San Miguel Premium Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Premium LagerSan Miguel Premium Lager

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352 Ratings

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.58%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc. visit their website

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 RoyalT
2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – A lacing bee-bop head over a light yellow body.

Smell – Very faint smell of grain, otherwise not too much to report in the nose department.

Taste – There’s a deeper flavor to this one than I expected. I can taste a respectable attempt at hops, and the beer is somewhat dry. The lame sweetness at the finish though leaves a funky aftertaste. I don’t know what it is. I picked a pear too early from a tree last year and it tasted similar. Unripe fruit, maybe?

Mouthfeel – I like the carbonation level here. It helps make this beer refreshing.

Drinkability – If it wasn’t for the aftertaste I’d almost think about shucking out a few bucks for a six-pack, but this one just barely missed the mark.

Photo of Todd
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 fl. oz. short and fat custom brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale yellow with large carbonation bubbles, which bring on a foamy head that quickly falls to a whispy white lace head.

Smell: Pretty clean in the aroma. Not much to report other than extremely faint grain and hop smells.

Taste: Not an overly malty brew, but a light even malt sweetness is present. Fairly smooth with some coarseness on the palate and a crisp light body. Seltzer water sharp with a tight carbonation, metallic, light citrus hop flavours and a bit of a diluted salt-like sting that dries the palate. Finishes dry with grain husk flavours and metal coating the tongue.

Notes: San Miguel was first brewed in the yeat 1890 under Spanish Royal Grant. It's a 5% abv beer and an enjoyable Premium Lager. Not overly exciting mind you, but I found it very refreshing.

Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date. Bright filtered clarity with a lean wispy white lace. Very pale in colour.

Grainy aroma with sweet corn and a very faint hop in the back.

Lacks in crispness with a moderate carbonation, a sufficient hop bitterness is spicy in a bland way and the same goes for the malt. Faded twang of grain and hop in the finish. Not much to taste but a one sided hop and malt mix.

Weird, this brew taste like Mexican beer. Not horrible but not good either, to be generous I’d say average. If you want average give this beer a try.

Photo of ADR
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale clear yellow, nice 1/4 inch head that seems a little adjunct in quality but is somewhat more persistent. Very little aroma, a slight sense of skunk oil but not hugely annoying. Taste is very reserved, light corn syrup with very little hop distinction. A little grainy across the tongue. Not as unsettling at the close as some macros -- still this beer was somewhat of a bummer in that I'm a fan of the San Miguel Cerveza Negra.

Photo of Shovelbum
2.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin white head over a light golden body. Aroma of corn adjunct, but otherwise fairly clean. Flavor is similarly noted for a bit of adjunct, and a moderate hop bitterness. Slightly sweet. Lean body. Crisp finsih.

A fairly common beer throughout SE Asia and parts of South Asia. In parts of Nepal it was about all that was available. In such cases it's all right, but I wouldn't grab one otherwise.

Photo of glid02
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a few places throughout Barcelona.

Pours a clear straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pilsner malts with good amounts adjunct sweetness. While still cold mild amounts of earthy hops temper the sweetness a bit however they fade as it warms.

Tastes a bit better than it smells. Pilsner malts and sweet adjunct flavors kick things off however the adjuncts don't have quite as much influence as they did in the nose. Midway through the sip earthy hop flavors make a brief appearance, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is also OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was far from a good beer but I think it can make the argument that it's average, especially for the style.

Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Average lager, OK bitterness, but nothing really happening to warrant a high rating, nice to drink when the temp is up, otherwise give it a miss.

Photo of Ecliptica
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If anyone ever asked me to describe a stereotypical beer, this is exactly what I would describe. There is absolutely nothing discernible about this beer that makes it any better than anything I've ever had, though there's nothing terrible about it that makes it any worse. There's very little smell, very little flavor, it tastes fine, and many can be had in a sitting because it's so light. Needless to say, I'm still going to try to do a decent review, though it's quarter of 4:00 in the morning and I'm exhausted.

I poured the San Miguel from the ugly 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The brew pours a transparent golden hue with rising bubbles into a frothy head. The head quickly dissipates with moderate lacing.

The only smell I could possibly tell straight off the bat was that of corn. I figured that would make it taste poorly, but it really didn't affect the taste of my beer too much (though I see it did in others). Other than that, there's very little aroma to this, not much of a malt smell, not much of a hop smell, though both are certainly present.

It tastes like an American light beer. This is one of those beers I tried just to say I've had beer from the Philippines, but this beer is just so mediocre tasting that I don't suppose I'll try any more. There is very little differentiating flavor between this and the plethora of other lagers I've ever had. Maybe a bit sweeter, but nothing noticeable.

The mouthfeel is average (as is everything else about this beer). Very light feel and had I not known it was San Miguel, I would have mistaken it for Miller Lite. There was actually quite a bit of carbonation which I found slightly unappealing, but nothing that really hampers the overall brew.

I'll give it credit - it IS a very drinkable beer if you're seeking mediocrity. For a 5.0% abv just to drink and get drunk off of, I may suggest this (especially for how inexpensive I purchased it). As a college student, I may suggest this to my friends just so they can sound pretentious ("I'm drinking Filipino beer!") while getting wasted for the $1.59 or whatever-it-was-per-single at the local wine cellar. If you're a fan of American lagers and want something a bit more "fancy" (is that the word I'm using to describe this?), I definitely suggest trying this beer out.

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of beerinabottle
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer to drink by a beach in the south of Spain.

Photo of brewerburgundy
2.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear yellow-gold body is topped by a creamy head of bright white foam that settles into a decent collar and leaves some nice but transient lace. The nose is clean and welcoming with a pleasant combination of grainy malt and grassy hops. It's gently crisp and refreshing with a medium/light body and delicate, somewhat restrained carbonation. The flavor expresses everything that the aroma suggests with a bit more depth; nicely balanced by a distinct but mild-mannered bitterness that leads into a short and dry finish. Well brewed!

Photo of WoodBrew
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of prototypic
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In true adjunct fashion, it's very clear and light gold in color. It doesn't stand out from the crowd much thus far, but the head gives it a nice bump. It's foamy white and is easily two fingers tall. No to mention, it took quite a while to dissipate. Lacing was on the lighter side. Easily above average.

As I suspected, it drops off here. But, not as dramatically as I expected. Grains and grassy notes are prominent. There's quite a bit of malt sweetness that doesn't smell bad at all. It has a very faint vegetal smell, but it's not offensive. It's not good either, but it's not nearly as bad as some I've encountered. Some light hops are noted. It's weak and lacks diversity. Ultimately, it's average, but exceeds my expectations.

The flavor profile is on par with the nose. It has a decent sweet, malty flavor. Grains, grass, and earthy flavors linger throughout. There's a light hop flavor that adds a little buzziness and drys it out a decent bit. It has a slight corn-like flavor, but it's not prominent by any means. That bodes well for this beer. It finishes sweet and a little dry. There's not a lot of flavor here, but it's really not bad. Average describes the flavor pretty well.

The feel is probably its worst feature. It's light, watered down, and isn't remotely smooth. Carbonation's buzzy and crisp. Needs some work here. Drinkability is average at best. This bottle's disappearing quickly, but I can't say I'm enjoying. There's worse out there, but I won't be having any another.

Honestly, this beer surprised me a little. I believe it's my first beer from the Phillipines and I was expecting it to be a disaster. That's not the case. It's not good by any means, but it's not bad either. There's far worse adjuncts. No doubt about that. Still, I can't exactly recommend buying any. It's not quite "good" beer.

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I feel like I say this about a lot of the betterr macros, "hey, at least it's inoffensive." It almost has a slight caramel malt flavor, but it fades too quickly to develop past a bland grainy sweetness. If I made a guess, I'd say this was a rice lager from the lack of any discernable character. At least it's smooth and can wash down food. I'd put it on par with Heineken.

Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

San Miguel: From the Philippines. Light yellow beverage with a thick white, dense head, that clings to the side. Very light aroma of euro-skunk (sulfur). Very light in body and taste. This beer made as little impression on my palate as any beer I’ve ever had. I guess it’s a macro-lager without the adjunct taste.

Photo of HalfFull
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and medium straw in color. Half inch white head dissipates quickly, leaving a surface film and some light lacing.

Touch of rice on the nose, some corn and a touch of pils malt/sweet grain. A bit husky/skunky after getting some air, and even a bit soapy towards the bottom. Has a somewhat viscous flavor, lightly sweet and with a lingering light corn syrup finish helped along a bit by a good level of carbonation. Average drink at best. Nose and taste are limited by the thin syrupy richness, particularly with respect, on the nose, to the lack of other participants.

Photo of lelepat
2.27/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of Danielr26
1.68/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an awful beer.

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.51/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a very light yellow with a 1 finger head,not much hanging around though and minimal loacing.
The nose had to get right into the glass to detect anything,very faint grains..maybe lite corn...nothing else,kinda bland.
Taste is the same as nose,nothing there,mild grass,very lite corn with some bitterness comming thru and finished off dry.
Mouth was of medium feel with some spritzy carb to it.
This beer was very bland to me,i got nothing,very easy to drink,can probably pound back a dz. no probs,but it's like drinking water with a spritzy feel to it.

Photo of TAMU99
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of philipquarles
2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly subsides. Smells of sweet grains...quite corny. Slight grassiness, but that's about it. Similar taste; pretty much rice/corn water. Really bland, characterless, and sweet enough to be slightly unpleasant. Light, fizzy body. Something to pound rather than enjoy. An exotic version of Bud Light.

Photo of DaveBar
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
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.


Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with about a 1 inch head. Very faint aroma. Flavor is light but pretty tasty with just a touch of aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth and is fairly drinkable, alot more so in the late afternoon heat walking through the pineapple fields in my wife's village on Mindanao. Overall an o.k. beer but nothing great.

Photo of Trapiste389
3.11/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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San Miguel Premium Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
66 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.