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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: 6 | 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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New York

1/5  rDev -64.3%

06-07-2014 23:07:41 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


1/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Back in my Navy days, I would go ashore in Spain quite frequently and the best beer available was San Miguel, a local product. Picked up this single for nostalgia but this is NOT the same beer. Anyways...

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a thin snow white head. Some light lacing. Smells strongly of sweet corny malt.

Taste is also of sickly sweet corn malt. Some faint hops. Malt turns sour as it warms. Ulck... Mouth is lightly sticky, not even any lager crispness and so watery and thin. Brutal to get through. Easily the worst beer I've reviewed. My first all 1's.

Someday I hope to try the Spanish version again to erase the memory of this dreck.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 00:36:46 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

1.18/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This one is just not worth your effort.

Unnaturally yellow hued, short head than settles to a partial fim, buty does actually manage to give semi decent lace - but that is as good as it gets, unfortunately.

Skunky and corny nose. Brutally harsh taste, corn syrup character, unpleasant mouthfeel. Hopless, sweetish. Feh. Just plain nasty as it warms up.

Give this one a wide berth.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 19:29:01 | More by TerryW
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1.25/5  rDev -55.4%

04-12-2013 12:58:47 | More by gnikola
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1.25/5  rDev -55.4%

10-09-2013 14:03:53 | More by Lare453
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1.25/5  rDev -55.4%

04-05-2012 02:53:28 | More by bilbo2012
Photo of mynie


1.43/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well there's nothing like a beer with a Spanish name that comes from the Phillipines. God bless any product that proudly celebrates colonialism--from San Miguel beer to Herrero Massacre Popcorn, they are now a dying subset of the grocery market.

Pours light a macro only with a decent head. Not bad, although the color's a little off.

Smells like light grass and fruit. Very sweet, but nothing particularly repellent.

Ohh..there's the particular repellence! This tastes like honey wine mixed with the dregs of a can of Pabst. Waaay too sweet.

Drain pour. Bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 04:39:15 | More by mynie
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1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

02-26-2014 21:48:55 | More by JIMTRK16
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1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

12-05-2013 20:20:06 | More by NonicPanic
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District of Columbia

1.5/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It's rare that I can't even stomach a beer long enough to get a few sips down. This beer gave me one of those rare moments. The smell was a sour, and the taste was dirty and skunky.

I didn't want to waste the pack, so I made a couple of Michelada cocktails. They were actully quite tasty.. nothing like worcestershire and tabasco to make something taste better!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 19:03:16 | More by alysmith4
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South Carolina

1.7/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yet another case of drinking a beer just to say I had. Wish I hadn't, though.

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a clear, golden appearance with little head. Extremely thin quality to it.

Smell was a little overly sweet, with corn being an obvious ingredient, along with malt.

The taste was truly nasty. The corn finds its way through easily, give a funky, tart, foul taste. Pretty horrible.

Low or medium amount of carbonation, giving only a fair mouthfeel. Just didn't have any legs.

This is one of worst-tasting beers I've tried. It's simply not drinkable. It seems like it's borderline cheap malt liquor. There's nothing to recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 16:27:47 | More by avalon07
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South Carolina

1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

12-07-2012 23:54:16 | More by Damian74Shensky
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1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

06-28-2014 11:12:46 | More by Chronark
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1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

01-09-2014 23:47:50 | More by the_danish_swede
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1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

01-23-2014 02:48:59 | More by midnitesun11
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1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

03-28-2014 03:37:09 | More by ParkbrauFan
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New Jersey

1.78/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale straw yellow look with very transparent. Not much head wise on the pour and there is no lasting head at all. Very plain taste with a hint of malt. Very watery tasting with not much body. It seems to taste like a macro light beer to me for some reason. I'll pass on it next time it's offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 17:41:31 | More by frank4sail
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1.78/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice packaging for this lager.
In appearance it resembles every other "macro" lager out there. Plain corn yellow with a small bubble white head.
Aroma is almost nonexistent , what there is smellsor 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.
Not very drinkable, quite a bore.
Ive had three Asian lager recently this is the poorest. If I had to choose between ,say, Tiger and this Tiger is much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 18:50:15 | More by Reidrover
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1.83/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Typically, I like lagers and seem to give them a pretty fair assessment when reviewing them. This beer is an exception to my generally liking lagers.
It looked similar to Corona or Miller High Life in that its most likely being made of corn is plenty evident. It had a corn smell without any corn sweetness or malt sweetness commonly found in other beers made using adjuncts. The taste mirrored its dry smell of corn, again without any of the sweetness found in High Life or PBR. In fact, it tasted much like PBR; however, without tasting as good (as good as PBR can get that is). Either I just wasn't in the mood or the beer just was not good at all. I'm surprised by some of the higher ratings for this beer (again I usually will like lagers that others on this site seem to not like). To each their own...I can't begrudge someone liking this or any other beer. However, I won't buy any more and need to find someone to drink second of two bottles that I purchased.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 02:39:31 | More by FacistCannonBall
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Quebec (Canada)

1.88/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a medium size bubbly head with average retention for the style. Aroma of light adjunct with sweet notes is more or less pleasant. Taste is very similar to most cheap lager out there with loads of corn and other adjunct which provide a sweet malt backbone. Not worth drinking on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 16:45:19 | More by Phyl21ca
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New Jersey

1.88/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Pale yellow-gold, this beer supports a two-inch thick white head that pops slowly down to a thick mat of soapsuds. It looks like most American Adjunct Lagers, it could have well been a Coors or Bud Light.

Smell- Cereal grain and vegetal aromas, corn mostly, dominate the nose. Cloying sweetness hinders any malt or hop suggestions.

Taste- Again, the sickly sweet palate is just too prominent... it's so over-the-top adjunct heavy that it's really hard to get down without wincing. The final beer of this recent sixer, I opted to sample this one out of a glass instead of from the bottle as I did the other 5... and this should be drunk in the latter of the two choices. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Instantly becoming sudsy in the mouth, there's no complaints here on texture... it remains smooth yet crisp throughout. But the cloying aftertaste and overall character is too fake and contrived... not recommended at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:31:01 | More by yelterdow
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1.93/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Eons ago drank loads of the pale pilsen version of this while I was in the Navy at our home away from home, Subic Bay, Philippines. We always got hangovers which we called the "San Magoo Blues". This one Poured with a small white head and no lace. Color is a very pale yellow and super clear. Aroma is generic world beer. Flavor's about the same and corn sweetened. Body's ok but feels like force carbonation. Some laces shows up towards the bottom of the glass. Finish is blah. Don't plan on finishing the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 23:01:16 | More by drpimento
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United Kingdom (England)

1.95/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've had this quite a few times on tap and in a bottle. Overall this beer never gets any better. Taste is a bit skunky and not a clean smooth taste like some lagers. Not easy to drink too many of these.

Not a beer i'm going to want again I am sure. The name suggests it is a delightful summer beer, but that is just a name, remember that!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 10:41:52 | More by MrAleman
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 05:52:49 | More by rastaman
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2/5  rDev -28.6%

09-10-2012 00:54:03 | More by bostonryan
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San Miguel Premium Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
66 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.