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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 20
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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Cervejaria Sul Brasileira visit their website
Brazil

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 zymurgy4all
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

zymurgy4all, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of sleepingbear
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recuerdo cariñosamente esta cerveza de mi adolescencia. Esto es la manera más suave y más dulce que el tru cerveza negra que recuerdo. Esto era potable y tan domesticado como la torsión de la cima. Viva drinkability. Hacia abajo con originalidad.


I remember this lovingly as an adventurous beer of my youth. Back then it was exotic and different.

This is the sweeter and smoothest of the neo-schwartzbier far more tame and sweet than I remember from the 22oz.'s of my youth. This is now so drinkable and so domesticated and downright sweet.

The simplicity is disappointing. As the torsión of the top.

Long live drinkability! Downward with originality.

sleepingbear, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of treedoctor5002
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is in fact black with a bit of brown shading when held up to the light. Has a nice malty, roasted smell to it. I really like the smoothness of this beer. Extremely drinkable, like other schwarz's I've had. Also has an excellent tang to it. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is high. Overall very nice.

treedoctor5002, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Darker than other Schwarzbiers I have tried, this one is almost completely opaque with a light brown head. The frothy top settles to a frothy cap. Thick sticky lacing along the glass.

Very light aromas, somewhat weak. Light roasty malt and a little bit of molasses.

Suprising light in flavor as well. The deep dark and grainy malts are there, but the volume is turned down. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish has a light creaminess and a hint of grain.

I was surprised to find out how mild the flavor is in this beer. It has no date label, so it's hard to tell how long it's been around. It's possible a little oxidation took place, given that it has a twist-top cap (not as strong of a seal as a regular cap). It has no bad flavors to it, so I can't give it a bad score. Try it for yourself.

BeerSox, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very black, but when it is held to the light you can tell that it is really a pretty clear dark red color. There is a thick and persistent tan head that lasts in its full form for at least a couple minutes. There is a bunch of lacing left on the side of the glass as the head falls.

Aroma: I get a whole lot of cocoa and roast along with some noticeable dark caramel. There is a bit of dryness to the aroma hinting that it may be a bit acidic from the dark grains. As I let the beer sit in my stein for a little while and get a big whiff of it as I open the lid, I can get a more minerally note. The aroma turns a lot more nutty as the beer warms up.

Taste: The flavor has a lot more residual sweetness than I suspected from the aroma. The overall contribution from the roast malts is less than I thought they would be from the aroma as well. The beer comes across to me a bit more like a dessert. It has some bold sweetness in here that pretty much takes over the balance. I really don't get any hops in this beer, and the balance is provided pretty much entirely from the dark malt.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer overall. I like the malt balance and the complexity of the grain bill. I think that it is a bit cloying in the finish and it keeps a dessert like syrupy feeling to linger on the back of the throat for some time. I would drink this beer again over a lot of other beers, but I won't be seeking it out.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black. Moderate carbonation activity. Mild to moderate head, light brown.

Grape and dark ripe fruits. Light sharp alcohol edge in back.

Grape and dark ripe fruits. Toffee. Light bitter and alcoholic edge.

Nice carbonation and mild foamation. Light toffee coating.

Enjoyable brew. Light and fruity. Definitely the best Schwarzbier I’ve had to date.

MrHungryMonkey, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark reddish black that some light can penetrate. Slight head of tan foam.
A grape wine smell but with yeast and a hint of cocoa and caramel.
Taste is a little dirty and watery for such a dark concoction. I get a hint of of peppery caramel but the sugar takes over. No alcohol present.
Mouthfeel is clean but too clean. There is nothing left to cover the palate.
If I lived in Brazil I would prolly drink this, if it were all I could find.

peabody, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a very interesting beer.
Pours jet black with a small tan head that disappears completely.
Aroma is just slightly toasty and very sweet.
Taste follows aroma...very sweet dark malts...maybe a hint of hops at the end but very sweet throughout.
I wouldn't call this a Swartzbier...too sweet for that and not dry enough.
An interesting brew, none the less.

IntriqKen, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of drseamus
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll start with the disclaimer...I really like this beer and buy it every month or so. True to it's style, this beer pours jet black with only a small amout of light getting through lighting the corners of the pint glass a deep brown. It has a finger sized mocha colored head that hangs around for a bit and then falls unevenly leaving a patchy head on the surface of the beer. There is a sweet malty aroma with a tinge of bitter hop aroma. Initially, i taste a bit of roasted flavor that rolls into a sweet malty full bodied sensation that fills my mouth.

drseamus, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of brewmaster411
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a schwartz (dark) beer. Simply put it is a lager with dark malts to give it a nice color and flavor profile. This is the beer to prove the people that dark does not necessarily mean bitter or heavy.

Appearance is almost jet black, it looks like a porter or stout, without the thick creamy head. Smell is slight coffee/roast aroma, no diacetyl or esters, somewhat malty. Taste has an underlying sweetness, very smooth and quaffable. Extremely smooth and very high drinkablility.

brewmaster411, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of sullysbeer
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Roasted notes dominate. Slight, almost no hop aroma. Hints of Chocolate malt.

Appearance: Very dark with ruby highlights. Brownish with hints of red in the head retention.

Flavor: Focused on malt. A bit sweet with a very delicate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Gentle carbonation.

Overall Impression: Black lager is what this beer is. Focuses on the sweeter side. Well brewed but nothing to brag about.

sullysbeer, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of woemad
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59. It first showed up there about a year ago, but I haven't gotten around to trying it until now. Poured into a Lang Creek pint glass.

This is billed on the label as being a black beer, but it seems pretty dark brown to me. Tan head of approx 1" in height that exhibited some staying power, with some nice sheets of lace on the sides of my glass.

This was pretty malty to the nose. There's scents of brown sugar, along with a crude grain smell. Not even a peep out of any hops that might be in the vicintity.

The taste is mild and inoffensive. It starts out with brown sugary flavor with a little bit of coffee-like bitterness in the background. There's an extremely slight dryness at the swallow. That's it, folks, move along.

The mouthfeel is fairly typical when compared to other schwarzbiers I have had. It's slightly oily, and not particularly thick in the body.

Not a bad beer, but nothing great either. Not something I will feel compelled to seek out again, though I wouldn't shrink from it, either. Still, it was nice to drink at the end of a long 2-job workday while listening to some Albert King.

woemad, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark forboding colour with tan creamy head, with lacing to the side.

Smell is different. A dark sweet malt with aromas I am not altogether familiar with, or can label at all.

The taste is malty, and a very smooth sweetness. Not icky at all. Some coffee or chocolate.

The aftertaste is very coffe like as well. A roasted feeling.

Very different, just wish I knew what some of these more alien ingrediants are.

Freshie, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7.99 for a mixed 6
12 oz bottle
Good Time Party Store
Northville, MI

(pronounced shin-goo)

This thing starts out as a cow-herder's delight chock with heavy malt. Then the shell game of flavors and non-flavors starts. Here a twang of some undistinguishable hop-like remnant, there a swath of hard country water, everywhere a conveyance of uncertain traits that never quite come through. It's like putting beer through a cheesecloth and tasting what was once a beer but now is only the ghost of that beer. Hey, there's even some caramel and light coffee in the dregs. Live amongst the dregs and prosper I tell you.

thelagerheads, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of jackorain
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a frosted glass (ugh) by the bartender at a Brazilian BBQ restaurant. I almost sent it back but..

A-very dark brown, almost black 3/4 inch head great retention, great lacing. very attractive look

S-very mild aroam of bicuity and carmel malt.

T-roasted malt, caramel, molases, a little sweet on the finish, minimal hop

M-creamy medium body

D-pretty good I had two before dinner.

jackorain, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured it was a dark brown with light brown foam. The smell was not what I was hoping for. It just seem of lack luster with no outstanding aroma. The taste was of roasted malts, hops and a hint of spice. A pleasant surprise after the first couple of sips. I didn't drink it really cold, but drank it about 55 degrees. I think I got more flavor from the black beer being just a touch warmer than usual.

BeerManDan, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Fuller
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown, almost black body with a small beige head that had decent retention. A thin skim stayed over the beer all the way down. Leaves thick sticky lacing all around the glass. Sweet and roasted malt aroma along with a hint of coffee. Taste is sweet with some chocolate, coffee and a little spice. Medium-bodied with low carbonation, smooth but a little watery.

Overall, a decent beer. Nothing spectacular, just a nice, smooth easy drinker.

Fuller, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a super black with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly but remained for the entire session.

The smell is a mix of sweet and roasted malt.

The taste is quite smooth with semi sweet malt notes and some graininess in the background. It's quite light on the hops which is fine but I wish the flavour it *does* have was just a little more assertive.

Bottom line: This is a pretty good drinker and is worth trying.

Bitterbill, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of karst
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown head and minor lacing. Lightly hopped with caramel and dark roasted malt dominating the aroma. Similar taste with a sweet dextrinous rich mouth feel. Caramel malt is sweet but moderated somewhat by the dark roasted malt flavor. Not a typical Schwarzbier but nice to drink. Served on the chilly side (<50°F) sweetness is less noticable. Much better than I expected.

karst, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark black with a sizeable mocha-colored head. It left lacing and the head never completely diminished.

S - It smelled like roasted malt.

T - It was a very malty brew. A little hop bitterness was present and a little coffee-like flavors, too.

M - It was soft and medium bodied.

D - I thought it was pretty good. I would have to say it is my favorite Brazilian beer. In fact it's the only Brazilian beer I've ever had.

zeff80, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is dark. It had a tan colored head. The smell is malty. There is a coffee like taste as well as a slight caramel finish. This beer is fairly smooth in the mouthfeel. I could drink this beer again. Good for the style. There is a slight sweetness in the aftertaste.

Enola, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep dark brown, somewhat translucent in the narrow parts of the glass. Roasted marshmallow colored head made up of medium sized bubbles.

S: Smells like a dark pilsner. Lightly hopped, lightly malted.

T: Lighly sweet with a mild coffee roastedness. Tastes like there might be some lactose in there. Aftertaste is candy corn and dark honey. You can really taste the lager backbone.

M: Thin with a smooth carbonation

D: A very simple yet satisfying beer. Not a complex beer but certainly drinkable.

Westsidethreat, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle - twist-off cap - no freshness date - Poured into pint glass.

Poured black (very dark brown) with a fairly thin, but very well-retained off-white head that left plenty of lacing. It gave the appearance of espresso.
The smell was of hints of roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate.
The taste was of coffee, chocolate and a touch of molassas. None of the flavors were particularly powerful, but they were noticeable. After a few sips, some vague apple-like fruitiness was hinted at in the background. A touch of smoky charcoal surrounded the flavors. The initial sweetness became more bitter, but it was acidic sort of bitter.
As it swirled in the mouth, and as the drink progressed, it became watery and the flavors became somewhat muted. A sweetness was intermingled with an acidic bitterness that did not leave a clean feel.
Overall, it's not bad. I even grabbed a second one a while later because it was there. But, the flavors fade and it seems to be missing something. The initial flavors and sweetness give way to a drying bitterness. Anyway, it's not something I would seek out again. I've had better examples of the style.

jwc215, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to admit I didn't know what to think, lots of rumors, regarding The Brazilian rain forests and such; But with this being a schwarzbier, and the style being German, who would know better than the Brazilians after world war 2?!?!?; anyway;

This poured to a magnificent dark brown/black with a ruby type hue in my Duvel glass. Very pretty and elgant looking beer, like a stout with a finer whitish tan head. The smell was sweet and roasted malt coffee-ish. The first taste was nice, maltiness, roastedness, like a caramel latte.The mouthfeel was exceedingly light and thin and made you scratch your head. There were times when there could be described a cloying sweetness. I would pair it with spicy ribs or enchilada mole, perhaps desert. Altogether not too bad, worth a try for schwarzbier fans and fans of Brazil alike.

andjusticeforale, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Xingu Black Beer pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I can only smell the faintest amount of malt and thats it. Nice taste though, good amount of malt flavor. Hops don't really play much of a part in this one. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Jul 10, 2006
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.