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Super Bock - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

140 Reviews
THE BROS
73
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Reviews: 140
Hads: 308
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 20.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of drtth
3.55/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a bright clear yellow color with a 3/4" white head that recedes slowly but visibly, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. Soon there is a thin layer of foam with a bit of a thicker region toward the center over the nucleation point. The carbonation is moderate. Sipping leaves some small patches of lacing along with some skinny legs of lacing.

The aromas include a touch of the sulfur that folks sometimes mistake for skunking. There are sweet grains present and a touch of grassiness.

The flavors include a light sweetness from malts and other grains. There is a touch of sulfur in the mix and just a light bit of grassy bitterness in the back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly crisp from gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish begins in the sweetness from the grains as it begins to recede, introducing the touch of sulfur and just that light bit of bitterness. It eventually becomes lightly dry so that the sweetness from the next sip is new rather than cumulative and cloying.

Overall this seems a better than average AAL in that it is sweet and grainy without much showing in the way of hops, but there is a bit of dryness. While I don't intend to, I could see having a couple of these on a hot summer day or while grilling in the back yard. Not sure why it has Bock in the name since it clearly is not what German brewers would count as a Bock. (1,465 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden beer wih a white head that quickly disapears. Medium carbonation. Taste likes malts, floral, sweet and some bitter hops. Aftertaste quickly disapears. Nice on a hot day, easy to drink. (197 characters)

Photo of ARoman
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On tap, poured into a pint glass. The aroma has a bit of a mineral hint to it as well as corn bread, and near the end, a bit of old, wet sponge comes forth before settling on primarily crusty bread. The beer is a sparkling clear, and effervescent straw color with a moderate, soap white head that has okay retention and good lace. The beer is a medium light sweet with a medium bitter finish. It's thin, light and crisp with a zippy carbonation and a light body. The flavor is primarily corn and bread, with a hint of butter, and some caramel, that finishes with a crispness and a bitter lemon rind and bread crust. There's a clove touch that adds a light dryness to the finish and the aftertaste is lightly astringent, a bit bitter, and has a bit of a burnt flavor. (766 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

People are way too harsh on this beer. This is the national beer of Portugal! This is way better than the macro lagers here in the U.S., and tastes like a combination of Amstel Light and Heineken. Perfect for being outside on a hot day, and being above 5% is a plus too. (270 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

(bottle date: 05 2015)

L: crystal-clear, light piss-yellow/gold... thin pad of foam lingers for longer than expected

S: smells like a malt liquor... moderate toasted grain husk note... glove leather?... fairly weak intensity

T: toasty, darker grain flavor carries over from the aromas... actually, it kind of tastes like DME... sort of an oxidized apple skin/flesh note in the aftertaste... touch of metal

F: fairly light and slick, clean on the palate... moderate bite from the carbonation... quite dry... somewhat watery in the finish

O: not awful for what it is, but I wouldn't have one again - I'd rather try whatever lighter, pilsner-style offering they may have... just something off about this beer (710 characters)

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Review: Can of SuperBock Pale Lager 5.2%ABV

SuperBock, the football special. I can see why it is popular on the terraces, as it looks damn good, is relatively strong and goes down well. Its also quite cheap, which always appeals. Its a player alright.

This beer pours a crystal clear golden colour with a huge white head on top, which was very frothy. It is quick to settle, with little lacing.

The aroma is faint and gentle, some grains, malts and some light hints of grassy hops. Not a bad taste, a mildly sweet refreshing lager that hits the throat lovely and there is a nice bitter and sour aftertaste that lingers for a short while. It’s a very easy beer to drink. (677 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Bottle from colonial spirits
Light golden color with a smallish frothy white head that is fed with a decent stream of carb bubbles. Aromas of bready pilsner malt and a hint of floral hops. The flavor is bready malt with a light sugary sweetness. Slight mineral and a faint gritty mouthfeel. Not horrible. (304 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

So I'm a beer guy and went to Portugal and Spain. Was on a structured trip, so didn't get to get to anywhere with very good beer. But I got to sample the BMC of their countries . . .

I only had a little bit of this, but I liked it better than the Sagres. My sister said the exact opposite, so it is a personal preference thing.

Aroma (3.5): Smells decent enough for the style.
Appearance (4): Nice golden color. Just like a lager should be.
Taste (3.5): Not much to speak of, but you get a little malt and some hop taste. Nothing too much, but it is what is probably should be.
Palate (3.5): No real complaints, nothing to write home about either. (662 characters)

Photo of MrCharlieMops
4/5  rDev +43.4%

Appearance: Golden and watery with a small, white head which disappears fairly quickly.
Aroma: No hops, bread and slight alcoholic smell.
Taste: Fresh, light, crisp and grainy. Mild cereal taste which lingers after swallowing. Not too interesting as most commercial lagers usually are.
Overall: Very refreshing on a hot summer day, light bodied beer with a crisp flavour. One of my favourite lagers. (400 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
2.77/5  rDev -0.7%

Popping the top yields a crispy yet adjunct waft. On the pour this brew is pale straw colour with a nonexistent head. On the taste there is good mouthfeel, balanced with adjunct malts and slight bitter hoppiness with a fading similar aftertaste. Refreshing but not overly flavorful. (283 characters)

Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1B). Bottle 25cl. AROMA: sweet grainy aroma and medium-low hop aroma. APPEARANCE: very clear golden straw color with average persistance white head. TASTE: medium-low grainy flavour with no hop flavour and medium-low bitterness. no fruitiness and no diacetyl. Balance towards malty and sweet aftertaste. PALATE: light body (maybe from high dosage of adjuncts - corn and rice). medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a light, refreshing average bulk lager. (497 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.62/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow color with a thin head with short retention.
Light adjunct lager aroma with notes of corn syrup.
Flavor with mild notes of herbal hops, corn, some lemon and grains. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Average easy to drink Adjunct Lager, with no huge flaws including body that is thin, but not watery. (352 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
1.84/5  rDev -34.1%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- light gold.

Medium head quickly settling.

Aroma- gentle sweet sorghum lager.

Taste- A mildly sweet refreshing lager, clean and simple throughout with a hint honey. A great lawn mowing brew that is better than the mass produced domestic giants' offerings for a lighter (not lite) lager. My rating my seem high, but I rate within the context of a

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 9/28/2013. (486 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (445 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle. Lager glass. Straw color, crystal clear appearance. White & rocky foam shows correct retention. Yeasty, grainy, sweet & sulfur aromas. Cloying & flat upfront. Light but bothering body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Grainy flavors & slight metal hues. Dry bitter finish. Harsh & unbalanced. (311 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Advertised as 5.2% ABV.

Appearance - Clear golden colour with just over a finger of white head. This dissipates quickly leaving some soapy head on top. While not bubbly there are quite a few bubbles present.

Smell - Slight creamed corn aroma, also a grassy bite similar to a good pilsner. Not much else, but nothing off putting either.

Taste - Watery with very little flavour. Slight grainy taste but not much else. Again nothing off putting.

Mouthfeel - Watery, medium carbonation. Otherwise not much to comment on.

Overall - for the style this actually isn't bad. Would drink again if I was limited to adjunct lagers. (669 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wait a minute... this isn't a bock? Aw man. Giving it a go anyway haha.

Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Typical pale yellow with a fizzy white head that gos down pretty quickly.

S: Very faint with some grain in there. Not much to say.

T: Very mild with plenty of grain in there. Not too bad and pretty smooth. Nothing really to note. Pretty beery and straightforward. Refreshing.

Overall, not too much to say. I bought it expecting a bock, and what I got was an easy drinking light lager. Not bad for what it is, but won't pick up again. (557 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.37/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale colour but on the darker side of euro lagers, clear, minimal head, no lacing.

S: Malt, minimal hop content, fairly pleasant for Euro Pale Lager, hint of yeast.

T: Sweet, very malt forward, some fruity notes.

M: Light body, initially well carbonated but faded along with the crispness.

O: For what it is it’s pretty good, no noticeable ajunct content. (368 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Peculier Pub in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint hints of light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fluffy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of sweet adjunct malts are present with corn and grains standing out.

T: Moderate flavors of sweet malts with a lot of grain and corn adjuncts. No hop flavors or bitterness are perceptible.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth.

O: A very offering for the style - not offensive but probably not interesting (or good) enough to warrant trying again. (834 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at Peculiar Pub, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Faint aromas of sweet corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet malts and corn adjuncts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily, but there's nothing special about the taste. It's a run of the mill Euro Pale Lager. (606 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was received as a gift. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color, with about a finger's worth of white fluffy head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malts, graininess, corn, and just a bit of grassiness in the background.

T: Pretty standard grainy corn AAL lager flavors, moderate pilsner malt sulfur. Nothing to make it stand out from the myriad of other AALs around.

M: Light thin body, alcohol is well-hidden, and carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Despite its name, this shares no characteristics of any Bock I am familiar with. Really just not a good beer. (652 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
2.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looking at the bottle and ratings this beer has garnered there is an instant feeling of regret upon purchasing Super Bock, an American Adjunct Lager - yuck! Well let's not jump the gun, it could quite possibly be the greatest beer purchase ever, probably not in a million years, yeah.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Body presents a clear lemon yellow, with a thin white speckled lace for a head.

S: Adjuncty (if you are a real word) grain aroma, malt, vegetal matter and dare I say it; a twist of lemon.

T: Crisp Lager flavours, full grain/malt base with that lemon again, although it does taste like artificial lemon so don't get your hopes up. Finish is dry and malty.

M: Mid to light body with flat carbonation.

D: Look I can see how one would drink this in Portugal when 99% of the alcohol you get there is wine, however it is a boring Lager with little merit apart from the fact that it doesn't taste like the beer equivalent of faeces, which is difficult it seems for most Lagers to manage. Also it is interesting in it's cloying artificial lemon flavour so I will give it that.

Note: It was a challenge finishing this beer - the off-lemon taste was off-putting - came close to a drain pour. Super Bock as it turns out was a super mistake. You have been warned.

Food match: Seafood... though it would be a waste of good seafood, make it a cheap fish & chips, don't waste calamari or oysters on this one. (1,437 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a straw color with a fair head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness and grain with a hint of hops in the background.

T: Taste is quite basic with a bit of hops and malt sweetness and grainy. Has an odd bitterness and a bit of an oily finish.

F: Light body and has some rough edges.

O: Not a beer I would go out of my way for. Probably best served ice cold to hide the warts so to speak. (425 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Super Bock sounds exotic, but its classification of being an adjunct lager dissapoints my hopes. Still, I hope to get something out of this. Coming out of a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

A lighter than golden color shows in the body. A short head forms on top of the beer, retaining in an average manner, dropping to a patchy lace within a minute of the pour. Oh, there's the nose. Definately not a bock. A little stinky grass, milled corn and cooked corn arise. Ok, vamos...

Run of the mill adjunct lager. It's not horrible, however don't get your hopes up. Rather clean with a slight honey sweetness, white bread, and a pleasantly crisp, light body. Maybe too crisp, as the bubbles are eating away at my throat! Somewhat steeley towards the end of the sip.

Hard to believe this is my first Portuguese beer. What's not hard to believe would be this first and last visit with Super Bock. (892 characters)

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Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.