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Eisenbahn Pale Ale | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn Pale AleEisenbahn Pale Ale

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Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eisenbahn Pale Ale is a Belgian styled beer of amber color, heavier mouthfeel and bitterness and with an abv of 4.8%. This beer is one of the few Brazilian Pale Ales - A rare joy among beer enthusiasts.

Added by soper2000 on 08-30-2004

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear light gold with a nice off-white head and great carbonation. Yeast banana and clove Bavarian Hefeweizen aroma and flavor. Has some nice bubblegum characteristics. Medium bodied for the low ABV ... creamy and smooth with a yeasty yet grainy finish.

A nice Brazilian Bavarian brew from an otherwise average BOM club !!

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Photo of soper2000
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Best Brazilian microbrew yet. Eisenbahn is a microbrewery from Santa Catarina in the south of the country and it's current brewmaster was schooled at Weihenstephaner in Germany. The beer pours a beautiful golden orange color with a frothy white head. Floral aromas dominate. Could have been the environment, but this is one of the best smelling Pale Ales that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Taste is also floral backed by a weak malt finish, a little bit of yeast is also present. Although I expected a stronger ABV, this is a very solid beer. (note I enjoyed this at room temperature instead of the normal Brazilian way of serving beer 0 degrees Celsius. If you're in Brazil and see this on the menu, order without hesitation! My favorite Brazilian beer that I've sampled. Maybe we'll get some imported in the future.
BTW - Eisenbahn has a brewer on this site, he can be beermailed under the name jumendes

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Photo of willer
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Beautiful golden copper color with a nice creamy withe head.

Smell - Sweet malt and fruity character.

Taste - Sweet malt with a mediun bitterness and a dry finish.

Mouthfell - Medium body, low carbonation and alcohol warmy.

Drinkability - Balanced, a beer to be drinked everyday.

Notes: The best brazilian pale ale available!

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Photo of rousee
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Eisenbahn--South America's Craft Brewery it says on the label. I had no idea what to expect on this but since I had never seen it before, it was definitely worth a try.

Appearance is gold-amber --nice lush head of 1 inch--diminishes quickly. Holds a good amount of foam on the top of the beer. Very nice lace remains all around.

Smell is fairly mild. There is some malty sugary type smell maybe even brown sugar or a hint of maple. Also some floral character too. Nothing too strong.

Extremely pleasant taste. It fits the pale ale description well but definitely has the Belgian characteristic effervescence but its actually a little more subdued than you would find in a Belgian pale.

Pleasant mouthfeel --very quenching-not syrupy and not too dry. Perfect carbonation level. Extremely drinkable. I may have to go back to the store I got this from and buy the rest of their stock.

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Photo of Malpa
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As many who know can attest the craft beer here in Brazil is still finding itself, but this is a really tasty and unique Pale Ale.

It's appearance, as previously mentioned, is a unique orange color. The head is very strong at first and the reduces down to a nice and even, thin, head.

I don't quite have the verbage for describing the smell, but it doesn't have quite an in your face aroma like other Pale Ales I've had (Bell's of Michigan, Arcadia of Michigan).

The taste is a little tamer than some of the sharper Pale Ale's I have had.

The mouthfeel is not too carbonated and not too flat. There seems to be the right balance between the too. The alcohol doesn't make it's presence too well known so it's easier on the tounge a bit.

It is a definately quaffable beer. Comparitively speaking between your choices here in Brazil, Eisenbahn's Pale Ale might be the only Pale Ale, but even if it were not I believe I would (and will) keep coming back for more.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of AdvocateFan
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice write up on these guys can be found at (by soper2000): http://www.beeradvocate.com/news/stories_read/635/

8/2/05: Sample sent directly from the brewery in South America, direct from Juliano Mendes himself. It looks like this and their Dunkel will be distributed by Shelton Brothers soon (if they haven't already launched them). The Pale Ale will carry the name: Eisenbahn SAPA (or South American Pale Ale) and the Dunkel will be known as Eisenbahn Escura (aka Brazilian Dark Lager), according to my sources...

I was expecting a German or English style Pale Ale. Was hit by a bunch of unexpected things...

Ap: Clear copper, off-white head begins big and pillowy, fades to thin lace rather quickly, leaving a great lace upon decay. Ample carbonation moves through the glass, appears slightly restrained, as if the brew is a bit thick.

Ar: Absolutely unexpected Belgian yeastiness leaps out. This pale smells like a witbier or fruity hefeweizen. Big bubblegum notes, smells a bit like candied banana bread. Slight phenolic twinge as well. No hops on the nose. A major departure from the US Pale Ale. Some farmhouse-style horse-like character in there as well.

T: Some candy-like sweet notes, Belgian yeast tastes, banana, cloves, and a real horsiness, similar to a farmhouse ale. Some off, phenolic flavors as a detractor, but overall, interesting. A bit smoky toward the back. Fairly thick mouthfeel, with a syrupy feel and note.

F: More sour than bitter, but this is restrained. The sweetness becomes a bit cloying, and the finish is a mix of sweetness, cereal graininess, horsiness, smokiness and yeastiness.

Misc: A South American beer brewed in strict accordance with the Reinheitsgebot of 1516? It would seem so, but this sucker is more Belgian than German. Per the article referenced above, it's brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, which is evident in the flavor. An interesting beer, not what I expected from a Brazilian beer. Hats off for going the old-school European route with their beers!

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Photo of Gritsak
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- hazy golden copper with a nice fluffy offwhite head that settles to a thick film and laces well.

S- strong fruit and yeast aroma. very similar to some hefe's ive had.

T- sweet apricot, malt, yeast, spices.

M- smooth with little carbonation, if any.

D- balanced and easy to drink.

overall- i got this as part of a beer of the month club i recieved as a birthday present. i had never heard of this company and was suprised at how good this beer was. only thing i would change is maybe a little more carbonation.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Selection of the beer-of-the-month club. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with massive white head. Smell is magnificient with yeast, bananas, and much spiciness found. Taste brings forth more spiciness and banana notes. Taste is similar to a Hefeweizen. Nice Belgian finish and a great ending to a good beer. Great beer.

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Photo of brdc
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was bought and almost immediately consumed quite fresh, while in Brazil. The label initially gave me the impression this was an american pale ale for whatever reason, which clearly is not.
Dark golden with reddish highlights, a head on the small side with good retention and average lacing. The aroma is the first hint this is not an american pale ale; it is closer to a belgian as it is classified here; fruity and malty on the nose, a pleasant medium body that opens into a fairly sweet malty note, evolving into a fruitiness with an occasional bitter kick, all the while maitaining heavier fruity and sweet notes.
Not very complex but quite pleasant, highly drinkable, another nice find from this brewery.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Monks
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanLowery
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Scarpin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of estevaom
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CesarLopes
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this while in Brazil, at a decent wine, beer, and liquor shop in the downtown area of Larajeiras, Vitoria, E.S.

Pasty white fizzy head of about a finger rises and fades semi quickly over mostly clear golden orange colored beer.

Nose has some light hops, hint of citrus and grassy hops, light malts, and a golden ale like aroma, light and crisp, with a slight cheap lager aroma too.

Taste is fairly light, very crisp and drinkable, a nice refreshing ale taste, a nice Belgian pale ale malty flavor, light Belgian yeast, some light mild grassy hops and a bit of earth, light fruits, with a slight bready malt flavor too. Finishes with some bitterness, a bit of lingering grassy hops, some light malts, and fairly dry and crisp.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, sessionable, a nice dry finish, and goes down very smooth and crisp. This is the best beer so far I've had from Brazil. The nose gets a little extra loss from a light cheap lager aroma, which I'm starting to think might be the water, but otherwise I could really drink this one, even in the crazy heat down there.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this South American beer, as I was expecting a lot less. Poured to a golden orange, with good carbonation and a thick foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Nose was a nice mix of malty sweet and hoppy fruit. Mouthfeel was full and the malts and hops worked together for slightly bittersweet sensation. Taste was well rounded and the finish smooth along.

Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of matuto
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

350 ml bottle (exp. 08/2016) in a Leffe tulip. Great beer, specially for that price. It tastes and feel much better when warmer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mulligan's Irish Pub in Porto Alegre, Brazil. On to the beer:

The head is creamy, thick, and rich on top this hazy gold body. Could it be fools gold? The nose gets a phenolic kick to it. Yep, this is Belgian inspired. Taste like it is too. Actually, I didn't like the taste much as first because I was expecting something sweet and fruity. Instead, I got a lighter imitation of Orval. That means very dry with an echo of apricots, some notes of soap. Then it goes bitter before going sour and acidic.

Somewhat of an acquired taste becasue of the Belgian yeast. Worth trying out. Also known as S.A.P.A. in the United States market.

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Photo of celio7x
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try the Eisenbahn Pale Ale at Figuera Restaurant in Sao Paulo. This was a good beer. The appearance was clear copper color with decent carbonation that provided a thin white head that lasted through the beer. The smell was ok, hops were subtle but noticable. The taste was a smooth lightly hopped ale which finished off the pallet very clean. The mouthfeel was very good, this is definitely a session ale.

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Photo of ironyisoverrated
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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