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San Miguel Premium Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Premium LagerSan Miguel Premium Lager

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283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

New York

4.75/5  rDev +69.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

San Miguel Premium Lager has a balanced taste and a slightly sweet finish and a crisp mouthfeel. There is nothing overwhelming about this beer's taste, but it definitely has flavor. The balance of flavors is the key to this beer. It is extremely drinkable in large or small quantities.
It is not for beer snobs as it isn't a super strong micro. But it is a perfect lager for a hot day when you are tired of Hefewiezen's but you want something refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 01:05:46 | More by cfliegel
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4.25/5  rDev +51.8%

10-08-2012 13:15:42 | More by intoxabroad
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4/5  rDev +42.9%

12-09-2011 18:57:51 | More by valkyre65
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Average fizzy looks with a golden color.

Smell - Nice aroma with hints of licorice and vanilla.

Taste - A mild sweetness in the flavor, again with hints of licorice, with slight evidence of alcohol towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a crisp texture.

Overall a surprisingly flavorful yet refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 17:42:13 | More by nafnikufesin
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4/5  rDev +42.9%

11-14-2011 07:15:20 | More by Sachsenfreude
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4/5  rDev +42.9%

04-06-2014 22:53:42 | More by Corburk
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4/5  rDev +42.9%

01-16-2012 05:26:57 | More by sh00ky
Photo of Camille

4/5  rDev +42.9%

11-30-2012 04:27:57 | More by Camille
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +42.9%

11-27-2011 22:26:39 | More by cools007
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3.98/5  rDev +42.1%
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
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3.85/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with good clarity and active carbonation. Fizzy white one and half finger head drops quick but retians a thin cap well- little to no lacing. Rice and corn aroma- mabye some pilsener malt. Adjunct flavor with a pilsener snap and pale malt sweetness. Semi-dry aftertaste with a subtle fruitiness and weak noble/spicy hops.(saaz?) The high carbonation, thin body, and clean finish give it a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and good drinkability. Some actual depth of charcter here, and certainly better than your average american macro.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 06:43:19 | More by PBRstreetgang
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3.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Underrated IMHO
I drank this from the bottle on a hot day, it was also my first beer off the beach. That disclaimer being set forth this was a pretty damn pleasant brew. I have to decline on appearance evaluation, but the view into the bottle looked nice, there was a great fragrance jumping out of the bottle as I raised it to my lips, a nice malty noseblast. The taste was not thin as the average macro, but full bodied for a lager with a great carbonation level. Taste was well balanced with a significant hop bite. I gobbled this one down and enjoyed every drop. Well above average.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 20:36:35 | More by surfmeister
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Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a long tulip glass.

Appearance - Straw-yellow with heavy, heavy carbonation and tall fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Impressive lace along the sides of the glass.

Smell - vegetable aromas with a rough grainy malt underneath.

Taste - some sweet malt immediately gives way to a creamy smooth flavour with a short, clean finish. The carbonation was not as nearly as peppery as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel - fairly even and decent flavour and smoothness. Interesting and enjoyable.

Drinkability - goes down very easy and to put away 6 of these would be a delightful assignment were it not for the expensive price of $15 a six.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 02:51:44 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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3.8/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

San Miguel pours crystal clear golden amber from a 12 oz dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over three fingers before turning rocky and dropping to a full ring with islands and shoals of foam along with more than ample lacing.

Nose is of damp grain with a slight side of cooked veggies and fresh cut grass, but not offensive in any way. Palate is smooth toasted sweet barley malt, followed by the bight of carbonation.

San Miguel Premium Lager is a brew you can settle down with after a hard days night and not feel left empty handed.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 08:22:31 | More by BeerBob
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3.78/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sunny clear yellow beer.

Smell is perfume, grass, and spicy.

Taste is a bit sweet and full of clean bread flavors. Mild perfume shows up in the taste too.

Mouthfeel is average.

Very drinkable. This is my standard "Cheap Beer" Usually $9 a 12 pack of bottles. Why can't Budweiser make something this good for the same price?

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 03:08:48 | More by Zorro
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3.75/5  rDev +33.9%

12-26-2013 00:36:08 | More by MichaelPatch
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Clear, pale gold in colour. White head foams up to 1/2 inch before reducing to a thin circle around the edges. Decent amount of lacing down glass sides.

Aroma is sweet and grassy with undertones of corn, light malt and skunk hops. Somewhat intriguing, but I don't know if it's more because of the aroma, or because I haven't had a grassy smelling beer in a long time.

Sweet flavour with hints of grassy hops and corn that is nicely balanced. A little mild aftertaste that doesn't overstay it's welcome. Mild and smooth.

Light bodied mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice amount of carbonation.

This is actually one of the better lagers I've had recently. This isn't a big beer meant to blow your socks off, so don't expect that. This beer is what it is, and that's a smooth, well balanced, easy to drink "grassy" lager. I know some people aren't fans of the "grassy" beers, but I'm not opposed to them, and I actually rather enjoyed this lager. A nice refreshing beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 01:55:18 | More by Noxious26
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean and crisp pale malt scent along with adjuncts that refreshes and finishes dry. The taste is decent as well. It has a refreshing pale malt flavor with an adjunct lightness and a dry lager yeast finish. It has that Mexican style aftertaste and a grainy malt quality. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking lager. It has decent flavor and good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 11:47:59 | More by WesWes
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3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into pint glass

A: clear straw-gold. Big white head with impressive retention.

S: Noble hops and some grassiness were the first thing to hit me when I poured. Other than that, it smells like a typical fizzy yellow beer but sweeter and maltier.

T/M: Sweeter than a typical adjunct lager. Minimal to no astringency. Tight carbonation cuts the sweetness. I don't taste corn, and I'm actually guessing there's no corn in the grain bill because corn isn't native to the Philippines. If there's rice in there, I can't taste it. There's some mild, unobtrusive hop bitterness in the finish, just enough to balance. It is a little grainy and grassy at times, but I've had enough adjunct lagers to know it comes with the territory and is just a side effect of the beer being a little too warm.

D: Fizzy yellow beer that doesn't taste like corn or rice? I'm in. Perfect for all-day drinking when it's 95 degrees in the shade.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 23:42:46 | More by MurphyMacManus
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3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Philippines, this mass produced beer is outstanding ice-cold. A pleasant surprise with no objectionable flavors. Has a mild cereal like aftertaste with a light hop. Can drink massive quantities of this relatively light beer on a hot day without any hangover effects.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 18:47:07 | More by stoutman
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Russian Federation

3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale, medium level of carbonation, thick creamy head, beautiful lace.

Smell complex, with malt, hops, herbs and some hint of spices.

Start grainy, almost chewy, body small but rounded, good malts-hops balance, acidic finish and pleasant fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Not bad at all!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 19:52:15 | More by ernie
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3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow brew with a frothy white head.

Smell: Buttery hop presence, some sharp metallic aromas.

Taste: Minor malt flavor that is embraced by a touch of hop flavor. Ends up being pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light body, very crisp and clean.

Drinkablity: The brew is very easy to consume. Just looking at the bottle reminds me of good times in the P.I.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 04:58:37 | More by SargeC
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a perfectly transparent, apple juice gold with a fluffy, two-fingered marshmallowy head. Decent lacing around the sides of the glass as the head slowly dissipates to a 1mm glaze.

S - Corny/grainy and malty smell aroma to it. Nothing too strong, nothing incredibly flavor-full.

T - Corny, hoppy, malty, and a touch sweet. Reminiscent of a domestic light beer such as Miller, but definitely a more substantial and less watery flavor than that American beer.

M - It's got a great mouthfeel (when compared to similar domestics like Miller). It's also got a pretty decent thickness to it compared to what you would expect to be feeling upon first glance of this beer. Moderately filling, and not watery.

D - Personally, I like San Miguel much better than any of the light domestic lagers/ales/pilsners, and being 1/2 Filipino myself, it's often my choice for a party beer - it sits well in the stomach and leaves room for a plethora of food. A very easy-going beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 04:29:57 | More by Popkorn615
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South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is average in all respescts with the exception of taste. This is an impressively clean tasting beer. The color is spot on, but the lack of head retention damages the appearance score. The smell is clean with the exception of some corn and cheap grains. The mouthfeel is as expected to style, but nothing to write home about. The drinkability is decent, a pretty nice, drinkable adjunct lager. A big plus is that this one doesn't give me a headache after 3, like some adjunct based beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 05:35:41 | More by grayburn
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3.5/5  rDev +25%

11-16-2012 18:05:09 | More by hadlance
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San Miguel Premium Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
66 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.