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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 Halcyondays


4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle bought for $1.49 from the Liquor Warehouse,

A: Pours in actuality a very dark brown with a full off-white tan head, good lacing and strong head retention.

S: Chocolate malt, with a hint of lactic acidity and cherry.

T: This has a great flavour to it. Sweet milk chocolate comes out initially and is matched by a bittersweet cherry, with an earthy hop bite at the end with a hint of molasses. As I continue to drink it, it just gets better and better.

M: Soft carbonation, relatively light body and quite easily to drink, has an oily feel at times, off-dry overall, smooth as silk.

D: For the price I wasn't expecting much, but this is really really good. I'll stock up the next time I visit wherever this is sold, I loved it, highly recommended, it is one of the best session beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 06:28:24 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of tempest


2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm calling Euro dark lager on this one. It looks black and that's the most resemblance I get to the style. It does look pretty nice, black with tan lacing and all. But I don't get how it can be missing so much flavor. It doesn't taste like it traveled well to begin with. The rest is just a bland fruity flavor common with lighter-bodied Euro lagers. No cocoa flavors or anything that resembles grains.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 03:36:13 | More by tempest
Photo of Rifugium


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle at Flying Saucer, Little Rock, AR

Some random dude at the bar offered to buy me a drink... Ok, whatever, brah. Felt awkward, but who am I to turn down a free beer really? Even if it's from another man. Not that there's anything wrong with that. However, I was just about to leave, so I didn't really have anything on my mind, but the bartender suggested Xingu to me.

Anyhow, this was served in a bottle, poured into a pint glass, a dark brownish black, with a well-retaining tan head. Aroma of dark malts, light notes of chocolate, and hints of dark fruits and licorice. Pretty much the same in the taste, roasty, sweet, licorice and fruint notes. Medium body, and quite non-threatening; easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 07:15:35 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard 12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours coal black, with a dark tan head. Medium sheeting/lacing left on the glass. Nose is of tart apples and burnt malt. taste is sludgy burnt malts, raisins, black coffee. Somewhat sweet, not all that pleasing. Thin finish. Doubt I would try this one again

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 18:31:55 | More by Billolick
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pleasant reddish black colour, with a lovely head of chocolate coloured pancake bubbles. Some lacing, not a lot, but pretty decent overall. A very nice looking beer.

Some roasted notes on the nose, but quite a large amount of rice or corn sweetness as well, which very much overpowers. A little oatmeal rounds it out, but overall it comes across as too sweet and too clingy.

Taste is similar, although a roasted grain husk character redeems it slightly. Far too sweet - syrup is very noticeable throughout the palate, with a big wallop of corn or glucose, and by the time the dry, dark character has made its presence felt, it's too little, too late. Mouthfeel is thin, and doesn't redeem a seemingly blaze palate.

Not great overall. The darkness in it does nothing to the flavour, and it ends up seeming sickly, weak, cheap and amateurish. Unimpressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 11:09:23 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three-finger brown head that leaves some lace. Solid black color. Light-medium bodied and light carbonation. Slightly malty nose. Starts sweet - hints of molasses and toffee finishes mellow - not dry. $10.49 for a 6-pak of 12oz. bottles from Tulley's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 23:14:02 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Zorro


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown, nearly black brew.

Smell is clean and mildly malty with a slight chocolate scent.

Taste is mildly sweet with a mild floral hop flavor almost wine like. There is a grassy flavor to this too. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel is OK.

Drinkability is good, looks like a porter and tastes like an extra malted Euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 03:46:23 | More by Zorro
Photo of woodychandler


4.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ja, ist der schwartzer this afternoon, thanks to tone77 and his insistence that bottled beer will keep me from turning into a total CANFreak. Hey, no problem, because once you've had black, you're never going back.

Several more memories of my misspent youth in the navy come roaring back on that one. We were in Africa and the only talent that was available was black and I was hesitant, not out of prejudice, but simply because it was what is now referred to as "The Strange". I was pleasantly surprised and I learned a valuable lesson - all p***y is pink! Flash forward six/seven years to late-December liberty in southern France and I could not decide between the black one and the white one, so I went with the Salt 'n' Pepa combo platter. Extra was definitely extra, but well worth it. Oh, wait. "Black" refers to something else in this case?!? In the immortal words of Emily Litella, "Never mind."

This was a beer drinker's beer! My aggro pour resulted in two heavy-duty fingers of deep-brown head with retention that could only be pierced by a jackhammer. Color was inky, jet black that only allowed a bit of light at the edges of the glass. Black as night! Black as the Ace of Spades! Black as a witch's heart at the bottom of a well! Even the white bits was black! I may get an Ace of Spades tattooed on my shoulder, or one of my ass cheeks, or better, on the inside of my thigh to let people know how I roll. Time for some accompanying music - you guessed it, Motorhead and "The Ace of Spades". Nose had a slightly grassy hoppiness and a slight malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with a mild caramel sweetness in the mouth and on the tongue. Finish had the same caramel sweetness but accompanied by a light hoppiness. GOOD!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 22:07:39 | More by woodychandler
Photo of stakem


3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle which made it's way to my fridge care of my brother.

Pours a dark brown color with some decent clarity and redish hues around the edges when held to the light. The head appears with less than a finger of tan foam that quickly receeds leaving a bit of lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark grains mingled with citrus hops and a bit of dark skinned fruits reminescent of plum and/or raisins. As it warms some fresh grainy scents become moe evident along with some buttery notes and a trace amount of black licorice is noted.

The taste of this brew is quite sweet upfront with some dark malt suggesting chocolate and a fruitiness like plum/rasins like the nose suggested that turns to more of a slightly smokey molassess flavor. There is only a trace amount of hops that come across with a light citrus flavor that impart only a very small amount of perceived bitterness. The contrasting bitterness in this brew seems to come from the roast of the malt. In the finish of this brew is a light mineral quality that is somewhat crisp yet it lingers with a taste that is buttery.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate to low level of carbonation. It is quite easy drinking but the sweetness starts to get to me only half way through the glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:50:19 | More by stakem
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 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 biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Xingu (pronounced "shin-goo") doesn't look nearly as icky as it sounds. A fairly steadfast black beer, it shows colour and clarity only along its extremes, the very bottom and top, and only provided the light hits it just right. Even its head has a kind of greyness.

The way this beer smells, it might as well have come with training wheels. Any presence of roast or maltiness is so vague and subdued as to be inconsequential; even mainstream pale lager drinkers will find it insipid. For such a dark, intimidating looking beer this seems harmless.

The flavour fairs only slightly better. It has a subtle, underlying lactic-like sourness and tastes kind of like a chocolate milkshake. Never have I tried a Schwarzbier so neutral and so void of both sweetness and roast. There's perhaps a trace of almond milk flavour but it's very mild.

When I first came across Xingu, I remember reading that it was was launched by a group of native Brazilian women who sought to prevent the extinction of a local style of beer made from roasted corn and manioc root. A portion of the sales went to a charity protecting the Xingu River Basin and its indigenous inhabitants. Somehow I doubt all this...

For one, nothing in the beer or its packaging suggests unique ingredients. As for its roots, the beer's website tells a slightly different story (though it apparently still contributes to several charity initiatives despite now being owned by Latin America's largest beverage company). Bottom line: Xingu certainly isn't as exotic as it's made out to be. It's an OK black lager, at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:29:58 | More by biegaman
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured elements of caramel, roasted barley and a touch of vanilla.

The taste consisted of a soft grainy roasted malt with a good dose of caramel.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty schwarzbier. Certainly one of the better beers from the region.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 22:29:24 | More by plaid75
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

More brown beer. Tan head, minimal lacing, but high carbonation. Aroma was faint, maybe coffee.

Taste, a little zest for the color, similar to Negra Modelo, this is a bit more challenging. Not a lot to back it up after the appearance, thought this was nonetheless a bigger beer.

Kinda pricey, nothing in the mouthfeel to write home about. I really don't know what makes this beer differentiate from a brown ale. Its a little bit, barely, hoppier, which I guess will put it in the schwarzbier category, but the yeast doesn't seem to be different.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 23:19:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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 beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark cola color with cherry highlights with a thin, fizzy, cherry-tan colored head that left a fair lacing.

S: On the nose was sweet roasted grains, coffee grinds, dark cherries and sweet vanilla creamer notes.

T: sweet roasted grains with creamer/lactose sweetness. The flavor was smooth, sweet and fruity with cherries. Overall the beer drank like a cold sweetened cup of coffee, in a good way.

M: light, smooth in texture with sweet lactose hints.

D: A sweet dark roasted treat that may be limited by its own sweetness in regards to multiples.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 17:57:48 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, clear, with an off white good sized froth and a nice display of lace as well.

Smell: Aroma is full of grain, fresh wort, floral hops, and a very faint breadyness. Somewhat hoppy.

Taste: Black malts upfront with a roasted, nutty quality. Tea like hops emerge mid palate, doing the job to balance. Malty, well balanced and quenching.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, though on the light end. Mild carbonation, smooth, silky feel and semi clean finish. Quite appetizing.

Overall: A very solid and drinkable black lager. Would reach for this in a session without hesitation, and would be nice to pair with a spicy stir fry.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 04:47:56 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrJay


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks black at first, but a closer inspection reveals that while it's dark, it's quite clear and has very nice ruby highlights. A collar of fine bubbles formed after the rocky cap settled and there was a bit of streaky lacing. The aroma was malty and grainy, notes of barley husk and cereal grains. Slight roasted character, but only once it warmed. Sweet and malty flavour, some caramel and brown sugar, slight nuttiness, grainy. Bitterness was muted, but served to somewhat balance the malt character. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, decent texture. For a malt forward beer, this works for me. I haven't had this in more than 10 years and was worried that my fond memories would lead me to disappointment. I'm relieved that this didn't happen and that I quite enjoyed Xingu again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 03:00:42 | More by DrJay
Photo of Gusler


3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nubilous blackberry red; the head is moderate in size, creamy, light chocolate brown, the lace glutinous and long lasting. Nose is malt, sweet, molasses and coffee like tones also noticed. Front is overbearingly sweet, the top has a light mouth feel, the finish is unsubstantially hopped, very light carbonation, the aftertaste malt and quite dry. "Cadaverous", which sums it up for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 17:51:51 | More by Gusler
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up today at New Vintage for about $2.. poured into my New Belgium goblet.

1" lite brown head drops very quickly leaving no real lacing... black brew with only deep ruby highlites when held to a light.

Aroma does not smell black.. toasty and hints of caramel... low cold coffee notes.

Flavor is less malty but has a lingering sweetness. Fairly clean toasted malts have touches of caramel.. but ultimately it gives way to a front of the tongue sweet finish... a little acrid as it warms. Light/medium mouthfeel with substantial carbonation.

Nothing special but not terrible, I bought it because I had never seen it in Boise before.. I probably won't buy it again unless I am brewing a Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 07:10:47 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Brad007


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly pitch-black color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is sweet and has some molasses and roastiness in the nose.

Taste is sweet and has a bit of roasty notes upfront with a bit of molasses/caramel in the middle.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but still sweet and full of caramel/molasses. Goes down quite easily.

Not bad. Has enough flavor to be considered drinkable. A bit thin in mouthfeel but still tolerable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 20:19:04 | More by Brad007
Photo of smakawhat


3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Pokal style glass. Twist off cap. No obvious bottle date.

Off the pour, a solid light tan and sudsy head, maybe two fingers, but dissapears quite quickly.. Body color is dark walnut brown with not a chance to see through at all.

Nose is interesting, but a bit strange. Mild malts, an odd sweetness that I can't pinpoint, somewhere between powdered Ovaltine and weak coffee.

Really nice creamy mouthfeel, but a taste palate unlike most Schwarz with a fruity finish. Aftertaste hits at fruit red cherry, roast character played down. Palate though is creamy and dense like a a stout, a very odd combination.

A real interesting beer, but I rather don't mind this at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 20:25:30 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer goes way back in the craft beer movement- I remember going to all kinds of random establishments 20 years ago that might not have much, but might have this beer. It's really not bad at all- as long as you aren't looking for intense flavors or a stout -like experience. It is somewhat thin and somewhat simple, but its redeeming features are its subtle roastiness, and especially, its slightly nutty graininess/grassiness (reminds me of wild rice) that adds an interesting note. Pleasant enough once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 04:16:38 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque near black in color with some highlights of dark amber and some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a finger tall tan head that slowly redues to a thin film with several small slightly thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted and caramel malts with light hints of sweetness and some dark fruits.

T: This beer has a very pleasant moderately malty flavor with notes of roasted, caramel, and burnt malts flavors that includes nutty and sweet notes. There is also a hint of dark fruits and very little bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Very easy to drink and enjoyable - nothing exceptional but it is definitely a sessionable beer. This was the first time I had this beer since my college graduation when I initially tried this beer - this was the mid-1990s when there was not nearly the craft beers available... Still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:20:56 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/7/13

A dark cola with a deep edge, thick mocha film quickly falls leaving just a few spots of lace

S molasses. brown sugar, coco and cold coffee, faint nutty notes and some bruised plum

T still a little sweet but it works, more coco and less cold coffee but still has some over-ripe fruit

M light-medium with not quite enough bubbles to cream it up but it has some life, molasses and fruity coco on the finish

O not a bad black lager from an unlikely source, I didn't mind this one and although its not going to move mountains its a respectable brew

easy to drink and has more flavor then I expected, I wouldn't look for it but I'd drink it again

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:25:18 | More by wordemupg
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.