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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,097
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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 u2carew
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a thin, bubbly, cream colored head that quickly disperses. Nearly opaque, just a touch of reddish brown hues.
S) Chocolate and roasted malt aroma with some fruity sweetness liken to watermelon.
T) Robust caramel on the tip of the tongue then moves to an earthy, slightly smoky, cocoa flavor. Not much of an aftertaste.
M) Clean mouthfeel with some CO2 crispness, similar to porters.
D) A nice brew. I was mildly surprised and enjoyed this Schwarzbier from Brazil?!?

u2carew, May 03, 2009
Photo of schellsbeer
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

schellsbeer, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

She pours a dark brown, almost black into the glass. The initial gathering of the tan head led me to believe this was a pretty beer...it unfortunately disppeared quickly and laced like velcro.

The smell is way too subdued...there are some nutty coffee notes, a little bit of rice, and that is about it.

The taste is a lot fuller than the smell, there is some sweet caramel, a little bit of the coffee comes back. Not too bad, a bit too sweet for the style.

The mouthfeel is like a watered down porter...not crisp, rather weak. The carbonation is decent.

I could drink a few of these, but I'm glad I only got one. Not a bad beer, but not something I will be buying again.

grayburn, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/22/2009 (Bottle):

Pours an almost pitch black colored body, medium sized creamy tan-colored head, very lasting. Nutty roasted aroma, funkiness too. Pilsenery. Roasted taste, some vegetable like corn. Light watery body. Interesting flavors. Pilsenery tasting.

jujubeast6000, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown with a slight tan head that was gone instantly; slight spotty lacing.

Big trashcan full of scents -- boiled grain, woodiness, caramel, chemical alcohol. Not really digging it.

I'm being kid here in my numeric rating. Light coffee flavors from the roasted grain; some caramel sweetness, a metallic note, something off and chemical. Finishes clean. But all flavors are really muted. Schwarzbier? Seriously?

Some carbonation and creaminess in the mouth, but the thinness of flavor leaves the impression of a wateriness that keeps this light and drinkable, but in the same respect makes this less than attractive when thinking of having another. This is one of several beers a relative brought back from Brazil. If this is the top of the heap, then I'm in big trouble. Not really worth the time. Fair beer at best.

OtherShoe2, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of prototypic
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

prototypic, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Jasel
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Imagine Miller High Life as a very dark beer....this would be it.

Appearance - Poured aggressively into my glass without any head and left not lacing. Very dark beer.

Smell - I get so little I really can't tell, though I am kind of stuffy.

Taste - I'm not getting much of anything.

Mouthfeel - Very fizzy and kind of watery.

Drinkability - I'm sure you can drink a lot of these, but the only purpose would be to get drunk. No need to revisit this one.

Jasel, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Spikes the other night. Served in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pitch black body with a foamy, light tan, head on top. Decent retention and spotty lacing.

Smell: Meat, perfume, black malt and sweet alcoholic esters. Really fragrant for a schwarzbier.

Taste: Lager yeast and spicy hops are predominant, with a touch of chocolate and dry alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Kinda light, creamy, and a tad flat. Good, other than the lack of carbonation. Definitely smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty good for a schwarzbier. Pronounced flavor profile and smooth.

ThreeWiseMen, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355 mL bottled poured into a pint glass (that's all I have). :)

Pours a very dark cola color--almost pitch black (but not as thick black as a stout), with a 1-finger head an some lacing.

Smells mild, of caramel and malts.

Taste is very similar to a dark mild (although this is the first schwarzbier I've had) with a syrupy sweetness that doesn't punch you too much, but has a gentle richness.

Mouthfeel then, not surprisingly, is syrupy and smooth.

I'd drink this again, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out.

fullsweep, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A--Pours an almost-black dark brown that glows a deep red when held to the light. Less than a finger of head that recedes quickly. Lacing is spotty and doesn't last.

S--Biscuits, caramel, lots of malt on the nose. Very pleasant, sweet smell but nothing that stands out

T--Similar to the smell with the addition of some dark fruit and even a little banana. There seems to be a large variety of flavors here but it is so well balanced between them that it is tough to pick them out.

M--Moderately light with a good amount of carbonation. Quenches the thirst well.

D--This is one of the best potential session beers that I've ever had

Xingu is a fine, easy drinking beer. It is not special by any means, but if you are looking for something thats light but still has a decent amount of flavor I can't think of many that are better.

alcstradamus, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. It's probably 4½ years since I've last had one of these.

Appearance: Pours an appropriate black body with a small, frothed, khaki-colored head. Some bits and flecks of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Faint notes of roasted malts, stewed figs and plums, licorice, stale cola.

Taste: Lightly roasty malts with a meager pinch of caramel sweetness. Faint hint of licorice. Dark fruitiness. Subdued hop bitterness. Splash of store-brand cola. The faintly roasty, drying finish is a tad chalky.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, now I remember just why it's been 4½ years since I've last had a Xingu. Everything comes up just a bit too light in terms of a Schwarzbier.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of KraegerB
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black, very black, tan-ish brown head, laces nicely.

Smell - faint smell of hops, molasses and roasted scents

Taste - Chocolate flavors, with hints of nuts finishing in a sweet dry flavor

Mouth feel - A lot of carbonation with a nice medium body.

Drinkability - It wasnt a bad beer I'd drink it again, nothing outstanding but a good beer.

KraegerB, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of sevopie
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Very black, with a large medium-brown head. Laces very well.

Smell - Light hop smell with some roastiness that faded as the head went down.

Taste - Not what I was expecting at all. The hop I smelled all but fades away, and there's a subtle milky flavor mixing in with the roasted malts that are present. Slight nuttiness is also present, but nothing overwhelms - if anything, its hard to pick out flavors because they are mostly subtle.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability - Fairly pleasantly surprised, this is not really what I was expecting. It goes down rather smooth, and doesn't really end up with any offensive off flavors at all. The creaminess makes it incredibly drinkable.

sevopie, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is certainly named well. Nearly pitch black, even when backlit. Small tan head takes a vigorous pour to form and doesn't retain well. Despite that, a generous amount of lace is left behind.

S: Chocolate and cherries are what hit my nose first. A hint of lemongrass is in the back.

T: Very sharp baking chocolate starts things out. A charred oak flavor follows behind. Bitterness has a tart lemon bite. Finishes tart and dry.

M: Medium-light body is dry and has just the right amount of fizz.

D: An easy drinking beer that goes down quick. Certainly a nice session beer. A little more complexity of flavor would be nice.

Rayek, Mar 19, 2009
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.

Brad007, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nearly opaque dark brown color with some ruby hints when held up to light. The tan head is medium sized, fluffy, and foamy, with below average retention and some irregular lacing.

S: Faint malts, some sweet aromas. Some vegetable notes, along with mild nutty and fruity scents. A touch of soft metallic character as well.

T: Sweet, roasted malt flavor up front. Faint nuts, plums, and cooked vegetables. Really not much detectable in terms of hops. Another dose of vaguely creamy sweetness into the finish.

M: Light and rather watery. Carbonation is a bit underwhelming. A touch of acidic dryness into the aftertaste.

D: This could really use a fuller body. With a more robust body and some sort of hop presence for better balance, this would be a really nice brew. As it stands, it's a respectable take on an uncommon style, although it isn't really worth seeking out.

Clydesdale, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of albern
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schwarzbier sounds too formal for this one; I prefer just the simply stated black lager to label it more aptly. The beer is inky dark with a brown head that doesn't retain all that well. There is some lacing clinging to the glass. The beer has a lagery sulfur aroma to it and maybe some adjunct like corn or other vegetable. The nose isn't great. The taste is quite a bit better. This is a light to medium bodied beer, with a decent amount of carbonation. There isn't much hop bitterness in this beer. It is rather sweet with a cooked veggie base, some sweet fruits, some sweet roasted notes, maybe a touch of sweet caramel. There might be a slight toffee and sweet butterscotch hint or two in the beer. The beer is slightly candied, a touch sticky, a quite light and refreshing. Not a bad beer.

albern, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into Pint Glass,

A: Almost black, 1/2 finger of tan head... very little lacing.

S: Cherry, Hops, Malt and a little caramel, with a hint molasses.

T: Sweet malt and hoppy bitterness right up front....with a little bit of bittersweet cherry.... ends with a caramel and a hint of molasses... The aftertaste is very cherry like.

M: Pretty carbonated, and more light bodied than I was expecting.

D: Not what I was expecting.... this is not a stout or porter... So if you are looking for thick and coffee driven this it not for you.... It is really different.. but different in a good way. Drink it good and cold.... The cherry flavor gets stronger the warmer it got...

mralphabet, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, with 1 finger tan head, which dissipated quickly but leaves nice lacing throughout. Couldn't get much discernible smell, It has a sweet sorta smell to it, but I couldn't tell you what it is. The taste does sorta have a soy sauce characteristic about it, some kind of fruit to it also. There is a molasses taste im getting as well near the end. Don't get any hop flavor from this one. Thin to mouthfeel to this one.

Overall this is a decent brew, just not one I will be craving ever.

webbcreative, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xingu appears just on the edge of black, with a light brown head that fades to a blotchy film that retains well and leaves nice lacing. It has a very faint aroma... almost a whiff of soy sauce and beef jerky. There is a touch of sugar and booze in the nose. It has a medium light body that's pretty smooth and bubbly. It has a pretty soft, light finish. There's some roastiness to this. There's a slight grassy sweetness, with notes of sorghum and molasses. It's pretty sweet and mellow. This is almost like a Caribbean or a Baltic porter.

yesyouam, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black that has some viscosity. The dark tan head receded from one-finger to almost nothing.

Aroma is weak and mild. I had a hard time pulling much descriptors.

Taste is unique and mild. Notes of sweet malts but not much hops. Slight esters and dark fruit tones. I'd like to try this one again when my palate matures.

Very easy to drink with a quick finish and nearly no aftertaste. I think this beer could be mistaken for a pale lager in a blind taste test.

gonzo46and2, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black beer. I always find it weird to think of a style of beer as a color.

A: Looks black, can only tell that it's a very dark brown when held into the light and looked at from an angle. Small thin head that dissipates quickly. Spaced and thin lacing left on the glass.

S: Toffee plays the key role in this beer. There is a slight coffee and fruity esters mixed in. Hops don't really come out in the smell.

T: The flavor very much follows the nose. Strong fruity esters lead the way and become more apparent. Can almost depict dark cherries and plums. The toffee blends in to maintain the sweet taste and balances it away from fruity beer. The coffee taste seems mellow in regards to everything else. Almost like its used to keep the beer from being too sweet.

M: Full bodied beer with light carbonation. Leaves behind quite the oily feel.

D: Smooth, evenly balanced flavor and smell full bodied, but not heavy. What reasons could there be not to drink this?

bilyboy65, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich dark brown with eggplant hues building to an inky black in the glass. A rich dark caramel colored one-finger head. fair retention, fading to a thin collar with a bit of lacing.

aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, and a bit of coffee. a few fruit esters... plums and raisin.

Taste follows aroma with a malt heavy backbone with some fruity notes. toffee, coffee, toast. fruity esters... dark cherries, raisins, plum... sweet. a hint fruit sour, and a touch of woodiness.

mouthfeel is thick, almost sticky. high carbonation. fizzy rather than full. Reminds me of an over-carbonated fountain drink. Not awful, but not very appealing.

Meh. There are other cleaner, crisper, more solid dark lagers out there. Not sure this one really has any unique appeal. Not bad, and definitely drinkable, but not one I'd really want to session, or necessarily seek out again.

djeucalyptus, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of revengespoon
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I came across this beer in 6-pack form at the local grocery and, being the impulse spender that I am, purchased it simply because it was a black beer with intriguing packaging and a cool name. I've never reviewed a beer before, so please excuse my naivete in doing so here.

Appearance: When poured directly into the glass it produced a small head, no more than an inch, which dissapated after a few minutes and left behind a thin, translucent lace. Examining the beer now that it was visible, it was extremely glassy to the point where I could plainly see myself reflected in the surface. Opaque, dark brown in color, smooth as water would be.

Smell: I'm not the best at putting my senses into words. Chocolate, with perhaps an inkling of fruit lurking below somewhere?

Taste: Delicious, as anticipated! All the attributes of your typical dark beer. Chocolate, caramel, and more tangible fruits.

Mouthfeel: As smooth as it looks, mildly biting as it wanders through the mouth as a result of the carbonation, which isn't overly strong. Strikes a good balance between a creamy foaminess and the aforementioned carbonation.

Drinkability: This goes down very easily. Its texture and taste make this a very enjoyable beverage. I will certainly purchase this again in the future.

revengespoon, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yay, Brazilian beer!

A: Pop goes the cap, leaving me with a very dark brown beer with reddish-dark brown highlights. Thin brown head that recedes to a disk, leaving some lace. Solid

S: Dark and roasty with some chocolate and some buttery aromas. Nothing spectacular

T: Opens up with some malt sweetness, similar to caramelized sugar, a bit much. No bitterness, there's some roasted flavors that counter the sweetness. Finishes light, a little drying but still sweet

M: Light in body, quite enjoyably so. Solid carboanation, decent finish.

D: Decent. The ABV is low enough to make this a session beer but the sweetness does get in the way.

DefenCorps, Feb 08, 2009
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,097 ratings.