Xingu Black Beer | Cervejaria Kaiser

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Xingu Black BeerXingu Black Beer

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Cervejaria Kaiser

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

L: amber-brown and clear out of the glass pushing up thick, 1 1/4-inch head of tan foam, creamy looking foam that lingers a bit; stacked in the glass the beer is definitely black, though up to the light it's a deep dark ruby red/purple and still clear; head doesn't stick, beer don't lace but keeps a thick collar and nearly full skin for awhile, then the skin disappears and you get a tight ring of tan foam

S: dusty dark and sweet fruit, dates ... sugar-coated dates; peach kolache; plum cake ... as it warms the darker fruit notes supersede the peach

T: fruity sweet ... peach, apricot, loads of sweet light malt flavor — ice cold you'd think it was an English pale; as it warms, some darker date/plum flavors enter

F: simple, light, no frills ... enough carbonation to fill it out; made for whatever ... sip it, chug it, swish it around, drink it out of the bottle ... it all works

O: me and my sweet tooth love it and love it so; the malt flavors are sweet and fruity and linger perfectly; schwarz lovers will wonder where the good roasted/charred/burnt flavors are, and I could see them sending this back to the brewer asking for a bit more "black" in this beer ... and they'd be right, for there's very little dark-malt flavor and nothing to speak of of wood or roast or char ... it's arguably a dark-colored light-malt bomb, and when I'm in the mood for that, I won't hesitate to grab some of this; as a schwarzbier? hard to score but we'll do what we can ...

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Photo of Foyle
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Pours a 1" tan head that falls slowly with mild lacing. Color is black with a reddish tint. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and toffee along with earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel with a mostly dry finish. Flavors of dark roasted malt, hints of coffee, chocolate, toffee. A lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Overall quite a pleasant and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried Xingu Black in Rio. It poured a nearly opaque black with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was slightly sweet with corn like hint. The taste was sweet and maize. Fairly easy to drink. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of cjgiant
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle (no apparent date):
Pours like water, but is a deep brown nearing black, with an apparent clarity. Head is thin, and I expected it to run from the top of the glass, but it stood in there and fought.

Nose is cola, light licorice and that classic smell of a dark beer where quality (or perhaps quantity of) specialty malts are not necessary. Light sour tang I am also used to from a lighter brew.

Old licorice (no bite), root beer to cola flavors. That tang is in there as well, in the back. Honestly, not a bad tasting beer, but a very loose interpretation of a Schwarzbier.

A very watery feel, nothing seems to grab hold of the palate for long. A light bite and not flat, but carbonation could use a light boost.

Actually not a bad tasting beer if you just wanted a soda-flavored, lightly carbonated malt beverage. I could drink this again, but not if I actually wanted a nice Schwarzbier.

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Photo of teromous
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a bottle date or import date. An additional note is that this beer has a twist-top.

Appearance: It is a black beer with a medium sized light khaki head. Good head retention.

Aroma: I am getting a very faint caramelized malt aroma. I was about to mention that I didn't smell anything at all and then that caramel aroma popped up. Otherwise it has a featureless aroma.

Taste: That caramelized malt flavor pops up immediately and gives some initial sweetness to the beer. It lingers throughout the drinking experience and at the end it adds a sweet touch to a very slight bitter finish. As the beer warms up slightly the caramel becomes more pronounced and it tastes quite good.

Mouthfeel: It tastes very carbonated with a light effervescent body. A bit watery but it is within the realm of what I would consider acceptable for the style. There is just a touch of bitterness. It is a very clean beer.

Overall: The beer is easy to drink and it is well made. It is one of those beers that I probably wouldn't buy again but also don't regret. It was an enjoyable beer to drink and if I lived in Brazil this would be a decent substitute for an imported German Schwarzbier. I don't think it would blow anyone's socks off but it's worth trying. You mi

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at a Latin American restaurant in Dallas. I did not expect a lot, Latin American Lagers tend to be bland, but I thought it was a decent Schwarzbier.

(L) It was very black with a thin off white head.

(A) There’s wasn’t much of an aroma but there were hints of chocolate and coffee.

(T) The taste was light roasted grains and it’s sweet with some chocolate and coffee. It didn’t have a whole lot of flavor and was a little bit watery, but it was still a good beer.

(F) It was medium bodied and was moderately carbonated.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
1.99/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dreadful. If Bud heavy was a "black beer," it would be something along the lines of Xingu Black Beer, only with more flavor than Xingu Black Beer. Jet black and very thin with no head. Almost aroma-less, with maybe a little bit of wheat and kind of a sweetish scent. Taste follows suit, with sugar and malt, but somehow no roasted flavor or hops of any kind. Just dead on the tastebuds. Feel is probably the "best" part, as it coats the tongue pleasantly and is well-carbonated, but is indeed very thin. Ordered at a restaurant, waitress saw my face upon consumption and offered to bring me something else. That about sums it up.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Xingu Black Beer | Cervejaria Kaiser. Poured form the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and light tan, with solid lacing, and a *gasp* black body.

I smell nice and earthy grains. Nothing "weird" or "exotic" like one might expect.

Taste more like a very-well made lager with extra-full-bodied malts. The Brazillians have got this schwazbier dialed.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Xingu Black Beer | Cervejaria Kaiser with an overall 4.25. I'm quite impressed by what could have been a gimmicky novelty beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.12/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: [2.75] Dark black beer that forms 1/4 a finger of tan head. The head is gone instantly. The bottle doesn't list the ABV (4.6% - I looked it up) and there is no visible date code.

S: [2.50] Booze? I smell booze and this beer is 4.6%. Something synthetic and plasticy. Then Cola.

T: [1.75] Cherry cough syrup, rust, plastic.

M: [2.50] Thin and watery.

O: [2.00] When I take medicine I sometimes get this uncontrollable shudder because it is gross. That captures my reaction to this beer. It is not good. It makes me not want to have beer from Brazil again. Terrible. Poured down drain.

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Photo of Jray17
4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a simple great tasting beer. I would definetly recommend trying it. It's got a good lager Stuart that turns into a simplistic ale as you swallow, it has a definite taste of chocolate with a bit of fruity malts that really work well together

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Photo of rkotas
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a lager at the beginning, then ends with a bit of black malt and chocolate malt. Not a complex beer, but it is smoothe and better than I expected. It has a beautiful head of foam, that is caramel colored.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I found this to almost be a decent beer, good mouthfeel, OK nose, and the taste would be good except that they use water with high mineral content. Minerals should not be a beer flavor and they are a major detractor for me in this beer, as well a many Samuel Smith offerings.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Super sweet cereal grain aroma & taste while still being drinkable and not overly sweet. Some Euro/German malt character shines through in this highly drinkable wonderful beer.

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Photo of Myotus
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 28Jun15) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 27Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of brown foam that halves itself into a khaki foam head after 45 seconds. Black in color with a ruby tint. Rising bubbles are very small in size and high in quantity. Lacing is thick and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Mild aromas of biscuits are backed by subtle aromas of bitter roasted malts, sweet coffee, earthy hops, and floral hops. Hints of spicy hops can also be detected.
TASTE: Instant balanced is achieved as mild biscuit and spicy hop flavors first step on to the palate. Subtle sweet coffee and floral hop flavors immediately follow without disturbing this perfectly balanced brew. Subtle bitter roasted malt and earthy hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for biscuits, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild, but pleasant dryness.
NOTE: Only my second of its style, but this was well executed. The lager characteristics played very well with the roasted malt flavors. Very balanced. I loved it.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
I got this beer only because it is the only entry I've had from Brazil on the global list "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die"
Enough said.
If you want a review, I think the Alstrom Bros got it right.

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Photo of PunkAndPorters
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was caught off guard by the taste of this beer, expecting something alot stronger or different. To me it was basically a Brazilian Budweiser. So it gets a 0 on the unique factor but i did like it. I'd drink it again

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Photo of Harrison8
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Just as the name implies, it pours black, with a off-white/khaki head. No lacing. Aroma is a bit malty and hoppy. Rather standard ale aroma. Taste is a pretty standard mix of malts and hops. Mouth feel is a bit watery. Overall, interesting beer. If I saw it poured into a glass, I would assume it's a stout or porter. Glad I tried it though.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of stevoj
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Although classified as a schwarzbier, it is not reminiscent of the true German standard for this style. Taste is sweet and mouthfeel is watery. None of the dark roast flavor is present. However, it is still a pleasant drink, and a unique style from a place halfway around the world.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottler into nonic glass. Color is dark black hence the label black ale I suppose. Make sure to do a aggressive pour if you want any type of head. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer. For some reason the only thing that bothered me was the smell but definitely not the taste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Brown beer. Aroma was mildly hoppy, roast to the edge of coffee.

Lesser malt allowed the hops to come out like a schwarzbier. Hard to get too excited about this, its a pretty average beer.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: black with fizzy head that fades fast
S: smells like a lager, nothing crazy or good
T: it's a dark malt lager. Not terrible, just not for me
F: thin, easy to drink if you like it

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.46/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looking for a strange, surprising brew? Another taste of exotic, a glimpse into the twilight of the jungle, perhaps? What really shines in Xingu is the water. The flavor cannot be compared to other beers one might taste because the water has made it unique. One can distinguish many minerals, silty qualities, mossy, and just plain wet. Like you're sitting in a river and licking the rocks. If you see this beer just try it.

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Photo of gautch726
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks beautiful and has a nice easy feel to it. However, looks can be deceiving when it comes to taste as this one falls a bit flat and weak on the palette. A sweeter beer with some berry flavor behind the malts. Looks good, feels good, tastes... ok.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft at the 2015 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival. Color is very dark with a wisp of a brownish white head. The smell is very malty as is the taste with a sweet finish. Extremely smooth mouth feel and low but adequate carbonation. Overall this beer reminds me more of a good porter than anything else. If you like dark, somewhat sweet beers than this one is worth a try.

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Photo of jhartley
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at EPCOT Food & Wine festival, on tap at the Brazil kiosk.
Deep dark black body; not light comes through when held up to sunlight.
Mild smoke aromas.
Smoky, licorice root, subtle hints of chocolate and coffee.
Light mouth feel, super easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation.
Overall, this was a a decent beer, quite a bit more going on here than what the scores on here show. Dark beer with a low abv and was really easy to drink on a hot night! Try this one out if you haven't already.

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Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Kaiser
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