San Miguel Pale Pilsen - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Pale PilsenSan Miguel Pale Pilsen

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-09-2002

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Reviews by Everydayoff:
Photo of Everydayoff
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

Pale yellow color with decent thick white head, it stands for a long time then leaves small lacings behind, medium active carbonation.

The smell contains lager's yeast, grainy malt sweetness and faint floral hop spiciness.

Moderate hop bitterness licks at the first touch then slight malt sweetness follows up until the end, very clean taste.

Light body, fizzy and crisp mouthfeel, clean and dry.

Refreshing and good palate cleanser, would be okay to sweep your palate with it in order to prepare for other highlight beers in your list.

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

San Miguel?!? Hoo haa! How about SammyGooGoo, as that is how it was pronounced on hangover-ridden mornings in the PI (Philippine Islands)? I was once a young man with a sensibility that might have done me proud, but after my first (of many) liberty port visits to Subic Bay/Olongopo City on Luzon, my boundaries were stripped away. Barrio Baretto and Uncle Sam's Saloon were the sites of both my first Around the World and my first public sexual act (in a hammock to loud applause). Blewed, screwed and tattooed all for less than $20. was the battle cry and SammyGooGoo fueled the madness. Hell, we called it Flip (sorry) Roulette, because it was often "Green" - underfermented and ready to finish fermentation in your gut and erupt at the most inopportune moment. You never knew until it was time. I won a LOT of money for my prowess with this beer and the squat little bottle still fits my hand like a glove. I miss the painted label bottles, though, and God help you if you broke one. They were like gold for their Deposit/Return value and were closely watched. That and they were the perfect height for the Peso/Banana/Lotion Dancers. Use your imagination.

From the (paste-on) Label/Bottle: : "A truly satisfying beer with a refined, well-balanced flavor. Perfected and brewed following over a century tradition of brewing excellence."

A finger of bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality, allowing me to look into the neighbor's kitchen. Nose was surprisingly malty and lager-like. Nice! Mouthfeel was medium and it had a really pleasant German-Pilsner taste in the mouth. Not a lot of hops, but not diluted with adjuncts, either. Frankly, I do not remember it being this good! Finish was clean, semi-dry, refreshing. Suddenly, I was back with my brown honey-honeys, jaggin' the Marines, lolling in the oppressive heat just before monsoon season. Good times, bro, good times.

Photo of Weizenmensch
1.75/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A squat brown bottle with a gold label and no freshness date.

Pours a pale yellow with a medium-density head which dissipates quite quickly, leaving a spidery lace. Not-too-fizzy with large bubbles.

Unpleasant skunky odour that kind of smells like a hot fart. Otherwise this beer has a serious composure and demeanour of faint grassy hops and definite adjuncts which smell like melting plastic.

Taste is worse still. Adjuncts come out of the woodwork and stain the underside of one's tongue. Nothing pleasant to speak of, really. It's drinkable if served very cold, but don't expect anything a true Bohemian pilsener would offer in abundance.

Mouthfeel: Acrid, with bubbles where there shouldn't be.

A very cold beer for a very hot place. Perhaps I was harsher on this beer than I would be if it hadn't followed a particularly hit-the-spot Bavarian Hefeweizen. I'm getting more of them, nothing like them on a cold winter's eve, or a hot summer's day, or any day in between. No more money on this ordinary San Miguel crap though.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very light yellow colour, head fades very fast. Very thin, a bit fizzy, tastes like water, very bland, which is pretty much like any other beer froM San Miguel.

Photo of r0nyn
2.86/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug from a bottle.

Appearance is a pale golden hue, transparent and full of bubbles. Big, fat white head that takes its sweet time in dissipating. Smell is decent, with malts and grains easily detectable, but not really much else happening. Wasn't expecting too much out of a pilsner anyway.

Taste is malty upfront, with a bitter bite and just a hint of hoppiness. There is a very mild sweetness behind it all, providing some contrast to the astringency. Aftertaste is just lightly bitter and on the dry side. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, as expected of a pilsner, but quite bubbly, so much so that the carbonation was a bit of a distraction. Not that it took away from my overall enjoyment of the beer, but it certainly has to be noted.

With a low ABV and an easy-to-stomach taste, San Miguel is a great beer for a social gathering, especially one with Filipinos. It's a decent, if unspectacular brew that does its job.

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml squat bottle. 'Enjoyed for over a century', proclaims the back label.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and cushioned white head, which leaves a nice display of drooping sudsy lace around the glass as it fades away.

It smells of semi-sweet corn and a lesser grainy malt, a musty, um 'fruitiness', and earthy, herbal hops. The taste is more sweet, pithy corn and wan bready malt, some mildly interesting, indistinct spice (if only for its obfuscated point of origin), stale lemon juice, and vegetal, dead flower hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a weak edginess throughout, the body on the light side of medium weight, and smooth in the most lenient sense of the word. It finishes off-dry, the now evidently stale, corn-flecked malt waging a bland offensive against a mild booze and earthy bitterness offset.

San Miguel's offering is hardly reminiscent of pilseners of the old world, and generally just another foreign watering down of the style. A bit here, a bit there, trying to prove itself, but still pretty unimpressive overall. I can't imagine where this one would suffice, but hey, maybe that's my imagination's fault. Nah.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a pull tab? Cool! I'm not ancient, but old enough to remember having to avoid those damn things on the beach unless you wanted your feet sliced to shreds. But still: cool! And thanks to msubulldog25 for this rarity.

Pull tab pulled, and the pour results in a snow-white head that starts out thick then minimizes and stays for the duration at a quarter-inch. Pale lemon-juice yellow color, and super clear.

Suspiciously sugary and corny smells, although that grainy and sweet essence of a decent German pils comes through a little. A bit doughy, some steamed veggie character...all in all, not bad, but not super-impressive either.

Flavor is no surprise, and no world-class medal winner. But it's not a total failure either. Watery grains, watery honey, a touch of lemon, boiled veggies, faint sulphur, and Corn Pops cereal sweetness all intermingled. There's very little depth, and maybe no depth, if such a thing can be measured. But far from atrocious.

Texturally this kind of turned me off. Too watery, lacking the prickle and roundness of a good pils. Not a disaster, but with a flavor that could use an assist, the mouthfeel doesn't pull through.

Expected worse, but there are enough traits here that make it a better option than your typical U.S. corporate piss-lager. Of course, it's not much of an option when you can't get your hands on it, not to mention that lots of U.S. craft brewers are offering kick-ass pilsners, both traditional and imperialized. Better yet, travel to Germany or Czech Republic and experience the real deal...

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
1.84/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.46/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a golden clear with a nice white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is probably the worst part but not aweful. Almost skunky but the beer isn't skunked in flavor. I'm assuming it's the hops.

Taste is solid. Nice pils taste with a bit of extra hop flavor and bitterness than your regular pils would have.

Mouthfeel is dry with higher carb.

Overall it's tasty. Not super easy to find and I don't know if I would buy it again but it was worth a try.

Photo of basica
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do not have much of an expectation of this beer; after all it was a hmm I haven tried it so
perhaps I would kind of a buy. I was surprised to read pretty good reviews about it here and
there. The San Mig bottle looks like those short and fat Belgian bottles, like the Duvel; I am
not sure why but that's not important. Let's get on to this Philippino beer. I shared this with
my dad and divded it into 2 glasses. It pours out with a sufficiently large 1 finger head with
average retention. It smells of malts and it was slightly different; maybe because it is a
little citrusy. The taste was a little unexpected. The malty taste came along with the a
slightly sourish taste which was kept in check so it was ok. The malts had a different taste
probably citrus fruity like and I kind of liked it. The mouthfeel was lager typical but the
after taste of malts and light citrus notes was definitely more lasting and more pleasant.
I have to admit I am a little surprised and so was my dad who prefered the San Mig to the
Tiger anytime. But all in all it does not impress me; it is just that from a zero expectation,
I am naturally surprised... not that it's all that good.

Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some grains. Taste is crisp, refreshing, a bit mild, some grains, bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer, much better when I was drinking it on an isolated beach one night in Bohol with some locals.

Photo of BeerSingh
2.92/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chose this over Lowenbrau..

A : Typical golden coloured lager. Poured a thick fluffy head at first but immediately disappeared without a trace. No retention and hardly any lacing

S : Smell was dominated by toffee and malts. It got me very interested. No hoppiness at all

T : The taste was quite bland, except that the zing from the carbonation was poking you everywhere. Faint maltiness and sweet - matching the toffee smell. But just no hops at all, I mean what happened - did they forget to add them ?

M : Thin and quite watery, except for the nagging carbonation (should have been accompanied with some body)

D : A standard lager / pils to boot

Photo of aschbren
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine gave me the rare opportunity to try a southeast Asian beer. She brought back a 330 mL can of San Miguel Pale Pilsen for me to try.

The San Miguel brewery has been around since 1890 and was once considered a world-class brewing operation. Now, however, it seems to have floundered in trying to settle for the bottom line. It's easily the largest brewery in the Phillipines and is said to have a 90+% market share in many southeast Asian countries. It also brews two truly abominable brews under liscense: Miller Genuine Draft and Löwenbräu.

To say that I had high expectations for this particular macro would be a lie. Nevertheless, I thought I'd give it a chance.

Pleasant aromas filled the room the moment I cracked open the seemingly quaint 330 mL narrow-mouth can. Upon further investigation, the first aroma I picked up was decidedly metallic. I associated the aroma with brass. Beneath the metal, there was a generic citrus aroma that stymied all of my efforts to provide a more exact description. As the beer warmed up, a pleasant hint of mushroom started showing up.

As I poured the beer into a glass, a large head was raised. It dissipated almost completely within three minutes of pouring. The color was very pale, lighter than Mountain Dew when held up to a nearby lamp. Plenty of carbonation graced the beer, although it seemed to express itself with unusually large bubbles instead of a melange of smaller ones.

The flavor seemed light for a beer of 5% strength, and lacked a lot of qualities that I expect and enjoy in this style. Make no mistake about it: this beer is brewed in the international pils style, not the Czech-German pils tradition.

There's a light malty pils flavor that seems to run the gamut of the tongue and then stop on a time. I was impressed by this finesse and control. Many smashmouth brews have macho flavor experiences that could only dream of exacting such a precise blow.

On the other hand, the pils style ought to be well hoped. It should have a crisp flavor brought on by the bitterness of hops and elaborated by perfuming hops. This beer, however, has no detectable hopping. It pretty much only plays its generic malt flavor, except for the occasional hint of mushroom or cranberry as the beer warms. The aftertaste is really where the good flavors are. There's a complex malty aftertaste that makes you want to sip it, which is difficult given the beer's quaffability.

If the ingredients list is to be trusted, this beer might actually have been brewed in the Reinheitsgebot tradition. It lists only malt, cereals, and hops. Upon examing their website, however, I doubt that the beer meets that standard of purity. Practically all brewers that adhere to the Reinheitsgebot boast about it online. That San Miguel makes no mention of the issue is evidence enough for me.

For all of its faults, this beer is extremely well balanced. The taste and the aftertaste are like sitting on a swing on a nice summer day. The direct malty flavor is elaborated upon by the complex malty aftertaste.

I'm not so sure that I'd put money down to buy this beer myself, but it was an intereting and educational experience.

Photo of Kulrak
3.84/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow color with a small amount of head that chunks up and fades away pretty quickly. I could actually smell this from the pour out of the bottle. Smells mostly of fruity/citrusy hops with a little bit of yeast there as well. The taste is very clean and fairly well balanced. I expected a lot more hop flavor/bitterness, but I was pleasantly surprised. There is some hop flavor and sweetness, it's nothing I can really make out though. It does finish nice and clean. Mouthfeel is light and lightly carbonated. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer, good for a hot day. I'll get this again, I think.

Photo of faroutadventure
3.43/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Poured a very translucent yellow color with a two finger frothy white head with good retention and ample lacing.

S-Grainy malts with slight fruity hops.

T-Malty sweetness that finishes with crisp, clean hop bitterness. Taste is very clean and straightforward and quite refreshing.

M-Very crisp yet smooth and well balanced. Vigorous carbonation contributes to its thirst quenching attribute on a hot afternoon.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Best cold as it doesn't improve as it warms. Very refreshing.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.72/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

San Miguel has a very thick, frothy, white head and a clear, yellow appearance, with a good amount of sticky lacing down the glass. The aroma is overwhelmingly of bread (white bread). Taste is again bready barley malt, but some sweet hop spiciness is strong across the middle and end of the sip. It's spicy, so-to-speak. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and San Miguel finishes crisp, refreshing, and a tad cloying. Overall, this is a pretty good, and certainly interesting beer. I'd say it's worth trying.


Photo of rec
2.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

The pour is an immediate let-down, with a cyrstal yellow body and luck-lustre soapy white head that dissipates exceptionally fast.

Hopps and grass are the only real distinguishable scents, but when my imagination wanders I believe I can almost smell a touch of honey way back there somewhere.

The taste is as plain and boring as the predecessing fields of review, a sharp sweetness and not much else at all.

The mouthfeel is completely unentertaining, adding to the super-nothingness of this brew.

Great for sessions, and one to buy for parties as people in these environments tend to be happy drinking beer that tastes like nothing (eg. Corona) - you can't really upset anyone without distinct flavours.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.43/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33cl stubbie with an uninspired red, white and gold label. Ingredients include "cereals." I couldn't find the freshness info.

Yawn! Crystal clear gold under a 1/4 finger white "head" with some big bubbles. What is there lingers as thick film for a while, but there's no lace and no body. The nose is grainy, corny - yup, cereals. The mouth is light and prickly. This is a standard macro lager, with a grainy wet socks opening followed by a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish and more wet socks (but more watery) in the aftertaste? "Pale Pilsen"? Sure, this pales in comparison to anything from Pilsen. Not good.

Photo of DrDemento456
2.76/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I looked forward to this beer in spite of myself, knowing a Filipino macrobrewer probably wouldn't be producing an actual German Pilsner but the idea stuck in my head. I've got to start listening to those nagging doubts..
An attractive, squat painted bottle pours to a thick rolling head that never fully evaporates. This imposter does imitate a pilsner decently in color with a pale gold tinge.
The smell was the first kick in the gut; grainy with not even a hint of the robust hops I was hoping for.
The taste was crisp but uninspiring. There was a whisper of brisk hoppiness but not the flavor explosion of a true Czech or German example.
Mouthfeel was mild without the carbonation I expected but soon digressed into a filmy aftertaste.
Certainly drinkable but only when compared to the generically awful macrobrew most of the continent swims with. If you want a Filipino beer for your list its acceptable but you certainly won't need more than one. There should be a law against identity theft for beer..

Photo of Shiloh
2.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As a fan of the pilsner style this was very disappointing.
Colour was nice in a very bright yet thin gold. Head was acceptable when poured but quicly left leaving a broad island lace.
Carbonation extremly light.
The body was light and left you wanting more substance.
Taste was evenly balanced but weak on both sides....not impressive but one time drinkable.

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.09/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
65 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.