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Super Bock - UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

273 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.78%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001)
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Photo of mempath
3.9/5  rDev +38.8%
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
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
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
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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
2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
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
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
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
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.28/5  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.

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.

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.

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
3.28/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.