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San Miguel Premium Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

San Miguel Premium LagerSan Miguel Premium Lager

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264 Ratings

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 20.64%

Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2001)
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Photo of CHickman

New York

3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:02:40 | More by CHickman
Photo of TAMU99


2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 06:44:24 | More by TAMU99
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:34:20 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of metter98

New York

2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 00:29:52 | More by metter98
Photo of chuckybob

3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 19:27:45 | More by chuckybob
Photo of depechemode1983


3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:57:03 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Cylinsier


2.25/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:53:23 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of bat6

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 13:43:43 | More by bat6
Photo of WoodBrew


2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 14:27:57 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:16:12 | More by biboergosum
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 20:14:13 | More by flyingpig
Photo of kojevergas


2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 11:51:30 | More by kojevergas
Photo of karait95


2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 02:29:17 | More by karait95
Photo of Haybeerman


3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear straw/gold color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head with fair retention to a thin skim. Decanted lightly. Intermittent webs of lace.

S: Sweet, bready malt. Green apple and pears.

T: Slightly sweet malts up front. Transitions quickly to pear and green apple consistent with the nose. Finish is smooth and a little creamy (DMS).

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate-to-ample carbonation. DMS in the finish detracted from the feel.

O: I plan to purchase again to evaluate one that may not have diacetyl character. I think the beer had intentions of being pretty good for this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 18:34:30 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of videofrog


2.28/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

San Miguel is on tap everywhere in Barcelona, so I decided to try a pint while I was here. Very uneventful in my opinion. Went pretty well with some awesome tapas. Pale color, Budweiser-esque aroma & taste. Reminded me a bit of some the weaker Mexican lagers. Standard adjunct, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at it if offered. Won't be seeking it out for my bottle collection.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 22:07:46 | More by videofrog
Photo of CuriousMonk


3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle in Spain after I ran with the bulls in 2001. Plain corn yellow with a small bubble white head. Aroma is almost nonexistent, very weak hops and a Busch-like adjunt, chemical like smell. Taste is very weak also, reminds me a lot of Budweiser, weak, semi-sweet and with a weird astringency at the end. Thin over carbonated mouthfeel. Definitely an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 18:02:08 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of beerprovedwright


2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had enough of this beer to float a boat while I was stationed in the Philippines. Nice 2 finger head of off white bubbles, leaves a great clinging lace. Smells of corn and barley, maybe just a little citrus. Taste is that of sweet corn, wheat, barley malt, and just a touch of hops. Some fullness in the mouth, but lacks the punch I was expecting with the amount of carbonation. Not exactly the same beer I drank so much of while at Clark AB, but worth another go around.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 17:56:08 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of pinkano

Czech Republic

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear yellow with not much interesting head
S - sweet malt and maybe some fruit tones (apple, pear)
T - watery, malty, sour and bitter aftertaste
M - low body with medium carbonation
D - pretty drinkable to the summer in Spain.. maybe good with pasta or some fresh salads.. easy and light and fresh

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 20:41:04 | More by pinkano
Photo of Wasatch


2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger slightly creamy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes thrown in. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very slight hop notes. Light body. Kinda Drinkable, one of the better macros out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 02:03:14 | More by Wasatch
Photo of tozz8

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A--Dark yellow. Slightly cloudy. Nearly a 2 finger white fluffy fizzy head with an aggressive pour. Head stuck around for a while with some nice lacing

S--Bright Fruit and malt flavors up front

T--Fruitiness continues with some bready malt flavors with a rice finish?

M--Light to medium body and fizzy carbonation


Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 20:42:21 | More by tozz8
Photo of thekanna


3.98/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium clear yellow bordering on gold with not much head.

S: Malts with a decent amount of fruit, especially some apple and pear, on the nose.

T: Slightly sweet malts hit the palate and open up a bouquet of sweet citrus fruits, apples, pears, and I would hazard to say nectarines. None of the typical astringency associated with a macro lager. Ends rather smoothly on a creamy diacetyl note.

M: Medium body, a decent amount of carbonation, and a creamy finish.

D: I went into this not expecting much, but then was pleasantly surprised. One of the better mass-produced lagers that I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 04:14:02 | More by thekanna
Photo of Trapiste389


3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A goledn straw colored beer, with a rocky, perhaps even lacy head. Not bad for a light lager.

Aroma: Moderate grain and fruit flavor with a bit of metalic/skunky hints.

Flavor first to apear is the heavy carbonation, then grainy/fruity notes with the rice following. Taste disapears very abruptly with little to no afteraste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation and not much else.

Drinkability: This is where this beer does it's best. It makes up for flavor with a nice refrehing drinkabillity, very smooth and light.

I do not usually like these asian adjunct beers but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Not my favorite beer, but not the worst one I've tried either.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 22:22:06 | More by Trapiste389
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fairly standard adjunct lager. Not devoid of flavor in the least. Drinkable - no biting or harsh feel.

The label says pale "Pilsen" beer. This doesn't make me think of Pilsner Urquell - lacks a pronounced hoppy nose and/or taste. If this is in fact cut with corn or rice it's not taking away much from the flavor - which is perhaps equal parts semi-sweet barley mash and subtle cooked cornitude. The taste is one of those tastes that I'm on the fence with - at the right temperature and setting I might puke if I have one too many, and if cold enough and in the right setting, I could knock back a dozen of 'em.

By the way, pours very pale golden, limp headed, almost no bubbles within, very clean. I'd drink this at a party if it was all they had. There are plenty worse. Reminds me a little of a High Life or Michelob.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:16:10 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like some of the beer I get, this one was purchased due not to its quality, but its other traits. This is another one that falls into the category of "I've never had one from there before..." San Miguel Premium Lager is from the Philippines, and, hey... it comes in a stubby!

Pretty much everything about the beer is average.

It has a very bright, clear yellow colour, with a little bit of head that leaves nothing on the sides of the glass.

Its smell is a little fruity, but has that whiff of corn or rice in it, too. Not bad, but a little cheap.

The flavour is pretty much the same as the smell. It has some fruitiness to it, but you get a bit of the cheap rice/corn in the finish.

It has a dry finish, and feels fine in the mouth. Oddly, the alcohol comes out a bit at the end.

It's a pretty refreshing plain lager, but is just fair. No thrilla from Manila.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 15:00:51 | More by PEIBeerGuy
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - average basic light yellow colour, lots of carbonation, small fizzy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - metallic, slightly skunky, light hops, grainy/bready

Taste & Mouth - lots of carbonation, metallic, distinct flavor

Drink - not a good beer in my books.. drinkable.. but I wouldn't purchase again

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 21:42:02 | More by spinrsx
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San Miguel Premium Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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