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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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211 Ratings

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
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 grynder33


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark brownish color, sweet malt aroma on the first sniff, first taste was surprisingly great . I was hit by a blast of sweet chocolate roastedness, which leveled out as the glass went down but I savored it to the end.Tasty refreshing all a beer should be. It reminded me of Xingu, but I thought this was better

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 11:13:40 | More by grynder33
Photo of beerguy101


3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, large head. Aroma is roasted malts/ Dark roasted malts, slightly sweet. Hops are subdued. Mild taste and flavor. Well balanced, but a little thin tasting. Not a bad beer, but nothing special. Better than I expected. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 02:15:45 | More by beerguy101
Photo of RoyalT


2.13/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 00:20:58 | More by RoyalT
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.83/5  rDev +12%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 21:59:17 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very nice Dunkel from the Phillipines. It pours a very dark amber with some retention in the cream colored head. A small level of lace was observed through most of the glass. A very nice nose gives a bit of floral and caramel malt sense and the flavor is sweet, but not over the top as with many heavy Dunkels. There apears to be only a moderate ABV for this beer, though none is listed. Overall, this is a nicely drinkable Dunkel at moderate price levels.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 15:43:06 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of woemad


2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On my 21st birthday, a friend bought me a bottle of this at a bar in Richland, WA. He'd picked up on it in some beer of the world set. As I was one of those odd individuals who didn't really start drinking until my mid 20s, I thought I'd try one again when I spied it in a grocery store. Nine and a half years after my first taste I found San Miguel ... absolutely unremarkable.

Drinkability:If you are looking for an average beer for a hot day that won't weigh you down as much as something darker, it could work. Otherwise there's no real point, as there are plenty of better beers that are cheaper (I paid $1.09 for 1 bottle) and easier to find.

Appearance: As noted by others, very cola-like in color. Starts off with a halfway decent head, few traces of which remain a few minutes later.

Smell: Fairly non-descript odor, described by a friend earlier tonight as "generic".

Mouthfeel: Slightly foamy, not too watery. More substance than the bottom dregs of the beer world, but nothing great.

Taste: I'm not that familiar with dark lagers. I really felt like this tasted like an unfinished beer, if that makes any sense. There is a slightly hoppy taste to it, but I'm left, considering the dark color, expecting a richness that just wasn't there.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 21:09:08 | More by woemad
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 17:15:15 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 06:15:45 | More by oberon
Photo of ADR


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North American label reads as the translated "Dark Lager"...

Clear dark brown with a nice big and cottony head. Very caramel aroma, malty to be sure. Nice chocolate and toffee early flavor, minimal hops, but the early flavor is taken to the close by a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Slight sense of papery notes, but not pronounced. Not a huge impression but unexpectedly good, tasty, and drinkable. One of the best darker Lagers I've had from an equatorial country.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 07:55:02 | More by ADR
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cerveza Negra is the taste of a robust spirit. Full of flavor with caramel tones that tease the palate. when poured, it is rich and creamy. A surprising favorite of mine from the philippines.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 18:42:44 | More by stoutman
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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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