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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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36
Ratings:
90
Avg:
2.44
pDev:
42.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 90
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 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 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 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 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 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 plaid75
2.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and very good lacing.

The smell consists of an overly sweet corn adjunct and a light flowery hop.

The taste featured an almost cloyingly sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall an overly sweet lager that is difficult to finish.

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Photo of Zorro
2.33/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a darker shade of clear Yellow, from a clear glass bottle.

Smell is mildly sweet with a faint hint of perfume.

Taste a bit of grain and some sweet malt. No real bitterness to speak of. This tastes like a watered down San Miguel Lager.

Mouthfeel is present.

This is drinkable but no where near as good as the regular version.

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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 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 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 TheLongBeachBum
2.33/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 330ml clear glass bottle, Corona style. Sealed with a silver crown cap with blue text which also has the price of “P(eso)19.00”, not sure if that is the individual price or for a six pack. Metallic silver label with a blue band has the words “San Mig” in a white Germanic scripted text, below which the word “Light” is in blue, the neck label looks similar to this too. Listed as a “Low Calorie Pal Pilsen” and listed at 5.0% alc.vol. Freshness date of 08Jun07 appears to be inked on the crown cap.

Appearance: Archetypal straw body with a watery body. Streamers are lonely, the odd one does pop up once in a while. Thin white head runs around and tries to look good but sadly all too soon fades and drops to a thin broken covering, but it leaves some lacing, almost as if to make up for the poor looking head.

Nose: Damp at times with a dunky sweaty finish. Sweet pale malts and some……lavender, yeah lavender….where the F does that come from? Weird! Floral and sweet with a frumpy ending all at the same time.

Taste: Geez, this one comes and goes faster than a nervous teenager with a premature ejaculation. High speed middling bitterness blends with a soft metallic trait and some pale malts. Finishes….uaauurrghhhh…..oh my, all too quickly!! I’m sorry, that doesn’t usually happen to me…..

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with some redeeming features in so much as it doesn’t offend and the carbonation supports where it is able to do so. A plain Jane Light.

Drinkability: Average going, simplistic and median. I can’t say that this is a bad brew, far from it, but it just doesn’t live up to much either.

Overall: Dragged back from the Philippines by a colleague that knows that I like to try new brews. Nevertheless, this is a miss, but certainly no worse than other Lights out there.

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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 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 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 lackenhauser
2.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale sort of gold color. A notch darker then a Coor's Lite. Anyway, pretty pale. Aroma? Where-not quite wet cardboard. Ok sort of flavor. Mild bitternes but nothing else. Almost seemed to come from the carbonation to give it any flavor. Fairly limp body. Rather clinical and bland. I would pass in a big way. Wouldnt even put it in with BMC.

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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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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 daliandragon
2.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another shot in the dark, but I didn't expect much from San Mig Light after not being impressed with the Pale Pilsen itself. Why do they insist on a clear bottle? Pours golden, with a minor head. It also smells like a generic light beer.
That wonderful watery taste of subpar light beer. The aftertaste isn't so good either, with too much carbonation. Mmm..this is by no means a good beer but if I was watching my weight and looking for a buzz, 5% alcohol is okay..

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Photo of Drew966
2.58/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

San Mig Light pours a typical macro yellow with a minimal white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. Bad adjunct corn smells are coming from the glass. Taste is very light, to the point that it really doesn't taste like anything except some mid corn flavors, which is better than I anticipated from the smell. I've had worse tasting light beers.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Thin yellow color with a short lived and smaller white foamy head. Looks like the dog spit in my beer. Some notes of lacing. Medium low level of carbonation.

S: Grain and adjunct are noted, with an overall corn aroma. Not bad, but typical of a macro beer.

T: Bland light malts and raw corn flavors mask an otherwise boring and uneventful beer.

M: Boring. Touches of carbonation make their way to the palate, but other than that, I may as well be drinking water.

D: I guess on a hot summer day I could wack this down like Ike Turner with a beef to pick with Tina. Otherwise, it's very average and lackluster.

Notes: Cool bottle. Would've been better if it were brown.

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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 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 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 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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San Mig Light from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
64 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.
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