Red Horse Beer - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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BA SCORE
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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.75
pDev: 26.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website
Philippines

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Daredevil on 01-03-2012

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Photo of migwell
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Please don't bother with this one if you have an alternative, it's a rather poor strong lager. It is the best beer in the Philippines, but that's not saying much at all. There it comes in 650ml bottles and is far superior to the more dominant San Miguel Pale Pilsener from the same brewery. SMPP is just an insipid pale lager with an unpleasant aftertaste.

In the Philippines, as far as bang for the buck and flavor, this is the one. As in many countries, the one brewery controls most, if not all, of the market. And as in most of southern Asia, all the available brews are sub-par.

Photo of pat61
3.21/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” white foam cap that diddipates at a fairly moderate speed leaving splotchy lace.
S: Fresh grains and some earthiness fill the nose.
T: Lightly sweet bread and a dose of apple with a moderately bitter, dry finish.
F: Medium light to medium body, medium high carbonation, clean and crisp.
O: Probably more apple on the palate than it should have but it works well with the grain flavors and helps hide the alcohol.

Photo of LXIXME
2.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from about an inch above the glass give this beer a medium or slightly more white head that quickly dies to about half an inch that slowly settles into a very light bubbly lacing above a clear golden colored light bodied beer.

Aroma of sour grains, lighter lemon citrus, and even lighter hints of yeast.

Watery light sour grain malt taste with even lighter lemon citrus coming through.

A dry aftertaste with some lemony citrus hanging around.

This beer is kind like a sub-par American light beer like Bud Light, boo these guys for pretty a less than beer beer in a cool looking bottle and using up a decent name that an Irish Red would have been proud to carry.

Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, 7% ABV. A brew which seems to come and go from Alberta store shelves, and is readily confused with the malt liquor cans. Glad I could snatch a single in Stampede City.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of loosely foamy, and quite audibly fizzy dirty white head, which leaves the meekest burps of EKG lace around the glass as it very readily settles.

It smells of sweet corn grist and overcooked white rice, a mild sweet alcohol ester 'character', and a weird musty, dusty dryness. The taste is a mite bit drier - thin apple cider, a fickle weak graininess, an indeterminate plastic sourness, and some further musty, dusty, er, hops, I guess.

The carbonation is mopey and average, kind of resigned to its fate (I can sympathize), the body a thin, sugar-buoyed medium weight (just barely, sports fans), and smooth, with a gagging sidebar. It finishes sweet, grainy, slightly boozy, and reserved in its nicely understated skankiness.

A malt liquor, sure - it's got all the trademarks, yet that overused concept of 'drinkability' strangely applies here, dunno why. Oh, right, I've suitably lowered my expectations, a la re-runs of SNL.

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had a bottle with a skillet of sisig at Maharlika in NYC. Overall, it wasn't offensive, but it was also pretty boring. It tasted like a bland, clean export lager, with none of the vegetal off-flavors that usually come with a malt liquor. I guess that's good. Don't feel the need to the try this. San Miguel would have been a slightly more interesting beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of fast falling eggshell colored head. Slightly below average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, white grapes, some perfumy notes, some honey suckle notes

T: Sweet apples, dryness & white grapes up front. More of the same as this warms, big time apple blossom balanced by just a little by mineral & citrussy hops. Finishes cidery & dry

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews sweet

Drinks easy for the ABV, doesn't really taste like a malt liquor to me, too fruity & smooth. Not bad, I'm sure if I drank enough, a fierce hangover could be had... Better than its rating, but having had this in past, I would say this beer probably goes down hill quickly if exposed to UV light or to much heat. If given limited choices, this might work, other wise caveat emptor on this

Photo of ChrisCage
1.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a surprisingly thick-ish white colored head. The head is about 1 finger thick and retains very well in a soapy textured manner. Appears to have aggressive pop like carbonation and the lacing is also surprisingly decent with several small foam patches sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Very average aromas of corn adjunct, and perhaps some cleansing rice blended into the mash as well. There is some minor barley malt sweetness. Slightly yeasty, tin/metallic and somewhat boozy aroma. No real hop bitterness in the finish.

T- This is where this beer loses it for me! Very bland and no frills on the palate. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable and there's a weird dry dirt flavor that makes my tongue cringe every time I taste this. Stale cardboard could perhaps be a great term to describe the overall flavor!

M/O- The rubber hit the road and it's an awfully bumpy road! Outside of the better than expected look, this is everything I expected and less! Thin bodied, palate scrubbing carbonation and unpleasant flavors have led me to decide that this belongs in the reject pile! I'm sure the good people of the Philippines know full well that this is pure swill.......good for the party crowd I'm sure!

Photo of emerge077
2.36/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Whoo, Malt Liquor from the Philippines. Let the good times roll...

Crystal clear straw color, thin layer of white foam on the surface. Minimal spotty lacing.

Mealy corn silage, wet grains and wet dishrag notes in the aroma. When cold it's fairly muted, its suggested to keep as ice cold as possible.

Sharp astringent alcohol, apple, dull flavors, light watery carbonation, though it has a fuller feel to the body for an AML. Dull grains, dry finish with some perceptible alcohol in the taste. Plain and rough around the edges... not the most terrible malt liquor out there, but still not worth revisiting.

Photo of Amalak
2.45/5  rDev -10.9%

Needs to be served cold. A basic malty beer but it can be refreshing under the right conditions. Average as a whole, but I don't hate it the way that some seem to hate it.

Photo of metter98
2.74/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of apples and corn are present in the nose along with some hints of fusel alcohol. Apples become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly has some flavors of apples along with bits of corn adjuncts. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very exciting taste, but is easy to drink and is pretty good when compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of jcbogantes
1.56/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

I bought a bottle at the local store in Heredia, It was my first Philippine beer. Abv 7%

Appearance: Very light yellow color, with no head
Smell: alcohol slightly smell of grains
Taste: alcohol predominates the palate
Mouthfeel: light bodied with a velvety sensation that covers your entire mouth for a while and an alcohol aftertaste
Overall: not good

Photo of samie85
3.56/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of white head.

Smells of grainy malts with hints of lemon rind hop notes.

Follows the nose with grainy malt and hints of lemon with a subdued bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with low to medium prickly carbonation and light bodied.

This is honestly a decent no-brainer beer and one I wouldn't mind trying again.

Photo of isunktheship
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If this is a malt liquor, as BA proclaims, I'm a bit more interested in the process. Its listed as an extra strong lager, so perhaps there's some complex chemistry going on in the background/process to categorize this as a 'Malt Liquor'.

Gave it a 3, it's drinkable, strong, sweet. When I think 'Malt Liquor', I definitely think Mickey's, Old English, etc.. this isn't a gross farty beer - it's a smooth, malty, lager. So while the categorization may be debated, it's quite enjoyable.

Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet grain nose and flavor is malty sweet with a light hop finish. Boring, barely a lawnmower beer. 330ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Photo of brystmar
3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Can from blatantdream, by way of a co-worker who recently returned from a work trip to Manila. "You like beer, right?" Sure.... Skepticism++!

Light, golden body with surprisingly glamorous white head. Hard to believe there's good retention and even beady lace! Lots of sweet Belgian malts in the nose. Again, surprisingly not terrible.

Doesn't really taste like much, which is better than expected. Reminds me of a bland Belgian blonde ale. I've had many, many worse beers from this region, so Red Horse is a pleasant gem in a sea of awful brews.

Body is weak and boring like most light lagers from the region. But honestly, I'd happily drink this as my beer of choice if I lived in the Phillippines.

Photo of Dashur
3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Like a cider and beer hybrid

Photo of Brad007
1.12/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Malt liquor? Been a while since I've had one of those.

Nice golden color? Check. Thin head? Check. Ample carbonation? You bet.

Weird aromas. Vaguely beer-like but I can't be too sure. Sweet. Grainy.

Yep, it's a malt liquor. Cloying, headache inducing sweetness with nary a touch of anything else. No body whatsover.

This brings on the nazztayyy with a watery mouthfeel and very little that resembles beer.

Bleh. Gimme a Colt or OE800.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold colour; slow bead. No real head, quite thin. No lace. Pretty bland.

Smells beery; metallic with some very mild grain husks and maybe a hint of herbal hops. Bit bitter, bit sweet, plenty bland.

Tastes light, a bit sweet, touch of malt with caramel and buttery notes. Fizzy on back, kind of bitter carbolic note without much complexity. Very slight roundness from body but otherwise booze is not detectable, which is to its credit. But then it's like a strong beer without the flavour/complexity so what's the point? Just dangerous, really. Have a lighter beer if you want something easy drinking.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly drinkable and not as offensive as I was expecting it to be.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle.

Pours a very pale yellow, very light of body and clear and fluid in the glass. Head is white, quite fine and pretty solid, fed by stacks of carbonation. In reality it's perhaps a little overly fizzy. Specks of lace. Looks decent enough.

Despite the colour of the bottle, I get a distinct light-struck green bottle skunk to it. Some grainy characters and a slight estery sugar fermentation character. Some corn or other adjunct grain comes through. Mostly though, it's pretty light, rounded a little with a touch of metal. It's not bad.

Taste is very light and dry. It has a slightly rounded sweetness on the back but very little else—it gives it the slight after taste of sweet pea water. One thing in its favour is that it's actually quite hard to taste the booze: it comes across a little bit like just a pale lager.

Feel is very light as well. Again, it's doing a surprisingly good job at hiding the higher alcohol content.

Unfortunately, though, that's it's main benefit. It actually comes across as a pretty bland, if drinkable lager. So the hidden booze is just a trap or a benefit, depending on your preference.

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

brown 12 oz purchased from Wegman's in a mix-a-six enjoyed chilled from a goblet
The look is golden with a pale white head which dissipates rapidly and leaves a ring of fine beads with visible carbonation and good clarity. The smell is sweet, not really sugary sweet more corn-like perhaps a little dimethyl sulfide type cooked corn, but gentle and a malt presence is there in the aroma. The feel is pretty high in carbonation with semi-dry feel and mild alcohol in the finish with a warming on the way down.

The taste has a light malt flavor with the sweetness of malt but smooth and gentle with a more dry presence as the alcohol is there making the beer seem thinner as a result which is not bad it is not hot, just strong with mild spice probably from the elevated carbonation giving that carbonic element. Overall I like this for what it is - Malt liquor...it is simple and does the trick, not great flavor but better than many I have tried and I would drink this again

Photo of nelsonsaigon
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Manila, Saigon

I will not drink this beer unless there are no other choices.

Photo of Daredevil
2.74/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

sampling all the local brews I can get hold of while on hols in Thailand

the nose is quite rich (at least in Thai standards), good balance of malts and some orchidea fragrance

tastewise it's far richer than the usual Thai style brew, however the taste is tainted by a rather unpleasant sourness

This is a brew from San Miguel (Thailand) Ltd., Pathumthani, Thailand - I am not sure whether it's also brewed in Philippines or not - it is definitely different from Red Horse Liquor

Photo of barczar
2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a month in the Philippines, this and negra were standbys.

Pours a brilliant light golden straw with a half inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving modest lacing.

Corn, grain, butter, fruity esters, and light floral hops form the aroma.

Flavor reveals more diacetyl, with corn and grain at the backbone, fruity esters throughout, and a slight bitterness at the finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a tad high, and slight alcohol warmth.

Much more diacetyl than I recall, and the fruity esters are offputting, as well as the alcohol heat.

Photo of GallowsThief
2.81/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up by my buddy Ken in the Phillipines. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a pale golden yellow with almost no head to speak of at all. Very bubbly.

S – Corn, grain, sweet and not much else.

T – Very sweet taste immediately grabbed me. Malty with a touch of citrus.

M – Very easy drinker. Medium carbonation that leaves a bit of that sweetness on your palate as it goes down.

O – Another on of these hot summer days brews in a foreign country type. Its perfectly fine for a beach, boat or humid day. It will go down quick and easy and its at least got some taste.

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Red Horse Beer from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
66 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.