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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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225 Ratings

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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 walleye
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
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

walleye, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

jdhilt, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of pezoids
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

pezoids, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

donnebaby, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
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!

IronDjinn, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of andyo
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

andyo, May 17, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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!

BeerAngel, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Boilermaker88, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Zorro, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Gusler, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of mwrseeley
3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

mwrseeley, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.18/5  rDev -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.

Mustard, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

San Miguel Dark continues on where their regular lager left off in a sense that I found it to be a very drinkable beer. The regular lager was a simple but refreshing pale lager, and this one is a nice dark and malty beer that at the same time isn't too complex but still retains a high drinkability.

San Miguel Dark pours a nice darkish-brown color that is only slightly translucent. A decent tan foam head forms and lasts for under 45 seconds. The smell is quite malty and has a fruity essence to it. Dark malts, caramel, and coffee are present in the nose. The mouthfeel is a little on the watery side and is lightly carbonated. The flavor, in general, reminds me of Kahlua liqueur for some reason. Nice malty sweetness that has a coffee-liqueur quality to it. There is some nuttiness to it as well. The hops aren't the strong point here and are only lightly detected in the finish. There is an alcohol flavor in the finish that adds to the Kahlua aspect of this beer. The aftertaste is mostly clean, with some coffee/liqueur flavors and nuttiness continuing. This finishes out with some alcoholic warmth.

This is a nice beer from the Philippines, I must say. Perhaps a bit one dimensional due to the malt being the focal point, but it is quite easy to drink, and I can imagine having this with some dark poultry, like duck for instance. It isn't a grounbreaking beer in anyway, but is a good old easy to drink dark lager.

Beastdog75, Nov 21, 2003
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

grynder33, Oct 30, 2003
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.

beerguy101, Sep 21, 2003
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.

RoyalT, Sep 06, 2003
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!

NeroFiddled, Aug 12, 2003
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.

AtLagerHeads, Jul 11, 2003
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.

woemad, Jun 08, 2003
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.

feloniousmonk, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Mar 15, 2003
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.

ADR, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of rastaman
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.

rastaman, Aug 09, 2002
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.

stoutman, Mar 26, 2002
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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.