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San Miguel Especial - San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.

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San Miguel EspecialSan Miguel Especial

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BA SCORE
63
poor

121 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 22.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A. visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 11-22-2005)
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Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by HappyHourHero:
Photo of HappyHourHero
2.9/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid, dense, bright white head that fades quickly leaving a few specs of lace. The pale yellow beer holds a few streams of carbonation. Aroma of a nice Pils. It's a mix of light malt sweetness and herbal hops. The pale malt sweetness is a bit overpowering and the mild hop bite doesn't stand a chance. There is a faint stale grain flavor that tarnishes the flavor, and the beer has a kind of corn sugar tasting finish. The mouthfeel is simply average. It is too sweet, and there are some faint off flavors that bring this beer down. It's a not-so-good Pilsner, which I guess is what makes it a Euro Pale Lager.

HappyHourHero, Apr 26, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -13.1%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of petewheeler
3.25/5  rDev +25.5%

petewheeler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev +15.8%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 660ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. ABV stated as 5.0%. Picked up from a UK supermarket. Brewed by Carlsberg, and I love the statement on the label that says 'brewed in the EU' - that really narrows it down!

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with a hint of stewed veg/hops. Slightly stale.

Tastes of light malt with a mild bitter finish. Faint hints of stewed hops and overcooked veg. A harsh background note. Mouthfeel is watery, dry and prickly. Somewhat astringent. A harsh bitter aftertaste.

Meh. Subpar, even for industrial lager. Extrememly bland and tasteless - this really is for those times when you're dying of thirst and there's nothing else on offer. Give it a miss.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of doremite
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

doremite, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of SMKilp
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

SMKilp, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of alesaram
3.25/5  rDev +25.5%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jonmikel
1.75/5  rDev -32.4%

jonmikel, May 19, 2013
Photo of Rootdog316
2.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear yellow with a medium, frothy, white head. Sweet malts, light corn, mild citric bitterness. Medium carbonation, fine light and mildly dry finish. Flavour is sweet, mild malty notes, some sugar and quite a bit of lemon zesty bitterness in the end. What can I say, this would never be a go to for me, but it tasted OK on a hot summer day.

Rootdog316, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Ciocanelu, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Iaido
2.76/5  rDev +6.6%

Iaido, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of aztraz
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

aztraz, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of brinch
2/5  rDev -22.8%

brinch, May 11, 2012
Photo of jeroen2555
3/5  rDev +15.8%

jeroen2555, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev +15.8%

Pelicanrocks, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Clear straw color w/light head, bits of tracing. Bottle says brewed and bottled in Morocco, although mother ship is in Spain.

S-Faint aroma of light, sweet malt, noble hops that impart a faint grassy skunk note.

T&M-Goes down like sweet plastic. It's slightly reminiscent of the phenolic band-aid flavor. The syrupy sweetness coats the tongue in an unpleasant way. Just before the finish the plastic comes back out. The finish is actually not bad, but the overall flavor just isn't pleasant. Aftertaste is strange mix of spicy hops, plastic, sweetness. Carbonation is moderate, perking up an otherwise stale experience.

D-Had this last night w/a spicy dish: an interesting chicken in cocoa sauce. The beer went okay w/it, but at times the phenolic band-aid still showed through. Yes, this beer has a lot wrong with it, but it's still drinkable w/fare that drowns out the flaws.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Harkrank
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Harkrank, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50cl Can, best before 11 Jan 2011, drank and reiviewed 27 Apr 2010. Poured into my lovelly 'La Chouffe' badged stemmed tulip glass (twice).

The regular pale yellow/golden clear beer you expect from a lager/pilsner style beer. Snow white head on top, large bubbled.

The smell is weak, some cereals, maybe some grain too, but my normal score of 3 for a non-aroma is given.

I've had a hard day teaching electrical fault finding to 15 students and this is the beer I've choosen to chill with. It is refrfeshing and pleasant enough and you can just about feel the 5.4% ABV within it. No huge flavours or tastes though, just a run of the mill Euro pop sort of beer. I've drank it many times on Spanish Islands (Ibiza and Formentera) and have never had any problems with it, ideal for quenching a thirst on a hot day, but not a 'must have at all costs' sort of thing. Better than average, but only just.

BlackHaddock, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
2.15/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Few aromas on the nose, a very important carbonation that gives the body enough sparkling. As far as taste, we feel the grain but without much conviction, just like a beast european-style lager and so it remains watery. As for the bitterness, it is not interesting enough to raise the level of the beverage. The latter also has a very bad reputation, and it hardly seems unreasonable.

ThaCreep, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of biernack
3/5  rDev +15.8%

biernack, Sep 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Noelito76, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can. Lager glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Pale straw color. Crystal clear appearance. White, brief crown. Herbal, hay aromas & cardboard odor. Sweet malting & citric bitterness. Grainy & fizzy. Light body, high carbonation. Watery texture. Dry bitter finish. Fat & boring.

GONZALOYANNA, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on draft throughout Barcelona. This beer is everywhere.

Poure a pale straw hue with a two finger foamy bone white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some ;light malts and a cleansing hop.

The taste was light and balanced with a crisp grain and utilitarian grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with good carbonation.

Overall a delicate and well balanced refreshing lager. These went down very easily.

plaid75, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Blissmo
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Blissmo, Aug 12, 2012
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San Miguel Especial from San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
63 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.