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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

220 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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 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
Photo of funhog
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

funhog, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beergoot, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Jsteez
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Jsteez, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of RSpencer
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

RSpencer, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +2%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an almost-pure black color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts are very heavy.. Along with caramel and coffee.

Taste - Very sweet with toasted malts, caramel, and light chocolate and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is the first dark lager I've ever tried. It's ok.. It's like a brown ale with just heavier flavors.

jsisko01, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not a bad brew really, especially for this part of the world. it pours quite dark from the bottle, chocolate syrup looking, with a one inch mocha colored head with surprisingly good retention. the nose is real malty, german in origin, like an extract though, a little bit off and not totally fresh, but some cocoa powder aroma wakes it up a bit. the flavor doesnt carry as much chocolate as the nose, but it is yummy all the same. a little bitterness turns metallic in the finish, my main critique. plenty drinkable, fuller bodied but well carbonated. fairly priced and down easy, not so nice when it warms up, but if you drink it quickly, this is a pretty good euro style dark lager.

StonedTrippin, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of intoxabroad
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of buzzed
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

buzzed, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of wac9
4.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow what a great beer always wanted to try it they have new bottles a now im sorry i wanted so long a dark pour which makes your mouth water a taste that goes smooths a tasty bit of malts and carmel that will make a enjoy night for anybody only 5.0 so drink drink drink

wac9, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Kopfmeister60
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Kopfmeister60, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Although the beer is quite dark, it is clear and very dark ruby red in color when held up to a bright light and exhibits a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits—raisins seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has sweet flavors of dark fruits and nutty malts plus hints of molasses.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste like a sweeter and fruitier version of a schwartzbier. It’s not a bad choice if you are looking for something that’s dark but still extremely drinkable.

metter98, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
4.76/5  rDev +38.8%
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.

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev +2%

bostonryan, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of MaltRoomAssoc
3.5/5  rDev +2%

MaltRoomAssoc, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Bpvarona
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Bpvarona, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of kobeer
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

kobeer, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of 57md
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

57md, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Fatehunter, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of djwhit24
4/5  rDev +16.6%

djwhit24, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of sirksanti
4/5  rDev +16.6%

sirksanti, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

LXIXME, Jun 08, 2012
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.