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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

Xingu Black BeerXingu Black Beer

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 538
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%

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 santoslhalper


2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
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 bedwyr

South Dakota

2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable, if not overly impressive, beer. Practically black in appearance with a thin, lacy head this beer has a sort-of sweetness to it that I find annoying after a couple of sips. It is light enough flavor-wise to be a very drinkable beer, but for my money, I'd rather go a different route. Whoever it was that said it was like a thinner version of a stout or porter was right on. Worth a try, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 20:00:51 | More by bedwyr
Photo of FLima


2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Another beer that gives me some melancholic feelings. Great label with export appeal.
Black color with a caramel head with medium retention.
Very faint aroma of caramel and toasted malts.
Sweet malty flavor with hints of caramel, cola, toasted malts and adjuncts, its original sin.
Dry with a medium bitterness aftertaste, and residual toasted notes.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Not bad, though could be less sweet and the adjunct plus caramel addition does not help.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 02:07:43 | More by FLima
Photo of veblen

District of Columbia

2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer but I expected more. The smell lacks any depth. Additionally the taste is a bit flat. Not bad but certainly not an upper tier beer. The beer had a good pour and has deep black color. I have never tried a beer from Brazil before so had no previous expectations. Given the color and limited information you may initailly expect a stout but not fair comparision. Again decent beer but for the money may want to steer in different direction.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 00:53:36 | More by veblen
Photo of Guitarctica


2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up in a build your own six pack at whole foods. The name seemed interesting. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Very very dark brown to near black in color. One finger of tan head that takes its time dissipating. Nice lacing on glass, but it doesn't stick, so you have to be looking for it.

S - Very nice smell actually. Sort of like grapes with alcohol in the background. Very similar to wine. Maybe merlot. Not much else, but this is a good start.

T - Kind of a disappointment to be honest. Seems very watered down. Roasted malts is just about all I taste. Not much character. The finish is not hoppy but sort of medicinal. I realize this style of beer is supposed to be more refreshing, but this was not.

M - Watery on the palate. Light bodied, and finishes dry. Pretty smooth i guess, but in a "this is it?" sort of way.

D - Easy to drink for sure, but because the taste and mouthfeel are disappointing, I couldn't drink more than one of these in a night. I was looking for something else to drink after I finished this.

Final Thoughts - Despite the way it looks, this is not a stout or a porter, but a black beer; a lager I think. So it shouldn't be judged as one. I know it isn't supposed to be a very heavy or complex beer, but this still seemed sub-par to me and not very refreshing. The smell was the best part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 16:43:47 | More by Guitarctica
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a black body with a small, tan head with ok retention overall and some lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A very malty smell with some bready undertones. Nothing overly impressive.

T: A sweet, juice taste with no malt character or roasted notes. Seemed like this beer still needed to be fermented.

M: A fairly light and watery mouthfeel overall that was nothing too impressive.

D: A not too drinkable beer overall. Seemed a little too sweet and not fermented. The carbonation that was evident felt like it was added later and not even partially developed naturally. Not a very impressive beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 02:37:44 | More by maddogruss
Photo of kimcgolf


2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn’t get much aroma. Poured from a bottle, color was was dark brown/black with hint of red at bottom. Slight chocolate and malt taste, and okay finish, although it tasted a little watery. Not bad, but just an average beer where nothing really jumped out at me.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 11:53:38 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of dancinwillie


2.55/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not quite black, more of a deep deep brown. Light cocoa colored head, which dissipates quickly.

Not picking up much of an aroma. Light roasted grains, and some random sweetness.

Saccharin sweet, tastes a bit artificial. Not too bad, but then again, that's really not a compliment is it? Some good hopping helps balance out the sweetness. Honestly, this isn't an offensive beer really, but it's very limited in taste. Sweet and hoppy could have been my entire taste entry.

High carbonation, very lively. Light bodied character. Yep, that's about all I can say here.

I will only be drinking this beer again because I purchased a sixer. I will not buy another. It's not that it's awful, because it's not. If I opened a brewpub today and this was my first beer served, I would be happy to have it as a starting point. Then I would make it better. Not for me. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:48:18 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a dark, dank brown, flashing deep ruby at the borders. Two fingers of thin light brown head shrink away quickly to a foamy tan puddle. Vertical veins of lacing descend down the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a bittersweet spike of roasted malt juts out, along with the dry bitter bite of very indistinct hops.

Upon sipping, as surprisingly thin but virtually cloying dark malt sweetness morphs promptly into a muted vinegary sourness on the sides of the tongue. A syrupy sugar river runs through the center, never really swerving until a flat, plastic off-note partners with it at the finish. Simply, it's saccharin, and devoid of much else.

Medium bdoied, the dense sweetness clings stickily, like cloying, tongue-numbing napalm. With this flavor profile, that's not so good.

It's the deep clingy sweetness of rich roasted malt along with....nothing else. the flavor is one-dimensional, it cloys almost bitingly, and ity gives no reason to return for more. It's a dessert all by itself, and not an especially good one. I happen to love Brazilian cuisine, but if this is any indicator, I won't be matching it to any Brazilian beers. I can't believe they drink a lot of this during Carnival, but if they do, I'm staying home. Well, I'm not going anyway, but you know what I mean.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 15:42:49 | More by Foxman
Photo of shadow1961


2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Xingu Black Beer (Brazil) pours a lofty tan head over a black brew (though it's rosy
up to the light). Carbonation is hard to gague, and the nose is just a bit of light barley
malt. The flavor is better than the nose lets on- a bit of sweetish molasses up front with
a ghost of hop in the finish. Pretty one dimensional. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Frankly,
something this dark should have a little more going on than this does. By all means, if
it's on sale, get a sixer if you're gonna mow the lawn, but there's nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 06:55:04 | More by shadow1961
Photo of JDV


2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light black, slightly less than opaque color. Smell is light skunky roasted malt with a hint of chocolateyness. Taste is sweet, sweet roasty malt, with more body than most schwarzbiers. Maybe a touch sweeter than necessary and consequently a bit cloying. May try again some day.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 18:21:48 | More by JDV
Photo of schellsbeer


2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 03:42:22 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of LittleDon


2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black and opaque, mild carbonation with little head retention. Cooked corn aroma. Slightly sweet middle progressing to an even sweeter finish. Some tartness in the end (?) Very under hopped. Medium body. Tastes like a slightly sweeter version of an American adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:14:08 | More by LittleDon
Photo of Hhawk06


2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pour, I had a tough time picking up the aroma. Is it somewhat roasty or sweet? Tough to tell, too faint. Otherwise, its a beautiful looking beer. Big fluffy tan head that leaves tremendous lace and a nice opaque black body. The mouthfeel is smooth but still full. The taste can best be described as interesting. I would say its mostly caramelish, but at the same time it has a dull cola taste as an overtone. This is definitely more malty than anything. It finishes very sweetly, kind of like a candy residue. Its not the greatest brew, and I probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 01:21:27 | More by Hhawk06
Photo of echdk3


2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A_Black, opaque color, brown and still head, not very lively but otherwise pleasing. Nice lacing

S_Not very pungent. Slightly one-dimensional woody notes

T_Soil, charcoal, clean aftertaste. A little boring

M_Medium carbonation, medium-late body

D_Easy to drink taste disappears quickly

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 05:10:50 | More by echdk3
Photo of semihobo


2.42/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a recently purchased pack, no freshness date.

Pours with a syrupy mocha head that has okay staying power and good lacing. Very close to black with brown highlights on the edges, as to be expected.

Slightly burnt, sour smell, not overpoweringly roasted. Hops are detectable and piney. Some honey.

Coffee mixed with Pepsi. Surprisingly sweet, still some gentle roasted flavors but nothing burnt, just toasted. Hops are minty, not very bitter.

Creamy mouthfeel but slightly undercarbonated.

It's okay, sugar is the main flavor... I would like a bit more roasted malt and hops, this is unbalanced. This tastes like it didn't finish fermenting. Not too bad though... Would be good as an after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 23:43:13 | More by semihobo
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased as a stray single for $1.09 from the Wine House in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown; rocky, half-inch, cocoa-brown head; one-inch head with a rough pour; not much in the way of lacing or head retention.

Aroma: Faintly of molasses and roasted malt.

Taste: Mildly sweet; firm notes of black licorice, roasted malt and molasses; mild bitterness; faint hint of smoke; thin, watery mouthfeel.

Notes: Flavor profile turns me off; cloying black licorice qualities; can't say I'm a huge fan of black beers, but have certainly had tastier interpretations of the style; poured a third of this down the sink.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 06:01:39 | More by Mustard
Photo of gmfessen


2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 02:58:41 | More by gmfessen
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brownish black with a foamy tan head. Aroma is ubersweet coffee, caramel, and fermenting fruits (that last bit adds a dimension of sourness). Flavor is sugary with caramel and an almost milky note to go with roasted and slightly acidic malts and an aspiriny finish. Saccharine and astringent. No, I mean those words as nouns, not adjectives. Literally tastes like it was made with Sweet-n-Lo and facewash. At first I thought the most objectionable aspect to this beer was the unrelenting syrupiness but now I'm thinking it has to be the gross finish. Total NSAID bomb.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 09:49:57 | More by illidurit
Photo of TWHartman


2.39/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A- pours a dark deep blackish red with tan head. Retention is pretty good.

S- hints of caramel, cola, smells sweet. I can already tell there are a lot of adjuncts in this. Probably Rapidura sugar judging off smell and country of origin. Faint smell of wet socks too...

T- little to no hop bitterness, very sweet with a molasses finish

M- this is surprisingly attenuated for how sweet it is, probably due to the high use of adjuncts

O- Looks pretty good. Smells, tastes and makes me feel like poop.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 17:43:20 | More by TWHartman
Photo of sleepingbear


2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 09:07:00 | More by sleepingbear
Photo of pio


2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

dark ruby body with big bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass-med activity. no haze. light brown rapidly deflated head, dies to a ring and that's all, no lace.
only a wafer of a malty scent, weak scent.
malt leads mostly weak and watery flavor. comes off the palate like soda pop. the carbonation is like pepsi so if you like that sort of feel it may be drinkable to you. i didn't think it was any good.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 23:58:45 | More by pio
Photo of drperm


2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This dark beer (I love dark beer!) is just not my style, I guess.It's right up there with those lesser stouts from Finland and Poland, the ones that are akin to automobile sludge. There are too many excellent opaque beers (ale OR lager) to waste time with this one. It's not horrible, but simply sitting there and not doing anything does not a good beer make.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 17:13:39 | More by drperm
Photo of Naes

New York

2.28/5  rDev -34.7%
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
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.