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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

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 22.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews by doktorhops:
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doktorhops

Australia

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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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

09-29-2013 02:27:58 | More by cam477
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petewheeler

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +26%

08-16-2014 20:37:44 | More by petewheeler
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fionn13

Ireland

3/5  rDev +16.3%

06-04-2012 15:09:52 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

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
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doremite

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

09-06-2013 13:50:47 | More by doremite
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SMKilp

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

06-21-2013 15:56:04 | More by SMKilp
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alesaram

Guam

3.25/5  rDev +26%

10-16-2012 00:34:04 | More by alesaram
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jonmikel

Spain

1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

05-19-2013 17:13:02 | More by jonmikel
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Rootdog316

Virginia

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
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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

12-16-2013 12:24:44 | More by Ciocanelu
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aztraz

Sweden

2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

07-27-2013 16:50:31 | More by aztraz
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brinch

Denmark

2/5  rDev -22.5%

05-11-2012 14:33:20 | More by brinch
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jeroen2555


3/5  rDev +16.3%

01-06-2013 11:53:35 | More by jeroen2555
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +16.3%

07-04-2012 17:13:57 | More by Pelicanrocks
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BoitSansSoif

France

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
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Harkrank

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

12-24-2011 07:32:09 | More by Harkrank
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BlackHaddock

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
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ThaCreep

Belgium

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
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biernack

Netherlands

3/5  rDev +16.3%

09-27-2013 23:42:07 | More by biernack
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Noelito76

New York

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

10-02-2013 09:39:33 | More by Noelito76
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

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
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plaid75

New York

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
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Blissmo

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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FreshHawk

Illinois

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.

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San Miguel Especial from San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
63 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.