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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

54 Ratings
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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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.26/5  rDev -8.9%

Draught in some random bar, Rome, December 2013.

Needed a 9% ABV blast after drink sour craft beers all afternoon elsewhere in Rome: this did the trick.

This is just a hangover in waiting really: however I'll be fair with my scores and words.

Looked good, clear, bright and clean: a true golden brew with a full if thin white head.

Grainy nose and taste, the alcohol barely hidden within the weak flavour.

This is the sort of beer that gives Scotland and Tennent's a bad name.

BlackHaddock, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of stcules
1.15/5  rDev -53.6%

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 alexgash
2.63/5  rDev +6%

Golden with copper tones and a medium-sized, off-white head. Smell is sweet, clean, malty, with light cooked vegetables and some alcohol. Not as alcoholic as I was expecting. Taste is uncomplex, with somewhat fruity malt and light cooked veggies, followed by slightly bitter hops. Finish is sweet and boozy. Medium bodied, but gets syrupy. Not evil.

alexgash, Jun 12, 2005
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
Photo of dcmchew
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

dcmchew, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -59.7%

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 thierrynantes
2.05/5  rDev -17.3%

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 KTCamm
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

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 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 avisong
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

avisong, May 09, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.05/5  rDev -17.3%

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 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 TheSarge
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

This is about the crappiest beer I've had come out of the UK. I sampled this in Naples, IT. It actually still was a lot better than the Heineken I'd been subjected to on my cruise.

Produces two finger thick head, great lacing with a golden clear body.

Arid dryness in the aroma, skunky and slightly metallic.

Rich grainy taste, with hints of corn and bran like flavor.

Heavily carbonated and kind of syrupy... Maybe a little oily.

Seems like a novelty beer, and just meant to get you schnockered... Very mediocre.

TheSarge, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -59.7%

pin, May 22, 2012
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 Blakaeris
1.53/5  rDev -38.3%

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
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2/5  rDev -19.4%

cosmonick, May 17, 2013
Photo of soulgrowl
2/5  rDev -19.4%

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 John
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

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

John, Oct 30, 2001
Photo of IrishRedRock
1.8/5  rDev -27.4%

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 cypressbob
1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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 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
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2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Brushkanna, Oct 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

Sspeer1, Oct 20, 2013
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Tennent's Super Strong Lager from Tennent Caledonian Breweries
63 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.