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Xingu Black Beer - Cervejaria Sul Brasileira

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Ratings: 985
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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Photo of julian89


3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's been a while since I've had one of these. One of my co-workers at Hop City said it was one of the better South American beers.
Bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Pours a syrup black color with a good cacao color head. Minimal lacing and a little legging.

Smell: Smells of dark malt, roasted cacao, plums, and licorice.

Taste: It's a very sweet start. I mainly taste cola with a sweet candy licorice finish. It's almost as if you made a cola into a beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a very light and smooth schwarzbier. Decent and very drinkable, but almost like a soda to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:43:52 | More by julian89
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - very dark brownish black; quarter of an inch of brown, soft, loose head; good retention

S - faint roast, faint chocolate; apples

T - apples, very faint roasted malts, musty, grainy, yeasty, mildly bitter, grassy in the finish

M - smooth, lightly carbonated, medium bodied

Well, it looks the part but it falls short on flavor. The apple-like, acetaldehyde off flavor is overwhelming and the roasted malt character is underwhelming. Overall, it's not worth a try unless, like me, you just want to try your first beer from Brazil.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 22:05:05 | More by tdm168
Photo of beertunes


2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured mostly black with some translucence on the edges, and just had a thin cap of tan head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aroma was pretty neutral, a bit on the malty side and a very soft amount of hops. The flavors featured the same notes, sweet maltiness and gentle hopping.

The body was mostly clean and crisp, but did have a bit of a sticky finish. Drinkability was good, but I tend to like this style. Overall, a fairly average example of the style, worth a shot if you see it or if (like me) you need to tick Brazil off your countries list.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 19:19:13 | More by beertunes
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that doesn't want to retain much before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a large patch of surface foam. Halfway decent lacing.

S- Cocoa, some glass aroma and a bit of a booze fume.

T- Very unoffensive roasted malt that goes down easy. Can't detect much smoke since it's classified as a Schwarzbier. Slight hop twinge but nothing too intrusive. Booze isn't as heavy as in the aroma. Trace amounts of oxidation.

M- Full but not heavy at all, if that makes sense. Medium carbonation.

O- The low alcohol and neutral nature makes this a very quaffable dark beer. I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't usually enjoy stouts, porters, etc. Nothing too exciting, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:49:26 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a dark black with plenty of small bubbles rushing to the rocky, tan, two-finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several intricate splotches of lacing.

S - A bit of musty cereal grains and that's about it. Not a good start.

T - Roasted grains upfront. The body is somewhat roasted and slightly chocolaty with enough of earthy hop notes for balance. Relatively smooth, lightly charred dark chocolate finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Works fine for this beer.

Despite smelling like a stale american macro, Xingu turned out to be a decent, but forgettable Schwarzbier. I probably won't pick this up again in the states, but would consider buying it as a solid drinker this summer if I can find it in Ecuador.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 05:58:12 | More by Bockrules
Photo of TheBigE5


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Very little head. Completely opaque black.

S - Roasted malts very apparent in the nose but there is a sweetness right at first from dark fruits.

T - All of the flavors mentioned in the nose.

M - Thick mouthfeel but not as creamy as i expected. Smooth with nearly zero carbonation.

O - Interesting and unique beer but nothing pops out to me as excellent. I bet this review would change for the better if i had it on tap in Rio.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 15:59:44 | More by TheBigE5
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Dark brown coming out of the bottle, but near black and nearly opaque in the glass. Nice looking 1-finger tan head dissipates quickly leaving a minimal top coat and lacing.

Aroma: quite mild but spicier than expected, leaving the impression of hops and medium-roasted barley.

T: not very good as it first hits the tongue, but this is soon replaced by a well-balanced, if rather simple, flavor of medium and dark malts tinged with a spiciness from hops or something else. No smoke or burnt qualities. Approaches 4.

M: super smooth despite a slightly aggressive level of carbonation. Medium+ body.

O: An enjoyable and very drinkable black beer with a fine mouthfeel but a weak aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:12:23 | More by chinchill
Photo of TechTriumph


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 02/22/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Less than 1/2" of tan carbonated head that doesn't last long; Very dark brown in color with just a little garnet glow when held to the light; Few spots of lacing left in the glass

S - Pretty faint aroma overall; Notes of sweet caramel, raspberry-like fruits, leafy hops, and just a bit of chocolate

T - Much like the aroma, but with more presence; Flavors include sweet caramel, raspberry-like fruits, leafy hops, and a bit more chocolate than the smell, especially in the finish; The taste seems a bit watered down

M - Tons of zesty and slightly burning carbonation; Light bodied; Behind all of the sharp carbonation, the beer has a somewhat smooth mouthfeel

O - I thought this was a solid schwarzbier that fits right in the middle of the pack for the style. No quality of this beer really stood out, but the flavor was pleasant and light enough to allow for enjoyment in numbers. Although this brew wouldn't be my preference for the style, I still think it's worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 15:13:25 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of msarver16


2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Pour leaves a one inch head which quickly fades with little to no lacing.

Smells like...almost nothing. Faint hints of coffee-ish dark malt.

Tastes like...very similar to the nose. Super super light. I like schwarzbiers for their light but roasty profile, but this is incredibly light. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and bud light.

Overall mouthfeel was OK. Average carbonation, nothing offensive at all, nothing that impresses either.

I did not really enjoy this beer, just came up short for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:52:03 | More by msarver16
Photo of Jimmys


3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown body. frothy head is light brown. retention is minimal and lacing is average.

S: the malt is there, but not nearly as aggressive as one would expect from this dark body. clean lager-like aromas mellow out any sharp sweetness or roast.

T: vanilla mixes with sweet unfermented roasty sugars. a little bit of marshmallow. not getting too much distinctive hop flavor, however the grain seems to be balanced nicely. finish is sweet.

M: the body is a bit silky which i found a little surprising for a lager, however i enjoy it. medium bodied.

D: really enjoyable brew. i find this mostly malt-centric, but it is certainly not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:35:38 | More by Jimmys
Photo of kemoarps


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So... The dude at one of the 'beer' stores in town (if you've been to lubbock you understand the quotation marks around that) suggested I try this, and I figured why the hell not.

It pours a rich dark... somewhere between mahogany and black. It's a pretty colour. Middling head, that fades, leaving minimal lacing as I sip.

The nose is... It's actually kind of hard to pin down exactly what the flavours I'm getting here are. There's certainly a burning maltiness to it, somewhere between sweet and black. Some sort of vegetation underlying it, but I can't quite decide what. Unique (at least through my experience)

The taste follows suit. It tastes... sweet and black. But not like sweet in a sugary sweet way per se, again difficult for me to place exactly. There's certainly some caramel in there, some burnt malt notes, and almost a twist of sour in there. I'm having a hard time pinning this one down. It is certainly unique.

Not quite as smoothe as the appearance might suggest, but certainly drinkable. Thinner than my instincts expected from a beer this colour.
This is a different beer. It's not bad by any means, though I probably wouldn't kick any of my current regulars out to make room for it in the rotation. Certainly worth checking out if you are looking to explore a little bit. The comparisons on here tend to be to a black lager, and I definitely see that. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:56:38 | More by kemoarps
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xingu has a fairly thin, beige head and a very dark brown appearance, with lighter brown around the edges, some lacing, and a good number of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of dark-roasted malts and grain husks. Taste is of dark-roasted malt, grain husk, hints of chocolate and coffee, and it has a nice cream or cafe-au-lait aspect to it. Mouthfeel is medium, and Xingu finishes refreshing and somewhat dry. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I highly recommend it.


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 15:43:44 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of powellmg


2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black and shiny (really--like liquid glass). I poured directly into the middle of the glass and barely got a head at all, with the little, tan foam that did appear gone quickly. Subtle aroma of dried fruits, surprisingly no roasted notes. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and a taste of burnt molasses.

I'm glad to have tried a Brazilian beer for the first time, though there was nothing about this one to commend another.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:41:22 | More by powellmg
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours black, letting just a bit of light come through. Small fan head with good lacing.

S- light black malt, tobacco, grass, a bit of forrest floor.

T- light black malt characteristics followed by a light chocolate undertone. Faint trace of hops and lightly sour. Finishes light both just a bit of a malty linger

M- light bodied and quite thin. Your senses tend to make you automatically expect a heavier body because of the dark color, but this one is about as thin as a lager. Carbonation seems a little too low as well, as I would like a bit more crispness.

O- My first beer from Brazil. Interesting to switch it up a bit from the norm. It reminds me of a black lager, and I liked it better than Guinness black lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 19:29:33 | More by Treyliff
Photo of ackleydg


3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nearly opaque brown in my pint glass, but very evident red tint. Moderate, light brown head fades quickly. I could go for more head retention.

S - Very clean aroma. Most noticeable characteristic is sweet malty notes. Essentially no hop or yeast aromas. A little hop aroma would be nice, in my opinion.

T - Immediate caramel sweetness on the tongue. A hint of chocolate (not burnt) with a lingering bitterness in the back of the mouth. Noble hop bitterness is a little hard to find. Aftertaste seems more sweet than dry.

M - Light in body, crisp with prickly carbonation.

Overall, an acceptable representation of the style. Not stellar, but enjoyable. A good intro to dark beers for someone that's not into stouts yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:18:20 | More by ackleydg
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker


3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, unreadable stamping on cap, poured into a flute.

A: Poured a nice tan one fingered head. Blackness with dark red shading on its edges, great lacing appears.

S: Nice dark malts appear, but its the grassiness that makes this beer interesting. This carries a familiar smell that isn't a beer, but I simply can't place it. It smells like a fountain drink.

T: The taste dominantly grassy. A slight coffee taste comes towards the end and lingers with its grassy taste.

M: The carbonation definitely feels strong with the body being moderate. This oddly almost feels like a fountain drink.

O: I don't know if I could place a grassy taste as a must try. This was a different taste, but I doubt I will try this again. Not horrible, but not too much enjoyable either. It's smooth and more made for an inexperienced drinker to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 07:37:36 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
Photo of madeofsteel


3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip, pours pitch black. It took a fairly aggressive pour to yield a finger's worth of chocolate looking head, some decent patchy lacing but no retention.

S - Very mellow, warm roasty malts. Pretty faint smell really.

T - Taste is pretty much the same. Very tame coffee flavor, mild bitterness near the end on the side of the tongue.

M - Very drinkable, fizzy carbonation, smooth finish.

O - I expected this be a little more bold with its flavors, considering how dark it is and all. It's not a bad beer, just underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 21:10:52 | More by madeofsteel
Photo of Lemke10


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

I bought a single 12oz bottle of this from Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $2.29 in Fall 2011.

Pours a very dark brown/black with a slight light brown head. Scent has sweet carmel malts and sugars. Taste has a good mixture of sweet carmel malts and robust malts. Flavor is bold and has a decent texture but the finish is a little dry with a little bit of a chalky after taste. A rather interesting version of a schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 19:14:55 | More by Lemke10
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a coffee black with maybe a hint of brown through the light. The dark cream colored head dissipates quickly, leaving nothing. Random, but minimal lacing. Smells of roasted malts, and that's about it. This beer tastes good. Roasted malts and subdued coffee, and it's really sweet. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very drinkable.

Overall, this beer is highly drinkable. I think it lacks body and a more bold coffee taste that i hoped to find, but either way I like this beer from Brazil.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 19:46:41 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Kostritzer glass, since it is a schwarzbier in name. Let's see if it's that in execution or if the brewers of this beer need to be executed.

It certainly looks like a schwarzbier. It's really dark in color with ruddy highlights and a beige head on top that rose to a good 2" before settling down and retaining at 1/2". Good start.

Sweet, slightly roasted malts with some German "Noble" hops attempting to balance and doing a decent job. Lager yeast notes are evident. A little too sweet.

The style guide says that the malts can exhibit a "rich, sweet, Munich-like intensity." Yes, this does seem to have a similar flavor to as an Oktoberfest, so this fits the bill. The hops are mostly overwhelmed by the hops and the roast isn't strong enough to give off much bitterness. A touch of chocolate is nice, but a stone fruit-like ester presence is points off as is the lack of hops or roast bitterness.

The mouthfeel however is pretty spot on. This beer is refreshing and crisp with a body that is on the light side of medium. It might be just slightly too light.

My buddy and I used to refer to this beer as "Amazon swamp water", but that's before I really knew much about the different styles out there. This is really not a horrible effort to mimic a German style, especially coming out of Brazil.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:55:33 | More by Naugros
Photo of Hojaminbag


2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Xingu is a beer I never bothered to try until it caught my attention on the menu at a nice restaurant. The body is black and the head is a light tan color that doesn't hang around very long and leaves maybe one speck of lacing on my glass.

The aroma is of weak coffee and black malts.

This one has lots of black malt, and notes of both chocolate and roasted malt. The roasted malt is definitely more prominent than the chocolate, as the chocolate is quite understated. The flavor is definitely better than the aroma, but overall the beer has a watered-down quality to it.

Very thin mouthfeel, despite the fact that the carbonation is a tick under where I would like it to be.

Well, Xingu and I have now crossed paths once, and I don't see it happening very often in the future. Not terrible, but kind of bland overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 16:38:44 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of morebeergood


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I ate dinner tonight with my wife at Blue Inc. downtown this evening, and I ordered a Xingu because I don't often see that on a menu. Price was $5 for a bottle. Served into a standard pint glass. Dark brown color, with very little head or lacing. Somewhat dull to look at. Smell was also very lackluster, with just mild notes of coffee and wood. Taste was a redeeming factor, as it was not too bad. Had some rich flavor of chocolate and dark malt. Pleasantly surprised here. But the mouthfeel was another area that could improve. It was smooth and enjoyable, but had a somewhat slick aftertaste that I couldn't overlook. In the end, it's much better than I expected from a brewery in Brazil, but it doesn't hold its own against other schwarbiers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 04:46:35 | More by morebeergood
Photo of scratch69


4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with some red highlights when held up to the light. Thin tan head that disappears quickly. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Caramel with a bit of chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malts with a hint of caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth and creamy feel.

Overall- Pretty good beer. Very drinkable, not strongly flavored like most stouts and porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 00:59:08 | More by scratch69
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my co-workers recommended this beer as a very high end craft opportunity. I poured this into a pint glass, and wow, this beer was really dark. You can't see light through it.

The foam was minimal. You get a tiny ring around the glass.

The smell includes tobacco and roasted malt. I also get the grassiness typical to lager.

It tastes like a heavier lager. I get some funk and grass in the flavor. There is some malt in each drink as well. Surprisingly, I didn't get any coffee in this beer.

It was an interesting experience, but I really wouldn't suggest going out of your way to find this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:49:00 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of bobhits


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well black beer pours black, mind you when held to light some red hues break though so this isn’t the deepest or darkest. There’s a thin head that forms, but in the time to type this it is all but gone.

Chocolate and caramel malt turning to a nice vanilla cream finish. Really nice malty finish here, no hops to be noticed.

Rich dark malts and fruity finishes of hops. Chocolate, caramel, malts are balanced well with a good hop finish, but there seems to be an aged or light amount of them that balances things nicely.

Really easy to drink, a touch under carbonated but the alcohol is non existent.

I’ve always associated the darker malts with sipping high abv beers, but this one like Sam Adams Black Lager shows that the darker flavors can work perfectly in a lower abv beer. I have to say this is good stuff. I’m not sure when I’d seek out a black ale that drinks this well but if dark chocolate and caramel malt with some fruity hops to finish it is what you want but the high abv and a Russian imperial is too much, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:29:27 | More by bobhits
Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
79 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.