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San Miguel Dark Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

211 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | 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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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 17:43:12 | More by beeroclock
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-21-2014 23:25:24 | More by capuchinpilates
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BMWiens

California

3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 02:32:47 | More by BMWiens
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 22:58:29 | More by zeledonia
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Iowa

3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5%

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Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-05-2014 23:51:54 | More by DaveMiller
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SuperMario

California

3.25/5  rDev -5%

02-25-2014 02:28:43 | More by SuperMario
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mwar

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

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

New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
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 +2.3%

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Maryland

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-05-2013 02:10:28 | More by BillRoth
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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apasternak

District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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migwell

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Florida

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5%

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Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -41.5%

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Texas

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.