1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

Not Rated.
Xingu Black BeerXingu Black Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,085 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,085
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 14
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sul Brasileira visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-20-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,085 | Reviews: 550 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of buschbeer


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%

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.


12-20-2009 17:19:12 | More by buschbeer
Photo of fastsrt

New York

2.2/5  rDev -36.6%

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.

12-17-2009 20:54:59 | More by fastsrt
Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.23/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

12-17-2009 00:27:33 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

12-07-2009 02:36:56 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of cbros

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

12-05-2009 23:14:00 | More by cbros
Photo of indiapaleale


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

12-05-2009 05:14:27 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

11-29-2009 22:32:22 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of DoctorDog


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

11-08-2009 04:32:06 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

10-28-2009 08:14:10 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -22.2%

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. :)

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

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +26.2%

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!

10-09-2009 14:30:47 | More by rbbchbum
Photo of ToddT


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

10-06-2009 03:03:54 | More by ToddT
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

2.4/5  rDev -30.8%

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.

09-29-2009 18:02:50 | More by PartyBear
Photo of ACAvanessian


4.55/5  rDev +31.1%

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.

09-19-2009 03:41:28 | More by ACAvanessian
Photo of twaddlac


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

A- Definitely lives up to ins name, it is black! Slightly transparent, gives a copper hue when the light actually gets through. Pours thick, with little head and has a slight lace.

S- Heavy soy sauce, malts, alcohol, kiwi like smell, and a hint of permanent marker; a very unique smell!

T- A very sweet taste despite the color and smell, more like a porter. Mild dark chocolate, citrus taste (mixture of red and whit grapes together). Slightly malty, and a bit of a minty aftertaste.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation, leaves a bit of a sticky taste in you mouth afterward, but nothing to look down upon.

D- Very unique beer, as one might expect from the name. One that you should try but nothing to go out of your way for.

09-15-2009 00:51:40 | More by twaddlac
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.8/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

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

New Mexico

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a big rich light brown head and leaves a nice big lacing that slowly fades away.
Very light roasted malt aroma, maybe some caramel hints coming through.
Roasted malt with a very light caramel to coffee hints couldn't really distinguish which is sometimes a good thing. When a beer tastes to much like coffee couldn't you just go to Starbucks?
Likewise if a beer is too fruity why not just have some pie and ice cream? anyway....
Decent almost full bodied mouthfeel with a light almost pasty dry after taste.
After my anitial drink or two I was hoping this beer had more of a Murphy's or Guinness taste but by the time I finished my 12 oz. glass of this I was pretty satisfied with it.
For a black or dark looking beer it was surprisingly easy to drink, without an overbearing coffee or other taste as some blacks and stouts carry with them, could probably go through a 6 of these pretty quickly.

09-10-2009 22:38:08 | More by LXIXME
Photo of HalfFull


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours clear but quite dark with some ruby highlights. Half an inch of bubbly mocha head settles quickly to a thin surface cap and offers some light lacing.

Dark roasted malts on the nose with a touch of chocolate/cinnamon spice. Singular in style yet full enough to give the nose some depth. Notable husky grain notes.

Flavor follows the nose and has a fair amount of body/depth for the style. Touch of carob and with a brown sugar sweetness that reveals itself more as the carbonation lessens. Nice carbonation and a somewhat bready in texture with a rather lingering light malty close. Lager notes never really materialize for this Schwarzbier, as it presents itself more as a light porter than a dark lager.

09-05-2009 06:36:01 | More by HalfFull
Photo of kegger22


4.18/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured to a small head which lingered a bit then dissipated to a small froth atop the beer with nice lacing. Deep ruby red in color. The taste has a heavy focus on malt sweetness that boarders on almost too sweet, very reminiscent of Marzen. A hint of hops and prikly carbination. Drinkable but not desirable.

~Jonathan Passow

09-04-2009 00:50:09 | More by imaguitargod
Photo of DawnL

New York

4.13/5  rDev +19%

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.

09-02-2009 17:47:13 | More by DawnL
Photo of PizzaQueen1


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

I have to say, this beer is quite good. You might expect a strong over powered coffee or licorice and malt flavor from the look. I pour into a clear pint glass. Nice and black with just a light aroma. No foam, very lightly carbonated. First drink, clean, smooth, crisp beer flavors with a nice finish light coffee finish. feels good on the tongue and you can drink this beer all night. Very Light... Worth a Try. Not what I expected from such a black beer.

08-28-2009 20:41:28 | More by PizzaQueen1
Photo of tone77


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, some malts present. Taste is also is a touch on the sweet side, a large malt presence, very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

08-17-2009 20:39:00 | More by tone77
Photo of philipquarles


3.05/5  rDev -12.1%

12oz bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a a fluffy beige head. The foam dies to leave nice lacing. Smells faintly of cocoa, brown sugar, and corn/rice. Slight metallic notes. Weak dark roasted malt character in the taste, with some chocolate and nut notes. Adjuncts again, unfortunately. Light-medium body. Pretty bland and unremarkable.

08-06-2009 01:48:36 | More by philipquarles
Photo of gmfessen


2.4/5  rDev -30.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass, beer is what you might expect from a "black" beer, very dark in color although not quite black and a root beer colored head. The nose is very underwhelming; some faint malty/grainy arise, maybe a bit of skunk. There doesn't appear to be any freshness date so I can't tell how old this beer is but based on the fact that it came from Brazil all the way up to me in Decatur IL, I'm guessing it wasn't brewed last week. The taste is more of the same with the sweet and grainy malt coming out with a more definite skunkiness. The only clue that this beer isn't a pale euro lager is the finish is a bit dryer. Light in body and carbonation. Decent to try, nothing impressive but in fairness I'm sure this would taste much better if ordered in Brazil.

07-31-2009 02:58:41 | More by gmfessen
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,085 ratings.