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San Miguel Pale Pilsen - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Pale PilsenSan Miguel Pale Pilsen

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 22.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website

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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Reviews by benfons:
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2.45/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks very pale. The head is big, but very fragile. Clean grainy smell. Plain but very bitter taste, certainly the aftertaste. Almost no carbonation, very thin beer.
I really don't like this one. Their is nothing that would make me take this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 20:45:40 | More by benfons
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3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

07-25-2014 02:43:59 | More by Dbrag
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle, number six from a pack picked up at the LCBO; no freshness info. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear pale golden colour, topped with a half-finger of frothy head that quickly fades. A loose, bubbly film and narrow collar remain, with minimal lace. There is nothing pilsenery about the aroma, really - it's mostly sweet and corny, with a touch of honey and wet straw.

Cleaner-tasting than the aroma might suggest, but still nothing particularly good (or pilsener-like) about this lager. Pale malts, soggy corn chips, some cereal graininess and a weak brushing of grassy hops. Finishes sweet (like boiled vegetables), which is the only thing that stops this one from being above average as far as thin-bodied, fizzy yella beers go. Enjoyable and quite drinkable for what it is when cold, but do yourself a favour and don't nurse this one, especially if you didn't pour it cold.

Final Grade: 3, a mediocre C. San Miguel Pale Pilsen is a pretty forgettable lager, but to be fair I mostly bought this so I could tick a beer from the Philippines and wasn't expecting much to begin with. This beer is more a victim of its categorization than anything - it sucks as a pilsener, but if you're just looking for a regular, clean-tasting pale lager to slog back then this would do fine, assuming you don't care about the price. Obviously you can find lagers (to say nothing of genuine pilseners) of comparable or better quality for less money, so I can't see myself returning to this one any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 05:18:53 | More by thehyperduck
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2.35/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look people it can't all be Rochefort 10's and Saison Dupont's, sometimes a beer reviewer has to plumb the depths of mediocrity and review a shitty imported Lager, and that time for me is now with San Miguel's Pale Pilsen. A brew which I suspect will be a Pilsener in name only. "Come on Dr Hops don't be too quick to dismiss it." I hear you thinking, let's just say when it comes to cheap Lagers for me: 758 times bitten, 759 times shy.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Stein.

A: What an abysmal appearance: Clear golden body, very little activity, and no head! I mean there was a white fizzy bubble head but it was like "Vamonos!" and gone in half a second.

S: Smells like an Adjunct Lager with corn, vegetable matter and some sweet barley malt. No noticeable hops or yeast, which are staples of the Pilsener style.

T: Tastes like an Adjunct Lager too. Flavours from the above noted aromas, little much else, slightly sweeter than expected. Not as offensive as many other Lagers out there. Finishes dry like a Helles. After taste is vegetal matter, not good.

M: Mid to light bodied, watery with a light carbonation.

D: Certainly this fails as a Pilsener - it isn't even close. And I suspect in a blind taste test between the San Miguel Lagers that all of them would taste identical. However this aside as a Lager it isn't terrible, it's average, so you could do worse than picking up an ultra (and I mean ultra) cheap 6 pack of this. Then again there are a few decent actual Pilseners out there that sell cheap like the excellent Konig Pilsener - get Konig instead.

Food match: Philippines cuisine; Lechon kawali, crispy pata, empanadas or fried misua noodles.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 08:40:20 | More by doktorhops
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +11.5%

06-26-2014 05:07:34 | More by Eric_Standard
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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

06-24-2014 18:55:32 | More by RCLOHR267
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3.15/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Straw colored, 1/2 finger head

S - Cereal, corn, hay

T - Cereal, corn, rice, some hoppy taste (very muddled)

M - well carbonated

O - I never drink this beer except when I'm in the Philippines. It's one of those beers that I enjoy on occasion but only when it's the best thing available (not saying much).

I'm a little biased because when you're living in the Philippines there's not many options for beer, and this happens to be one of the better, readily-available choices.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 04:07:20 | More by LaneMeyer
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3/5  rDev +11.5%

06-23-2014 01:21:24 | More by jharris0624
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1.75/5  rDev -34.9%

06-03-2014 23:52:57 | More by BcOneSeven
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +11.5%

05-31-2014 18:06:01 | More by endless1408
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

05-09-2014 05:35:02 | More by YamagamiTravis
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3.08/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 330 mL bottle poured into a glass.

A 3-finger head on a light gold coloured body. Head settled in about 2 minutes.

Had a light, sweet scent.

Moderate bitterness, semi sweet.

Decent carbonation.

Overall, a basic beer that didn't turn me off. If given a bottle of this to share with friends, I wouldn't mind, but I'd certainly go for better offerings if the bar or resto had anything available.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 06:09:31 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
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Russian Federation

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-29-2014 13:02:48 | More by MypSE
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South Carolina

2.84/5  rDev +5.6%
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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2.76/5  rDev +2.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-06-2014 15:03:33 | More by DaveMiller
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

03-16-2014 17:13:55 | More by polloenfuego
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2.03/5  rDev -24.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +30.1%

02-02-2014 15:49:23 | More by BJSmit
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Korea (South)

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-13-2014 08:17:26 | More by cornchz
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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

01-05-2014 16:58:06 | More by jmathis
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-30-2013 01:31:44 | More by Ron860
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev +20.8%

12-24-2013 18:20:57 | More by samparkique4
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2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

12-07-2013 10:29:22 | More by Ciocanelu
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1.98/5  rDev -26.4%
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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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
65 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.