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

San Miguel EspecialSan Miguel Especial

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BA SCORE
63
poor

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 21.24%


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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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25cl brown bottle purchased in Spain and brought back by my father. Pours a crystal-clear straw yellow body with not a whole lot of head to speak of. Smells faintly sweet, fruity, bready, with hints of cooked vegetable. Bread with hints of apple, pear, caramel, with a noticeable herbal hop presence. Hints of butter and cooked vegetable toward the finish. Easy-drinker. Light bodied with moderate to full (but not overly done) carbonation. Not as clean as it could be for the style, but the flavors, while a bit subdued, are noticeable and harmonious. I actually like it.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 22:47:25 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 15:58:57 | More by plaid75
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reddomino

Germany

3.43/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice pillowy head and lots of bubbles wising from the bottom. Good lacing as the head slowly dissipates. The aroma was somewhat earthy, mostly hops with a light, citrusy undertone. The flavor was very light. In fact the only discernable flavor was slight hop notes that complimented the dry finish. This beer provided a very light mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation. Fifteen minutes into this beer there was still a steady stream of rising bubbles and a small head still visible.

Nothing really sets this beer apart, but it is very drinkable. It would make a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 17:34:47 | More by reddomino
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2005 18:51:48 | More by Globetrotter
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 18:42:32 | More by Suds
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 17:27:41 | More by BlackHaddock
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 19:54:00 | More by HappyHourHero
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.9/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

660 mL brown bottle poured into two glasses, for sharing with my wife.

A: surprisingly nice appearance for a lager. White, bubbly-foamy head of 2 fingers (similar in texture to a Duvel) leaving quite a bit of lacing. Mostly clear but with some cloudiness generally unseen in a lager.

S: smells pretty average.

T: surprisingly sweet, but not necessarily in a good way. The sweetness really caught me off guard.

M: moderate carbonation, but with stickiness.

D: wouldn't seek this out necessarily, but not horrible either.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 19:37:28 | More by fullsweep
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Portertime

Florida

2.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 19:26:56 | More by Portertime
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Daredevil

Switzerland

2.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have tasted this one right after a local brew from my hometown and this one was by far the more pleasant lager, so have to be careful not to overrate this one ... the first impression is a full body and a "malty feel", which is good ... however I am not a friend of sweetish lagers and this is definitely on the sweet side, for sure it lacks any refreshing bitterness ... so on the overall, a rather average lager ....

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 21:13:46 | More by Daredevil
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

2.8/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 21:40:51 | More by jonb5
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Andreji

Colombia

2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 03:41:22 | More by Andreji
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germanbeer1

Maine

2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 14:35:00 | More by germanbeer1
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ernie

Russian Federation

2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 19:48:09 | More by ernie
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FreshHawk

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 16:36:44 | More by FreshHawk
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DavidS88

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yet another Euro pale lager while I'm here in Spain. Coming off a fall and first half of winter of drinking basically anything but Euro pales, I kinda thought that these would all taste the same to me once I arrived in Europe. Thankfully (I guess) I was wrong in that aspect, because I think I finally found one that isn't all that terrible. Don't get me wrong, it still is incredibly genetic, but San Miguel Especial isn't horrible.

I had one of these down in Ceuta after spending four days in Morocco. I poured it out of your typical European tiny beer bottle. It was a nice bright gold with no head and lots of bubbles. Nose was slightly hoppy, but more of that generic beer smell. The taste, however, was actually not bad. Compared to the other Spanish beers I've had so far (Mahou and Estrella) San Miguel actually had some flavor to it, and it wasn't all that bad either. Kinda grainy and malty, but in a good sort of way. San Miguel was really refreshing and had a great feel. It would be easy to down several of these without realizing just how much you've really had.

Overall, like I said, it's kinda just another Euro pale lager with nothing too noticeable that would affect its score (positively or negatively), but is definitely my preferred Spanish beer thus far.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 12:03:41 | More by DavidS88
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Cozzatoad

Italy

2.65/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 14:50:16 | More by Cozzatoad
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first beer once arrived at the aiport of Reus in Catalunya. Served ina dirty glass and without any head. Yuk. Being thirsty as hell I drank it anyway.

A: Clear yellow color and no head... probably thanx to the glass.

S: Grass/Hay smell, some grains and some hops.

T: Grains, light hops and surprisingly a little grapefruit.

M: Medium carbonation and light body.

D: Not bad when you're thirsty. Unavoidable to drink once you're in Catalunya.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 06:54:41 | More by PapaEugene
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a clear golden-yellow color forming a medium thin bubbled white head. Good retention and some thin and lingering lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet grains in upfront. Strong notes of adjunct malts: corn and rice. Light notes of grassy hops

T: Pretty much like the nose: Slightly sweet upfront. Grainy. Strong notes of adjunct malts. A bit metallic and plastic. Artificial. In overall, a malty, dry and crispy taste. Light to medium bitterness. Grassy hops profile. Bready Lager-style yeasts

M: Very light body. Strong carbonation. Crispy, malty and light grassy bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Medium drinkability. Standard Euro Lager with notes of adjunct malts. Not impressive

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 16:47:33 | More by eduardolinhalis
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 22:24:03 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Rootdog316

Virginia

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.

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 16:05:17 | More by Rootdog316
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thierrynantes

France

2.53/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 22:21:18 | More by thierrynantes
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killianf


2.53/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from the bottle but tasted and smelled from a glass tumbler

A: Clear pale yellow golden colour, thin film of head that doesn't last too long. No lacing.

S: Hint of malt, strong metallic smell. Slightly hoppy with a vegetable smell definitely coming through.

T: Light malt, hoppy bitterness, an overpowering vegetable taste. Kind of malty aftertaste.

M: Thin and watery, light bodied.

Overall: Not great, but not the worst I've had at all. I wouldn't go out of my way to get this, but if I was buying for a barbeque on a really hot day (which we don't really have in Ireland) I would pick a couple up. It's cheap, and tastes so. Refreshing ice cold and easy to knock back.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 14:30:06 | More by killianf
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kRaa

Denmark

2.48/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white frothy head with a good lacing. Most of the head diminishes rather quickly, but about 3 mm head remains. Clear yellow, sparkling body. Fairly weak aroma, just like many other mass produced pale lagers. The initial flavor is a little bit sweet, but it soon turns into a more bitter flavor. It doesn't taste of that much, apart from this slight bitter taste. Light to medium body with a dry texture.

Serving type: can

02-16-2008 19:14:41 | More by kRaa
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Berecki

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.48/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 19:40:09 | More by Berecki
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San Miguel Especial from San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
63 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.