San Mig Light | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Mig LightSan Mig Light

Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Zorro on 03-12-2004

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1/5  rDev -59%

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1/5  rDev -59%

Photo of kofukasho
1.11/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

A watery, odourless brew that is best avoided.

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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 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 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 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 Robloc303
1.75/5  rDev -28.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of gandres
1.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of botham
1.81/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a straw color with a few fingers of white frothy head. moderate lacings and moderate head retention.

aroma is grainy, with a light floral character from the yeast. a stale undertone is the only other discernable aroma.

taste is more of the same. a light grainy flavor with a touch of floral yeast. little else. stale grains in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is watery.

drinkability is not good. there is not much here in the way of flavor, as one would expect from the style, but the aftertaste leaves one wanting something with character.

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Photo of bird_soul
1.96/5  rDev -19.7%

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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2/5  rDev -18%

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2/5  rDev -18%

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2/5  rDev -18%

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2/5  rDev -18%

Photo of DamienI
2/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -18%

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2/5  rDev -18%

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2/5  rDev -18%

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2/5  rDev -18%

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 BigRedN
2.02/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz stubby pry off clear bottle into a pint glass. The beer is clear, bright gold with a 1/2 inch white head. Head fades to a thin cover and leaves some good lacing. Pretty typical for the style, classic light lager.

Smell: I am guessing if this has any hops they are hop extracts, because it is not skunky, coming from a clear bottle. The smell that there is, well, I did not much care for it. Adjuncty, rotten, moldy, corn. Not very inviting.

Taste: Adjuncts, a little sweet, off flavoring. Overall a bad light macro lager. ABV seems a bit high for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, prickly mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: I had one as part of a mixed six pack out of curiosity. I'll not purchase one again.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I actually rather enjoy the regular San Miguel as a thirst-quenching brew and the San Miguel Dark, while no doppelbock, is a decent dark lager (perhaps a few steps above Michelob Amber Bock). I thought San Mig Light actually had some flavor to it, but of course this is a light beer and the flavor that was actually present wasn't at all that exciting.

San Mig Light pours a yellowish gold color with a thin bubbly head that disappears very quickly. Has somewhat of an uncleaness to the smell that seems typical of light lagers. Smell is mostly fruity with those unclean musty/soapy aromas present along with some corn. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. As mentioned, there is some flavor here. The fruitiness once again seems dominant and reminds me of pears (I've noticed this trait in some other light beers too). The adjuncty corny/gritty taste is here, and a presence of a "fake" flavor makes its way through as well (I'm inclined to say a plastic flavor). Overall the brew is sweet with a low dryness in the finish. The aftertaste has a lingering corny sweetness with no bitterness, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

The back label mentioned this brew having the same "full-bodied" flavor and alcohol level as the regular San Miguel, but less filling. Sounds the the Filipinos might be attending the Miller school of beer marketing. For a light beer, not too bad but overall not too exciting.

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San Mig Light from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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