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Tennent's Super Strong Lager - Tennent Caledonian Breweries

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 36.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tennent Caledonian Breweries visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-30-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +81.5%

Srecko, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of ElCommodoro
4.43/5  rDev +78.6%

It pours a transparent copper-orange with a 2 mm white head.
The smell is like a delicious, if somewhat sour malt liquor.
Taste is stupendous. It beats the hell out of American malt liquors and high gravity lagers. Why can't they just make stuff like this in America? How hard would that be? Are our brewers just so unskilled that they don't know how to do it? Is there no market for decent strong lager?
Anyway, the taste is not what I expected considering how much the smell resembled American malt liquor. It's more like someone actually took the time to craft a good tasting malt liquor, while still capturing everything a malt liquor should be. It's like those that brewed it actuallly TASTED it before putting it out on the market. It's got malty sweetness and surprisingly, some hops to balance it out. But it's also got that alcohol bite that I just love in a strong, transparent lager like this. That alcohol taste's got nowhere to hide. It has just a hint of a fusel bite on the finish with caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. It's the way a strong lager should finish. Once, again, American macros are beaten into the dust by their European competitors. Will they ever learn?

ElCommodoro, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Fimbulvetr
4.25/5  rDev +71.4%

Fimbulvetr, Wednesday at 10:17 AM
Photo of Starky
4.15/5  rDev +67.3%

I'm the proud Glaswegian standing up for the official tipple of my noble and ancient city. I'd say it's important to remember the desired market of the Wellpark brewery when distributing this particular beverage.

They aren't looking to sell to student-y, vaguely financially solvent 'champagne charlies' with reasonable personal hygenie like me, rather hopeless, desperate alcoholics whose sole opiate in life after waking each day is to reach the abyss of borderline alcohol poisoning as soon as humanly possible.

Indeed, when I first purchased Tennent's Super two years ago, soon after my 18th birthday, I had no knowledge of what dual horror and joy awaited me. Strolling up to the cashier with three four-packs for the lads and me, my ID was thoroughly perused and I was then very kindly offered 'Fancy a park bench with that?'. Combined with a few bottles of Buckfast, suffice it to say that the next day I arose from the sheets only to drink water and vomit copiously (more the latter), until about 1930 when I finished the last two cans.

Well... it's orange.

It's so fizzy it looks like there's some kind of whirlpool in your glass. This sets the tone for what's pretty much a standard lager on a tonne of steroids.

'Stench' is probably better. It smells like the east end of Glasgow, that is stale lager mixed with badly-cooked chips smothered in vinegar.

Taste, mouthfeel:
Like nothing else. A highly-concentrated version of standard Tennent's: syrupy sweet (that's how they get it so strong), endlessly lingering, strongly alcoholic. The key to Wellpark's success with this one is that the aftertaste is so utterly rank that you need to take another sip to nullify it... thus it begins...

If your average pint of Tenny's is a peck on the cheek, this fizzbitch is a true 'Glasgow kiss'.

Recommended only for borderline alcoholics from west central Scotland. Like me. I warned you...

Starky, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Srkolodn
4/5  rDev +61.3%

Srkolodn, Thursday at 08:22 PM
Photo of John
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Had this on tap in Europe. It WILL kick your ass!

John, Oct 30, 2001
Photo of little_star
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

little_star, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of scotiaoakland
3.48/5  rDev +40.3%

Ahhh, the much maligned Tennent's Super...

Purchased a 440ml can in Glasgow when i was back last month but just plucked up the courage to drink it for the first time in a good 10 years.

Poured into a dimpled stein. Golden/ ginger coloration, surprisingly thick creamy luscious head and decent lacing. smells nice and sweet, like a tripel karmeliet, but not really.

light/ medium bodied, nice velvety mouth feel and good carbonation but then comes the alcoholic burn. Can't say i noticed any hop character.

pretty easy drinking for a 9%er, although it was my first of the day.

Overall won't be seeking it out but it's no that bad. Don't be hatin' on the Soupy.

scotiaoakland, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Lobina
3.25/5  rDev +31%

Lobina, Jul 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +31%

camartin27, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Wildman
3.2/5  rDev +29%

I would have to agree with you on that quote. Sneaked it into our hotel room, not that they probably cared. This beer has an alcohol level that just slams you in the face at the first aroma. The beer was a yellow color with no lace and was fairly clear. The aroma was the usual corn or whatever that crazy lager smell is. The flavor is just impossible to hold on to because the alcohol just cuts through everything including the finish, creating quite a bite to it. Basically a beer for getting trashed fast.

Wildman, May 09, 2002
Photo of adamette
3.2/5  rDev +29%

Purchased at a local grocery store in Lido, Italy (just outside of Venice) for 0.99 Euro on 6 17 09. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Yellow translucent, really like a Bud.

S Strong, lager smell. Again, like a Bud with some muscle.

T Strong...Lager...really I cannot emphasize enough how this tasted to me like a Bud with some alcohol muscle. I suppose it delivers on what is promised.

M Slightly more syrupy stickiness than a Bud ever had.

D Fairly good but because of its strength and it proximity to a Bud in the taste spectrum I cannot see drinking a lot of this at any time.

Notes: This beer proved to be interesting.

adamette, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.18/5  rDev +28.2%

I'm swimming upstream on this one, but I like Tennent's, and found this strong (meaning stronger alcohol content) in Bermuda. The bar was out of Guinness and thought of this strong lager as a good substitute. Well it sure wasn't an adequate replacement for the Guinness' Extra Stout Foreign Export, but it did quench my burger thirst in a big time way.

Yes, it did skunk a bit, but it has a special Tennent's flavor that I find pleasing. The look was dark gold with a big head that left too soon, but did lace a bit. Against the somewhat bitter background came a swell of alcohol that said "sip this one, don't gulp it." So sip I did. Overall, much better than typical American macros, but too potent for a session. My guess is that most American drinkers will rate this higher than our UK brethren since to us it's "better than Bud" and to them it's nothing like their very fine, high quality regional ales.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev +26.2%

This strong lager came from a small bottle, and honestly wasn't very impressive. It has a slightly dark straw color that almost borders on gold. The head is very slight, and quickly falls, but was initially white and rocky. A sweet aroma with a lot of grass, corn, and grain is the first thing that you smell. The aroma has a bit of barley malt as well, but it's definitely hidden in the back. There's also a notable alcohol aroma. The beer is actually quite sweet, and with relatively low carbonation, this gets tiresome. It's a little too much, without much malt or hops to provide flavor. Vegetable and corn come through most predominantly in the flavor. Not much of a bitter finish, which is a bit too sweet. The alcohol is present and warming, but it's not as harsh as a lot of other strong lagers that I've recently had. They did a better job folding it into the overall flavor than others. On the other hand, it is still just a souped-up version of an ordinary euro-lager.

Suds, Aug 05, 2007
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2.98/5  rDev +20.2%

330ml bottle

A- Somewhere in the middle between golden and amber. Nice and decently dense two finger head that has nice retention, though it leaves no lacing at all. Strong carbonation is visible

S- A strong alcoholic feel, with not much besides. Just some nice undernotes of bready malts and fruit (apple, orange)

T- Strong grainy malts with a slightly metallic feel and maybe some hints of caramel. Some plain alcoholic notes can be easily felt, though they never really get too annoying. Slighlty fruity (mainly apple) on the palate. Finishes with a hint of bitterness

M- Quite dense body and carbonation. Nothing really interesting, but the full mouthfeel fits nicely with the beer's strong feel

O- This is no more than a classic, uninteresting industrial lager that has been on steroids. That alcoholic feel does not help drinkability. Overall this is still a fairly decent beer, mostly due to it's strong body and feel

Cozzatoad, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
2.88/5  rDev +16.1%

A-Pours with a fizz, and a whiff of corn. Pale straw yellow with a thin white head and lots of bubbles.

S-Corn, cheap, sweet adjunct type stuff. Not appetizing.

T/M-Typical malt liquor. This is made for the express purpose of getting you drunk. However, I will give it points for not being cloyingly sweet.

D-If you have 2 pounds and want to get drunk, you could do worse. You could also do a lot better.

DaveHS, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of GMB
2.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Tennent's Super Strong Lager may be "Scotland's No. 1 Beer" (as the can claims), but this can was brewed in Maharashtra, India, where the brand enjoys a loyal following. It pours a very pale translucent golden color with a short-lived fizzy white head and lots of carbonation.

The nose is grainy and very sweet. Ethyl alcohol is up front.

The taste is more pleasant than I expected it to be. Bitter alcohol flavors begin to emerge in the middle of the palate, but are quickly masked by barley and rice malts, whose sweetness outstays its welcome. There's not anything special here, but neither is there anything offensive. The sweetness makes the brew quite drinkable. In fact, this strong lager may be too drinkable for its own good. My 500 ml (16 oz.) can disappeared in a matter of minutes.

Overall, Tennent's Super Strong Lager is not a beer I'd recommend to beer drinkers who have access to superior representations of the strong lager/malt liquor styles. But if you find yourself in Delhi with 65 rupees (about $1.25/€1) in your pocket, you might pick up a can. You could certainly do a lot worse here.

GMB, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Voss
2.83/5  rDev +14.1%

The first time I drunk this STRONG lager was because I read "9% vol" on the Pub's menu. And this is still the reason I keep drinking it. I always have it on draught (far batter that in can), and it looks so good in its pint glass, so gold yellow with a 1cm head. Smell is almost obscured by alchool, taste is so sweet and... alchool again. This beer always does what it is supposed to do, at least for me: daze your brain, lose your inhibitons and let your friend or girlfriend drive your car home. I don't know, I love belgian beer, I love very good beers, but I keep drinking this strong lager in the pub, as many people in the same pub does, probably for the same reason. This is not a good beer, meaning a beer with a capitol "B", but once I had two pint and a half-pint and I kissed for the first time the girl who's going to be my wife :-)

Voss, Jan 16, 2006
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2.78/5  rDev +12.1%

Picked up from an off-license (UK version of a bodega) in Finsbury Park, London for £1.20.

Poured from a 500ml tall can into my Code Beer glass (like a mason jar with a handle...classy). Looks a dark yellow, nearly amber. Pours with a LOT of head that doesn't go away..

Tennent's Super is meant for one thing: getting you pissed. After a few of these, you will be. It goes down a lot better than the 40oz. of Old English, and dare i say better than Bud. It's got more body behind it, a noticeable bit of hops, strong grain notes. Has presence in your mouth, not unlike a real amber ale. Certainly not bad for its price and purpose.

Pairs well with a 2am kebabs, night buses, and that waffle stand outside Finsbury Park Tube station. This is not a fine, handcrafted ale, but it doesn't pretend to be. Unpretentious and certainly tolerable.

imprezawrxsti, Feb 20, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

SunDevilBeer, Jan 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

afa, May 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

dcmchew, Jan 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

BJSmit, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of jhtipton
2.63/5  rDev +6%

Picked it up in Naples because I thought it was recommended and what's not to like about a strong beer. Average look and smell, not much different that nay other macre euro lager maybe a a bit less skunkier than a warm heinekin. Taste is apparent of alcohol. Not exactly a pleasant taste but I suppose it is made to smack you down like a Mickey's Big mouth.Mouthfeel is below average, the alcohol doesn't improve the feel. Overall, a low quality beer but at least I won't waste another euro testing it out.

jhtipton, Aug 03, 2011
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Tennent's Super Strong Lager from Tennent Caledonian Breweries
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