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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

Xingu Black BeerXingu Black Beer

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 537
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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Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a dark, dank brown, flashing deep ruby at the borders. Two fingers of thin light brown head shrink away quickly to a foamy tan puddle. Vertical veins of lacing descend down the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a bittersweet spike of roasted malt juts out, along with the dry bitter bite of very indistinct hops.

Upon sipping, as surprisingly thin but virtually cloying dark malt sweetness morphs promptly into a muted vinegary sourness on the sides of the tongue. A syrupy sugar river runs through the center, never really swerving until a flat, plastic off-note partners with it at the finish. Simply, it's saccharin, and devoid of much else.

Medium bdoied, the dense sweetness clings stickily, like cloying, tongue-numbing napalm. With this flavor profile, that's not so good.

It's the deep clingy sweetness of rich roasted malt along with....nothing else. the flavor is one-dimensional, it cloys almost bitingly, and ity gives no reason to return for more. It's a dessert all by itself, and not an especially good one. I happen to love Brazilian cuisine, but if this is any indicator, I won't be matching it to any Brazilian beers. I can't believe they drink a lot of this during Carnival, but if they do, I'm staying home. Well, I'm not going anyway, but you know what I mean.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 15:42:49 | More by Foxman
Photo of shadow1961


2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Xingu Black Beer (Brazil) pours a lofty tan head over a black brew (though it's rosy
up to the light). Carbonation is hard to gague, and the nose is just a bit of light barley
malt. The flavor is better than the nose lets on- a bit of sweetish molasses up front with
a ghost of hop in the finish. Pretty one dimensional. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Frankly,
something this dark should have a little more going on than this does. By all means, if
it's on sale, get a sixer if you're gonna mow the lawn, but there's nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 06:55:04 | More by shadow1961
Photo of JDV


2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light black, slightly less than opaque color. Smell is light skunky roasted malt with a hint of chocolateyness. Taste is sweet, sweet roasty malt, with more body than most schwarzbiers. Maybe a touch sweeter than necessary and consequently a bit cloying. May try again some day.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 18:21:48 | More by JDV
Photo of schellsbeer


2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thought I was going to be tasting something different. The name suggests that this is a Black Beer. I didn't know that it was a Schwarzbier. If so, I might have looked else where. Anyway...

The Review....

So, Schwarzbier rely on hops to add bitterness instead of malt. Huh!

Well, this beer is a complete dark Bock in my opinion. No hops in there. I taste Bock but on a darker note. It is like they took a Bock beer and put it in a pan and slowly cooked it until it started to carmelize. No burned flavor...just a Dark Bock beer. Impressed...Naw. For $9.99 a 6 pack, there are sooo many better beers out there with much more flavor.

Drinkability is high because of the lower ABV level but enough to keep me drinking it. Not at all. I have one bottle left....anybody want it, come and get it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 03:42:22 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of LittleDon


2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black and opaque, mild carbonation with little head retention. Cooked corn aroma. Slightly sweet middle progressing to an even sweeter finish. Some tartness in the end (?) Very under hopped. Medium body. Tastes like a slightly sweeter version of an American adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:14:08 | More by LittleDon
Photo of dancinwillie


2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not quite black, more of a deep deep brown. Light cocoa colored head, which dissipates quickly.

Not picking up much of an aroma. Light roasted grains, and some random sweetness.

Saccharin sweet, tastes a bit artificial. Not too bad, but then again, that's really not a compliment is it? Some good hopping helps balance out the sweetness. Honestly, this isn't an offensive beer really, but it's very limited in taste. Sweet and hoppy could have been my entire taste entry.

High carbonation, very lively. Light bodied character. Yep, that's about all I can say here.

I will only be drinking this beer again because I purchased a sixer. I will not buy another. It's not that it's awful, because it's not. If I opened a brewpub today and this was my first beer served, I would be happy to have it as a starting point. Then I would make it better. Not for me. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:48:18 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of kimcgolf


2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn’t get much aroma. Poured from a bottle, color was was dark brown/black with hint of red at bottom. Slight chocolate and malt taste, and okay finish, although it tasted a little watery. Not bad, but just an average beer where nothing really jumped out at me.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 11:53:38 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a black body with a small, tan head with ok retention overall and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A very malty smell with some bready undertones. Nothing overly impressive.

T: A sweet, juice taste with no malt character or roasted notes. Seemed like this beer still needed to be fermented.

M: A fairly light and watery mouthfeel overall that was nothing too impressive.

D: A not too drinkable beer overall. Seemed a little too sweet and not fermented. The carbonation that was evident felt like it was added later and not even partially developed naturally. Not a very impressive beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 02:37:44 | More by maddogruss
Photo of veblen

District of Columbia

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer but I expected more. The smell lacks any depth. Additionally the taste is a bit flat. Not bad but certainly not an upper tier beer. The beer had a good pour and has deep black color. I have never tried a beer from Brazil before so had no previous expectations. Given the color and limited information you may initailly expect a stout but not fair comparision. Again decent beer but for the money may want to steer in different direction.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 00:53:36 | More by veblen
Photo of Guitarctica


2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up in a build your own six pack at whole foods. The name seemed interesting. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Very very dark brown to near black in color. One finger of tan head that takes its time dissipating. Nice lacing on glass, but it doesn't stick, so you have to be looking for it.

S - Very nice smell actually. Sort of like grapes with alcohol in the background. Very similar to wine. Maybe merlot. Not much else, but this is a good start.

T - Kind of a disappointment to be honest. Seems very watered down. Roasted malts is just about all I taste. Not much character. The finish is not hoppy but sort of medicinal. I realize this style of beer is supposed to be more refreshing, but this was not.

M - Watery on the palate. Light bodied, and finishes dry. Pretty smooth i guess, but in a "this is it?" sort of way.

D - Easy to drink for sure, but because the taste and mouthfeel are disappointing, I couldn't drink more than one of these in a night. I was looking for something else to drink after I finished this.

Final Thoughts - Despite the way it looks, this is not a stout or a porter, but a black beer; a lager I think. So it shouldn't be judged as one. I know it isn't supposed to be a very heavy or complex beer, but this still seemed sub-par to me and not very refreshing. The smell was the best part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 16:43:47 | More by Guitarctica
Photo of FLima


2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another beer that gives me some melancholic feelings. Great label with export appeal.
Black color with a caramel head with medium retention.
Very faint aroma of caramel and toasted malts.
Sweet malty flavor with hints of caramel, cola, toasted malts and adjuncts, its original sin.
Dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste, and residual toasted notes.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Not bad, though could be less sweet and the adjunct plus caramel addition does not help.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:07:43 | More by FLima
Photo of santoslhalper


2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a shwarzbier in my opinion. And as far as Shwarzbier's go, this one's not very good. Nothing about it stood out other than the fact that it quenched thirst. The flavor was just of crappy malts an no hops. This was one the bartender and Tulune's recommended, and I'm dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 17:02:50 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of bedwyr

South Dakota

2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable, if not overly impressive, beer. Practically black in appearance with a thin, lacy head this beer has a sort-of sweetness to it that I find annoying after a couple of sips. It is light enough flavor-wise to be a very drinkable beer, but for my money, I'd rather go a different route. Whoever it was that said it was like a thinner version of a stout or porter was right on. Worth a try, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 20:00:51 | More by bedwyr
Photo of genaro


2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Xingu came in a light weight 12 ounce bottle. The color was opaque chocolate brown with some coppery hue. The aroma was weak with whiffs of chocolate and the head was not impressive. The taste was chocolatey with traces of molasses. A decent hop bite livened it up a bit. The mouthfeel was a litle oily and the finsh was dry and unexciting.
I don't know what I was expecting, maybe some exotic Brazilian tastes. In the end I was just a little disappointed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 00:18:59 | More by genaro
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had really high hopes for this one and it simply just didn't deliver. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what I thought it would be, either. It poured up rather nicely an extremely dark brown, nearly black, with a big, frothy head like an aggressively poured glass of soda. The smell wasn't very lively at all, contrary to what I have heard others say. It was mostly bready, with a little bit of roasted cereal and that's about it. Not bad, but could have been much better. Taste wasn't even average for the style, in my opinion. There was a bit of sweet malt, and what seemed like a honey-ish note towards the finish, but overall, I wasn't very impressed. Mouthfeel is very thin and lifeless. It wasn't offensive, but all thing considered, there should have been more body in this beer. I must say, this one let me down a little. Not a bad beer at all, but not a very good schwartz.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 23:25:12 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Completely black with a rocky light brown head. Nice retention and lots of sticky lacing.

S - The typical burnt toast aroma found in most schwarzbiers, along with an interesting dark fruit smell (raisin or prune?). A slight soapiness is also present, but not enough to be offputting.

T - Very little roasted character like I would expect from the style. It starts with a malty sweetness that fades into a bittersweet raisin flavor. The soapiness noticed in the nose is also present here as well, and it's not welcome at all.

M - Very light body without much carbonation.

D - I suppose you could say this is drinkable based on the light body and low abv, but the flavor just isn't up to par. I'm a big fan of schwarzbiers, but this is easily the worst that I've tried. The only good thing that came of this was getting to check Brazil off my reviews list. :)

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:19:40 | More by gabe23
Photo of mclanem


2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Looks great nice dark beer with a good brown head,

Smell: Smells nice fruity so not reallt like beer more like wine.

Taste: I think there are grapes or berries involved in the brewing because this taste like wine mixed with beer interesting. Sweet can't say I like it too much.

Mouthfeel: feels great nice carbanation not to thin.

Drinkability: this suffers due to it's strange flaver it is interesting but I'm not a big wine drinker so I couldn't drink it to much.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 02:54:22 | More by mclanem
Photo of bluejacket74


2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a very small off-white head. There's a bit of roasted malt smell, but mostly it smells just like a typical macro lager, like grain and sweet malt. Also, the aroma is a bit weak. It tastes a bit sour, and also a little like sweet malt and grain. Not impressive at all. Mouthfeel is light/medium, with good carbonation. Drinkability isn't good, as the weird sour taste makes it hard to drink. I don't know if this was a bad batch/bottle, but this really wasn't good at all. The beer looked nice, but it went downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 01:02:58 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of scoobybrew


2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - opaque, deep, dark (nearly black) amber color with a tan head that settles quickly but is retained in a fine lacing

S - some roasted grain aroma, some green apple from the yeast

T - light roasted grain character - green apple in aroma comes through in flavor as well

M - light to medium body with moderate cabonation

D - this is a dissappointed schwarzbier, the acetaldehyde is completely out of place and not too pleasant

9/6/08 - edit:
Changed scores a bit on another tasting that wasn't so horrendous: Still some green apple taste/character, but not as strong. It's still a marginal beer, but not as bad as the first tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 01:09:25 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 355ml brown bottle, 4.6%abv. BB 28/12/08, served chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's goblet.

A: pours a deeply dark brown to nearly black hue, topped with a fluffy dark tan head with good retention.
S: a faint hint of hop resins and a clean touch of lager come on top of brown sugar, Chinese grass-jelly, and a tinge of treacle. Quite simplistic, gearing towards the malt side and quite sweet.
T: quite simply, the taste is semi-sweet and thin-bodied throughout, decorated with random tastes of sweetened mashed kidney beans, mild herbs as used in Chinese grass-jelly, unidentified dark fruits, and a light metallic touch; slightly chewy and sour in the finish. BTW, where is the roastiness from black malts that is supposedly an intrinsic character of any black beer?
M&D: fizzy and slightly fluffy on the texture, quite lively but overall too thin in body. The only goodie about this beer is that the flavour doesn't come too cloying or unpleasant, staying pretty "neutral" throughout the drink. That said, there's very precious little in this beer that my palate agrees with, hence not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 19:54:52 | More by wl0307
Photo of GRG1313


2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thick smooth tan head. Very, very light floral nose but you have to look for it. Not much in the nose department.

Interesting mouth and flavors. Very sweet on front palate with strong cooked fruit, plum character but not a particularly good flavor. Perhaps not bad but "interesting" and "different" would be better words.

Light sweet mouth feel, almost like a light plummy burnt carmel like soda. Short finish with a hint of bitter hops and a short finish of fruit compote/apricot/cooked pears. Might be interesting with some foods, perhaps is made to pair with Brazilian cuisine.

Different and perhaps worth a second try with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 01:30:04 | More by GRG1313
Photo of BBM

New York

2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out ok, a nice black with brown highlights and a foamy tan head. The aroma however was a bit on the vegetable/corn side of things... slightly roasty, but ultimately displeasing. I wondered if this would translate into the taste...

And unfortunately it did. There was a real cooked vegetable oil and corn flavor to the brew that I just couldn't shake. There were hints of roasted nuts trying to peak through, but they just couldn't. The finish had a distinct cola syrup flavor and consistency. Overall this beer is interesting since it's the first South American one I've tried, but I don't know if I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 13:50:00 | More by BBM
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first Brazilian beer I've tried. Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a pitch black color and quarter inch head. Decent lacing throughout.

There's almost no smell on this one, odd as it seems. Some malts, but I really couldn't pick up much else.

Aside from a bit of hops, this was very much like a macro beer. Not much complexity.

This had a solid amount of carbonation, but has an oily finish.

This is a wildly uneven beer. Some of its component are first rate, but the taste is wholly uninteresting. Very odd.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 21:22:57 | More by avalon07
Photo of prototypic


2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah. Black beer, eh? Not exactly, but it is a very dark mahogany brown. Burgundy highlights are apparent due to some light slicing through. On top is a light mocha colored head that barely reaches a finger deep. It vanished almost as quickly as it appeared and left very light, spotty lace behind.

The nose is underwhelming. It lacks a great deal in overall strength and doesn't accomplish much with what is here. It's mostly earthy and features a bit of a grainy scent. It has an odd corn-like scent that's far from appealing. If hops are here I can't tell. I'm digging for more, but it's just not here. Very uninspired and bland.

The flavor is a good deal better than the nose, but it's still far from good. The earthy and grainy flavors aren't bad at all. It's a little vegetal, but not nearly as much as I anticipated. The nose is a little misleading in that respect. There's a faint cocoa-like flavor that picks it up a bit. I suspect it's a little chocolate malt. If it is, it could use more. Frankly, it could use a lot more of everything. Anything to add more flavor. The lack of flavor is the biggest problem here. Did I mention that it could use some hops? It has a decent sweet and earthy finish.

This one's very light and feels a little watered down. It's undercarbonated and is begging for more activity. Drinkability is very average. The flavor's just okay and despite the ease with which it goes down, it's not at all satisfying.

Xingu Black Beer is not good beer. I wasn't expecting much malt flavor given its status as a Schwarzbier. I was expecting a little hop action, but it's not here. Suffice it to say that this one needs a lot of work. A lot of progress could be made simply by adding more ingredients (malts, hops, whatever). The lack thereof fundamentally cripples it in every way. I'd suggest taking a pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 02:22:43 | More by prototypic
Photo of deltatauhobbit


2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, very thin head that fizzes away very fast and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly dark roasted malt with a hint of cocoa.

Taste has bubbly carbonation but it isn't very sharp or overwhelming, taste is like watered down roasted malt which is rather unappealing, not overly sweet or cloying but has a slick aftertaste that seems soapy at times.

I think I'll pass on getting more of this Brazilian beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 23:59:43 | More by deltatauhobbit
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.