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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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 23.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: Globetrotter on 11-22-2005

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 38
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Rootdog316
2.55/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.18/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.1/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.16/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.06/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +36.7%
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.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.28/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

San Miguel Especial – Euro Pale Lager, 5.4%. Ubiquitous in southern Spain, this review is based on a sampling on tap from the el Rancho restaurant at the Marina del Sol resort outside Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol. A can I saw later listed corn as an ingredient. Comes out clear solid gold, perhaps a shade or two darker than standard, under a one finger white head that looks thin but lasts remarkably long and leaves excellent sheets of lace most of the way down the glass. The nose is full of sweet barley malt, tainted ever so slightly by the corn and with a touch of hops spice. The mouth is light and very prickly. The flavor is pretty standard, with malt up front more bready than corny. A pretty decent hop bite follows, leaving a good mixed finish and an enticing aftertaste. I expected horrible, and got pretty respectable.

Photo of Cozzatoad
2.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

33cl can

A- Pale golden, maybe some orange hints. Very little head from the pour; no retention, though there are some faint signs of lacing

S- Sweet malts, on the corn side of things (smells like an american adjunct lager), with some light fruity hints (orange?). Hops are not detectable

T- Once again very sweet. Bready malts and again a hint of corn (though not as pronounced as in the aroma). Some very faint fruit undernotes might still be detected. Not the slightest hint of bitterness

M- The beer is very thin in body and carbonation is actually quite low. A good example of what 'watery' means in a beer

O- Very much on the sweet side, but still decently refreshing. It actually drinks very easy

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +36.7%

The "especial" San Miguel appears to be brewed in Spain and, at 5.4%, is stronger than the regular variety.

A pleasant drinking lager with no off notes or faults. The lacing is quite good and the smell and taste are rather unexceptional but quite nice.

Apples, sweet malt and a touch od herbal hop are all detectable.

Overall, an ok lager to drink cold. Better than many big name lagers.

72/100

Photo of Portertime
2.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer for the sake of trying it going in without any high expectations. Had it iced cold in a pint glass. Poured a bubbly plale yellow color with a fast fizzing head. Smelled of mild hops and a little sweetness. Taste was thin and barely hopped with a touch of citrus. An OK beer to sip on a hot day but don't go nuts.

Photo of Andreji
2.8/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I reckon I rate this under this profile rather than a supposed philippine industry, because I'm sure Globetrotter was right adding it under this nationality.

It was served to me on the plane from Bogota to Madrid, and, well, it's free*, why the heck not?

Meh, it was an absolute disappointment. the first spanish beer I was trying was perfectly mediocre, an unpleasant familiar look all those useless macro's have when poured, the middle of the pile smell with a tad of hops and a tad of malt (very, very non-complex).

The taste, well, it was bitter. nothing good, no other taste. bitter. wow, man, add some raddish to water and you get the same (and more entertainment).

*I later found (when offering my second alcoholic drink) that I had to pay for that crap. yes, 2.5 euro on Air Plus Comet. I mean, I can understand they charge for rubbish on short euro flights with easyjet, ryanair, vueling, condor, skyeurope, germanwings whatever....but a 10hr flight charges drinks, and offers shit? next time I'm flying Iberia or Air France (they serve free, err, prepaid grimbergen)

Photo of ernie
2.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale golden color, medium level of carbonation, thin and unstable head.

Aroma malty and herbal, nothing special and nothing unpleasant. Just an aroma.

Start malty, body slender, more hops towards finish, a bit synthetic taste. Finish short, malty-bisquity.

I wish it would taste and smell like a natural brew and not some mix of malt & hop extracts. Don't waste your time trying.

Photo of HappyHourHero
2.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of Berecki
2.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dull beer. In every aspect. I chilled it, poured in a pilsner glass, and tasted it thirsty and willing to be merciful. But it disappointed me - it's just average colored, average smelling, under-average fruity tasting pilsner with pricky aftertaste. Felt bloated after an hour.

Photo of djura
2.41/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got it from Spain,can 0,33l

A-Usual for lager,pale light orange color. Nice foam,white,stay for minute. Low carbonation.
S-skunk,with hops,yeast..
T/M-Lighter taste,sweet aroma,typical EPL. Medium bitterness.
O-Nothing too special,usual beer,usual taste.

Photo of Suds
3.16/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a few bottles of this brew in northern Italy. It's a yellow-golden liquid with a thin head. Nicely, the head presents a thin and soapy sheen of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma is uninteresting. A bit of grain, and some malt in the nose, but not much else. It clearly smells a step above typical macro swill, but the aroma is faint and uninteresting. The tast is a bit better. Sweet, with a little malt and bread up front. The finish has a little corn, and a bit of a cereal adjunct flavor as well. Light mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable. This one is not half bad.

Photo of Zimbo
1.98/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drunk on my executive hotel balcony in Mallorca earlier this month.
Looked like every other pale Euro lager you've ever seen but there was some individuality here. Too bad it was mostly distinquished by the taste of over boiled cabbage/brussel sprouts, skunk, rubber notes, cigarette butts and a faint wavering of malt.
Smelt no different either. And slightly over acidic in the mouth too.
Certainly not to be repeated. Fortunately a distant memory once I was in the middle of dinner with a bottle of Macia Batle Crianza.

Photo of jonb5
2.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

275ml bottle. 5.0 abv, brewed in UK, half a finger head, clear, light brown colour. Slight paint smell. Tastes slightly of wheat, no real hop content. Chemical aftertaste. Lots of carbonation. Not one for the beer geek/snob but has it's place in the beer world

Photo of DaveUK
2.36/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance - Golden, yellow brown. A small head of white bubbles, with a fair retention if drunk quickly (!).

Aroma - Weak floral, fruity note. Nothing else for me.

Taste - Crisp fruity, citric taste. Hint of sweet malt as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel - Powerful acidic bite, sharp and light texture, carbonic acid among probably other additives contributing to a nasty mouthfeel.

Overall - I must admit that the initial taste wasnt too bad, however it was followed by a horrible acidity, characteristic of many mass produced lagers. A one dimensional beer with many flaws but at least the taste is better than some of the other "macrolagers". It would take a pub with a really poor selection to force me onto this lager.

Photo of germanbeer1
2.71/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap in Barcelona and was more pleased with the result than I thought I would be. It pours a hazy, sort of yellowish type of color with a fizzy head and give off almost no smell at all. I was able to detect the maltiness afterwards, but it never left any adverse taste in my mouth. I would try this again, but only if I could find it on-tap.

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.21/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Fresh and very drinkable lager. It does the job

Photo of doktorhops
2.38/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of thierrynantes
2.53/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : pils de couleur claire, limpide, mousse assez sérrée
Smell : nez discrèt de houblon ?
Taste and mouthfeel : maltée
Drinkability : bière pils moyenne, brassée par San Miguel, sans intérêt particulier

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