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Xingu Gold

Rating: 2.0

Launched at the start of summer 2013 to mark 25 years of Xingu Black I believe, this is sadly a beer that I never actually wanted to try but somehow ended up drinking anyway. Prior to heading out to a local Brazilian restaurant the other week I made a point of checking the beer menu of the place online and was pleasantly surprised to find that they sold bottles of Xingu Black, another Brazilian beer and one that features in the 1001 beers list. As it turned out I arrived at the restaurant only to find that Xingu Black had been replaced with this one, Xingu Gold which is a beer I also looked into and one that neither features on the 1001 beers list or receives particularly encouraging reviews online. Despite this and seeing as it would be another new beer for me I opted to give it a go, it was a Brazilian restaurant after all and the only other choices were your usual macro pale lagers. Anyway, it wasn’t long fatter trying this one that I appreciated what the online reviews were onto and began to regret ordering a bottle; Xingu Gold is a very poor offering and has all the hallmarks of a cheap beer you’d pick up on holiday – terrible stuff, I just hope Xingu Black is a lot better if/when I finally get to try it.

xingu gold

Appearance (2/5): Pours a very clear looking, light golden colour with a little in the way of visible carbonation. There is a small, foamy white head on the surface that disappears completely over the course of about a minute.
Aroma (4/10): Very faint on the nose with some minor sweetness and corn, there are hints of citrus as well but these are particularly faint. Grassy hops seem to account for most of the aroma towards the end of the beer which can only be described as weak on the nose.
Taste (4/10): Matching the nose, the beer tasted fairly light with some faint corn and even fainter grassy hops. Basically the beer tasted cheap and bland with little going for it at all.
Palate (2/5): Smooth bodied but coming across too thin and quite bland as well. There was light medium carbonation and a very light body, it’s only redeeming quality was that it wasn’t repulsive so I guess that’s something.

Overall (8/20): This one was a really bland and quite boring beer that reminded me of a cheap lager you always seem to pick up on holiday that is only good for drinking in the sun. There was nothing exciting about this one although it thankfully wasn’t off-putting or disgusting to drink, it just wasn’t all that enjoyable either.

Brewed In: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brewery: Cervejaria Sul Brasileira
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Viva Brazil, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.50

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  1. October 3, 2014 at 09:17

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