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Super Bock - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

281 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | 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 ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of Citadel82
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.06/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Photo of gopens44
2.17/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
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).

Photo of mempath
3.86/5  rDev +37.4%
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 dolzan
2.5/5  rDev -11%
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 CampusCrew
2.53/5  rDev -10%
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!

Photo of Daniellobo
3.06/5  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.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of maximum12
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.36/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of CameronTyl3r
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of tubacharlie
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of thekanna
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
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 davidchollar
3.29/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks pretty amazing. Nearly perfect. Champagne-bubbly with Duvel-like fluffy head, long-lasting with terrific lacing. Smells more like I would expect after paying so little, and then seeing the style it is listed as here (I knew the moment I saw it at the store it wasn't really a bock) Smells like a macro adjunct lager. But a decent one. Not bad. Tastes exactly the same. Unremarkable. Indistinguishable from the plethora of macro lagers that is the Japanese beer market. I highly recommend this for those of us living in Japan though, as it comes in 2 styles (this and the "stout") and it is really cheap.

Photo of BierFan
3.68/5  rDev +31%
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 jgasparine
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin white head, which quickly evaporated. The body was a well-carbonated clear yellow. Looks very "macro", and no head retention does not bode well.

S- Smells of cornfeed with a trace of cooked vegetables (DMS), and yet a weaker trace of hop aroma.

T- Tastes like it smells. Sweet corn and cooked vegetables, with a mild hop bitterness that lasts into the finish.

M- A thin body... if I had to describe the texture, I would call it a LITTLE bit oily. The carbonation is a bit too aggressive for my taste, which is about par-for-the-course with American Adjunct Lagers.

D- The underwhelming appearance, aroma and taste all contribute to an unimpressive drinkability.

Photo of tone77
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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 gcpxavier
3.21/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a larger beer with a softly sweet taste and very good to drink in all year.

Despite a fact the name it's a blond beer and I really don't know why they put this name.

The white collar is very poor and disapeer quickly.

The best temperature is about 6 degrees celsius and the taste doesn't have many variations even more or less cold.

Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
66 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.