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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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218 Ratings

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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 WakeandBake
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark cola color pour with a thick foamy , lasting light brown head. Aroma is braedy , malty , with some cinnamon and caramel notes . Flavor is sweet like molasses , with caramel ,plums and some spice , light hop flavor . Crisp clean mouthfeel , medium body , high carbonation . A light earthy hop flavor in the finish ,Quite sessionable . Not too bad.

WakeandBake, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of veachster
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a dark auburn color with a nice foamy dark tan head. Head retention is ok, and lacing is good. Carbonation is present.

S - The aroma I am picking up is of sweet molasses. I pick up the scent of some kind of burnt candy but can't pick the words at the moment...maybe caramel?

T - Surpisingly, it doesn't taste as heavy as it would appear. It does have a molasses taste to it and something carmilish.

M - It's smooth sitting on the pallete but doesn't have much bite. There is somewhat of a bite on the aftertaste.

D - I could see heart burn happening after a few of these, but nonetheless, it goes down good but probably isn't the beer you would want to chug and finish the night off with.

veachster, May 22, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a pretty nice dark tan foam that exhibits decent head retention. No lacing is evident.

Nose is mainly dark fruits and sweet maltiness reminiscent of corn syrup. Has a nice strong aroma hinting on tobacco and chocolate covered raisins.

Flavor, unfortunately, is very muted compared to the scent. Still a heck of a beer that if I had to classify would be a Schwarzbier. Nice roasty malt character with a hint of ale fruitiness. I actually like this beer quite a bit and would be more than happy to kick it in the Philippines with this tasty lager.

twiggamortis420, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of pijiu
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep soy sauce color with a beige head. Head is made of fine bubbles, but not thick.

Smell: Smell of soy sauce, honey, dark fruit sweetness

Taste:Sweet,dark flavor, plum jam hints. After aroma of honey and grain.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the swallow. Creamy mouthfeel, but not thick. Fine fizz in the front of the mouth, not aggressive.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, not overpowering.

pijiu, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was somewhat bland for my tastes.

Appearance- was a very dark brown, not quite black.
Aroma - was sweet.
Taste - was slightly watery with a hint of toasted or roasted malts.
Mouthfeel - was just fine, smooth with some carbonation at the end.
Drinkablity - I think I would have another.

ImHereForTheBeer, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

cdkrenz, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of nicktay
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a semi-dark brown color with a very good head, which is a light brown color. Head retention is lacking, but it does appear to be a lighter bodied beer, therefore this would be expected.

Malts smell sweet and roasted and very much of caramel.

The beer is moderately lightly flavored. The flavor is not well established. I'm a hop head and would thus recommend more hops. I can't taste any at all. Also, the beer is pretty flat. More carbonation and bite is necessary.

It tastes very light and borderline watery.

Overall, I would not purchase this beer again. There is too much to be desired. However, it is easy to drink I would say simply because it is so light.

nicktay, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and clear ruby brown in color from a 12 oz. Trader Joe's single. An off white half inch head settles to a surface film within a few minutes and yields some spotty lacing.

Toasted light malts on the nose. Not very complex but rather welcoming. Touch of hops on the nose as well. Definitely Euro in style with light bock notes.

Tastes of light malts, a bit creamy, and with an unexpected lingering finish. Offers good carbonation and a decent feel and drink. Fairly decent with a light malt structure one would expect from the latitude of origin, yet far from the hot weather styles typical thereof.

HalfFull, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of likestoswallow
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Trader Joes. Translucent dark brown pour with amber highlights. The head was khaki colored, sudsy, left some lacing and had fair retention.

The aroma was strong and fairly simple with molasses and brown sugar.

The taste is rich and distinct with anise, molasses, brown sugar and roasted grains. Definitely a sweet beer.

The palate was a bit light and thin, and the finish was long and sweet.

A very robust, sweet quaff, but I'm not so sure that I'd call it a Euro dark lager. Perhaps an Asian dark lager.

likestoswallow, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is dark burnt amber with red hues. The head is caramel and quickly diminishes to a very light lace. The nose is very sweet, and you get the malts and spiciness in the background. The taste is ok, sweet malt forward, a little out of balance due to the sweetness. This is an ok session beer, probably would not purchase it, but would drink many if they were free and the company was good.

aquaderek, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark red with a light tan head. Good head retention.

Sweet malt characteristics and slightly grainy scent.

Sweet taste that's almost like honey at first, but then has a dry finish.

Goes down easily. Get the most stimulation on the roof of my mouth.

A nice dark lager. Would certainly revisit this beer.

toolbrew, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to mmm///beer. Pours a dark black color which is reddish when held up to a light source. A small white head. A pleasant nutty and fruity aroma, some malt too. The flavor is quite nice; tons of dark fruits; plums and prune, but also something quite sweet, berries perhaps. A toasted malt and a bit of light milk chocolates. I like this beer, it is full of flavor and well made.

Douglas88, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

pmcadamis, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a really nice dark chestnut brown with dark plum highlights when held up to the light which was accompanied by a thin, and quick to disappear, dark beige head which left no lacing or trace after the first minute.

S: sweet toffee, caramel, raisins and dark malt sugars. There was a ever so light touch of sweet alcohol lingering about as well.

T: sweet, with loads of ripe fruit (raisins, plums) and some sweet dark boozy caramel. There was a light buttery toasted malting, honey, and butterscotch sweetness noted as well. Overall the flavor was sweet with some dark caramelized sugars that was accompanied by a nice dosage of ripe fruit.

M: slick, with a light syrupy feel, medium body and a near flat carbonation. A nice feeling that left a lingering finish of dark malt sweetness.

D: A good drink overall, sweet and very smooth to consume. A six pack wouldn't go to waste and you can easily drink 3 or 4 no problem despite its sweet nature.

beerthulhu, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a very dark, almost black color with a minimal tan head leaving light lacing. The smell was slightly sweet with some caramel and fig notes. The taste was of raisin and roasted malts. This brew has an alcohol finish that is unusual. Not the best flavor brew. Nothing I was really looking for in a session. Not very impressed.

WJVII, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of steadydose
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a brownish almost black color, but when I held my glass up to the light it showed a dark amber color and looked thin. The head was 3/4 inch thick with a brown color which dissapeared after a few minutes. Beer smelled of sweet roasted grains with hints of caramel and toffee w/ a slight pungent smell that creeps through. As the beer warms up, I could smell some raisens. The beer has a sweet malt taste of butterscotch, caramel. There is bitterness present w/ a slight burnt aftertaste. SMD is a light to medium body beer and the carbonation is good. I would like to try this beer with some filipino food , like adobo or kare kare. Good beer overall.

steadydose, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly unusual thing for me: a basic dark lager that I actually love and find really interesting, complex, and yet highly drinkable; in short, wonderful.

This is almost black, dark red-brown, with a big tan head that shrinks only slowly and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very pleasant, full-bodied, a little sweet, with toasted grain, and hints of leaves and chocolate.

The taste is very smooth, with a great sweet-bitter balance, light tartness, and a lot going on. It is constantly interesting, tantalizing, yet pleasant, with toasted grain, licorice, chocolate, fruit, whisky, and leaves. Despite a full flavour and palate, it is light in body with a very lively, engaging palate.

Offa, May 06, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown brew with a frothy, multi-layered tan head.

Smell: Caramel and sweet malt with a touch of hops.

Taste: Smoky malt flavor with sweet accents. Nice level of bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Slightly oily and sticky.

Drinkablity: During all the time I have spent in the Philippines, I have never seen this brew there. I will be on the lookout for it next time though. It would be a tasty alternative to San Miguel's other brews.

SargeC, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown. Head is slight and disappears quickly.

Aroma is smokey dark grain with an underlying dark fruit sweetness.

Taste is dark bready malt up front, with hints of molasses. Dark fruit and a porter like smokiness. Mild earthy hop allows a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Surprisingly good. Honestly, I hadn't expected much in the way of flavor due to the style. I really enjoyed the combination of smokey dark grain and sweet dark fruit. Flavor is unified, and has enough depth of character to be interesting. I would definitely get this again.

Blakaeris, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of BrewnZ
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this while in the Philippines. It is not that common, I found just two on a supermarket shelf, and was glad I did. A welcome break from San Miguel Pale Pilsen & Red Horse.

App: Dark brown with tan head that quickly collapses. Ruby through the middle, clear.

Aroma: Mild sweet caramel notes, no hop or yeast character at all. No roast character, like a caramel colorant has benn added (think Sinimar or Portertine).

Flavor: A nice mellow, sweet caramel flavor that is not roasty or burnt. Could use some balancing bitterness but this beer has 3x the character of the remaining San Miguel line. Just a bit cloying in the finish. Some tartness, big adjunct contribution thining things out.

Mouth: Light bodied with medium CO2 that leaves quickly.

Drinkablility: Med-high, the best of the San Miguel lot.

During a brewery tour I was told they had produced an all malt product in the past. It was discontinued due to cost - malted barley is imported mostly from Australia. When the average beer here sells for about $0.50 USD, you can see where it would be hard to make an all malt beer that would have to sell at twice the price.

BrewnZ, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Shadman
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

hopefully a better experience than their premium 'macro' lager.

Certainly fits the darj billing as this beer is like a very dark cola with a tan, sticky-almost-frothy head. Retains said head for about 2 minutes before if finally dies and becomes a tan ring.

Similar to another euro dark 'Efes' in it's aroma, maybe not a rich though. Certainly can smell the rum-raisin/roasted malts here, but nothing really over powers or grabs you abd says "hey...this is great, drink me now fool".

Sweet date like taste at first followed by a big blast of roasted malts. Goes kind of watery afterward, with just the briefest appearance by Mr. Hop, before there is a second big, bold blast of that date/roasted malt. Finishes rather sweet and sticky.

Comes off a tad watery, yet surprisingly boozy given the average ABV of 5%.

Given g=how disappointing San Miguel lager was, I was pleasntly surprised by this. Efes dark is a better valuie where I live so not sure when I'll be paying Saint Micheal another visit

Shadman, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Onslow
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Onslow, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of getch
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

getch, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of baos
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Wasn't expecting much for a beer labeled 'dark lager,' but hey, what do I know? Beer was dark with a bit of tan head. Taste was roasty maltiness, that wasn't too bad. Mouth feel was even better. I had two of these the other night at a harvest celebration. A good beer that is very drinkable.

baos, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle

Appearance: A dark almost black colour w/ reddish hues mixed throughout. No head though

Smell: Molasses, caramel, dark fruit...a touch of hops makes for a sweet smelling beer

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malt sweetness, molasses, a light layer of dark fruit comes through. A touch of spice and clean. Very nice feeling and it goes down easy. It does leave a light, almost syrup, coating on the mouth

Drinkability: A good sweet beer, not what I was expecting in a very good way.

livingregret, Sep 05, 2007
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.