Super Bock
Unicer União Cervejeira S.A.

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #253
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
67
Ranked #50,559
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 21.05%
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
443
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Unicer União Cervejeira S.A.
 
Portugal
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  87
SCORE
67
Poor
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James94 from England

3.49/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark amber golden colour, some head and lacing
S: Sweet yeasty bread, light citrus
T: Artificial candy, herbs
F: Well carbonated, dry finish

O: 3.5

Tuesday at 10:38 PM
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teromous from Virginia

3.41/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a date code on the neckerchief: "10 2021 L26281912334"

No visible bottle or import date.

Appearance: The beer has near crystal clarity. It has a brilliant gold colored body with a fluffy white head. Very good retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a faint skunky aroma and a note of cereal grains. A slightly spicy, noble hop aroma surfaces and dominates the nose just over the cereal grain scent.

Taste: Up front there is a light spicy hop flavor with a light bit of sweet caramel character, mixed in with sweet corn. The flavor profile is consistent throughout drinking, and it has just a hint of bitter root at the back end.

Mouthfeel: It is light bodied and easy to drink. Carbonation feels good.

Overall: It is an easy drinking beer that is flavorful and a bit sweet. The label states "SUPER BOCK" but the beer is closer to a lighter Vienna Lager. I could drink it again but I would recommend it if you can get it fresh. As an import it is decent but there is a light skunkiness to the aroma which can be off-putting.

May 22, 2021
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Beer-Tanker from Taiwan

1.62/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Let's start by saying super bock is not a bock type of beer. It's a pale lager that name bock, super bock to be exact. Look wise is weak with little or almost non existence of carbonation. Smell like a normal lager and the taste wise is weird that finishes with a bit of metal taste at the end. Overall it feels like a lager that I could do with if there is no more other choices in the coolbox

Oct 22, 2020
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Poivre22 from France

1.9/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

The smell is pretty odd — not to say metallic — and the same goes for the taste.
It's my first Portuguese beer and I'm disappointed; definitively not great delight to drink...

Jul 24, 2020
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Zorro from California

2.82/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold with a small white colored head that simply doesn't last.

Smells of toasted grain and a bit of caramel. Slightly grassy hop. Doesn't smell like much.

Starts out tasting of caramel and toasted grain. No real bitterness. Grassy hop.

Mouthfeel is beer.

Overall it is OK, Not something I would seek out though.

Mar 19, 2020
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Nass from Florida

2.6/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There is no date on the bottle. The pour is golden yellow with little carbonation in the pilsner glass. I have to agree with some of the reviewers on this page about the beer tasting off putting. In addition to, i'm getting malted barley, grass, & I agree with it tasting watery. Well, at least now I can say that I've had a beer from a Portugal brewer. Cheers! C

Jan 26, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

2.56/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very light amber colored beer with little head and minimal odor. Style reminds me of a mass marketed American lager beer. I could drink this on hot summer days but will not purchase again since it lacks character.

Dec 11, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

2.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This has an odd taste, cant tell if its cough medicine or chemical. The rest of the factors ,arona,smell,feel ,aren't great either but the taste is really off putting

Dec 09, 2019
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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

So, I'm reviewing this beer (scorewise) as a Lager, which is the style listed here. That said, this has Bock elements, but....well it's not a Bock.

Appearance: Golden yellow that has a slight touch of bronze as it's cast away from the light. Produced a finger and a half of head that immediately evapourated. Body is clear with steady slow carbonation. This alone pretty much cements that this is not a Bock, and if it was, it would be the lightest Bock of all time.

Smell: Well it does get this a bit right, as toffee malt is the dominate note, but it's battling a bit of a mixture of wet grass and straw. It's like the lager wants to overcome the Bock-like malt, but can't quite do it. That wet note also could be a slight touch of skunk. Touch of earth as well. Warming doesn't help its case much.

Taste: Starts with a very weak caramel malt that then gets overrun by straw, corn and a slight earth touch. It's like taking the mask off a scooby doo villian here. "Let's see who this Bock really is! (GASP) Old man macro lager!" That said...it's not bad in that regard, it just doesn't work with the initial flavour.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning here is awful, because it takes that right turn on the malt, completely needlessly. If you were going to do it, I would presume you end with sweet, not start with it, but whatever. Aftertaste is an inoffensive mild straw and earth note. Carbonation also doesn't seem quite right either, as it dies down half way through the beer and only helps the straw portion.

Drinkability: It's refreshing and light bodied, I'll give it that but because it has that sweet note at the start, it kind of disqualifies itself from the guzzler category of lager. Still it's somewhat crisp and I think I can see one instance where this would be good.

Final Thoughts: I've been to a Portuguese restaurant once before, and it tends to be fish, but not shell fish dominant. This beer I can see going well with mild fish and that tomato rice they serve. That's really it, and at a restaurant like that, I'd be more inclined towards wine. I guess that's why it is the way it is. A Super Bock though this is not, it's passable lager.

Nov 29, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap. Clear golden color with white head. Smells of grain and grassy hops. Medium feel. Moderate malty sweetness with some grassy hops. An average AAL, refreshing in the heat or with food but unremarkable on its own.

Aug 21, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L- Pale amber, clear, 3mm white head, clears to lacing.
S- A strong waft of ''erb' on opening it. Up close I get the same, and not much else.
T- Quite punchy if unexciting. Hard to pin down quite what the flavour is hinged on.
F- Feels like it has a decent body for a lager, but it lacks distinctive character.
O- I haven't had this for about 35 years when I bought a discount case of it in East London, and carrying that huge beast home on my shoulder one night walking through Aldgate East tube concourse, the end of the case opened and about 20 of the 24 bottles cascaded out and smashed on the ground, like bombs out of a bomb-bay, before I knew what was happening. - It's ok, typical of a beer from an often hot-weather countryr, though with a bit of guts, but not much too much flavour when in such heat refreshment is the priority.
330ml bottle. BB: 12/2019. Bought from a convenience shop in London W2.

Aug 06, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

2.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a small top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of some grains, cooked veggies and some grass. Taste is sweet with some low bitterness, and some very weak malt in the back. No aftertaste to speak of at all and watery flavour.
Pretty bad example of a lager.

Jul 22, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Golden clear gold color with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. White head rising one fingers length.

Smell: Lemon and hops scent.

Taste: Corn and floral taste consists of hops and malt. Bitter and touch sweet all at once.

Mouth: Medium body with full carbonation. Semi sticky.

Overall: Good brew, very refreshing in this Iberian weather. Salud!

Jul 02, 2019
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misteil from Ireland

2.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look : doesn't look good. pale , yellow , no head , looks dull frankly , clear.

Smell : Initial smell is bad but not too bad , corny , sweet , can actually smell a little bit of grassy malt in there.

Taste : What is there to say really , it lacks taste , which i guess is what the selling point of a beer like this is. There's a little sweetness , but those hops really don't come through on the taste unfortunately, a little buicuity malt there.

Feel : Clean and smooth i suppose , moderately carbonated. Fine.

Overall : Well , it ain't super , and it sure ain't a bock , but i suppose if it's served as close to its freezing point as possible , and if you're eating some food , it's fine. Will have to try Sagres now to see who is the champion among the two big Portuguese beers (in my humble opinion , hehe).

Jun 27, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in the Azores. White head. Lace. Clear golden color.

Bready and biscuity malts. Some caramel and toffee flavors. Grassy hops. Earthy. Smooth, easy drinking. A simple beer, but enjoyable.

Jun 13, 2019
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Rogerlb from California

3.62/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In Portugal they tell me there are Super Bock people and Sagres people. I'm a Super Bock people.

Ordered this on draft during a trip to Lisbon. First off, it's not a "bock." It's a lager. Pours clear and golden, with a fair visible amount of carb/ bubbles and a half-inch head that dissipates in about a minute. Aroma is malty, bit of yeast and hops.

Taste is as expected, with slight bitter, caramel, more forward taste in what's a pretty light beer. Biscuit in the finish. You could do worse (Sagres to me has a less bright, less nuanced character).

Apr 22, 2019
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PhilHeinricke from Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We have a friend from Peru. She's from deep in the jungle. She's in to that Santarini Voo Doo stuff. She's cool. Her husband is from Portugal, and he's one of those guys that just won't shut up just talk and talk and talk. I've never met him, but he thinks I'm his best friend or something. I've already been invited to stay at his house in Portugal. Why would I want to go to Portugal? I wouldn't go to Portugal to throw up which I might have to do after having drunk this sewage. He gave Precious a six pack of this mule piss and asked her to bring it to me.

So Precious put it in the fridge. I went to check it out. Super Bock. Dang! That must be pretty powerful stuff. But it's not bock, and it's not super. It's just a lager, and it's not that good either. It tastes almost as good as Meister Brau but at three times the price. It's similar to the bargain budget American light lagers. It's light in color and light in taste. As if I needed another reason to not go to Portugal.

Apr 05, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from @Zid. Reviewed 2/19/19. Thanks Chris!
“05 2019 12:15 L2214282” on neck label. 200 mL (6.8 fl oz). Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Yellow, clear.
Head – Small (Maximum1.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, dense, short retention, diminishing to a three mm ring and a thin layer.
Lacing – Poor – a few isolated tiny islands.
First pour – Very light yellow (almost colorless), clear.
Aroma – 3 – Grassy hops and dimethylsulfide.
Flavor – 3 - Light grassy hops, slightly sweet, and surprisingly, no dimethylsulfide. No alcohol (5.2% ABV) flavor. No diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – No worse than the average AAL and better than some.

Feb 19, 2019
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Mellowship from Portugal

3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Every country has what we can call its "normal" beer. For Portugal, it's Super Bock. The beer we drink accompanying food, be French fries, grilled fish or - this is when Super Bock becomes mandatory - the hyper-caloric cardiovascular-disease-inducing Francesinha.
Super Bock, contrary to what its name implies, is not a Bock but a Lager, and a relatively light and pale one. I don't like to describe beers in regard of the smell AND/OR taste, as both are too dependant on each other, but rather in terms of the combination of both - the AROMA. And if you consider this, you will understand why this beer has been rather overlooked by many of my fellow reviewers.
The first impression is of a very standard lager in the way it pours and the formation of foam. A slightly golden straw-like colour and a light foaming head with a very faint smell of malt with some notes of corn. Aromatically, some caramel is present in the combination of the sweetness of the malt and the aforementioned corn notes. Second taste is somewhat a bready one, but a slight bitterness starts to appear, which becomes present in the aftertaste, revealing the presence of the hops. Not having a very stressed aroma, this makes this beer a perfect one to have with your meals. It is refreshing without being too light on ethanol, it is aromatic without being too intrusive, it combines well with everything you put in your mouth.
Having lived in Belgium for some time, this beer competes, in terms of quality and aroma, with the plain Belgian mass-production beers like Artois and Jupiler, and deserves much more appreciation.
Have it very cold, with seafood, grilled fish or high-fat dishes.

Jan 17, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

1.81/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Cerveza ligera, de baja carbonatación, de un color amarillo pálido. Tiene una muy pequeña cabeza blanca que desaparece en segundos. Aroma a pan y granos, y sabor a malta y caramelo. Acuosa y floja cerveza.

Dec 08, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste: dry, bright bite, crisp grain, thin mouthfeel. Mellow slight bitter nose. Gold, crystal clear, with a smaller head and almost no lace. Light body. This lager is on the light side for me.

Oct 22, 2018
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TrojanRB from Texas

2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear gold, very little head. Smells grainy, almost some corn sweetness (not sure what the malt bill is).

Tastes slightly sweet, breadiness. No real hop character.

Smooth and crisp.

Pretty average AAL style. Certainly not a bock.

Sep 15, 2018
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HipCzech from Texas

3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on tap and in bottles throughout Lisbon, in a variety of sizes (smaller preferred). Clear, pale gold with a usually solid head of thick white foam and sticky lace. Typically unassuming aroma and taste of an AAL: light, grainy malt body with a note of bready sweetness and hint of grassy hops. Finishes crisp, mild but cleanly bitter. Light body with moderate carbonation. Readily available at restaurants and outdoor kiosks alike, an ideal quencher while walking around Lisbon or to wash down a casual meal.

Sep 06, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

3.59/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with an abundance of foam and is really quite attractive in the glass. Light body with a sparkly mouthfeel. Classic Lager sort of taste, and happily there is a touch of malt along with the slight bitterish aftertaste. Not much aroma, but a little grain in the nose.

It's interesting that this has nothing to do with Bock beer, despite the name. But it's actually a better than average lager, not too pale and it does have some flavor. More importantly it doesn't taste bad! From the supermarket in Bray-sur-Seine, France.

Jul 12, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

2.99/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This style does not get much love (whether you consider it Adjunct or Malt Liquor.)
But when someone makes the effort to import from Portugal and the beer gets put in a largely despised American style, it still seems to me that it is fair play to have an open mind.
In this case, Super Bock was selected to pair with the food of a pan-Asian restaurant inspired by Portugal's former colony of Macao. The menu was more thoughtful than the beer list. I selected Super Bock as I'd never rated a beer from Unicer.

A slightly below average beer in Looks, Smell and Feel. Taste I consider to be average, sweet malt balanced by enough hops.
OA: I give it credit for complementing four dishes and being refreshing to start with.

Jul 06, 2018
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Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 443 ratings