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Super Bock | UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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2.81/5
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369 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
Portugal
unicer.pt

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,690
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
369
pDev:
22.06%
Bros Score:
3.18
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
68
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 369 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of Sammy
2.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A passable beer, certainly not a bock, more of a pils. Decent foam in pour, and reddish tinge to yellow. Can taste alcohol, though some (saaz) hops and sweet malt to get it down. Watery, thin-medium mouthfeel. Spot of sour dry aftertaste. Thanks Pootz.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch fizzy white head that fades to nothing. Random tiny spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of skunk, grains, corn flakes, and grassy notes. Taste is of grains and corn flakes primarily with a slightly bread-like aftertaste. There is a metallic taste present in this beer as well. A decent carbonation level makes for a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer in all respects. My first beer from Portugal and I am not a fan.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at Peculiar Pub, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Faint aromas of sweet corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet malts and corn adjuncts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily, but there's nothing special about the taste. It's a run of the mill Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. I seem to remember seeing this featured on Three Sheets a few years ago or so.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which exhibits a modicum of retention, eventually leaving a low wash of dripping painted lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, grainy corn, some citrus wood polisher, a touch of grassy hops, and a subtle, slowly fading weedy skunkiness. The taste is more blended malt - grainy, and somewhat doughy, with the corn element retracting a bit, in favour of a somewhat acrid, and unexpected warming alcohol, a touch of sulphur, and softened earthy skank where one might actually be anticipating some mild noble hops, at the very least.

The carbonation is average, just a wan frothiness throughout, the body a decent medium weight, perhaps a tad cloying, but mostly smooth. It finishes grainy and still a tad boozy, the trace amount of stink in the process of wafting away.

Well, there are bock elements here, but cheaply rendered ones at that, so I can understand the confusion in style descriptors surrounding this beer. Not as bad as the initial whiff would indicate, but still too hot for the proclaimed ABV. Nothing worth revisiting, unless you're a hedonistic TV show, and they're giving it to you for free.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

1 litre format tried in Portugal in Summer 2016. 5.20% ABV.

D / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.36/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a yellow color lager with medium head and no retention. Aroma is crisp but with some easily detectable skunk aspect to it. Taste is your average macro lager plus the skunk feels that is probably due to transport or storage. I guess this is just another crap lager… more super crap then super bock!

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Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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 dbrauneis
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Peculier Pub in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some faint hints of light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fluffy white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of sweet adjunct malts are present with corn and grains standing out.

T: Moderate flavors of sweet malts with a lot of grain and corn adjuncts. No hop flavors or bitterness are perceptible.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth.

O: A very offering for the style - not offensive but probably not interesting (or good) enough to warrant trying again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready and sweet with flavors of macro-style adjuncts and light malts. There's a decent hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, for what it is, it's a decent beer and a better alternative than others of its kind, however, overall there's nothing that would make want to drink it again over many other beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light amber body. Though there were some bubbles initially on the pour, they fizzled away in seconds.

Smell: Sweet-scented cereal notes with even lighter touches of fruit, hops, and alcohol.

Taste: Very mild, thankfully inoffensive tastes present. Lightly sweetish malted barley, scant scattering of corn kernels, faintly bitter European hops, and a hint of apple fruitiness. In and out in a flash.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A light, easy drinking, but very forgettable beer, though the brazen SUPER BOCK label did bring a smile to my face.

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Photo of Jason
2.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.5 oz brown bottle with “Best Before End” date printed on the label.

Appearance: Pale golden straw colour, perfect clarity with a decent amount of white lace that lessens to a ring.

Smell: Grainy with a lemony undertone and faint cooked veggies.

Taste: Grainy without a doubt, ghost like acrid flavour perhaps from that carbonation and fermentation by-products. Faint citric and grape tones hit in the middle with a lightly warming alcohol. Hops are bitter indeed though do not reach the point of being unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Sufficient crispness with a sturdy medium body, dextrins in the mouth give it a slight creamy slickness.

Drinkability & Notes: For what it is priced for ($6-7 a six pack) it is not worth it just for flavour sake. Worth a try in my book yet I was not surprised to end up with a mediocre beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Wait, then why the hell is it called "Super Bock"? Oh well, crazy Portuguese. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn syrup, and some rather light floral notes. The taste follows very closely, with the corn syrup's sweetness and the floral bitters gaining a bit of strength, though not very much, and with a slight metallic bit joining in on the fun. It all just malingers in the mouth. Sad, really. The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a sad beer, drinkable enough, but I doubt many would really want to, beyond ticking away a Portuguese beer (my reason, to be honest).

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Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev +6.8%

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 tdm168
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.72/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

For the most part, this is your typical adjunct brew. But the flavor profile isn't all that bad. It gives a slightly sweeter and less dirty characteristic than you might normally get from beers like this. Still though, it's bland and crappy. Just not the worst thing ever. And why exactly is this called a bock?? Ha!

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Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +23.8%
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 Hayley_86
3/5  rDev +6.8%

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