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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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232 Ratings

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 12-12-2002

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Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark shade of brown with some deep red tones in the outer shell. Loose tan head falls to a thin cover with ring lace left behind.

Kind of an oddball as far as smell is concerned. It comes across grassy and light'ish in the nose. Thankfully it doesn't translate across the board into the taste. This has some toffee and chocolate wrapped up in the malt bill. This has a soft mouthfeel thats ruined by an overagressive carbonation bill. There is a touch of bitterness from the charred malts but in the end its more of a sweet malty beer than anything else. Nothing overbearing. The finish could use some work as its ever so slightly tart and kind of annoying

Notes: It was just alright to me. Average would sum it up.

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What an odd and interesting beer. It certainly doesn’t fit the typical Euro Dark style but it is very tasty.

Appearance: Pours an opaque red/brown with a tan head and no notable lacing.

Smell: Caramel cocoa nuts wood and butter malted milk balls tempt the nose and increase the anticipation for the first sip.

Taste: Burnt caramel with maple syrup drizzled on top, molasses and a bunch of spices thrown in the mix. A buttery cream malt character is balanced by a splash of earthy hops. Finally after a bit of alcohol pinches the cheeks the toffee and cocoa show up to play.

Mouthfeel: Thick chewy mouthfeel that is syrupy and viscous to start but runs out half way through and goes limp supported only by the carbonation and spices. Not bad though.

Drinkability: My first beer from the Philippines is quite pleasing. As it appears there is only one brewery, I guess my next beer from the area will also be a San Miguel product. That said. I enjoy sweet beers and roasty beers and this was both. Simple and tasty, and I will buy from them again sometime.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 355ml brown glass bottle, whose shape reminded me of a “stretched upwards Duvel” bottle. The words ‘San Miguel’ and the SM crest are embossed on the shoulder of the bottle in two places. Sealed with a brass colored crown cap which has a San Miguel logo on it and an inkjet code of “31LUUM”. The main label looks just like the one in the BA Database which has the words “San Miguel Dark Lager” emblazoned across it.

It is interesting to note that as recent as March this year I tried the San Miguel “Cerveza Negra” which was brought back from the Philippines by a friend. I’m not sure if the “Dark Lager” is the same beer or different to that, they are both listed as products of the Philippines, have different bottles and labels, so it appears at first glance that they are different. It could be however that the “Cerveza Negra” is the home grown packaging and that the “Dark lager” is for export maybe?! Who knows, figure I’ll give this a whirl regardless.

Appearance: Mahogany front when backlit, dark urban brown body when resting in the shadows. Massive tan colored head on the pour and rises high in the glass; it drops down to ½” thick, but lasts the life of the beer. A seasoned appearance with a sold backdrop!

Nose: Equitable nose but nothing outstanding, molasses and burnt sugar with a light sweetness and some caramel. Simple but decent enough.

Taste: Can’t help but think of Bonfire Toffee as I did with the San Miguel Cerveza Negra. Backdrop is of dark malts, a toasty-roasty but thin finish with some caramel sweetness. Ruddy and rustic Earthy feel, soil and dirt mingle in and amongst the dark toffee. Strange but effective and affable.

Mouthfeel: Suffers from a thin feel at times, the brunt sugar comes through all too easily. That said, the carbonation is supportive and the body has a smooth feel.

Drinkability: This isn’t all that bad, I managed two bottles from the six-pack with very little effort and it doesn’t tax the beer brain too much. Goes nicely with salted pretzels too.

Overall: Trouble-free and uncomplicated but far from boring, a social beer that has an acceptable profile for lovers of Dark Lagers. A reasonable effort which doesn’t disappoint. Above average!

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cleary mahogany. Speckled carbonation. Thin, yet bubbly light brown cap. Chocolate and roast tones mingle with sweet malt on the nose. This all translates to the palate pretty nicely. Chocolate and roast and caramel are the main players. Nice smoothness about the whole experience. Mouthfeel is quite agreeable. Meets halfway on the spectrum with creamy on one side and spritzy on the other. Good beer.

Thanks for the Phillipine beer Darren.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

San Miguel Dark Lager comes in a twelve ounce stubby (I like the retro look, although I'm not sure they've ever changed their bottle). It pours a dark brown color, as advertised, with a tan head. I've got to say, the aroma is much more interesting than I had anticipated, it consists primarily of sweet malt. Nice, sweet malty flavor, hops aren't a player in this beer. Frankly, much better than I anticpated, definitely worth a try.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep burgudy with mahogany highlights and good clarity. Soapy, dark tan head shows poor lacing and no lacing whatsoever. Roasted barley with a hint of coffee in the nose, background crystal malt and very faint fruitiness. The taste is crystal sweet with a good roasted bitterness and a faint raisin flavor. Semi-dry aftertaste with very low english hop profile. The roasted character takes care of the bitterness and the flavor is well-balanced. The Smooth, light body has medium carbonation and finishes mellow with a hint of licorice. Quaffable with a pleasent sweet/roasted flavor.

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

The color is a dark brown with a ruby glow. Aroma is of dark sweet malts with a distinct aroma of fresh, dark bread. Taste is more of the sweet dark malt with an element of breadiness. Middle of the sip becomes more bittersweet and is reminiscent of toffee or molasses. The only disappointment here is a weak, abrupt finish. Wow, this is surprisingly very good, with plenty of flavor and enough complexity. This gives most euro dark lagers a run for their money, I did not expect this good of a beer from a macro brewery from the Philippines.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of a "Beers of the World" sampler received for my birthday a few months back.

Pours a dark mahogany with a finger or so of off-white head. Nose is a quirky mix of molasses, caramel, and bready malt. Taste is rather...unique as well - gobs of molasses and caramel, bready malt, lactose, with a hint of dark fruit and a metallic finish. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Hard to get a hold on this one. Sweet, milky, bready, metallic, cloying. I can't imagine drinking too many of these in the humid tropics in the Philippines. There's a lot going on but it doesn't quite mesh. One and done for me, not that I could easily get ahold of more

Photo of Bitterbill
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle a deep brown with a large head of foam.

The smell has a malty nose...kind of sweetish malty.

The taste has a sweet, almost molasses malt taste with just a touch of roastiness and it's all up front....midway through and the finish are pretty devoid of flavour and that's a pity. Still, on a hot summer day, this would be a good brew to revisit.

Bottom line: This dark lager falls a little short in flavour but it's worth a try.

Photo of acrawf6
2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. A bit of bubly making its way to the surface to help form a slight ring around the beer foam. Smells very bland, but promising of roasted malts to be enjoyed. Flavor profile was a little roasted and rye bredy, but for the most part, very country kitchen. Pretty refreshing though. Something I could drink all night at a bar if the price is right. Plus the second beer I've ever had from the Phillipines and the first one I've reviewed.

Photo of Jredner
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet malty/cola-like aroma. Dark brown color with a thumb thick, bubbly, tan head. Fairly decent looking brew. Lots of raisin in the fore. Quite sweet. Some stewed prunes, caramel, dates and some mild roasty notes. I think they were obvioulst going for a Schwarzbier here and that is mostly what it tastes like. I think it should be classified as such rather than as a Dark larger. It’s a pretty tasty brew if you are into Schwarzbiers, which I am.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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 plaztikjezuz
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep mohogany with a thin head that fell into some fuzz around the rim. the aroma is fig like with a hint of chocolate, clean and malty.
the flavor clean, bit of fig, some spicyness, bit of chocolate, malt.
the mouthfeel was very watery when i first poured it, but as it warmed up it became more substantial.

Photo of goschool
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark brown with red hues and a frothy tan head that fades into memory. The nose is roasty, with sweet toffee and caramel malts. The taste is right along those lines. Burnt malt, molasses, toffee, caramel, a dash of chocolate and a lactose-like sweetness with a mild, tangy hop finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but highly carbonated. I won't be rushing out to buy more of this, but I won't pass it up it if I should ever see it at a party.

Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this stuff a lot during the '80's when I was in the military, because they seemed to always have great prices and a good supply at the on-post/on-base liquor stores. I'd first tried the lighter version, and enjoyed it. Both have a bit of a slightly sweet taste, not in my interest-zone any longer, but it was very enjoyable. I was a bit shocked when I was in Spain recently, to see so many San Miguel signs, but I then discovered that Spain has its own San Miguel-- I'm not sure if they're connected or totally unrelated. This is a good overall dark beer, fine with meals and steak cookouts etc.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black, but when held near light it has a dark red hue. It has a foamy head and is existent until the end. I sense some sweet malty and scotch aromas. Scotch is apparent in the taste a and maybe a little bourbon too. Goes down quite smooth even though it is quite carbonated. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste. This happens to be a tasty full-bodied brew and enjoyed this better than the regular San Miguel.

Photo of DrZarkov
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In all respects this is an excellent beer. Although being quite dark it doesnt have the creamy texture of many darks, but the texture certainly had nothing wrong with it. Smell and appearance are slightly above average.

Very nice flavor with a little bit of a carmel taste and hints of coffee. Its also not bitter in the least. All in all, one of my favorite beers to drink both at home and at the pubs.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is sorghum, sweet and intense with a slight tang.

Taste is dark and rich. Black patent malt, dark roast coffee, some chocolate flavors. Tiny bit of a hoppy bitterness, overlaps with the bitter coffee elements. Bit of a lactic sweetness, almost like a lighter milk stout.

Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than a stout but not quite as light as typical schwartzbiers. Finishes clean, very robust, holds my interest. I could session this.

Photo of beerluvr
3.26/5  rDev -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.

Photo of malty
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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%).

Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.