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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

211 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | 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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:46:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

10-08-2012 13:16:23 | More by intoxabroad
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buzzed

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5%

09-29-2012 16:14:32 | More by buzzed
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wac9

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +37.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 00:19:07 | More by wac9
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Kopfmeister60

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

09-21-2012 15:36:06 | More by Kopfmeister60
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:00:05 | More by metter98
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:11:05 | More by wattoclone
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

09-10-2012 00:53:15 | More by bostonryan
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MaltRoomAssoc

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

08-03-2012 23:49:00 | More by MaltRoomAssoc
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Bpvarona


2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

08-02-2012 12:39:33 | More by Bpvarona
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kobeer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

07-23-2012 20:20:19 | More by kobeer
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-19-2012 06:30:56 | More by 57md
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:31:53 | More by Fatehunter
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djwhit24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +17%

06-21-2012 01:48:15 | More by djwhit24
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sirksanti


4/5  rDev +17%

06-09-2012 16:13:45 | More by sirksanti
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 21:50:02 | More by LXIXME
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 00:20:44 | More by bubseymour
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 15:46:00 | More by Jayli
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Brad007

Vermont

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:53:23 | More by Brad007
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avisong

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

04-26-2012 02:53:51 | More by avisong
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 23:51:52 | More by puboflyons
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cycoduck

California

4/5  rDev +17%

02-26-2012 03:00:34 | More by cycoduck
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-06-2012 19:06:48 | More by LJWalker
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:53:47 | More by allforbetterbeer
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

01-31-2012 10:07:30 | More by shigg85
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.