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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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211 Ratings

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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

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 getch:
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3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- very dark, some see through ability, i did a horrible pour so a lot of head, which stays for awhile put once it settles little to none.

s-a roasted coffee flavor with hints of coca, I like the smell

t-very smooth, nice amount of alc. not to much slight after taste of roasted coffee, but if your looking for a coffee beer, this is def not the one.

m- very smooth, i think this is a mexican beer, and i enjoy dark beer, and this is so far my fav mexican dark beer if it is from mexico

d- very smooth I could drink a bunch of these, i am sure it taste better in the country that it is made in.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 03:45:56 | More by getch
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-21-2014 23:25:24 | More by capuchinpilates
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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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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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-09-2014 03:22:01 | More by KAF
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

07-01-2014 01:16:21 | More by JimmyMPR
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5%

05-30-2014 00:22:35 | More by Latarnik
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

05-12-2014 01:27:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-05-2014 23:51:54 | More by DaveMiller
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

02-25-2014 02:28:43 | More by SuperMario
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1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

01-22-2014 21:33:50 | More by mwar
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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%

12-19-2013 03:30:26 | More by spoony
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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

11-27-2013 18:13:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-20-2013 03:30:10 | More by OhNo789
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

10-23-2013 22:54:08 | More by apasternak
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

10-19-2013 23:07:26 | More by WaterCzar
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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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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

08-22-2013 02:02:56 | More by r3o
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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