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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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Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Philippines | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 08-09-2002

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

A college chum of mine recently did some overseas charity work and brought back various southeast Asian CANs for me. More proof that it pays to advertise where The CANQuest (tm) is CANcerned!

From the CAN: "Since 1890"; "Expertly Brewed Origial Full-Flavored"; "A truly satisfying beer with a refined, well-balanced flavor. Perfected and brewed following over a century-old tradition of brewing excellence."; "Expertly Brewed and Produced by San Miguel Brewery Inc. for Domestic Sale Only"; "Keep the Philippines clean. Dispose of properly." The reverse of the CAN depicted one of the stubby bottles of my memory! I do not remember this ever being CANned, frankly.

It was a tougher Crack! than usual, perhaps because the vent was more oval-shaped than circular, plus I got a little squirt across my fingertips since it was a brimful CAN. I got excited and went with a heavier Glug than I had originally intended, raising three fingers of rocky, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see through the walls. It is windy & cold out there! Today is Sa, 13 Feb 2016. Nose held a slight lemony tang along with a metallic twang that is more like what I remember. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not really watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was actually quite clean, belying the nose. It had a very light malt sweetness and there were not any appreciable hops, but it was much like I remember it. It was always great cold out of the cooler on those swelteringly hot, humid days in the PI. I like that they are CANning it now and if it were available stateside, I would put some in my summer cooler.

My original bottle review, dtd 10 March 2011 follows:

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.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.02/5  rDev +46.7%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.92/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 355mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Transparent dull gold with very impressive thick, chunky head with decent retention. Heavy lacing. Lots and lots of bubbles.

S: Fruity and floral. A seriously strong smell. Beery/grainy scents underneath. Impressive range and depth of smells for a pilsner.

T: Light-bodied and vaguely fruity with a mild sweetness. Carbonation initiates a tingliness which provokes the beerier grain and malt flavours before a watery-smooth aftertaste carries it out. Very nice.

M: Light, refreshing, enjoyable. Smooth in the mouth and easy going down.

D: Insanely drinkable. The most quaffable pilsner I've come across. Easily sessionable, sippable, or consumable in any manner you choose. Definitely worth picking a few up.

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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.

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Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Experienced in : Manila
Appealing to me : its kind of bitterness
Less appealing to me : color

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

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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.

RJT

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Photo of SargeC
3.68/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden color. Fizzy head and high carbonation.

Smell: Grass and hop resin.

Taste: Nice bite, crisp. Minimal hop and malt character, but what is there is in nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a satisfying thickness.

Drinkability: This is heavy for a beer from the tropics. I received this beer hand carried from the Philippines. This is better than the export version available in the States. Reminds me of hot Philippine days and cool nights.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first foray into a Philippine beer. It poured a light straw like color and had no flash at all. The taste was slightly pleasing but nothing to rave about. It basically just had that standard taste. I thought it was not really a pilsner but I am still a rookie! It went down very smooth and I would drink it again, and even again!!
Thx

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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.

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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.

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Photo of velosuds
3.41/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Purchased at John's Market for $1.69.

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.

San Miguel was my favorite import for as long as I can remember, long before I became a BA. This is very much as I remember it and it is much better than any BMC or the most ubiquitous import swill.

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Photo of dBmV
3.32/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear and light gold with a fluffy white head. Good retention compared to many of the light lagers I tried in asia, with some spotty lacing. The aroma was malty sweet, some maize and cereal grains, with a hint of fruit. Bitterness was on the light side and it had a mild malt sweetness, light fruitiness, some maize and spicy hops. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. It started crisp, then ended with a more creamy finish. Some dryness. Refreshing and clean, really quite drinkable in the tropical heat and humidity.

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Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, adjunct, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of hop, and adjunct. Overall, average appearance, weak aroma, decent feel, but the best aspect is the body.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.21/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

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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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.09/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is corn, grain, grass, and sugary malt. Very sweet--almost like a non-alcoholic beer, with light body. OK to slightly above average example of the style. Perfectly drinkable, but I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.09/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.06/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a light straw color, with a little head that does not last long.
Smells a bit like every pilsner I have had before. Nothing special.
Tastes really light and has a little sweetness but nothing much else. A decent beer that is quite refreshing.

Not horrible but I do not think I would drink it again over other beers.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.06/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased for the can collection at the LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Pours a clear straw color with a large foamy head, nice. Nose is neutral except for some light grass notes. Flavor is minmal, shows some grassy light malt flavor, mouthfeel is dry and crisp, very drinkable beer with little flavor. More of an American Pilsner as opposed to a German Pilsner.

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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...

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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