Eisenbahn Vigorosa (Weizenbock) | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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Eisenbahn Vigorosa (Weizenbock)Eisenbahn Vigorosa (Weizenbock)

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Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of badbeer
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark amber color with an off-white head that retains well. Smell is very rich of caramel, various spices, dark fruit, and some clove. Burnt sugar and dark caramel sweetness greet the tongue, followed by perfect amount of spiciness (not spicy as in chili spicy, mind you), with a lingering sweet caramel finish with just a touch of banana. Carbonation is on the higher side, but not overpowering, it's just the right amount. Body is full, chewy, but not cloying; no discernable alcohol coming through. Truly an exceptional beer, I'm glad I decided to try it. I will be buying more of this and will be trying some of their other products.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a steamed glass the liquid is a cloudy dark brown with good carbonation. The head is medium, tan and leave some lace.

The smell is quite good an interesting zing of fresh peppery dark fruit with a touch of flowery rose peddles.

The taste is quite complex, dark fruit is quite zesty, some fresh baked dark rye or pumpernickel with pepper and some Herbes de Provence. Really outstanding Augusteiner himself would be quite impressed.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability of this brew is really quite outstanding in by book.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Eisenbahn. I've been very surprised with this small Brazilian brewery so far. Not quite Aventinus, but really, what is? Can't wait to try the bottle of Lust I also picked up.

The beer pours to a dark brown color with amber hues when held to the light. Fairly cloudy. A smallish off-white head forms, but disappears soon after the pour. Subsequently no lacing.

The smell is good. Lots of banana and bubblegum esters with a subtle clove. Also has a very nice chocolatey bock-like aroma with a hint of that trademark "muddiness." Very nice.

The taste is just as great as the nose. A fair bit of sweetness up front. The bubblegum esters are dominant along with some banana to a lesser degree. Hints of dark chocolatey malts. A bit of clove in the finish. No alcohol detected. Very clean with only a hint of a lager-ish flavor.

The body is medium to full with a decent creamy feel. Soft carbonation. Doesn't seem nearly as warming as Aventinus. A candy like finish lingers for quite some time. Very easy to drink. Great stuff. I would recommend it, among other beers from Eisenbahn.

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Photo of BRB1978
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleJ
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don´t know what `vigarosa´ means in Portuguese, but I had this weizenbock earlier tonight with my friend here in Brazil. 355 ml twist-off, on to the beer:

It´s a dark brown colored beer, almost nlike leather, topped by a large head that continues to say large and leaves lots of attractive lacing. Lots of banana bread in the nose. The nose is nicely spiced as well. A strong tasting beer, but the alcohol is hidden perfecty. Theré is a lot of banana, a touch of clove, topped with more banana bread. Goes down extremely easy for it´s size.

In short, an outstanding weizenbock. I don´t know how fresh it is in the states, but in Brazil, it is exceptional!

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definetly not what people would think of a typical beer from Brazil, it is very special. Pours a hazy reddish brown color, quite murky. Smells like sweet old fruit, sometimes not a good sign for me. Taste though, oh yeah, does taste like dried fruit like plums or apricots, slight alcohol hints in the background, but it is really tasty and not too fruity or overly sweet. This is a really nice beer that should get some massive distribution and a lot more attention not just from this site but the mass beer drinking public in general.

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Photo of rjlemos
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Brazilian weizenbock is one of the best things we have in the country nowadays. The Brazilian beer market was - and still is - dominated by pilsen type beers, which would be very suitable to the climate, frequently very hot, that would demand, in theory, light beers. But some people are changing this conception by introducing different types and styles of beer - often small breweries, like Eisenbahn, in Blumenau, south of Brazil, and Baden Baden, in a pleasant city upon the hills called Campos do Jordão, not far from Rio. The success of these high quality beers is leading the major breweries to produce and keep some new stuff, like weizenbiers, stouts and malt liquors. Things are getting better here.
But let's say what we have to say. This one was a good surprise for me. I was used to Eisenbahn's quality, but this one impressed me the most. A wonderful smell and taste, typical of wheat, fruity, intense, true perfume. The taste combines perfectly the richness of the wheat and the excellence of the toasted malt. The appearance is very good, yet the head could be a little more dense. It has a tremendous mouthfeel and a very good drinkability, besides its strength - 8%, which is not completely noticed in the very first moment.
Give a chance to brazilian beers, that´s what I would have to say.

A Brazilian hug for all,


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Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really a fabulous beer! Poured with a fine foamy head that settled down to a light cover. Nice filtered clear maghogany color. Decent body for the style. Intense but classic weizenbock aromas and flavors but with some booziness. Long finish. Good body for the style.

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Photo of Beeryce
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used a Weiss glass for this review which helped produce the nice light tan head of decent volume is creamy with fair stability, but produces little lacing. The color is deep amber and radiates a deep golden around the edges when held to light. There is great turbidity with a great yeasty haze. There are small wispy clouds of yeast concentrated in the bottom of the glass towards the end.

The very wonderful nose is diverse and complex, though this makes it somewhat indiscernible. Huge alcoholic and phenol notes up front, then dried dark stone fruits like dates, figs and prunes waft from the brew. There is also a sweet Carmel malitness behind the alcohol and musty fuitiness. A hay-like hop character, as well as a slight smokiness is distinguishable as the beer warms.

The taste is just as complex and diverse as the nose entails. The taste begins with a touch of alcohol, then caramelized sugar sweetness, before a nice bitter toasty and roasted malt character cuts in. The body is a balanced mix of roasty malt and raw wheat coupled with very slight citrus hop bitterness. There is an interesting herbal mintiness in an alcoholic finish that is reminiscent of dark spiced rum.

The flavors are varied and diverse, as with the nose, and like wise rather indiscernible; however the depth and intensity that is unbelievably amazing. Roasty and rich without loosening or masking the Hefe Weizen flavors of eastery yeasts, wheatiness and subtle banana. There is a great banana bread or even Bananada or Mariola taste to the body. The latter two are dark, dehydrated and compressed Banana products available here in Brazil that have a remarkable likeness to the flavor.

The rather high, 8.0% by volume, alcohol is very well hid, it is present in the finish and the aftertaste as an excellent accent to the array of flavors. I started to feel the alcohol both in warmth and in a slight buzz towards the end.

Moderate carbonation and thick, slightly oily mouthfeel match well with the Weizenbock style.

Very surprised at the drinkability of this beer on a hot day. I think of Weizenbocks as more cool weather beers, but this Brazilian beer can be drunk on a hot Brazilian day.

Eisenbahn uses 5 types of malt in the production of this beer and it really provides depth and complexity, with a different nuance of flavor revealed in every sip.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The brew is a lightly ambered deep tea color with a finger of off-white head that falls to a patchy coat of very large bubbles. Clarity is very good and there is a small stream of bubbles from the bottom. The nose is a little solventy sweet, with a very sweet banana, strong yeasty and lighter bready charater with a caramel sweetness playing in the background. I like the aroma on this one, even with the solventy sweetness in there. The flavor is very well blended with the yeasty softness and bready character being prevalent on the start, moving to a mild banana and very light raisin fruityness, and finishing with a bready and caramel maltyness. I enjoy the juxtoposition between the estery fruit and the bready and yeasty character. I think they play well together. Mouthfeel is chewy and moderate thick with a mild carbonation. The contrast between the lighter carbonation and the thickness of the body is good for this one. There is a mild drying character after taking a sip and it really hangs on the sides of my tongue. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one. The flavors and aromas are prevalent, but not obtrusive. I think the beer really blends together in all aspects. This one is nice.

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Photo of factoide
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BretSikkink
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with off white head. Looks like a consummate weizenbock.Head fluffs up right away, reduces in short order to chunks of foam scattered around my weizen glass. The aroma of this beer is not overwhelming, there's some wheatbeer yeast notes and darker fruit sweet aromas.

Great weizen flavors, some banana thickness in the mouth, raisin in the finish, clove flavors emerge. There's some caramel malt as well, the wheat is very present. Slight spicing and the warming 8% alcohol fit the weizenbock style perfectly.

This one didn't fill the mouth quite like the Aventinus, so I docked it for mouthfeel. In general, it is creamy and smoothly full. The wheat goes down very smooth. I absolutely love this style of beer, and this one is just fine.

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Photo of schiaveto
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-Dark brown with a good head (could be better), hazy as expected for a non-filtered beer. Eisenbahn should also improve the quality of their bottles and labels, in my opinion.
Rather malty than fruity. Good balance, toasted, caramel, spicy (cloves), and esters (banana, apple). Low bitterness, as expected for the style. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of Viggo
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Premier Gourmet!

Pours an opaque orange/brown, thin tan head forms, disappears to a thin ring really fast, some lace spots. Sweet, banana/clove bread, wheat, very malty, caramel, very fruity, bit of alcohol, smells pretty nice. Taste is very malty, sweet caramel, bit of clovey banana bread again, heavy caramel and spice finish, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, close to flat. Twist off bottle cap coming from Brazil = potential carbonation problem. More carbonation would help it but a pretty damn smooth and nice drinking Weizenbock.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute glass a hazy murky brown with a slight lemony yellow tinge a big blooming off white head that settles into a pillowy mass atop.Smokey clove and toasty malt in the nose with a hint of banana-like fruit,full near chewey mouthfeel but it still glides down very easily,starts out somewhat spicey and clovey with hints of smoke and brown sugar but its very light quite crisp and dry on the palate in the finish with a light banana flavor.This Brazilian brewery puts out some good stuff they know what they are doing this is another fine example.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy, cloudy milk-chocolate/caramel body. Average size head with okay retention.

Immediate reaction upon smelling this Brazilian-born German style beer was...Belgium! But I'm sure that's just due to its unfiltered nature and the yeast that comes along with it. Aromas are fresh-baked bread, caramel, banana, Nestle Quik.

Huge banana in the flavor, with accompanying slippery and chewy mouthfeel. Also a lactic flavor, all milk chocolate-y and dessert-like. Bread-like earthiness, but it all revolves around the slick banana flavor and feel, which is delicious, but hard to get away from. It dominates.

Overall this is really good. But it's heavy, reallys sticks to the mouth and stomach; good thing it's a regular 12 oz. bottle. So the drinkability seems a bit limited. Looking forward to trying this brewer's other offerings, all sent by msubulldog.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick and cloudy deep brown amber colour, with some bubbling head when provoked, but otherwise just a film of off-white bubbling. The thickness and the opaqueness of the body are very nice.

Big sweet weizen notes. More than a hint of banana, some sweet caramel and even a slight hint of booze. Very smooth, rich and very much like a weizenbock should be. Absolutely lovely.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, which is noticeable right from the start - a shame, and unexpected given the apparent thickness in the body. Taste is smooth, lacking a little of the rich and heavy sweetness I was expecting, but with some really pleasant light boozy phenols and a round deep weizen flavour.

A really good weizenbock. One of the best non-German examples I've had. Eisenbahn again show their skills in producing fine examples of classic styles.

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Photo of dnichols
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon. Poured it into a cooperative mug from Burge, Belgium.

A: Poured a murky reddish-brown hue with a very modest caramel head. The color of the liquid reminded me of a glass of water from the muddy Missouri river during spring run-off season. The closer the glass is held to backlighting a ruddy red emerges as the dominate hue. The head receded quickly leaving a thin cover over the liquid and a ring around the collar.

S: A slight aroma of toasted malts give a hint of chocolate and ripe bananas. There are whispers of plums and an assortment of passive spices. This beer is does not have a pronounced aroma…its subtle and sublime.

T: The subdued aroma does not give away the surprise I experienced when I took my first swig of this beer. The first sip burst with flavors of caramel, English licorice, plums, and a hint of alcohol. The malts and hops are well balanced making it a pleasure from start to finish.

M: Nice full bodied creamy brew without being heavy. Moderately carbonated; giving it a bit of zip. Smooth yet complex. Later in the glass I picked up a bit of dryness. It was not objectionable…rather it enticed me to grab the mug and liquefy my mouth.

D: I find this beer enjoyable. It has a lot of the positive characteristics of a Hefeweizen without being too heavy or overly fruity. I could easily kick back and enjoy several of these in one sitting.

Comment: This is my first Weizenbock. I am positive I will have many more if this is indicative of the style.

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Photo of dwren89
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with medium brown highlights, no head (probably from elevated ABV), murky from wheat malt

Aroma: definite banana and clove nose, but much greater malty sweetness on the nose than a weizen or even a dunkelweizen, dark fruit, hint of fig, very slight nutty character as well, pungent aroma overall, with some noticeable alcoholic strength in the nose

Taste: Banana and clove-like yeast character hits first but then is immersed in a dark fruity sweetness than lasts through the finish. There is an obvious wheat character to the taste, as well as weizen yeast, but otherwise it drinks just like a doppelbock. Dark, strong, and malty with no noticable hop character, it is lightened in flavor by the weizen yeast and smoothed by the wheat malt. No strong alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and wheaty, slight graininess, moderate carbonation, full bodied with a long finish.

Overall Impression: A good malt bomb that has some interesting wheat and weizen yeast character to make it unique. Flavors of a doppelbock married to a weizen, this beer sports an 8.0% ABV that, to its credit, you feel but don't taste.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle as shown. Plenty of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, so I poured it like a Hefeweizen, in two stages: first, the slow pour until about 3 ounces are left, then a vigorous 5-second swirl to pick up the yeast in the bottle and sudden pour. Yields a large light tan head over a hazy mahogany body. Head fades quickly, leaving only a little lacing.

Smell is wheat, malted wheat, grass, hay, cracker malts, bread dough, and warm yeast: like warm malted raisin bread dough rising. This beer is alive. Spicey clove and coriander. Overall aroma is nice, but not too strong.

Taste is clove and cinnamon on toasted raisin bread. I really like the taste. SOOO spicey, more cinnamon than any other beer I've ever had. Chocolate on the finish, then more cinnamon and pepper warmth in the aftertaste. For how mild this smelled, I'm surprised by the flavor.

Mouthfeel is really nice. If anything, maybe there's a bit too much carbonation in the mouth.

Drinkability -- complex flavors lend themselves to long drinking, but there is so much carbonation from the ample yeast, I don't think I could drink more than a couple. That, plus the 8.0%, lowers the drinkability a bit.

Thanks to crosling, the beer manager at LiquorMax in Loveland, Colorado for the recommendation. I'll have more of this.


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Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark brown with a half inch fluffy head that fades slowly to a soapy cap. The lacing is thick, and leaves chucks of foam all over the inside of the glass.

Smell; dark roasted caramel malts combine very nicely with a solid wheat aroma. There's also quite a bit of cloves, with some bananas and mild hints of dark fruits. A touch of alcohol is present in the background.

Taste; the bananas and dark fruits are a bit more evident in the flavor, making this a touch sweet right up front. Caramel malts, wheat and a pretty nice presence of cloves fill out the middle, while a bit of spiciness helps to cover up some alcohol that's slightly noticeable, but not overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is maybe a touch thin for a Weizenbock, but still very smooth, and just short of creamy. The drinkability for me is very high, as i would have no problem putting a few of these down in a night, though with the alcohol, it might hurt a bit the next day.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing chestnut, active bubbles and tight creamy taupe head that fades and leaves the odd white trail. Banana creme, rye dough and wax on the nose.
Ryvita, more banana, milk chocolate and maraschino with clove and cinnamon to end.
Mango milkshake end and slight tingly linger - dies a bit. Medium, very creamy and smooth, bit of heat.

Some big spice balanced by very soft body. Not deep, but goes down dangerously easy for the strength. Don't get much actual wheat character, but still a solid weizenbock.

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Photo of wilsonbaron
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acrawf6
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich brown amber with just a slight haze and a foamy tan head that drops to a thin layer.

Smell. Nice aromas of clove and bubblegum, though the cloves dominate with some cinnoman and yeastyness to it.

Taste. Flavor is rich, but is not what i expected from the aroma. I get a darker and richer flavor than expected. notes i get are a little chocolate and even some woodiness to it as it warms. Is sweet, but not fruity. A little bit of the clove and banana comes out as it warms in my mouth, but the alcohol certainly takes over at that point. Aftertaste is peppery and hot, with a little more bittering chocolate.

Mouthfeel is full with vigorous carbonation that really fills the mouth.

Overall, this is a nice take on the style and is quite an interesting beer. I wish the flavor was a little fruiter and had a stronger clove note to it, but is still nice. A fine beer, but i would rather aventinus.

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Photo of beersabound
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brewery calls it a wheat doppelbock and it is a good at that. The color is a little paler than a normal doppelbock but still has a rich copper hue. It's unfiltered but the yeast was packed pretty tight on the bottom and little clouded up the beer. An aroma of toast, light caramel and some plum come out at first and later some earthy spice notes were detected. Very inviting. The mouthfeel is smooth and fluffs up like a friendly pillow. The flavor is clean with great light caramel malts, moderate bitterness and is well balanced. Overall, I was rather impressed with this one and found it quite drinkable. But, it is not like Aventinus or other Weizenbocks. More like a light doppelbock.

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