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Super Bock - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

274 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle picked up as a single at the LCBO; listed at 5.2% abv. Best before October 2012.

Pours a pale golden-straw colour, generating about a finger of soapy white head on top. Retention is average for an adjunct lager, i.e. not that good, but at least it leaves behind some smears of lacing. Why do some European breweries love these clear/green bottles so much? This sample is only 3-4 months old and it's already almost at the point of raunchiness. Other than the sulfurous skunk-stank, the aroma is pretty mild - grainy, a bit sweet, noticeably corny. Slight hop presence that reminds me of wet hay. I am not cringing, but I am not exactly enticed.

Tolerable flavour with no deal-breaking flaws. Damp, grainy malts with some light, corny sweetness describes the bulk of the flavour. Mostly clean finish, with only some slight, grassy dryness from the hops. A bit more than light-bodied, but still watery, with a good, firm, crisp bite from the fairly heavy carbonation.

This is a highly unremarkable lager, acceptable for the style but nothing more. And let me be clear (because the packaging is not): this is not a bock, and there is nothing super about it at all. It's easy to drink and refreshing enough, I guess - but there are domestic lagers that can accomplish this while putting far less of a strain on your wallet.

Final Grade: 2.73, a forgettable C- grade. Portugal has never been known for its thriving beer industry, past or present, so I should not be surprised that this brew was bland and devoid of any creativity. I would be genuinely annoyed if I had paid 13-14 dollars (!) for a six-pack of this expecting an actual bock-style beer. This is a generic industrial-style lager that happens to cost a few bucks more than the others.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
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 +10.3%
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
3.53/5  rDev +25.6%
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
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 ant1
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JMSiefer
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%
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 acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Siddhartharora
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  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 javlin624
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Photo of Sammy
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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 tdm168
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of mempath
3.9/5  rDev +38.8%
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
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
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 WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of HugoG
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of diogo
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.14/5  rDev -23.8%
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 blknikon
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of scruffy1
5/5  rDev +77.9%

Photo of jmccraney
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.