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Super Bock - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

237 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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.

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raclark

New Jersey

1.83/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

It's been a while since I've done a review. I find it can sometimes be hard to describe in depth the various intricacies and unique characteristics of a good craft beer. Crappy imported lager on the other hand is all too easy. Thus we have Super Bock. Of course it's not a true bock, and it's definitely not super.

When I met some friends the other night at a b.y.o.b. restaurant, they asked for beer suggestions. I recommended picking up a bock. To my dismay Super Bock is what ended up on the table. It did a fair enough job of washing down the Mexican food, but was overall unremarkable.

The tight carbonation of this beer does little to disguise the corny flavor and lack of real character. Very bland. It reminds me of some of the lesser quality Mexican lagers that I've had. It is a bit more flavorful than your BMC brews and it is session-able (5.2% abv listed on the label) but for the price you can do better.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 07:26:41 | More by raclark
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Put this one in the "read the label better" category. I was looking for some Bock beers but short on time when I grabbed this to go with my other selections. I wasn't after a lager.

Pours a bright, shiny golden yellow. A nice white head, 1/2" high develops with decent retention. Good lace.
Smell is well balanced with notes of hops, citrus, grapes and malt. Wet cardboard is present, too.
Taste is less balanced. Hops first with some grape followed with fainter malt and just a hint of citrus.
Smoother than expected. A body slightly more than medium. Carbonation is a bit muted but more than light. Altogether, a rather decent lager, not your more typical one horse show of hops alone.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:48:16 | More by PorterLambic
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is very muted, but it is slightly skunky and musty with a hint of noble hops. The flavor is similar. It tastes like a Euro Pale Lager, but not as strong. Flavors consist of grainy malts and Noble hops. The mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. The drinkability is rather high as it is pretty smooth. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would love to drink it again if I ever go to Portugal. I prefer this over other Euro Pale Lagers and Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 23:49:23 | More by thegodfather2701
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DannyDan

Michigan

3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Pours into a golden yellow color with very little head with hardly any retention, sparse lacing and high carbonation. The smell is of old corn, some lemon, some tobacco, some musty old wood. The taste is of corn, some faint hint of citrus, little bit of malt, not much going for it in flavor. I'm not sure how this is a "bock" when the taste reminds me of Budweiser. The mouthfeel is a light watered down beer that leaves the mouth as quick as water when drinking it which makes this a very drinkable beer. I never heard of a "Super Bock" until I got this beer, and now I know that everyone unless you want to get "super" drunk and don't care for taste should avoid this "Super" beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 08:59:02 | More by DannyDan
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +10%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 21:24:46 | More by Yoonisaykul
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 00:30:06 | More by puboflyons
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 19:46:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a short lived fleecy white head. Fine brisk carbonation.

Aroma is fruity grain, lemon peel, sweet corn though light and not at all unpleasant.

Taste is crisp and light. Nothing spectacular, nor offensive.

Mouth feel is light and fleeting. Now its there ... now its not...

Overall a quite drinkable macro lager. Might pair nicely with some chorizo and manchego.

Doubt I'll buy it again unless its a lark or a request. But it was not bad. Not sure how they get away with calling it a "bock" Perhaps bock is Portuguese for "buck" as in a buck a bottle, which is more than I actually paid.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 02:17:40 | More by Citadel82
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ElijahCSkuggs

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Would Superman drink Super Bock? I'll be the judge of that.

Crystal clear off-gold with a slow producing bubble that initially produced a big fluffy head, that faded into a soapy look.

Grainy, hoppy....with a slight whiff of fruit, possibly lemony. It's basically a very been-there-done-that smell. Not offensive, but possibly memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Brisk and pleasant taste that's slightly grainy and again slighty lemony; sweet ting, but dry.

I'd say a medium body which leans closer to the light side. Refreshing, and kind of creamy; soaks up your saliva.

It's an alright beer. Nothing special, and I wouldn't choose it again to buy and get loaded off of, but if it was the only beer at the box social, I wouldn't complain.

Superman told me if I brought this over to the Fortress of Solitude that he'd solitude my ass. I don't think he approves of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 23:18:17 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
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crossovert

Illinois

3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. My first Portuguese beer.

It pours like any other adjunct lager, perhaps a bit more golden and darker, but not by much. The head is also slightly tighter than most, though the lacing is kind of that artificial looking lacing.

The smell is mostly sweetness, a nit of maize, and a subtle bit of hops. There is an ever so slight skunkiness despite he brown bottle.

The flavor is pretty standard, some corn, some sweetness, not much hops, a bit of biscuit, perhaps richer than your average adjunct, but not really any more enjoyable.

Pass.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 05:10:56 | More by crossovert
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TheDeuce

New York

2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Super Bock....in a bottle....at Aldea in NYC.

Appearance-poured out of the bottle into the pint glass. Pale gold straw color, residual brown streaks, medium sized head that leaves quickly.

Smell-grainy straw, notes of light citrus, alcohol and grass, fairly clean.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, fairly clean, smooth, grainy upfront, light fruit, alcohol mix, one last touch of grass on the way down, finishes clean.

Drinkability-no issues but nothing redeeming.

Overall-not at all memorable, too light and clean, no discernable highlights of flavor, I guess the best I can say was it wasn't awful, but that's not good enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 20:15:59 | More by TheDeuce
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gopens44

Virginia

2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I can't be too harsh on this, i.e., I can't really hold this to the same standards that I would a micro, seeing as how this might be like the Miller Lite of Portugal, who knows. I will review it as a comparison to Bud or Miller.

A - Pale yellow, no head.

S - Smelled like the Anheuser Busch brewery. Where the vats are. Strong barley smell and not much more

T - Like the smell, barley with the same adjunct back taste that it's American counterparts own, but a touch more flavorful. Getting through it was a chore.

M - Medium to high carbonation, dry finish.

D - not really unless I was actually at a Portuguese bar and they didn't have much else.

I purchased this beer to because it had a squawker next to it saying "new" and it was relatively cheap, like $1.49, which should have served as a warning of sorts that it wasn't going to be the best thing I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 11:47:09 | More by gopens44
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

250ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Traditional Portuguese Lager: Which means quite tasteless. To be avoided.

A: Golden to yellow to orange color. Clean. Medium (1 finger) white head which dissipates leaving no lacings
S: Authentic American Adjunct Lager smell, which means: Not good. Artificial smell of malts (most probably corn). A bit of hops as expected
T: Like the nose, not impressive. Malt and hops. The taste of corn jeopardizes it a lot. Too light bitter end
M: Light body. Reasonable carbonation and light bitter end
D: Low

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 18:21:49 | More by eduardolinhalis
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev 0%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:55:35 | More by TMoney2591
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mempath

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 14:26:35 | More by mempath
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dolzan

Slovenia

2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 20:21:17 | More by dolzan
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CampusCrew

Florida

2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I guess they use the name Bock to describe "strong" lager which is what it is at 5.6%. They also market this alot to the English soccer league which is why the name is in English.

tastes like a fresh clean Stella. was really suprised that I didn't mind it. Nice hop presence and good bitternss. well balanced lager.

Perfect beer break from the hop bombs I love and great with burgers, pizza, and mexican. Nice lager!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 16:26:10 | More by CampusCrew
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little bock, let alone super, about this run of the mill macro lager import.

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown capped bottle. Red oval label around the name of the brew in large white fonts, and highlighting several awards and bragging notes about its authentic flavor. Back label repeats the slogan and logo alongside the perfunctory legal notes. Lacks bottling or best by date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (5.4%). Served in a tall bar glass.

A - Straw pour with a nice frothy head, average retention, fair surface memory and touches of lace.

S - Grainy malt, a whiff of hoppy bitterness.

T - Grainy, light malt, grassy notes with a faint hoppy touch in the back.

M - Light-medium body with generous carbonation and a minimal dry finish.

D - Hmmm, works as a refresher? Which is not much of a single compliment to a brew...

Notes: It´s not a pain but it sure is quite forgettable. It shows up more so as a gimmick in places that need to have a Portuguese touch with a macro import, and in that context it is totally avoidable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 10:24:25 | More by Daniellobo
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Halcyondays

California

2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 02:56:16 | More by Halcyondays
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am absolutely amazed. I have never seen a beer this ubiquitous anywhere, anytime, anyhow. In every place we've been in, it's the only beer they carry, i.e. "want a beer?" nothing about "what kind". The advertising is everywhere. The beer is even more places.

It's yellow, highly carbonated, & tastes like a standard, watered down adjunct lager. Tastes & looks like sweet corn with a bit of sugar ladled into the pot. Not bad, but nothing to go a step out of the way for, & only just better than going without & opting for agua. And the 5.6% ABV keeps it from being a brew one can mindlessly tip back one after another for fear of falling on a bad cobblestone sidewalk.

Sub-average. OK. Ho-hum.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 14:25:28 | More by maximum12
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

2.38/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color that is very clear. Small head that dissipates fast.

Smell: Has a very strong, but funky malt aroma. It's not exactly the most appealing smell in the world.

Taste: Has a smooth finish, but it's a little funky. It's drinkable, but not very good.

Mouthfeel: Has a mild body, which I found surprising considering the appearance. I was expecting much thinner and more watery.

Drinkability: It's not horrible. But it's not something that I'll get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 14:56:40 | More by civilizedpsycho
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CameronTyl3r

Texas

2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 23:56:33 | More by CameronTyl3r
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has been the bell cow of our week in Portugal. My family has been on vacation in a villa in the Algarvae and we've been through almost three full cases of Super Bock tall boys, although that is more due to the lack of variety in the local supermarkets than overriding lover for SB.

Super Bock is a pale golden color with minimal head and a sugary, malty nose that matches the taste, which is sweeter than the color belies. The abv provides a nice kick, especially when sitting by the pool in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:17:34 | More by daliandragon
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden color with a fizzy white head. Fades fast leaving some lacing up. Smells like a lager. Malts predominate in my nasal cavities. Taste is a bit bland and slightly metallic. A sense of being watered down. All together a funky taste to it. Not a bad lager but not too good. There are much better examples out there.
Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 04:29:31 | More by JordanEllwanger
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Almost no discernible aroma or odor, maybe a little corny sweetness.

Pours the color of yellow corn, which is used in the mash. Label lists the ingredients as: Water, barleymalt, maize (corn), glucose syrup, hops.

Pilsner style, nothing "bock" about it (or "super" either for that matter). White head immediately dissipates, no bubbles rising but carbonates all right in the mouth, tastes sort of like a typical Pilsner with light hops, but with a slight corn sweetness.

Probably would be good with tapas on the beach in the Mediterranean, but does not translate well in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 03:33:26 | More by tubacharlie
Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
66 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.