Saturday, February 23, 2013


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 average Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (819) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2013
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 completely dissipates.

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 more pronounced.

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.
 Grade: 5/10

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