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Super Bock - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

292 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 22.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
UNICER União Cervejeira S.A. visit their website
Portugal

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001

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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 141
Reviews by Ralphs66:
Photo of Ralphs66
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went out for Portuguese food last night and asked for the appropriate beer...nothing special here, but also nothing bad. Poured as a lager should. Had a slightly sweet odor, bready and fairly clean. Taste was decent and it went well with the braised veal I had for my meal. It drank easy. For the cultural component, it was worth it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice golden pour with a decent head. Looks half decent but not unlike most any other lager around.

The nose is mild, bordering on dull. Very light and natural straw hints. Not much in the way of hops but there is a pinch of malt hiding in there somewhere.

The taste is typically lager-like although i will say there are subtle malt undertones that don't go unnoticed. A little grainy and sweet on the finish.

An unadventerous offering. I could pass on this and not miss it next time around. Pretty generic for the most part. On the flip side, it's quite refreshing on a warm May day liek today.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have only one word to describe this beer. There is simply one word that will do. I tried to think of two words or maybe even three but I was trapped at one. That word, that one word that I shall use to describe this less than exciting offering from Portugal is not a long word, nor a short one. It’s a medium length word. It is…Budweiser.

Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Short 11.2oz brown bottle, with freshness stamp.

Appearance: Bright pale yellow in colour with a thin white lace head. Carbonation is moderate.

Smell: Dry grain, light fruit esters and a floral aroma way in the back of the nose.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing up-front with a lemony hop flavour and semi-salty sharp rind-like bitterness. Carbonation aids in providing a creamy feel. Malt sweetness is even, dextriny, not overpowering and creates a full-bodied brew. The palate then dries up with grain tannins. Sweet alcohol and light hop floral flavours in the finish.

Notes: 5.8%abv. Super Bock is more of a malt liquor vs. a bock of any type, and it rivals nearly all of the malt liquors that I've tried. Very refreshing, with a nice alcohol kick to match.

Photo of Jason
2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.5 oz brown bottle with “Best Before End” date printed on the label.

Appearance: Pale golden straw colour, perfect clarity with a decent amount of white lace that lessens to a ring.

Smell: Grainy with a lemony undertone and faint cooked veggies.

Taste: Grainy without a doubt, ghost like acrid flavour perhaps from that carbonation and fermentation by-products. Faint citric and grape tones hit in the middle with a lightly warming alcohol. Hops are bitter indeed though do not reach the point of being unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Sufficient crispness with a sturdy medium body, dextrins in the mouth give it a slight creamy slickness.

Drinkability & Notes: For what it is priced for ($6-7 a six pack) it is not worth it just for flavour sake. Worth a try in my book yet I was not surprised to end up with a mediocre beer.

Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not much flavour in this one, and kind of sweetish (probably from the slightly higher alcohol level), really boring beer and at times a bit artificial in its taste.

Photo of JMS1512
3.54/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Which component is the outlier?

Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. I seem to remember seeing this featured on Three Sheets a few years ago or so.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which exhibits a modicum of retention, eventually leaving a low wash of dripping painted lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, grainy corn, some citrus wood polisher, a touch of grassy hops, and a subtle, slowly fading weedy skunkiness. The taste is more blended malt - grainy, and somewhat doughy, with the corn element retracting a bit, in favour of a somewhat acrid, and unexpected warming alcohol, a touch of sulphur, and softened earthy skank where one might actually be anticipating some mild noble hops, at the very least.

The carbonation is average, just a wan frothiness throughout, the body a decent medium weight, perhaps a tad cloying, but mostly smooth. It finishes grainy and still a tad boozy, the trace amount of stink in the process of wafting away.

Well, there are bock elements here, but cheaply rendered ones at that, so I can understand the confusion in style descriptors surrounding this beer. Not as bad as the initial whiff would indicate, but still too hot for the proclaimed ABV. Nothing worth revisiting, unless you're a hedonistic TV show, and they're giving it to you for free.

Photo of Sammy
2.36/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A passable beer, certainly not a bock, more of a pils. Decent foam in pour, and reddish tinge to yellow. Can taste alcohol, though some (saaz) hops and sweet malt to get it down. Watery, thin-medium mouthfeel. Spot of sour dry aftertaste. Thanks Pootz.

Photo of mempath
3.86/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep straw with snow white head that is very active and laces very intricately...settles fairly fast with nice wispy lacing remnants still clinging.

nose is the expected 'cerveza' smell, but not as offensive...a bit sweet but a hint of depth in the grainy-malty spectrum. not sure if corn is in the mix, but i sense it.

ok. interesting. the sweetness is but a trace on the tongue. nothing 'special' but actually very refreshing for its slightly bitter (= 'not sweet') profile. carbonation is actually lower than i expected allowing this to come across creamier and still firmly on this side of 'crispness'...quite drinkable. memorable for being one of the better brews from the world of forgettable brews...nothing to shout out about, but really good for being, i guess, better than expected and not offensive or boring.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.47/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best-selling beers in Portugal; the Super Bock pours a straw gold body with a bright-white head that unfortunately drops shortly. It keeps a thin collar but leaves next to no lace. The aroma displays a mild fruitiness, grainy malt, and mild herbal hops. The medium body and fine carbonation give it a gentle crispness in the mouth that warms to become creamy and smooth. The flavor is well-balanced between firm, sweet & grainy malt, and a supportive bitterness. Some herbal and grassy hop flavor adds to the character. It finishes dry with a lingering hop flavor that's a refreshing change from many "European-style" lagers. Enjoyable, but not really memorable.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Half finger of head on a clear, pale straw colored body.
I can barely stand the aroma. It's a mixture of dirty barnyard and grain.
The taste isn't as offensive, it just tastes like water with the slight bit of bitterness.
Fizzy texture, moderate carbonation and light body.
It's one of the less enjoyable beers I've had. The smell is a real put-off.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From July 3rd 2010 notes.

5.4% for me.

Tried this in may 2008 at Barroso on Ontario street and enjoyed it a lot. Haven't had it since.

A- Clear gold with a bit of light, white head.

S- Soft malt. Hard to pick up anything else. Rice maybe. Some bastard noble hop smell.

T- Quite boring. A superior Budweiser. Less offensive but still something artificial in it. This is pretty sweet and tastes a bit like unhopped wort.

M- Crisp and dry. Medium to high carbonation. Feels pretty full.

D- Good. Are Molson and Coors drinkable? This is a couple notches more.

A-2.5
s-2.5
t-3.0
m-4.0
d-3.5

Photo of Richardbeerlover
1.84/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep yellow with minimal head. Smell is off putting and almost literally smells like crap. I can't put my finger on it but it just does not smell good. Tastes like a mixture of corn and barley together. If you like corn, then you will like this beer. Not a lot of body. The taste finishes strongly with the corn/barley. I did not enjoy this one at all.

Photo of DaveBar
2.98/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single 330ml bottle served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Ok at best. Opens like a North American beer, pours like a North American beer

S- Just like a North American beer

T- Like a mass produced North American beer

M- Same as above

O- Not so good. Just like a run of the mill North American beer like Bud or Millar

Food Pairing

Anything you would pair with Bud or Millar

Enjoy if you want but pass if you can

Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale gold color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some corn and malts. Taste is a bit sweet, corn and malts, not much else. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a fairly mediocre beer.

Photo of Samp01
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden pale yellow with a white lasting head with some lacing. Aroma and Taste is cereal, grains, grassy notes with some malt sweetness and light hops. Plate is light, crisp with light carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, cereal, grains some grassy notes and some light bitterness. Overall not too bad, best when cold, an ok drinkable brew.

Photo of puboflyons
2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the 1`2. fl. oz. bottle marked: 07.2011.05:22-L2620901. Sampled on November 21, 2010. The pour is almost an olive-yellow tone with virtually no head. It was from a brown bottle but the aroma was clearly skunked. Behind that was a little corn and grass.The taste is a step up with a dash of malts and hops but overall this tasted a lot like an American macro lager instead.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows hay, skunky, grassy hops and unexpected caramel.
Same story with flavours: hay, grass and some redeeming soft sweet malt, followed by a mild bitterness. Thankfully not too sweet.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of BierFan
3.68/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV of 5.4%.

Decent fizzy white head. Clear pale yellow body. Not sure why this is called "super" bock. If anything it's a little on the tame side compared to other bocks, like it was mixed 50/50 with a pale euro lager. Still pretty decent though, and I'm pretty sure it's mislabeled here as an American adjunct lager. I wouldn't mind having a sixer of this sitting in the fridge.

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.36/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow color lager with medium head and no retention. Aroma is crisp but with some easily detectable skunk aspect to it. Taste is your average macro lager plus the skunk feels that is probably due to transport or storage. I guess this is just another crap lager… more super crap then super bock!

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ingredients on bottle include: water, barley malt, unmalted barley and corn, glucose syrup, and hops. Alc is 5.2% on bottle.

A-Pours a clear light golden color w/dense white head, good retention, and bits of lace.

S-Light malt with bits of grain, faint metallic, floral, and skunky hops.

T-Light malt that is slightly sweet w/a dry and grainy finish that reveals some alcohol, and a clumsy aftertaste that is a strange mix of adjuncts, faint alcohol, and hops.

M-Good carbonation, light bodied, balance is a little on the sweet side in the aftertaste.

D-Not Super, and not Bock, but definitely drinkable.

Photo of dolzan
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not really a bock, and not super, but adequate and not at all unpleasant.

Not sure why it is the main beer in Portugal, when there are much better ones around.

It has a slightly corny taste, and it is a very drinkable lager, but ultimately a forgettable experience.

Photo of thekanna
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at Nando's Peri-Peri near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.

A: Clear, light yellow with a fizzy head that does not retain at all.

S: Generically clean; some adjunct malts and hops, but not much uniqueness here.

T/M: Seems like a generic lager but with a heavier wheat malt flavor. Carbonation is decently strong.

D: Not too impressive; don't think it even counterbalanced the strong flavors of Peri-Peri sauce well. Don't think I'll have another the next time I go.

Photo of CameronTyl3r
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I actually had some glasses of this pale lager in its birth place, Porto, Portugal, on a overnight stay there due to an delay in my flight back to the states because of the ash cloud of an iceland volcano. Remember that?? Such a pain in the butt that was, but worth it.

Appearance: Poured a very pale to golden-colored body, thick snow white head.

Smell: Didn't have much of one, just a light hint of hops.

Taste: A little bitterness too it.

It was an experience, surprised that was the only beer they had on tap there.

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Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.