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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 spoony
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

spoony, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev -12.3%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Great head retention, ruddy brown

SMELL: Molasses cookies, raisins, coffee, sweet, mildly roasted

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, medium body, chicory, coffee, burnt sugar, brown bread, modest hopping, soft charcoal, faint soy, sweet finish

This is one of those beers that just never gets talked about--no hype, just an all-around good brew. It is way outside of the box, as most beers in this realm, light or dark, are dry and usually lacking any real complex characteristics. It is the same thinking of the sweeter Stouts consumed in hotter climates. For something completely different, give it a go.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of OhNo789
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

OhNo789, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of RHVC59
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

RHVC59, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of apasternak
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

apasternak, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of WaterCzar
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

WaterCzar, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of migwell
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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 -26.9%

r3o, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

mpalestino, Aug 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

ButtomsUp, Jul 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

BirdmanJohn, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Elvis50
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Elvis50, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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%

Miha, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

civicm87, May 30, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +17%
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
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3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

AmandaSchaefer, May 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

gnikola, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

AlkaholTester, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

OregonGrown7, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of JeanPaulValley
3.66/5  rDev +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
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.