San Miguel Dark Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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Reviews by aquaderek:
3.3/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is dark burnt amber with red hues. The head is caramel and quickly diminishes to a very light lace. The nose is very sweet, and you get the malts and spiciness in the background. The taste is ok, sweet malt forward, a little out of balance due to the sweetness. This is an ok session beer, probably would not purchase it, but would drink many if they were free and the company was good.
11-14-2008 01:37:20 | More by aquaderek
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3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
Well I heard good things about this one but I didnt think to highly of it.Not as dark as I thought it would be almost a chesnut brown color,did have a nice head wich stayed for awhile.Smell was spicey,and malty.The flavor was a little dry for me I was hoping it would be a little sweeter,real light texture wich made kind easy to drink but didnt feel great in the mouth.Nothing to write home about but okay.
03-15-2003 06:15:45 | More by oberon
2.13/5 rDev -37.9%
Appearance Nice dunkel body with a tight, firm head that held on well and laced the glass a little.
Smell This is a bizarre aroma. It smells like saltwater taffy. Ive had many dunkel lagers over the years, but never one that smelled like taffy.
Taste The taffy is back. It leads this one off then goes into a fairly decent malt flavoring. The finish is . . . yes, more taffy. I feel like Im at a carnival drinking this stuff.
Mouthfeel Light carbonation in accordance with the style.
Drinkability This goes great with cotton candy, giant swirly lollipops, and pier fries.
09-06-2003 00:20:58 | More by RoyalT
3/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
09-26-2013 02:42:18 | More by migwell
3.5/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-27-2013 18:13:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.85/5 rDev +12.2%
poured a dark brownish color, sweet malt aroma on the first sniff, first taste was surprisingly great . I was hit by a blast of sweet chocolate roastedness, which leveled out as the glass went down but I savored it to the end.Tasty refreshing all a beer should be. It reminded me of Xingu, but I thought this was better
10-30-2003 11:13:40 | More by grynder33
3.63/5 rDev +5.8%
The beer pours a hazy medium to dark brown color with a white head. For an aroma I get earthy hops, dark malt, caramel, toffee and bread. The flavor is very malty with some toffee and bready malts as well as some earthy hops to keep the beer somewhat balanced. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
06-29-2010 05:16:32 | More by Mora2000
4.08/5 rDev +19%
poured into a nonic glass from a stubby brown Belgium looking bottle with San Miguel in raised letters with a crimped on cap
Clear,deep mahogany color,creamy off white head with fair retention,leaving some curtians at the top of the glass. Finishing with a slight ring of foam around the glass.
Good roasty aroma,a bit metallic with some dark fruit aromas,figs, and a bit vinious. Good inviting aroma.
Roasty.dark fruity tastes,vinious,nutty,with a smooth clean finish.Just a bit watery but still enjoyable.
Light mouthfeel,some creamyness and a grainy texture. Goes down very smooth. A good refreshing taste could session this one. Reminded me of Samuel Smith,if you like those beers you'll like this one.
03-26-2007 03:34:30 | More by jcdiflorio
4.76/5 rDev +38.8%
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.
09-12-2012 01:11:05 | More by wattoclone
2.03/5 rDev -40.8%
A- deep dark brown with a red hue when back lit. quite viscous when poured. creates a dense brown head that thins out and sticks around. a little swirl fluffs up the head nicely.
S- all malt. sweet caramel and raisin. little hint of yeasty breadiness.
T- very malty sweet. tastes just like it smells. no surprises. next to no hops character. in my opinion, a little unbalanced.
M- thick slippery feel.
D- in my opinion a little too sweet to drink more than one in a session.
07-03-2010 23:13:52 | More by sm007thie
3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
North American label reads as the translated "Dark Lager"...
Clear dark brown with a nice big and cottony head. Very caramel aroma, malty to be sure. Nice chocolate and toffee early flavor, minimal hops, but the early flavor is taken to the close by a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Slight sense of papery notes, but not pronounced. Not a huge impression but unexpectedly good, tasty, and drinkable. One of the best darker Lagers I've had from an equatorial country.
10-04-2002 07:55:02 | More by ADR
3.64/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
01-13-2013 00:36:39 | More by chinchill
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured from half an inch or so above the glass gave this beer a medium sized light brown head above a clear dark reddish brown colored beer.
Dark caramel roasted malt aroma with light dark fruits hints, such a apricot or prune.
The taste is similar to the aroma except the dark fruits are a little more pronounced almost equal between those and the dark roasted malts.
A dry aftertaste that hold some of the roasted qualities of the taste on this medium bodied beer.
A little more caramel then I like in a beer, as I do prefer the beers that have more hops presence.
06-08-2012 21:50:02 | More by LXIXME
3.43/5 rDev 0%
355ml squat, almost stubbie-esque bottle, a refugee from Zyn's wall of dear single import relief in Cowtown.
This beer pours a clear, very dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of thin, loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some arched cloud lace around the glass as it duly passes on.
It smells of musty caramel apple puree, a bit of roasted caramel/toffee malt, brown sugar, and banal earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, a wilted orchard drupe fruitiness, more thinned-out brown sugar, yet onewhich delves into edgy molasses territory, and a drying earthy hop/metallic booziness odd couple essence.
The carbonation is there, but fairly unassuming, i.e. nothing notable tactile-wise, the body a tremulous medium weight, and smooth in a blase, kind of tacky manner. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness and mild roasted malt carrying the day.
A decent enough dark lager, given its predisposition, the drawbacks ever so slight. Drinkable, yet hardly recommendable when compared to more headier Euro and otherwise, competition, as it kind of lags on the palate after a while - don't actually ask me what that means.
06-05-2011 03:16:12 | More by biboergosum
2.65/5 rDev -22.7%
A - Chestnut brown....the hue of root beer and wood varnish. This is actually quite a bit darker than I guessed it would be. The head is initially three roiling fingers of tan suds before settling and remaining for a good while at a nice medium sized cap. Some sudsy lace is left on the glass, but it doesn't look very sticky or crusty...more like soda suds.
S - Pleasantly nutty with some root beer aspects. Caramel and toffee. Smells like a confectioner's taffy puller with lots of caramel on the menu. Not terribly complex, but very fresh and pleasing.
T - Sweet and toffee flavored. Really pretty one dimensional, though that one dimension is done well. Some maple syrup and nut flavors are there too. No hops at all are to be tasted in this brew...it's sort of like malt water.
M - Thin and a bit undercarbonated with a nice sweet and toffee lingering finish.
D - This reminds me of Newcastle. Like that omnipresent brew, there is nothing wrong with some watery nutty flavors and easy drinkability. Boring, but unoffensive. Sort of a wallflower really.
08-24-2008 15:45:06 | More by pmcadamis
3/5 rDev -12.5%
Part of a "Beers of the World" sampler received for my birthday a few months back.
Pours a dark mahogany with a finger or so of off-white head. Nose is a quirky mix of molasses, caramel, and bready malt. Taste is rather...unique as well - gobs of molasses and caramel, bready malt, lactose, with a hint of dark fruit and a metallic finish. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Hard to get a hold on this one. Sweet, milky, bready, metallic, cloying. I can't imagine drinking too many of these in the humid tropics in the Philippines. There's a lot going on but it doesn't quite mesh. One and done for me, not that I could easily get ahold of more
04-22-2006 18:40:35 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.83/5 rDev +11.7%
A clear, very deep mahogany body rests beneath a creamy head of light tan foam that slowly receeds to a solid collar and leaves some very nice transient lace. The nose offers a sweetish toffee malt that's clean and welcoming. It's smooth and creamy across the palate with a medium body and delicate, somewhat restrained carbonation. The flavor delivers a mild fruity note and a dollop of gentle, sweet buttery caramel that's just enough to keep it interesting. The underlying bitterness balances very nicely in the mouth, and emerges a bit in a short-lived finish that expresses some light nuttiness. A well-brewed beer with some interesting character. Very nice!
08-12-2003 21:59:17 | More by NeroFiddled
3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
06-25-2012 00:31:53 | More by Fatehunter
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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