A friend of mine requested I review this beer, which lead me to believe
it was going to be better, or at least different than your average
Schwarzbier. Unfortunately, I think Xingu is best described AS an
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. It cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black body with ruby red hues at the edges. Forms a
small, dark tan, frothy head which leaves impressive lacing and never
Smell: Fairly muted nose without any real discernible notes. Though I find most beers of the style smell the same.
Taste: A Schwarzbier is essentially a German lager that’s made with
roasted barley and that’s exactly how Xingu tastes. If you drank this
literally blind you could mistake it for plenty of fizzy yellow niche
German beers. The roasted barley really isn’t detectable here other than
imparting just the slightest of sweet taste to the beer. It also
probably accounts for it being rather mild and mellow, which is probably
the beer’s appeal. What’s odd is that I sense a slight sour grape taste
on the second half and in the aftertaste. This might be due to the
bottle being old but I’m not sure since there’s no legible freshness
date. So the palate here is a bit of a mixed bag. There’s nothing in the
way of repulsive features, but the good qualities it has should be way
Drinkability: What Xingu lacks in taste it makes up for in drinkability.
It’s amazing how easy it is to slug this right down due to its smooth,
soft body and easy finish. I could possibly see this being refreshing in
warmer weather and at 4.6% ABV the short, lighter body would certainly
help make that possible.