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Tennent's Super Strong Lager - Tennent Caledonian Breweries

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Tennent's Super Strong LagerTennent's Super Strong Lager

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BA SCORE
63
poor

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 37.75%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-30-2001)
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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks OK i s'pose, decent creamy head with a fair bit of lace happening. Colour was a very dull gold, quite pale. Supersweet, with heaps of alcohol showing, stewed fruit, boiled veggies, and just too much alcohol and metal in there. Quite sticky aswell, and a thin, harsh mouthfeel.

rastaman, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -59.8%

pin, May 22, 2012
Photo of Slongie
1/5  rDev -59.8%

Slongie, May 29, 2014
Photo of foamer
1.02/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have honestly never tried a beer that I thought that awful. Mostly just bland and flavourless but this is truly vile.

It looks awful - little head that dissapated quickly - , the smell is harshly alcohol, the taste is even worse, and the mouthfeel is very thin and watery. This is a beer which you should cross the street to avoid.

The only reason it seems to have been brewed is that it is 9% abv. Popular with the neds when they want a change from Bucky.

foamer, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of MilanoItaly
1.05/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The liquid appears of a poor, pale gold, no resistive foam.
It gives you a hard beat followed by a slightly bitter farewell, lasting really too less.
Better image I can offer is "hard-discount can beer been kept under the sun and quite a time been opened before" .
Poor drinkability, it has nothing "super" even if the 9% alcohol is for real, you taste it all.
In my opinion even the water used was not sufficient.
High carbonation even if it feels like some chemical reaction is taking place on your mouth.
Avoid,I'll try again, could be a defective bottle.

MilanoItaly, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Jhcwelks
1.08/5  rDev -56.6%

Jhcwelks, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of diablo14
1.08/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

a terrible beer. i would not inflict this brew on anyone. super strong is revolting all the way and not a patch on their very nice standard lager.

pours like a normal lager. same color and head as most, tho not a lot of bubble action happening. the smell is horrid. sickly sweet, quite metallic. same on the tongue, backed with an overwhelming alcohol flavor, like someones slipped a couple of measures of vodka in there. stripped the lining off the inside of my throat. i was feeling this after one sip. why i finished the can i dont know, but by the end of it all i was a mess.

tennents super is one that surely needs a warning label plastered on it. its toxic and a serious hazard to anyone brave or foolish enuff to drink it. if you see this on your bottleo shelf, look away immediately.

diablo14, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of stcules
1.15/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It has a golden full colour, with a decent foam, and a lot of bubble.
In the smell some stale hop, and malt sweetness. But when the beer is a bit more warm than the ice, a lot of alcohol, strong and unpleasant.
The taste is even worse: sharp alcohol again, annoying and dominant over all. Sweet and sugary, with no bitterness at all.
Aftertaste sweet and sickly, again.
Very difficult to drink. A beer absolutely to avoid.

stcules, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of avisong
1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

avisong, May 09, 2012
Photo of cypressbob
1.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml can

Pours with an almost colourless body. Thin and watery head, pathetic looking

Smell, as if someone had spilt a bottle of surgical spirits into an already shitty dull lager

Taste, strong alcohol, nothin much else, bit of rice

Not a good beer, infact an awful beer

cypressbob, May 15, 2004
Photo of rusty3335
1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

rusty3335, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Blakaeris
1.53/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours clear golden yellow with a slight head that dissipates quickly into a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma syrupy sweet with plenty of pale malt and corn adjunct. However this is overwhelmed by a solvent like alcohol smell.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Initial sweetness turns sour and metallic in the finish. only slight hop bitterness. Once again the strong alcohol flavor overwhelms everything else.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall, a below average offering. Drinkability is low. I can't imagine drinking another one. Best to avoid this one.

Blakaeris, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of JohnW
1.63/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Can only agree with most of the over comments in Beer Fly, this - yet another awful brewed in UK pretend lager - may look good from the can and high alcohol content and seem to promise much. What a let down! Has what I can only describe as a very processed artificial flavour, a strange sweetness that is awful and just simply weird. Yet, how strange that the same brewers Tennent's Extra lager that used to be available in bars across UK on nitro-keg was one of the best UK brewer 'lagers' available. But this one is just purely bad, dread to think what it would taste like on tap! How strange that a brewer would want to 'impress' us by brewing a strong lager - which has been available for many years, only to produce something so awful. Stop it now and work on something better!


John W
Bham UK Jan 2006

JohnW, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of IrishRedRock
1.8/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yikes. This is the strongest lager I have ever had, and it's by far the nastiest. One whiff of it and I knew what I was in for. I have never seen a lager at 9%, and it tasted like 9%. It was disgusting. If you ever find this crap, stay away. Stay far far away.

IrishRedRock, Jun 27, 2002
Photo of robotiks
2/5  rDev -19.7%

robotiks, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of cosmonick
2/5  rDev -19.7%

cosmonick, May 17, 2013
Photo of soulgrowl
2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

For this, my 500th review, I've chosen a beer befitting the economic climate. Nothing says "I'm broke and desperate" like malt liquor. This one is annoyingly attractive, much better-looking than it needs or deserves to be, with a honey-amber body and a poofy, thick, cream-colored crop of foam that retains surprisingly well. The best that can be said for the aroma is that it smells fairly safe. Actually, the word "aroma" is a bit too fancy for this beer; what it actually has is an "odor," an odor of cornbread, lemon, grass, and rubbing alcohol. Less mild in the mouth than in the nose, sickly boozy and sweet, like Frosted Flakes swimming in cheap shochu. Corny and a bit sour with a citric, leafy bitterness. Adequately fizzy, and surprisingly light and dry; I'm impressed with the balancing act between residual sugars to mask the alcohol and a crisp mouthfeel to keep this drinkable. Of course, that's not to say this is particularly drinkable - it's just too gross, and by the bottom of the pint it makes my stomach turn. Basically, this beer tastes like a hangover.

soulgrowl, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -19.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of smibroncos
2/5  rDev -19.7%

smibroncos, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.05/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a bottle of this during a recent trip to the Caribbean.

It pours clear straw with a crackly head that doesnt muster much lace and dissappears pretty quickly. The aroma is surprisingly malty and lacking in fusel alcohol when cold. The taste is grainy and somewhat sweet. As the beer warms the booze intensifies to the point that it reminds me of vodka with a medicinal heat that really distracts from other flavors/aromas. The mouthfeel is softly carbonated and somewhat numbing from the booziness. The finish is sweetish and again, numbing with booze.

This beer is pretty undrinkable. I dont think drinkability is the goal though, and its not nearly as repellant as a lot of other lagers of this strength.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
2.05/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer can (50cl), tasted in 2003.
Appearance : golden orange color, with white foam head
Smell : honey and malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : presence of alcohol, sweet, malts and sugar, medium bodied.
Drinkability : a bad copy of lager (too strong !)

thierrynantes, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Bierschenker
2.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

*sold in a 500 ml can
*Place beer was reviewed: Op mijn kot, Lange Ridderstraat 19/3 B-2800 Mechelen
*Brewed and distributed by Interbrew (InBev).

This is the first time I have ever drunk this beer. I had seen it on the television series 'Taggert'. And when I saw it on sale in my local supermarket, I had to give it a go. When I looked at the can I immediately saw why it was on sale here. Another brewery taken over by Interbrew (now InBev).

When I poured it out, it looked like a John Martin's Pale Ale but not creamy and without a strong development of the head. When I smelled it, it had a strange non-beer like smell. I could not compare it with an other beer.
The taste was also something I had never tasted before. It was quite watery actually and there wasn't a real aftertaste either. Except maybe that dry sensation, like I had just ate a spoon of salt. All very odd. The first thing you notice when you are drinking is the gas in the beer tickling your tongue. Normally a good sign, telling you there is more to come. But the storm was already over before it had begun. I am a bit surprised this beer had an alcohol percentage of nine. I guess it's a good beer when I want to get pissed quicker then drinking normal lager.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

Bierschenker, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of Samp01
2.23/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle from local bar in Calabria, Italy. Pours a golden copper with a medium slowly dissipating white head. Aroma of toasted double malted malts, barley, grains with some strong tones of fruity alcohol esters. Palate is a medium to full body, slightly astringent dry mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Finish is a combination of toasted malt, grains ending with a good amount of boozy alcohol fruity notes. Overall a bit boozy and sweet, an interesting brew to try once

Samp01, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a hotel water glass. Bermusian liquor store acquisition.

Pours darker golden brown, head of white foam. Active bubbles. Beer smell, notes of straw and glass. That was the best I would feel about this beer.

Acrid bitter lager taste. Not clean, dirty and damaging. Boozy and bitter. Offputting.

Very difficult to drink. A real downer. Drain pour.

KTCamm, May 24, 2012
Photo of sephyrott
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

sephyrott, May 25, 2014
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Tennent's Super Strong Lager from Tennent Caledonian Breweries
63 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.