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Xingu Black Beer | Cervejaria Kaiser

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Xingu Black BeerXingu Black Beer

Brewed by:
Cervejaria Kaiser

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 1,395 |  Reviews: 612
Reviews by Jasel:
Photo of Jasel
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Imagine Miller High Life as a very dark beer....this would be it.

Appearance - Poured aggressively into my glass without any head and left not lacing. Very dark beer.

Smell - I get so little I really can't tell, though I am kind of stuffy.

Taste - I'm not getting much of anything.

Mouthfeel - Very fizzy and kind of watery.

Drinkability - I'm sure you can drink a lot of these, but the only purpose would be to get drunk. No need to revisit this one.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mifody
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Awsome beer highly recommended, one of my favorite dark beers

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, Dark, Clean, Grainy

Tastes somewhere between a German Schwarzbier and a Milk Stout though they state it is inspired by old recipes of Indian beer. The company also boasts about being tapped twice as the best “Dark Lager” in the world. Vague enough? So really it just comes down to if the beer is good or not as we believe the brewers intention has always been to brew something unique while being able to give back. Yes, this is a charity beer for the Amazon Forest. Every beer geek should give this one a whirl.

STYLE: Dark Lager | ABV: 4.6% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #95 (DEC 2014)

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours pitch black or deep dark brown under a ½” finely bubbled light tan head. S: Aromas are not roasty, more like dark brown bread. T: Attacks with malt dark bread flavors, grain driven fruit flavors and a light touch of anise and cola. There is a trace of tartness on the finish. No harsh roast or burnt flavors and nothing big or assertive. F: Clean and smooth with a very creamy medium light body and very fine and soft carbonation. O: This is a very subdued beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4.46/5  rDev +28.2%
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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.49/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic black beer, with a lot of cherry and oak flavors, a little smokiness. Very drinkable while still flavorful, and a personal favorite of mine.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Barely opaque mahogany that becomes barely translucent dark crimson when backlit with brilliant, direct sunlight. The head is golden light brown, like one would see on a cola, and is intensely foamy and frothy. Thick, bubbly lace sticks like glue.

The aroma is odd. Even though Xingu Black Beer is a Euro dark lager, I didn't expect it to smell like a slightly darker version of a Euro pale lager, but it does. For some reason, I expected the aroma to be a lighter, milder version of a good porter or stout. Wrong. It's stale, musty and vegetal, with other off-aromas that I can't quite place.

Unfortunately, the off-aromas translate into off-flavors. Even so, the beer is marginally less offensive on the palate, probably because of the presence of other, more acceptable flavors. There's plenty of sweet roastedness, but as with some poor quality beer, it tastes more like artificial flavorings were added than it does like roasted barley.

I don't taste chocolate, coffee or any other flavors brought out in the normal course of 'dark' beer brewing. Although the website doesn't mention it, it tastes like kola nuts have been used. They're grown in Brazil, aren't they? In fact, now that I think about it, the beer tastes like a severly undercarbonated knock-off brand of cola. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Thanks to a lack of bubbles, it's also unenergetic and uninteresting.

Xingu Black Beer isn't good. It tastes too much like a saccharine sweet, dark beer extract added, dark lager pretender. Part of the problem might be the partial lack of carbonation. I opened another bottle last week (from a different source, obtained months apart) that was totally flat and undrinkable. Even properly bubbled, though, I doubt that I'd be impressed.

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Photo of mig100
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not exact to style but amazing nonetheless. Has a cola aroma and effervescence, lightly malty, almost bordering on a sweet stout but slightly citrusy, crisp, slippery mouthfeel, satisfying and refreshing.

This is hands down the best Schwarzbier/Black Lager I've had, with it's citrus-like twist and one of my go-to session beers. Highly underrated.

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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well I finally took the plunge on this beer after almost getting it many times,well it pours a pitch black with almost no head at all to speak of.A roasted aroma with some brown sugar sweetness thrown in,the taste is very sweet almost to sweet with a roasted malt flavor that hits toward the finish.Not a bad beer but a little on the sweetside for me.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MadScientist
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A Dark brown with ruby highlights. The creamy tan head dissipates after a minute leaving a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer.

S: Malty and a light touch of roastiness. There is a moderately-light nectarine fruitiness that borders on sherry/tobacco like aroma suggesting this beer may be a bit old. There is a low floral hops. No diacetyl and no DMS.

T: A malt richness with some roast and firm bitter balance from a moderate hop bitterness. There is a light chocolate and a touch of caramel notes to the malt. The isn't much in the way of hop flavors until a hint of it seems to come out in the finish. The finish is off-dry with an after taste of hops bitterness and an earthy hops flavor.

M: A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation ad a light creaminess.

O: This tastes like a maltier, richer version of a pilsner. The flavor and aromas aren't very lively which is the only flaw in this beer besides the sherry note.

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Photo of Zakk
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of Steve0244
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of brownbeer
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany, not quite black, but dark enough to scare off a light beer drinker. It has a brown head that dissolves quickly.

Light chocolaty notes in the nose, with light roast and plum.

The taste is light and slightly fruity, again with the plum, especially in the aftertaste, which I think is the best part as it doesn't start off very strong. Light-medium body with somewhat fizzy carbonation. Doesn't hold its own very well against even semi-challenging foods. Not bad overall, not attention worthy either. Middle of the road.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Gues what... its black. Lazy head with good
lacing throughout the drink.

S: Rich aroma, kind of nutty.

T: Nothing outstanding, but I'm not quite
experienced enough with the style to give
proper criticism. After two, I'm still un-

M: Good mouthfeel, well balanced and not at all
over or underbearing.

D: Very drinkable brew with good carbonation
lacking any truely attributes while at the
same time offering little to set it apart
from others. I need more to decide.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint glass

It pours a deep brown with some chestnut highlights. The head is very impressive in that it's a creamy tan, intricate lacing and last throughout the whole beer with a nice semi-thick layer of foam on top of the beer. It really is a nice looking beer.

The nose is a bit plan, some darker fruits like plum make up the most aroma which is not very much to style and ait alone isn't very pleasing.

The flavor is pretty plain jane, kind of watery with the same non-lagerlike plum fruitiness. The finish is sweet and not very crisp. The mouthfeel is really chewy, almost like there are a bunch of oats in the grist. Just not my idea of a schwartzbier. The drinkability is really hampered as well due to the sweet and chewy nature of this beer but lacks a cohesive element that I'm looking for in a similar beer which is designed to be thick and chewy.

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Photo of Brent_B
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

During the pour there was an aroma that I was having a hard time pinning down. After a couple of swirls in the glass to take in that aroma a little better, I found that it smells of sweet molasses. The first taste was interesting. It wasn't as heavy as I thought it would be. A slight sweetness was foremost, presumably from molasses and malts. There are hops present but they are not dominant, making this a very smooth drinking beer. The finish is balanced and quick making you look for that next swig.

This is my first "schwarzbier" and I wasn't sure what to expect. It was sweeter yet lighter than I anticipated and the overall experience was rather enjoyable. Good stuff.

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Photo of RoninBirdman
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of grynder33
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blackest of black color,coffee like aroma with a hint of fudge, thin but nicely sweet malt taste, a strange but very pleasant aftertaste, there definitely seems to be a nutrasweet type enhancer in here, Simple, one dimensional but yet tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of otoolman221
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of generallee
4.65/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no freshness date or abv on the label.

Appearance: It pours into the glass a very dark brown/black color and when held up to the light it shows very dark crimson highlights. On top sits a nice tan head of slow fading foam. A thin cap hangs on to the end. Lacing is mostly slick but there is some sticky lace just up at the top of the glass.

Smell: Sweet roasted barley and bready notes fill the nose. Also there are hints of raw grain and even some very slight white grape and peach candy notes.

Taste/Palate: Just as the aroma suggests there is a good sweet roasted malty character. I also picked up the fruity notes of white grape and sugar covered peach gummy candy. The body is quite easy drinking, about a light medium. Its texture is some with a light or mellow, yet still active carbonation.

Notes: This beer really surprised me. It was very tasty with some nice flavor nuances or complexity while still having a modest body that is very drinkable.

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Photo of shatnerosmotic
5/5  rDev +43.7%

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Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Kaiser
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 1,395 ratings