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Eisenbahn Rauchbier | Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
112 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
Brazil
eisenbahn.com.br

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by soper2000 on 02-13-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,200
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
112
pDev:
11.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
11
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber, off-white head that dissipates to this layer on top.

Smell: Curious chocolate and deep caramelized malts in the smell. Very inviting.

Taste: Deep caramel, sweet, chocolate, and vanilla notes over arched by a smoky presence and minimal hops. Good textured malts in the aftertaste, and a lingering smoke that outlasts the rest. Intriguing, complex and pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Due to ABV, this wouldn't be good for fast drinking or in large quantities. Better for sipping and contemplating the interesting taste.

Overall: a fine beer. The smoked flavor is interesting, and though not my personal favorite, I give this beer a good rating because it is different from the usual import lager.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Defumada!

An old favorite style since the great success of our homebrewed Mentholated Laser Jaw.

Clear, amber, low carbonation. Moderately smoky aroma, sweet malts. The smokiness lingers but isn't punishing. A refreshing and delightful experience. Stays sweet until the smoke begins to dominate towards the end.

An interesting mix of sweetness and smokiness. Definitely got smokier as the glass warmed, or, alternatively, as more smoked malt in liquid alcohol form was drank (a cumulative effect, as it were).

A nice beer, would surely try again.

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Photo of Onslow
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shared with friends at the first Stumelagram Tasting ... some intresting things happening here, oak, syrup, mild bbq aromas ... nice complex yet light flavours ... pretty full in the mouth .. goes well with cubed ham... sweet and smoke kissed...til next time

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Photo of vhmf1978
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BuckSpin
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle ("Batch No. 6") in a classic conical pint glass

Poured with a semi-thickness and nice snap to it. Caramel is first noticeable on the nose, a pleasing, light smokiness, not over the top or anywhere near other Rauchbiers, stone fruit like cherry, slight yeasted quality, crackers. Malts are also there, slightly muddy, they grow with warmth and air. Head was a solid & lively 2 fingers of loose, cracklin' blanched almond hues foam that faded in a short time to a thin sheen and glass ring.

A beautiful, ruddy, brassy, crystal clear cherry amber in color, a slow cascade of bubbles steadily rises with little fanfare through it.

This is the way to use smoke! Its so subtle, not like the campfire in a bottle most Rauchbiers are! A splendid balance between subtle smoke and lush caramelized malt sugars, along with a pleasing array of fruits - raisin, cherry, dried currant. This is just an amazingly pleasing balance of all that which is usually found in a barreled spirit such as a single malt, bourbon or whiskey. Its slightly syrupy, adding to the allure and seduction, and grows even more so on the palate as lush, lavish, rich caramels sing with the stone fruits and ever present, but understated, smokiness...all in a beautiful marriage. This is awesome.

It finishes, true to form, with a semi-sweetness, traces of orange, a little leathery with some tannins, a whisper or orange, all enveloped in a warm glow of alcohol that hugs the teeth and leaves a crisp, chewy, slightly candied afterglow.

I feel pretty confident that, once word gets out about this and its more available, it will become one of the best of its style/genre. Just a fantastic beer, truly a barreled spirit in 11oz form, complete with the smoke. If you like single malts, bourbon or whiskey with a little charcoal in the background, some caramel up front, stone fruits here and there, and a big chewy finish I cannot recommend this enough. A new member of my personal Top 10, perhaps Top 5. Seek this out & enjoy!

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rusty amber with a quarter-inch, creamy off-white head that remains.
Smell is smokey malts and very faint hops. Some very faint sausage and caramel as well.
Taste is again smoked malts, with some sausage being a little more present than on the nose. Hints of barbeque as well. Finish is slightly malty.
Mouthfeel is mildly crisp, with a little bite halfway through. A bit watery overall.
Drinkability is very good. This is a nice one to have when you'd like a little smoke, but not too much.

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Photo of Etrusco
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of srbcurti
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Source/serving: 12oz bottle.

Source/Serving: Slightly charred sweet potato, freshly toasted caramel, lightly burnt apple pie. An ash pit the day after the fire. Light almond. Faint smoked ham as it warms. Overall quite sweet and very rich.

Taste: Really full bodied up front...thick and fairly sweet with light campfire smoke in the background. Syrupy caramel with a tinge of apple and pear cider. Fields of grass come to mind as it warms. The middle is juicy apple cider - lots of ripe tree fruit actually. Some sweet potato. Fairly clean at first which transcends into moderately heavy smoke on the way to the finish. Finish is very sweet potato.... And tastes remarkably true to the vegetable especially as it lingers. A smoky edge gives a lightly charred character. A slight mineral, almost rust, note.

Overall: Sweet, rich malts and caramel very nicely balance the moderate smoke in this which creates decent complexity and interest. For a smoke beer, especially one as sweet as this one, this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of wilsonbaron
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wheelinshirt
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Rallison as a little extra to fill out the box he sent to me. Many thanks for giving me the chance to try an unusual beer--a traditional german rauchbier from Brazil.

My bottle says Defumada Eisenbahn Smoked Lager, 6.5 % alcohol, malt liqour, product of Brazil and has a picture of a train going through the jungle. 12 oz brown longneck twist off poured into a pils glass.

Very clear copper color with a modest light tan head, it recedes but a thin layer lasts the whole way down. Streams of carbonation rush up from the bottome of the glass and don't stop the whole time. A little lacing.

Smell is odd, I've never had a rauchbier and the closest i have ever been to one is Rogues chipotle ale which uses smoked jalapenos, but this is unusual. Good, but hard to describe.

Okay, it starts to make sense when you taste it. It doesn't taste smoky like a campfire, but it certainly has a smoke aspect to it. Again, unusual and hard to describe, but it is good. I would like to try a fresh rauchbier in Bamburg sometime, but I have a feeling that this is pretty close.

Mouthfeel is medium light, the smoked malt lingers in the mouth, very pleasing. This is drinkable, for sure, but is actually a bit filling (or maybe i was full from dinner). If you happen to see it somewhere, pick it up and give it a try. Definately recommended.

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Photo of BogAl
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of RaphaelSC
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into an American shaker pint.

A--Pours up a deep copper body with a creamy fairly dense white head that bubbles away after some time and laces well. Looks like a vienna lager--dark brownish red.

S--The smoke is as much wood as it is slim jim. There's a decent beef jerky here but there's also some peaty notes as well as considerable caramelish malt. Smoke is nowhere near overpowering in either sense.

T--Less like standing over a barbecuing Boston butt than like sipping on a decent Marzen that had some drops of liquid smoke in it. Flavor profile is actually pretty malt forward, which puts the smoke into the rear guard. Still, some spicy barbecue type flavors sneak into the back end while the more woody or peaty flavors contribute up front. Very restrained version of the style.

M&D--Both are fine, with higher marks to drinkability just because the subtlety of the smoke doesn't overpower your palate. Better for a more offbeat session than for something that's gonna knock your socks off with novelty--for those expecting a sock of smoke you'll be disappointed, and probably even bored. Could have been more flavorful for the ABV.

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Photo of felipeprates
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of matuto
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle (exp. 06/2016), in a glass mug. Foam goes down quickly. Clear aroma and taste of smoked malts. High drinkability for what I expected in the style. Good one.

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Photo of Flavio_Gama
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of schellsbeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

IMPORTANT: The following review is for cold to cooler beer. Upon drinking it fully, and the beer had a chance to warm up, the beer became much much much...better. At least an A-. Make sure the beer is close to room temp. before all of the goodness shows up.

First beer from Brazil....can't wait to try. Found this at a hole in the wall store in the Twin Cities. Saw that it was a Rauchbier and had to pick a few up.

A - Average to Good. Burnt Carmel look. Dark Orange to Brown color. Small head which disappears quickly. No lacing present after head leaves.

S - Really not much there. Therefore, an average rating. I was expecting more of a smoke smell.

T - Good. Can taste the smoke wood flavor. I bet it would go great with brats...beer brats that is. However, hard to come by so I think I will just drink my two instead of making brats. Maybe next time I go to the cities, I will have to pick up some for cooking. I just wish there was more smoke flavor. I want campfire. Northern woods of Minnesota feel. Just isn't there for this beer. Very good tasting but light on the smoke flavor. Highly likeable though in its own sense. Much rather drink a Three Feet Deep for a rustic beer but that's just me.

M - Thin but crisp. I like the feel. Not heavy at all. Refreshing. Low carbonation which is nice.

D - At 6.5% alcohol, not a session beer. Also, hard to locate. Therefore, lower marks for this one here.

Overall, impressed with my first Brazilian beer. Will I search this one out....probably not since it is $2.50 per bottle before taxes and I can have a Three Feet Down for much less than that. However, great experience. If you have the chance, I say try one...I have 2 that I am going to enjoy.

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Photo of tendermorsel
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a fan of smoked beer and this Brazilian entrant did not disappoint.

Poured a nice brown color with a good quality head which dissipated rather quickly.

Very easy drinking.... Crisp clean and fresh. Not as smoky as some of the beers imported from Bamburg but a good deal of smoke flavor especially on the back end. I likely the fact that this was a bit more heavy on the malt. Overall a interesting take on my favorite style.

Quite a refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of denisconrado
2/5  rDev -48.1%

I do not know if this proposal is even, but found no body, and so the smoky, artificial; I'd rather be wrong. Foam almost absent and elusive, the smoked only felt in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Fernando_Bastos
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of vurt
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 12-ounce bottle labeled as Eisenbahn Defumada Smoked Lager. Batch number is 05. Enjoyed in a nonic pint glass

Appearance:
The beer is a striking copper-amber color, and is perfectly clear. The head is ivory colored and rich. The foam clings briefly to the glass before receding back into the beer. Eventually the head disappears altogether.

Smell:
At first sniff, it reminds me much more of a scotch ale than a rauchbier. Sweet and lightly smoky. Notes of honeyed bread and Fig Newtons.

Taste:
Sweet and nutty malt at the start, with a dry fruitiness that reminds me a little of plums and dates. The smoke flavor comes through next, light and savory on top of a base of toasted grains. The finish is honey on warm bread with an ephemeral tartness, and the smokiness lingers into the aftertaste. Delicious.

Mouthfeel:
Mostly soft and smooth, though the carbonation feels just a bit prickly. Medium-bodied. Slightly coats the palate.

Drinkability:
This beer holds together beautifully, with neither the sweetness nor the smoke coming across as heavy-handed. An absolute charmer of a rauchbier which could satisfy a fan of the style without putting off the curious novice who has never tasted one before.

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Photo of estevaom
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Paracatu
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Eisenbahn Rauchbier from Cervejaria Sudbrack Ltda
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 112 ratings
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