Super Bock | UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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Super BockSuper Bock

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UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.67/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours medium to light golden and very bright in body. The head is somewhat thin i consistency and bubbly, but does retain and laces fairly well. The scent hits with a bit of skunkiness right up front, likely from a long time shipping and sitting on the shelf. Underneath the initial skunkiness, there is a bit of light, crisp malt detectable. There is no hop presence in the smell.

The flavor of the beer starts off with a dose of light, crisp malt combined with the even lighter flavor of some adjunct, mostly corn. All of these flavors are dead on for the style, but then, towards the back end of the drink, the skunk returns. An odd, skunky bitterness ramps up and takes over a lot of the flavor, outshining the lighter malts. It is light and clean across the tongue, offering a very easy drinking experience.

Overall, I think this beer has suffered greatly in its long trek from Portugal to Arizona. I can see the intended flavor and feel of the beer beneath the poor condition of the liquid in its current state, and I think it may have had a chance to be a nice, easy drinking lager. However, in this state, it is a below average beer.

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Photo of Marius
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at THT June tasting. Transparent yellow with almost no head. Boiled corn with a very small pils hop bitterness. Sweet and bland, one of those macro lagers that just doesn't do it.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
1.76/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a flat golden beer, can't get any foam from this tried to revive the head but just goes
So aroma is quite frankly metallic and slight lemon like many a cheap lager
And tastes like that
Best thing is mf

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Photo of Dope
3.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

02.2017 (I assume best by)

A: Pours a clear light amber. Good sized soapy white head. Decent retention and some sparse little bits of lacing once it fades.

S: A touch of grass and a little bit of sulfur. Some sweet grains behind it.

T: Lightly grassy hops. Clean, crisp cereal grain malt. A bit of sulfur in there too, especially in the finish. Almost skunky but not quite. More like an odd pilsner flavor instead.

M: Light bodied, fairly smooth.

O: Not horrific. Not sure why it's called "super bock" if it's not a bock but what do I know. Standard adjunct ale, a head above most garbage ones I've had.

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Photo of matuto
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle, pouring in a pilsner glass. 5.0% ABV in this version exported to Brazil, "Super Bock Cerveja Lager" (not 5.6% as in description). Yellow to golden liquid, clear and with visible carbonation. Dense foam with minimal lacing. Faint aroma of sweet malts and some distant fruitiness. It's the same on mouth. Light to watery body, very refreshing and neither carbonation nor sweetness are unbalanced in this beer. Not expensive and I would surely have it again.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.82/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Bright straw color with a good amount of activity. Slightly frothy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with faint lacing. Flavors of skunk, sweet grains, corn, lemon, noble hops. Lots of sugars with a disgusting bitter lemony feel. Weak light body with prickly carbonation. Light finish, lingering roasted corn, skunk, and grassy. Not pleasant to drink at all, low freshness, cheap quality. Watery flavors with a harsh bitterness that feels like puke. Overall very bad quality craft.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.96/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottle, it pours golden with a moderate white head, quickly dissipating to a thin layer. Grain in the nose, followed by the same in the mouth. Thirst quencher for a hot day at the beach!

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Photo of JakeScully
3.16/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer to enjoy on a beach in Algarve on a hot summer day I guess. Pretty refreshing and worth trying, though even if cheap it wouldn't become a regular. An okay beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.62/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thanks Sten for bringing this back and sharing.
Overall a pretty standard light Euro lager. Yeasty aroma (of the Euro kind) with hints of grain. Brilliantly clear and classic white top. Hits of sulfur at first.
Light and bright and crisp. Malt is both grainy and also lays on the tongue. Some light hoppy character. Rather dry finish with extending soft bitterness.
Good thirst quencher.

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Photo of drtth
3.55/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a bright clear yellow color with a 3/4" white head that recedes slowly but visibly, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass. Soon there is a thin layer of foam with a bit of a thicker region toward the center over the nucleation point. The carbonation is moderate. Sipping leaves some small patches of lacing along with some skinny legs of lacing.

The aromas include a touch of the sulfur that folks sometimes mistake for skunking. There are sweet grains present and a touch of grassiness.

The flavors include a light sweetness from malts and other grains. There is a touch of sulfur in the mix and just a light bit of grassy bitterness in the back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly crisp from gentle but persistent carbonation. The finish begins in the sweetness from the grains as it begins to recede, introducing the touch of sulfur and just that light bit of bitterness. It eventually becomes lightly dry so that the sweetness from the next sip is new rather than cumulative and cloying.

Overall this seems a better than average AAL in that it is sweet and grainy without much showing in the way of hops, but there is a bit of dryness. While I don't intend to, I could see having a couple of these on a hot summer day or while grilling in the back yard. Not sure why it has Bock in the name since it clearly is not what German brewers would count as a Bock.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden beer wih a white head that quickly disapears. Medium carbonation. Taste likes malts, floral, sweet and some bitter hops. Aftertaste quickly disapears. Nice on a hot day, easy to drink.

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Photo of ARoman
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

On tap, poured into a pint glass. The aroma has a bit of a mineral hint to it as well as corn bread, and near the end, a bit of old, wet sponge comes forth before settling on primarily crusty bread. The beer is a sparkling clear, and effervescent straw color with a moderate, soap white head that has okay retention and good lace. The beer is a medium light sweet with a medium bitter finish. It's thin, light and crisp with a zippy carbonation and a light body. The flavor is primarily corn and bread, with a hint of butter, and some caramel, that finishes with a crispness and a bitter lemon rind and bread crust. There's a clove touch that adds a light dryness to the finish and the aftertaste is lightly astringent, a bit bitter, and has a bit of a burnt flavor.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

People are way too harsh on this beer. This is the national beer of Portugal! This is way better than the macro lagers here in the U.S., and tastes like a combination of Amstel Light and Heineken. Perfect for being outside on a hot day, and being above 5% is a plus too.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

(bottle date: 05 2015)

L: crystal-clear, light piss-yellow/gold... thin pad of foam lingers for longer than expected

S: smells like a malt liquor... moderate toasted grain husk note... glove leather?... fairly weak intensity

T: toasty, darker grain flavor carries over from the aromas... actually, it kind of tastes like DME... sort of an oxidized apple skin/flesh note in the aftertaste... touch of metal

F: fairly light and slick, clean on the palate... moderate bite from the carbonation... quite dry... somewhat watery in the finish

O: not awful for what it is, but I wouldn't have one again - I'd rather try whatever lighter, pilsner-style offering they may have... just something off about this beer

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Review: Can of SuperBock Pale Lager 5.2%ABV

SuperBock, the football special. I can see why it is popular on the terraces, as it looks damn good, is relatively strong and goes down well. Its also quite cheap, which always appeals. Its a player alright.

This beer pours a crystal clear golden colour with a huge white head on top, which was very frothy. It is quick to settle, with little lacing.

The aroma is faint and gentle, some grains, malts and some light hints of grassy hops. Not a bad taste, a mildly sweet refreshing lager that hits the throat lovely and there is a nice bitter and sour aftertaste that lingers for a short while. It’s a very easy beer to drink.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Bottle from colonial spirits
Light golden color with a smallish frothy white head that is fed with a decent stream of carb bubbles. Aromas of bready pilsner malt and a hint of floral hops. The flavor is bready malt with a light sugary sweetness. Slight mineral and a faint gritty mouthfeel. Not horrible.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

So I'm a beer guy and went to Portugal and Spain. Was on a structured trip, so didn't get to get to anywhere with very good beer. But I got to sample the BMC of their countries . . .

I only had a little bit of this, but I liked it better than the Sagres. My sister said the exact opposite, so it is a personal preference thing.

Aroma (3.5): Smells decent enough for the style.
Appearance (4): Nice golden color. Just like a lager should be.
Taste (3.5): Not much to speak of, but you get a little malt and some hop taste. Nothing too much, but it is what is probably should be.
Palate (3.5): No real complaints, nothing to write home about either.

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Photo of MrCharlieMops
4/5  rDev +43.4%

Appearance: Golden and watery with a small, white head which disappears fairly quickly.
Aroma: No hops, bread and slight alcoholic smell.
Taste: Fresh, light, crisp and grainy. Mild cereal taste which lingers after swallowing. Not too interesting as most commercial lagers usually are.
Overall: Very refreshing on a hot summer day, light bodied beer with a crisp flavour. One of my favourite lagers.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.77/5  rDev -0.7%

Popping the top yields a crispy yet adjunct waft. On the pour this brew is pale straw colour with a nonexistent head. On the taste there is good mouthfeel, balanced with adjunct malts and slight bitter hoppiness with a fading similar aftertaste. Refreshing but not overly flavorful.

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Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1B). Bottle 25cl. AROMA: sweet grainy aroma and medium-low hop aroma. APPEARANCE: very clear golden straw color with average persistance white head. TASTE: medium-low grainy flavour with no hop flavour and medium-low bitterness. no fruitiness and no diacetyl. Balance towards malty and sweet aftertaste. PALATE: light body (maybe from high dosage of adjuncts - corn and rice). medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a light, refreshing average bulk lager.

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Photo of FLima
2.62/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow color with a thin head with short retention.
Light adjunct lager aroma with notes of corn syrup.
Flavor with mild notes of herbal hops, corn, some lemon and grains. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Average easy to drink Adjunct Lager, with no huge flaws including body that is thin, but not watery.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
1.84/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep yellow with minimal head. Smell is off putting and almost literally smells like crap. I can't put my finger on it but it just does not smell good. Tastes like a mixture of corn and barley together. If you like corn, then you will like this beer. Not a lot of body. The taste finishes strongly with the corn/barley. I did not enjoy this one at all.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- light gold.

Medium head quickly settling.

Aroma- gentle sweet sorghum lager.

Taste- A mildly sweet refreshing lager, clean and simple throughout with a hint honey. A great lawn mowing brew that is better than the mass produced domestic giants' offerings for a lighter (not lite) lager. My rating my seem high, but I rate within the context of a

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 9/28/2013.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single 330ml bottle served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Ok at best. Opens like a North American beer, pours like a North American beer

S- Just like a North American beer

T- Like a mass produced North American beer

M- Same as above

O- Not so good. Just like a run of the mill North American beer like Bud or Millar

Food Pairing

Anything you would pair with Bud or Millar

Enjoy if you want but pass if you can

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2.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle. Lager glass. Straw color, crystal clear appearance. White & rocky foam shows correct retention. Yeasty, grainy, sweet & sulfur aromas. Cloying & flat upfront. Light but bothering body. Moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Grainy flavors & slight metal hues. Dry bitter finish. Harsh & unbalanced.

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