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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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162 Reviews

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 244
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: stoutman on 03-26-2002

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Photo of beerluvr
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep tan head settles over clear brownish-red liquid, very dark in appearance. Nose is heavy on earthy and sweet maltiness, hint of light smokiness, some hints of light chocolate. Decent mouthfeel, taste is heavy on sweetness...almost too much there, some more chocolate notes, barely any hoppiness to report. Finishes quite malty and sweet, that's about it. Not nearly as good as I remember it being years ago when I last drank it. (432 characters)

Photo of malty
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry cola colored with a nice dense 1/2" head that stays a while.

Rich and sharp malty nose, nice roastness. Seems as though this lager is trying with all its might to smell like a dopplebock. Kinda, but not quite.

Fleeting and attenuated flavors that replicate the scent. Slightly sour, maybe it's a bit oxidized?

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super fine carbonation at just the right level. Light body with a lightning fast finish.

Drinkability is good. Probably one the very few beers I wouldn’t feel bad about drinking right from the bottle.

Overall a good, non-thinking lager for the summertime paired with some picnic/bbq. Appearance is awesome, same with the mouthfeel. Everything else is just average. (722 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (581 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey now, pretty nice find (on Beergeek). Solid dark lager, pour was dark brown with a smallish tan head, minimal lacing. Nice malt and light chocolate aroma, and in the taste – which also was tangy, slightly sweet. Typical dark lager, low in hops, high in malts – good deal. Thin to medium bodied and carbed – a good dark brew for long haul drinking (5%). (358 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small, tan, flat, still head. Some popping bubbles. Clear, dark brown beer with red highlights. The nose is sugary sweet, malty with burnt caramel and molasses. Burnt sugar/caramel up front. A fullish, milky middle bursting with molasses. A tangy, sourish finish. More caramel and molasses, a little bitter. Not bad. Fairly flavorful. (334 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  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. (626 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Custom brown stubby-like bottle with undecipherable date code on cap and no abv
Aroma: Chocolate malt, chocolate, dark malt; rather inviting
Appearance: Deep ruby brown glass with a brown head that settled to a good coat leaving spots of lace as it dropped, but not much.
Flavor: A very nutty flavor with good balance between dark malt and hop. Some of the chocolate flavor comes through and some dark fruit tastes as well. Oddly, all the flaws came out with the second taste. A papery stale flavor may indicate an older bottle. While at first blush the tastes were rich and interesting, as I worked my way down they really didn’t show any depth. This is unfair, but it is like a very watered down RIS.
Mouthfeel: Full carbonation level, lingering bitter pucker.
Overall Impression: This one started strong and faded. It’s not offensive and shows glimmers of greatness, but it just can’t go the distance. For a lager it’s rather interesting and enjoyable. I’m not driven to a session, but I’m not against another either. I’m waffling like a Belgian on this one. Not bad, not great, worth a try, don’t kill yourself looking. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear dark amber in color with a lavish tan cloudtop head, which retains particularly well. The lacing is abundant and broken; there are small streams of slow rising bubbles.

Aroma: Quite sweet toffee and molasses aroma, very distinct, almost cloying.

Taste: Opens with a very sweet brown sugar and toffee note, followed by some dark fruit and butter flavors. Later in the taste, nuts and toasted malt flavors appear. The finish is slightly dry with a burnt caramel and bitter metallic hop note, which lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Slight stinging carbonation at the start of the taste, overall, seems a little thin.

Drinkability/notes: Nothing notable, I am afraid, but a decent dark lager.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown,, served in a standard pint tap glass. (860 characters)

Photo of shalowlou
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark lager gets an ok mark for color. It's...dark...kind of like a dark Dr. Pepper.

The smell is the best thing about this beer. After a little swirl I get a bunch of mollasses, raisin, plum...definitely a strong sense of those dried fruits. It smells very bitter-sweet.

Then you taste it...and its just not the same. The mollasses is still there, as are the dried fruits, but it finishes a little too sour for my taste, also you taste the alcohol, which may be good for some and not so good for others.

The other problem with this beer is that it's also not the consistency that I would have expected from a dark lager...a little too watery.

Overall the aroma is worth the go around, but the taste just did not hit the spot...and thats the most important part. (781 characters)

Photo of MediocreatBest
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (883 characters)

Photo of vitesse
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served in stubby 12 oz. brown bottle...

pours a nice black color. no light gets through. this is almost stout-like in appearance. smells of raisins, molasses and slight hoppiness.
tastes moderately sweet and raisin. no bready, malty backbone to this one. the mouthfeel is much thicker than i expected. really, it's a thick beer! but don't expect a stout -- there's no roasted malt/coffee/chocolate flavors here. the flavor just kind of drops off a cliff. (459 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (306 characters)

Photo of walleye
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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 (612 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,183 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of pezoids
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glowing brown color with a burgundy highlight that comes through when held up to the light. Small tan head floats above. The beer gives off sour dark notes. Leathery and almost rubbery. Rawhide? Actually reminds me of a pencil eraser. The taste is light and semi malty. Some caramel notes are evident. Light, almost watery body. Overall, this is a smooth, easy to drink lager that has an interesting and satisfying roasted character about it. Not much depth to it, but enjoyable. (479 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured very dark and with barely any head to speak of. Nose was somewhat abrasive sweet caramel malts. Taste matched the smell, sweet with caramel. It reminded me of some sort of weak version of Coke. Faint hop dryness. Creamy in the mouth and low carbonation I think helped this beer to be a little bit drinkable for me. (331 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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! (907 characters)

Photo of andyo
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really surprised by this beer. Not a whole lot to write about. This beer was really malty, no hops were distinguished by this drinker. Chocalate notes, raisins, and plum flavors came through. Had a nice pillowy, but short lived head, and left a very nice lace on the glass as this drinker finished this decent brew.

Not a bad beer. (340 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with amber highlights and has a modest tan head that leaves a thin layer capping the brew. The aroma reveals a nice lightly sweetened malt with a nutty blend and with a slight floral tone. It smells great! Unfortunately the taste is a bit on the watery side revealing a roasted malt with an earthy grain, light hops, and a slight chocolate end with a small carb bite. This is a light bodied beer that finishes lightly sweet.

Notes: The smell pumps you up and the taste brings you back down. It's not bad and it has it's strong points but lacks in the most important which is taste. Just a little too watery and thin. Mabuhay! (648 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presented in a stubby brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date listed. This dark lager had a dark brownish tint and a large, frothy and surprisingly durable off-white head. Small amounts of spotty lace were left behind.
Hey, this didn't smell bad at all! The nose had a fruity aroma, plum-like, and a nice sweet caramel maltiness. Got a touch of a chocolate note, too. Not much in the way of hops, though. Hey, this tasted pretty good, too! Crisp, clean malts, a smooth plum- and raisin flavor up front, some light nutty flavor mid-palate along with a dash of coffee, and a modest herbal hoppiness in the finish. Not bad at all.
This was a real surprising beer from San Miguel. After the experiences drinking San Miguels (not the dark lager) in the P.I. back in the day, I wasn't too sure I'd be getting anything very good with this one. This is one easy-drinking brew and worth picking up if you see it on the shelf. (919 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer disembogues the bottle a deep sanguineous color, the head Bunyanesque in size and a light brown color, the texture is frothy and the lace a thick and clinging sheet. Nose is sweet malt, molasses like, fresh crisp and clean to the senses, start is lightly sweet, nicely malted, top a bit thin. Finish is mild in its acidity, the hops mild and pleasing to the palate, aftertaste very dry and long-lasting, drinkable, but a much better beer on July 4, 1962 when I pulled my first liberty in Subic Bay, Philippines and sampled my first foreign beer, geez that more than 40 years ago, time sure flies when you’re having fun. (629 characters)

Photo of mwrseeley
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Begins with a creamy but receding beige head with an average amount of lace. The aroma is a surprisingly interesting mixture of roasted coffee, chocolate or mollasses and even a hint of raisins. There is a sourness and bitterness to this beer. Initally, it has a stout-like flavour and there is a suggestion of soapiness. You can taste the alcohol in the finish. On the palate, San Miguel Dark is softly carbonated, dry and a bit thin. Not a bad brew. (451 characters)

Photo of Mustard
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Stubby, 12oz. brown bottle; self-aggrandizing label with no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased from Trader Joe's as a "busted" single for, I belive, $0.83.

Appearance: Pours a clear, garnet-tinged chocolate hue; good-sized, cocoa-brown head; a fair amount of sheet style lacing; fair to decent head retention.

Aroma: Primarily of sweet chocolate and not much else.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with firm notes of chocolate and grain throughout; a tad roasty; off-putting, soapy, sour bitter quality defines the finish; hints of butter in there too; medium bodied; something of a foamy, dull mouthfeel.

Notes: Middling dark lager. (669 characters)

San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.