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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

218 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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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
Philippines

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 migwell
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is sold in the Philippines as Negra. I believe that this is the same brew that appeared in the USA back in thew 70's as San Miguel Dark and was mildly popular for a brief while. Beer is cheap in the Philippines and San Miguel has the monopoly. Negra is not widely available there, and is only found occasionally in the larger cities.

It is drinkable, not unpleasant, but nothing special on a global scale.

migwell, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of r3o
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

r3o, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

mpalestino, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of ButtomsUp
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

ButtomsUp, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of TheMrFarnham
2/5  rDev -41.7%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of BirdmanJohn
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

BirdmanJohn, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
3/5  rDev -12.5%

mrfrancis, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Elvis50
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Elvis50, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a reddish-brown color with a decent tan head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt and some grain.

T: Taste of roasted malt with a mild sweetness and a bit of grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium beer, smooth and somewhat creamy. Nice balance.

First had this years ago when it was known as Creveca Negra. Enjoyable beer.

soju6, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Miha
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Miha, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of civicm87
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

civicm87, May 30, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Splashy lace and a skim retention.

Big molasses aroma, coupled with some dark brown sugar and nice toasted malt.

Smooth and drinkable, the balance of flavors is what makes this brew shine. Up front you get blackstrap molasses, but without the sweetness (wrap your head around that). Brown bread, some nuts, and an even bitterness throughout. Your nose and mind play tricks with you, as you smell all of this stuff and expect there to be sweetness. There's a hint of it at best. Where the brewer hits it right is that they don't kill it with bitterness.Moderate malty bitterness at the finish. I could drink these all day, any season.

Medium bodied, finishes with alot of flavor, and a little crispness.

I dug this a lot. Not what I expected it to be. A nice rich, flavorful beer.

OtherShoe2, May 25, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Saving grace when I was in the philippines for a month.

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights visible when held to light. A solid one inch, frothy tan head lingers, eventually leaving thick lacing.

Nutty, toasted bready malt and a hint of fruitiness form the initial aroma. There's a touch of roast and a hint of chocolate, along with tar. It's decidedly doughy.

Flavor reveals more roast character initially, becoming more toasty mid palate, and finishing a bit acrid and dry. There's a bit if a vinous character that is slightly offputting. Dark berries emerge as it warms. There's a subtle chocolatey sweetness.

Body is a bit light, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Great toasted malt character, fairly nutty, with just enough roast to not overwhelm. Some off flavors, but not am offensive beer.

barczar, May 22, 2013
Photo of AmandaSchaefer
2/5  rDev -41.7%

AmandaSchaefer, May 13, 2013
Photo of gnikola
2/5  rDev -41.7%

gnikola, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of AlkaholTester
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

AlkaholTester, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

OregonGrown7, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of JeanPaulValley
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this (under the cerveza negra alias) as a part of a mix and match 6 pack. I included it on a whim, as a generally enjoy dark lagers and had never heard of this beer. I was very pleasantly surprised. Even drinking it straight from the bottle, the roasted malts and caramel tones were very evident. It was an extremely smooth lager witha great mouthfeel. Thick, but not porter thick, it was exactly what a dark lager should feel like. This may become my new go to session beer.

JeanPaulValley, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, mahogany...1/2" beige head - decent retention before falling to a sparse cap.

Sweet malts, molasses, light roasted notes.

Roasted malt..coffee with cream. Toffee, burnt or brown sugar. Simple but enough there to make it interesting.

Medium weight, low to mid-carbonation....doesn't finish too sweet - plus for that.

Pleasantly surprised...I would pick this over Negra Modelo all day long.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Nunya
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Nunya, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Dapperticus
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Dapperticus, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

matjack85, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated 355ml bottle served in a snifter. Poured very dark brown, topped by a tan head that quickly disappears, leaving little lacing. A thin coat of sediment is left on the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is pleasant, but so sweet that I worry about the flavor. Hints of toffee and caramel.

Flavor is more like a sweet stout than expected, coming close to being too sweet. Of course, compared to a stout the malt load here is mild, but respectable for style. Traces of hops in both the aroma and flavor.

O: enjoyable and better than expected. At least average even by European standards.

chinchill, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of TaylorK
4/5  rDev +16.6%

TaylorK, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of beeroclock
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This and Golden Eagle are the beers from San Miguel worth drinking. Unfortunately, the Philippines does not have much choice. You will most likely only see San Miguel. Once in a while, you may run across something worse (Colt 45) or something in the same category (Coors), but otherwise everyone serves San Miguel.

A - Bottle showed as Cerveza Negra... Poured out dark with very little head.

S - Not much there, possible nut and chocolate.

T - Not too bad, based on the past 2 weeks in the Philippines only option for SM & SM Light. Picking up some chocolate and maybe toffee. A little sweet, but enjoyable enough.

M - thin, but suitable.

From your options in the P.I. if you are unable to get the Golden eagle, this is your best bet. Each of them are ok though. There are far worse options in the world and especially in the Philippines.

beeroclock, Jan 02, 2013
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.