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San Miguel Dark Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Dark LagerSan Miguel Dark Lager

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BA SCORE
78
okay

218 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 12-12-2002)
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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.

BMWiens, Jul 21, 2014
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3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.