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San Mig Light - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

San Mig LightSan Mig Light

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BA SCORE
62
poor

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 28.05%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

2.58/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some corn and vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer but it's drinkable enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 06:12:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

2.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 14:19:45 | More by metter98
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 05:25:13 | More by biboergosum
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Zorro

California

2.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 02:47:06 | More by Zorro
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plaid75

New York

2.13/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 00:10:52 | More by plaid75
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Brad007

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:26:26 | More by Brad007
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-16-2013 07:37:39 | More by tone77
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.35/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 330ml clear glass bottle, Corona style. Sealed with a silver crown cap with blue text which also has the price of “P(eso)19.00”, not sure if that is the individual price or for a six pack. Metallic silver label with a blue band has the words “San Mig” in a white Germanic scripted text, below which the word “Light” is in blue, the neck label looks similar to this too. Listed as a “Low Calorie Pal Pilsen” and listed at 5.0% alc.vol. Freshness date of 08Jun07 appears to be inked on the crown cap.

Appearance: Archetypal straw body with a watery body. Streamers are lonely, the odd one does pop up once in a while. Thin white head runs around and tries to look good but sadly all too soon fades and drops to a thin broken covering, but it leaves some lacing, almost as if to make up for the poor looking head.

Nose: Damp at times with a dunky sweaty finish. Sweet pale malts and some……lavender, yeah lavender….where the F does that come from? Weird! Floral and sweet with a frumpy ending all at the same time.

Taste: Geez, this one comes and goes faster than a nervous teenager with a premature ejaculation. High speed middling bitterness blends with a soft metallic trait and some pale malts. Finishes….uaauurrghhhh…..oh my, all too quickly!! I’m sorry, that doesn’t usually happen to me…..

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with some redeeming features in so much as it doesn’t offend and the carbonation supports where it is able to do so. A plain Jane Light.

Drinkability: Average going, simplistic and median. I can’t say that this is a bad brew, far from it, but it just doesn’t live up to much either.

Overall: Dragged back from the Philippines by a colleague that knows that I like to try new brews. Nevertheless, this is a miss, but certainly no worse than other Lights out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 05:57:58 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 22:35:18 | More by puboflyons
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Offa

California

1.23/5  rDev -50%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 18:52:40 | More by Offa
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lackenhauser

Maryland

2.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale sort of gold color. A notch darker then a Coor's Lite. Anyway, pretty pale. Aroma? Where-not quite wet cardboard. Ok sort of flavor. Mild bitternes but nothing else. Almost seemed to come from the carbonation to give it any flavor. Fairly limp body. Rather clinical and bland. I would pass in a big way. Wouldnt even put it in with BMC.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 05:49:41 | More by lackenhauser
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in the Philippines... the entire month of March.

A: This beer pours a light maize color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal ringlets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is corn, grain and grass.

T: Taste is well balanced corn and grain flavoring. Grass accentuates the grain flavoring.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation, light crisp feel.

O: Goes down easy, ok tasting, not filling, 5% decent kick, nice representation of style. This is a light larger that for what it is, does the trick. This was my go to beer while in the Philippines. A far better option from BMC and refreshing in the heat.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 15:03:19 | More by Jayli
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HalfFull

California

2.38/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:02:56 | More by HalfFull
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Drew966

Florida

2.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

San Mig Light pours a typical macro yellow with a minimal white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. Bad adjunct corn smells are coming from the glass. Taste is very light, to the point that it really doesn't taste like anything except some mid corn flavors, which is better than I anticipated from the smell. I've had worse tasting light beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 02:10:21 | More by Drew966
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.48/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Thin yellow color with a short lived and smaller white foamy head. Looks like the dog spit in my beer. Some notes of lacing. Medium low level of carbonation.

S: Grain and adjunct are noted, with an overall corn aroma. Not bad, but typical of a macro beer.

T: Bland light malts and raw corn flavors mask an otherwise boring and uneventful beer.

M: Boring. Touches of carbonation make their way to the palate, but other than that, I may as well be drinking water.

D: I guess on a hot summer day I could wack this down like Ike Turner with a beef to pick with Tina. Otherwise, it's very average and lackluster.

Notes: Cool bottle. Would've been better if it were brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 02:30:57 | More by Frozensoul327
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -12.6%
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..

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2005 13:04:10 | More by daliandragon
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.01/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 08:26:31 | More by flyingpig
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BierFan

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 04:17:52 | More by BierFan
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botham

Illinois

1.78/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 04:10:37 | More by botham
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 20:02:54 | More by LXIXME
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matjack85

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 05:41:41 | More by matjack85
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BigRedN

Nebraska

2.03/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 05:20:35 | More by BigRedN
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 07:40:56 | More by Beastdog75
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Very grainy, lightly sweet, and corny.. Basically like your typical light lager.

Taste - Light pale malts, somewhat of a metallic flavor.. and a corny sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - I prefer this over the regular Sam Miguels

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:07:39 | More by jsisko01
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Everydayoff

Thailand

2.55/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 19:57:18 | More by Everydayoff
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San Mig Light from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
62 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.