San Miguel Especial - San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
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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
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
United Kingdom (Scotland)
1.93/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
04-29-2012 13:08:22 | More by Zimbo
2.53/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
04-09-2012 14:30:06 | More by killianf
San Miguel Especial from San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
63 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.