San Miguel Pale Pilsen - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Pale PilsenSan Miguel Pale Pilsen

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BA SCORE
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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 23 | 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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Ratings: 190 | Reviews: 90
Photo of Fatehunter
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.

Photo of Minkybut
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. I was very hopeful of this beer as I had one 20 years ago ant thought it was so good. Must not have been the same product!! This beer did pour a nice head. However the taste was terrible, a sour taste and smell was all up in this beer. Bready, yeasty yuk. I wish I know which San Migues I had way back, it seemed it was in a dark colored label. The beer was a very clean rice beer, very neutral but refreshing. NOT THIS BEER>

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.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White gold with lots of bubbles and disappearing white froth. Slightly soapy herbal hops nose with musty oyster crackers.
Wonder bread malts with a bit of lemon zest and surprising hit of coriander leaf hops.
Papaya hint to end and slightly oily linger. Light, crisp, fizzy.

It's a shame to put this up against other pilsners; if it just called itself a standard lager, it would be quite nice. As it is, it's a poor example of the style. However, definitely distinct from the sweet All-Malt label, and a notch above the usual Asian macro lagers.

Good, but only in context.

Thanks to Ina for bringing this from Manila.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some sticky sugar-like aromas. Taste is of grain, sugar, light fruit, and some slight herbal and almost plastic-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is somewhat poor beer with some slightly off flavors that really doesn't do much for me.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.16/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Jayli
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 2/22 in Makati City
Poured in to a stange

A: This beer pours a light golden color with a one inch of bubbly head that recedes quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is grain, grass, and light malts.

T: Taste is predominantly grain and grass in the forefront. A bit of breadiness before moving in to a light malt finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light crisp feel.

O: Goes does alright, mediocre tasting, not filling, light kick, ok representation of style. My second beer here in PHP and this was a drastic improvement on the first!

Photo of WankelEngine
1.92/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.41/5  rDev -12%
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 ButterScotch
1.26/5  rDev -54%
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
1.7/5  rDev -38%
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 -5.8%
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 -32.5%
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
3.46/5  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.

Photo of Pipmeister
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
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 -24.1%
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
2.56/5  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
3.72/5  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

Photo of Everydayoff
3/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
65 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.