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Super Bock - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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262 Ratings

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001)
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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.

thekanna, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of davidchollar
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

davidchollar, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.73/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

BierFan, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

jgasparine, Feb 01, 2010
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.

tone77, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of gcpxavier
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

gcpxavier, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of jbro434
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fairly deep gold, lots of carbonation and a small bubbly head that fades quickly with little lacing. Taste of sweet corn and carbonation dominate up front with a long lingering sweetness in the mouthfeel. The sweetness diminishes ever so slightly and becomes quite watery and weak with no distinguishing character. A finish of sweet malt does nothing but disappear quickly leaving nothing memorable nor does it offend.

jbro434, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ingredients on bottle include: water, barley malt, unmalted barley and corn, glucose syrup, and hops. Alc is 5.2% on bottle.

A-Pours a clear light golden color w/dense white head, good retention, and bits of lace.

S-Light malt with bits of grain, faint metallic, floral, and skunky hops.

T-Light malt that is slightly sweet w/a dry and grainy finish that reveals some alcohol, and a clumsy aftertaste that is a strange mix of adjuncts, faint alcohol, and hops.

M-Good carbonation, light bodied, balance is a little on the sweet side in the aftertaste.

D-Not Super, and not Bock, but definitely drinkable.

BoitSansSoif, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of engisch
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow it is light in color. Light yellow fizzy beer. It has a thin white head. The smell is sweet and metallic.

Taking a sip, I notice sweetness with a light hop bitterness. It's not completely repulsive, but not a beer I would drink unless incredibly thirsty. Although if you get done with a day out in the hot, this could be quite enjoyable. It's better than a lot of junk that serves the same perpose for most people.

Overall, average and unexceptional.

engisch, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of joepais
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a family reunion in Mass
Bottle poured into a proper glass produced a big frothy white head on top of a clear golden colored body.

The brew smelled extremely sweet but nothing like a bock there was a slight bitter smell as well

It was light and crisp in your mouth but the flavors were towards the sweet end of the spectrum. The bar tender told me most Portuguese like it because it doesn't give them heartburn.

It was a one and done for me not enough of a balance here for even a Adjunct Lager

joepais, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Nickls
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(From notes)

A - Pours a clear fizzy yellow gold; with a half-finger white frothy head

S - Mild skunky import aroma; adjunct sweetness; some hop bitterness toward the end.

T - Basic adjunct lager flavors overall; a little maltier than most in the style; some drying hops toward the end....meh

M - Thinner to medium; actually a bit heavier for the style; vibrant carbonation

D - Not good, not too bad when used to wash down some Portuguese food.

Overall, not bad stuff, but really, just give me a PBR and I'll enjoy it more...

Nickls, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
2.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Oof. This beer is EVERYwhere in Portugal. It's fairly drinkable, but in the same way that water is drinkable. It looks good enough, golden, very clear, with a nice white head that dissipates at a medium pace. Beyond that, however, I don't have much good to say about it. I barely noticed the smell, and the taste was pretty much the same. Mild malts with almost no hops present. It was carbonated well, though, and left my mouth with a clean, crisp feeling. If it wasn't for the fact that this beer was everywhere and relatively cheap, I probably wouldn't have drank much of it at all.

NewGeneric, May 30, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.4/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is everywhere in Portugal. Most bars only have one tap beer and odds are this is it.

First off, it is not a bock. Now that we have that out of the way, what is it?

From the tap, the beer is a slightly hazy pale yellow with a white head and bits of lace.

The beer has an aroma that is grainy with a hint of perfume like hops and touch of sulfur.

The taste is slightly sweet with grains, a bit of grass and a touch of hop fueled bitterness. No adjunct taste (corn, rice, etc) to speak of.

The mouth is surprisingly silky and it is a pretty easy drinker that is suited to the climate & the local cuisine.

Just a note, I had this beer in a least 10 bars & restaurants. The tap lines in each place were immaculate. I give the company credit doing the right things with draught beer.

Redrover, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

jwc215, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
1.2/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
August 29, 2008

As soon as I cracked open the bottle, I realized that there was nothing BOCK about this beer at all. Instant waft of super skunkiness, weird since it was a brown bottle. Pours a super yellow, no bock color whatsoever. Tastes super skunky, watery, not much true beer taste here. Stay away from it, it's trash.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : hoped aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : although hop also with a good bitterness.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style European lager.

thierrynantes, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of atis
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Moist grassy and grainy aroma with some lemon-like tones. Taste is not impressive - light malty and sweet, very little hops and some weak citrus fruit. Low carbonation. Aftertaste is warm and rather pleasant.

Did not like it too much, the beer is below average; actually I was misled by its name and expected bock.

atis, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - 2.5
Poured a loose white finger of head that all-but disappeared in seconds. Colour is a clear, pale gold.

Smell - 2.0
Skunky smell upon opening that faded quickly. Aroma is faint, but pretty generic macro lager. Grains and husk with a little hop profile.

Taste - 1.5
Not very nice. Not sure where the 'bock' comes from, this tastes like a macro lager to me. Starts with almost no flavour, moves onto a dry, stale husk taste, finishes dry, bitter and sour with a pronounced alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Light to moderate wight in the mouth, moderate carbonation that feels somewhat coarse.

Drinkability - 1.5
The 5.6% alcohol means this is not even easy to drink. I didn't enjoy it and was tempted to introduce it to the sink.

I was surprised by how cheap this beer is, but once I tasted it, it all made sense. A sub-par macro lager of near bock strength. I will not try it again, however cheap.

LittleCreature, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

jdhilt, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of CharlieMopps
2.45/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear, pale, golden straw color, which seemed rather typical. However, a nice little foamy head formed that displayed better retention and lacing than expected.

S: A musty and grainy nose with some noticeable hop bitterness.

T: Even for a lager, this one was actually very close to tasteless. And I enjoy a well-done lager, but I guess I didn't want the style to color my perception of this beer. Weak malt intro that's mostly water leading to a weak hop finish that's mostly water. A tad bit of buttery hints, but barely detectable on the tongue.

M: An acceptable level of carbonation, very light and not headache-enducing, but still, watery and only slightly slick from hops.

D: If you enjoy the Macro Lager style and want to see what an advanced BMC beer could taste like, opt for this. If you're looking for a subtle yet flavorful lager, I'd look elsewhere.

CharlieMopps, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of wl0307
2.2/5  rDev -21.7%
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...

wl0307, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of Shadman
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A portguese bock beer??? Let's see shall we.

Hmmm..looks like a macro-lager to me. A deeper amber than most, very clear with some nice lacing. .

smeels awfully macro-like as well. Grainy, slighty musty with some slight cooked veggie untertones.

Quite grainy initially, some hop bitterness. I also noted just a hint of citrus and prehaps a hint of fruitiness, another reviewer mentioned grape and I would concur.

mouthfeel was nice, decent in body, a good level of crispness. Finish was neither dry nor wet.

An average macro that's neither a bock nor super in my books

Shadman, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
1.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

appearance - Light straw color, nice head and lace on the glass.

smell - Bit skunked smell. Typical rice smell on a macro too.

taste - Nothing more of less then a typical macro beer, but with less flavor, and some bitterness.

mouthfeel - Light and carbonated.

drinkability - This is not bock, misleading. Should of been called Super Macro. Only reason I picked up a single of this is because it was from Portugal. I feel sorry for the people in Portugal drinking this beer right now. I only drank about 1/4 of it and dumped the rest. Not even a beer to me.Needs more work on.

auxiliary, May 30, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
1.93/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To begin with, it is not a bock, despite the misleading name. In truth it is an american macro lager.

Appearance: golden color. White head with moderate size and good retention. Very clear.
Taste: kind of bitter
Mouthfeel: drying sensation. Moderate carbonation, low-strength and light body.
Finish: bitter and persistent aftertaste.

Overall: fresh adjunct lager. The flavor is not very pleasant, and it gets worst because of the lingering aftertaste. There are betters beers in Portugal. I don't think I gonna give this one another chance.

AlexLMS, Mar 11, 2007
Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
66 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.