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San Miguel Dark Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

San Miguel Dark LagerSan Miguel Dark Lager

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205 Ratings

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%

Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website

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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Reviews by DoktorZee:
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprising find in a Mexican restaurant. Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - dark brown, clear, no head, thin lacing.

S - caramel with just a hint of grassy hops

T - slight hops bitterness resolving into a strong caramel finish.

M - light with moderate carbonation

D - really goes down easy - could drink a ton of these

Very tasty beer - great surprise.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 01:45:14 | More by DoktorZee
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A Euro Dark Lager, hmmm...its been a while since I've had one of this style, however, its nice to "tick" the nation of the Philippines. Here goes, thank you Jason:

Into a pilsener:

A: dark brown colored body with a slim finger's worth of white foamy head that dies immediately, some light lacing coats the sides of the glass but ends up sliding at a good pace

S: up front there's a gentle soothing molasses/dark fruits invading my nose in a very dark sweet sort of way, comes through slightly smoky and roasty, some brown sugar ends up entering in more so as it warms

T: mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, slight sweet sugary aftertaste but nothing too invading as its slightly partial; no finish

M: she sits about a medium of sorts on the body with a slightly moderate amount of carbonation coating the mouth and tongue in a decent way

O: this is a decent Euro dark lager and I will commend San Miguel for taking a style that isn't widely accepted and making a decent stab at it. For me, I think I could have this again even though I don't know how fresh this is.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 09:10:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
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1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

01-22-2014 21:33:50 | More by mwar
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New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:43:49 | More by johnnnniee
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-19-2013 03:30:26 | More by spoony
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 18:13:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-20-2013 03:30:10 | More by OhNo789
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

10-19-2013 23:07:26 | More by WaterCzar
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:42:18 | More by migwell
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-09-2013 21:39:25 | More by mpalestino
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-20-2013 18:12:30 | More by ButtomsUp
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

07-15-2013 18:18:01 | More by TheMrFarnham
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

07-13-2013 18:46:10 | More by BirdmanJohn
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:32:04 | More by soju6
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 21:51:30 | More by OtherShoe2
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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.