San Miguel Especial | San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.

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2.59/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
Spain
sanmiguel.es

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 11-22-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,122
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
172
pDev:
21.62%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
37
Trade:
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

There seems to be general confusion between the two listings for this beer, and it seems because it is brewed in several locations, and the relevent one might not be indicated on the can/bottle. [I know the San Miguel available in SE-Asia generally is the one brewed in the Philippines].
I bought my 440ml cans in Waitrose London. They show the ABV% at 5.0%. BB: 26/5/19. 'Brewed and canned in the EU by Carlsberg UK Ltd, Northampton'. Does that mean it's not brewed in Spain, it's unclear to me.
L-Quite pale gold, High carbonation. Pours with 3-finger white head slowly reducing to lacing.
S- A little sour, and not much else to note.
T- Quite hoppy dry, into a richer finish than expected. After I noticed the ambiguous origin I feared this was another industrial euro-lager, but it has something more to it than just that.
M- I think it is well balanced between dryness and richness, and maintains refreshing carbonation on the tongue.
O- Nothing particularly disinctive, but nothing actively wrong either. This would be a decent session-beer to me.

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Photo of Renata78
3.52/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tottel
2.08/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of snowmageddon
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of opd213
2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SoPeL
2.66/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.45/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Copix
3.17/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of GentleKnight1
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ant777uk
1.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

It's kind of strange as when you drink the San Miguel in Mallorca, it's a pretty good beer, both as draft or in bottle. However when bought outside Spain, it seems to be different!

This apparently is brewed in Barcelona, and it actually called "Tradicion" as opposed to Especial. Not sure what the difference is, and couldn't tell from their website.

Spanish draft San Miguel I actually like and would give a good rating to. This however is very lifeless and not so great...

Anyway, aroma is very malty. Flavour is quite flat, but improves as it warms up slightly. Not much of an aftertaste and quite dry, very overtly pasteurized I would suggest.

Not a fan, it's a shame as the stuff in Spain is pretty good. Now sure about the Singapore version...

Interestingly on the bottle it does not seem to specify exactly where it is made, it's very possible this is a cheaper and totally different version of the Spanish one, from memory I have had a UK brewed one before that was not so great also...

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Photo of schavuytje
1.44/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A fairly drinkable pale lower, very bright, slightly slightly slightly yellow body, no foam, vague tones of fine malt with a bitter edge; advice good cold for the best taste

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Photo of 22Blue
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fthegiants
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mishi_d
3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of monkist
3.02/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The time has come to re-evaluate the San Mig. After a few years things tend to taste better, but not sure if this one made any difference since then. Tasteless lager with dry bitterness remaining in the mouth... German lager-esque? But it's okay, especially with food, despite its wateriness. Otherwise you might not want to be drinking it too much on its own...

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Photo of Giangio
2.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of yaron73
2.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BlackVeg
3.29/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TobeerAs
2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Unpleasant bitter nose. Light sweet smooth taste. Hop notes rather hidden and unbalanced.

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Photo of emincems
2.99/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire
2.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Campodog
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AD17
2.17/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of 54V4G3
1.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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San Miguel Especial from San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
Beer rating: 2.59 out of 5 with 172 ratings