Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Super Bock

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20Chad9976 (1500) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2015
It continues to amaze me how adjunct lager is the most popular style of beer in the world. Every country makes a brand that’s mild and brewed with corn; though some are better than others. I’m sure Portugal has better beer than Super Bock – at least I’d like to think so. 

I poured a mini 200ml (6.8oz) bottle into a drinking glass. It had an expiration date of 4/2016 and cost $0.99 ($0.15 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this bottle!

Appearance: Surprisingly dark golden hue with consistent carbonation visible. Body is completely clear. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly evaporates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Typical light strike skunk despite the amber bottle. Otherwise a light sweetness; some creamed corn; no hop presence but I’ve smelled much worse.

Taste: There’s not much to describe about the palette of this brew. It’s quite similar to every other adjunct lager. Flavor isn’t feather-light, but there’s definitely not a lot to speak of. Slight corn taste, but not especially sweet. The skunky aroma does not translate to the palette. The corn taste seems a bit syrupy, but is in no way cloying. Some spicy hops would be nice. The only attribute this beer really has going for it is the fact it could have been much worse. This is tolerable but not enjoyable.

Drinkability: Super Bock weighs in at 5.2% ABV, which is typical for the general style. The mouthfeel is light, but not paper thin. Crisp at first, but the carbonation dies down quickly. Though not refreshing while in the mouth, I appreciate the fact it finishes almost completely clean.

RATING: 3/10

1 comment:

  1. Recently went to Portugal where is hard to get anything but similar beers to Super Bock, certainly on draught. Sagres being another popular brand. It seems small breweries are few and far between, even finding bottles was difficult where I was but one shop had beers from the Letra brewery which were all pretty decent examples of their respective style.