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Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Philippines | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 05-25-2005

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.27/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Color: light yellow, clear. White foam melts very quickly.
Aroma: slightly floral, slightly malty and metallic.
Taste: malty note, a little wet cardboard or "pharmacy" and less clear metallicity.
High saturation, beer without a body.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
2.98/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Make way for one of the best of the worst strong beers on the commercial market. Imported straight from the dungeons of a strange Filipino brewery and right to your local liquor store, this beer trumps over stronger beers in it's class like Colt 45 and Labatt Blue Dry which clocks in at 8.1%. Red Horse lacks the obnoxious taste carried by the greaseball beer of choice, Colt 45 , and still manages to stand at an impressive 8% which you'll feel pretty quick. Sadly, I don't have the nose to detect a lot of the smells most of the other reviewers do. Taste does a fantastic job of hiding that alcohol taste and still manages to procure a good, stable taste which does not offend or cause projectile vomiting. My first experience with this was a 6pk purchased from a kindly Iranian couple's liquor store. Chuck in a few 2L wine coolers and some Counter Strike: Global Offensive and you end up with the terrorists winning and a killer hangover.

My second and perhaps last encounter with this bucking stallion was a mid-autumn day drink wherein we ended up inside the husk of a broken down combine/tractor wreck drinking Red Horse in 500ml cans and 6pks as well as some more 2L ciders and a few alcoholic energy drinks. The night ended with some Chinese take out prepared by a chef who won the 1983 Hong Kong Peking Cook Off. In short, Red Horse is a hell of beer that, for the ABV and taste, is a great choice for a wild night.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ben drinking quite a few of these in a bamboo treehouse on the beach in Boracay, the Philippines. As a beer, it tastes a lot like a Budweiser with that same grainy sweetness but with a little bit more alcohol in there to add a bit more color to these island sunsets. Nothing special taste-wise, but when it is one of your 3 options (the others being San Miguel and San Miguel Light), it becomes a perfect pairing to this vacation.

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Photo of safaricook
3.34/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking this cold, of course!
very pale, foam disappears immediately,
Pilsener malt, little continental hops, some booze
Very clean, mineraly, spicy hops are present, some booze
Thin, refreshing
Not a bad beer, surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV and the style.
One of the more drinkable pale strong lagers as it is not overly sweet. This beer is a real surprise for me. I expected so much worse.

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Photo of AdamSpade
4.5/5  rDev +79.3%

In the Philippines, this beer is delicious! Similar to a Budweiser but MUCH MORE FLAVOR. One of the best beers of this style I have tasted.
If purchased in the states, however, I was terribly let down. It isn't much better than a Budweiser in that case. I don't have the details why. Frankly, I don't care. It's just one more reason for me to visit the Philippines again. (y) I would guess though that the Philippines uses all natural/organic ingredients, and the Americans are stuck with the preservatives and toxins as usual.
FYI: At 8% alcohol, it kicks butts. You'll have a short night if you stick to these. :)

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.55/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm judging this in the context of its being a malt liquor, and—considering that generic fact—it's surprisingly tasty and well-executed. Compared to your Old-Es and King Cobras, the is exceedingly solid: sweet, but not sugary, with a strong malt-bite that succeeds without a heavy or excessively-thick body, which would undermine its adhenerence to the malt-liquor tenets. A bit of head, and minimal lacing, meets a malt-fruity, yeasty nose, all of which portends well; yet Red Horse tastes even better than those notes would suggest.

Again: it doesn't rank up with the greatest beers, but self-described "malt liquors" rarely do (shout-out to Three Floyds' Region Riot). This is imminently drinkable, however, which is more than can be said for Naty Ice or, say, Steel Reserve.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.27/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

A - initially quite pleasing, straw body and somewhat coarse but lively two finger head. Fades to film, tho.

S - odd and sulphur and bread notes.

T - smooth, sickly, creamy, oily. Malt, yes, but not as we know it.

M - very smooth, despite moderate carbonation.

O - my first Malt Liqour, and maybe I will not be chasing one again... Just not very drinkable all in all.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.57/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is soapy, alcohol and metallic. Not great.
The taste is not too bad, fairly sweet overall but retrained for a malt liquor. Not a hint of bitter.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
It is what it is.

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Photo of Brenden
2.66/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

With no idea where this came from and no expectations, I've still got a little trepidation regarding this one. Nevertheless...

As expected, it's a fizzy pale yellow beer with an equally fizzy little white head that remains as a thin foam that leaves a likewise thin ring of lace at the top and very thin little spots of lacing in moderation on the glass.
Sweet & sour cereal grains and fusel alcohols along with a vague note of leaf makes the aroma pretty much what I could expect, though not as terrible as I was afraid it might be.
Corny sweet in the flavor, the cereal grains are just that but with a touch of malts, too. A lightly metallic note comes in the middle, maybe off the leaf, and it finishes sweet. It's close to being cloying, and might verge into that territory, but not as badly as some.
Thin and watery as well as fizzy in the feel, this light-bodied beer is sweet in the feel but goes extremely dry into the finish. Still, it's surprisingly clean and, when the fizziness fades, somewhat crisp before it falls off.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.83/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I also hope this is the correct beer. Mine was in a 1 liter bottle and came from the Philippines. It was labeled as Extra Strong Beer and was 8% so I'm assuming it is right. Anyway, I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice straw colored brew with a nice big white head. However that did not last very long. Lacing was decent. The beer smelled kinda yeasty, but good. The taste was good. Very fresh very un-shocking, pretty normal. Seemed to be highly carbonated and did not taste strong like the 8% would have made me think it would be. No burn, great taste. I would buy again.

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Photo of Fusion7777
2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The official beer of Filipino galivanting and camaraderie, the 8% ABV makes Red Horse an excellent choice for those seeking a cheap buzz. The 1 in 6 crazy horse bottle is stuff of legend. Actually not terrible, tastes like a bunch of cereal grains processed industrially. Metallic aftertaste and bone dry going down. Quite filling, but a good time.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean and clear golden straw color, quite bubbly but no retention. When cold, scent was muted cereal grains with a splash of floral hops, but as it warms a slight but unpleasent chemical, rubbery smell comes through with industrial alcohol. Taste starts clean when cold, sweet cereal, light flowers and faint fruit water, but chemicals and alcohol come through increasingly as it warms. Bad lingering aftertaste, bubbly and very light. Less body and flavor than most malt liqours, but some unpleasant notes creap in.

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Photo of Jayli
2.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 2/26
Poured in to a pint plass

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep yellow with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Nose is grain and caramel malt.

T: Not much to the taste. Grain and corn with a good deal of seet caramel malt.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, light crisp feel.

O: Goes down easy, not overly tasty, not filling, decent kick, ok representation of style. This is a so-so beer. Larger ABV but not a lot of body and flavoring to it.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.53/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pilsner glass. this bottle is saying this is a 7%abv brew, but i cant be the first person to drink this. i mean i found it at a whole foods in VA. going to review it under 8% malt liquor one.

A: very clear. very gold. bubbly white head with decent retention, minimal lacing. (3.5)
S: eggy sulfur. minerally. white rice. a minor earthy, herbal hop. (3)
T: rice. metallic. a little bit of bubblegum. bone-dry. (2)
M: average/high carbonation on a light body. (4)
D: wish the body, as well as the nose, had some more grain in it. for a 7%ABV brew im surprised at such a light body. another boring rice brew from Asia in my book. (2)

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Photo of ckollias
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden-orange hue with a thin, 2-finger, white, head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace after leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Musty malt aroma with a slight pine scent.

T: More bitter than sweet with an up front tart taste. Smooth with a decent malt background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so so brew. Nothing special or anything I would remember.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is crisp and malty, rather strong, nothing to Tweet about but still promising. It pours a clear straw yellow with a fluffy and not very persistent white head, about what one expects from beer of this type. Flavor is - well, there is a hint of malt, but not much to it. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, but body is below average. Well, the Philippines are not renowned for beer. Maybe we should send some craft brewers over there - or some Trappist monks. ;)

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Photo of pettis
2.98/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml can labeled "Red Horse Beer Extra Strong" with the label indicating a 7% abv. (Perhaps the "Malt Liquor" name is used in a different market?) Looks pretty much like a fizzy yellow beer, except maybe ever lighter--pale yellow straw. Straw is in the nose too, along with some sweet malt and rice.

First sip is pretty much as expected--lots of carbonation, thin mouthfeel, lot of sweet from the malt, corn, and rice. Not particularly flavorful, but not bad either. The 7% alcohol by volume is surprisingly well hidden for a malt liquor.

Not a beer I'd revisit by choice, though if you're stuck with a selection of rice lagers and looking something with a non-offensive alcohol kick Red Horse isn't too bad.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Straw yellow with a touch of orange, very clear. One finger worth of head that settled to a thin layer and ring. Good lacing.

S: Fruity hints of wine and booze... little malt floating around.

T: Sweet malt upfront. The sweetness is very corny, very clean and strangely moist... Little alcohol warmth in the aftertaste.

M: Light, watery, sharp and crisp carbonation... with a warmth at the back of the throat.

D: Little different... fruity, corny sweet, sharp crisp and watery... Nothing harsh but nothing crazy great... the ABV is there and you can taste it... 1 will do you.... Is it great, no... is it bad, no.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light yellowish body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Faintly sweet-scented cereal grains entirely awash with cheap, unwholesome liquor.

Taste: Slight sweetness, some cereal accents, with a joining in of floral hops, but, then it grows coarse and boozy, as a flood of rotgut surges in. Low bitterness. Warming finish that ramps up to deliver a lingering tongue singe.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Red Horse is harsh, but it was expectedly harsh. Even among its pernicious brethren, it's pretty low on the totem pole.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow appearance with thin white head that quickly disappears leaving little lacing. Smell consists of corn, malt honey, citrus, small hint of alcohol.

Taste consists of malt and corn, picked up some honey, grass and booze as well. Overall, the taste is very light, surprisingly little sugar or hops. Light bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is very dry with a lingering booze taste.

This beer has danger written all over it. High alcohol beer that can easily be chugged without being to heavy or sugary. The taste is very dulled down with no distinguishable features, but for malt liquor, that may be a good thing.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber color with a bubbly white head. No head retention or lacing.

Sour and bitter on the nose. Hands down the worst beer I've ever smelled in my life that hasn't been thrown up. Because in fact it actually does smell like throw up, wife confirmed.

Flat malty flavor with a little alcohol. Very similar to other Asian beer flavors. Must be the water. A slight hint of smokiness similar to the smokiness of a scotch. A little soapy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall the beer is ok if that's all you got left in your fridge. Burping up this beer is as bad as it smells. The only reason I'd ever buy this again is to get another confirmation from a fellow beer drinker that this beer smells like Vomit.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.38/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a DFH pint glass. Pours a clear dark gold with a spritzy white head of about two fingers that drops fairly quickly.

Aromas of grainy malt, soap, and acetone.

Flavors of grainy malt, no real hop flavor. Soapy on the flavor, too.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Fizzy carbonation.

Overall, not much to recommend from this one.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.3/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This one was kind of strange. It was nothing impressive, which is obvious by my review numbers, but it was fairly drinkable. Granted, I had just came in from doing yard work in the hot southern sun, but this was easy on the tastebuds and not offensive in any way. It was fairly watery tasting, which was hard to believe since it was supposed to be over 7%. Smell and taste were much the same, water. Ok, maybe a little hint of adjunct, but not much. This could easily replace Bud Light or Miller Light and it's stronger. How'd they do that? I was impressed, because most malt liquors I have, had a funky alcoholy taste, especially when you start to get over 6%. This one didn't.

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Photo of krazyboi
3.25/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from two 12 oz bottles into a 30 oz glass mug.

A: Very light amber color with a small head that recedes very quickly. Leaves a lot of lacing down the side, but not the prettiest lacing by any means.
S: Sweet, malty, caramel.
T: Sweet, slightly bitter with a certain metallic aftertaste.
M: Light bodied, high carbonation.
D: This beer is not as bad as the ratings would suggest. It's definitely not the greatest beer I've tasted, but it's certainly not the worst. It seems that it would be a refreshing and a quite strong beer for a nice summer day.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really not the best beer out there, not even close to a decent brew really. This beer is a plain yellow with a white head that fades quickly. It's got a sweet smell which is ok but the taste it just a mix of sweetness and metal. Not very pleasent at all. I can't believe that poeple brew this with the intent to sell.

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Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
63 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.