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 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 BuckSpin
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Batch #10) in a classic Weizen glass

Poured smoothly and with a faint crackle. Nice esters up front, yeasty, rocky malts, spicy (clove), overripe fruits. As it warms the malts grow in resonance and tannins & leather emerge. Head was a great 3 fingers of mixed almond hued foam that settled to a 1/8" covering of the same with some faint edge lacing at first, then nothing. A murky, hazed, copper stained tea resides below the head, a very striking color with some light bubble activity.

Mmm..nice. The clove spiciness associated with the genre is upfront & kickin' albeit softly (if clove & faint black pepper can be soft) over a creamy, smooth caramelized malt tongue painting. A nice yeasty quality is present as well as some raisin sweetness. Its crisp, dry, lightly crunchy, which is accentuated by the slowly rising warmth from the ABV. I can tell right now this would be killer with a spicy steak or any fired up red meat. Some classic ripe banana semi-sweetness is now noticeable as it blooms & warms.

It grows thicker, more compacted as a whole on the palate as the alcohol begins a slow burn over an increasing sharpened & dry spiciness. The malts are really beginning to shine more & more, almost like drinking 2 different beers! When cooler its much more in the Weizen style, but as it warms its almost more Belgian Strong Dark Ale....wild! This is quite an experience! It finishes bittersweet with burnt caramel and echoed spices, leaving a nice, thick, chewy aftertaste.

Well, I am impressed. It was a good, but not great, Weizen until that gear shift into what my tastebuds said was almost an entirely different beer. It most definitely does NOT finish wimpy or weak, and actually appears to morph. I will have to try another that is more room temp to see what its like from the start that way. Another excellent beer from Eisenbahn, and definitely recommended. Now where's that pepper crusted steak at?

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Photo of clickpush
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle to tulip. Dark brown beer with plenty of cloudiness capped by a small off white head that descended at a medium pace to nice lacings. Aroma is tons of yeast and caramel, and flavor is more of same, quite nutty, and very present alcohol. Alcohol a bit of a turn off, especially as the beer warmed. Mouthfeel is quite nice, small & steady carbonation. I like the style a lot and this is one worth trying, but not worth going out of your way for.

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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 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 emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, poured into a 0.5L Weizen glass. Tan foam creeps up past the half-liter mark, slowly settles in a few minutes. Body is an unfiltered, cloudy auburn.

Vigorosa doesn't have a pronounced aroma. Some light cloviness, esters, & mild whiff of alcohol, however not harsh or offensive.

Clove, almond, and rum are the notes that come out in the taste. ABV is there, again not harsh, but the presence is felt.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not as rich as Aventinus or Mahr's, but very pleasing and drinkable. Overall a solid Weizenbock.

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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 msubulldog25
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle and poured to a pint glass. There's been minor buzz in Portland regarding this Brazilian brewery's arrival in the market. Thought I'd give it a try...

A: An unfiltered weizenbock is probably not gonna be "pretty" to look at - after swirling and pouring with the yeast, this one's a murky, hazy siena brown. All the funk stays suspended towards the middle of the glass, meaning the ample & constant carbonation is easy to see. A small creamy head fades to a thin ring around the glass and is a dusty tan color.

S: Big spices meld some sweeter banana and clove esters. Grassy wheat/grain smells.

T: Zesty herbalness of cloves, some sweetened tropical fruit, a tinge of tangy citrus and mild hop spiciness. Big caramel malts and a general grain/wheat bread maltiness. Pretty yummy.

M: Lots of carbonation leaves a tingly medium-fullness in the mouth. Lingering spiciness latches on to the cheeks and tongue, along with some notable but very pleasant alcohol warmth. Very nice.

D: A tasty beer, nice flavors and excellent mouthfeel. Brazil would not seem a likely locale for brewing quality traditional German/Euro brews, but if this one's any indication of what's typical, I'm certain I'll try more from Cervejaria Sudbrack. Recommended!

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Photo of mattmaples
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was a DAMN fine showing from Brazil. I judged it as a German Style Hefe Wiezen Double Bock. I went out of my way to pour the yeast, like one is suposed to do with a good hefe bier. I did not ding it for being the cloudy brown that it is but I did ding it for the lack of head. The wheat should have given it a better head. The aroma is fruity with banana and pear, bready malt and little in the way of hops. The flavor is malty with caramel and banana esters with a slight phenol spiciness at the end. The mouthfeel was ok, a tad sticky. If was attenuated a bit more I would bump it up to a 4. HIGHLY drinkable, some were saying that the alcohol gets in the way but I totally dissagree. There is no heat to so I do not see the problem. I still put Aventinius (SP??) above it but not by much.


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Photo of decom
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

not my kind of beer.
You can notice the alcohol content too much, and that's bad, IMHO.

It looks great, nice head, hazy unfiltered look, and smells good also. Mouthfeel is similar the Eisenbahn's Weizenbier, only "stronger".

If you like higher alcohol content, I'd recommend this. If you don't, steer away. Maybe if I drank this along with some food, I would've enjoyed more. But since I drank it by itself (while watching a movie), I would ask for a second one.

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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 tgbljb
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a murky reddish-brown color with modest head. Smell is extraordinarily enjoyable with profound yeast and ester notes combining with banana and cloves. Taste was also suprising, seeming to be a combination of a doublebock and a belgian ale, with some hefeweizen thrown in. Very confusing but supremely enjoyable. Only slight notes of alcohol to be found at the finish, which makes this beer a bit scary. I really liked this beer. First class effort.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is odd, but mostly in a good way. My first of this variety. Poured from a twist top 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

A - Virtually no head to speak of and very little visible carbonation, probably due to the fact that this beer is unfiltered and rather mirky in appearance. At first blush, I thought this one might be flat. It wasn't. Poured a deep brown with a lot of "haze."

S - I thought there would be a head on this beer, then I thought there would be an aroma. Neither show up much. Judging merely from the appearance and aroma, I wouldn't expect much from this beer. Closest I can describe is a faint "hefe" wheat character, not much else. A good swirl of the glass elicited some aroma, but it's quite subdued.

T - Here is where things start to turn around. Maybe I didn't expect much, based on the afore-mentioned characteristics, but I was very pleasantly suprised by this one. Alcohol up front and a very good, fruity taste. Quite complex. An intermingling of wheat and exotic fruits. Leans toward a malty composition, with little detectable hop character. But, this is not inconsistent with a wheat beer. This one has a spicy and fruity taste that puts me in the Holiday spirit. A good beer for Christmas, I'd say. Not something you'd typically say of a wheat beer ... maybe slightly metallic, on the down side.

M - Lively. Again, with almost no discernable head or carbonation, I would expect this one to hit the mouth with a "flat" malty, or even syrupy feel. Not so. This beer is full of suprises. Good alcohol burn, yet smooth and complex. Alcohol lingers on the tongue.

D - Imminently drinkable, but be careful at this ABV! I'm challenged by this beer, and intrigued. It's like a Hefeweizen on steroids! Darker, more complex, and truly a variety of it's own. Share this one with friends and family over the Holidays ... Thanksgiving, Christmas ... whatever. Very festive and very good. Definitely surpassed expectations. A diamond in the rough in a lot of ways.

I'd recommend it. Way to go Brazil!

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Photo of tjd25
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not overly impressive or lasting head on a beautifully hazy dark brown ebony color body. The smell is wheaty but also shows notes of pear, apple and alcohol. In the taste, the wheat gets overwhelmed by a darker, more roasted malty flavor, and by the fruitiness of apples and pears already noticeable in the smell. Alcohol is clearly, and excessively present. 8% are hard to hide, for sure. Carbonation is a bit low to clean the palate of this excess of alcohol. The finish and aftertaste are chewy and don’t fit in the style. Lacking sweetness and a refreshing character. Something interesting here, a nice try, but not a success. Undrinkable alone, I couldn’t drink half of the 330ml bottle; maybe paired with some food, it could be a little better. Two thousand miles behind Aventinus.

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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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Eisenbahn Vigorosa (Weizenbock) from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
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