Super Bock | UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
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Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001

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Photo of soju6
2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a straw color with a fair head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness and grain with a hint of hops in the background.

T: Taste is quite basic with a bit of hops and malt sweetness and grainy. Has an odd bitterness and a bit of an oily finish.

F: Light body and has some rough edges.

O: Not a beer I would go out of my way for. Probably best served ice cold to hide the warts so to speak.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite clear medium golden in color, with a large, coarse snow-white cap.The carbonation is slight, and there is scattered,patchy lacing.

Aroma: Notes of cooked corn, pale malt,moderate herbal hops,and a bit of Heineken-style skunk aroma.

Taste: Opens with mildly sweet malt, soon followed by cooked corn. There is a faint toasted quality to the malt as well, Later in the taste, some mildly earthy and metallic hops appear. Finishes with a lingering, mild metallic note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, a touch thin, but pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting example, not sure why its called "Super Bock", but certainly its inoffensive and drinkable. Also, its my first beer from the great land of Portugal.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass euro-style long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourced: This was a gift from Colonel Bill, intrepid nickel hunter and connoisseur of fine craft beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced quickly to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet pale malts, grainy and grassy notes, and a little bready notes too.

Taste: Tastes just like the aromas. Pretty simple with a little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Being Portuguese, I have drank this plenty of times on both sides of the Atlantic. Pretty average tasting beer that is there solely to quench my thirst and get away from all the hop nombs out there.

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Photo of asnider
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I ordered this thinking that Portuguese beer would go well with Portuguese food. I also assumed, incorrectly, that it wasn't just another adjunct lager. I mean, it has the word "Bock" right in the name!

This is not a bock. It's definitely an adjunct lager with a lot of unnecessary sweetness to it. It actually lists sugar syrup as an ingredient. Points to the brewer for being honest, at least.

The aroma was not particularly pleasant, smelling a bit like stale cereal grains, but wasn't off-putting, either.

The taste was decent for the style, but the sweetness was a bit too cloying and it didn't quite work for me. It was still better than the typical BMC lagers, but not by much.

The mouth feel was strange on this one. It was relatively smooth, but could have stood for a little bit more carbonation. It was OK, but not great.

I likely wouldn't drink this again unless my options were extremely limited.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.08/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Half finger of head on a clear, pale straw colored body.
I can barely stand the aroma. It's a mixture of dirty barnyard and grain.
The taste isn't as offensive, it just tastes like water with the slight bit of bitterness.
Fizzy texture, moderate carbonation and light body.
It's one of the less enjoyable beers I've had. The smell is a real put-off.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle, 10.2012 stamped on label, not sure if that is a bottling date or best by date.

appears a pale straw yellow color, brilliantly clear. bright white colored head that fades. slightly sweet, grainy aroma. a little bit of cooked corn. more of the same with the taste, on note. thin and fizzy body.

Slightly better than the American BMC beers, but not much.

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Photo of dansmcd
1.77/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up so I could tick off Portugal on the list of nations of beers tried. Mistake.

A - Thin coat of flimsy weak bubbles, retreats instantly to a ring. Clear body demonstrates 20 seconds of effervesence before its as flat and still as can be.

S - Corn, metallic stinky skunkiness, slight yeast.

T - Typical adjunct lager flavours of corn syrup and lemon juice.

M - High carbonation, light fizzy body.

O - Shite.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light amber to straw colour with a large, foamy white head on top that has good retention and looks quite thick. There is some lacing and lots of bubbles, a typical lager look albeit with a good head on it.

Light smelling with lots of cheap adjuncts, corn and some bread. There is some cereal and a watery citrus aroma but the smell is a pretty poor one.

Cereal, bread, corn and very light hops along with other basic adjuncts and a hint of citrus although none of these flavours are particularly strong or pleasant. This was not a good beer at all though and there is some skunky flavours towards the end.

Light with medium carbonation and a some touches of grain coming through on top of what for the most a smooth beer. There is some sweetness in there too and it is pretty light on bitterness levels.

This one was an awful beer, I honestly can't think of anything that I particularly enjoyed about it and it was a real struggle to finish with it becoming hard to drink after only a couple of sips and it tasted quite skunky at parts.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 RblWthACoz
2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 SmashPants
2.47/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: light brown 330mL bottle, pretty ordinary looking label. Macro standard I suppose.

Appearance: light amber body, crystal clear. Head bubbled and disappeared in seconds.

Aroma: sweet-scented cereal with lighter fruit and hops.

Taste: very mild, and what there is is not terribly impressive. Cheap cereals without and hops bitterness or malt undertones.

Aftertaste: not much better, but at least there is the lack of metallic fug you expect in a cheap and poor tasting beer.

Mouth feel: light bodied and fairly high in carbonation. The carbonation carries too much metallic fug flavour.

Overall: a cheap tasting beer replete with cheap rice, cheap grains and a lack of anything note-worthy.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle from Portuguese restaurant. Pours golden with a thin, long-lived white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops, bready malt and sweet corn. Body is light and smooth. Some light hops and grain combine on the palate. Regular macro crap, but at least inoffensive.

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Photo of stevoj
2.51/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Another pale lager for the masses. This one looks god in the glass though, with ample foamy head. Decent maltiness in the taste, but still tastes weak and watery.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows hay, skunky, grassy hops and unexpected caramel.
Same story with flavours: hay, grass and some redeeming soft sweet malt, followed by a mild bitterness. Thankfully not too sweet.
Carbonation is too high.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass at Nando’s PERi PERi in National Harbor..

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with a 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Not a huge nose – grains and very mild hops.

T: Grainy flavor with lemon background and finishes slightly bitter with the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: When I ordered this I thought I was ordering a Bock – and was confused when it poured a golden color. But – surprises are sometimes a good thing – but in this case this beer was just ok. Nothing special or anything I would grab again.

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Photo of Samp01
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden pale yellow with a white lasting head with some lacing. Aroma and Taste is cereal, grains, grassy notes with some malt sweetness and light hops. Plate is light, crisp with light carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, cereal, grains some grassy notes and some light bitterness. Overall not too bad, best when cold, an ok drinkable brew.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle picked up as a single at the LCBO; listed at 5.2% abv. Best before October 2012.

Pours a pale golden-straw colour, generating about a finger of soapy white head on top. Retention is average for an adjunct lager, i.e. not that good, but at least it leaves behind some smears of lacing. Why do some European breweries love these clear/green bottles so much? This sample is only 3-4 months old and it's already almost at the point of raunchiness. Other than the sulfurous skunk-stank, the aroma is pretty mild - grainy, a bit sweet, noticeably corny. Slight hop presence that reminds me of wet hay. I am not cringing, but I am not exactly enticed.

Tolerable flavour with no deal-breaking flaws. Damp, grainy malts with some light, corny sweetness describes the bulk of the flavour. Mostly clean finish, with only some slight, grassy dryness from the hops. A bit more than light-bodied, but still watery, with a good, firm, crisp bite from the fairly heavy carbonation.

This is a highly unremarkable lager, acceptable for the style but nothing more. And let me be clear (because the packaging is not): this is not a bock, and there is nothing super about it at all. It's easy to drink and refreshing enough, I guess - but there are domestic lagers that can accomplish this while putting far less of a strain on your wallet.

Final Grade: 2.71, a forgettable C- grade. Portugal has never been known for its thriving beer industry, past or present, so I should not be surprised that this brew was bland and devoid of any creativity. I would be genuinely annoyed if I had paid 13-14 dollars (!) for a six-pack of this expecting an actual bock-style beer. This is a generic industrial-style lager that happens to cost a few bucks more than the others.

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Photo of whitefire
2.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Typical color for a lager. Pours into a nice yellowish color.

S: Nothing worth mentioning.

Taste/Mouth feel: A refreshing beer that misses the style overall. Taste is somewhat metallic which is a turnoff.

O: I really want to like this beer... Being Portuguese, I like to support the "homeland" product, but this one disappoints. I would like to try some of their other beers though.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz. bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Poured a very pale straw yellow with about a finger and a half of soapy white head that settles to a spotty layer with little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Little skunky.... Some sweet malt and corn. Not very impressive.

T: Lots of sweet corn here.. with a touch of hops. Very Euro big name Euro Lager.

M: Very light-bodied, not very crisp and a little heavy on the carbonation.

D: Not the worst I've had just very plain big brewer Euro lager... Nothing very interesting or good.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 jadpsu
2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle purchased in Middletown NJ.
Pours very light and clear pale straw yellow with a full 2 finger pure white head that clings to the side glass.
Aroma: got a little Euro skunkiness and grains.
Taste: definitely grainy with distant cietric tones.
Has a dry acrid finish.
Mediocre beer. At least it didn't find a way to offend. Tried it once won't look for it again.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.12/5  rDev -24.3%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 soulgrowl
3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, sunshiny gold with a snowy white head that retains well. The aroma is pretzels and vodka, bready, malty, dry, and slightly boozy with a bit of toffee and some grassy, dandelion-floral hops. It smells dry, and not very deep. It's full and frothy on the palate, solidly malty but very airy at the same time. Sweet corn and quinine dominate, without much else going on except some light citrus and a faint metallic tinge. Not bad, not good. You could do worse at Nando's.

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Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.