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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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65
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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website
Philippines

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 cycoduck
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of dBmV
3.33/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.38/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ATADakaCHAD
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ButterScotch
1.25/5  rDev -54.2%
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!

Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.73/5  rDev -36.6%
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.

Photo of bump8628
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pils in the same way that Miller Lite is a pils, light husky barley water with a whiff of old grassy hop leaf finishing clean with a spritzy dry finish. The standard tropical lager, I'm sure it tastes decent on a hot and humid day, but I think I would just rehydrate with water instead.

Photo of flyingpig
1.85/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.48/5  rDev +27.5%
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.

Photo of Pipmeister
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with a white foamy head. The smell is a slight mixture of hops/skunk/tire, not the mist pleasant smelling beer ever. The taste is pretty crisp with average body, alot of malt breadiness with a clean finish. It lacks complexity however, A's expected. Overall it's a sub average pils that lacks in the flavor dept but I can see it being an enjoyable and easy drinking on a hot afternoon or evening.

Photo of Mdog
2.08/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml squat bottle. 'Enjoyed for over a century', proclaims the back label.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and cushioned white head, which leaves a nice display of drooping sudsy lace around the glass as it fades away.

It smells of semi-sweet corn and a lesser grainy malt, a musty, um 'fruitiness', and earthy, herbal hops. The taste is more sweet, pithy corn and wan bready malt, some mildly interesting, indistinct spice (if only for its obfuscated point of origin), stale lemon juice, and vegetal, dead flower hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a weak edginess throughout, the body on the light side of medium weight, and smooth in the most lenient sense of the word. It finishes off-dry, the now evidently stale, corn-flecked malt waging a bland offensive against a mild booze and earthy bitterness offset.

San Miguel's offering is hardly reminiscent of pilseners of the old world, and generally just another foreign watering down of the style. A bit here, a bit there, trying to prove itself, but still pretty unimpressive overall. I can't imagine where this one would suffice, but hey, maybe that's my imagination's fault. Nah.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev +35.5%
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

Photo of Everydayoff
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

A:
Pale yellow color with decent thick white head, it stands for a long time then leaves small lacings behind, medium active carbonation.

S:
The smell contains lager's yeast, grainy malt sweetness and faint floral hop spiciness.

T:
Moderate hop bitterness licks at the first touch then slight malt sweetness follows up until the end, very clean taste.

M:
Light body, fizzy and crisp mouthfeel, clean and dry.

O:
Refreshing and good palate cleanser, would be okay to sweep your palate with it in order to prepare for other highlight beers in your list.

Photo of jsprain1
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Has to be one of the clearest beers I've ever seen. Golden straw with a one and a half finger head that holds on pretty will. Spots of foam struggle to cling to the glass.
S- Smells sweet, but more of a sugary way than a malty way. To be sure, there is a definite malted grain presence. Some vegetal aromas, but not completely offputting.
T- Again it is sweet throughout, but I can't help thinking that it is not quite the right kind of sweetness. It's sort of like honey, but just minorly artificial tasting. That being said, the beer tastes ok, just there's something not quite right with where the sugars are at in this one. Again light, but noticable, vegetal notes.
M- A bit too much light bodied, and was a bit undercarbed.
O- A decent import lager, and a step above many Asian lagers that I have had, but nothing I'll search out to retry.

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of faroutadventure
3.43/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a pint glass. The color is a pale yellow color with huge white head on top of it. I smell a little bit of malts but no hops. It taste very nice and smooth, not much to talk about. It has a nice mouth feel to it. I could use this beer as my go to beer when i don't have any craft beer.

Photo of velosuds
3.43/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Photo of r0nyn
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug from a bottle.

Appearance is a pale golden hue, transparent and full of bubbles. Big, fat white head that takes its sweet time in dissipating. Smell is decent, with malts and grains easily detectable, but not really much else happening. Wasn't expecting too much out of a pilsner anyway.

Taste is malty upfront, with a bitter bite and just a hint of hoppiness. There is a very mild sweetness behind it all, providing some contrast to the astringency. Aftertaste is just lightly bitter and on the dry side. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, as expected of a pilsner, but quite bubbly, so much so that the carbonation was a bit of a distraction. Not that it took away from my overall enjoyment of the beer, but it certainly has to be noted.

With a low ABV and an easy-to-stomach taste, San Miguel is a great beer for a social gathering, especially one with Filipinos. It's a decent, if unspectacular brew that does its job.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
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...

San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
65 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.