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San Mig Light - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Mig LightSan Mig Light

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BA SCORE
62
poor

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.48
pDev: 28.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website
Philippines

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 03-12-2004)
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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Everydayoff:
Photo of Everydayoff
2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass with no detail about best before end.

A:
Pale yellow color with thick white frothy head with very good retention, it leaves plenty of lacing coat all around the downwards passage, high and fizzy yet effervescence carbonation.

S:
Smell of grain and faint malt, no hop trait is detectable.

T+M:
Upfront by grain with very low bitterness in the end. The taste is light and rather dull. The mouthfeel is light and clean but has some bolder body comparing to other light lagers.

O:
Not pleasurable brew unless for someone who prefers something light but still has some booze.

Everydayoff, Mar 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of ufmj
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

ufmj, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of sm007thie
1.35/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- pretty average color and head. golden in color. head is light and gone before it can be appreciated.

S- dry, with a corny aluminum background.

T- mildly cardboardy. not a lot of good things to point out except that the taste didn't linger. i'm hoping this beer wasn't stored properly and that this isn't the intended flavor.

M- very watery, but ok for the style.

D- wasn't able to finish one bottle.

sm007thie, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +21%

valkyre65, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.2/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this clear golden colored beer a medium white head that quickly died to a small bisquity quarter inch froth and thin lacing.

Light sour mash grain aroma with a very light hint of corn syrup coming through.

Very light grain malt taste with just a touch of light bitter hops sneaking.

A very light dry aftertaste on this very light bodied beer.

A very watered down version of an American light lager.

LXIXME, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of intoxabroad
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml clear bottle - expecting the worst, so let's get at 'er.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of sudsy and loosely foamy bone-white head, which leaves a cross-section of sedimentary lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of stale semi-sweet grain and rice, a bit of metallic, soft acetone astringency, and mild skunky, weedy hops. The taste is wet crackery grain, of the rice variety, that huskiness nothing less than overt, bland watery citrus, more sedate stony flintiness, and dead flower/vegetal hops.

The carbonation is quite low, hardly manifesting to any noticeable degree, the body on the light and watery side, and kind of prickly, smoothness seemingly more than a few evolutionary steps away. It finishes mostly sweet, a weak muddled rice and corn graininess facing little challenge from the ghostly musty hops.

Well now, for a 'light' lager at 5% ABV, and 100 calories, you could do so much worse - this beats the pants off of Coors Light and its ilk. Nothing particularly offensive, and full-strength to boot - granted I'd have to be in a climate like that of the Philippines to really care about this any further than I already have.

biboergosum, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
2.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light straw from a clear 12 oz. bottle. A pretty firm white head settles to a bit of lacing in short order.

Smells of corn and cereal grains, a light lager nose, a bit more husky when agitated on the malts. Taste is actually rather sweet for a light beer with an odd drying close that lingers in a slightly cloying manner. Feel is rich for a light lager, likely due to the 'perceived' malt richness. Average drinkability.

HalfFull, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of tone77
2.76/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Back in my room in Hong Kong trying a steady flow of cheap lagers. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of corn. Taste is of weak corn and malts, easy drinking but not a lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is your standard light lager.

tone77, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
2.93/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

From the 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 15, 2013. No lime wedge.

The pour is yellow to golden with a small fizzy white head that settles down. If it looks like it supposed to I will always give even a light lager a higher mark on hat count.

The aroma has a grainy, bready note to it with a slight clean, hoppiness but nothing jumps out as unique,.

The body is thin and watery. But it would be easy to pound down quickly on a hot day like a glass of water.

The taste seems to have a slightly fuller malt note than other light lagers as well as a nice sweetness to it. It finishes clean. That's about it.

puboflyons, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Fusion7777
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Fusion7777, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of BierFan
2.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a short clear 12 ounce glass bottle into a pint glass.

Small fluffy white head. The body is unhazed and a darker yellow than you usually get from light lagers. The smell is of sweet pale malts, no hops could be detected. While I couldn't smell any hops I can taste some light flowery hops and bitterness.

BierFan, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
2.73/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was abundantly available in Pattaya and Bangkok, so I gave it a shot to cut down on the calories. It poured a pale yellow colour with no head whatsoever. Looked very lifeless. Smelt of metal from the can and grainy. It had a little flowery aroma though, from the hops I guess. The taste was a surprise though, it wasn't that bad for a light beer. It had a decent malt character, and use of hops was evident - unlike the other SM offering I had, the Pale Pilsner. Mouthfeel was thin, which is normal for a light beer. Not highly recommended, unless you are looking out for a light beer in this part of the world.

BeerSingh, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of buzzed
3/5  rDev +21%

buzzed, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of matjack85
2.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this 12 oz. clear glass bottle in the discontinued bin at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL. I never knew San Miguel even made a Light so I snatched it up and put it in my cart. No bottled on date or freshness date listed, but they did list the calories at 107.6, which isn't all that light.

The beer poured a pale gold color and made a foamy white one finger head that dissipated in about 30 seconds, but surprisingly left some lacing on the glass.

There wasn't much smell to this. It just had a typical macro lager smell. At least it didn't have a skunky smell, which I was worried about when I saw the clear glass bottle.

The initial taste is sweet, which in itself is surprising for a low calorie beer, but the sweetness comes more from the corn adjunct rather than from a quality malt. Then a significant bitter bite takes over, but it wasn't a pleasant hoppy bitterness, it was just bitter. The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation level was medium high.

I didn't care for the overall flavor. It isn't horrible, but nothing I would care to try again either. If you want a good tasting light beer, I recommend trying a Sam Adams Light.

matjack85, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of OregonGrown7
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

OregonGrown7, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.46/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but left thick lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Faint aromas of skunk and adjunct malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light flavors of adjunct and grainy malts along with more subdued hints of skunk. No bitterness is perceptible, although there seems to be enough hops to mask any sweetness from being noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied, thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I think that this beer really suffers from coming in a clear glass bottle. It wasn't very skunky, but had just enough to detract from the smell and from a lesser degree, the taste.

metter98, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of civicm87
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

civicm87, May 30, 2013
Photo of plaid75
2.13/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and very good lacing.

The smell consists of an overly sweet corn adjunct and a light flowery hop.

The taste featured an almost cloyingly sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an overly sweet lager that is difficult to finish.

plaid75, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of patre_tim
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%

patre_tim, Friday at 10:13 PM
Photo of bambam2517
2.75/5  rDev +10.9%

bambam2517, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Zorro
2.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a darker shade of clear Yellow, from a clear glass bottle.

Smell is mildly sweet with a faint hint of perfume.

Taste a bit of grain and some sweet malt. No real bitterness to speak of. This tastes like a watered down San Miguel Lager.

Mouthfeel is present.

This is drinkable but no where near as good as the regular version.

Zorro, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of daliandragon
2.15/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another shot in the dark, but I didn't expect much from San Mig Light after not being impressed with the Pale Pilsen itself. Why do they insist on a clear bottle? Pours golden, with a minor head. It also smells like a generic light beer.
That wonderful watery taste of subpar light beer. The aftertaste isn't so good either, with too much carbonation. Mmm..this is by no means a good beer but if I was watching my weight and looking for a buzz, 5% alcohol is okay..

daliandragon, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of gnikola
1/5  rDev -59.7%

gnikola, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of sharathr23
5/5  rDev +101.6%

sharathr23, Oct 23, 2013
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San Mig Light from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
62 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.