San Miguel Especial - San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
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Reviews by doktorhops:
2.4/5 rDev -7%
This says something about the brewing industry - I picked up 4 x 500ml cans of Stella Artois and 4 x 500ml cans of San Miguel for the low low price of $20, and after tasting the two back to back I could not detect any noticeable difference between them. Stella I've had before and gave it a glowing review, it is a damn fine brew, but the brew I got in the can of Stella was not Stella, and I'm pretty sure the brew I got from the San Miguel can is not San Miguel, I suspect there is a recipe for "Lager A" which is being sent to a variety of breweries and churned out into to different labelled cans... evidence of a brewsipracy grows by the day.
Poured from a 500ml can into a stein.
A: Clear yellow body with no head just some white lacing.
S: Smells afoul of the typical Lager skunk you get with cheap Lagers. Apart from that there is some green apple peel, touch of adjunct corn and a hint of sour yeast. No hops, but were you ever expecting them from a cheap Lager? If so then shame on you.
T: Malt base dominates the flavour with its adjunct mediocrity. A bit devoid of any taste really but if you had to describe it you would say corn, grains, followed by a hint of sour yeast and finishes with German Lager dryness rather than classic bitter hop finish.
M: Borders on watery, light to mid bodied with mild carbonation.
D: Not terrible as other macros, however this is definitely an instance of "You get what you paid for", a cheap taste from a cheap Lager, nothing more nothing less. Wont go out of my way to try this again, but I'm still not even sure if this really is San Miguel or if it's "Lager A" so who knows.
Food match: Greasy doner kebab with extra garlic sauce.
12-08-2012 10:29:10 | More by doktorhops
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United Kingdom (England)
2.58/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-11-2012 22:24:03 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.55/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
06-07-2011 16:05:17 | More by Rootdog316
2.13/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
03-13-2010 18:10:30 | More by BoitSansSoif
United Kingdom (England)
3.1/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
04-27-2010 17:27:41 | More by BlackHaddock
2.15/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
08-10-2010 17:07:43 | More by ThaCreep
2.05/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
07-04-2012 20:17:46 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.5/5 rDev +35.7%
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.
08-19-2009 15:58:57 | More by plaid75
2.68/5 rDev +3.9%
A - Light straw gold color with a large, puffy, bubbly white head. Decent retention with just tiny patches of lace remaining.
S - Not all that strong. Some grainy malt and possibly a hint of grassy hops. Some vegetable/husk/corn type of smell, but that is too strong either. Decent malt aroma.
T - Pretty typical flavors. Some grainy and bready malt with hints of some corn flavors as well. Hints of grassy hops and a little bitterness toward the finish, but nothing that strong.
M - Light body with a bit above average carbonation. Light and thin, fairly watery. A little crisp and fizzy.
D - Nothing that kills the palate and is fairly refreshing, but not quite enough hops or something to cut the malt.
Notes: Really just an average lager with nothing setting it apart from countless other Euro Pale Lagers. A bit on the sweet side with not a lot of hop presence. Decent for a beer just to drink on a hot day, but nothing special.
05-24-2010 16:36:44 | More by FreshHawk
San Miguel Especial from San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
63 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.