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Super Bock - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 316
Avg: 2.79
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
UNICER União Cervejeira S.A. visit their website

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 Sammy
2.36/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that fades to nothing. Random tiny spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of skunk, grains, corn flakes, and grassy notes. Taste is of grains and corn flakes primarily with a slightly bread-like aftertaste. There is a metallic taste present in this beer as well. A decent carbonation level makes for a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer in all respects. My first beer from Portugal and I am not a fan.

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.36/5  rDev -51.3%
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!

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Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light amber body. Though there were some bubbles initially on the pour, they fizzled away in seconds.

Smell: Sweet-scented cereal notes with even lighter touches of fruit, hops, and alcohol.

Taste: Very mild, thankfully inoffensive tastes present. Lightly sweetish malted barley, scant scattering of corn kernels, faintly bitter European hops, and a hint of apple fruitiness. In and out in a flash.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A light, easy drinking, but very forgettable beer, though the brazen SUPER BOCK label did bring a smile to my face.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Wait, then why the hell is it called "Super Bock"? Oh well, crazy Portuguese. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn syrup, and some rather light floral notes. The taste follows very closely, with the corn syrup's sweetness and the floral bitters gaining a bit of strength, though not very much, and with a slight metallic bit joining in on the fun. It all just malingers in the mouth. Sad, really. The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a sad beer, drinkable enough, but I doubt many would really want to, beyond ticking away a Portuguese beer (my reason, to be honest).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of macro-style adjuncts and light malts. There's a decent hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, for what it is, it's a decent beer and a better alternative than others of its kind, however, overall there's nothing that would make want to drink it again over many other beers.

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Photo of Jason
2.86/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For the most part, this is your typical adjunct brew. But the flavor profile isn't all that bad. It gives a slightly sweeter and less dirty characteristic than you might normally get from beers like this. Still though, it's bland and crappy. Just not the worst thing ever. And why exactly is this called a bock?? Ha!

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Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 03 2009:

Pours straw yellow with a creamy white head that has a decent retention. Some traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of "Euro skunk" with grassy, metallic notes. Some lime.

The taste is of lime zest with herbal/grassy notes giving a bitter touch. There is a sweet malt backbone. It has a crisp finish.

Not really a "bock", unless it just means a strong lager. It has a bit of a kick, and a noticeable hop presence. Easy drinking as a refresher with a bit to it. Nothing great, but something of a pleasant refresher with a bit of a mild kick. More than the typical macro, overall, IMO.

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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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent along with a slight lager yeast fruitiness. It is dry and a bit musty. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some residual sweetness. It has a zing to it that I can only describe as Mexican lager taste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking lager, but nothing I would buy again.

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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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle, saw this on Three Sheets and it showed up at Hi-Times so I picked it up,

A: Pours a pale gold with a soapy long-lasting white head, no lace.

S: Corn, light vegetable notes, sweet malt.

T: Definitely has a corn lager flavour, light DMS. Some solid Saaz type hop notes add some spice and are the bright point of the beer.

M: Light-bodied, flabby and muddled - not crisp, tad overcarbonated.

D: I've had worse adjunct lagers, but this isn't anything that's going to interest me in having again. Not clean, not particulary refreshing.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Holiday in the Algarve July 2012: surrounded by this stuff, available almost everywhere. I cooled with it on tap and chilled with it in bottled form.

Great if you want the quench your thirst after a day in the sun but not a rich, tasty brew: its a lager that is light on flavours but looks fine and clean. It could have been any number of other European lager/pilsner beers, it didn't stand out but it didn't have too.

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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.

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Photo of wl0307
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is the first Portugese beer I'm going to try, and yet according to the previous reviews it doesn't seem to rate so well... BB 12/2007, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark yellow-ish straw in colour, coming with a thick but puffy white head dissipating slowly; carbonation is constant and not OTT.
S: lightly lemony fruits and floral hopppyness come hand in hand, along with a lightly metalic/rusty edge; at the back is a layer of aromatic-sweet, boiled-corn-like, grainy maltiness and a touch of syrupy sugary. Overall the aroma is more in line with a sour lager than with a really paper-thin grainy note of Bud-like crap.
T: a slightly powdery grainy flavour with a bloody thin lemony, even fruit-flavouring-like, sour edge precedes a mildly dry finish of hops and a residual undernote of boiled corns and melted cane-sugar; the finish is very bland with a little dryish as well as honey-ish palate.
M&D: lightly fizzy in texture, befitting for the gravity, but the body is way too thin overall to be enjoyable at all. It's not a horrible beer, though, just lacking almost all the right elements for a quality one...

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Photo of plaid75
2.77/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale straw hue, with a foamy one finger head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell was very subdued. Yeasty and grainy aromas were detectable though. Corn elements as well.

The taste is a bit grainy but had a decent hop presence. The beer finished extremely dry, which improved the flavor for me.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin. The very dry finish left me nearly salivating (in a bad way) after every sip.

Drinkable, but not a bock.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy floral nose. Flavor is sweet, grassy more like a malt liquor, hops stay balanced. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
1.86/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Perfectly clear, pale straw yellow colour. Thin, bright white head thinned to nearly nothing in less than a minute, although there were signs that it wanted to stick to the sides of the glass before it subsided. Aroma consisted of corn (DMS) sweetness, light grainy malt, and a very light mix of lemon and saaz hops.

The flavour was not quite as enjoyable. Very sharp, harsh hop bitterness to start and finishes on the sour side. Hop bitterness lingered on the palate long after the finish, and not in a good way. Sweetness was evident, as was a light grape character. Alcohol was also definitely present in the taste. The body was on the thin side without being watery. Moderate carbonation aided the texture, but there was still a strong grainy astringency present.

Overall, this is a poor beer for the style. No real balance (at least to my palate) and harsh, but not flavourful, hops detracted from the enjoyment. And putting the word "Bock" in the name is just plain silly. Poured from a 355 mL brown bottle with best before date clearly printed on the front label.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.12/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 6/10/11

A clear straw yellow with a few particles being moved around by loads of bubbles that feed a long lasting thumbs width of foam that leaves only a random patch of lace

S skunky corn with some sour lemon

T some skunky sweet malt with some grassy hops but unfortunately it mimics the smell

M thin and watery but well carbonated but a nasty aftertaste

O not feeling this one all that much, dark bottle but still skunked? perhaps just a lousy brew

15$ a 6er? you gotta be joking. don't bother unless you like waaayyy overspending, just buy a cheap macro its pretty much the same thing. from the name I was expecting a Bock not a shitty lager

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