San Mig Light | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Philippines | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Zorro on 03-12-2004

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Reviews:
36
Ratings:
90
Avg:
2.44
pDev:
42.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 90
Photo of MrSkyGuy
2.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours fluffy, strong carbonation. Looks no different than any other light lager. Smell and taste are both mild. Enjoyed out of the bottle in to a 10 inch glass. Good drinking beer for casual conversation.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.29/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A college chum of mine recently did some overseas charity work and brought back various southeast Asian CANs for me. More proof that it pays to advertise where The CANQuest (tm) is CANcerned!

From the CAN: "Since 1890"; "Only 100 Calories"; "Pale Pilsen"; "Expertly Brewed and Produced by San Miguel Brewery Inc. for Domestic Sale Only"; "Keep the Philippines clean. Dispose of properly."; "San Mig Light only has 100 calories[,] that's why you'll feel light as you enjoy its full beer flavor that's brewed just right. A superior beer brewed in the San Miguel tradition of excellence."

It was a tougher Crack! than usual, perhaps because the vent was more oval-shaped than circular. Once opened, I CANducted a gentle Glug, followed by a swirl in the glass, producing a finger of foamy, bone-white head with minimal retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. It is going to be really cold tonight! Nose smelled lightly sour, and it was hard to pinpoint the culprit, but the Ingredients mentioned "Cereals/Sugar". Ah, how reminiscent of the early days of The CANQuest (tm), when AALs and Light Lagers were the norm. Mouthfeel was thin, watery. No surprise. The taste was, well, rather tasteless. It had a light grapiness with a mild biscuitiness, but it was so light as to be well under the radar. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but a glass of water would have had the same effects. This was not bad, just really bland and boring.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden straw color with a two finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew rather nice for a light brew in a clear bottle. While I was expecting tons of skunk, there was none, instead the brews aroma was quite strong of a cereal smell; sorta like cheerios. Along with these smells comes some corn syrup and a bit of caramel as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste mixed with some caramel. As the taste moves on, some of the caramel fades, being replaced by a blend of light fruits and corn syrup sweetness. All the while some hay and grass develop in the middle of the tongue, with them only fading later more toward the end of the taste. With the flavors that are left at the end of the taste, and with a little bit of a cardboard taste that comes at the very end, one is left with a malty, lightly off (cardboard and corn) taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thin with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the somewhat off and lighter abv. of the brew the feel is quite appropriate and makes for a more easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – A decent light brew overall. Its aroma was very surprising to me, but its flavor was a bit lacking. Nothing all that hot here, but hey, if you are drinking a light beer looking for tons of flavor, then you are automatically barking up the wrong tree. Also for only 100 calories for the 11.2 fl.oz bottle, this light beer packs more punch then the average light beer so….

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Photo of Libeertarian
1.99/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Crystal clear light straw gold with fine and fluffy pure white head of lower retention. Not bad lacing though. Smells like table honey. Similar to a Dos Equis (I should know, had one earlier today). Taste is way different though. Honey component is still there, but for the most part it's — I don't know what else to call it — dry hay, with kind of a medicinal (but non-phenolic) finish as well. While all of this doesn't make me gag, it's far from a compliment. I'm not a horse. I pity the people who feel they have to drink this over not only other San Miguel offerings, but most other light beers. I wouldn't even call it bad, I just have a hard time recognizing it as a beer. At least as far as flavor is concerned. Appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel are all okay or tolerable. Very light body, lots of spritz. This makes it easier to ignore what it tastes like, I think. Surprisingly astringent for what it is, but bubbles up after it's been swallowed. I don't weight my ratings according to a beer's style or price point. I rate them all as 'beer'. So while this may be a decent bang for buck, or even alright for the style, it's just not a good beer, or even a good light beer. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.25/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rating according to style. I feel that for a light beer San Mig Light delivers a fair amount of flavor. Still not my favorite style but I would choose one of these over a Bud Light any day.

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Photo of metter98
2.45/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but left thick lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Faint aromas of skunk and adjunct malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light flavors of adjunct and grainy malts along with more subdued hints of skunk. No bitterness is perceptible, although there seems to be enough hops to mask any sweetness from being noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied, thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I think that this beer really suffers from coming in a clear glass bottle. It wasn't very skunky, but had just enough to detract from the smell and from a lesser degree, the taste.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.01/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand (48 Baht):
Light coloured straw with a clear body and a small, bubbly white head.

Light with faint barely, some lager adjuncts, grassy hops and some citrus notes. There is a touch of skunk as well and the taste is quite bland.

Citrus & cut grass with some skunk and basic adjuncts to start. There is a weak, almost water like taste that follows this and a tiny bit of bitterness.

Light & watery with almost no bitterness. Slightly tangy with strong carbonation that borders on gassy.

Bland & watery with a weak taste and smell, one that certainly lives up to its 'light' billing. The beer seems over carbonated and doesn't have much of note to say for itself.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.16/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had many San Mig Lites in my day and I need to add a review. Is this a great beer - no. Good beer - maybe...not really. Is it affordable. Oh yeah. Value plus adequate quality makes this a thumbs up in my mind. Always poured with a little head - color is pretty weak yellowish tint. The aroma is faint to nil. The taste is pretty standard mass lager thing - but enough malt/hop remnants that makes the faint taste refreshing - especially on a hot Manila day. Again, not great from a hop-head perspective - but in the right setting this is a quality purchase

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Photo of tone77
2.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Back in my room in Hong Kong trying a steady flow of cheap lagers. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a touch of corn. Taste is of weak corn and malts, easy drinking but not a lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is your standard light lager.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.93/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

From the 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 15, 2013. No lime wedge.

The pour is yellow to golden with a small fizzy white head that settles down. If it looks like it supposed to I will always give even a light lager a higher mark on hat count.

The aroma has a grainy, bready note to it with a slight clean, hoppiness but nothing jumps out as unique,.

The body is thin and watery. But it would be easy to pound down quickly on a hot day like a glass of water.

The taste seems to have a slightly fuller malt note than other light lagers as well as a nice sweetness to it. It finishes clean. That's about it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.58/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some corn and vegetal aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer but it's drinkable enough.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.21/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this clear golden colored beer a medium white head that quickly died to a small bisquity quarter inch froth and thin lacing.

Light sour mash grain aroma with a very light hint of corn syrup coming through.

Very light grain malt taste with just a touch of light bitter hops sneaking.

A very light dry aftertaste on this very light bodied beer.

A very watered down version of an American light lager.

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Photo of Jayli
3.38/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in the Philippines... the entire month of March.

A: This beer pours a light maize color with a one finger of white head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal ringlets of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is corn, grain and grass.

T: Taste is well balanced corn and grain flavoring. Grass accentuates the grain flavoring.

M: Lighter body, moderate carbonation, light crisp feel.

O: Goes down easy, ok tasting, not filling, 5% decent kick, nice representation of style. This is a light larger that for what it is, does the trick. This was my go to beer while in the Philippines. A far better option from BMC and refreshing in the heat.

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Photo of Brad007
1.74/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a crisp gold with a frothy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Otherwise, your typical light beer.

Cloyingly sweet upfront. No sir, I don't like it at all. Not much else underneath either.

Light and corny like a midwestern politician. Boring. The kind of beer you buy when the water's bad.

Why bother?

Second that.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.06/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a thick, fluffy white head. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Very grainy, lightly sweet, and corny.. Basically like your typical light lager.

Taste - Light pale malts, somewhat of a metallic flavor.. and a corny sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - I prefer this over the regular Sam Miguels

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Photo of Everydayoff
2.56/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass with no detail about best before end.

A:
Pale yellow color with thick white frothy head with very good retention, it leaves plenty of lacing coat all around the downwards passage, high and fizzy yet effervescence carbonation.

S:
Smell of grain and faint malt, no hop trait is detectable.

T+M:
Upfront by grain with very low bitterness in the end. The taste is light and rather dull. The mouthfeel is light and clean but has some bolder body comparing to other light lagers.

O:
Not pleasurable brew unless for someone who prefers something light but still has some booze.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.59/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml clear bottle - expecting the worst, so let's get at 'er.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one chubby finger of sudsy and loosely foamy bone-white head, which leaves a cross-section of sedimentary lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of stale semi-sweet grain and rice, a bit of metallic, soft acetone astringency, and mild skunky, weedy hops. The taste is wet crackery grain, of the rice variety, that huskiness nothing less than overt, bland watery citrus, more sedate stony flintiness, and dead flower/vegetal hops.

The carbonation is quite low, hardly manifesting to any noticeable degree, the body on the light and watery side, and kind of prickly, smoothness seemingly more than a few evolutionary steps away. It finishes mostly sweet, a weak muddled rice and corn graininess facing little challenge from the ghostly musty hops.

Well now, for a 'light' lager at 5% ABV, and 100 calories, you could do so much worse - this beats the pants off of Coors Light and its ilk. Nothing particularly offensive, and full-strength to boot - granted I'd have to be in a climate like that of the Philippines to really care about this any further than I already have.

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Photo of sm007thie
1.41/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- pretty average color and head. golden in color. head is light and gone before it can be appreciated.

S- dry, with a corny aluminum background.

T- mildly cardboardy. not a lot of good things to point out except that the taste didn't linger. i'm hoping this beer wasn't stored properly and that this isn't the intended flavor.

M- very watery, but ok for the style.

D- wasn't able to finish one bottle.

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Photo of techcommdood
3.14/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a light lager guy. I'll put that out there right now. But, I try to give every beer I try a fair shake. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. I much prefer this over other cheaper light beers I've had, including Bud Light and others of that ilk.

Appearance: Poured from a can into a standard glass mug. Nice clean, clear light gold color and good white frothy head (about 2 fingers) that was slow to thin out. Moderate lacing on the glass. This is a good looking light beer.

Smell: an odd blend of roasted corn and grape skins, to be honest. A little odd but not intimidating.

Taste: More of that grape skin like flavor, almost tart. Very mild barley notes. Hops are indistinguishable though bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel: About par for the course here for a light beer. Watery, fizzy, clean finish.

Drinkability: It's definitely of the party chugging variety. Goes down easy and demands a belch or three with every can.

Overall, if I was a cheaper light lager beer guy, this would be my staple. I was not disappointed, though not particularly wowed either. I give it a hearty "meh" and would definitely choose it over other light canned lagers.

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Photo of BDJake
1.28/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had back in September at Bar One in Phuket while playing bar games with the waitresses and chasing shots. Before the shots, this is what I could tell you.

A- clear bottle showing a fizzy yellow, a little brighter than many light lagers

S- not so much skunky, but grainy and harsh in it's own right- somewhat like MGD

T- the extreme low point for this beer- tart, corny, and with a metallic aftertaste that takes the power of Patron to rinse clean

M- overly carbonated but not heavy by any means

D- apparently it isn't too bad, since I ended up having a lot of them- thankfully Thailand is so cheap so I didn't feel too bad about dumping cash their way

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Photo of BeerSingh
2.7/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was abundantly available in Pattaya and Bangkok, so I gave it a shot to cut down on the calories. It poured a pale yellow colour with no head whatsoever. Looked very lifeless. Smelt of metal from the can and grainy. It had a little flowery aroma though, from the hops I guess. The taste was a surprise though, it wasn't that bad for a light beer. It had a decent malt character, and use of hops was evident - unlike the other SM offering I had, the Pale Pilsner. Mouthfeel was thin, which is normal for a light beer. Not highly recommended, unless you are looking out for a light beer in this part of the world.

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Photo of matjack85
2.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this 12 oz. clear glass bottle in the discontinued bin at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL. I never knew San Miguel even made a Light so I snatched it up and put it in my cart. No bottled on date or freshness date listed, but they did list the calories at 107.6, which isn't all that light.

The beer poured a pale gold color and made a foamy white one finger head that dissipated in about 30 seconds, but surprisingly left some lacing on the glass.

There wasn't much smell to this. It just had a typical macro lager smell. At least it didn't have a skunky smell, which I was worried about when I saw the clear glass bottle.

The initial taste is sweet, which in itself is surprising for a low calorie beer, but the sweetness comes more from the corn adjunct rather than from a quality malt. Then a significant bitter bite takes over, but it wasn't a pleasant hoppy bitterness, it was just bitter. The mouthfeel was light and the carbonation level was medium high.

I didn't care for the overall flavor. It isn't horrible, but nothing I would care to try again either. If you want a good tasting light beer, I recommend trying a Sam Adams Light.

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Photo of BierFan
2.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a short clear 12 ounce glass bottle into a pint glass.

Small fluffy white head. The body is unhazed and a darker yellow than you usually get from light lagers. The smell is of sweet pale malts, no hops could be detected. While I couldn't smell any hops I can taste some light flowery hops and bitterness.

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Photo of Offa
1.25/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is among the worst and most offensive beers I've had, mostly do to an unpleasant, pungent quality in the aroma thjat also dominates the taste.

Light gold, it has a foamy white head that first thins fast but then lasts and coats the glass with some lace.

The aroma is a very unpleasant, eggy, musty old house smell with a hint of bread. Perhaps it is just light-struck, but this is stronger and more unpleasant than I have ever experienced.

The taste is the same, with the unpleasant old-house taste coming through strong at 1st, leaving faint bread-stick taste and a lingering, unpleasant aftertaste. It is truly terrible but doesn't look too bad. I shall ry it again another time but am not too hopeful.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light straw from a clear 12 oz. bottle. A pretty firm white head settles to a bit of lacing in short order.

Smells of corn and cereal grains, a light lager nose, a bit more husky when agitated on the malts. Taste is actually rather sweet for a light beer with an odd drying close that lingers in a slightly cloying manner. Feel is rich for a light lager, likely due to the 'perceived' malt richness. Average drinkability.

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San Mig Light from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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