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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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215 Ratings

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-20-2013 18:12:30 | More by ButtomsUp
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

07-15-2013 18:18:01 | More by TheMrFarnham
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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

07-13-2013 18:46:10 | More by BirdmanJohn
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

06-30-2013 01:14:18 | More by mrfrancis
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.5%

06-25-2013 23:30:04 | More by Elvis50
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3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

06-04-2013 01:32:04 | More by soju6
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

06-01-2013 23:51:01 | More by Miha
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-30-2013 00:25:06 | More by civicm87
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

05-25-2013 21:51:30 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.51/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

05-22-2013 01:07:11 | More by barczar
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

05-13-2013 23:02:05 | More by AmandaSchaefer
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

04-12-2013 12:59:24 | More by gnikola
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-12-2013 07:30:38 | More by AlkaholTester
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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

03-01-2013 22:06:22 | More by OregonGrown7
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3.66/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-27-2013 19:26:02 | More by JeanPaulValley


3.66/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-24-2013 03:14:08 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

02-18-2013 00:18:48 | More by Nunya
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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

02-13-2013 03:16:29 | More by Dapperticus
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4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

01-29-2013 14:12:35 | More by matjack85
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South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

01-13-2013 00:36:39 | More by chinchill
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

01-08-2013 03:24:26 | More by TaylorK
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United Arab Emirates

3.18/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

01-02-2013 17:43:12 | More by beeroclock
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-29-2012 22:47:44 | More by funhog
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3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Dark, ruby-red body that started with a thick, fizzy head which quickly dissipated to a wispy remnant. Roasted grain; a hint of chocolate and raisin in the aroma. Rich taste full of roasted grains and cocoa with a soothing bitterness towards the finish. Smooth, medium-bodied, buttery with a sugary underpinning.

A very nice dark beer with some bold, delicious presence. Rich and satisfying.

12-25-2012 00:50:57 | More by beergoot
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2.98/5  rDev -13.1%

Poured into a pokal glass.

It poured a nice thick tan head that dissipated into a nice ring around the edges. Smelled like roasted and caramel malt, period! Tasted like roasted and caramel malt. High carbonation, full-bodied. A little sour tastiing at first, but the aftertaste was sweet and wet. An average dark lager that is good to drink during the winter. Not my favorite beer overall.

12-20-2012 04:56:47 | More by Jsteez
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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