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San Mig Light - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Not Rated.
San Mig LightSan Mig Light

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BA SCORE
63
poor

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 28.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
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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intoxabroad

Taiwan

3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

10-08-2012 13:15:12 | More by intoxabroad
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buzzed

Texas

3/5  rDev +19.5%

09-29-2012 16:14:18 | More by buzzed
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ryko

Nevada

2/5  rDev -20.3%

08-21-2012 05:40:56 | More by ryko
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.2/5  rDev -12.4%
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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harpus

Alabama

2/5  rDev -20.3%

07-24-2012 14:29:54 | More by harpus
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Jason_Quad


2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-10-2012 15:21:36 | More by Jason_Quad
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djwhit24

Michigan

3/5  rDev +19.5%

06-21-2012 01:49:08 | More by djwhit24
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
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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Brad007

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -30.3%
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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bambam2517

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev +9.6%

04-14-2012 07:51:10 | More by bambam2517
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
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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sh00ky

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev +39.4%

03-04-2012 06:22:45 | More by sh00ky
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valkyre65

Texas

3/5  rDev +19.5%

12-09-2011 18:56:27 | More by valkyre65
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marcosiahaan

Indonesia

2/5  rDev -20.3%

12-05-2011 14:59:35 | More by marcosiahaan
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Everydayoff

Thailand

2.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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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sm007thie

California

1.35/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:20:09 | More by sm007thie
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techcommdood

New York

3.15/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a light lager guy. I'll put that out there right now. But, I try to give every beer I try a fair shake. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. I much prefer this over other cheaper light beers I've had, including Bud Light and others of that ilk.

Appearance: Poured from a can into a standard glass mug. Nice clean, clear light gold color and good white frothy head (about 2 fingers) that was slow to thin out. Moderate lacing on the glass. This is a good looking light beer.

Smell: an odd blend of roasted corn and grape skins, to be honest. A little odd but not intimidating.

Taste: More of that grape skin like flavor, almost tart. Very mild barley notes. Hops are indistinguishable though bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel: About par for the course here for a light beer. Watery, fizzy, clean finish.

Drinkability: It's definitely of the party chugging variety. Goes down easy and demands a belch or three with every can.

Overall, if I was a cheaper light lager beer guy, this would be my staple. I was not disappointed, though not particularly wowed either. I give it a hearty "meh" and would definitely choose it over other light canned lagers.

Serving type: can

11-29-2009 00:24:16 | More by techcommdood
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BDJake

Washington

1.27/5  rDev -49.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 07:10:17 | More by BDJake
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BeerSingh

India

2.73/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-09-2009 07:45:38 | More by BeerSingh
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matjack85

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev +5.6%
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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BierFan

Michigan

2.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Offa

California

1.23/5  rDev -51%
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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HalfFull

California

2.38/5  rDev -5.2%
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
San Mig Light from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
63 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.