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 TheSicilian33
4.65/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type- Light brown bottle

Appearance- Light brown bottle with "Super Bock" 5.6% ABV on the bottle

Smell- Corny, but it smelled like I would enjoy it!!

Taste- Exceptional for a stronger lager. Had more of a bite rather than a watery taste, absolutely excellent, I really enjoyed it at dinner.

Mouthfeel- Similar to Peroni's beer feel

Overall- If you're in a portuguese neighborhood try this stuff, it's excellent for a stronger lager. It has that great "bite" taste rather than water, you will not be disappointed with this if you're just looking to have a fun time, trust me on this. Thank you to my Portuguese friends!!

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Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Think of this as a "malt liquor" for a moment.

The color is whitish gold and it lies underneath a cottony sheet of white. Split, mashed barley, dressed with sun-ripened apricots, dried herbs and clover honey can be teased from the very, "very" subtle bouquet. A revealing, cream-drenched palate of open, fresh white and yellow fruits takes place : muscat, yellow cherries, melon, peach and yellow plum : and combine with husky, twiggy tannins. There is an anxious balance. Alcohol enriches the mid-palate, then falls loosely to oppose the iron-flavored, resilient structure. Compare this to a better Baltic "malt liquor" like Poland's Piast or Zubr or Tyskie or even Norway's Aass Pilsner. Considering the shocking amount of fruit in it, it certainly delivers as a Bock -- just not the Munich style. As a strong, very clear lager, it's almost brilliant!

Now I learn this is a Trader Joe's brand. I compete with them, but I'd buy this.

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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 mempath
3.86/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep straw with snow white head that is very active and laces very intricately...settles fairly fast with nice wispy lacing remnants still clinging.

nose is the expected 'cerveza' smell, but not as offensive...a bit sweet but a hint of depth in the grainy-malty spectrum. not sure if corn is in the mix, but i sense it.

ok. interesting. the sweetness is but a trace on the tongue. nothing 'special' but actually very refreshing for its slightly bitter (= 'not sweet') profile. carbonation is actually lower than i expected allowing this to come across creamier and still firmly on this side of 'crispness'...quite drinkable. memorable for being one of the better brews from the world of forgettable brews...nothing to shout out about, but really good for being, i guess, better than expected and not offensive or boring.

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Photo of magnj
3.86/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - super clear body is golden yellow, nice little white head.Carbonation quite apparant.

S - mild nose is grainy and typical lager yeasty.

T - slightly fruity up front but quickly cleans up with some nice grainyness and vague herbal hops.

M/D - medium body. Easy to drink, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jale
3.76/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light straw color with a good finger of white head.

S: Very light malt and hops.

T: Very light malt and hops. I would like to say more, but not to complex.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: This has slightly more flavor than many others in this stlye.

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Photo of BierFan
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV of 5.4%.

Decent fizzy white head. Clear pale yellow body. Not sure why this is called "super" bock. If anything it's a little on the tame side compared to other bocks, like it was mixed 50/50 with a pale euro lager. Still pretty decent though, and I'm pretty sure it's mislabeled here as an American adjunct lager. I wouldn't mind having a sixer of this sitting in the fridge.

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Photo of stoutman
3.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big surprise here -- A clear bock from Portugal, with shocking after effects. Strong beer with whiskey-like after taste. Unlike any bock that i have encountered since it looks like a light beer, but this inexpensive brew has the formidable flavor and impact of its German bretheren.

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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 tjd25
3.59/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy head, fading at a decent speed. Very pale yellow color. The first impression in the smell is grainy in a pilsener way, but more enjoyable, with more malts . I almost had an impression of smoke. The taste at one point shows something bad, after a second or two in the mouth, maybe a cheap bitterness. Other than that, the taste is ok, with some caramel, and more of a malty aspect in comparison with other pale lagers, maybe explained by the presence of unmalted cereals among the ingredients. The mouthfeel is similar to seltzer water, but quite enjoyable, and not watery for a pale lager. Having low expectations for this beer, I didn't get disappointed, and I almost got happily surprized.

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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 Todd
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Short 11.2oz brown bottle, with freshness stamp.

Appearance: Bright pale yellow in colour with a thin white lace head. Carbonation is moderate.

Smell: Dry grain, light fruit esters and a floral aroma way in the back of the nose.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing up-front with a lemony hop flavour and semi-salty sharp rind-like bitterness. Carbonation aids in providing a creamy feel. Malt sweetness is even, dextriny, not overpowering and creates a full-bodied brew. The palate then dries up with grain tannins. Sweet alcohol and light hop floral flavours in the finish.

Notes: 5.8%abv. Super Bock is more of a malt liquor vs. a bock of any type, and it rivals nearly all of the malt liquors that I've tried. Very refreshing, with a nice alcohol kick to match.

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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 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 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 jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 03 2009:

Pours straw yellow with a creamy white head that has a decent retention. Some traces of lacing stick.

The smell is of "Euro skunk" with grassy, metallic notes. Some lime.

The taste is of lime zest with herbal/grassy notes giving a bitter touch. There is a sweet malt backbone. It has a crisp finish.

Not really a "bock", unless it just means a strong lager. It has a bit of a kick, and a noticeable hop presence. Easy drinking as a refresher with a bit to it. Nothing great, but something of a pleasant refresher with a bit of a mild kick. More than the typical macro, overall, IMO.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.47/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the best-selling beers in Portugal; the Super Bock pours a straw gold body with a bright-white head that unfortunately drops shortly. It keeps a thin collar but leaves next to no lace. The aroma displays a mild fruitiness, grainy malt, and mild herbal hops. The medium body and fine carbonation give it a gentle crispness in the mouth that warms to become creamy and smooth. The flavor is well-balanced between firm, sweet & grainy malt, and a supportive bitterness. Some herbal and grassy hop flavor adds to the character. It finishes dry with a lingering hop flavor that's a refreshing change from many "European-style" lagers. Enjoyable, but not really memorable.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice straw yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is very muted, but it is slightly skunky and musty with a hint of noble hops. The flavor is similar. It tastes like a Euro Pale Lager, but not as strong. Flavors consist of grainy malts and Noble hops. The mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated. The drinkability is rather high as it is pretty smooth. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would love to drink it again if I ever go to Portugal. I prefer this over other Euro Pale Lagers and Pilsners.

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Photo of Redrover
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is everywhere in Portugal. Most bars only have one tap beer and odds are this is it.

First off, it is not a bock. Now that we have that out of the way, what is it?

From the tap, the beer is a slightly hazy pale yellow with a white head and bits of lace.

The beer has an aroma that is grainy with a hint of perfume like hops and touch of sulfur.

The taste is slightly sweet with grains, a bit of grass and a touch of hop fueled bitterness. No adjunct taste (corn, rice, etc) to speak of.

The mouth is surprisingly silky and it is a pretty easy drinker that is suited to the climate & the local cuisine.

Just a note, I had this beer in a least 10 bars & restaurants. The tap lines in each place were immaculate. I give the company credit doing the right things with draught beer.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, sunshiny gold with a snowy white head that retains well. The aroma is pretzels and vodka, bready, malty, dry, and slightly boozy with a bit of toffee and some grassy, dandelion-floral hops. It smells dry, and not very deep. It's full and frothy on the palate, solidly malty but very airy at the same time. Sweet corn and quinine dominate, without much else going on except some light citrus and a faint metallic tinge. Not bad, not good. You could do worse at Nando's.

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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 bark
3.37/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The off white foam is foam at first high, but it dissolves slowly into a light two finger thick head. The liquid is clear and pale yellow.

The smell is pretty strong, sweet and dominated by a dry flavour of dough and white bread.

The carbonation is nice and strong with big bubbles.

The taste is sweet and very malty with notes of white bread, dextrose and some lactose. The flavour is on the whole quite simple (but not bad) with some bitterness and alcohol. The aftertaste is soft and balanced with notes of sweet malt, although it is quite short.

An well done adjunct lager (sugar is added!); this might be a good thirst-quencher for hot summer nights.

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Photo of jonb5
3.37/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale colour but on the darker side of euro lagers, clear, minimal head, no lacing.

S: Malt, minimal hop content, fairly pleasant for Euro Pale Lager, hint of yeast.

T: Sweet, very malt forward, some fruity notes.

M: Light body, initially well carbonated but faded along with the crispness.

O: For what it is it’s pretty good, no noticeable ajunct content.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, brown

Pours with a straw yellow body, clear. Slightly foamy white head and some retention

Smell, grainy, slight hint of corn

Taste, dry and crisp, slight hop bitterness, some alcohol evident also, quite well rounded, hints of fruit also, bananas and peaches

Not a bad lager for what it is, very 'malt liquorish' , cheap and drinkable, infact very drinkable, 2 bottles didnt spend very long in my cheers mug :)

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went out for Portuguese food last night and asked for the appropriate beer...nothing special here, but also nothing bad. Poured as a lager should. Had a slightly sweet odor, bready and fairly clean. Taste was decent and it went well with the braised veal I had for my meal. It drank easy. For the cultural component, it was worth it.

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