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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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BA SCORE
79
okay

228 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark amber-brown with a 2 inch tan head that settles to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace mark the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, caramel, and malted milk. Taste is of roasty dark malt, malted milk powder, with a caramel/toffee finish. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good dark lager and my first beer from the Philippines. I would definitely get this one again in the future.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Although the beer is quite dark, it is clear and very dark ruby red in color when held up to a bright light and exhibits a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits—raisins seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has sweet flavors of dark fruits and nutty malts plus hints of molasses.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste like a sweeter and fruitier version of a schwartzbier. It’s not a bad choice if you are looking for something that’s dark but still extremely drinkable.

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice coffee-colored clear body with a towering tan head that leaves lots of lacing as the liquid is consumed; a great looker

Smell: Toffee sweet and buttery; diaceytl, anyone?

Taste: Very sweet toffee start that lasts all the way through to the finish; doesn't really build from there and pick up any complexity, but, hey, this is a dark Euro lager, not a doppelbock; finishes somewhat flat

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with a healthy dose of carbonation

Drinkability: Much better than what I was expecting; I could see drinking a few of these with a pizza

Photo of BEERchitect
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reminescent of an Irish Red and a weaker German Bock. A solid lager with toasted, bready, yeasty, malty, and moderatly grainy characteristics in the nose and flavor. Appears clear and mohogany / ruby / brown. Quickly fading head and little protein. Finsihes a bit sugary and, again, grain like. Better than most south-of-the-boarder beers, but still not my favorite.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Euro Dark Lager? I'm pretty good at keeping up on world events, but I must have missed the admission of the Philippines to the E.U. Does France know about this?

Clear ruby-chestnut with ruby-amber accents. The medium beige cap is as frothy and as soft as whipped cream and has decent staying power as a result of its initial size after my high altitude pour. The lightly malty nose reminds me of dark Karo syrup, although it isn't nearly as sweet. There's a molasses-like character to the aroma that, though it isn't overly strong, is actually quite nice.

Not bad on the palate given my relatively low expectations. The malt backbone isn't all that sturdy--with a correspondingly light body--but then this is a lager. As in the nose, I can appreciate mild molasses notes along with subtle flavors of fruit and nuts. Clean, short finish. The flavor isn't quite as good as I might have made it sound, but this stuff is actually moderately enjoyable.

San Miguel Dark Lager is a much better beer than is San Miguel Premium Lager. It's better than decent solo and would probably go well with a wide variety of foods. Now if I could only find a Filipino restaurant in Des Moines.

Photo of Knapp85
2.15/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DARK! This prominently emblazoned on the front label in a grandly large-sized font easily caught my eye, as I was hunkered down at the bar parallel to the row of beer coolers at Taco Mac (Perimeter). San Miguel well well, what have we here? I made the purchase almost entirely for the treat of getting to say that again.

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark brown body capped by a two inch high, fizzed, light beige head.

Smell: Sweetish, dark bready maltiness slathered with sugary additions of molasses and dark honey and garnished with some sultana raisins.

Taste: Darkish malts display a nice amount of dark breadiness along with sweet touches of light molasses and Buckwheat honey. Toss in a generous handful of raisins for added fruitiness. The hop flavor and bitter is especially small. Sadly, I'm picking up some minute metallic hints but, with a little extra mental focus and gracious good will, perhaps I can look past them. Just this one time! Finishes as bready as it rolled in and still fairly sweet, and, yes, with some metallic hints (which I'm still trying to forgive).

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so bad, really, and a nice surprise after the poor showing of their unwelcome flagship lager.

Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a dark ruby-brown that wants to be cloudily opaque, but doesn't quite get there. The frothy tan head starts out as a thick mass, but dissipates fairly quickly, leaving almost no lacing behind. The nose holds notes of dark malts, dark coffee, and toasted wheat. The taste basically follows, with the harsher aspects of coffee pushed to the fore, along with a kind of overly smoked influence. All told, it's as though the smell was peat smoked and soured, but in a bad way, leading to a partly objectionable flavor. The body is lightly moderate, with a moderate carbonation and a thick but slippery feel. Overall, this is almost a pretty good brew, but the flavor misses the mark, leading to a feeling of "if only..."; nonetheless, it spitefully maintains a decently high level of drinkability (...just not as high as it could be).

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not a bad brew really, especially for this part of the world. it pours quite dark from the bottle, chocolate syrup looking, with a one inch mocha colored head with surprisingly good retention. the nose is real malty, german in origin, like an extract though, a little bit off and not totally fresh, but some cocoa powder aroma wakes it up a bit. the flavor doesnt carry as much chocolate as the nose, but it is yummy all the same. a little bitterness turns metallic in the finish, my main critique. plenty drinkable, fuller bodied but well carbonated. fairly priced and down easy, not so nice when it warms up, but if you drink it quickly, this is a pretty good euro style dark lager.

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

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!

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: color, a chestnut brown, reddish at the sides, with a solid, fluffy tan head, though quick to dwindle down.
Aroma: quite nice right off, notes of nuts and cocoa, cream,wood, a touch of spiciness,grapes and pepper, maybe, and a hint of cola, rather soft and sweet at first, but the full bloom does not linger long.
Taste: A decent peppery drizzling of hops, rich, chewy malt, and a bit too much carbonation.
This beer's failing is that it's initial promise fades swiftly, and we are left with a flat, dull Mr. Pibbish brew, with returning notes of cherries and grapes that have nowhere to play.
Rings rather hollow, like a can of Dr. Pepper left out overnight.

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts with a creamy, yet slightly dry lager yeast aroma. It is sweet with caramel malts. The taste is decent. It has a very sweet crystal malt flavor that is a little bland and dry on the finish. It has a nice roasted quality to it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a decent dark lager. It has good aroma and decent flavor. It's not the best I've had, but I would drink it again if it was in the fridge.

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown - almost black - with a fizzy head that soon fizzles to nothing. Nice color - disappointing head.

The smell is of sweet molasass and dark fruit. A very inviting, pleasant aroma.

The taste was of upfront maltiness- sweet molassas with hints of dark fruits. Slight bitter notes balance out the sweetness pretty well. Some breadiness emerges as the drink progresses. A tinge of an alcoholic taste finishes it out.

It thins a bit in the mouth, but the flavors hold. Smooth and pretty well-balanced.

Overall, a good example of the style. A solid lager with deep, dark flavors. A good year-round choice.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer appears a deep, dark brown hue with beige cap that fades rapidly, leaving random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers a heavy dose of brown bread, pumpernickel, malt, fruit. Smells good. The flavor is ok. I like the aroma better. A bit sweet, slightly dry in the finish. A solid example of the style. Folks seem to rate lagers a bit low, in my opinion. While this beer is not stellar, it's a nice example of the style, offering balance and complexity in both the aroma and flavor. I would have this again.

Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown brew, it is clear and red when held up to a strong light.

Smell is malty and sweet with a banana smell, almost smells like a Bock beer.

Taste is tamed malt and fruit with a bit of chocolate malt flavor. Fruit flavors show up with the dark roasted malt finishing the taste.

Mouthfeel is average.

Tasty drinkable brew, almost could be a bock beer.

Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.