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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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166 Reviews

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 249
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 19.77%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Philippines | website

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 RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
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!


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Photo of BucBasil
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of NaLoGra
4.23/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep chestnut brown into a perfect pint glass. A robust cream cap slowly falls to a patchy quilt of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

Molasses, chocolate and straw dominate the beer's profile. The molasses and chocolate ride on top of the straw flavors. Bitterness has just enough bite to keep the sweeter flavors from getting too cloying, but lacks much flavor. In the mouth, the body is quite dense for the low ABV. The vigorous carbonation helps aid the beer's bitterness. The beer finishes with a lingering chocolate liqueur sweetness.

This beer is pretty nice, to be honest. It has nice complexity and good heft. A solid pickup overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew gives off the appearance of a Nut Brown Ale, It's darker in color but still transluscent enough to see through it. It's got a roasted aroma to it but it's not strong. The flavor also plays the same role. It's more full flavored than most beers from this area but still doesn't compare to a stout. It's got more of a lager taste than a roasted flavor to it.

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Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from a "10 Best Beers of the World" pack from World Market in Claremont, FL.  

Appearance: Poured a nice amber color with a two finger head with light/mod lacing.

Smell: The nose smells of molasses and sweetness, perhaps a tinge of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is sweet with an underlying bitterness with flavors of dark sugar and toasty malts, with a hint of sweetness and fruit. Much better than expected. 

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: It's light yet flavorful body makes for a great drinkability but there is always something better out there. Still a good brew. 

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: rich, deep amber-brown hue with a crystal clear body and two thick fingers of frothy tan head. Head seems to dissipate somewhat rapidly but the color is just great.

Smell: aroma is rich with a slight fruitiness; caramel malt notes also come through and beneath all of that just a hint of roasted grains. Complex and fulfilling.

Taste: everything you'd expect based on the aroma: a good, light fruitiness, followed by a caramel character and just a hint of roasted grain. Really, quite tasty; possibly my favorite dark lager out there.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good carbonation. This beer manages to be pretty creamy despite not having tons of body; I like it quite a lot.

Drinkability: a richly tasty and ever-so-drinkable beer. It reminds me of the flavors of a mild ale, except with a fruity lager kick. I can really dig it; San Miguel Dark has caused me to raise my opinion of the whole Philippine archipelago.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby bottle, poured into pint glass. really dark brown in color, with red highlights. thin white head.
smell is sweet, very buttery. nice mild balanced taste.
medium body, medium to high carbonation.
decent drinkability. decent, but unspectactular.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a touch of red at the edges. Caramel colored head drops evenly and slowly.
Smell is malt, hops, caramel, hints of peat and smoke.
Taste is malt, caramel, vanilla, hops, peat, smoke and light alcohol.
Fairly smooth with light effervescence at tip of tongue. Medium body (leans towards light). Malt/caramel/vanilla aftertaste lingers and tapers off nicely. Very good brew, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of velosuds
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating apparent. Single purchased at John's Market for $1.59.

A-Poured a chestnut-amber hue with a very uniform two finger head that receded into modest lacing.

S-Nose is malty sweeteners like black strap molasses or dark corn syrup. Slight yeast aroma too.

T-Malt sweetness that is reminiscent of molasses and fruit.

M-Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D-Very drinkable lager, but not one I will reach for often since there are plenty of better ales available.

San Miguel was my favorite import for as long as I can remember, long before I became a BA. This is very much as I remember it and it is much better than any BMC or the most ubiquitous import swill.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a pleasant surprise to me. We got a dark lager with a sweet, malty aroma. Much sweet, malty goodness with each sip. Sooo drinkable and good! I'll be having more of this one!!!

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Photo of sm007thie
2.09/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- deep dark brown with a red hue when back lit. quite viscous when poured. creates a dense brown head that thins out and sticks around. a little swirl fluffs up the head nicely.

S- all malt. sweet caramel and raisin. little hint of yeasty breadiness.

T- very malty sweet. tastes just like it smells. no surprises. next to no hops character. in my opinion, a little unbalanced.

M- thick slippery feel.

D- in my opinion a little too sweet to drink more than one in a session.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy medium to dark brown color with a white head. For an aroma I get earthy hops, dark malt, caramel, toffee and bread. The flavor is very malty with some toffee and bready malts as well as some earthy hops to keep the beer somewhat balanced. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may27 2010

A dark brown until it's held to the light where it has a reddish glow, light beige head has decent retention leaving a few patches of lace

S sour apple and molasses not what I was looking for

T a little better then the smell with some mild chocolate but still nothing special

M thick enough to keep it from having a watery feel and the carbonation helps keep it alive in your mouth

D other then the smell this ones neither good or bad just another beer stuck in the middle

looked promising but never really wowed me in any area, don't go looking for this but drink it before the water if your ever in Manila

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one a long time ago when I was first getting into beer and remember enjoying it so I wanted to give it another go and see what I would think now that my palate is more 'mature'.

The first thing you would probably notice is that the bottle is pretty nice for a macro. The label, on the other had, is kinda ghetto-fabulous and resembles malt liquor!

Poured out San Miguel Dark looks like an English porter, that, being very dark reddish-brown rather than black. The head is nice, big, airy and mocha-colored. There is much retention and lacing of the foam which was unexpected for a lower-priced beer like this. This is a highly filtered beer as there is absolutely no sediment at the bottom of the bottle or visibly suspended in the body.

The smell is definitely lager-like; light, hoppy, and watery. There is a bit of sweet and roasty aromas too. Smells like a mild winter warmer, overall.

The taste is very nice and surprisingly full bodied. Ahhh. Good stuff. Overall I would say it tastes like an English/European porter or even a mild double bock, not a lager. It is very smooth, bittersweet, slightly chocolaty, and slightly hoppy.

I'm very impressed with this beer. It's given me hope that there is actually good Asian beer out there.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears deep cola in color. Tan head goes to skim and ring. Smell is rich dark malt, hops, caramel. Taste is caramel, dark malt, some lite hops bite. A touch of black licorice. Dry slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouithfeel is active carbonation - a touch harsh in my opinion. Light/medium body not especially smooth but OK. I drank this years ago before BA and enjoyed it. Now - it's just a decent dark euro lager...how things have changed int he beer world.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color with tinges of ruby-big, fluffy off-white head of foam
Aroma-Faint roasted malts
Taste-Roasted malt notes, caramel, slight citric "tang" in the finish.
Overall,Sessionable, drinkable if a bit underpowered

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a dark ruby-brown that wants to be cloudily opaque, but doesn't quite get there. The frothy tan head starts out as a thick mass, but dissipates fairly quickly, leaving almost no lacing behind. The nose holds notes of dark malts, dark coffee, and toasted wheat. The taste basically follows, with the harsher aspects of coffee pushed to the fore, along with a kind of overly smoked influence. All told, it's as though the smell was peat smoked and soured, but in a bad way, leading to a partly objectionable flavor. The body is lightly moderate, with a moderate carbonation and a thick but slippery feel. Overall, this is almost a pretty good brew, but the flavor misses the mark, leading to a feeling of "if only..."; nonetheless, it spitefully maintains a decently high level of drinkability (...just not as high as it could be).

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Photo of kegger22
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

San Miguel Dark Lager is a dark brown in color with a one finger, tan head that fades to a collar.

A pleasant surprise, San Mig dark smells appealing. Nothing special, just malty sweet and molasses, but a couple of steps up from most lagers.

The taste is a little bit sweet and a little bit bitter (or is that just the carbonation talking). Normally that sounds like a good balance, but there is very little flavor that goes along with the sweet and bitter/carb.

The mouth feel is medium bodied, oily and well carbonated, pretty good for a dark lager.

Drinkability is good, I could easily drink a half dozen if I didn't have so many other options.

The major downfall of this beer is that the taste is only fair, not great, but at least it is inoffensive. In other areas, San Mig dark rates fairly high for its style.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is sweet, malts and molasses. Taste is good, mostly of chocolate malts, a degree of sweetness. Feels creamy in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/25/2009 (bottle):

Pours a pretty dark reddish color body, with a huge tan colored head, lasting. Very strong malty aroma, some nuttiness, and lots of earthiness. Some funkiness too, like ripe bananas. Somewhat watery mouthfeel, somewhat creamy too. Malty earthy aftertaste. Some bananas in the taste. Some roasted notes. Not too shabby. Carbonated, but not harsh. A little sweet after a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DARK! This prominently emblazoned on the front label in a grandly large-sized font easily caught my eye, as I was hunkered down at the bar parallel to the row of beer coolers at Taco Mac (Perimeter). San Miguel well well, what have we here? I made the purchase almost entirely for the treat of getting to say that again.

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark brown body capped by a two inch high, fizzed, light beige head.

Smell: Sweetish, dark bready maltiness slathered with sugary additions of molasses and dark honey and garnished with some sultana raisins.

Taste: Darkish malts display a nice amount of dark breadiness along with sweet touches of light molasses and Buckwheat honey. Toss in a generous handful of raisins for added fruitiness. The hop flavor and bitter is especially small. Sadly, I'm picking up some minute metallic hints but, with a little extra mental focus and gracious good will, perhaps I can look past them. Just this one time! Finishes as bready as it rolled in and still fairly sweet, and, yes, with some metallic hints (which I'm still trying to forgive).

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so bad, really, and a nice surprise after the poor showing of their unwelcome flagship lager.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked San Miguel so I figured I'd try the Dark Lager. Not dissappointed, but I'm not a huge fan either. Lets say if I were chillin' in Zamboanga, I'd down a few.

A - Pours dark (no surprise) and brown. Surprising head retention, still has a good ring after 10 minutes. Bubbles diffusing well througout; no lace on the glass.

S - Smells fruity to me - bananas mostly, and apples. Not much in the way of a bouquet or profile though, just faint fruit scents to me.

T - Similar to the smell, fruity, dry, figgy. Grains and malts towards the end, light alcohol along the top. Not extremely complex.

M - just like an adjunct lager or macro. Not much to comment on here.

D - It's drinkable, but I'd probably switch to something else after one or two.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark cola color pour with a thick foamy , lasting light brown head. Aroma is braedy , malty , with some cinnamon and caramel notes . Flavor is sweet like molasses , with caramel ,plums and some spice , light hop flavor . Crisp clean mouthfeel , medium body , high carbonation . A light earthy hop flavor in the finish ,Quite sessionable . Not too bad.

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Photo of veachster
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a dark auburn color with a nice foamy dark tan head. Head retention is ok, and lacing is good. Carbonation is present.

S - The aroma I am picking up is of sweet molasses. I pick up the scent of some kind of burnt candy but can't pick the words at the moment...maybe caramel?

T - Surpisingly, it doesn't taste as heavy as it would appear. It does have a molasses taste to it and something carmilish.

M - It's smooth sitting on the pallete but doesn't have much bite. There is somewhat of a bite on the aftertaste.

D - I could see heart burn happening after a few of these, but nonetheless, it goes down good but probably isn't the beer you would want to chug and finish the night off with.

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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.