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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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89 Reviews
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Reviews: 89
Hads: 198
Avg: 2.74
pDev: 33.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-09-2002

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Clear golden color with slightly off-white low or medium retaining foamy head. Decent lacing. Smell is sweet and a touch grassy. Faintest honey aroma. Tastes too much like the San Mig Light, I fear. More honey. The dominant dry hay flavor I detected in the latter isn't so pronounced in this, at least. Other saving graces would be the light lemony-tartness throughout and the all too mild basic bitter finish. That last part doesn't last too long. Just in time for the next sip, one encounters a pleasant buttered-bread aftertaste. Light in body, but not too light, with fairly high amount of first prickly, then softer carbonation. Kind of smooth, but keeps coming back, so to speak. Overall, not awful, but more comparable to a Euro Pale Lager or an Adjunct Lager to a German Pilsener. And still not as good.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Color: light yellow, straw, clean, clear. Head white, fairly large and fairly long time remains on the surface of beer.
Aroma: sweetish notes of raspberry, little notes of malt soap with a touch of metal.
Taste: well only metal and nothing more.
I did not feel gentian, high saturation and alcohol is not noticeable.

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Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts along with subtle hints of associated sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be too watered down on the palate and could use more hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.51/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.02/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen for $2.39 USD in Eagle Rock, CA/USA.
Look: San Miguel Pale Pilsen had plenty of foam.
Smell: San Miguel Pale Pilsen had a extremely faint aroma of grain.
Taste: San Miguel Pale Pilsen had a flavour textured with malts mixed with grain. Vague bittersweet aftertaste was present within San Miguel Pale Pilsen.
Feel: San Miguel Pale Pilsen had average carbonation.
Overall: San Miguel Pale Pilsen is a beer for people who enjoy Pilsener types of beer.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this beer from time to time and from what I remember it's a bready, grainy, malty macro lager that tastes really good in the tropical heat. The hops were subdued by some grainy malt, along with a touch of sweet caramel biscuits. The aftertaste is a little peppery and zesty, but not much to remember. The body is thin, yet crisp and smooth. Overall, it's a standard international pilsner/lager.
With this said, I drank it a while back in Bali, Indonesia. Currently I live in Northeast China and I have not seen San Miguel available around here. I am travelling to the Philippines this April 2015, so I will update my review/notes then after I consume several of these light bodied brews. Cheers!

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Half liter can smuggled back from Dubai by Joe M, thanks for the opportunity! Pale golden color with a smallish quickly dissipating bone white tightly bubbled head. Light bready pilsner malt, faint floral hop, hints of light fruitiness. The taste is big sweet bread with a bit of fruitiness and little to no hop flavor. Middle of the road macro style pilsner/lager.

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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 The_Mad_Capper
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much to say here. The aroma is briefly sour and then weakly grainy sweet with a touch of grape-like fruitiness. The white head quickly dissipates to nothing; the body is an extremely bright and crystal clear amber. The flavor has some grainy sweetness, a hint of hop bitterness, and a slight sour quality that lurks in the background. Some malt lingers in the finish. The body is light and moderately carbonated with a faint mineral texture.

Perfectly drinkable, refreshing, and woefully unremarkable.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
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: 2.98, 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.

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2.32/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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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 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 BucBasil
2.85/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.01/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

355 ml bottle purchased at LCBO in the singles bin for $2 CDN. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pale golden colored beer pours 1.5 fingers of white head that dissipate quickly. Crystal clear and very few bubbles are present upon pouring. Soapy collar is left around brim of beer for a while.

Smell - A bit skunky, even with brown bottle. Feels almost as if corn and sweetness have been added to this mixture that seems unnatural. Slight vegetative scents.

Taste - Mild sweetness up front but doesn't linger, but transitions to a caramel corn sweetness. Also slightly vegetative and a bit of sour bitterness at the end. It's worth noting that none of the flavors really last for any significant duration.

Mouthfeel - Light body and quite smooth and somewhat full feeling given the lack of bubbles (carbonation) up front and the thinness in the scents and flavor. Despite this apparent fullness, the beer is still moderately thin and mediocre.

Overall - As far as pilseners go, this one's near the bottom of the barrel, but still something drinkable if you're thirsty. Wouldn't repeat and the artificial sweetness is more reminiscent of AAL's

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2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Straight gold, very clear with heavy bubbles on the body (very heavy). The head was a little thing coming off white rising to maybe 1/3".

Smell: Sour hop scent almost wet hopped. It's pleasant but nothing new that will amaze you....scent comes and goes.

Taste: Wet hop feel that is straight light bitterness. A slight creaminess to it like a marzen, might feel a tad corn feel to it.

Mouth: heavy carbonation with slightly dry feel, coming off very smooth.

Overall: Not a bad beer, best enjoyed with a meal than to have alone because it's a very one dimensional brew. Most pilseners are, so I shouldn't be arguing. Hot weather with this and some good grub makes this much more enjoyable.

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Photo of soju6
2.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a clear golden color with abillowing head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, bit of citrus with some grain.

T: Taste has a bit of a hops nip with amild malt sweetness and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp smooth and refrshing.

O: Perfect beer for the hot humid weather in Manila.

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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 tbeckett
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this at a bar in Ho Chi Minh served by the nice beer girl in a tiny San Miguel dress. From notes.

A - Poured slightly darker than gold. Bright with a one finger white head that left spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - A little corny with sweet grain. Feel like I've written that far too often lately. Pretty typical Asian lager.

T - Not bad. Sweet grain and lot's of light sweet malt. A touch of corn, but nothing too bad.

M - Good carbonation, a light body, and a sweet clean finish. Smooth.

O/D - Not terrible. Standard and acceptable. Fairly smooth flavour made this go down well, but I certainly didn't think too highly of it.

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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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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
1.65/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

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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.

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
66 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.