San Miguel Premium Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Premium LagerSan Miguel Premium Lager

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67
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166 Reviews
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Reviews: 166
Hads: 355
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 21.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website
Philippines

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2001

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, 2 cup Pyrex, no freshness markings.

It looks like the American Adjunct Lager it is. Pale yellow with a quickly dissipating white head. The bottle is very cool, with the squiggly shape found rarely on some Mexican beers and a cool old-school painted on label.

Smells of hay, slight hop mustiness.

Tastes of almost nothing. Lager flavor in the middle, with a finish that is surprisingly devoid of flavor. Lilting malt flavor into a clean aftertaste.

Water for mouthfeel, less carbonation than style average.

There are many like it and I'm sure this cold one would refresh you on a hot day as would the others. It is very clean. (646 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose, with maltiness; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweet lager flavor. (160 characters)

Photo of vinicole
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brewed in the UK by Carlsberg,
Pale yellow.
Yuk aroma - no further comment.
Sweet followed by light bitterness. I guess plenty of people out there drink this stuff.
The colder the better. (187 characters)

Photo of Jiancongxie
4.42/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Beer is clear and transparent, light golden yellow, foam innocent, delicate and long-lasting.
S- Beer has a very strong aroma of malt and floral, sweet and grains, but very short. It is easy to recall the taste of the rice fields.
T- Beer is very refreshing, very malty taste, and a hint of sweetness.
M- Beer is light. Too short, but it thirst. There is no burden in your mouth.
O- Beer is extraordinary flavor, great sense of the affection. It is suitable for a drink at summer in California. Coupled with the hot pot is very suitable. (540 characters)

Photo of James-Rogers
3.64/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Being a pale larger, it had a nice clear pale and inviting look to it. I'd honestly give this a 3 mostly because it stopped being so lively not long after hitting the glass.
It has a malty smell with a hint of hops to follow. Having a strong dark roast with citrus as an afterthought.
Up until recently, I've been drinking Coors Light so the flavour of this made my night. While Coors is quite weak in flavour, this had a nice burnt flavour with a lovely sweet and slightly bitter after taste. From what I can tell, something generally expected from pale lagers.
The mouthfeel was a let down as it does go flat quite quickly. When drank at the start, it felt crisp, light and carbonated. But after a while, it felt slightly oily over my tongue and cheeks. Overall, this does come quite high in my favourite beers up to date with an overall experience of 3.25 as the look and feel let me down more than the smell and taste was enjoyable. (940 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" head that is gone in less than 30sec. Clear and light gold color. Like a Heineken.

S- Very similar to a Heineken. Almost the same.

T- A bit like a Heineken but less hops and malt. It's a light Heineken

M- Dry and light. Very north American like.

O- Very much a Heineken that has been watered down a bit. Not one I will buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with...... Anything a Heineken is good with such as light BBQ meats like a hot dog or mild sausage.

Enjoy (582 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
1.74/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Format: a pretty awful-looking 500mL macro can.

Appearance: pours out a strong yellow with moderate visible carbonation. A limited head fritters away quickly to a scrappy film.

Aroma: a very light aroma of some sweet grains and an off floral of some kind.

Taste: again a light flavour of off florals and sweet but cheap grains. Not terribly impressive.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away pretty quickly, which suits me fine.

Mouth feel: light to medium in weight, but still a bit flaccid due to the moderate carbonation. Mediocre.

Overall: definitely not one of the best lagers I have ever had. Pretty ordinary in aroma, flavour and feel. I don't think I'll bother with this one again. (691 characters)

Photo of Wer34truh
1.3/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I hated, hated, hated this beer. The worst possible combination of watery and distasteful. Plain horrendous. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

Disclaimer: Drunk from a bottle in Sweden. I'll give it the benefit of a doubt and assume its better on tap in the Philippines. (258 characters)

Photo of sitcomone
5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is great beer. I highly recommend it. Pours nice and clear, smell is pretty good, and the taste is great. I'm just a regular Joe that loves this beer. (157 characters)

Photo of lelepat
2.27/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

San Miguel is probably one of the most easily accessible lager in Hong Kong. With relatively cheap price compared with imported brands or Blue Girl, another local preference, it remains popular among Hongkongers.

A: nothing special, maybe a bit yellower compared with European lagers

S: some smell of malt and hop

T: very mild with an aftertaste of some sugar

M: very high carbonation. That's all

O: mediocre lager with nothing remarkable. Find better choices if possible. (477 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
2.91/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle into plastic cup. oops

a: typical lager clear pale yellow

s: grain, corn, hops

t: grains, hints of apple, a bit of sweet corn, ending with a leafy tea-like bitterness, with slight metallic notes on the back end

m: light body with high carbonation

o: probably one of my favourite lagers. there's nothing interesting happening in this beer but there's nothing offensive about it either. drinkable and somewhat tasty (425 characters)

Photo of MattRiggs
2.04/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A ton of DMS. I can't get past the high levels of DMS to accurately review much else. I can only smell corn, no hops. It is fairly dry, but can't get over the DMS. I can't taste any malt, only cooked corn.

It is golden and clear. It has a very thin head that disappears very quickly.

I've never tasted a beer with so much DMS. (328 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear yellow color with a small white head that faded fast, with OK lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, herbs, tea leaf, grains and some husk; very sweet overall, with a nice malty nose.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, herbs, maple syrup, tea leaf, grains, wet what bread, hay, grass, light floral hops and some husk or vegetables; the aftertaste is sweet and malty with hints of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, yet chewy and medium bodied at the same time, with light carbonation that's on the fizzy side, with a a sweet bready aftertaste.

Overall basic and average in every way, but a decent beer for any malty brew fan. (649 characters)

Photo of TAMU99
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Meh.

Pours a fizzy goden color. Medium head settles quickly.

Smells of cheap beer, alcohol, no discernible hops or malts that I'd take home to meet the folks.

Taste is...well, meh. Kinda like a boring pale lager. Nothing really interesting here. Nothing terribly offensive, just forgettable.

Mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, but not too bad.

Overall, I'd drink it at a party (unlike swill such as Coors or Miller!), but I'm unlikely to buy it again. (447 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.79/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a medium golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: A pretty mild smelling beer overall, there are hints of apple juice and grassy hops.

T: Not as sweet as the smell might have indicated, there are some sweet apple juice notes as well as the grain and rice adjunct malts. Light amounts of grassy hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - would pair well with spicy foods and it would be refreshing in a hot climate. (744 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.86/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell isn’t that strong and has some fruity notes of apple juice in the aroma.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light flavors of apple juice along with some hints of adjunct malts such as rice.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this beer, but it is easy to drink and might be a refreshing choice if you are in a hot tropical climate. (681 characters)

Photo of chuckybob
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 275 ml bottle into a glass. Perfectly average color, white head dissipated fairly quickly. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles at the start. Some lacing.

Not a lot going on with the smell, some light fruit and grain. Smelled fresh and clean.

Taste was okay, a light sweetness (apple, not citrus) at first and mild bitterness that combine fairly well. Could stand a little more hops. Not unpleasant. Tried to taste a little lime, but it doesn't come through.

Could tell it was beer, a little carbonation came through.

A very average lager, no skunk. Certainly would taste refreshing on a hot day but nothing really special. (642 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.23/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear medium gold in color. Head is white with moderate retention. Last longer than you would expect. Also seeing some lacing. Not much but there's some. Slightly above average on appearance.

S - Corn, corn husk, faint grains and a metallic twang. Pretty standard on the nose.

T - Starts off with some corn sweetness and some grains in the background. A slight hop bitterness through the middle. A clean finish with no lingering aftertaste. Better than its American counter parts in my opinion.

M - Surprisingly pretty drinkable. Clean mouth feel and crisp carbonation make for a decent AAL.

O - Not to shabby. Would I buy a six pack given better choices? No. Although if all that was available were AAL I think this would be a good pick. (747 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
2.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz.

Pours a pale yellow gold, sudsy white head dissipates over a couple minutes.

Corn sugar malt sweetness in the nose.

Taste is very light and smooth, corn sweet malt.

Feels thinner with light bubbly carbonation.

Kind of like any of the American macros, but sweeter. Glad I can say I tried it, but wouldn't have it again. Too much corn. (347 characters)

Photo of bat6
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

currently traveling through SE Asia and sampling the local offerings. this is fairly popular throughout the region. beers here are almost entirely light-bodied lagers meant for fast quaffing in the blazing heat and humidity. all ratings are based on my understanding of the style here.

A - pale gold, tight-bubbled head w/ decent retention

S - very little smell. maybe some grain

T - very clean. does not gain any slick corny sweetness or sour notes as it warms

MF - very crisp, very light, good carbonation

O - not meant for over-analyzing, this is meant to be refreshing after a long hot day or paired w/ spicy hot food. this is easily enjoyed and there's no reason not to reach for one when traveling over here. strongly recommend against pulling this off an American shelf because I just don't see how such a light-bodied lager can survive the long hot travel. I've had beers like Tiger in the States and hated them but here they're fine. That's not to say this is something special, it's simple beer designed for specific circumstances and it hits the mark (1,066 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.56/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

San Miguel is another base American Adjuct Lager that offers a slightly below taste than othe standard macros. The color is golden clear with decent carbonation that forms a head that dissapates quickly. The smell and taste are powered by grain. Mouthfeel is fine especially for warmer days. Overall....eh. (306 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml squat bottle.

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a patchy wall of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of bready pale malt, and nail polish remover. The taste is sweeter pale malt, a bit of generic fruitiness, and more acetone. The carbonation is fairly low, the body a skinny medium weight, and clingy. It finishes off-dry, a bit of medicinal alcohol sweetness standing out.

Not enough core ingredients to hide the booze. I wouldn't recommend this, at least when consumed half a world away from its origin. (581 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.24/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The beer was light gold with a large fluffy, white head that lasted & left nice lacing.
S - Not much of an aroma other than grain & biscuit. More a typical lager smell than anything else.

T - This one had a nice smooth taste with traces of grain. A very slight bitter finish.

M - A very smooth & refreshing beer with a nice crisp finish. Some carbonation but not much.

D - Very drinkable & refreshing.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ah, the beer the Spanish love. Served on-draught in Ibiza, (faux)Spain, into San Miguel stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head is frothy, nicely thick, and lacking in cream. Clear transparent gold colour. Meh. I'll drink it, but I don't know I'll like it.

Sm: Nice malt, hints of lime esters, and complex full barley. Very nice.

T: Clean barley with some malt. The lime ester doesn't pull through hardly at all, which is unfortunate. More complex than it maybe has the right to be. Finish is lackluster at best. Fairly built for the style, but well built for the price. Kudos to Spain for having a popular beer that isn't as garbage as Budweiser. Balanced, though the malt feels intrusive. [In retrospect, the Spanish love their unwarranted malt. This was the first beer (of many) I reviewed in Ibiza, and the malt was a consistent feature of Spanish beer.]

Mf: Medium: not too light like many beers in the style (and popular shitebeer category), but not well executed.

Dr: A very good choice for a budget beer, but not worthwhile for the enthusiast.

And ye lads on holiday: I'd better not catch you sneaking a lime into the beer. Don't play coy; I saw you. A beer ought to be released as it's meant to be consumed. None of this adding lime to Spanish/Mexican tropical beers and thinking it's cute. Why don't you order a candied Berliner Kindl Weisse and giggle with your friends while watching Gilmore Girls?

P.S. I kind of like Gilmore Girls. Do I lose manpoints for that? (1,497 characters)

Photo of karait95
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale color, light yellow very translucent with low carbonation all this things are somehow poor, the head is medium, compact white color with small bubbles that dissipates not to fast leaving a lot of traces behind on the glass, good consistency.

S: Barley aroma with some intensity but not too complex, pretty straight just the malty very little sweetness can be felt.

T: Mainly the same thing as with the aroma it is nothing to remember, some barley malts flavors.

M: This one start neutral in the mouth but then starts to get a little bitter at the end with a medium lasting but not to dry it is more like chewing intense but not to pleasant. (651 characters)

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San Miguel Premium Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
67 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.