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

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San Miguel EspecialSan Miguel Especial

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San Miguel Fabricas De Cervaza Y Maltas S.A.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 11-22-2005

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This says something about the brewing industry - I picked up 4 x 500ml cans of Stella Artois and 4 x 500ml cans of San Miguel for the low low price of $20, and after tasting the two back to back I could not detect any noticeable difference between them. Stella I've had before and gave it a glowing review, it is a damn fine brew, but the brew I got in the can of Stella was not Stella, and I'm pretty sure the brew I got from the San Miguel can is not San Miguel, I suspect there is a recipe for "Lager A" which is being sent to a variety of breweries and churned out into to different labelled cans... evidence of a brewsipracy grows by the day.

Poured from a 500ml can into a stein.

A: Clear yellow body with no head just some white lacing.

S: Smells afoul of the typical Lager skunk you get with cheap Lagers. Apart from that there is some green apple peel, touch of adjunct corn and a hint of sour yeast. No hops, but were you ever expecting them from a cheap Lager? If so then shame on you.

T: Malt base dominates the flavour with its adjunct mediocrity. A bit devoid of any taste really but if you had to describe it you would say corn, grains, followed by a hint of sour yeast and finishes with German Lager dryness rather than classic bitter hop finish.

M: Borders on watery, light to mid bodied with mild carbonation.

D: Not terrible as other macros, however this is definitely an instance of "You get what you paid for", a cheap taste from a cheap Lager, nothing more nothing less. Wont go out of my way to try this again, but I'm still not even sure if this really is San Miguel or if it's "Lager A" so who knows.

Food match: Greasy doner kebab with extra garlic sauce.

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can. Lager glass. Enjoyed on julĀ“12. Pale straw color. Crystal clear appearance. White, brief crown. Herbal, hay aromas & cardboard odor. Sweet malting & citric bitterness. Grainy & fizzy. Light body, high carbonation. Watery texture. Dry bitter finish. Fat & boring.

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Drunk on my executive hotel balcony in Mallorca earlier this month.
Looked like every other pale Euro lager you've ever seen but there was some individuality here. Too bad it was mostly distinquished by the taste of over boiled cabbage/brussel sprouts, skunk, rubber notes, cigarette butts and a faint wavering of malt.
Smelt no different either. And slightly over acidic in the mouth too.
Certainly not to be repeated. Fortunately a distant memory once I was in the middle of dinner with a bottle of Macia Batle Crianza.

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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 168 ratings