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

241 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: stoutman on 03-26-2002

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Photo of wattoclone
4.76/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown, substantial tan head that dissipates quickly. Very smooth extremely malty, roasty sweetness with a unique buttery note. As a huge fan of dark beers and in particular schwarzbiers/dark lagers I would have to rate this beer as one of the best. More flavorful than Kostritzer, very sessionable, pairs well with mexican and spicy asian food and is never harsh or bitter. Perfectly balanced.

Photo of 57md
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Not as dark as most Euro Darks but pretty malty and definitely not watery. There is a sweetness to this that is interesting but not entirely pleasant.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A finger of tan head. Dark brown body.

Roasted malt smell is strong here. There's a background metallic smell too.

Roasted malt taste, sweet malt and milk. Actually a tasty dark lager.

Creamy and light texture. Moderation carbonation.

I enjoyed it, much to my surprise.

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from half an inch or so above the glass gave this beer a medium sized light brown head above a clear dark reddish brown colored beer.

Dark caramel roasted malt aroma with light dark fruits hints, such a apricot or prune.

The taste is similar to the aroma except the dark fruits are a little more pronounced almost equal between those and the dark roasted malts.

A dry aftertaste that hold some of the roasted qualities of the taste on this medium bodied beer.

A little more caramel then I like in a beer, as I do prefer the beers that have more hops presence.

Photo of bubseymour
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - purplish black with 1 finger head quickly disappears.

S - non existant some caramel hints in the flavor

Taste - heavy and bock like. Sweet and caramel

M - ok somewhat full filling

Overall - strange beer with lots of caramel overpowering all other flavoros.

Photo of Jayli
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this while back in the states
Consumed at Solea in Waltham, 4/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice dark brown, with mahogany hues when held to the light. A one finger of khaki head disappears at a quickly pace leaving minor spots of wispy lacing.

S: Nose is sweet - caramel malts, sweet bready notes, and a bit of raisin.

T: Taste starts with a toffee malt sweetness. Raising and breadiness come in and fill out the middle. Raisin flavoring holds through with a caramel malt presence. Sweetness is a touch cloying.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light, slick feel.

O: Goes down pretty easy, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. If the sweetness didn't hold in the aftertaste so much, this would be a much more enjoyable beer.

Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent brown head into my glass. Not a bad start.

Sweet, pleasant aromas greet the nose. Close to a schwarzbier but not quite. Just tolerable enough.

Lots of caramel and sweet malt. Not horrible. Like soy sauce actually. Goes down easy.

Lingering caramel. Not much else.

Tolerable. More so than their "pils" and light lager.

Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. It pours dark brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. A decent enough head that lingers and settles into a ring. The aroma is of dark, sweet roasted malts, yeast, and sugar. The hops are more in the background. While the body is nice and smooth it does not have a lot of texture to it. I would put it at light to medium. The taste is overly sweet and malty with moderate bitterness and a clean finish. It brings me back to my early days of beer drinking when I would drink Heineken Dark, Michelob Dark, or Beck's Dark.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Looks black in the glass, but a clear and brilliant smoky ruby hue is revealed when this is held up to light. A moderate pour yields three finger of thick smooth looking head that falls slowly and looks impressive. Above average for this class of beer for sure.

Smells of sweet grain, lightly roasted malts, and possibly some corn or other non-barley adjuncts. The hops are mellow and mildly fruity, and seem to be either of the noble variety or akin to them.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced, and starts with an almost porter-like roasty sweetness, but this veers away from any major elements of chocolate or coffee in favor of a light, slightly sweet brown malt and light hop balance. There is a mild note of dark bread or maybe a hint of chocolate, but all remains on the easy side. Mild hop bitterness and enough dryness sticks around to keep this beer in the middle.

The mouthfeel is smoother than expected, which I find to be quite pleasing. Medium bodied but feels refreshingly mild.

Conclusion: Without doubt this is the best Euro Dark Lager I have tasted. It far exceeded my expectations, and is surprisingly smooth and balanced. The flavors are not as excellent as one might expect from a small established craft brewery, but they are outstanding for a large macro-type brewing operation.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer appears a deep, dark brown hue with beige cap that fades rapidly, leaving random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers a heavy dose of brown bread, pumpernickel, malt, fruit. Smells good. The flavor is ok. I like the aroma better. A bit sweet, slightly dry in the finish. A solid example of the style. Folks seem to rate lagers a bit low, in my opinion. While this beer is not stellar, it's a nice example of the style, offering balance and complexity in both the aroma and flavor. I would have this again.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, chestnut brown color w/ a thin cocoa head. Average lacing on my snifter glass. Very dark. Nose is toffee, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Taste is actually not that bad- toffee, malt, dark fruit and slight hops. Maybe some coffee in the background. Feel is medium, a little flat, w/ a toffee/coffee aftertaste. Probably the weakest point of this beer. Overall, this isn't bad at all- especially for the style. Cheers.

Photo of karait95
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good very dark looking, the body seems a little over medium due to the too dark color, the carbonation is present but almost cannot be seen. The head is nos as big as it should but is present and dissipates a little fast.

S: This one has a special aroma, instantly can be sensed toasted malts with some fruity aroma, specifically dark fruits such as prunes are present and some caramel is in there.

T: Again very clear tasting: toasted malts and dark fruits, specifically at the end you can identify the dark fruits, the prunes.

M: The sensation is pretty good, there is a balanced flavor and aroma, it is pleasant and last medium to long for a nice bittersweet ending more sweet than bitter.

Photo of Samp01
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet dark lightly toasted malts, barley and grains with some light hops. Palate is medium body with light carbonation. Finish is sweet dark malts, some very light fruitiness and light hops. Flavor is lacking and becomes bland, carbonation turns flat and ends overly sweet. Overall not my favorite and would not buy again.

Photo of Converge
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Two and a half fingers of bubbly mocha head. Near opaque brown-black with some ruby highlights. The head had rather poor retention, and there was no lacing to be seen, but despite this it looked pretty good to me.

S - Semi-sweet dark malt, molasses, canned yellow-beans and roasted malt. A touch a roasty bitterness.

T - A lot of roasted malt, and a strong undertone of brown sugar sweetness. There's also a generous hint of grassy sweetness. The more I sip, the more I begin to detect toffee and caramel here as well. There's a light hoppy character here, but it feels really muted. I also detect something smokey in the finish. Overall, this is easy to drink and easy to enjoy.

M - Decent carbonation with body on the heavier side. Leaves my mouth feeling wet and refreshed.

D - An all around solid brew. It boasts an interesting flavor profile without trying to do too much. Didn't expect much coming in, but this beer certainly exceeded expectations.

Photo of corcoranjc
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My dad bought me this because it is made by the brewery whose beer he used to drink while in the navy in the phillipines during Vietnam.

appearance: initially looked good, nice and dark reddish brown with a good tan head....head dissipated quickly with no lacing or foam. i'm willing to blame the glass on this one as it was recently washed with soap after a big dinner party and may not have been rinsed well.

smell: lots of sweet malts with a nice roatiness...smells like a good brown ale....or the nice roasty dark lager that it is.

taste: sweet malts. nothing fancy, but overall quite sweet and tasty. i need to be in the mood for this, but it's alright for sure. slightly odd aftertaste...a little cloying.

mouthfeel: a little slick. full but light like a lager but with the coating you get from a brown ale.

overall: this is fun to drink because my dad has plenty of stories involving being too young, too far from home, and having this beer be far too accessible during a scary time long ago...(not that now isn't scary as well, but that's another topic for another website).

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark amber-brown with a 2 inch tan head that settles to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace mark the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, caramel, and malted milk. Taste is of roasty dark malt, malted milk powder, with a caramel/toffee finish. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good dark lager and my first beer from the Philippines. I would definitely get this one again in the future.

Photo of megahurts4
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

San Miguel Dark Lager

Appearance: dark brown, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: sweet malts, grain, and honey.

Taste: slightly roasted malts, honey, and some grain.

Mouthfeel: medium and slightly flat.

Overall:
This isn't a bad brew. The flavors are nice.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprising find in a Mexican restaurant. Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - dark brown, clear, no head, thin lacing.

S - caramel with just a hint of grassy hops

T - slight hops bitterness resolving into a strong caramel finish.

M - light with moderate carbonation

D - really goes down easy - could drink a ton of these

Very tasty beer - great surprise.

Photo of bump8628
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker than expected the pour is deep brown with a nice topping of foam and lace. Raw barley husk, cocoa powder, and a sourdough tang form the main flavor components with grape skin and sulfur in the back. Clean and fairly full for the style, better than the usual lagers imported from tropical locales. Nice for the style, but I'm sure it's main appeal in the States is the stubby "fancy import" bottle.

Photo of treque
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep copper almoust brown in color, ruby highlights, a sand color 1 finger head, which dissipates but remians a layer on the top

S: a nice caramel, roast aroma

T: a light body, not a very nice flavour is so flat, just a little roast, no end at all

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark Brown with a slightly lighter brown top when held to the light. Tan 1 inch head with decent retention. Very nice

Smell: Very sweet on the nose. Definitely tell it's an asian beer by the sweet yeast smell and malt. Hint of hoppy notes come through

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Very sweet and malty with a hint of hops

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium carbonation

Overall Very typical asian dark lager. Not all that easy to drink, its a bit to sweet for me

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml squat, almost stubbie-esque bottle, a refugee from Zyn's wall of dear single import relief in Cowtown.

This beer pours a clear, very dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of thin, loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some arched cloud lace around the glass as it duly passes on.

It smells of musty caramel apple puree, a bit of roasted caramel/toffee malt, brown sugar, and banal earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, a wilted orchard drupe fruitiness, more thinned-out brown sugar, yet onewhich delves into edgy molasses territory, and a drying earthy hop/metallic booziness odd couple essence.

The carbonation is there, but fairly unassuming, i.e. nothing notable tactile-wise, the body a tremulous medium weight, and smooth in a blase, kind of tacky manner. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness and mild roasted malt carrying the day.

A decent enough dark lager, given its predisposition, the drawbacks ever so slight. Drinkable, yet hardly recommendable when compared to more headier Euro and otherwise, competition, as it kind of lags on the palate after a while - don't actually ask me what that means.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

San Miguel Dark Lager has a thick, beige head and a clear, ruby red (under light) appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark toast, dark-roasted coffee, bread, and sweetness. Taste is of sweet bread, dark-roast coffee, dark-toasted barley malt, some hop bitterness, and even a trace of lactose. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and San Miguel Dark Lager finishes crisp, clean, mostly dry, and highly drinkable. I really like this one, and I recommend you seek it out!

RJT

Photo of BucBasil
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a cola brown color with a nice dark tan foamy head that has pretty good retention.

S: Brown sugar, a bit of roasted and molasses. Caramel floating around in there for a bit as well and a buttery note.

T: Big malty character that reminds me somewhat of a dumbed-down doppelbock. Toased notes, a bit of roasted and a lot of brown sugar and caramel. A bit of molasses. Despite all this it's pretty crisp and somewhat light bodied.

Overall: I could drink something like this all day. Great taste. Less filling. A good surprise from the Philippines. Well done.

Photo of NaLoGra
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer. Poured very dark, black with just a hint of brown. Great lacing, great head.

S - Malty, almost toasty.

T - Very nice, tastes exactly like it smells, good aftertaste/

M - Definitely medium to heavy bodied beer, with great thickness to it.

O - I would buy again, overall nice thick lager with great malty flavor.

San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.