & then a slight leather/sourness (out of style, but nice)

Taste: Fruttyness, licorice, sweet port-like notes & finishes sweet

MF: Good balance, slightly chewy. A little undercarbonated

Pretty drinkable, interesting beer from the amazon??? I don't remember this stuff being so drinkable in the mid-90's (last time I had it)

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 04:16:09 | More by russpowell
Photo of MikeInIowa


4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: inviting, deep darkness.Not entirely black but close. Opaque and not allowing much light in.

Nose: nice aroma. Carmelized malts and hops.

Taste: Carmel malts and light coffee notes without going bitter

Mouthfeel: pleasing mouthfeel that is creamy without feeling too heavy or grainy.

Drink: Enyirely drinkable; on the order of a Kostringer black lager but with southern hemisphere influences instead of the eastern European traditional notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 05:16:59 | More by MikeInIowa
Photo of HuppMJH


4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look - Pours a very dark brown/red; basically black. Thin tan head that seems quite delicate.

Smell - I catch a fruity aroma with a hint of nuttiness. Possibly even a bit of chocolate.

Taste - Fruity, like passion fruit or lychee with a bit of whisky or rum. Nutty finish.

Very smooth and subtle. From the look of the beer I was expecting a fuller taste, although I am still surprised by the beer's complexity. This would be a great beer to take out around the camp fire or fishing.

Good beer, but as I said before, it would be nice if it had more of a porter or stout strength to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 21:48:26 | More by HuppMJH
Photo of BillyBrew


4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise. A nearly-black colour with a enourmous, brown, foamy, chunky, sticky head that lasts throughout and leaves big, ugly rings. Billowing sweet-malt scent fills the nose. A big toasty malt-sweetness with very little bitterness, but balanced flavour. Nice, slick, deep medium body with slight bite on the tongue. One beer drank real smooth, two would probably be a treat but any more would wear on you. Try one out and enjoy, the Schwarzbier style is great. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 15:36:40 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of brewmaster411


4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a schwartz (dark) beer. Simply put it is a lager with dark malts to give it a nice color and flavor profile. This is the beer to prove the people that dark does not necessarily mean bitter or heavy.

Appearance is almost jet black, it looks like a porter or stout, without the thick creamy head. Smell is slight coffee/roast aroma, no diacetyl or esters, somewhat malty. Taste has an underlying sweetness, very smooth and quaffable. Extremely smooth and very high drinkablility.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 05:08:59 | More by brewmaster411
Photo of scratch69


4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with some red highlights when held up to the light. Thin tan head that disappears quickly. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel with a bit of chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malts with a hint of caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth and creamy feel.

Overall- Pretty good beer. Very drinkable, not strongly flavored like most stouts and porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 00:59:08 | More by scratch69
Photo of Bighuge


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark Ruby. Not much light gets through. Thin, tight dusting of brown head. Lace is moderate. Fresh aroma of blackened malts, caramel, roasted barley and coffee. The taste is really pretty nice. Bitter coffee bean and chocolate and sweet caramel and vanilla... Yeah, definitely nice. The mouthfeel is a little weak. Light bodied and slightly watery. Could use a little more carbonation too. If the mouthfeel were better, this would really be a top notch brew. As it is, I'd drink this any day of the week. Great taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 03:12:14 | More by Bighuge
Photo of InDreams


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since I had a Köstritzer Schwarzbier I've been pretty keen on this style of beer, so when I happened to see a Brazilian version, I had to try it. Poured out of the bottle into a flute glass and here's what I found...

A: Almost pitch black with a finger's width of tan-colored head that left lacing all over the sides of the glass. As I started to empty my glass, the head never really disappeared, but stuck around at about half its original breadth. Beautiful looking beer.

S: Smell is never really a shwarzbier's strong suit, and this is no real exception. There's the faint scents of sweet malts, probably roasted caramel malts, and I get a slight wiff of something coffee-like. Not really any trace of hops. It's good but not strong.

T: Man is this tasty. I love schwarzbier's for that sweet malty taste. I mean, it's really really sweet. It's probably my favorite type of lager. Xingu is a fine example too. Robust caramel malty flavor, hinting of coffee. You'd be hard pressed to find much of a hop character here, but there's a bit in the aftertaste, perhaps alongside some teastiness, albeit pretty downplayed. All around it's the sweet malty flavor that makes this exceptional amongst other styles, and a good example of a schwarbier. If you're not a big fan of the sweetness, maybe you might avoid this, but I highly recommend it. Just taste's great.

M: Not quite as watery as I expected, given some schwarzbier examples I've had. And now, looking at other people's reviews, I kinda sense as though maybe I got a good batch of this, or perhaps I was just a bigger fan. It's medium bodied, minimally carbonated and really pleasant on the tongue.

D: With a 4.5% ABV, medium body, minimal carbonation and downright awesome taste, I am absolutely getting another one of these. I can't see any problem sitting around with a six pack or two and some friends and going through a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 00:25:56 | More by InDreams
Photo of theopholis


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Body is very dark with only a hint of ruby highlights when held up to the light. HEad is a nice tan, foamy affair with good retention and a decent lacing.

Aroma -- Very clean aroma consisting of malt sweetness, some roaste malrs and hops. Very well balance.

Taste- Sweet, yet very drinkable. MAlt sweetness, plus some other sweetnss in there I can't identify. Some hints of a roasty, nutty after-taste..

Mouthfeel- Not heavy, but the body is very noticable. Good level of carbonation to.

Drinkability- Pretty good. Nice aroma, taste and body.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:05:58 | More by theopholis
Photo of Finkel


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from my mom's fridge, not expecting anything. Although it was sitting there for at least 2 years, the only legitimate beef I had with it was that it wasn't extremely carbonated.

The appearance was very nice, black, as it stated with a small layer of head on the top. When angled, it actually was a very deep amber, which only means this was packed with grains rather than roasted.

I couldn't get a lot of smells off of this one, but I think it's party due to the fact that the glass I was using was horrible. However, it smelt slightly hoppy. I had to give it the benefit of the doubt since it was actually hard to smell.

The taste was actually wonderful. Sweet hops came through as well as a light chocolate flavor. Regardless of how long it actually aged, it was a very solid flavor which I really enjoyed.

The mouth feel was nice; not too thick nor thin. In combination with the taste, this was a highly drinkable beer that I was sad to see disappear from the bottle.

By far one of the best darker beers I've had and something that I want to try again, just not as aged. I think some carbonation was lost due to this and a little more would have made me happier.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 01:26:36 | More by Finkel
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xingu has a fairly thin, beige head and a very dark brown appearance, with lighter brown around the edges, some lacing, and a good number of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of dark-roasted malts and grain husks. Taste is of dark-roasted malt, grain husk, hints of chocolate and coffee, and it has a nice cream or cafe-au-lait aspect to it. Mouthfeel is medium, and Xingu finishes refreshing and somewhat dry. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I highly recommend it.


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 15:43:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of ngandhi


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown. Looks rich. Tan/white head; fluffy, reduces to moderate stability. Not as spectacular as its made out to be, but nicely done.
The little floaties in the beer (yeast?) are nauseating to look at while drinking. Actually makes it hard for me to have more than one at a time.

Fruity on the nose, but not sharp. Light roasted malts in the background.

Initial taste of apple cider, estery, develops to a tasty roast, finishes dry and stout. Sweet from the apple, but not tart. Dry from the roasted malt, but not bitter. Remarkably, this beer continues to develop down the glass; the stout flavor becomes more pronounced.

Medium bodied, but a bit light at times for its depth of flavor. Nothing sharp, however, in the mouth. Unpleasant traces of phenol.

Delicately crafted and professionally balanced, this is quite special. Almost combines a Belgian ale with a dry Irish stout. But this combination of sorts isn't distinct. Xingu, for all its complexity, is integrated -- a flavor unto itself. I am unfamiliar with the shwarzbier style, but I know that any true example of a style requires expert craft. Xingu is indeed expertly crafted, a complete surprise, a pleasure to imbibe in, and proof that there is art in beer.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 23:25:58 | More by ngandhi
Photo of tgbljb


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with reddish hues. Modest tannish head with qattractive lacing. Smell is dark fruity (plums, prunes, raisain, figs, dates) combined with roasted malt in an excellent manner. One of the most enticing scents I've experienced in a beer. Taste is good, but doesn't quite live up to the smell. Nice sweet toasty maltiness. Taste does seem to improve as the beer warms and more of the fruitiness begins to blossom. Nice and creamy. Leaves a very nice taste and feel in the mouth. This was truly a tasty beer that was exceptionally enjoyable. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 01:37:11 | More by tgbljb
Photo of HeightsEats


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very good take on Schwarzbier (black lager). The flavor is clearly bittersweet, somewhat like a stout, but without the heaviness typically associated with dark beers (even most dark lagers). This is very clean and drinkable with a pleasant roasted maltiness. Drinking 2-3 of these in a sitting wouldn't be a problem. Considering the beer's relative lightness, though, I'm not sure how well it would pair with most foods.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 23:15:50 | More by HeightsEats
Photo of mentor


4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from To Your Health (Coralville, Iowa) in April 2005 and consumed that same evening. Pours a one-finger brown head over a pitch-black liquid, even when held to light. Head is sticky and hangs around. Smells chocolate roast, molasses, and licorice. Tastes thick sweet rich molasses, chocolate, and roast. In some beers roast carries a cherry sour, but I don’t get that here. Late, I get a dark toffee that persists well into the aftertaste. Hops? If present they are buried beneath the sweet and darker flavors. Syrupy mouthfeel (in a positive way), but probably only md-thick. Moderate carbonation that works well. The beer leaves the mouth dry, despite it being such a sweet beer. Decent lacing on the inside of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 01:45:46 | More by mentor
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very interesting beer. As a homebrewer, this is one type of beer I hope to replicate one of these days. It has a residual sweetness from a malty brew. This is so unique, because it is a smooth lager with minimal hops to leave you with the nice flavor of dark malt. It is very easy to drink, and exceptional for dark beers (can you imagine guinness without nitro and sourness?) It is not as sweet as Mackson's XXX Stout, but you can taste it for sure. I wish this beer was a little more common, I can't seem to get it in Alabama. I was only able to purchase it in Austin, TX, when I lived near there.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 00:52:56 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of kegger22


4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bier, not what I had expected. Poured a dark brown with a tiny head that quickly reduced to a collar. The aroma was lightly sweet. The taste was very subtle, not in a weak way, just smooth and light. Coffee sweetened with toffee, the taste is gentle and I can respect Xingu for that. The feed is barely medium bodied and not a lot of carbonation. You could drink this beer all night long. Really good, it's just not going to rate well because of aesthetics, sadly.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 22:39:09 | More by kegger22
Photo of DoubleJ


4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a single 12 oz bottle, on to the beer:

If you're looking for some of the characteristics in a porter, but want something easy drinking, this is a good beer to grab. It's chocolatey sweet, a hint of banana, with a roasted/smokey character, ended with a lightly hopped finish. This unheralded treat from Brazil went well with my honey BBQ wings. Some might say it's too sweet/out of balance, but it worked for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 05:59:31 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich, malty with some hop hints and a touch of molasses, also a little smokiness, almost like a stout or porter. Color is deep opaque sable. Flavor is malty with a sweet undertone and a little smokiness, but more like a dark ale than a stout, and a hint of hop bitterness. Very smooth and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 05:07:29 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Jordan


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet molasses up front, then coffee bean and alcohol notes intermix. The finish softly lingers as a charcoal bitterness. Pleasant but subdued aromas of coffee and sweet molasses. Unfortunately this brew lacks a heavier body to support the fullest of flavor. The flavor is excellent, however it is short lived. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 18:57:59 | More by Jordan
Photo of DogFood11


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this sixer up on the advice of a guy I met while beer shopping. This is his stand by brew so I figured why not give it a shot. Poured the contents into a pils glass it forms a firm brown head. Body is black with some deep mahogonay around the edges.

First drink and my thoughts were that it was a subtle and approachable offering. This has some heavily roasted malts that seem to fall short of being charred. A good portion of smoked and fireplace on the backside. Far from overdone and I dare say this would be a quality session brew. Light body is perfect for a daytime drinker. Hop presence need not be all that heavy since it doesn't have a big fight to get this balanced out.

Notes: What a well rounded beer from start to finish. As it warmed the smoked backside comes in to play more and makes this even better.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 00:49:20 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Portertime


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew. I havn't had many good schwarzbier aka black beers. Poured a nice dark Ghiradelli Midnight chocolate color. The nose was a little thin, I could barely detect some roasted malt, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate notes. The taste was a excellent with a great balance, not overly and overly-sweet-where-is-the-water taste. Hints of caramel and roasted malts. Hefty price tag though.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 18:43:01 | More by Portertime
Photo of DawnL

New York

4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with tan head that dissipates to sticky lace.

The aroma is slightly sweet with a caramel hint.

The taste and mouthfeel are what this brew is all about. It's creamy with a full palate that ranges from sour to sweet as it evolves directly on the tongue.

There is almost an unctous quality about it. This is not a stout. It should not be thought of as a stout. This is a very unique lager.

This is a very drinkable beer - I've had it many times and m surprised by some of the reviews. I've never been disappointed by Xingu.

It's malty, not very hoppy, and goes so well with many different foods. It's also good for cooking - add to chili and other dishes that call for beer.

I would recommend enjoying this brew with grilled meats, burgers, or a hearty roasted corn and vegetable salad. Great with BBQ as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 17:47:13 | More by DawnL
Photo of chaz01


4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from beer of the month club, poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, opaque, brownish-black in color with a brownish head that stays for a very long time.

S: Some dark fruit aromas with just a little bit of roasted coffee.

T: Dark fruit flavors like plums and dates, with some malt sweetness, especially molasses. Also flavors of rum and licorice. Very complex beer.

M: Smooth, silky, creamy mouthfeel, not what you would expect from a dark beer. Relatively lighter bodied and a lingering molasses finish.

D: According to BOMC, this black lager has little in common with the German style Schwarzbier, it's much more sweet and fruity than that style. Despite the sweetness in the beer, I could drink these all night. Complex, smooth and light enough to really enjoy as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 02:55:23 | More by chaz01
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
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