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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,096
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 51 | 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 tatoodkelt
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 1/30/2010- from notes.

Almost bought this a number of times nad figured I might as well finally give it a shot.

12oz brown bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass.

A- Defintely lives up to its name. Poured Pitch black with dark brown edging when held up to the light. Topped off by a half finger tan head that hung around for a bit.

S- Dark fruits and sweet malt.

T- Less of the fruitds and more of the sweet malt with a really light hop tingle at the end.

M- Light to medium, pretty watery. Slight carbination tingle.

D- Pretty drinkable if you're not looking for anything complicated. Could be a good starter brew for people getting out of the B/M/C crowd.

tatoodkelt, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black color with a big tan head. Head fall slow. Leaves big lace, looks real good.

Tinny malt aroma. Smell is rather average but not bad.

Sweet malts in the taste. Again seems rather average or maybe slightly above average.

Medium bodied in the mouth with mild carbonation.

Decent dark Mexican brew, better than most south of the border beers.

dstc, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, essentially black, with a thing tan head. Not an impressive head at all, and almost no lacing.

S - Not a strong nose, but there is a sweet scent to it, with some smoke scents as well.

T - Has a nice sweet taste, almost like a soda would. A little bit of grape, and maybe some orange flavors

M - Not a lot of carbonation, but definitely a little going on

D - Very thick, not hard to drink, but not real easy. However, my roommate did go through 5 pretty quick the other weekend

zimm421, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from Life Source in Salem. The aroma is pretty much neutral, but that means it is not offensive..i just get some dark fruity tones. Nice looking beer, looks black but has brown hints around the edges, nice light brown head..small but lasts. The taste is malty but also very fruity and juicy with hints of yeast sourness. Its OK on the palte, average. Overall i found this better then expected and wuld certainlly have another.

Reidrover, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of yelterdow
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in a stange. No freshness date noted on the bottle.

Appearance- A beautiful beer right off the bat, its color is deep brown with an enormous, everlasting three-finger soapy crown. As a bonus, gobs of lacing line the inside of the glass... wonderfully appetizing.

Smell- The aroma is primarily dark malts and what smells like an adjunct, maybe corn. It's not offensive or cloying at all, and there's a slight suggestion of hops right at the end.

Taste- A nice balance of malt and hops, with a gentle sweetness underneath it all. A cookie-like doughy character adds some depth, and a subtle hop bitterness follows along with a semi-rich maltiness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The smooth yet brisk texture flows elegantly over the tongue, remaining full enough to carry the flavors before thinning out. A nice example of the style that keeps all the elements in check, definitely a more accessible schwarzbier.

yelterdow, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of burnstar
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head. Nice lacing on the surface. Smell is sweet malt with a hint of chocolate. Taste is a pleasant toasty malt. A bit of roasted bitterness. Light caramel and chocolate notes. Balanced and tasty. Medium bodied and very easily drinkable. Overall quite a good beer and I think the first Brazilian beer I've had.

burnstar, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass 16/9/9 expiration date.

A-- Near black with tinges of red on the sides. Very little if any head. What was there was almost brown sugar looking film. What was there did stick around and left some lacing on the glass the entire time I was drinking the beer.

S-- Very faint smells of hops and carmel. What I did get was a little on the sweet side and a bit thin.

T-- Thin, watery, a bit sweet, and tastes like puffed wheat cereal with a bit of cocoa or carmel on top of it.

M-- Feel sticks around for a bit and is very agreeable. The sugar is well balanced and not overpowering. The more it sticks around it feels like drinking sweet carmel milk or a puffed wheat cereal where the sweet and cereal just sticks around in a good way. Stays nice once it warms up

D-- Low abv is good and very sessionable. Great for summer months where you want a dark beer but a RIS, Porter, or Stout are too much. If you do not expect much you will be surprised. Very basic beer that has a good flavor and is quite drinkable. Smell and taste really lacks but rest is nice. Gets an extra half point in drinkability because how well it holds up once it gets warm

mulder1010, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of drizzam
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Deep dark black color with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. Tan one finger head faded to a foamy bubble riddled cap that left wispy lacing.

S - A fairly aromatic brew. Sweet caramel malts and a bit of dark fruit (figs perhaps) in the nose.

T & M - Very sweet with a bit of a bitter hop twang on the very back end. The hops are very slight and almost imperceptible. If it had a little more hoppiness to counteract the extreme sweetness, it may have been a bit more balanced. Very thin mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation.

D - Overall, this is a fairly drinkable brew. It may not be the best representation of the style, but this is a brew that could be sessioned if you're able to handle the sweetness.

drizzam, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of sophisticated
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Pretty. Dark brown with ruby red edges. Like a deep/dark burgandy. No head, little carbonation.

S) mild, vaguely sweet

T) Surprising. My first Schwarzbier, so I was expecting something more robust like a Stout. It was fairly balanced, with some emphasis on sweetness. Almost tasted like a sweet pilsner. Very mild.

MF) Thin but coats the mouth

D) Pretty good. Easy to drink, pleasant enough. But still fairly bland.

sophisticated, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a St Bernardus goblet. Not much head, quickly dissipates, little to no lacing. Dark brown, opaque beer with tan fringes.

S - not much of anything. A bit of caramel malt.

T - surprisingly nice given the weak smell and my general lack of knowledge about the style. On the sweet side but nowhere near cloying; fairly pronounced notes of grape and other fruit; pleasant malty character throughout.

M - light to moderate body, light to moderate carbonation, doesn't stick to the mouth but leaves a nice sweet finish

D - very drinkable, a nice change of pace from porters/stouts without having to give up the "dark" character I typically enjoy, virtually no ABV detectable

Richardberg, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent black larger leaning on a sugary and light side.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Simple label design with a small rhomboid illustration over a black background, depicting amazonian cartography with an alligator and native motives. Does not display any information other than it is an import from Brazil. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Black with dark brown edges. Frothy head with little retention and minimal lacing as it goes down.

S - Not much in the way of aroma. There is a faint malty sweetness, a bit medicinal.

T - Follows and luckily picks up the aroma, with a light roasted malt flavor and an artificial sugar lingering memory. Not unpleasing but not remarkable either.

M - Light body with severe carbonation that does not become annoying.

D - It is relatively pleasing, if a bit dull, even for a small serving.

Notes: It well above the average for mainstream dark largers and while not memorable by any trait, it is not a bad beer to be had. Pity about the US import cause diversity aside it is really not worth it. I won´t have a problem to come across it though when in Brazil...

Daniellobo, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of mocha head which left rather quickly. It is very dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a sweet chocolately bread smell. There's also a hint of dark fruit as it warms. It almost seems to develope a wine smell as it warms. There is not much taste, hints of chocolate and grapes. It is a really smooth drinking beer. I just wish the flavors were more pronounced.


buschbeer, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of fastsrt
2.2/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

poured form bottle to sniffer, this is a prime example that color does not dictate strength, or big flavors. the beer looked great in the glass with a rich stout like appearance. The beer had head that quickly diminished, (which is usually a quality of high alcohol brews). I knew nothing about this beer before I drank it so i had a preconceived notion of what to expect, I was hoping for something toasty and warming. After 3 sips down the drain it went.

fastsrt, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. An extremely pretty looking beer. Dark brown in color, close to black. The beer has a slightly darker than tan head that fades in about 5 minutes or so with excellent lacing. The smell is pretty malty and not very strong. You can only barely smell the hops. The taste is about as strong as the smell. The taste is a little bland, the tastes that are present are malty. Sweet malts followed by only the slightest hop taste. The mouthfeel is ok, maybe slightly better than average. For such a malty beer it's only light to medium bodied. Drinkablility is above average, but nothing to really write home about. I don't regret trying it, not horrible but it's best feature is by far the look.

AndyAvalanche, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass chalice.

Fogo De Chao (Minneapolis)

S: Sweet scent, but fairly weak. A bit of caramel, a bit of red fruit, and no discernible hop character.

A: Clear black body (not opaque) that pours with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing or cover.

T: Malty sweet with a substantial grape character. Not much nuance, and very little bitterness.

M: Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Fairly crisp with respect to its sweet palate.

D: Very drinkable beer that goes down easy and doesn't assault the tongue. Good on its own, but doesn't compliment food to my liking.

O: Decent brew, but not something I would seek out. Fits the style, but does seem a bit weak.

dpnelson1978, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of cbros
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was given to me as a loosy from a friend of mine. Pours from a 12 ounce bottle into a flute glass. Pours a jet black with some carbonation activity present after the pour. There is a small one finger tan/white lace after the pour. A little bit of cling is present after the pour. There is a sweet smell and taste from this beer. I get a strong sense of malts from this beer in both the smell and after drinking it. A little too sweet for my taste.
This is the first time I have had this beer both from a brewery standpoint and from a stlye viewpoint as well. I am not a huge fan of the overly malty sweet tasting beers. I won't be purchasing this beer but it was nice to have had a chance to try the style and brewery.

cbros, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour - yeah, its black so it lives up that expectation at least. Very thin wispy head that quickly fades to nada. This reminds me of root beer in appearance.

Aroma - some sweet roasted malt and syrup and that is about it. Not a lot emanating from the glass.

Taste - sweet and syrupy, it reminds me of some of the Baltic Porters I've had from Poland and Estonia. Its got some black licorice and anise flavors going but not a whole lot more.

Overall - the mytery has been solved! Xingu tastes like a mass produce dark lager and not much more. Worth a try to say you've had it and made good with your curious side.

Would I buy more of it? - not likely. I can say I've had it now and no longer look at it at the beer store and wonder what I'm missing.

indiapaleale, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with small head.

S - Smells sweet and smokey.

T - This one tastes great. It has a very sweet tangy taste, much like a soda or other carbonated soft drink.

M - Carbonated but light, this one goes down pretty easy.

D - With the wonderful light sweet tight, this ones so crisp and easy to drink. Comnibed with the 4.6 abv this could be a session beer. Really love that crisp tangy sweet taste.

BeerForMuscle, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark, mahogany appearance. Pours with ~1 finger of brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin layer. No lacing noted.

S- Dark, toasty maltiness and hints of dark fruit.

T- Dark fruits and fairly sweet, malty notes.

M- Carbonation is fairly high, and the feel comes off as light and thin, and somewhat watery.

D- Decent. Moderately interesting flavor profile with a light touch in ABV and the mouthfeel. Seems pretty sessionable.

Future outlook: I've never been a huge fan of the Schwarzbiers that I've had to date, but this was pleasant enough....I'd be happy to have again, but it's not in my wheelhouse enough to warrant repeat purchases.

DoctorDog, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very dark brown with a slight dark brown head. The smell is mostly sweet toasted malt with a bit of dark fruit. The taste is pretty close to the smell, starting off sweet with a bit of raisin. Not much of a toasted or burnt taste, I expected a little more considering how dark it is. The mouthfeel was slightly thick with a mild amount of carbonation. this is a very drinkable beer, and definitely interesting even if I wouldn't call it a great example of the style.

TheTrevor, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of gabe23
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
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. :)

gabe23, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of rbbchbum
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I told the beer guy at my bottle shop that I was looking for a good brew with little to no hops. He suggested this, and I'm glad he did. I'll be back for more.

A- Dark black/brown with small tan head. Head fades quickly. It leaves a bit lacing on the glass.

S- Malty and sweet with notes of caramel.

T- Sweet but not overly so. This beer is pure malt. No trace of hops at all. Carbonation is mild and there was very little aftertaste.

M- Given its low ABV, I was surprised how much body and flavor this had.

D- At 4.6% ABV, I think I've found my autumn session beer. Very drinkable!

rbbchbum, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of ToddT
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown almost black liquid topped with a tan head. Head fades quickly to a cap and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S- Malty and sweet with notes of caramel and toffee, some grain or adjuncts in there as well.

T- Sweet with an undertone of grapes to it from beginning to end. As this warms, a little of the caramel starts to show up in the flavor profile. Finish is quick and clean with a little fizz of carbonation and almost no aftertaste.

M- Light in body and high in carbonation, a real contradiction from the appearance.

D- 4.6% ABV, nice, light, and refreshing this is a definite session beer.

Crazy beer - tastes like grapes, black in color but light in feel and taste, no appearance of high carbonation but fizzy on the tongue.

Note: There are two breweries that brew this beer. Be sure to check the bottle for where yours came from.

ToddT, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I pick up this different looking black lager from Tesco (UK).

Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour, with a tan foamy head that fade very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Initially strong aroma of blackcurrant on the nose, dark fruits, with a sweet sugariness. Lots of dark malts behind, providing a biscuit scented base.

Taste: Quite a sweet cloying taste upfront, much like a cheap champagne. There is some liquorish, and some dark maltiness but flavours are pretty much buried under the initial sweetness. A bit of bitterness in the finish but it is short lived and weak.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a unpleasant sticky feel, and tarry texture.

Drinkability: I was pleasantly surprised by the aroma, it was very different to the norm and unique but as good as the uniqueness of the aroma is the taste is unique but bad. It has an overpowering sweetness in the start that almost masks all the other characters in the taste. Bought this on a whim, but won't be doing it again.

PartyBear, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of ACAvanessian
4.55/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Xingu is a surprisingly unique brew that is difficult to classify. It is not a stout nor is it a dark ale. It is simply a beer that is very dark.

I was unsure what to expect from a Brazilian beer and admit I was a bit hesitant to try. After hearing so many good things, I decided to give it a shot.

On to the beer...

Poured in a glass cup the tan head soon dissolves into a thin ring.

The scent is faint but with a hint of sweetness. I did not taste an overwhelming amount of hops, rather, there was a slight caramel like flavor...this went down very smoothly.

After my first, I went on to the second. No lingering aftertaste, no skunkyness, or tree barkyness found in many other darker beers/ales.

Extremely drinkable. This would replace my "default beer" if it were widely available in supermarkets.

Default beer hint: "The one and only"

Bottom line...you need to try this beer.

ACAvanessian, Sep 19, 2009
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.