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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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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

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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3.25/5  rDev +19%

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1.5/5  rDev -45.1%

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3/5  rDev +9.9%

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2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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2.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev +9.9%

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
66 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.