Super Bock
Unicer União Cervejeira S.A.

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Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #218
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
66
Ranked #47,968
Avg:
2.84 | pDev: 21.13%
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
422
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Unicer União Cervejeira S.A.
 
Portugal
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  86
SCORE
66
Poor
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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
2.26/5  rDev -20.4%
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

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Photo of TheHammer
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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. Warming doesn't help its case much.

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.

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Photo of detgfrsh
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of OlaB
2.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.14/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of markkyronaylin
2.57/5  rDev -9.5%
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 hops 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).

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.62/5  rDev +27.5%
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).

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Mellowship
3.63/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of elnachooo
1.81/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.64/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of TrojanRB
2.84/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.59/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
2.99/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I love that I found this in a 200-ml (6.8-fl. oz.) Mini bottle! I was at Flanigan's Boathouse & Below Deck Bottle Shop in Conshohocken, PA on Sunday, when I spied this little number.

From the bottle: "Winner of 35 consecutive gold medals in the prestigious Monde Selection competition, the Super Bock Original is internationally recognized for its high quality. Despite all these brewing credentials, the true achievement of Super Bock are the millions of loyal fans around the world who can not resist their unique flavor."

The Pop! of the cap was rather unique as it had a pull ring that splits the "cap" in half & finally lets go as though it were an old pull tab. I don't miss those things since, as Jimmy Buffett so succinctly put it: "I blew out my flip-flop/Stepped on a pop-top/Cut my heel had to cruise on back home". Man, those things were a menace at the shore in the early-to-mid-1970s! Well, memories aside, I began an aggro pour into my newly-acquired 0.25L glass that even this failed to fill! 8=( It did fill up with nearly three fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head before falling away to wisps. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose dashed any hopes that I had of it truly being a "Bock". It smelled of corn and silage, corn being the rotting, fermenting basis of silage. 8=( BUT … that is what this style is supposed to smell like! Gotta rate to style & not to taste, buoys & gulls. Mouthfeel was thin & watery, about par for this crazy course. The taste was kinda weak, not even all that maize-y, which was even more disappointing. It really didn't taste like much of anything. Lightly hopped tea? It wasn't unpleasant, it just wasn't. It was like the most innocuous beer that I have ever drank! Like Gertrude Stein's Oakland, there was no "there" there. Finish was light, ethereal & almost non-existent. 8=(

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--optically clear, golden bottle pour. A thin foam cap dissipates quickly. There is a light hop aroma. The flavor is light biscuit malt and a sweet touch. The flavor and finish are clean. -not a bock beer, but a light adjunct offering.

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Photo of VoxRationis
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 06/2018.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden (almost brassy) color with a one half inch, white head, with good, if patchy retention and some soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of grass, grains, and white pepper at first with a bit of a naphtha note detectable, becoming breadier as it warms.
T: Very bready with a touch more bitterness than most adjuncts.
M: Light bodied with very solidly persistent carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O: A bit breadier than I care for, but solidly drinkable. Neither the best, not worst of this style that I have had.

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Photo of TheDoctor
2.88/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving: Bottle
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Pretty standard lawnmower lager. Pale straw with a skiff of head. The aroma and flavor are both fairly clean with a little of that sour malt/adjunct twang that you get with industrial AALs sometimes and some skunky/herbal hop character to offset. Bread crust, mineral water, Euro hop bite. Dry and drinkable. Inoffensive in the extreme, though that diminishes as it warms. It'd be good on a hot day, drunk quickly.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's hard to judge this objectively as it was skunked, but I guess that's a good sign that it was actually made using real hops. It pours light gold with a hint of a head. The aroma was skunked and you could detect some sweet maltiness in addition to some adjuncts like corn. The taste was pretty mild, with the adjunct not being as noticeable which is a plus. Light body and mild carbonation.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

it's basically your typical lager, this one has a bit more of a grainy taste than most. It's more dry than a normal lager as far as the feel goes though it's mostly after the mouthful.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.67/5  rDev -6%
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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Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 422 ratings