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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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215 Ratings

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%
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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Photo of mwar


1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

01-22-2014 21:33:50 | More by mwar
Photo of TheMrFarnham


2/5  rDev -41.7%

07-15-2013 18:18:01 | More by TheMrFarnham
Photo of gnikola


2/5  rDev -41.7%

04-12-2013 12:59:24 | More by gnikola
Photo of AmandaSchaefer


2/5  rDev -41.7%

05-13-2013 23:02:05 | More by AmandaSchaefer
Photo of sm007thie


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
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.1/5  rDev -38.8%

i don't know about this one, it looks a hell of a lot better than the regular San Miguel, but in the end, there was nothing happening, very thin body, watery texture, quite sweet, and very bland.

08-09-2002 00:32:11 | More by rastaman
Photo of RoyalT


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. I’ve 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 I’m 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
Photo of acrawf6


2.13/5  rDev -37.9%

Pours out a brown amber, little light gets throught. Nice tan head. Smell is sharp and roasted malt, is slightly sweet. I really dont like the taste, its just an off roasted maltiness, slightly sweet. It has good carbonation, but the balance sucks.

Overall, avoid.

04-05-2006 01:16:34 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Knapp85


2.15/5  rDev -37.3%

This brew gives off the appearance of a Nut Brown Ale, It's darker in color but still transluscent enough to see through it. It's got a roasted aroma to it but it's not strong. The flavor also plays the same role. It's more full flavored than most beers from this area but still doesn't compare to a stout. It's got more of a lager taste than a roasted flavor to it.

03-30-2011 23:34:47 | More by Knapp85
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District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

10-23-2013 22:54:08 | More by apasternak
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Alberta (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -30.6%

Poured from that 330 ml brown uber-stubbie bottle, no freshness date to be found. A quick fizzle of head that disappears almost sooner than it appeared, it almost looks like I poured a glass of Dr. Pepper. Mahogany-toned body, it gets that cherry red cola appearance when held up to the light. Right off the start I pick up dried date and fig aromas on the nose, while a sort of sweet malty molasses shows up after that, and then notes of black current as well. Curious. I'm not sure if the flavour has decided upon where it wants to stand, I have the dried fruit, toasted malt and molasses kind of thrown at me all at once. However it's not a very strong throw, it falls a bit short due to the watery mouthfeel which also affects the strength of the flavour as well, which is rather weak. No sir, I'm not impressed with this at all. However, to end on a positive note, how about 3 cheers for uber-stubbies!

06-28-2004 01:00:41 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.38/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

01-17-2014 00:43:49 | More by johnnnniee
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

04-26-2012 02:53:51 | More by avisong
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

08-22-2013 02:02:56 | More by r3o
Photo of walleye


2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

I shuddered when I picked this bottle up the name brought back bad memories from when I was in viet nam in 68, san miguel is one of the few beers that we could get and most of the time had to drink in warm, it was one of the worst beers over there and it was not dark lager.so I thought I would give this 1 a go. poured dark amber, with a light tan head. aroma malty, caramel, brown sugar, metallic, cherry coke. flavor, weak could hardly pull anything out faint hints of chocolate, Toffee, and some cherry, but had to let it stay in my mouth for a while. watery it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be

11-06-2004 20:57:43 | More by walleye
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

08-18-2014 15:25:17 | More by getkrunkhoe
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

07-13-2013 18:46:10 | More by BirdmanJohn
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2.53/5  rDev -26.2%

Pours a dark ruby amber color with an average head. Smell is an average malty flavor and maybe some coffee tones. Taste is a mess without any direction to it. Just a lot of roasted malt flavors. Yes it's dark. Yes it's a lager. I just wish there were more here. No hoppiness to speak of either. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. The aftertaste is acidic and annoying. Not much body to it. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they were stuck on an island in the Philippeans

01-23-2007 21:41:08 | More by treedoctor5002
Photo of Onslow


2.55/5  rDev -25.7%

some roasting aromas ... looks like hour old coca cola ... some decent flavours in this dark lager, but a quite thin, i guess the hotter weather is made for this one ... smooth but needs more cowbell!.. there are many better dark lagers out there but who really cares...

02-10-2008 15:41:40 | More by Onslow
Photo of MediocreatBest


2.6/5  rDev -24.2%

deep brown/chocolate lab color with hints of mahogany as the light hits it. khaki colored head that ran away as soon as i stopped pouring, had it lingered it would of been nice. smells of almond, and booze, though it isnt a big beer. definatley sweet smelling but not overly pungent. bland! holly crap i was expecting more, dont know why but what a let down when it hits the toungue. as it warms it gets a bit better with the almond smell coming through in the taste. not as sweet as it smelled. light body, not much to it. don't bother, i'm sure you have had this beer before with different packaging.

edit: so after reviewing i noticed it was euro dark lager, not the style i expected perhaps this is more to its style then i let on. i beleive this is the first of this style i have ahd so perhaps it is my lack of knowledge not the beers lack of personality. still say skip it.

12-30-2004 03:16:09 | More by MediocreatBest
Photo of pmcadamis


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
Photo of cdkrenz


2.65/5  rDev -22.7%

A - Extremely dark brown body with a dark brown head to go along with it. The thick and frothy head started out at about 4 inches and ever so slowly faded down leaving a thick humocky topography.

S - Hints of molasses and anise over a mild malt.

T - The flavors are relatively mild. There are subtle black licorice and clove flavors over a base of molasses.

M - Watery feel throughout. The finish does have a back up of texture but nothing that assists with the flavor.

~ This is an interesting brew. I really appreciate the look and aroma offered but find the flavors to be sub par. I think this brew to be at best average concerning the overall drinkability. However, I must admit this beer does get better as is goes down.

01-25-2009 23:24:06 | More by cdkrenz
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Rhode Island

2.65/5  rDev -22.7%

This beer pours out dark brown with some ruby highlights. Has a nice light brown head. There is a strong malty aroma with serious molasses overtones and a coffee background. The flavor is very sweet at first but disappears quickly with a hint of coffee bitterness on the finish Has a very watery mouthfeel.

11-30-2004 00:04:37 | More by ybnorml
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New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -21.9%

Pours with a two-finger light brown head that leaves some lace. Deep, clear amber color. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Malty and slightly metallic nose. Starts malty, finishes with some roasted coffee but not much; still it is much better than say, Becks Dark. $1.94 for a 12oz. bottle from Olivers Beverage Albany, NY.

09-27-2004 00:09:28 | More by jdhilt
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2.7/5  rDev -21.3%

Look: Dark Brown with a slightly lighter brown top when held to the light. Tan 1 inch head with decent retention. Very nice

Smell: Very sweet on the nose. Definitely tell it's an asian beer by the sweet yeast smell and malt. Hint of hoppy notes come through

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Very sweet and malty with a hint of hops

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium carbonation

Overall Very typical asian dark lager. Not all that easy to drink, its a bit to sweet for me

06-26-2011 03:55:04 | More by DarthKostrizer
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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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