Eisenbahn Pilsen | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eisenbahn Pilsen is a clean pure type of Lager, softly bitter and with a medium abv (4.8%). Golden in coler, it brings the true flavor of all malt beer to every glass. Its principle characteristics are the purity, transparency, and flavor which can't be compared to other Brazilian "pilsners."

Added by soper2000 on 08-30-2004

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by tjd25:
Photo of tjd25
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thin but not too quickly fading head on a pale yellow color body, hazy for the style. Both the smell and the taste are quite fruity and malty with a light graininess and a sweet caramelized aspect. Round and enjoyable- but thin- mouthfeel. The hoppiness, round itself, is quite low for a pilsner, but the beer overall is quite decent. The aftertaste gets a little chewy and floury.

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Photo of soper2000
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eisenbahn is a microbrewery from Santa Catarina in the south of the country and it's current brewmaster was schooled at Weihenstephaner in Germany. Sampled at room temperature (my preference). Pours a nice golden color with a rather large white head that subsides fairly quickly. A semi-sweeet aroma is detected. Taste is fairly clean before finishing off slightly bitter. Not overwhelmingly spicy or hoppy. A decent beer just not my favorite style. Worth a try if you can find it though.

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Photo of srbcurti
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of errantnight
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid German pils.

Served a bit too cold, but what can you do? At least I'm close to the source (Canvas, at the Hilton Hotel in Sao Paulo), and it's served out of a Eisenbahn pilsner tulip.

Nice malty backbone, a bit grainy. Poured with a thin, sparkling, rich gold, with a thin head that disappeared rather quickly, but stuck around at the fringes just enough, and a shocking amount of lacing considering the thin-ness.

Spicy noble hop notes with a dry finish. Medium bodied and just lightly sweet.

Eminently drinkable.

Much better than the macro lagers common to the region... I'd go back for more.

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Photo of vhmf1978
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of HabiMendes
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of jamesroses
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

350ml can

appearance: clear golden, almost no head, little carbonation.

smell: light pale malts and grassy hops. Pretty weak.

taste: same as the smell with a touch of grainy sweetness.

mouthfeel: light although not watery.

overall: lacks character.

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Photo of Flavio_Gama
3.12/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Beeryce
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle.

A nice foamy, airy off-white head with a deep, rich golden color not found in the Macro pilsens of Brazil. The beer is crystal clear, the trademark of the style, as is the moderately high carbonation. Head retention is low as is laceing.

The nose is much more pronounced than any other Brazilian Pilsen I have tried; and I have tried almost everyone, be it Macro or Micro. Still, the nose is sub par for the Pilsner style, which has a very distinct aroma to the hop characteristic of the nose. I attribute this to Brazilians dislike for the bitter characteristic of hops. Many hoppy styles are dulled down to suit consumer taste at the expense of flavor and style tradition. This also causes there to be little head retention and very little lacing left behind.

There is hoppiness in the nose with a pale malt aroma in the background. The hop aroma is a mixture of floral and citrus, with the floral dominating and mixing well with the malt. There is some subdued spicey, citrusy fruitiness to the nose provided by the Noble hops, however this is not as strong as in its Bavarian brothers. The malt is discernable as a mix of Pale and Crystal in both nose and taste, as they are light but marked, crisp and light.

The flavor is much more complex and stronger than its Brazilian counterparts, as well as much more true to the Pilsner or Pilsen style. There is a discernable hoppiness to the flavor that is lacking in the rest of the Pilsens of Brazil. As mentioned before consumer preference has a big influence, but I also believe that the price of noble hops, such as the characteristic Saaz, factor into the equation.

There is a nice marked malty sweetness in the body, which is quickly and exquisitely balanced by bitter hoppiness with some great spice from the noble hops. This spiced hoppiness dominates the finish, but fades into a balanced but malty aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is very good with a slight heft reminding the mouth of the superior ingredients, but not so much as to not match with the taste or the style of the beer.

Pure malted barley, no adjuncts, a traditional recipe and select ingredients combine to make this a good example of a Pilsner and the top example of the style in Brazil. In my opinion the Brazilian Macro Pilsens are just like Miller Lite, which is a Pilsner in name only. They have only the fact that they are clear Lagers that relate them to the style.

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Photo of dandy14
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JaimeLondon
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Monks
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Humbaz
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Etrusco
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Tarso
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of factoide
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of brdc
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one fresh, in Brazil.

It is a good looking golden brew, clear, with a good white head, that shows average retention.
Aroma is hoppy, but just lightly, along with grains that dominate the overall bland aroma. Fairly drinkable, it has the expected graininess on the palate, some crisp hoppiness, minimal sweetness.
Good, not great. Better than the average brazilian beer. A significant improvement on the local beer scene from years past.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Costi Bebidas in Porto Alegre - RS, on to the beer:

A semi-hazy yellow color with decent head and retention. Although this beer will not soak you palate with pure flavor, it's light in flavor and feel, but has no nasty off-flavors like a lot of Brazilian adjunct lagers. Grassy, herbal, floral, and somewhat sweet. Oh, and it's easy drinking too, so go ahead and bring this to a Brazilian beach because it beats the hell out of drinking Skol all the time.

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Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the Brazilian Railroad, let's see how it goes...

Pours a very clear, deep golden colour, quite pleasant with plenty of streaming carbonation forming a soft and frothy head of coarse-bubbled foam. Lacing isn't particularly sticky, but otherwise looks pretty good.

A little Euro hop fragrance on the nose, giving a slight resiny character which mingles with sweeter tones of soaked grains and fresh bread. The hops do provide a cut point, which is pleasant.

Taste is a little more bland, although it stays very clear without and husky grain or yeast characters. Light hop bite on the fore, and a slight phenolic bitterness mid palate, very little on the back which leaves it clean, but without much interest. Feel is clear, but it just accentuates how little there is on the palate.

It's not a bad beer - it's drinkable enough, and it doesn't have anything offensive to it, but I expect more character in a pils, and this ends up tasting a little too much like a bland pale lager.

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Photo of Luke-Brazil
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sarmento
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of FLima
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light golden color with one finger head with low retention.
Predominant aroma of floral and grassy hops and some pale malt.
Mild sweet malty flavor balanced by a spicy felling and floral hops.
Light body with medium carbonation.
A light well balanced beer, traditional and faithful to style. No off-flavors and pleasant, but it does not have a strong character, though I liked the spicy feeling. I found the other Eisenbahn more interesting, though this generally applies to the style.

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