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

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Added by kbub6f on 08-20-2001

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark almost (if not completely) black colour with a nice moderate sized tan head. not the look you'd expect from a brew from brazil, but good nonetheless. the smell, while better than average, leavesa bit to be desired. seemed a bit thin merely by smell alone, with slight amounts of malt, chocolate and coffee apparent, but not anywhere near dominant or overpowering. the body and flavour need work here. very thin at times. all of the aformentioned traits are evident in the taste as well as the smell, but none are memorable, nor does anything about the flavour grasp a strong hold of you. if anything is memorable it's a sweetness that is longer lasting than it should be, which is not a good thing. it is very watery, much moreso than would be expected from a brew that looks like this one does. this one is easy drinking, a bit too smooth at times and not worth the price that i usually see it for (around $10 a six pack at most places). whilse schwarzbier's are many times few and far between, there are far better options at this price range if you're looking for a sweeter, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of granger10
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer brewed in Brazil, sounds kinda odd. I was hesitant to try this one but I sure am glad that I did. It was black in color with a solid head. It tasted really, really sweet. Caramel sweetness is what I'd equate the initial taste to. More syrupy sweetness comes in and dominates the beer. The body is a little weak and that lets the sweetness go too far but all in all I enjoyed this beer.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A recent visit to Rio, Brazil meant I had a chance to have a few of these during my stay. Alongside Caracu, this is one of only two decent dark Brazilian beers that I know of. Comes is a 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle, of the tall thin slender neck design, with a twist-off cap. Simple V-shaped neck label has a similar design to the black main label, which just states XINGU in yellow lettering over a gray colored diamond that has an Olde-Worlde map design. Described on the label as Black Beer. No freshness, no strength.

Appearance: Extreme ebony body, totally dark and devoid of any light. Thin smooth 1/4” brown head. Smooth looking, good head retention. Laces extremely well as the drink goes down. Average carbonation, but good conditioning.

Nose: Lots of roasted Malts, some Molasses and Caramel. Light Coffee hints.

Taste: Slightly bitter, with a malty front third, it soon develops a light acidic, slightly tart tang in the middle, which is very appealing and adds an extra dimension, as well as taking the edge off of the ‘normal’ roasted malts, coffee and caramel. Finishes quite dry with a tasty lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A rather thin feel, lends Drinkability, but disappoints at times. The creamy nature of the beer does add some vertical support. Overall, a very average “3.0” here.

Drinkability: Not bad, I actually love the acidic tartness in the middle of this beer; it really makes it much more interesting than the usual run-of-the-mill Dark Ales. Still, as much as I like this, even I would have to admit that it is far from a session

Overall: One of the better Brazilian Beers. But that’s not really saying much LOL.

Note: Brazilian Breweries are confusing at the best of times; I have come across multiple addresses for the same Brewery, and different Brewery names that all have the same address?? Go Figure. It all makes for an extremely difficult to follow – “Brazilian Brewery Who’s Who”. I sometimes think that there is just one large Brewery in Brazil attempting to fool everyone that there is some competition!!!

This one was listed as from;
Cervejarias Kaiser Brasil, Ltda
Rua Amando de Moraes Sarmento, 100, Queimados, RJ, Brasil.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black color, large head. Medium bodied beer. Roasted malts, coffee-like flavor, a little too sweet tasting. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and a little thin. Aftertaste is dry and malty. Beer us a little too sweet, but a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of smitty1080
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Didn't know what was going to come out as a "black beer".
I knew it was going to be dark and it didn't fail at that. As others have said, the head was gone before it could raise its temperature a degree. It had a nice light aroma of anise. The flavor that stood out most was anise followed by a slight sweetness. A light easy drinking beer that helps pass time when grilling.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

Pours a dark black. A copper head and some lacing. Very nice to look at upon the initial pour. The scents are wheat grass, mild coffee and malts.

The flavors start with wet grass. There is some licorice and a coffee ending to this beer. Caramel sweetness in the middle and definately alcohol on the tongue. Not much going on here. Very simple.

A heavy mouthfeel. It drinks quite easily. I recommend trying this beer. Not necessarily my favorite. A simple set of flavors but well crafted.

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Photo of Mustard
2.41/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased as a stray single for $1.09 from the Wine House in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown; rocky, half-inch, cocoa-brown head; one-inch head with a rough pour; not much in the way of lacing or head retention.

Aroma: Faintly of molasses and roasted malt.

Taste: Mildly sweet; firm notes of black licorice, roasted malt and molasses; mild bitterness; faint hint of smoke; thin, watery mouthfeel.

Notes: Flavor profile turns me off; cloying black licorice qualities; can't say I'm a huge fan of black beers, but have certainly had tastier interpretations of the style; poured a third of this down the sink.

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Photo of Morris729
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black in color with a thin and bubbly tan colored head that fades into a semi-sticky lace. Nose is sweet malts, fresh grains, and a touch of molasses. Medium in body (much lighter than the appearance leads you to believe) and smooth in texture. Taste is sweet dark malts, syrupy molasses, and chocolaty caramel up front and lasting through the middle giving way to some coffee-like bitterness towards the end. An interesting and unusual beer that’s worth a try at least once. Purchased from Liquid Solutions.

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Photo of maxpower
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brownish almost black in color, nice wispy brown head that leaves a good lacing, faint roasted coffee malt aroma, thin and watery mouthfeel, decent roasted malty flavors, light bodied a little too light, this does have a good bitter finish, not all that bad even though my bottle might be a little old.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown. Looks rich. Tan/white head; fluffy, reduces to moderate stability. Not as spectacular as its made out to be, but nicely done.
The little floaties in the beer (yeast?) are nauseating to look at while drinking. Actually makes it hard for me to have more than one at a time.

Fruity on the nose, but not sharp. Light roasted malts in the background.

Initial taste of apple cider, estery, develops to a tasty roast, finishes dry and stout. Sweet from the apple, but not tart. Dry from the roasted malt, but not bitter. Remarkably, this beer continues to develop down the glass; the stout flavor becomes more pronounced.

Medium bodied, but a bit light at times for its depth of flavor. Nothing sharp, however, in the mouth. Unpleasant traces of phenol.

Delicately crafted and professionally balanced, this is quite special. Almost combines a Belgian ale with a dry Irish stout. But this combination of sorts isn't distinct. Xingu, for all its complexity, is integrated -- a flavor unto itself. I am unfamiliar with the shwarzbier style, but I know that any true example of a style requires expert craft. Xingu is indeed expertly crafted, a complete surprise, a pleasure to imbibe in, and proof that there is art in beer.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of fattyre
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours nearly opaque brown/black with a moderately large tan dissipating head. The beer is so dark in fact that the clarity really could not be discerned. The smell is malty and coffee with a slight sourness. The taste is of coffee like charcoal with an odd mustiness slight alcohol peeking through and a mild hoppy finish. It has a peculiar mouthfeel that seems heavier than it really is. Overall not a bad beer but the odd flavors of mustiness and charcoal definitely detracts from it.

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Photo of putnam
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Curious nose of chicory and licorice root and molasses shifts drolly into images of black shoe polish and new suede.
On the palate it is cane-like in sweetness before a scratchy charred grain flavor arrives to kick it into shape.
I suppose it would be possible to drink several of these.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was reluctant to try this beer. Why? I really have no reason. It's nothing special, but it's not too bad either. You can obviously see that the Brazilians spend more time on soccer than they do beer, but I guess that's the way it goes. The color was a very nice rich deep, dark red, almost black. The head was very thin and hung around for a while. The smell was pretty similar to any mainstream US beer. The taste was pretty much the same as well, but with more roasted body to it. I guess the only difference is the black color. I would get it again though. It's fairly cheap and would be a good "lawnmower" beer.

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Photo of Boto
3.04/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This beer poured a very dark brown with a creamy, tan colored head. It has a sweet, malty nose, with some faint hints of chocolate and roastiness. A fairly sweet, malty taste. Typical lager smoothness to it. I get some roastiness in the aftertaste too. A little sweet for this style, but overall a decent brew. I was pleasantly surprised!

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Photo of ecoboy
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque black-brown hue. Large bubbled thick head that dissipated slowly and left nice lacing. Caramel-molasses aroma not overpowering; there's even a hop note which surprised me in a beer this dark. Aroma may be the most subtle thing about this beer. I would say that the hop aroma seemed out of place, since the style did not rely on hop presence.

I'm not getting the taste "schwarzbier," but who knows what the Brazilian market for German styles is. (Uh oh, jokes about what happened after WWII maybe getting a little close to the surface here.) Definitely not a rauchbier. This is closer to some sort of unique very dark lager; there's no earth, peat or smoke flavor, and it has little "weight." Maybe the malt was charred, but it's hard to tell through the brawny sweet caramel flavor. To steal a phrase from Charlie Papazian, this is a "constant crescendo" beer, which makes me think "not terribly drinkable." Brazilians and Argentinians do eat a lot of meat, and this is a meat-eater's beer. I guess I'd drink it if I were eating some sort of juicy, over-sauced beef.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black as a piranha's heart, with a frothy cream-colored head. Aroma is simple, vegetal, tiny hints of cocoa, butter, and-?-corn? Palate: extraordinarily smooth. but with a very brief finish. Sure and powerful malt, and very little in the way of hops. Tasty, though, if simple. Very sweet, with some coffee and toffee flavors peeking into the flavor profile, but just a little. Quite smooth, and easy to drink.
This was once available in my area, and I visited it often in the dawn of my beer exploration. I thought it exotic then, with the label and locale, but forgot that it is rather rudimentary. I thank Uglyradio, for the reunion.

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Photo of douglisbeck
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in both the small 12oz bottle and the larger black 1.5l bottles, which taste the same but damn that big bottle was cool. This is a fine example of a good drinking schwarzbier -- not heavy or chewy like a porter or stout, but flavorful and rich nonetheless. My second (or third) of these started to taste a bit flat, but maybe my tongue was simply going numb.

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Photo of Gusler
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nubilous blackberry red; the head is moderate in size, creamy, light chocolate brown, the lace glutinous and long lasting. Nose is malt, sweet, molasses and coffee like tones also noticed. Front is overbearingly sweet, the top has a light mouth feel, the finish is unsubstantially hopped, very light carbonation, the aftertaste malt and quite dry. "Cadaverous", which sums it up for me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This rare find is one that is so unique that I can only compare to that of a brazilian beauty. The dark chocolate roasts are present along with a nut flavor that makes this beer so smooth and refreshing. The best way to characterize this beer is that it has the body of a porter with the taste of a nice oatmeal stout. As my warm hand slowly grasped the sweaty bottle of Xingu, I inquisitively peered at the mysterious Brazilian brew. Pouring its contents into my pint glass, I cautiously approached the mouth of my pint glass as if I was standing at the mouth of the Amazon River. I was now ready to let my tongue dance the samba with this dark beer that provided a copious amount of intrigue to its tasters. Like a fine Brazilian beauty, Xingu’s dark body was sensual and satisfying to the eyes and the tastes buds. A smooth dark roasted malt flavor finishes the flavor of this beer to create pure enjoyment.

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful beer...extremely black with a tan (almost brown) head that leaves a thin trail of lace. There's a grainy, almost smoky aroma with hints of dark fruit. The taste is of roasted malts. Somewhat sweet, and a big, soft mouthfeel...finish does dry out, and becomes grainy, with maybe a little tannin. It's an interesting and unique beer.

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Photo of HopheadEd
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label says "Black Beer" so I have to go with the Schwarzbier tag. Nice pour, black with a tan head that starts off well but fades to a thin collar. Interesting first taste, sweet, almost grape like, no hops to talk about. I could not distinguish the malts, a slight creamy smoke taste, but no big finish as the beer looks like it should have. It was talked up so much at my local pub, I had to try. Not impressed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I got far more than I bargained for with this one. First off, there's not a shot in hell that this is a German-style Schwarzbier... but, on the other hand, I don't know what category it should be put in either. It's hazy (bottle conditioned), and brown/black in color. It pours a good size orangish-tan head that holds very well and leaves some lace. It offers a bold aroma of dark dried fruit with prune, plum, cherry (with pits) and some nuttiness as well. It's medium to full bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity and sweetly malty, with some chocolate, dark sugar, a light acidic sharpness, and a somewhat woody character. It finishes semi-dry with lingering fruit & malt notes as well as a gentle touch of soft licorice. Very odd, but enjoyable. Intriguing. A style apart.

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Photo of Lupe
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Very dark, no light coming through at all. Tan head that leaves nice lace. Smell is malty with a bit of licorice. Roasted flavor with some chocolate, licorice, and molasses. A little too watery, which takes away some of the taste. Mouthfeel is thin and light. Dry finish and little hop presence. A very different beer. Tastes good as it warms too. Nice as a change of pace.

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Photo of yen157
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I agree with the other reviews, the mouthfeel was a bit on the watery side. However, the taste was full and flavorful, being very treacly and toasted like bread. The finish was somewhat sweet with little hop character. Overall, it was tasty and different, but there certainly is still room for improvement.

640 ml bottle

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Xingu Black Beer from Cervejaria Kaiser
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 1,383 ratings