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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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 Blupoet03


3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with a slight amber hue near the top where light can get through. It has a med. brown head that dissipates to a fizz quickly.

The nose is full of roasted malts - slight coffee, toffee, and bitter aromas with a bit of bitterness. The overall aroma is very rich.

The aroma presents itself fully in the mouth - the richness settling on the middle of the tongue and the bitterness on the sides. The taste also presents a bit of a chocolate as well.

The aftertaste is clean and slightly sweet.

Overall, this beer drank very well and isn't too strong. Worth a try, definitely.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 01:41:22 | More by Blupoet03
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in a nonic glass from a 12oz bottle with a twist cap into a nonic glass.

Moderate to faint sweet malty aromas, fruity with fig like notes,faint notes of molassess and some burnt carmell.

Dark fruity tastes much like the figs in the aroma has a slight vinious note with a touch of burnt carmell. Clean with a tangy hop finish,good balance.

Tangy,juicy mouthfeel,on the light side. Good pleasing taste,a bit boring lacks character. Used to get this beers years ago in a 22oz bomber seemed like it was a lot better beer years ago.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 16:28:41 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of rallison


3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A schwarzbier from Brazil? Yup. Been meaning to try it for a while.

Pours a dark brown/mostly black color with a 1/2 finger tan head that never totally dies.

Smell is of lots of roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Nice - especially for a beer under 4.7%

First taste surprises me. A lot of flavor here for the alcohol. Taste is stronger than a number of the German made ones, and I like that. Roasted coffee, chocolate and some caramel sweetness. A slight bit of a bite at the end. As this warms, the flavors are still good, but not quite as enticing. I'd recommend this one slightly cooler than I normally would - has a bit more of a good bite at the end that way - of course, don't serve it ice cold either.

Mouthfeel is decently rich for the ABV, with a good finish. Somehow, though, the mouthfeel seems to thin when getting to appropriate temperatures. Drinkability is excellent on this.

Recommended. Overall, a nicely done black lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 05:19:22 | More by rallison
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from a six pack purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. in July 2007 for approximately $8.99.

This is one of my gateway beers from years back, when transition from BMC to today began. I always liked it, but got away from it for a long time (5 years?) so I'm curious to see what I think now.

Pours a dark brownish black, with a light carbonation that starts off a little bit of head, but it hides in a hurry, replaced by a thin tan "pond scum" atop the inky blackness.

Aroma is roasty caramel, chickory, and a faint sweetness. Flavor starts off with a hop and acid astringency, but it's quickly replaced with dark bitter chocolate, light coffee, and an unknown herbal note. But then, it has a slightly sweet undertone that really carries this forward and makes it an easy drinker. It's really not as complex a drink as described above, and I count that a good thing. This is just tasty, and easily drinkable.

I don't think I would pound these down every day, but I still like it and am glad to be back enjoying it after a long pause.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 23:58:54 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of henrysunset


3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark black beer sucks all the light out of the room, modest head of tn with medium sized bubbles.

Scent is sweet and malty. Noticeable nutty quality, and a pinch sour.

Taste is good, as fitting with the style it is way lighter tastign than the color would suggest. Malt flavors are solid, not much of the burnt flavors of other dark beers, a little tart and citrusy.

It's smooth and drinkable. I'm sure that I could enjoy this in brazil, as i am enjoying it at home.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 00:57:00 | More by henrysunset
Photo of Vancer


2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it was black on the pour. Other than that, a damn boring brew. I had to stick my nose in the brew to get anything out of it, and that was just a hint of malt.

Plain Jane black beer, just a hint of toasted charcoal, no woody leather or other black beer staples.

Sharp and dry finish, it’s an OK drinker, but not when you factor in the import price. Stay local .

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 20:51:04 | More by Vancer
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Cubanitas, our local Cuban restaurant. I thought it rather similar to Negro Modelo; in other words dark, lightly sweet and malty, and altogether not bad but also not exceptional. Mouthfeel is not substantial, and a bit watery. Altogether, not highly recommended, but OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 00:15:16 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of MTNboy


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was kind skeptical at first but I was glad I gave this one a try. It is a good alternative to your run of the mill imports.

Appearance- A super dark brown more than a black. A nice frothy tan head with a red tint.

Smell- A real natural scent. Almost like some of the places I hike. It is great!

Taste- Not much for hops very malty though. As with the smell a very natural taste with kind of a wild fruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Some what creamy.

Drinkability- A laid back good beer for those that want to try something different.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 02:56:03 | More by MTNboy
Photo of theopholis


4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Body is very dark with only a hint of ruby highlights when held up to the light. HEad is a nice tan, foamy affair with good retention and a decent lacing.

Aroma -- Very clean aroma consisting of malt sweetness, some roaste malrs and hops. Very well balance.

Taste- Sweet, yet very drinkable. MAlt sweetness, plus some other sweetnss in there I can't identify. Some hints of a roasty, nutty after-taste..

Mouthfeel- Not heavy, but the body is very noticable. Good level of carbonation to.

Drinkability- Pretty good. Nice aroma, taste and body.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:05:58 | More by theopholis
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had really high hopes for this one and it simply just didn't deliver. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what I thought it would be, either. It poured up rather nicely an extremely dark brown, nearly black, with a big, frothy head like an aggressively poured glass of soda. The smell wasn't very lively at all, contrary to what I have heard others say. It was mostly bready, with a little bit of roasted cereal and that's about it. Not bad, but could have been much better. Taste wasn't even average for the style, in my opinion. There was a bit of sweet malt, and what seemed like a honey-ish note towards the finish, but overall, I wasn't very impressed. Mouthfeel is very thin and lifeless. It wasn't offensive, but all thing considered, there should have been more body in this beer. I must say, this one let me down a little. Not a bad beer at all, but not a very good schwartz.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 23:25:12 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of hunteraw


3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, little head with hardly any retention and no lacing.

Smell: Hardly any aroma at all. I know this is a lager, but come on - maybe a slight whiff of malt, but that's it.

Taste: Obviously malt dominated, but avoids being sweet. Finishes on a dryer, spicy note. Very slight roast.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, not-quite-medium in body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprised that this is "the beer" from Brazil that you always see. Not awful, but not something I'll order again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 17:23:23 | More by hunteraw
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a surprise.

A= Very very dark. Not much of a head lingering.

S= highly inviting, somewhat smoky chocolatey with nice malt notes.

T= very dark of course! Hints of chocolate, very rich taste, possibly too much carbonation to start although it dissipates soon enough. Lots of boldness in the taste, yet complex enough to be difficult to discern individual qualities and traits.

M= very smooth, nothing unpleasant, with a slight chocolate residual presence.

D= as much as you can drink. With its mere 4.7%ABV it's also very drinkable in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 02:01:38 | More by therica
Photo of bluejacket74


2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a very small off-white head. There's a bit of roasted malt smell, but mostly it smells just like a typical macro lager, like grain and sweet malt. Also, the aroma is a bit weak. It tastes a bit sour, and also a little like sweet malt and grain. Not impressive at all. Mouthfeel is light/medium, with good carbonation. Drinkability isn't good, as the weird sour taste makes it hard to drink. I don't know if this was a bad batch/bottle, but this really wasn't good at all. The beer looked nice, but it went downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 01:02:58 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of BretSikkink


3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haha I don't quite know what to say about this..different enough from a schwarzbier as to warrant notice, but being a black beer with this little roast flavor certainly warrants the tag. So who know..

As mentioned, quite black. Tan to very light brown head. This jumps up early but reduces quickly to a fluffy ring. In the nose I get a little roast malt and a little dark fruit sweetness, actually what jumps to mind is a prune or raisin, a dried out sort of sweetness.

Flavor sticks to the above, there's a distinctly German bent to this one although like I said I don't think it's quite a traditional schwarz. For one, this is clearly bottle conditioned, which adds lighter fruity overtones and a springiness to usually "flatter" German brews. However, this is a black beer with not too much malt and not a lot of hop - general dearth of complexity. Creamy mouthfull, smoother and more chocolate-sweet than the nose. There's just a tiny pinch of anise or similar spicing which adds a touch of dryness to the finish. It's an okay dark lager.

Interesting beer, good but nothing special. Mimics the schwarz style to some extent but doesn't quite match their drinkability and overall smooth nature. It's a simple lager that doesn't traffic in difficult flavors and is easy to drink and easy to forget.

Note: as this one warms it seems to pick up ever-sweeter flavors that want to show off just how simple this lager is: undercarbonation allows for the sickly sweet characteristics to jump out, and it starts to taste like cola a bit. Drink cool, and quickly.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 02:48:31 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of tempest


2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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 shirfan

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice appearance, very dark with only a hint of ruby highlights to disrupt an otherwise solidly black glass. Moderately sticky layer of fine-bubbled, tan foam with a tinge of red to it.

Smell -- not what I expected. My first reaction was "PBR". Mild malt aroma with some cooked corn notes.

Taste is better than the nose. First impression is a sweet yet very light-bodied drinkability. Definitely not cloying or syrupy. Very smooth on the tongue, it would be hard to peg this as such a dark beer in a blindfolded taste test. Slight roasty, nutty flavors do sneak into the finish. Very faint hops if any.

Not many beers are truly "thirst quenching", but this one would qualify.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 19:42:05 | More by shirfan
Photo of redstripe


3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A couple of reviews down, someone said that this is a "thick, syrupy beer." I couldn't disagree more. It is a black beer, with maybe a touch of red. Even a vigorous pour couldn't produce anything but the slightest trace of a head. It is thin, watery, and under-carbonated. There isn't much in the way of smell or flavor, but what I did detect was faintly sweet. Other reviewers found hops--I didn't.

For those who have tried Ziegen Bock, that's what this reminded me of, only without the pleasant carbonation. It's a thin, underwhelming beer, and its only redeeming quality is that it isn't assertive enough to be offensive. Just meek and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 14:35:09 | More by redstripe
Photo of DoubleJ


4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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 nowise


3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I had to try this because it is Brazilian. Luckally I was able to buy just one at a time. What a thick, syrupy beer. It really tasted good like chocolate malt or something and really filling. I felt like I should have drank this for dessert after a meal. I think if I would have drank more than one, it would have been overkill but definitely a good sipper. Smelled good too, but maybe mine was a little stale due to sitting on a shelf, unrefrigerated? I can't imagine there is a huge demand for this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 01:48:14 | More by nowise
Photo of Poser


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I swear this is coke-flavored beer. It pours a light black color with an amber tint if held in the light. Head is thin but retention and lacing are good. Roasted-malt aroma and taste with a syrupy texture. My first thought was of a fountain soda. It's a little watery with low carbonation, but easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 20:47:51 | More by Poser
Photo of beerphan


3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pint
no date but there is a screened code on the upper label

Pours a smooth black with some crimson highlights. A nice pillowed head settles to a tight thick blanket. Lacing is minimal and sporadic gobs.

Nose: Grains, roasted malts with a little smoke

Sweet malt flavor with some chocolate, mild dark fruit presense, and oh yeah pretty sweet. Sweet for the style but taste like a schwarzbier to me, especially the slightly roasted bitter finish.

Smooth mouthfeel, almost like a thin stout.

I only have one bottle and i have to keep slapping my hand away to stop from ripping through it. Easily sessionable. I'll pick of few more of these up for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 19:00:28 | More by beerphan
Photo of DogFood11


4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this sixer up on the advice of a guy I met while beer shopping. This is his stand by brew so I figured why not give it a shot. Poured the contents into a pils glass it forms a firm brown head. Body is black with some deep mahogonay around the edges.

First drink and my thoughts were that it was a subtle and approachable offering. This has some heavily roasted malts that seem to fall short of being charred. A good portion of smoked and fireplace on the backside. Far from overdone and I dare say this would be a quality session brew. Light body is perfect for a daytime drinker. Hop presence need not be all that heavy since it doesn't have a big fight to get this balanced out.

Notes: What a well rounded beer from start to finish. As it warmed the smoked backside comes in to play more and makes this even better.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 00:49:20 | More by DogFood11
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: Appears black, but not totally opaque with some slight crimson hues popping through in direct light. A thin, scattered light-brown head dissiptes to a thin covering and leaving some nice rows of lacing.

Nose: A sweet and creamy scented malted barley and wood chips with a whiff of mild herbacous hops.

Taste: A very odd malted flavor dominates which is made up of a woody and oak'ed effect, and mildly creamy, vanilla sweetness. There is an element which is hard to describe in the flavor, It's very close to what I would excpect if they had used wet moss for some added, earthy flavor.

MF: Medium to full body, very creamy and smooth but not without a decent lively feel as well.

DA: Odd for the style but enjoyable and interesting. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2007 22:47:34 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Estarrio


3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting, unique beer that really doens't fit into the style.

Poured black with a large cocoa head. The head retained well and there was no shortage of sticky lacings on the glass walls.

Malty nose with some chocolate and roasted properties. Very subtle coffee and just a hint of cocoa are also present. I also perceived an inexplicably, subtle metallic note that really threw the aroma off.

This has a very unique flavor. Sweet, chocolate and roasted malts mix with a milky, cocoa flavor. There is a very slight, bitter taste with an acidic coffee presence in the finish. The flavor is smooth, albeit somewhat muted and forgettable.

Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel that matches the flavor. I wouldn't mind substituting this for a macro lager after mowing the lawn. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Thanks to Sudsdog for letting me sample this interesting brew. I'm also not sure that it is worth the value in the in our locality but it is a solid, unique, smooth beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 05:09:39 | More by Estarrio
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very interesting beer. As a homebrewer, this is one type of beer I hope to replicate one of these days. It has a residual sweetness from a malty brew. This is so unique, because it is a smooth lager with minimal hops to leave you with the nice flavor of dark malt. It is very easy to drink, and exceptional for dark beers (can you imagine guinness without nitro and sourness?) It is not as sweet as Mackson's XXX Stout, but you can taste it for sure. I wish this beer was a little more common, I can't seem to get it in Alabama. I was only able to purchase it in Austin, TX, when I lived near there.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 00:52:56 | More by zymurgy4all
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.