Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Malt Liquor
Ranked #20
Ranked #30,087
2.62 | pDev: 27.1%
Mar 06, 2023
May 25, 2005
Red Horse Beer: Extra StrongRed Horse Beer: Extra Strong
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Reviewed by SamEyehmam66 from Canada (AB)

2.48/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Tastes like a typical malt liquor, the head disappears very quickly, little carbonation.
Not an especially terrible beer but nothing special either. Average
The 8% alc./vol. kicks in like most similar types of extra strong beer.
Will take a pass on this one from now on.
Mar 06, 2023
Rated: 2.74 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

Jan 29, 2023
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Reviewed by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

2.54/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Red Horse Extra Strong is crystal clear and pale amber in color. Thin streams of carbonation support a cloudy bone white head with fairly average retention.
Taking a sniff, the first thing I smell is generic, almost sugary sweetness. Soda cracker comes in second, lending support to the up front aromas of sugar. Aromas of malt and sugar lead into a center where I smell corn adjuncts and the lagery whiff of sulfur. Mix in the alcoholic burn of this beer's 8% abv and the aroma takes on a vaguely white wine quality. The finish is full of the leafy, fresh cut grass smell of European hops.
On the tongue, flavors of corn adjunct and alcoholic spiciness dominate up front. Those flavors lead right into flavors of sulfur. Those flavors combine in a way that isn't very flattering or enticing. Flavors of soda cracker or baked bread are nonexistent. Sugary sweetness provides an interesting through note, adding just enough to the proceedings to give an unflattering illusion of white wine. Bitter is crisp and bitter.
It's just not that good a beer. It's almost as though the brewery took every thing people hate about lager and distilled them together into one product. Red Horse Extra Strong's only real redeeming feature is that it's inexpensive and it's strong. Beyond, I'd give this beer a hard pass.
Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 2.8 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by MeanMotaScootah from California

3.13/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Bought this at the local Filipino market in a pint can four pack. Pours a large foamy head but then dissipates quickly - clear golden color. Aroma is very bready and malty not much else to speak of. Taste is surprisingly light given the high ABV. I would compare this to Steel Reserve - but the taste is lighter and a bit more bitter yet sweet at the same time. Not a bad beer and worth a try if you're curious.
Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 2.07 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK)

May 16, 2020
Rated: 3.01 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

May 10, 2020
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Reviewed by eric5bellies from Australia

2.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
A - Pours a clear crystal lager colour with a white head that reduces quickly.

S - Nothing of note except some small malt.

T - Again nothing of note that is different to any other mass produced lager.

M - Light body with medium carbonation

O - Not worth the effort. This beer is just an ordinary lager with very little to warrant the extra layout.
Oct 15, 2019
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Reviewed by AlieLagerkolschbock from California

3.71/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Recently introduced to TJ's (at least here in San Diego), Red horse is a smooth malt liquor clocking in at a stout 8.0 ABV. Similar to Steel Reserve in strength, it's a bit smoother and possibly akin to Carlsberg Elephant. Good value at $4.49 for a four-back of 16.9 oz. talls, all served up in a cool can with horseshoe and chess knight motif. To the reviewer who complained about the venerable 'Trader carrying it? Don't like it, don't buy it, wuss!
Aug 13, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by rab53 from Washington

Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by LocalBeerGuy from Canada (SK)

3.18/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
extra strong crisp clean easy smooth to drink with little head that goes away and some carbanion to it overall a not bad beer when best served cold. at 8%
Mar 01, 2019
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Reviewed by lovethisbeer2019 from Rhode Island

4.48/5  rDev +71%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Funny how I am reading many of the ratings for Red Horse. The first time I tried this beer I knew I finally found something that I would truly enjoy. This is truly a situation of "to each his own." I fell in love with Red Horse, the flavour for me is outstanding. I love the higher alcohol content as well as the fact that it is not filling, at least not to me. Loved it the first time I tried it. Not really a fan of lighter beers either. For me, this beer is a keeper and I just recently tried Hurricane, and it is very similar. Found another one that is a keeper for me. Enjoy and drink responsibly.
Mar 01, 2019
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Reviewed by golfrattt from California

1/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
This is easily the worst beer i've had in my entire life. Reeks of a high gravity like hurricane/steel reserve but this turned my stomach. Bought this at a Trader Joe's, what the hell are they doing carrying something like this..?

Lol, this beer made my sick. I'm totally serious.....
Feb 22, 2019
Rated: 4 by crob3888 from California

Jan 04, 2019
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Reviewed by gandres from Philippines

2.23/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | 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: very carbonated
Overall: good beer for the hot weather in the Philippines, and not to get drunk since it is soda the most inexpensive way
Oct 03, 2018
Rated: 2.8 by Jsteez from Utah

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 2.07 by pkalix from California

Jan 07, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

3.75/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Finally an American Malt Liquor!
I know it's nothing to praise but still, as many legends grew around this type of beer I just had to drink it.
Looks a bit darker and intense than a pale lager but somehow you can tell that it's perhaps the coloring. The smell is also not that powerful and the taste also lacks the impression that makes a great beer - but it feels good to drink! As cheap as it is, as poor as it is, it is easy to drink and it is enjoyable.
That being said, I became even more interested in these malt liquors. Looking forward to drinking Mickey's Fine Malt Liquor and that Ol' English 800!
Nov 18, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by mdwhitney from Arizona

Aug 06, 2017
Rated: 2.75 by psmith161 from Indiana

Jul 13, 2017
Rated: 3.09 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Mar 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

2.41/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
From a bottle, pours as clear bubbling yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is very subtle, perhaps bread and corn. Flavor is a train wreck from the beginning. Although there are sweet malt flavors, it's just sad when corn, rice and metallic tastes are more prominent than things like ... well .. hops. Not sure the point of continuing, but OK, despite decent carbonation, the body is thin and unsatisfying.
Dec 18, 2016
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

2.54/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
330ml bottle from Chung Ying supermarket, Glasgow (£2.09):
Definitely a surprising beer & a lot better than I'd expected it to be without it being a must try or anything like that. It opened with a fairly light nose considering the strength of the beer & thankfully it wasn't an offensive or unpleasant aroma, I got some touches of corn & the odd adjunct coming through alongside a basic corn & lager malt body. The taste followed on in a similar vein with only the odd touch of alcohol grain coming through & the sweetness from the nose featuring here as well. It's not exactly a must try offering but it went down a lot better than I thought it would & it's not one that I'd run scared of were I to stumble across it again either.
Oct 17, 2016
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.46/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Red Horse Extra Strong has a thin, quickly-dying white head, a clear, extremely bubbly, golden appearance, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is mild, but one can detect sweet malt and grain. Taste is also mild, for an 8% malt liquor- sweet malt, mild hop bitterness, and not cloying. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Red Horse finishes crisp and refreshing. RJT
Aug 14, 2016
Rated: 2.63 by PsenicnoCRO from Croatia (Hrvatska)

May 06, 2016
Rated: 1.58 by 54V4G3 from Belgium

Feb 13, 2016
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Reviewed by PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

2.27/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Color: light yellow, clear. White foam melts very quickly.
Aroma: slightly floral, slightly malty and metallic.
Taste: malty note, a little wet cardboard or "pharmacy" and less clear metallicity.
High saturation, beer without a body.
Feb 08, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 2.29 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 12, 2015
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Reviewed by InsideLiquorMan from Canada (AB)

2.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Make way for one of the best of the worst strong beers on the commercial market. Imported straight from the dungeons of a strange Filipino brewery and right to your local liquor store, this beer trumps over stronger beers in it's class like Colt 45 and Labatt Blue Dry which clocks in at 8.1%. Red Horse lacks the obnoxious taste carried by the greaseball beer of choice, Colt 45 , and still manages to stand at an impressive 8% which you'll feel pretty quick. Sadly, I don't have the nose to detect a lot of the smells most of the other reviewers do. Taste does a fantastic job of hiding that alcohol taste and still manages to procure a good, stable taste which does not offend or cause projectile vomiting. My first experience with this was a 6pk purchased from a kindly Iranian couple's liquor store. Chuck in a few 2L wine coolers and some Counter Strike: Global Offensive and you end up with the terrorists winning and a killer hangover.

My second and perhaps last encounter with this bucking stallion was a mid-autumn day drink wherein we ended up inside the husk of a broken down combine/tractor wreck drinking Red Horse in 500ml cans and 6pks as well as some more 2L ciders and a few alcoholic energy drinks. The night ended with some Chinese take out prepared by a chef who won the 1983 Hong Kong Peking Cook Off. In short, Red Horse is a hell of beer that, for the ABV and taste, is a great choice for a wild night.
Oct 17, 2015
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

2.99/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Ben drinking quite a few of these in a bamboo treehouse on the beach in Boracay, the Philippines. As a beer, it tastes a lot like a Budweiser with that same grainy sweetness but with a little bit more alcohol in there to add a bit more color to these island sunsets. Nothing special taste-wise, but when it is one of your 3 options (the others being San Miguel and San Miguel Light), it becomes a perfect pairing to this vacation.
Oct 06, 2015
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Reviewed by safaricook from Netherlands

3.34/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I am drinking this cold, of course!
very pale, foam disappears immediately,
Pilsener malt, little continental hops, some booze
Very clean, mineraly, spicy hops are present, some booze
Thin, refreshing
Not a bad beer, surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV and the style.
One of the more drinkable pale strong lagers as it is not overly sweet. This beer is a real surprise for me. I expected so much worse.
Sep 27, 2015
Rated: 3.43 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Sep 18, 2015
Rated: 2.47 by michaelpancho from Philippines

Jun 01, 2015
Rated: 2.54 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 19, 2015
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Reviewed by AdamSpade from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +71.8%
In the Philippines, this beer is delicious! Similar to a Budweiser but MUCH MORE FLAVOR. One of the best beers of this style I have tasted.
If purchased in the states, however, I was terribly let down. It isn't much better than a Budweiser in that case. I don't have the details why. Frankly, I don't care. It's just one more reason for me to visit the Philippines again. (y) I would guess though that the Philippines uses all natural/organic ingredients, and the Americans are stuck with the preservatives and toxins as usual.
FYI: At 8% alcohol, it kicks butts. You'll have a short night if you stick to these. :)
Dec 12, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by MtOrion from Nebraska

Dec 08, 2014
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Reviewed by OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.55/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I'm judging this in the context of its being a malt liquor, and—considering that generic fact—it's surprisingly tasty and well-executed. Compared to your Old-Es and King Cobras, the is exceedingly solid: sweet, but not sugary, with a strong malt-bite that succeeds without a heavy or excessively-thick body, which would undermine its adhenerence to the malt-liquor tenets. A bit of head, and minimal lacing, meets a malt-fruity, yeasty nose, all of which portends well; yet Red Horse tastes even better than those notes would suggest.

Again: it doesn't rank up with the greatest beers, but self-described "malt liquors" rarely do (shout-out to Three Floyds' Region Riot). This is imminently drinkable, however, which is more than can be said for Naty Ice or, say, Steel Reserve.
Nov 27, 2014
Rated: 2.56 by sheenisgod from California

Nov 03, 2014
Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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