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San Miguel Pale Pilsen - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 193
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website
Philippines

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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Photo of ButterScotch
1.26/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm in the Philippines on a business trip. There are limited drinking choices for me:

a) overpriced bottled water
b) overpriced beer

I chose the overpriced San Miguel Pale Pilsen. It should cost ~50cents but I get it for ~$2 in my slick hotel...

Not as bad as Corona light...but generally not good even if one is actually in the hot and humid climate where it possibly tasts 'best'. Has a metallic aftertaste and skunky smell, but this is exactly what I expected.

The only time I would actually purchase this beer is if I am in the Philippines and can only find it or some other San Miguel product...

Next business trip: Belgium! (634 characters)

Photo of mndlssphlsphr
1.65/5  rDev -40.2%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.7/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

330ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served cold in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dreadful light yellow body, tons of carbonation and a large white head that disappears very rapidly.

Smell: Blegh, horrid nose. Sweet adjuncts, stale vegetables and quite metallic.

Taste: Light, bland and rather unpleasant. Sweet, adjuncty, stale grain, metallic with a stale after taste.

Mouthfeel: Light, watery body with unpleasantly high levels of carbonation.

Overall: Shit... Not much more to say. (480 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
1.75/5  rDev -36.6%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
1.84/5  rDev -33.3%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
1.85/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Straw colour with a pinky-sized bubbly, white head with poor retention. Crystal clear.

Corn with only hints of grain. It's pretty light on the nose & quite sweet along with some vegetable adjuncts.

A clean tasting beer. There is some corn & sweet grain along with a little bread. The finish is bitter-sweet & every so slightly skunky.

Light bodied & quite gassy with a bit of fizz in there too. It has an grain like feel to it & the fizz stays with you a while after the sip.

Not a good beer at all & one that certainly doesn't justify it's price. Not one area of the beer that I actually enjoyed.

http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com (638 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
1.92/5  rDev -30.4%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -27.5%
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. (160 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
2.01/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.03/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale, pale golden yellow with a moderately sized, coarse white head. Settles to a ring, no real lace.

Bitter and flat in character. Has a medicinal alcohol taste and smell to it. Comes across as artifical somehow. Nothing lingers, nothing sticks to the palate. Pretty much hop(e)less.

Not recognizable as a pilsener.

Pass on it. (337 characters)

Photo of Mdog
2.08/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Yellow, ok head that fades out quickly.

Smell: Not much, a little corn.

Taste: Some mild sweetness, then a vegetal bitterness.

Drinkability: If it was an adjunct lager it would be barely passable, as a pilsner it doesn't cut it.

Beer review #2 from Hong Kong. Not too impressed with this, I thought it was another adjunct lager, but if it's supposed to be a pilsner it misses the mark. (402 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.09/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.16/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of eschbach
2.21/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 ounce stumpy brown bottle. It has the name written in old english font which is sort of unique.

Appearance: It looks allrgiht. It's a pale golden color with a frothy head that vanishes fast.

Smell: It doesn't smell very good. It smells like malt and alcohol. I cannot smell hops.

Taste. It doesn't taste very good. It has a malty taste. And I cannot really taste hops. It doesn't taste the way a German Pilsner should taste.

Drink: It feels alright on the palate. A little creamy and smooth. The drink is not very good. It doesn't go down very smoothly. It's kind of a chore for me to drink this beer. I don't really like it.

Notes: Not a good beer! It smells weird, and it tastes weird, and it's a chore to drink. (736 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
2.32/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (1,670 characters)

Photo of Finite
2.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - 355ml Brown short bottle. Gold label. No freshness date.

Appearance - Golden, good rocky head, retention moderate. lacing average to poor. Steady steam of big to small bubbles.

Smell - Low hop aroma. Smell is dominated by a infected or slight skunk smell. Very small notes of citrus hops but main aroma is inhibited by skunk/infection smell.

Taste - Very little hop bitterness. Hop taste is a little grassy and a little dry on the back of the palate. Sweet and quite high malt flavour for style ammounts to a smooth brew. This style should be well hopped and contain more spicy or floral flavours. Beer is very smooth for a pilsner. Improve with more hops.

Mouthfeel - Thin and flat flavours. Malt flavours dominate to much for a pilsner and makes the beer uncharicteristicaly smooth.

Drinkablility - Easy to down. Very flat flavour profile. Malt and hops balance well but the beer does not exibit the spiciness or coarsness of a pilsner. (968 characters)

Photo of atis
2.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is good enough, light golden colour with good head.

Smell is quite malty and the same can be felt in the taste. Very little hops and the taste is rather plain and not varied. Also very light carbonation, I would prefer more of it - saw in some reviews that carbonation is high, no idea why.... Aftertaste is sweet and dry.

Maybe it tastes good in the tropics, but now in Europe it didn't. (401 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 320ml brown glass bottle shaped like a Belgian-style stubby typical of something that delivers Duvel, Bornem, Piraat, Gulden Draak, et al. Sealed with a red and silver colored crown cap. My bottle is from the Philippines and looks very much like that pictured in the BA Database. White screen printing labels this as “San Miguel Pale Pilsen”, with the words ”Pale Pilsen” and “San Miguel” also screen-printed on the front and back of the neck respectively. The backside describes this “Expertly Brewed Beer since 1890” as…..”A truly satisfying beer, with a refined well balanced flavor. Perfected and brewed for over a century. The only beer that nourishes true Filipino friendships”. No strength listed, but a freshness fate of 19Jun07 appears to be inked on the crown cap.

Appearance: Clear golden body has a pale straw strength to it. Thick white cap sits at 1” deep after the pour and stays there for some time until it relaxes down to a broken covering with a few minutes on the clock. Little lacing adds some extra presentation but not much. Streamers rise quickly and throughout. Decent enough looks at the start but they do fade with time.

Nose: Nothing at all exciting about this, run of the mill standard Euro Lager “pong”, you know the kind, fading hops with a metallic sleight which tends to exhibit a little skunk in the finish, though I know this beer to fresh and well cared for, the skunk is actually more cabbage like at times. Despite the low cabbage aromas, there is a clean aspect and bite to the nose but it's not appealing.

Taste: Very low key flavor wise. Pale looks are reflected in the strength of the tastes. Simple effort here, hopping is feint, the malts are distinctly delicate and the overall presentation is of a Pilsen that is brewed for the masses. Hits up a profile that is something akin to a Mediterranean Lager with some Belgian Macro Pils thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: It may be thin but despite this it is balanced and exhibits enough to keep it of interest, probably more so on a hot day. Desperately thin but still balanced though.

Drinkability: Easy going, but the metallic trait blended with the low end cabbage trait does tend to detract from this offering after only one bottle. But it’s nothing terrible, and experience has been that often you work beyond this when stuck in places that have nothing else to offer “beer wise”, and I could certainly work (read: drink) past it if I had to.

Overall: Stuck in a hot humid Philippines, I would probably opt for something like this over the bigger well known World Mega brands also available out there. That said, it’s not one for the Pilsen purist, but travelers familiar with the ubiquitous Euro and/or Asian Pils will find nothing out of the ordinary here, but nothing exciting either. (2,838 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Less than $8 a six pack at The Liquor Shed.

It doesn't pour that pale; it looks an attractive gold with a small and shrinking head of foam leaving some decent lacing behind.

It smells grainy with corn, some sweet notes and a light bitterness.

The taste is grainy and the corn is strong, the little bitterness I got in the smell is even less noticeable in the taste and it's pretty much hard to put into words describing it. Just an uneventful bitter that doesn't do much for the beer.

Usual light body for the style...not really a German Pilsner in my book, with fairly low carbonation. I don't find it easy drinking because of the disappointing flavours I'm getting. (671 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
2.43/5  rDev -12%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.47/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Doing a cleaning out my beer fridge session of the lesser quality beers. My bottle looks vastly different than the one on here, perhaps it's an old picture.

Vigorous pour yields a 1.75 finger white foamy head that doesn't take long to recede. I give it about a 1/10 for lacing. Looks like pure urine. Luckily it tastes a hair better.

For such a low ABV beer, im getting a lot of alcohol on the nose. Overwhelming anything else that might be there. Maybe a little malts after several deep whiffs.

Really doesn't taste like much. I'm honestly not a big german pils fan. My heart belongs to the bocks and dunkles of Bavaria. Really not feeling this beer. Hint of malts, with a just a flutter of pepper or some spice.

Not all that drinkable. Leaving an unpleasant aftertaste that will not leave me reaching for an other. (820 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

First of all, The bottle label is exactly that of the San Miguel lager, however the label says Pale Pilsen Beer. It's a little confusing since the label for the Pale Pilsen is different than the bottle I am drinking from. However, if the label says Pale Pilsen, so be it.

Look: A murky, faded straw colored body sits under a fizzy white head that recedes to a wisp of white with a small white collar around the glass. Very light minimal lacing.

Aroma: Sweet to the nose, not unlike a soggy breakfast cereal. The wet grain aroma is really overpowering and there is just a faint aroma of skunk on the back side.

Taste: The beer starts out chewy and really sweet with malts and a thick grain bill. It evens out with a bitter, dry grassy taste and finishes with a carbonated metallic bite.

Mouthfeel: Dry, carbonated, a little harsh.

Overall: Kind of a mess. Too sweet. Then when it "balances out" it just gets thin and metallic somehow. I am glad I only bought one bottle. (1,012 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Trig's grocer. There's no bottled on date that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into a pilsner glass.

Can I add a category? Sound: As I poured this one out, it sounded just like a soda. This is the only beer that I can remember sounding like that as I poured it (aside from Not Your Father's Root Beer).

L: Pours a bright straw color, with about an eighth-of-an-inch of white head that dissolves as fast as I could pour it out. No ring, no lacing. Lazy visible carbonation.

S: Bready malts and stewed corn. There's just a touch of buttery diacetyl in there, as well. Perhaps a touch of funk. Not a very assertive bouquet (thankfully).

T: Cracker malt and sweet adjunct at the front--corn is the predominant flavor. The middle introduces a bit of tartness and creaminess, with the corn coming through even clearly. There's a bit of buttery diacetyl in the mix, as well. The back end is back to the bready/cracker malts, though there' s still a definite corn flavor coming through. Just a bit of tartness and the slightest suggestion of bitter let me know that there must be some hops used in the creation of this beer.

F: Light-bodied and bright, creamy, and tart in turns. Though it's fairly clean-finishing, it leaves enough of a lingering bitter at the back to say that it's got a bit of stick to it.

O: This is not exactly the kind of beer that I would recommend--in cold or warm weather, by yourself or with a friend, or when you haven't got much money for the beer budget or you've got more than you need. Too much of those adjuncts, and not quite clean enough for my liking in this style. (1,685 characters)

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
67 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.