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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 13
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 BuckeyeNation


2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Barely opaque mahogany that becomes barely translucent dark crimson when backlit with brilliant, direct sunlight. The head is golden light brown, like one would see on a cola, and is intensely foamy and frothy. Thick, bubbly lace sticks like glue.

The aroma is odd. Even though Xingu Black Beer is a Euro dark lager, I didn't expect it to smell like a slightly darker version of a Euro pale lager, but it does. For some reason, I expected the aroma to be a lighter, milder version of a good porter or stout. Wrong. It's stale, musty and vegetal, with other off-aromas that I can't quite place.

Unfortunately, the off-aromas translate into off-flavors. Even so, the beer is marginally less offensive on the palate, probably because of the presence of other, more acceptable flavors. There's plenty of sweet roastedness, but as with some poor quality beer, it tastes more like artificial flavorings were added than it does like roasted barley.

I don't taste chocolate, coffee or any other flavors brought out in the normal course of 'dark' beer brewing. Although the website doesn't mention it, it tastes like kola nuts have been used. They're grown in Brazil, aren't they? In fact, now that I think about it, the beer tastes like a severly undercarbonated knock-off brand of cola. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Thanks to a lack of bubbles, it's also unenergetic and uninteresting.

Xingu Black Beer isn't good. It tastes too much like a saccharine sweet, dark beer extract added, dark lager pretender. Part of the problem might be the partial lack of carbonation. I opened another bottle last week (from a different source, obtained months apart) that was totally flat and undrinkable. Even properly bubbled, though, I doubt that I'd be impressed.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 14:04:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of beerphilosopher


2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle ...

A - Almost black, with slight reddish hues when caught in the light. Mocha tan head with sporatic lacing.

S - Not as aromatic as I would have thought. Slight sweet mollases smell, but no other well defined elements. Smells a little "homebrewy."

T - Hmmm ... this is an interesting beer. Definitely on the malty side with some lingering sweetness. No defined hop character to be found.

M - Highly carbonated "tingle" in the mouth, but a quite thin mouthfeel. Looks much richer and thicker than it is, being a lager beer. Lingering sweet, "tacky" taste on the tongue.

D - This beer doesn't really live up to the hype that comes with the cool label, exotic name, and the fact that you're holding a "black beer" from Brazil. Sounds very sexy, but it's not all that great. This is a decent "watered-down" stout type of beer, almost like a weaker milk stout in some ways. Not a bad beer by any means, just nothing exceptional or particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 23:01:06 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an attractive beer, in and out of the bottle. I like the stenciled little croc and Amazon warrior on the label and I really like the near jet color with the lasting foam and lace. The smell is interesting, with malt and molasses the most prominent. There is also a bit of a smoked scent that clashes somewhat with the obvious sweetness.
The taste is dry but very understated considering the heavy sugar tones on the nose. It's finish and much of its flavor is reminiscent of a quality stout but maybe a little less so. Almost a stout lite. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, just like it looks.
I don't love this beer but for not being from a beer hotbed in South America I have to admit this is a pleasant surprise. Not an easy drinking beer but certainly not a struggle either. If you enjoy stouts and porters this is probably right up your alley. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 22:47:42 | More by daliandragon
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cocoa black blody with a tan head that persists and leaves a fiar amount of lacing

Smell: Smells a bit like wet hay; not particularly agreeable

Taste: Starts out sweet, with some coffee, caramel and molasses flavors that persist into the finish; the hops never kick in

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation

Drinkability: Way to sweet to be consumed in any volume; a bottle is tough enough to finish

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 22:02:48 | More by brentk56
Photo of Naes

New York

2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black in color with a decent tan head, though it disappears quickly.
Aroma is roasty, malty and fruity.
The flavor is a bit sweet for me, but it is a bit roasty. Sweetness is definitely the main characteristic, it is fruity and juice like.
Light in the mouth feel department, but I could in no way shape or form drink a second. The sugary sweetness makes this a bit difficult for me to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 01:25:02 | More by Naes
Photo of Bonhoeffer


3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice little beer from Brazil. I was impressed. It is pretty much black. Has some sort of interesting smoked/roasted/sweet flavor that i've never encountered in any other beer. Always great to encounter unique flavors in unexpected places.

Purchased as a single from Vulcan Beverage. New to AL. Worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 13:04:08 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of Brian700


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours black with a tan/brown head that fizzles down to a ring around my tasting glass. There is some decent lacing going on.

The nose is very mild but I can pick upu on some hops and light malt with a touch of chocolate or coffee (barely).

The flavor is of light malt with some bitterness of hops and also some very light roastiness. There is also a little bit of skunkiness to it. Very refreshing. I tastes a lot different that what it's appearance leads you to believe. It reminds me of Heinieken.

The mouthfeel is light to medium body with medium carbonation.

It's a decent brew, it's definately overpriced for what it is. I paid $2.00 for a bottle. Not that that's a lot of money but I could have bought a DFH 90 for less in the singles cooler.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 22:34:26 | More by Brian700
Photo of TastyTaste


2.17/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark black color, with a clear maroon revealed at the bottom of the glass. Head is small, just a thin tan layer. Smell has some light roasted malts, and slight grass. Taste is pretty bland. Small roasted malt in the flavor, but not very strong, slight malty grass, and not much in the way of hops. Beers from brazil haven't impressed me yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 14:34:24 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of kbub6f

New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An inch of thick, tan foam sits over a very dark brown (almost black) beer with ruby highlights. Tangy, nutty toffee nose. Fruity, tangy grape popsicle front. Fairly thin middle is a little watery. More grapes and nuts at the end. A touch of anise. That's a decent black beer. Much better than the bottle I had a couple of years ago (which was marked Colonia, not Kaiser).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 20:12:06 | More by kbub6f
Photo of GClarkage


3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07/12/05- Purchased at a Sonoma wine shop in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 12oz brew, undated. Poured into my North Coast pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a 1/2 inch brown head and better than average lacing.

Smell- Not much. Some caramel and burnt malt hits the nose. Not much else.

Taste- Sweet caramel malts are the main flavor in the brew. Followed by some roasted and coffee flavors. Definite swetness rules here.

Mouthfeel- This beer is thick! Thicker than any beer I have had including imperial stouts. It literally coats your teeth with it's sweet malt. It's also ultra creamy. Odd beer to be sure.

Drinkability- One of the most different brews I have had to date. Good flavor and a great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 20:12:07 | More by GClarkage
Photo of brewQ


3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with red highlights like a Porter. Soft tan head and fine sheathing action.

The aroma is surprisingly benign. Some malt evident.

A rich body with solid malt taste- reminds me of Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark- which is in the same style. Enough CO2 to make it clean on the finish.

A good brew with some backbone to stand up to spicy foods.

One of the better Latin American beers of the few I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 17:17:07 | More by brewQ
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a three-finger brown head that leaves some lace. Solid black color. Light-medium bodied and light carbonation. Slightly malty nose. Starts sweet - hints of molasses and toffee finishes mellow - not dry. $10.49 for a 6-pak of 12oz. bottles from Tulley's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 23:14:02 | More by jdhilt
Photo of mentor


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

Obtained from To Your Health (Coralville, Iowa) in April 2005 and consumed that same evening. Pours a one-finger brown head over a pitch-black liquid, even when held to light. Head is sticky and hangs around. Smells chocolate roast, molasses, and licorice. Tastes thick sweet rich molasses, chocolate, and roast. In some beers roast carries a cherry sour, but I don’t get that here. Late, I get a dark toffee that persists well into the aftertaste. Hops? If present they are buried beneath the sweet and darker flavors. Syrupy mouthfeel (in a positive way), but probably only md-thick. Moderate carbonation that works well. The beer leaves the mouth dry, despite it being such a sweet beer. Decent lacing on the inside of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 01:45:46 | More by mentor
Photo of HardTarget


4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown twisty with “Imported from Brazil” on the neck label
Aroma: Heavy spices on a sugary base. Spices hit me as close to pine, nutmeg and ginger. Smells a bit like Anchor’s X-mas beer.
Appearance: Black glass with hints of ruby edges topped with a good finger of creamed coffee head. Head is a thick collection of microscopic bubbles with a few dots of small bubbles holding place for what seems like days. Looks impressive and left a very respectable thick layer of foam behind.
Flavor: A lot of stout characteristics; roasted barley, hint of coffee and chocolate, touch of black patent and nuts. None of the spices in the nose came through. Balance is sweet but nicely so with a hint of some adjuncts.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light but creamy texture. Odd that it finishes dry but leaves a slightly puckering good mouth coat.
Overall Impression: Ok, I’m impressed. Very drinkable but the sweetness slowed me down a bit. Style seems all over the place. A bit of Stout, a bit of Dunkle, a bit of Bock, a bit of Schwarzbier, eh, let’s call it a Euro Dark Lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 04:38:31 | More by HardTarget
Photo of whynot44


3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, very dark brown with ruby highlights - almost black - with a creamy tan head that dies down quickly but maintains a light skim on top.

Aroma is very mild and all sweet malt with a hint of molasses.

Taste is also all malt. It starts slightly sweet with a caramel/molasses flavor then some coffee tones come in with a touch of bitterness, leaving a fairly pleasant grassy aftertaste.

Something a little different. Drinkable and goes well with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 06:34:05 | More by whynot44
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard 12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. Pours coal black, with a dark tan head. Medium sheeting/lacing left on the glass. Nose is of tart apples and burnt malt. taste is sludgy burnt malts, raisins, black coffee. Somewhat sweet, not all that pleasing. Thin finish. Doubt I would try this one again

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 18:31:55 | More by Billolick
Photo of animal


4.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer when I was living in Michigan, and again in Arizona. It seems to be at least partially based on the Bock style. Though few liquor stores in the United States seem to carry Xingu, it is nonetheless a worthy find, and definitely a beer that I would buy again!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 03:52:21 | More by animal
Photo of santoslhalper


2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a shwarzbier in my opinion. And as far as Shwarzbier's go, this one's not very good. Nothing about it stood out other than the fact that it quenched thirst. The flavor was just of crappy malts an no hops. This was one the bartender and Tulune's recommended, and I'm dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 17:02:50 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo. Much more than a schwarzbier. Not hoppy or roasty from the malts, but rather "quiet," with a succinct fruity character. My sample had lower carbonation than other beers, which enhanced its mild flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 20:00:27 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK black appearance with a bit of head. And lace. Some licorice initial scent, that carried into first taste then dissipitated. A big bottle, thanks Joey for coming to help me finish. Bit aggressive carbonation.Simpicity lead to boredom after a few sips.added a new country. A shwartbier

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 03:21:25 | More by Sammy
Photo of Higravity


2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well this must be an apple lager, because that is what it smells and tastes like. There is a big malty beer here somewhere but apples rules this beer. It is black and has a off white head and is a little thin, but for the most part it is damn tasty. If it was fresher I am sure it would be better. If I ever go to Brazil I know I will drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 02:52:21 | More by Higravity
Photo of Gagnonsux


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

Xingu Black Beer is indeed black. The light brown head is of moderate height and mildly sticky. Aroma is of light dark malts with a touch of grain smell thrown in. The taste is of chocolate malt flavor with a touch of coffee in the finish. Malts dominate here. This is easily the richest euro dark lager that I've had and in some ways I think it might be closer to a Munich dunkle. I would have this in my fridge more often if it weren't $10+ a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 02:35:27 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of crookedhalo


2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with twist-off cap. Pours a dark cola brown with a bubbly beige khaki colored head that dies within a matter of 10 seconds. Some dark bready, lighly toffeeish Munich malt presence with a light, clean aroma. Vegetal hints of caraway seeds, celery stalk and watermelon rind. No discernable hop aroma. Mostly sweet, I expected a bit of hoppy dryness to cut through, but I was a bit disappointed; only carbonation alleviates the sweetness. It just stays watery and sweet all the way through to the finish. Light palmnut and chocolate notes. Pretty low in ABV, so the sweetness isn't too overwhelming. Average at best. I've certainly had better dunkels, but I guess this one has a rich heritage.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 08:34:58 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of plaztikjezuz


3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

German brwing in Brazil, not suprised, but Molson owns this brewery now.
Pours very dark but is you hold it up to the light you get some amber poking throgh. The head is very light and left some very light lace on the side of my glass. The aroma is mainly malt, has a slight graininess, like spend grain. the flavor is malty, some munich, little sweetness, some chocolate, with some bitterness.. The mouth feel is light, but i sure it fits the weather in brazil. it kinda reminds me of a swartzbier. easy drinking. little over priced, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 06:54:16 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of merlin48


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

Pours a very dark brown, clear, body with a small tan head that quickly falls into some collar lace. A few small patches of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma has a lot of dark roasty malts, some Munich here, and a hint of coffee and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with good carbonation.
Taste is similar to "black Bavarian" styles, with chocolate notes, floral hop bitterness, and a hint of dried figs.
Not at all what I was expecting, but a solid "black lager", that is well done. A smooth sipper with no discernable faults. If you like black lagers, you'll like this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 23:07:21 | More by merlin48
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.