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

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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

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 11-22-2005)
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1/5  rDev -61.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -51.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -42.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -32.4%

jonmikel, May 19, 2013
Photo of AlexLMS
1.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

San Miguel Especial should be classified as a Macro Lager. The label even states the corn presence.

Appearance: very good clarity with a golden blonde color. The head is white and extremely low. No retention as there is no head to begin with.

Aroma: corn and husk.

Taste: corn grits, adjuncty. Unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: dry, low carbonation, reasonable alcoholic strength, light body.

Finish: short and a little bitter.

Overall: no news here. Another macro lager. Nothing special. Spain has better beers.

AlexLMS, Jun 24, 2007
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1.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This one I've had many times on vacation in Spain, but when you're on the beach about anything goes... No I'm going to put this to a more organized test.

A: Straw-colored, with a even white head - that sadly "dies" to soon.

S: Not many smells, but there is some malt, some hops and I can also Sence some citrus.

T: The taste of this beer is weak. There are malt, bitter hops, some pears and a little dryness though.
The aftertaste is very short (on a bad day I would call it non-existent).

M: Some carbonic acid, a bit dry and very thin - almost like water.

D: If you're going to quench your thirst this could work, but if your not into the very pale lager with small taste and aroma I suggest you avoid this one.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 13, 2009
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1.93/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Zimbo, Apr 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

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2/5  rDev -22.8%

GRUUMSH, Oct 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -22.8%

Fenrisulven, Dec 22, 2011
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
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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
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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
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2.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle bought individually at Trader Joe's in Riverside

Pours a golden brown color with no head and smell was pretty weak

Tasted alright wih my burrito, but got bad as it got warm

Could drink a lot of these because it is light

Would not drink this again

Floydster, Sep 12, 2007
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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.