Super Bock | UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.

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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
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
356
Avg:
2.79
pDev:
21.86%
 
 
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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 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 Vendetta
1.2/5  rDev -57%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
August 29, 2008

As soon as I cracked open the bottle, I realized that there was nothing BOCK about this beer at all. Instant waft of super skunkiness, weird since it was a brown bottle. Pours a super yellow, no bock color whatsoever. Tastes super skunky, watery, not much true beer taste here. Stay away from it, it's trash.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : hoped aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : although hop also with a good bitterness.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style European lager.

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Photo of atis
2.57/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Moist grassy and grainy aroma with some lemon-like tones. Taste is not impressive - light malty and sweet, very little hops and some weak citrus fruit. Low carbonation. Aftertaste is warm and rather pleasant.

Did not like it too much, the beer is below average; actually I was misled by its name and expected bock.

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Photo of LittleCreature
1.78/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - 2.5
Poured a loose white finger of head that all-but disappeared in seconds. Colour is a clear, pale gold.

Smell - 2.0
Skunky smell upon opening that faded quickly. Aroma is faint, but pretty generic macro lager. Grains and husk with a little hop profile.

Taste - 1.5
Not very nice. Not sure where the 'bock' comes from, this tastes like a macro lager to me. Starts with almost no flavour, moves onto a dry, stale husk taste, finishes dry, bitter and sour with a pronounced alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Light to moderate wight in the mouth, moderate carbonation that feels somewhat coarse.

Drinkability - 1.5
The 5.6% alcohol means this is not even easy to drink. I didn't enjoy it and was tempted to introduce it to the sink.

OVERALL - 1.9
I was surprised by how cheap this beer is, but once I tasted it, it all made sense. A sub-par macro lager of near bock strength. I will not try it again, however cheap.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 jdhilt
3.16/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy floral nose. Flavor is sweet, grassy more like a malt liquor, hops stay balanced. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear, pale, golden straw color, which seemed rather typical. However, a nice little foamy head formed that displayed better retention and lacing than expected.

S: A musty and grainy nose with some noticeable hop bitterness.

T: Even for a lager, this one was actually very close to tasteless. And I enjoy a well-done lager, but I guess I didn't want the style to color my perception of this beer. Weak malt intro that's mostly water leading to a weak hop finish that's mostly water. A tad bit of buttery hints, but barely detectable on the tongue.

M: An acceptable level of carbonation, very light and not headache-enducing, but still, watery and only slightly slick from hops.

D: If you enjoy the Macro Lager style and want to see what an advanced BMC beer could taste like, opt for this. If you're looking for a subtle yet flavorful lager, I'd look elsewhere.

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Photo of wl0307
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is the first Portugese beer I'm going to try, and yet according to the previous reviews it doesn't seem to rate so well... BB 12/2007, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark yellow-ish straw in colour, coming with a thick but puffy white head dissipating slowly; carbonation is constant and not OTT.
S: lightly lemony fruits and floral hopppyness come hand in hand, along with a lightly metalic/rusty edge; at the back is a layer of aromatic-sweet, boiled-corn-like, grainy maltiness and a touch of syrupy sugary. Overall the aroma is more in line with a sour lager than with a really paper-thin grainy note of Bud-like crap.
T: a slightly powdery grainy flavour with a bloody thin lemony, even fruit-flavouring-like, sour edge precedes a mildly dry finish of hops and a residual undernote of boiled corns and melted cane-sugar; the finish is very bland with a little dryish as well as honey-ish palate.
M&D: lightly fizzy in texture, befitting for the gravity, but the body is way too thin overall to be enjoyable at all. It's not a horrible beer, though, just lacking almost all the right elements for a quality one...

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Photo of Shadman
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A portguese bock beer??? Let's see shall we.

Hmmm..looks like a macro-lager to me. A deeper amber than most, very clear with some nice lacing. .

smeels awfully macro-like as well. Grainy, slighty musty with some slight cooked veggie untertones.

Quite grainy initially, some hop bitterness. I also noted just a hint of citrus and prehaps a hint of fruitiness, another reviewer mentioned grape and I would concur.

mouthfeel was nice, decent in body, a good level of crispness. Finish was neither dry nor wet.

An average macro that's neither a bock nor super in my books

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Photo of auxiliary
1.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

appearance - Light straw color, nice head and lace on the glass.

smell - Bit skunked smell. Typical rice smell on a macro too.

taste - Nothing more of less then a typical macro beer, but with less flavor, and some bitterness.

mouthfeel - Light and carbonated.

drinkability - This is not bock, misleading. Should of been called Super Macro. Only reason I picked up a single of this is because it was from Portugal. I feel sorry for the people in Portugal drinking this beer right now. I only drank about 1/4 of it and dumped the rest. Not even a beer to me.Needs more work on.

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Photo of AlexLMS
1.96/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

To begin with, it is not a bock, despite the misleading name. In truth it is an american macro lager.

Appearance: golden color. White head with moderate size and good retention. Very clear.
Taste: kind of bitter
Mouthfeel: drying sensation. Moderate carbonation, low-strength and light body.
Finish: bitter and persistent aftertaste.

Overall: fresh adjunct lager. The flavor is not very pleasant, and it gets worst because of the lingering aftertaste. There are betters beers in Portugal. I don't think I gonna give this one another chance.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.46/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out clear, yellow, and well carbonated with a one finger, noisy, fast and fizzy head which quickly subsided to a sparse thin layer of foam on the top.

The aroma was kinda nasty... skunky hops and grains. Not inspiring. However, I have a theory about beer tasting. One must get experience across the board... the good as well as the bad... to be an effective judge of beer quality.

Taste was grainy. It was a little bitter, and a bit sweet and bready. There was only a trace of skunkiness in the taste... but it showed up again in the aftertaste. This beer made me burp a lot.

Mouthfeel was about average for a macro lager. Not watery, and not thin, but not heavy either.

Drinkability was not great. I knew what to expect going into it, but still, I would not get this one again. Mainly I got it because I had not had a beer form Portugal before.

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Photo of nekronos
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, it wa snot that Bock, but it was interesting to have it. TH efoam was just tehre and the colour was not that dark. YOu know, there are different kinds of Bocks, and this one was of the semi Golden ones. NOt too alchololic though. Does not ive you a bad aftertaste and it is drinkable.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Obviously not a bock if you read the label

A - 330ml bottle poured into a standard 1/2 pint glass. Dull, apple juice amber in colour, very little head or brussels lacing. A bit listless in carbonation. Not very appealing looking

S- Can pick up a lot of sweet malt notes, not much hop here though. But at least there is somethin to smell compared to other macros

T - Reminds me of a bad homebrew all malt american lager. Lots of malty sweetness finishing in a slightly sticky crisp quiet hoppy finish. Doesnt vanish altogether tho, it has a little character.

M- Clean, sweet, low to medium carbonation, goes down easy enough, standard lager.

D - This is not as bad as bud, miller or corona which all look like anaemic. This has some nice qualities, and i would choose this over a lot of other macros - as macros go, its slightly above average, drinkable but still forgettable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.57/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Eh... This doesn't look like any bock I've ever seen.

A - Clear straw, but with an impressive head - sticky and foamy. Clingy.

S - Chestnuts and veggies.

T - Oo. Macro all the way. Quite sweet. Mild, flavourless bitterness, and an astringent aftertaste.

M - Light. Fizzy. As expected.

D - Poor to ... well poor. No really, it's not bad for a macro, but nothing special. I gotta say though that it's the best LOOKING macro I've had. Lots of clingy lace and a shade darker than the usual suspects. This ain't no bock though.

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Photo of plaid75
2.77/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale straw hue, with a foamy one finger head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell was very subdued. Yeasty and grainy aromas were detectable though. Corn elements as well.

The taste is a bit grainy but had a decent hop presence. The beer finished extremely dry, which improved the flavor for me.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin. The very dry finish left me nearly salivating (in a bad way) after every sip.

Drinkable, but not a bock.

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Photo of carotman
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I saw the "Super Bock" label, I thought I might get a good deal. They say it's a strong beer tough it's only 5.6% abv. The fact that the beer was made in Portugal made me feel uncomfortable. Would I get one of those tasteless beers? Well, it's a bock after all so I should be safe right? Turns out not.

The light brown bottle seems to have let in too much light. I got that skunky smell as soon as I opened the bottle. (both bottles I bought were like that). This should not happen with brown bottles.

The head retention is quite decent. There is a taste of hops and grain. I definetly got that metallic aftertaste some described. The fact that it was unfortunately skunked has definetly altered the taste.This is definetly NOT a bock tough the name says it is. This beer might not be too bad around the pool on hot summer days but it's a bit expensive since it's an imported beer.

This reminds me of a Corona in a brownish bottle.

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Photo of beersarang
2.28/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Jeez! What "Bock" pours pee yellow?

So, I was surprised until I realized that it comes from portugal. Decent head retention over a pee yellow body. Big bubbles suggest forced carbonation.

Grassy unpleasant aroma.

Flavor offers a dab of grain followed by metallic grassy hops. Corn finish. Metallic.

Carbonation is too big and the body is too light...

This one went down the drain!

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Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I should have guessed from the name…this one’s a bust!
It’s a pale, clear, yellow color with an unimpressive head. The aroma is grainy, a bit of hops, and a fruity, estery quality. There’s a little sweetness up front, with a dry finish. Moderate carbonation, light body. Slightly better than a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have only one word to describe this beer. There is simply one word that will do. I tried to think of two words or maybe even three but I was trapped at one. That word, that one word that I shall use to describe this less than exciting offering from Portugal is not a long word, nor a short one. It’s a medium length word. It is…Budweiser.

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Photo of canadianbarman
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Standard 355ml brown bottle
--poured a clear, thin gold in color with a nice head that did not last. No lacing.
--a sleightly grainy malt smell.

This beer tasted kind of sour and was by no stretch even close to bieng super. Even calling it a bock was misleading in my opinion.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent along with a slight lager yeast fruitiness. It is dry and a bit musty. The taste is decent. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some residual sweetness. It has a zing to it that I can only describe as Mexican lager taste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking lager, but nothing I would buy again.

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Photo of TerryW
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow gold with a short-lived and short white head. No lace.

Nose is quite grainy. Taste is dominated by the same graininess with adose of malt and a distinctly lemony finish. Dry, lingering, bitter aftertaste.

Just another undistuinguished macro. Not offensive, but nothing to particularly recommend it.

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Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
2.79 out of 5 based on 356 ratings.
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