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San Miguel Pale Pilsen - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

San Miguel Pale PilsenSan Miguel Pale Pilsen

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BA SCORE
64
poor

145 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 145
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 22.85%


Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website
Philippines

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-09-2002)
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank in a hotel room in Macau after a hot day walking around.

A: A typical beery gold color topped with a thin wisp of fizzy white foam that died down immediately.

S: Grainy with slight bread notes and a bit of sweetness.

T: Pretty much same as the smell. Very typical beer.

Refreshing but nothing special. Nice on a hot day but not something worth seeking out for the sake of it.

Serving type: can

04-14-2014 15:31:33 | More by BucBasil
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Weee! So this was a dollar find at my local Beermuda. On top of that I kind of hate pilsners! On top of that the rating is shit! Good thing I am drunk!

A - Well damn no carbonation just a mild lace ring that settles to nothing. Color is on par with a yellow pee color maybe a touch darker.
S - Smell is not too offensive mild corn adjacent and some sweeter malts. No real skunk so I can't see why the low rating unless it tastes like ass.
T - Well it has the corn, then goes slightly sour, then fades to watery nothing BUT it doesn't have any hard water taste or skunk so in a way the WORST German Pilsner is still better than most American swill. Not that I would drink it again but I would prefer this over Bud or Miller.
M - Light to medium it DOES have some body and mild flavor.

Overall for a dollar I have had worse but for a low tier German Pilsner it was not too hard to swallow.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 06:03:22 | More by DrDemento456
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.03/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear golden body holds a white fizzy head with rapid recession. A wisp of film with no lacing.

Aroma: Corn, sour veggies, a trace of grains, metallic ending.

Taste: Corn or whatever adjuncts were used, slight sour body (again with a sour cooked veggies), and a metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, unpleasant aftertaste.

Overall: Really harsh.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 02:27:06 | More by JuicesFlowing
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

1.98/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Very happy when I saw this one in a shop, but was slightly disapointed.
Nothing wrong with the appearance - clear and golden with medium white head which quickly settles down. The aroma is very mild, only a bit of hops and dusty grains. The taste is nothing special - not bitter nor sweet, quite hoppy and almost too grainy. Also lacks a bit of bubbles to make it more refreshing. All in all, not very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 17:11:10 | More by MarkoNm
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

355 ml bottle purchased at LCBO in the singles bin for $2 CDN. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden colored beer pours 1.5 fingers of white head that dissipate quickly. Crystal clear and very few bubbles are present upon pouring. Soapy collar is left around brim of beer for a while.

Smell - A bit skunky, even with brown bottle. Feels almost as if corn and sweetness have been added to this mixture that seems unnatural. Slight vegetative scents.

Taste - Mild sweetness up front but doesn't linger, but transitions to a caramel corn sweetness. Also slightly vegetative and a bit of sour bitterness at the end. It's worth noting that none of the flavors really last for any significant duration.

Mouthfeel - Light body and quite smooth and somewhat full feeling given the lack of bubbles (carbonation) up front and the thinness in the scents and flavor. Despite this apparent fullness, the beer is still moderately thin and mediocre.

Overall - As far as pilseners go, this one's near the bottom of the barrel, but still something drinkable if you're thirsty. Wouldn't repeat and the artificial sweetness is more reminiscent of AAL's

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:22:36 | More by DenisKolkin
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

2.69/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Straight gold, very clear with heavy bubbles on the body (very heavy). The head was a little thing coming off white rising to maybe 1/3".

Smell: Sour hop scent almost wet hopped. It's pleasant but nothing new that will amaze you....scent comes and goes.

Taste: Wet hop feel that is straight light bitterness. A slight creaminess to it like a marzen, might feel a tad corn feel to it.

Mouth: heavy carbonation with slightly dry feel, coming off very smooth.

Overall: Not a bad beer, best enjoyed with a meal than to have alone because it's a very one dimensional brew. Most pilseners are, so I shouldn't be arguing. Hot weather with this and some good grub makes this much more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 17:36:16 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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soju6

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear golden color with abillowing head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, bit of citrus with some grain.

T: Taste has a bit of a hops nip with amild malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp smooth and refrshing.

O: Perfect beer for the hot humid weather in Manila.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:35:55 | More by soju6
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TheMarkE

California

3.21/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear gold with thick foam and good lacing.

Smell: Grain.

Taste: Sweet and grainy. Corn and other light malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp, not much of an aftertaste.

The Verdict: Drinkable. An easy drinking but forgettable beer that’s a slight step above the average macrobrew.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 22:47:39 | More by TheMarkE
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this at a bar in Ho Chi Minh served by the nice beer girl in a tiny San Miguel dress. From notes.

A - Poured slightly darker than gold. Bright with a one finger white head that left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - A little corny with sweet grain. Feel like I've written that far too often lately. Pretty typical Asian lager.

T - Not bad. Sweet grain and lot's of light sweet malt. A touch of corn, but nothing too bad.

M - Good carbonation, a light body, and a sweet clean finish. Smooth.

O/D - Not terrible. Standard and acceptable. Fairly smooth flavour made this go down well, but I certainly didn't think too highly of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 13:16:49 | More by tbeckett
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.08/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very murky yellow with a masive white head. Left a decent amount of lacing.

S - Lots and lots ot grains and skunk. And that's about it.

T - Loads of grain up front, along with some skunk and unrippened apple, along with a tart sweet finish.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, it was just another German Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 06:39:12 | More by SometimesIfart
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mndlssphlsphr

Washington

1.66/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a pale yellow clear liquid of some sort. It as no special color. No special smell. It comes from the islands. Taste is of a cheap massed produced copy-paste beer. There is nothing ere. Nothing different. Hints of canned corn and no hops. I do not see anything going anywhere wit this, the name is deceiving as it is for marketing and that is all.

Serving type: can

01-24-2013 05:29:56 | More by mndlssphlsphr
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Fatehunter

Oregon

1.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A thin head on a clear, bright golden colored body.
The aroma is non-existent; the mildest grain.
The taste is mildly bitter and then watery middle to end.
A crisp texture, high carbonation and light body.
A lot going against this beer: smell, no taste and high carbonation coming up at the top of the list.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 07:02:37 | More by Fatehunter
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. I was very hopeful of this beer as I had one 20 years ago ant thought it was so good. Must not have been the same product!! This beer did pour a nice head. However the taste was terrible, a sour taste and smell was all up in this beer. Bready, yeasty yuk. I wish I know which San Migues I had way back, it seemed it was in a dark colored label. The beer was a very clean rice beer, very neutral but refreshing. NOT THIS BEER>

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:24:49 | More by Minkybut
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jsisko01

Michigan

4/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Smell - Sweet, grainy, and malty.

Taste - Very bready and malty, light pale malts, and grains.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good, crisp beer to drink on.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:54:52 | More by jsisko01
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Lightly flavored pale lager with a striking resemblance to American style adjunct lagers and strikingly little in common with the traditional pilsener style. Light corn and sharp grainy flavor interact with a limp bitterness that comes off with light harshness and little flavor. There is a little cooked vegetable and commercial white flavor as well. Light body and pale gold color. Not much to praise. I quite enjoyed San Miguel Dark, so this was a disappointment. It would be better if they didn't call it a "pilsen" style beer. Not the worst adjunct lager around for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 17:15:30 | More by allforbetterbeer
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 320ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012 (on the cap). Acquired from Chi Yip, an oriental specialist shop in York. The label is printed onto the bottle, and the ingredient list includes cereals/sugar.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear, pale golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with plenty of corn/overcooked veg and a hint of stewed hops. Slightly sweet. Deteriorates rapidly as it warms, resulting in an unpleasant DMS-laden nose.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a mild, dry finish. Faint notes of corn and stewed veg. A subtle sweetness, with a hint of staleness and solvent in the background. A very mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but watery and insubstantial. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of corn/stewed veg.

Not good - doesn't come close to a decent pilsner. This is adjunct-laden crap, and the aroma/flavour fully reflect that. Bland and weak, with nasty off-flavours and a touch of solvent/alcohol. I can't imagine this being decent, even in the Philippines. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 20:46:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a dimpled German stein. Pours a clear and bright gold with a long lasting tight collar of rocky white foam, fresh grassy malty nose with some hay noted. Crisp and light, very clean with a nice residual hop bitterness...begs for another sip. Finishes clean too and on a hop note. Well made for sure...very nice warm weather session lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 22:03:39 | More by beerluvr
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale, translucent golden yellow with a soft, foamy, soapy, white head that has decent retention

S - grainy and sweet

T - grainy, sweet, corn, sugar in the finish, faint herbal bitterness

M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated

This is a clean, easy to drink beer, but it's not a good representation of the style. It's overly sweet, grainy, and ultimately, forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:21:45 | More by tdm168
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StJamesGate

New York

3.05/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White gold with lots of bubbles and disappearing white froth. Slightly soapy herbal hops nose with musty oyster crackers.
Wonder bread malts with a bit of lemon zest and surprising hit of coriander leaf hops.
Papaya hint to end and slightly oily linger. Light, crisp, fizzy.

It's a shame to put this up against other pilsners; if it just called itself a standard lager, it would be quite nice. As it is, it's a poor example of the style. However, definitely distinct from the sweet All-Malt label, and a notch above the usual Asian macro lagers.

Good, but only in context.

Thanks to Ina for bringing this from Manila.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 18:54:32 | More by StJamesGate
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some sticky sugar-like aromas. Taste is of grain, sugar, light fruit, and some slight herbal and almost plastic-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is somewhat poor beer with some slightly off flavors that really doesn't do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 04:19:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.15/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Saw a single bottle of this and thought I'd take a gamble and try it out. I've always thought the dark lager was pleasant enough, if undistinguished. This beer, on the other hand, is not nearly as drinkable. It pours a relatively pale golden with a head that fades quite a bit right away but leaves a thin cap behind, but no lacing. The aroma has a bit of bitter, leafy hops to it, but underlying that is a corny sweetness that robs the hops of their notes. The taste is the same story- lots of corny sweetness with an overlay of some bitter hops that are overwhelmed by the adjunct flavors. Too smooth in the mouth, lacks crispness. Oh well, I'll stick with the dark if I ever have this brand again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 20:19:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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Brad007

Vermont

3.15/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. A little funnel effect takes place from the overall pour. Very fun to watch.

Plenty of pale, bready malt upfront in the nose. Perhaps a bit of "corn" essence but nothing that bad.

Taste is flat with hardly anything for the taste buds to latch onto. Granted, it's still there but in a diminished capacity.

Ditto for mouthfeel. Watery.

This had so much more potential. They would benefit by strengthening the malt bill. Ah, who am I kidding? This is San Miguel.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:45:36 | More by Brad007
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Jayli

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 2/22 in Makati City
Poured in to a stange

A: This beer pours a light golden color with a one inch of bubbly head that recedes quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is grain, grass, and light malts.

T: Taste is predominantly grain and grass in the forefront. A bit of breadiness before moving in to a light malt finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light crisp feel.

O: Goes does alright, mediocre tasting, not filling, light kick, ok representation of style. My second beer here in PHP and this was a drastic improvement on the first!

Serving type: can

04-24-2012 18:53:01 | More by Jayli
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WankelEngine

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A fairly vigorous pour yields a bubbly off-white head of 3 fingers which rapidly forms large bubbles and recedes to an ever fading cap of foam. There is the mildest, spotty lacing. The beer itself is a clear golden-straw color.

S: The smell is faint, mellow malt and corn. A little bit of sweetness as well.

T: Very light. There is a slight bitterness but not from hops; It's more like the bite from poorly hidden but low potency alcohol. I can *sort of* make out a citrus note. Mild malts and corn from the smell round out the rest of the flavor.

M: Very thin and light. Watery. Would prefer a little more carbonation.

O: Not much to say, an unimpressive beer. Fairly drinkable but some mild off flavors make it less so.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:39:29 | More by WankelEngine
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dBmV

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this beer in the PI. It was only about 7 dollars per case delivered to the door. Had to rub the rust off the top of each bottle with a towel but after that the beer overall was good. Not too carbonated, but some skunkieness could be tasted, the colder the better. Similar to Corona. Alcohol inconsistant. You could drink 10 and be fine, the next 2 could put you down.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 01:51:51 | More by dBmV
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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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