San Miguel Dark Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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3.08/5 rDev -10.2%
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 youre having fun.
02-08-2004 21:00:59 | More by Gusler
3.25/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
12-31-2003 12:44:51 | More by mwrseeley
District of Columbia
3.18/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
12-02-2003 08:26:21 | More by Mustard
3.5/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-21-2003 04:01:08 | More by Beastdog75
3.85/5 rDev +12.2%
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
10-30-2003 11:13:40 | More by grynder33
3.05/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-21-2003 02:15:45 | More by beerguy101
2.13/5 rDev -37.9%
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. Ive 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 Im 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.
09-06-2003 00:20:58 | More by RoyalT
3.83/5 rDev +11.7%
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!
08-12-2003 21:59:17 | More by NeroFiddled
3.13/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
07-11-2003 15:43:06 | More by AtLagerHeads
2.7/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
06-08-2003 21:09:08 | More by woemad
2.85/5 rDev -16.9%
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.
06-04-2003 17:15:15 | More by feloniousmonk
3.23/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
03-15-2003 06:15:45 | More by oberon
3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
10-04-2002 07:55:02 | More by ADR
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.