1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

San Miguel Premium Lager - San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Not Rated.
San Miguel Premium LagerSan Miguel Premium Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

283 Ratings

(view ratings)
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)
View: Beers (11) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of San Miguel Premium Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 283 | Reviews: 159 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of atigerlife


3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Lots of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of adjuncts and light malt. Not much else.

Tastes like a macro lager, maybe a little sweeter than most. Adjunts and light malt. Very straightforward.

Mouthfeel is light, spritzy and cleansing.

Overall, a classic lawnmower beer. I had this tailgating on a hot day, so it fit the bill. Better than most macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 17:29:40 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Smithwick's pint glass at Geroge's.

A: Pours a faint, golden yellow lager color with a thin, one-finger head of foam which quickly reduces to American Macro nothingness.

S: Smell is of corn and slightly sweetened malts; hmm, sort of similar to a Bud product ...

T: Taste is of a straight-up American lager, changed slightly by the overall sweetness of the brew.

M: Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a slight degree of mystery; not enough to get again and again, but quizzical nonetheless.

D:To its credit, a little easier to swallow than Bud or Natty Light, but off-the-beaten-path enough to drink as an import apprentice.

Overall, not a very impressive brew, but better than a standard Bud and probably just gets more points for being an import.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 03:20:46 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of biggmike


2.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drank this swill while in the Marines while stationed in Okinawa. Had one recently for nostalgic reasons. Cant believe I used to drink this stuff on a semi-regular basis. Typical cheap pale lager. No subtlety, character, nor taste. I'm pretty sure this will be my final one.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 09:53:35 | More by biggmike
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 00:14:36 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of livingregret


3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Standard Bottle

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellow liquid. No head

Smell: sweet corn and grain come through the most

Taste: Well...it taste like hops and corn. Not really crisp. Not overly sweet. Pretty standard flavour for a American Lager

Mouthfeel: A bit thin....no real carbonation or kick

Drinkability: This is a average lager that really isn't any better than any of the mass produced generic brands. A little better taste though than say a budlight or Coors

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 05:13:34 | More by livingregret
Photo of enfield249


2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So, this is a Lager. I don't drink a lot of these, but it came in one of those 8 beer gift packs.

A - For style, it's really great. Nice clear gold, lots of bubbles floating about. The head was about 1 finger, and pure as the driven snow.

S - Meh, not much here. What there is is mostly your standard lager smell.

T - This heads a shoulders above Bud or Coors. Not offensive at all, just not very tasty. Clean, refreshing, and a slight beer flavor. It sounds aweful, but for what it is isn't bad.

M - Thin, watery.

D - On a very hot day, at my buddy's cottage in Sand Lake, I could drink 10 of these. It's nothing fancy, or even flavorful, but it's not going to kill anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 23:42:46 | More by enfield249
Photo of mpyle


3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawlike color, and a pretty decent white head (tightly bubbled with some retention). Excellent clarity, of course.

Aroma a bit grainy, but not all that pleasant. Not the cleanest smelling lager.

Tastes a bit sweet, not a whole lot of hop bitterness. Has a slightly cider-like finish, but not altogether unpleasant.

Mouthfeel impacted by the heavy carbonation, but otherwise no major mouthfeel issues. Fairly light bodied, no astringency or warming.

Not a horrible beer for a hot summer day. Not an overpowering brew, with no flavors dominating, but not completely bland, either. Brought it down slightly due to high carbonation - this one would be a belcher.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 18:26:05 | More by mpyle
Photo of nafnikufesin

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 hunteraw


3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of this available in Hong Kong for some reason.

Appearance: Macro lager looking, with a decent head - leaves lace.

Smell: Grainy, with grassy hops. Not incredibly interesting, but not unappealing either.

Taste: Not bad at all. No hint of skunk (huzzah for brown bottles), fairly refreshing, better than expected anyway. Pretty standard flavor profile for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy, big surprise.

Drinkability: Likely to become my standby lager in Hong Kong, although that's not saying much given the typical selection.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 09:39:47 | More by hunteraw
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
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
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

purchased a single so the monetary risk was minimal.

very pale amber yellow with some of the biggest bubbles i've seen in a beer yet..hopefully it doesn't go flat before I get a chance to taste it. Very poor head retention and lacing for those of you keeping score at home.

smells of sweet corn and a hint of floral...something.

mostly sweetness..quite bland with a hint of hop bitterness..a tad metallic tasting as well.

thin, thin, thin mouthfeel...

boring, easy to drink macro. Take it instead of your usual favorite macro and impress your friends when they see you drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 01:33:00 | More by Shadman
Photo of alysmith4

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
Photo of mithrascruor


2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with a thick foamy white head that relatively quickly dissipates to a thin film.

Smell: Grains, mostly. Something is a bit bitter (not in a hop way, and not in a good way) too.

Taste: Grains, malts, and again, that odd bitterness. Nothing too bad, but it's generally unappealing.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, a bit grainy and watery.

Drinkability: Totally managable, but I'd rather drink something else.

This is a generally below-average beer, but it's not too bad. The box shows a bunch of people partying on the beach with these beers, so I guess they must be having a good time and not paying much attention to how the beer tastes. Interestingly, this tastes very much like many Central & South American beers. It's very cheap, but why bother?

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 20:02:52 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of BeerSox


3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear straw color with a one inch bright white head, settles to a thin cap. Stacked lacing along the glass.

Light grain notes, with a little bit of early hops.

Lots of delicate sweet grain with a very dry finish. Light bodied with good carbonation. No hop flavor.

Pretty much your standard American Macro Lager. This one presents itself well and has no off flavors. Who cares if it's not the gold standard of beer, it's great for a gathering on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 01:52:58 | More by BeerSox
Photo of tempest


3/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 05:27:28 | More by tempest
Photo of Shovelbum


2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 22:42:41 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of TheClassical


2.15/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I first arrived in Hong Kong, it was made clear to me that there were all the other generic beers out there, and then there was San Miguel. The Filipino brewery’s flagship lager had apparently made some kind of name for itself. At the time I didn’t mind knocking a few back, because, well, that’s what was there. But when I popped the cap off this slightly chilled beer and admired the somewhat Belgian aesthetics of the 640ml bottle, I failed to remember any distinctive flavors from those months long past. Trusty glass mug in hand, I began to pour, hopeful that San Miguel’s reputation was well-earned, and that I was just too drunk to remember if it was any good.

A slow, generous pour leaves a finger of rich, frothy head. The bubbles cling to the sides of the mug like a freshly-poured Sprite. The bubbles do their slow dance to the surface of the brew, and after letting it sit for a while, there is a nice but shrinking quarter-inch head. There’s a silent streaming vortex of microbubbles rising slowly in the center of the mug to replenish the fading foam.

The smell is not especially strong, but if you get your nose in there, you get a nice lagery musk that seems to have just a slight bite to it: maybe it’s the alcohol, or maybe it’s the subtle aromatic promise of a hop bite or latent citrus, or maybe it’s a combination of both. Either way, this one seems to have a stronger nose than pretty much any of the other weak watery lagers I can find around here (here being Zhanjiang "Middle of Nowhere" China).

The first sip is enthusiastically inoffensive. Flavor runs from my taste buds faster than a fat man at a bacon buffet. A second sip lingers only as long as I swirl the swill in my mouth. Maybe, if you’re really grasping, you can pick out the presence of grain or corn, but it’s weak and very unfulfilling. The tiny needles of carbonation give you the tingly feeling of at least some taste, but ultimately there’s little in the way of anything beyond water, CO2, and the slight edge of alcohol. I now know where those promising smells were coming from.

More sipping leads to more triumphant banality. There’s a somewhat sour finish, odd considering how the carbonation keeps things so crisp and the beer seems to be otherwise sweet; this is hardly to the beer’s merit. It seems as if the goal of this beer is to emulate the middle-of-the-road mediocrity that drives a beer into the mainstream. It’s not a bad, low-level lager – it at least dares to give your mouth some sensation of drinking, unlike most things out of The Big Three – but there’s nothing distinctive about it in the least. I can’t even recommend it as a lazy summer barbeque drink, because the sour finish and carbonation make almost anything else a better alternative.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 14:02:47 | More by TheClassical
Photo of kimcgolf


2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A friend of mine (not a real beer drinker) first had this when oversees, and swore by it. Since I wanted to rate a beer from the Phillipines, I gave it a go. Not much here above your typical BMC. Poured to yuour typical BMC look, and smelled and tasted like Amelda Marcos’s shoes. I drank this down to say I did, but I would actually prefer just having a BMC to drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 16:07:49 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of edmundfitzoil


2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355 ml., almost Belgian looking bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I bought it at Total Wine here in Jacksonville.

The beer poured the expected straw yell with strong, constant carbonation rising to the surface. The head started out promising with an inch of bright white fizzy foam that quickly disapointed me by fleeing quickly. The smell was bland and unsurpisingly corn or grainy. The flavor from this light bodied lager had no hop bite to it in the least and left a sweet corn flavored aftertaste.

This is a pretty uneventful macro style lager, but it provided the desired effect with that night's chipotle marinated chicken. I could have done better, but I also could have done worse; I just don't plan on picking this one up again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 22:34:56 | More by edmundfitzoil
Photo of bluejacket74


2.17/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours pale yellow with a small white head which goes away pretty quickly. Surprisingly there's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is grain and adjuncts and a little bit of skunk. It tastes like your typical macro lager, but finishes with a slight bitter/sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit slick. The drinkability is OK, I could drink a few of these if I was forced to but if I had any other somewhat decent choices (or even not decent at all) I would drink those instead. After drinking one of these, a Budweiser sounds pretty good ...

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 01:17:47 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of BEERchitect


3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty typical beer for the style. Though not a big fan of the style, I enjoy the break from all of the heavy gravity stuff. This offers a welcome change. The beer is safe--not much wrong with it. But there is little to comment on either. A mild bready flavor / texture is dulled by a mild grainy-ness. Mild, ripe fruits take the shape mostly of green apples. Maltiness is low and hidden by an abundance of carbonation. Medium in the body, and mildly creamy to the feel. Could use better hopping to cover up the grainy flavors and feel.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 16:40:31 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of zeff80


3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - 12 oz bottle pours out a clear, golden yellow with a two finger head. It left some okay lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and yeast. Also, a little alcohol aroma was detected.

T - It tastes very much of corn and grains. It also has a slightly bitter kick to it.

M - It is light-bodied and quite crisp.

D - It is drinkable. Not the best lager on the planet but it exceeded my expectations. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 15:21:47 | More by zeff80
Photo of Drew966


2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

San Miguel Premium Lager pours a typical macro yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is corn and grain like. A little sweet malt up front and some hops in the middle. Decent lawnmower beer. Nothing special, not horrible either. Just average.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 00:13:27 | More by Drew966
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue, with a thin bubly white head.

The smell was corn based, with a slight hop nose. Sprisingly, there was a nice aroma of fresh baked bread, which I didn't expect out of this adjunct based beer.

The taste was a subtle, yet balanced, corn backbone tempered with a mild hop character. Nothing too exciting here, but certainly better that the average macro. Very clean and crisp.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp. Dry finisjh and good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and moderately enjoyable macro. Would reach for it before a BMC.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 03:52:18 | More by plaid75
San Miguel Premium Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
66 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.