For me, Super Bock is one of those iconic holiday beers that makes you think of the sun as soon as you see it. Along with Sangres, you dont get much more Portugese than Super Bock.
It is with much excitement then that i bought this and look forward to trying it.
I really liked some other “holiday beers”, San Miguel 0.0 and Estrella Galicia 0.0 so i have high hopes. Read on for the full review
What type of beer is Super Bock Non Alcoholic?
Super Bock Non Alcoholic is a lager.
Lagers are bottom fermenting beers with a clean, crisp finish which are typically middlingly malty and aren’t as hop forward as a pilsner style lager.
Sometimes they can taste a bit bland in todays world of DIPAs etc but done well, there is little better on a hot summers day than an ice cold bottle or pint of lager.
It is funny how ingredients of beer can vary so widely. In Germany, there are purity laws and most beers will just have hops, barley, water and yeast. And you know what? They are mostly delicious. The more ingredients you used, doesn’t often translate into a better beer.
- Malted Barley
- Unmalted barley and maize
Interesting twist to list both malted and unsalted grains. The bit that usually annoys me is the “flavouring” or sometimes called natural flavouring. What is it? Why is it needed? Beer is flavoured with malted grains and hops surely?
Anyways, it is just a bug bear of mine.
Super Bock Non Alcoholic Nutrition
Nutrition goes hand in hand with the ingredients. If you spot “glucose syrup” in the ingredients then there is a fair chance of a raised sugar level.
These are the Super Bock magic numbers…
|||Values per 100ml or 100g|
A calorie count of 23kcal/100ml is probably in the bottom half but not terrible. There is quite a bit of carbohydrate load but that hasn’t translated into a high added sugar number.
1g/100ml of added sugar shouldn’t lead to a very sweet nasty beer (i hope). I look for something under 2g as a rough benchmark in a lager.
For a full article on the calories, carbs and sugar in non alcoholic beers then read my article on it here
Is Super Bock Non Alcoholic really alcohol free?
You can see from my picture, the bottle suggests the beer is free from alcohol but that doesn’t mean it is 0.0% ABV due to different labelling laws.
UK and US law says only beers with an ABV of less then 0.05% can use alcohol free terminology. Super Bock are using EU laws here where anything up to 0.5% ABV can be called alcohol free. Clear as mud, eh?
0.5% ABV is still “non alcoholic” by law tho.
Despite having x10 more alcohol than a true alcohol free beer, the amount of alcohol in Super Bock Non Alcoholic is still nothing to be worried by.
Many food stuffs have a higher ABV such as apple juice and even ripe bananas can get to 0.4% ABV.
You can read my entire article on how to tell how much alcohol is in a non alcoholic beer here
I love the brown bottle and red labelling, it really is a stand out. Lots of holiday memories come flooding back when I see this bottle, it is a Portugese classic.
The beer is on the darker side of golden, as dark a lager as you see. Usually when you get a darker beer or ale, it is malty.
As i suspected from looking at it, there is plenty of malt on the nose. It doesn’t smell overly sweet which is alway a good thing and the hops is pretty light to almost nothing.
Very interesting, quite a big beer this and pretty much unexpected.
You get an immediate hit of lots of malted barley and big cereal flavours. Some hops is there but its not too bitter and gets drowned out by the malt which is bordering on a decent dark ale.
Its definitely a lot more malty than a normal lager but not so hoppy as to get to a pilsner.
It has a bit of sweetness but its in an ok range. 1g/100ml of added sugar isn’t too much to be worried by and there is plenty of body to hang the sugar on so that isn’t all you taste.
Its certainly different to the UK/US lagers, its quite like San Miguel 0.0 or Estrella Galicia 0.0 but more malty than them
It’s a good one to keep in the back pocket for if the mood takes.
It brings back holiday memories but it isn’t a typical lager if that is what you want. Its quite dark and more like an ale to me.
I think I prefer the Spanish more hop forward rather than malt forward ones which are more a typical pilsner style lager to this but it is interesting non the less and i will buy more.
7/10 – it’s a good alternative and certainly worth a try. Not a bad beer all round.
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy
You can check out the live Amazon price by following my link here
You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer
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it’s a good alternative and certainly worth a try. Not a bad beer all round