San Miguel Especial - San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
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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
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
1.9/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
07-13-2009 08:43:49 | More by Evil_Pidde
2.35/5 rDev -8.9%
The color is straw yellow with a clear perlage. Fairly fine white foam on the sides, but not particularly compact and creamy on top.
At the smell all the fears are confirmed: wheat and corn are the masters/lords and misses at all the hop. Unfortunately, the improvements are limited in the flavor: again corn and little of malt, but nothing more. To grasp the sign of hop you should go to the aftertaste, where after a brief hint of malt and corn, you can also find a drop of hops, but with several efforts!
Per se the beer is not undrinkable, but is without any claim, without elements of interest and ultimately noise and essentially useless. Fortunately that has at least a few alcohol degrees.
10-06-2010 18:27:49 | More by stcules
3.2/5 rDev +24%
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.
10-13-2007 18:42:32 | More by Suds
2.23/5 rDev -13.6%
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
09-12-2007 06:58:38 | More by Floydster
2.53/5 rDev -1.9%
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
10-31-2007 22:21:18 | More by thierrynantes
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
3.25/5 rDev +26%
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.
11-22-2005 18:51:48 | More by Globetrotter
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
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
2.63/5 rDev +1.9%
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
07-04-2010 16:47:33 | More by eduardolinhalis
San Miguel Especial from San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
63 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.