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San Mig Light - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Mig LightSan Mig Light

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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

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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1/5  rDev -59.7%

gnikola, Apr 11, 2013
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1/5  rDev -59.7%

spicyvelveetas, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Offa
1.23/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is among the worst and most offensive beers I've had, mostly do to an unpleasant, pungent quality in the aroma thjat also dominates the taste.

Light gold, it has a foamy white head that first thins fast but then lasts and coats the glass with some lace.

The aroma is a very unpleasant, eggy, musty old house smell with a hint of bread. Perhaps it is just light-struck, but this is stronger and more unpleasant than I have ever experienced.

The taste is the same, with the unpleasant old-house taste coming through strong at 1st, leaving faint bread-stick taste and a lingering, unpleasant aftertaste. It is truly terrible but doesn't look too bad. I shall ry it again another time but am not too hopeful.

Offa, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of BDJake
1.27/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had back in September at Bar One in Phuket while playing bar games with the waitresses and chasing shots. Before the shots, this is what I could tell you.

A- clear bottle showing a fizzy yellow, a little brighter than many light lagers

S- not so much skunky, but grainy and harsh in it's own right- somewhat like MGD

T- the extreme low point for this beer- tart, corny, and with a metallic aftertaste that takes the power of Patron to rinse clean

M- overly carbonated but not heavy by any means

D- apparently it isn't too bad, since I ended up having a lot of them- thankfully Thailand is so cheap so I didn't feel too bad about dumping cash their way

BDJake, Nov 19, 2009
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 Robloc303
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

Robloc303, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of twenty5
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%

twenty5, May 15, 2013
Photo of Brad007
1.75/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a crisp gold with a frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Otherwise, your typical light beer.

Cloyingly sweet upfront. No sir, I don't like it at all. Not much else underneath either.

Light and corny like a midwestern politician. Boring. The kind of beer you buy when the water's bad.

Why bother?

Second that.

Brad007, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of botham
1.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a straw color with a few fingers of white frothy head. moderate lacings and moderate head retention.

aroma is grainy, with a light floral character from the yeast. a stale undertone is the only other discernable aroma.

taste is more of the same. a light grainy flavor with a touch of floral yeast. little else. stale grains in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is watery.

drinkability is not good. there is not much here in the way of flavor, as one would expect from the style, but the aftertaste leaves one wanting something with character.

botham, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of bird_soul
1.96/5  rDev -21%

bird_soul, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of marcosiahaan
2/5  rDev -19.4%

marcosiahaan, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -19.4%

kjkinsey, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of harpus
2/5  rDev -19.4%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of ryko
2/5  rDev -19.4%

ryko, Aug 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -19.4%

HRamz3, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of BirdmanJohn
2/5  rDev -19.4%

BirdmanJohn, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of porkandbeer
2/5  rDev -19.4%

porkandbeer, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
2.01/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand (48 Baht):
Light coloured straw with a clear body and a small, bubbly white head.

Light with faint barely, some lager adjuncts, grassy hops and some citrus notes. There is a touch of skunk as well and the taste is quite bland.

Citrus & cut grass with some skunk and basic adjuncts to start. There is a weak, almost water like taste that follows this and a tiny bit of bitterness.

Light & watery with almost no bitterness. Slightly tangy with strong carbonation that borders on gassy.

Bland & watery with a weak taste and smell, one that certainly lives up to its 'light' billing. The beer seems over carbonated and doesn't have much of note to say for itself.

flyingpig, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Beastdog75
2.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I actually rather enjoy the regular San Miguel as a thirst-quenching brew and the San Miguel Dark, while no doppelbock, is a decent dark lager (perhaps a few steps above Michelob Amber Bock). I thought San Mig Light actually had some flavor to it, but of course this is a light beer and the flavor that was actually present wasn't at all that exciting.

San Mig Light pours a yellowish gold color with a thin bubbly head that disappears very quickly. Has somewhat of an uncleaness to the smell that seems typical of light lagers. Smell is mostly fruity with those unclean musty/soapy aromas present along with some corn. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. As mentioned, there is some flavor here. The fruitiness once again seems dominant and reminds me of pears (I've noticed this trait in some other light beers too). The adjuncty corny/gritty taste is here, and a presence of a "fake" flavor makes its way through as well (I'm inclined to say a plastic flavor). Overall the brew is sweet with a low dryness in the finish. The aftertaste has a lingering corny sweetness with no bitterness, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

The back label mentioned this brew having the same "full-bodied" flavor and alcohol level as the regular San Miguel, but less filling. Sounds the the Filipinos might be attending the Miller school of beer marketing. For a light beer, not too bad but overall not too exciting.

Beastdog75, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of BigRedN
2.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz stubby pry off clear bottle into a pint glass. The beer is clear, bright gold with a 1/2 inch white head. Head fades to a thin cover and leaves some good lacing. Pretty typical for the style, classic light lager.

Smell: I am guessing if this has any hops they are hop extracts, because it is not skunky, coming from a clear bottle. The smell that there is, well, I did not much care for it. Adjuncty, rotten, moldy, corn. Not very inviting.

Taste: Adjuncts, a little sweet, off flavoring. Overall a bad light macro lager. ABV seems a bit high for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, prickly mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I had one as part of a mixed six pack out of curiosity. I'll not purchase one again.

BigRedN, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Roderick
2.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It poured light with a very thin white head,
The smell was really odd, kind of like stale peanuts maybe?
Taste was watery and with a tiny biter aftertaste...just not a very good experience and I truthfully don't think this will ever touch my lips again.
Paid $.99 for a bottle at Liquor Barn Preston.

Roderick, Jan 21, 2007
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 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 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 mwar
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

mwar, Sep 18, 2013
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San Mig Light from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
62 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.