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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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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 Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Billolick, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of animal
4.9/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer when I was living in Michigan, and again in Arizona. It seems to be at least partially based on the Bock style. Though few liquor stores in the United States seem to carry Xingu, it is nonetheless a worthy find, and definitely a beer that I would buy again!

animal, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

santoslhalper, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo. Much more than a schwarzbier. Not hoppy or roasty from the malts, but rather "quiet," with a succinct fruity character. My sample had lower carbonation than other beers, which enhanced its mild flavor profile.

DrunkMcDermott, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK black appearance with a bit of head. And lace. Some licorice initial scent, that carried into first taste then dissipitated. A big bottle, thanks Joey for coming to help me finish. Bit aggressive carbonation.Simpicity lead to boredom after a few sips.added a new country. A shwartbier

Sammy, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of Higravity
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this must be an apple lager, because that is what it smells and tastes like. There is a big malty beer here somewhere but apples rules this beer. It is black and has a off white head and is a little thin, but for the most part it is damn tasty. If it was fresher I am sure it would be better. If I ever go to Brazil I know I will drink a lot of it.

Higravity, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Xingu Black Beer is indeed black. The light brown head is of moderate height and mildly sticky. Aroma is of light dark malts with a touch of grain smell thrown in. The taste is of chocolate malt flavor with a touch of coffee in the finish. Malts dominate here. This is easily the richest euro dark lager that I've had and in some ways I think it might be closer to a Munich dunkle. I would have this in my fridge more often if it weren't $10+ a sixer.

Gagnonsux, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with twist-off cap. Pours a dark cola brown with a bubbly beige khaki colored head that dies within a matter of 10 seconds. Some dark bready, lighly toffeeish Munich malt presence with a light, clean aroma. Vegetal hints of caraway seeds, celery stalk and watermelon rind. No discernable hop aroma. Mostly sweet, I expected a bit of hoppy dryness to cut through, but I was a bit disappointed; only carbonation alleviates the sweetness. It just stays watery and sweet all the way through to the finish. Light palmnut and chocolate notes. Pretty low in ABV, so the sweetness isn't too overwhelming. Average at best. I've certainly had better dunkels, but I guess this one has a rich heritage.

crookedhalo, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

German brwing in Brazil, not suprised, but Molson owns this brewery now.
Pours very dark but is you hold it up to the light you get some amber poking throgh. The head is very light and left some very light lace on the side of my glass. The aroma is mainly malt, has a slight graininess, like spend grain. the flavor is malty, some munich, little sweetness, some chocolate, with some bitterness.. The mouth feel is light, but i sure it fits the weather in brazil. it kinda reminds me of a swartzbier. easy drinking. little over priced, but a good beer.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, clear, body with a small tan head that quickly falls into some collar lace. A few small patches of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma has a lot of dark roasty malts, some Munich here, and a hint of coffee and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with good carbonation.
Taste is similar to "black Bavarian" styles, with chocolate notes, floral hop bitterness, and a hint of dried figs.
Not at all what I was expecting, but a solid "black lager", that is well done. A smooth sipper with no discernable faults. If you like black lagers, you'll like this one.

merlin48, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a clear, deep brown brew with almost no head. Looked a little flat.

The aroma was malty and slightly sweet, with hints of berries and cherries.

The taste was of subtle dark malts with hints of roastiness. It was also a little grainy... definitely had some adjucts in there.

connecticutpoet, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of Karyyk
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a bit disappointed with this one, not so much due to the fact that it was a bad beer, but because of the fact that I was truly expecting something new and different. To put it in the short, Xingu Black Beer (lager) seems to be, at least to me, an alcoholic version of Malta, a sweet, brew-like soft drink made by the likes of Siboney and Goya (a beverage that I'm told by my family has more or less existed in Cuba for years; I'll have to see if I can find some alcoholic malta on my next trip to Miami).

My initial disappointment aside, what you get from Xingu is actually quite delightful. A dark, porter-like color gives way to delightfully sweet and refreshing lager, that pours with a medium head that disappates to an almost frothy consistency. Taste is decidedly mild considering its stout appearance, sweet overall, with bitterness coming at the back-end. Mouthfeel is almost creamy, with the overall level of carbonation being fairly light.

Overall, I like it, but it's a bit pricy for what it is (I paid $8.99 for a six), and it's not really the kind of beer that you'll want to sit back and drink 12 of a night, even if it was less expensive. It's definitely a good surprise to spring on your beer-drinking friends (might keep a few on hand, right aside the Tusker). They'll like it (even if they won't buy it).

Karyyk, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of mkopera24
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was an almost black, coffee, porter dark. Nice head of foam. I was very impressed, b/c I really like dark beers.

The smell definitely had coffee, chocolatey hints to it. I could tell it was going to be a bit hoppy. Which I like.

The taste did almost fool me. I thought it was going to be a porter, but it was a very hoppy (sweet at the front of the mouth, but a little more bitter towards the back of the tongue.)

Very smooth as far as mouthfeel is concerned. A bit of a creamy feel at first.
But it's drinkability was pretty good. I had about 3 in this session.
I was a big fan and would definitely go back to this one.

mkopera24, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Zorro, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Bighuge, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown with a thick, brown cobweb of a head. Smells of vinous fruit, wet cardboard, and lightly roasted sugar. Sweetish, yet spicy fruit (melon?) flavors up front. Stays sweet, with light tobacco, and cardboard mixed in. Light roasted bitterness leads into the semi-dry, mostly-sweet finish. Not bad. Medium-bodied, decent feel. I would definitely drink this again...if I ever make it to Brazil.

alexgash, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown black sprouting a fluffy sculptured light cream tan color head with microscopic tightly knit bubbles.

This beer produces a curious industrial like nose about it—it’s not particularly robust, but to me the low level background radiation is like some synthetic yet curiously copasetic waft stealthily sneaking in upon my nostrils..

The flavor is predominantly malt. It’s a rather misleading flavor profile in that the beer somehow, as it cascaded into my glass seemed to convince me that a full bodied up front stance would emerge upon my palate. Yet I know full well that dark does not mean robust... but anyway... To my surprise it is a rather curious meek sweet flavor that dissipates quickly leaving behind dying embers of effervescence. There are hints of hops here and there—it’s almost the exact opposite of what I keep wanting to say— “it’s a stout. it’s a stout”—“but dark does not mean strong”—remember...?

Xingu’s mouthfeel is quite cordial, or maybe even perhaps “cozy”. Once again, almost a characterless low level, but a curious malty sweetness predominates a mild effervenscence—maybe that accounts for the “cozy” in my description. The beer doesn’t seem particularly alcohol laden.

Despite this beer’s rather offbeat flavor and demeanor, I think it’s quite drinkable—and it’s certainly something off the beaten path.

Worth a try—love it or hate it, I think you won’t regret the experience.

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of Padron4KM
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black, large tan head. light lacing.
Aroma is light caramelized sugar and malt.
Flavor is sweet, coffee with too much sugar kind of flavor.
Creamy mouthfeel with a short and sweet finish.
ok beer. I might buy this again if it were $6 a six pack, but at $8 a sixer I don’t think so.

Padron4KM, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany with a short-lived tan head. No lacing to speak of. Very little effervesence once the head is gone. Taste is largely malty with hints of fig, apple with a slight toated malt finish. No real bitterness to speak of. Very unusual beer yet somehow quite drinkable.

Citadel82, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of BarrelBrother
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

BarrelBrother, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pronounced "Shin-goo" as per the website, this black mystery in a rather plain, browner 12 oz. bottle with triple label label that only states "Important from Brazil" was a curious brew. Well, boys, if it's from Brazil, let's investigate:

Huge fothy foam tan khaki pillowy headed pour that fills me DFH pint with clear mahogany ruby black hue letting scant slivers of light through the brew. Excellent brown head retention leaves a lattice lace.

Lager grain and leafy scents with hints of stout roasted notes.

Twisted mixed berry flavors and slightly roasted malts. Sweet brown sugary flavors pervade the tongue. Almost like cherry soda that is half fizzed. Some baker's chocolate and fresh ginger slices like what compliments sushi, come to mind. Also, some fresh Buckinham white grape wine notes exist.

Medium bodied with modest mouthfeel sizzle.

Somewhat flat for a lager.

Last swigs: Prune juice and concord grapes meets lager. Like a grape soda when warmed. A bartender once told me in a Brazilian restarant in Philly that this is made with an aphrodisiac. This was a beer that I was looking forward to try for a long time ever since that restaurant many years ago.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of trancefishy
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours very dark, with a mocha coloured coarse head, with traces of burgundy. looks completely black, but has the faintest glint of dark red around the edges. smell is sweet, hint of wood. the smell is sort of like open air. the mouthfeel is relatively light, especially for such a dark beer. tastes of sweet chocolate malt and a hint of smokiness. a nice, very drinkable beer, and the first i've had from brazil.

trancefishy, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pour, I had a tough time picking up the aroma. Is it somewhat roasty or sweet? Tough to tell, too faint. Otherwise, its a beautiful looking beer. Big fluffy tan head that leaves tremendous lace and a nice opaque black body. The mouthfeel is smooth but still full. The taste can best be described as interesting. I would say its mostly caramelish, but at the same time it has a dull cola taste as an overtone. This is definitely more malty than anything. It finishes very sweetly, kind of like a candy residue. Its not the greatest brew, and I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Hhawk06, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is black, with a slight tan head. The smell is a sweeter dark malt. The taste is a weaker sweetish malt with a vinegar tartness to it, and almost no hops, and very little aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. As for drinkability, this isn't one I'd have many of.

Not a great beer at all. Fortunately, my brother exchanged me 4 ounces of this for 4 ounces of Aventinus (so he could put the label in his collection), so things turned out well in the end. Not something I'd really have again.

beergeek279, May 15, 2004
Photo of Foxman
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Foxman, May 04, 2004
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.