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 DenisKolkin
2.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Advertised as 5.2% ABV.

Appearance - Clear golden colour with just over a finger of white head. This dissipates quickly leaving some soapy head on top. While not bubbly there are quite a few bubbles present.

Smell - Slight creamed corn aroma, also a grassy bite similar to a good pilsner. Not much else, but nothing off putting either.

Taste - Watery with very little flavour. Slight grainy taste but not much else. Again nothing off putting.

Mouthfeel - Watery, medium carbonation. Otherwise not much to comment on.

Overall - for the style this actually isn't bad. Would drink again if I was limited to adjunct lagers.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.93/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Wait a minute... this isn't a bock? Aw man. Giving it a go anyway haha.

Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass.

A: Typical pale yellow with a fizzy white head that gos down pretty quickly.

S: Very faint with some grain in there. Not much to say.

T: Very mild with plenty of grain in there. Not too bad and pretty smooth. Nothing really to note. Pretty beery and straightforward. Refreshing.

Overall, not too much to say. I bought it expecting a bock, and what I got was an easy drinking light lager. Not bad for what it is, but won't pick up again.

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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 dbrauneis
2.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 metter98
2.79/5  rDev 0%
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 macrosmatic
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was received as a gift. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color, with about a finger's worth of white fluffy head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malts, graininess, corn, and just a bit of grassiness in the background.

T: Pretty standard grainy corn AAL lager flavors, moderate pilsner malt sulfur. Nothing to make it stand out from the myriad of other AALs around.

M: Light thin body, alcohol is well-hidden, and carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Despite its name, this shares no characteristics of any Bock I am familiar with. Really just not a good beer.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looking at the bottle and ratings this beer has garnered there is an instant feeling of regret upon purchasing Super Bock, an American Adjunct Lager - yuck! Well let's not jump the gun, it could quite possibly be the greatest beer purchase ever, probably not in a million years, yeah.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Body presents a clear lemon yellow, with a thin white speckled lace for a head.

S: Adjuncty (if you are a real word) grain aroma, malt, vegetal matter and dare I say it; a twist of lemon.

T: Crisp Lager flavours, full grain/malt base with that lemon again, although it does taste like artificial lemon so don't get your hopes up. Finish is dry and malty.

M: Mid to light body with flat carbonation.

D: Look I can see how one would drink this in Portugal when 99% of the alcohol you get there is wine, however it is a boring Lager with little merit apart from the fact that it doesn't taste like the beer equivalent of faeces, which is difficult it seems for most Lagers to manage. Also it is interesting in it's cloying artificial lemon flavour so I will give it that.

Note: It was a challenge finishing this beer - the off-lemon taste was off-putting - came close to a drain pour. Super Bock as it turns out was a super mistake. You have been warned.

Food match: Seafood... though it would be a waste of good seafood, make it a cheap fish & chips, don't waste calamari or oysters on this one.

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Photo of soju6
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a straw color with a fair head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness and grain with a hint of hops in the background.

T: Taste is quite basic with a bit of hops and malt sweetness and grainy. Has an odd bitterness and a bit of an oily finish.

F: Light body and has some rough edges.

O: Not a beer I would go out of my way for. Probably best served ice cold to hide the warts so to speak.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Super Bock sounds exotic, but its classification of being an adjunct lager dissapoints my hopes. Still, I hope to get something out of this. Coming out of a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

A lighter than golden color shows in the body. A short head forms on top of the beer, retaining in an average manner, dropping to a patchy lace within a minute of the pour. Oh, there's the nose. Definately not a bock. A little stinky grass, milled corn and cooked corn arise. Ok, vamos...

Run of the mill adjunct lager. It's not horrible, however don't get your hopes up. Rather clean with a slight honey sweetness, white bread, and a pleasantly crisp, light body. Maybe too crisp, as the bubbles are eating away at my throat! Somewhat steeley towards the end of the sip.

Hard to believe this is my first Portuguese beer. What's not hard to believe would be this first and last visit with Super Bock.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite clear medium golden in color, with a large, coarse snow-white cap.The carbonation is slight, and there is scattered,patchy lacing.

Aroma: Notes of cooked corn, pale malt,moderate herbal hops,and a bit of Heineken-style skunk aroma.

Taste: Opens with mildly sweet malt, soon followed by cooked corn. There is a faint toasted quality to the malt as well, Later in the taste, some mildly earthy and metallic hops appear. Finishes with a lingering, mild metallic note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, a touch thin, but pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting example, not sure why its called "Super Bock", but certainly its inoffensive and drinkable. Also, its my first beer from the great land of Portugal.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass euro-style long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourced: This was a gift from Colonel Bill, intrepid nickel hunter and connoisseur of fine craft beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced quickly to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet pale malts, grainy and grassy notes, and a little bready notes too.

Taste: Tastes just like the aromas. Pretty simple with a little bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: Being Portuguese, I have drank this plenty of times on both sides of the Atlantic. Pretty average tasting beer that is there solely to quench my thirst and get away from all the hop nombs out there.

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Photo of asnider
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I ordered this thinking that Portuguese beer would go well with Portuguese food. I also assumed, incorrectly, that it wasn't just another adjunct lager. I mean, it has the word "Bock" right in the name!

This is not a bock. It's definitely an adjunct lager with a lot of unnecessary sweetness to it. It actually lists sugar syrup as an ingredient. Points to the brewer for being honest, at least.

The aroma was not particularly pleasant, smelling a bit like stale cereal grains, but wasn't off-putting, either.

The taste was decent for the style, but the sweetness was a bit too cloying and it didn't quite work for me. It was still better than the typical BMC lagers, but not by much.

The mouth feel was strange on this one. It was relatively smooth, but could have stood for a little bit more carbonation. It was OK, but not great.

I likely wouldn't drink this again unless my options were extremely limited.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Half finger of head on a clear, pale straw colored body.
I can barely stand the aroma. It's a mixture of dirty barnyard and grain.
The taste isn't as offensive, it just tastes like water with the slight bit of bitterness.
Fizzy texture, moderate carbonation and light body.
It's one of the less enjoyable beers I've had. The smell is a real put-off.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle, 10.2012 stamped on label, not sure if that is a bottling date or best by date.

appears a pale straw yellow color, brilliantly clear. bright white colored head that fades. slightly sweet, grainy aroma. a little bit of cooked corn. more of the same with the taste, on note. thin and fizzy body.

Slightly better than the American BMC beers, but not much.

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Photo of dansmcd
1.77/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up so I could tick off Portugal on the list of nations of beers tried. Mistake.

A - Thin coat of flimsy weak bubbles, retreats instantly to a ring. Clear body demonstrates 20 seconds of effervesence before its as flat and still as can be.

S - Corn, metallic stinky skunkiness, slight yeast.

T - Typical adjunct lager flavours of corn syrup and lemon juice.

M - High carbonation, light fizzy body.

O - Shite.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.14/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light amber to straw colour with a large, foamy white head on top that has good retention and looks quite thick. There is some lacing and lots of bubbles, a typical lager look albeit with a good head on it.

Light smelling with lots of cheap adjuncts, corn and some bread. There is some cereal and a watery citrus aroma but the smell is a pretty poor one.

Cereal, bread, corn and very light hops along with other basic adjuncts and a hint of citrus although none of these flavours are particularly strong or pleasant. This was not a good beer at all though and there is some skunky flavours towards the end.

Light with medium carbonation and a some touches of grain coming through on top of what for the most a smooth beer. There is some sweetness in there too and it is pretty light on bitterness levels.

This one was an awful beer, I honestly can't think of anything that I particularly enjoyed about it and it was a real struggle to finish with it becoming hard to drink after only a couple of sips and it tasted quite skunky at parts.

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

Holiday in the Algarve July 2012: surrounded by this stuff, available almost everywhere. I cooled with it on tap and chilled with it in bottled form.

Great if you want the quench your thirst after a day in the sun but not a rich, tasty brew: its a lager that is light on flavours but looks fine and clean. It could have been any number of other European lager/pilsner beers, it didn't stand out but it didn't have too.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
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 SmashPants
2.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: light brown 330mL bottle, pretty ordinary looking label. Macro standard I suppose.

Appearance: light amber body, crystal clear. Head bubbled and disappeared in seconds.

Aroma: sweet-scented cereal with lighter fruit and hops.

Taste: very mild, and what there is is not terribly impressive. Cheap cereals without and hops bitterness or malt undertones.

Aftertaste: not much better, but at least there is the lack of metallic fug you expect in a cheap and poor tasting beer.

Mouth feel: light bodied and fairly high in carbonation. The carbonation carries too much metallic fug flavour.

Overall: a cheap tasting beer replete with cheap rice, cheap grains and a lack of anything note-worthy.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle from Portuguese restaurant. Pours golden with a thin, long-lived white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops, bready malt and sweet corn. Body is light and smooth. Some light hops and grain combine on the palate. Regular macro crap, but at least inoffensive.

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Photo of stevoj
2.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Another pale lager for the masses. This one looks god in the glass though, with ample foamy head. Decent maltiness in the taste, but still tastes weak and watery.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours gold with a large, fading head.
Nose shows hay, skunky, grassy hops and unexpected caramel.
Same story with flavours: hay, grass and some redeeming soft sweet malt, followed by a mild bitterness. Thankfully not too sweet.
Carbonation is too high.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass at Nando’s PERi PERi in National Harbor..

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with a 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Not a huge nose – grains and very mild hops.

T: Grainy flavor with lemon background and finishes slightly bitter with the hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: When I ordered this I thought I was ordering a Bock – and was confused when it poured a golden color. But – surprises are sometimes a good thing – but in this case this beer was just ok. Nothing special or anything I would grab again.

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Photo of Samp01
2.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden pale yellow with a white lasting head with some lacing. Aroma and Taste is cereal, grains, grassy notes with some malt sweetness and light hops. Plate is light, crisp with light carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, cereal, grains some grassy notes and some light bitterness. Overall not too bad, best when cold, an ok drinkable brew.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle picked up as a single at the LCBO; listed at 5.2% abv. Best before October 2012.

Pours a pale golden-straw colour, generating about a finger of soapy white head on top. Retention is average for an adjunct lager, i.e. not that good, but at least it leaves behind some smears of lacing. Why do some European breweries love these clear/green bottles so much? This sample is only 3-4 months old and it's already almost at the point of raunchiness. Other than the sulfurous skunk-stank, the aroma is pretty mild - grainy, a bit sweet, noticeably corny. Slight hop presence that reminds me of wet hay. I am not cringing, but I am not exactly enticed.

Tolerable flavour with no deal-breaking flaws. Damp, grainy malts with some light, corny sweetness describes the bulk of the flavour. Mostly clean finish, with only some slight, grassy dryness from the hops. A bit more than light-bodied, but still watery, with a good, firm, crisp bite from the fairly heavy carbonation.

This is a highly unremarkable lager, acceptable for the style but nothing more. And let me be clear (because the packaging is not): this is not a bock, and there is nothing super about it at all. It's easy to drink and refreshing enough, I guess - but there are domestic lagers that can accomplish this while putting far less of a strain on your wallet.

Final Grade: 2.71, a forgettable C- grade. Portugal has never been known for its thriving beer industry, past or present, so I should not be surprised that this brew was bland and devoid of any creativity. I would be genuinely annoyed if I had paid 13-14 dollars (!) for a six-pack of this expecting an actual bock-style beer. This is a generic industrial-style lager that happens to cost a few bucks more than the others.

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Super Bock from UNICER União Cervejeira S.A.
2.79 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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