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San Miguel Dark Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website
Philippines

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stoutman on 03-26-2002

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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 160
Photo of Chaz
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber-red in color, darker than fizzy non-alcoholic cola-pop, and is brilliant or with excellent clarity. Pale tan head looks pretty good, with tight, small bubbles and uniform rather than rocky. Looks good is a glass...

The nose is sweet, malty, a little neutral and boring. But there's an off-note, medicinal as well. Plus, there's a oxidation to this one that makes me believe that the bottle I pulled from the undated six pack is fairly old.

Sweet and lightly-tangy on the first sip. The roast malt character which features in the language on the label is rather minimal. Finish is dry, but the oxidation is interfering with the nicer character of the malt (dark fruit notes, of plum and date, which I ordinarily love in stronger, richer ales.)

The body is thin. Carbonation is okay -- neither under or over-carbonated.

Altogether I can see this as being a nice, easy-drinker in the summer heat, as it's not too strong and is rather refreshing in its own right. It's not bad for the price I paid for it ($6.99), but I'm sure it would be a better beer within code!

Photo of damndirtyape
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. No date.

Appearance: Dark ruby red to amber. Thin tan ring and skin across the top. No lacing.

Smell: Hint of raisin, roasted malt, something metallic.

Taste: Raisin, roasted malt, molasses, with a mild metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - fizzy. A little bit sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: I've had this before and I remember it with more fondness then, but it was the summer and I had it with a spicy meal, which is where I think this beer would shine better. It doesn't quite work well in the winter with a simple stir fry. Still, I rather enjoyed it and I wouldn't mind another, but I need to find the right food to pair it with.

Photo of Spikester
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Dark brown with one plus fingers of tan head. Five minute retention. No lace.
Smell is all roasted malts.
Taste is sweet dark malts. Hop character not found.
Mouthfeel is light to medium body with average carbonation.
Overall an easy drinking somewhat sweet beer that would pair well with spicy Asian or Mexican food. Tasty beer. No bottling date found.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Experienced in : US, Manila
Appealing to me : Inviting look and really great taste
Less appealing to me : accumulated sweetness as you drink more

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

Photo of BMWiens
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Got it on sale, and I'd never had a Filipino beer.

Quite dark, little head. More malty than hoppy - not much hops at all. Roasted malt predominated, a bit sweet.

I paired it with a bean stew, and it went quite well. Probably would go well with a grilled burger, maybe with BBQ.

Good value, and pairs well with food, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of zeledonia
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from the Philippines; trying it mainly for that reason. Tasted 2 July 2014.

Pours deep brown, quite dark actually, and clear at the edges. One finger of yellowish head, okay retention and decent lacing.

Smell is toasty! At first sniff I could mistake it for some kind of savory pastry. Reminds me a lot of the dark lagers of Latin America (the smell had me thinking of warm winter evenings in Mexico). A bit nutty, a hint buttery. Pretty good, though on the faint side.

Taste is fine. Again, toasty, with a touch of very light roast putting the claim on the label to shame. Mildly sweet, a little too much so for a beer like this. Not bad, just kinda meh.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, mouth-filling, with carbonation lower than I'd like it.

A pretty standard, toasty, malty dark lager. Flavorful enough, nothing wrong with it. As mentioned above, the kind of beer that feels right to drink on a warm evening.

Photo of johnnnniee
2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Bert's labeled Cerveza Negra
Pours a solid dark brown with clear ruby highlights at the edges and a huge creamy off white head that takes forever to dissipate. Aromas of molasses overwhelm me as soon as I get beer to meet glass. Hints of smoke, roast, and chocolate round out the aroma, but my God this smells like sugary unfermented molasses mostly. Wow the flavor does not stray from the aroma much. Sweet brown sugar and molasses run the show here. Light prunes and plums in the flavor as well and little to counter the malty or adjuct-y sweetness in this beer. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet thick sugary syrupy mouthfeel. I have no way to tell how old this bottle is but I suspect it may be less than fresh. That said the burnt sugar and molasses seem to be all this beer offers, it reminds me more of the barley malt sodas that I had in the Caribbean than actual beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Great head retention, ruddy brown

SMELL: Molasses cookies, raisins, coffee, sweet, mildly roasted

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, medium body, chicory, coffee, burnt sugar, brown bread, modest hopping, soft charcoal, faint soy, sweet finish

This is one of those beers that just never gets talked about--no hype, just an all-around good brew. It is way outside of the box, as most beers in this realm, light or dark, are dry and usually lacking any real complex characteristics. It is the same thinking of the sweeter Stouts consumed in hotter climates. For something completely different, give it a go.

Photo of migwell
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is sold in the Philippines as Negra. I believe that this is the same brew that appeared in the USA back in thew 70's as San Miguel Dark and was mildly popular for a brief while. Beer is cheap in the Philippines and San Miguel has the monopoly. Negra is not widely available there, and is only found occasionally in the larger cities.

It is drinkable, not unpleasant, but nothing special on a global scale.

Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a reddish-brown color with a decent tan head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt and some grain.

T: Taste of roasted malt with a mild sweetness and a bit of grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium beer, smooth and somewhat creamy. Nice balance.

First had this years ago when it was known as Creveca Negra. Enjoyable beer.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Splashy lace and a skim retention.

Big molasses aroma, coupled with some dark brown sugar and nice toasted malt.

Smooth and drinkable, the balance of flavors is what makes this brew shine. Up front you get blackstrap molasses, but without the sweetness (wrap your head around that). Brown bread, some nuts, and an even bitterness throughout. Your nose and mind play tricks with you, as you smell all of this stuff and expect there to be sweetness. There's a hint of it at best. Where the brewer hits it right is that they don't kill it with bitterness.Moderate malty bitterness at the finish. I could drink these all day, any season.

Medium bodied, finishes with alot of flavor, and a little crispness.

I dug this a lot. Not what I expected it to be. A nice rich, flavorful beer.

Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Saving grace when I was in the philippines for a month.

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights visible when held to light. A solid one inch, frothy tan head lingers, eventually leaving thick lacing.

Nutty, toasted bready malt and a hint of fruitiness form the initial aroma. There's a touch of roast and a hint of chocolate, along with tar. It's decidedly doughy.

Flavor reveals more roast character initially, becoming more toasty mid palate, and finishing a bit acrid and dry. There's a bit if a vinous character that is slightly offputting. Dark berries emerge as it warms. There's a subtle chocolatey sweetness.

Body is a bit light, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Great toasted malt character, fairly nutty, with just enough roast to not overwhelm. Some off flavors, but not am offensive beer.

Photo of JeanPaulValley
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this (under the cerveza negra alias) as a part of a mix and match 6 pack. I included it on a whim, as a generally enjoy dark lagers and had never heard of this beer. I was very pleasantly surprised. Even drinking it straight from the bottle, the roasted malts and caramel tones were very evident. It was an extremely smooth lager witha great mouthfeel. Thick, but not porter thick, it was exactly what a dark lager should feel like. This may become my new go to session beer.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, mahogany...1/2" beige head - decent retention before falling to a sparse cap.

Sweet malts, molasses, light roasted notes.

Roasted malt..coffee with cream. Toffee, burnt or brown sugar. Simple but enough there to make it interesting.

Medium weight, low to mid-carbonation....doesn't finish too sweet - plus for that.

Pleasantly surprised...I would pick this over Negra Modelo all day long.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated 355ml bottle served in a snifter. Poured very dark brown, topped by a tan head that quickly disappears, leaving little lacing. A thin coat of sediment is left on the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is pleasant, but so sweet that I worry about the flavor. Hints of toffee and caramel.

Flavor is more like a sweet stout than expected, coming close to being too sweet. Of course, compared to a stout the malt load here is mild, but respectable for style. Traces of hops in both the aroma and flavor.

O: enjoyable and better than expected. At least average even by European standards.

Photo of beeroclock
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This and Golden Eagle are the beers from San Miguel worth drinking. Unfortunately, the Philippines does not have much choice. You will most likely only see San Miguel. Once in a while, you may run across something worse (Colt 45) or something in the same category (Coors), but otherwise everyone serves San Miguel.

A - Bottle showed as Cerveza Negra... Poured out dark with very little head.

S - Not much there, possible nut and chocolate.

T - Not too bad, based on the past 2 weeks in the Philippines only option for SM & SM Light. Picking up some chocolate and maybe toffee. A little sweet, but enjoyable enough.

M - thin, but suitable.

From your options in the P.I. if you are unable to get the Golden eagle, this is your best bet. Each of them are ok though. There are far worse options in the world and especially in the Philippines.

Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, ruby-red body that started with a thick, fizzy head which quickly dissipated to a wispy remnant. Roasted grain; a hint of chocolate and raisin in the aroma. Rich taste full of roasted grains and cocoa with a soothing bitterness towards the finish. Smooth, medium-bodied, buttery with a sugary underpinning.

A very nice dark beer with some bold, delicious presence. Rich and satisfying.

Photo of Jsteez
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pokal glass.

It poured a nice thick tan head that dissipated into a nice ring around the edges. Smelled like roasted and caramel malt, period! Tasted like roasted and caramel malt. High carbonation, full-bodied. A little sour tastiing at first, but the aftertaste was sweet and wet. An average dark lager that is good to drink during the winter. Not my favorite beer overall.

Photo of jsisko01
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an almost-pure black color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts are very heavy.. Along with caramel and coffee.

Taste - Very sweet with toasted malts, caramel, and light chocolate and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is the first dark lager I've ever tried. It's ok.. It's like a brown ale with just heavier flavors.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not a bad brew really, especially for this part of the world. it pours quite dark from the bottle, chocolate syrup looking, with a one inch mocha colored head with surprisingly good retention. the nose is real malty, german in origin, like an extract though, a little bit off and not totally fresh, but some cocoa powder aroma wakes it up a bit. the flavor doesnt carry as much chocolate as the nose, but it is yummy all the same. a little bitterness turns metallic in the finish, my main critique. plenty drinkable, fuller bodied but well carbonated. fairly priced and down easy, not so nice when it warms up, but if you drink it quickly, this is a pretty good euro style dark lager.

Photo of wac9
4.66/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow what a great beer always wanted to try it they have new bottles a now im sorry i wanted so long a dark pour which makes your mouth water a taste that goes smooths a tasty bit of malts and carmel that will make a enjoy night for anybody only 5.0 so drink drink drink

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Although the beer is quite dark, it is clear and very dark ruby red in color when held up to a bright light and exhibits a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits—raisins seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has sweet flavors of dark fruits and nutty malts plus hints of molasses.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste like a sweeter and fruitier version of a schwartzbier. It’s not a bad choice if you are looking for something that’s dark but still extremely drinkable.

Photo of wattoclone
4.76/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown, substantial tan head that dissipates quickly. Very smooth extremely malty, roasty sweetness with a unique buttery note. As a huge fan of dark beers and in particular schwarzbiers/dark lagers I would have to rate this beer as one of the best. More flavorful than Kostritzer, very sessionable, pairs well with mexican and spicy asian food and is never harsh or bitter. Perfectly balanced.

Photo of 57md
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Not as dark as most Euro Darks but pretty malty and definitely not watery. There is a sweetness to this that is interesting but not entirely pleasant.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A finger of tan head. Dark brown body.

Roasted malt smell is strong here. There's a background metallic smell too.

Roasted malt taste, sweet malt and milk. Actually a tasty dark lager.

Creamy and light texture. Moderation carbonation.

I enjoyed it, much to my surprise.

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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.