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

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2.58/5
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164 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro 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:
#44,388
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
164
pDev:
22.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
Gots:
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Trade:
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Reviews by HappyHourHero:
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2.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid, dense, bright white head that fades quickly leaving a few specs of lace. The pale yellow beer holds a few streams of carbonation. Aroma of a nice Pils. It's a mix of light malt sweetness and herbal hops. The pale malt sweetness is a bit overpowering and the mild hop bite doesn't stand a chance. There is a faint stale grain flavor that tarnishes the flavor, and the beer has a kind of corn sugar tasting finish. The mouthfeel is simply average. It is too sweet, and there are some faint off flavors that bring this beer down. It's a not-so-good Pilsner, which I guess is what makes it a Euro Pale Lager.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of petewheeler
3.25/5  rDev +26%

Photo of vinivini
2.78/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fionn13
3/5  rDev +16.3%

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1/5  rDev -61.2%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 660ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2012. ABV stated as 5.0%. Picked up from a UK supermarket. Brewed by Carlsberg, and I love the statement on the label that says 'brewed in the EU' - that really narrows it down!

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with a hint of stewed veg/hops. Slightly stale.

Tastes of light malt with a mild bitter finish. Faint hints of stewed hops and overcooked veg. A harsh background note. Mouthfeel is watery, dry and prickly. Somewhat astringent. A harsh bitter aftertaste.

Meh. Subpar, even for industrial lager. Extrememly bland and tasteless - this really is for those times when you're dying of thirst and there's nothing else on offer. Give it a miss.

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Photo of doremite
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SMKilp
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of alesaram
3.25/5  rDev +26%

Photo of jonmikel
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of schavuytje
1.44/5  rDev -44.2%
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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2.55/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear yellow with a medium, frothy, white head. Sweet malts, light corn, mild citric bitterness. Medium carbonation, fine light and mildly dry finish. Flavour is sweet, mild malty notes, some sugar and quite a bit of lemon zesty bitterness in the end. What can I say, this would never be a go to for me, but it tasted OK on a hot summer day.

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2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of fthegiants
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Iaido
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Ant777uk
1.9/5  rDev -26.4%
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 GentleKnight1
2.63/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mishi_d
3.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brinch
2/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of VABA
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jeroen2555
3/5  rDev +16.3%

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3/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.18/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Clear straw color w/light head, bits of tracing. Bottle says brewed and bottled in Morocco, although mother ship is in Spain.

S-Faint aroma of light, sweet malt, noble hops that impart a faint grassy skunk note.

T&M-Goes down like sweet plastic. It's slightly reminiscent of the phenolic band-aid flavor. The syrupy sweetness coats the tongue in an unpleasant way. Just before the finish the plastic comes back out. The finish is actually not bad, but the overall flavor just isn't pleasant. Aftertaste is strange mix of spicy hops, plastic, sweetness. Carbonation is moderate, perking up an otherwise stale experience.

D-Had this last night w/a spicy dish: an interesting chicken in cocoa sauce. The beer went okay w/it, but at times the phenolic band-aid still showed through. Yes, this beer has a lot wrong with it, but it's still drinkable w/fare that drowns out the flaws.

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San Miguel Especial from San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.
Beer rating: 2.58 out of 5 with 164 ratings
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