San Miguel Pale Pilsen - San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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Reviews by allforbetterbeer:
2.48/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
09-20-2012 17:15:30 | More by allforbetterbeer
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1.73/5 rDev -35.7%
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.
07-20-2005 15:29:45 | More by Weizenmensch
United Kingdom (England)
2.5/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
07-30-2012 20:46:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.88/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
08-27-2010 06:04:34 | More by r0nyn
2.55/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-12-2011 02:35:21 | More by biboergosum
3.05/5 rDev +13.4%
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...
07-22-2010 21:11:36 | More by Metalmonk
3.08/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
06-23-2012 01:21:45 | More by tdm168
1.88/5 rDev -30.1%
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.
01-19-2013 07:02:37 | More by Fatehunter
3.1/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
07-23-2012 22:03:39 | More by beerluvr
3.48/5 rDev +29.4%
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.
07-12-2011 00:17:17 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
07-29-2007 15:15:50 | More by basica
3.08/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
02-07-2011 16:05:26 | More by tone77
2.88/5 rDev +7.1%
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
11-09-2009 05:33:33 | More by BeerSingh
San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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