San Mig Light
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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Style:
American Light Lager
Ranked #218
ABV:
5%
Score:
63
Ranked #48,837
Avg:
2.47 | pDev: 25.1%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
114
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San Miguel Brewery Inc.
 
Philippines
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  30
SCORE
63
Poor
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entheos from California

2.74/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A bit harsh for a light beer, but the bite is not to harsh to enjoy. It works well on a hot day, but not when trying to analyze the flavors. Aftertaste is a bit metallic.

Apr 11, 2020
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pgm554 from California

1.16/5  rDev -53%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reminds me of soda water without as much flavor.
Lacks character or taste.
This is a meet market brew aimed at those looking for a hook up at the local watering hole.
Kind of a white zinfandel of beers.

Jan 28, 2020
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monkist from Hungary

3.02/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

San Miguel of Spain has this weird off-shot in the Philippines for God knows why, from whom I stumbled upon a "masterpiece" again. First was their staple, the Pale Pilsener I think (which was crap), this time it is their light version - which fortunately seems to have relieved us of its excessive crappiness!
I mean, it is still below average, for being a tasteless, overcarbonated dry Adjunct - but let's admit, even still it is better than most of the Euro Lagers we have here in Hungary.
So I grant it a Royal 3 Overall. Not for being that good, but for it could have been much more worse.

May 05, 2018
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Jasper_Canale from Philippines

2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks: Clear, bubbly and blonde. Has a perfectly white head about an inch thick that lasts a minute.
Smell: Smells like beer mixed with water with added caramel and hay.
Taste: Good enough.
Feel: VERY light, much like water but has a high carbonation that will give it a very crisp feeling when it hits the mouth.
Overall: A good LIGHT beer for those nights that you want to relax and not worry about your growing beer belly.

Aug 11, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

2.71/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear yellow color with a small y white head. The aroma is grain driven with some very slight hops tossed in. The taste is watery with a weak beer flavor. Nothing great, but probably a great type of beer to put away during a hot day at the beach.

Jun 15, 2017
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MrSkyGuy from California

2.14/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Jul 06, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Feb 13, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.2/5  rDev +29.6%
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….

Dec 04, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

1.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Oct 13, 2015
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gandres from Philippines

2.44/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Sunday, May 15, 2011 2:00 PM
Bottle poured to pint glass very cold beer
Sight: Light pale yellow, head, a lot of lacing
Aroma: not a lot, scent smell of malt, nothing else
Taste: watery, not a lot of taste
Mouth feel: good carbonation, good follow through, good finish, slightly bitter aftertaste
Overall: good beer

Oct 07, 2015
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LaneMeyer from California

3.25/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

May 31, 2015
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metter98 from New York

2.45/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jan 12, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

2.01/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Sep 11, 2013
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev +27.9%
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

Aug 28, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Jun 16, 2013
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Feb 15, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Dec 02, 2012
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LXIXME from New Mexico

2.21/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Aug 12, 2012
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Jayli from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Apr 30, 2012
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Brad007 from Vermont

1.74/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Apr 27, 2012
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jsisko01 from Michigan

3.06/5  rDev +23.9%
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

Apr 10, 2012
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Everydayoff from Thailand

2.56/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Mar 26, 2011
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biboergosum from Canada

2.59/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Dec 27, 2010
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sm007thie from California

1.41/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

Jul 04, 2010
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techcommdood from New York

3.14/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Nov 29, 2009
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Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 114 ratings