Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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Red Horse Beer: Extra StrongRed Horse Beer: Extra Strong

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San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 05-25-2005

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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by krazyboi:
Photo of krazyboi
3.25/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from two 12 oz bottles into a 30 oz glass mug.

A: Very light amber color with a small head that recedes very quickly. Leaves a lot of lacing down the side, but not the prettiest lacing by any means.
S: Sweet, malty, caramel.
T: Sweet, slightly bitter with a certain metallic aftertaste.
M: Light bodied, high carbonation.
D: This beer is not as bad as the ratings would suggest. It's definitely not the greatest beer I've tasted, but it's certainly not the worst. It seems that it would be a refreshing and a quite strong beer for a nice summer day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of InsideLiquorMan
2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Simple 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden straw color with a thin white lace on top.

Mild fusel alcohol in the nose, suggestions of rose petals and fermented sour mash.

Smooth a crisp with a mild acrid twang from the fermentation. Cereal grain and mild malt with little hop character ... just bitterness to balance. A little too wet on the palate ... watery IMO. Usually there is more of a definitive corn flavor to malt liquors. Clean finish with some residual dextrin like sweetness.

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Photo of valkyre65
2/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of Brenden
2.66/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

With no idea where this came from and no expectations, I've still got a little trepidation regarding this one. Nevertheless...

As expected, it's a fizzy pale yellow beer with an equally fizzy little white head that remains as a thin foam that leaves a likewise thin ring of lace at the top and very thin little spots of lacing in moderation on the glass.
Sweet & sour cereal grains and fusel alcohols along with a vague note of leaf makes the aroma pretty much what I could expect, though not as terrible as I was afraid it might be.
Corny sweet in the flavor, the cereal grains are just that but with a touch of malts, too. A lightly metallic note comes in the middle, maybe off the leaf, and it finishes sweet. It's close to being cloying, and might verge into that territory, but not as badly as some.
Thin and watery as well as fizzy in the feel, this light-bodied beer is sweet in the feel but goes extremely dry into the finish. Still, it's surprisingly clean and, when the fizziness fades, somewhat crisp before it falls off.

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Photo of intoxabroad
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of biboergosum
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml can. The label says that it's made in Vietnam by the San Miguel Corporation - outsourcing and overseas contracting, eh?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with lots of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy bone-white head, which leaves some sudsy cloud pattern lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of sweet and grainy rice/corn adjuncts, in the form of the bread they might have otherwise made, a sharp, yeasty, fermenting white wine fruitiness, burnt sulfur, and a metallic booze astringency. The taste is more of the same - corn husk, soaked rice, yeasty, stale orchard fruit, a gunpowder-esque chemical astringency, flinty alcohol, and some tame skunky, floral, and weedy hops.

The carbonation seems to have been mostly bled out by the heady pour, rendering only a tiny frizziness for the rest of this unholy play, the body a fairly solid medium weight, but cloying and pithy as all get out, smoothness just somewhere over the rainbow. It finishes off-dry, more adjunct sweetness, chemical cleanser, and booze warming notes rounding things out.

As far as malt liquors go, this ain't half bad, but I guess I mean that in the literal sense, like half of zero is still zero...swish! Yeah, imbibe this only if your taste buds, humility, and bank card are all taking the day off - or have for some time, my condolences.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.08/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red Horse Malt Liquor

A- Light clear ornage with a small quick fizzing head.
S- Not much here. Alcohol and grainy malt. Very faint.
T- Sweet buttery malt with grass and a boozy alcohol bite.
M- Sweet and buttery up front, turning to more fizzy boozy and chalky in the end.

Overall- For a Malt Liquor this isn't too bad. The smell and aftertaste knock this 1 down a notch.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice amber color with a bubbly white head. No head retention or lacing.

Sour and bitter on the nose. Hands down the worst beer I've ever smelled in my life that hasn't been thrown up. Because in fact it actually does smell like throw up, wife confirmed.

Flat malty flavor with a little alcohol. Very similar to other Asian beer flavors. Must be the water. A slight hint of smokiness similar to the smokiness of a scotch. A little soapy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall the beer is ok if that's all you got left in your fridge. Burping up this beer is as bad as it smells. The only reason I'd ever buy this again is to get another confirmation from a fellow beer drinker that this beer smells like Vomit.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Horse pours a very dark gold/amber body beneath a short head of bright white froth. The head retention is limited, and it drops shortly to nothing more than an average collar. Lacing is limited as well.

The nose is limited as well, with some basic malt that has a touch of sweetness to it, and a note of alcohol that combines with the sweetness to lend a mild floral note.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a restrained carbonation.

The flavor expresses a basic maltiness, some nice yeasty fruitiness, and alcohol. The alcohol isn't outrageous, however, for a beer of just 7% by volume it should be more subdued than it is.

It's very nicely balanced by a bitterness that lies just below the sweetness level of the malt, and it finishes mostly dry with a minor bit of lingering maltiness.

As far as malt liquors go, it's pretty well done. It's more restrained with a thinner body than usual, less alcohol than some examples, and less adjunct sweetness than is normally found. However, the floral character can become a bit cloying as it warms.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is soapy, alcohol and metallic. Not great.
The taste is not too bad, fairly sweet overall but retrained for a malt liquor. Not a hint of bitter.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
It is what it is.

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Photo of DoktorEd
3/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of bashiba
1.06/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured a light amber/gold with a soap ring like head.

Smell is awful, I would like to give it less than a one. Smells like sweet and stale corn syrup.

Taste is light and sweet and fruity, with an old corn syrup flat 7up like quality. No hops to speak of, just plain awful.

Mouthfeel is thin and oily.

This is possible the worst beer I have ever had. I am so glad I split this bottle three ways, because drinking four ounces was a bit of a struggle.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Very mild malt and corn aroma. Taste is crisp with some malt and corn flavors. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. I drank a lot of this in the Philippines and was happy to see it here in the USA for the first time. One of my favorite malt liquors.

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured a bronze-orange with a thin, fizzy styro-foam head that quickly fell leaving only a slight ring lacing behind. Visible carbonation was light.

S: The nose was neutral, with cold stale grains at best, and not much else here.

T: The beer starts off very fizzy carbonation bite, oranges, honey and light caramel. There was a sour caramel malting upon warming. Overall the flavor was bland, boring, and very macro-like.

M: fizzy, oily, sour, astingent with a sour caramel and orange lacing on the tongue (not particularly a good thing).

D: Unimpressed all around, drinks quite easy for its 7.0%abv but still not enough reason to do so.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.15/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a solid yellowish straw color with a nice head that subsides slowly. Nice faint smell of malt. Very faint. The taste isn't very well balanced at it is rather sweet. Could use some more hops, though I can feel the bitterness bite through in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is alright, with a decent amount of carbonation to keep things interesting. This is a fairly drinkable beer that I will drink again sometime soon.

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Photo of Fusion7777
2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The official beer of Filipino galivanting and camaraderie, the 8% ABV makes Red Horse an excellent choice for those seeking a cheap buzz. The 1 in 6 crazy horse bottle is stuff of legend. Actually not terrible, tastes like a bunch of cereal grains processed industrially. Metallic aftertaste and bone dry going down. Quite filling, but a good time.

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Photo of BierFan
3.29/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big white head doesn't last for long. The body of the beer is a darker yellow than most pale lagers, but is on par with malt liquor.

Smell: Pale malts and very light flowery hops. Much better smell than any beer of this style I've had before.

Taste: It doesn't taste as good as it smells but it's still really good for a malt liquor.

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Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. No date.

A - Insanely effervescent clear, gold with a loose, huge head that dissipated almost immediately and left nothing.

S - Sweet corn, rice, ginger soda, and a weird citrusy thing. Smells like a weird soda.

T - Sweet roasted corn and sweet malts with a straw flavor and ginger soda finish. It also has an apple cider flavor going on too. Not offensive but not good. [On second thought, it became more offensive the more I drank.]

M - Well, it's lighter to medium in body with a very sharp carbonation bite. Can't really expect more more front something with that many bubbles.

D - It's got 7% making it appeal to the part of the drinking population who wants to get hammered. Would I ever have it again? Hopefully not.

This was brought to a party by my friend who, bless him, got it instead of a wheat beer because they store worker said it was, "fantastic". I need to ask him what store it was and slap that person.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.41/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +33.6%
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

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Photo of Brent
2.28/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Other than the novelty of trying a beer from this country, I can't think of a good reason to have one of these. Poured a gold tinged with amber. Aroma was slightly medicinal. Sweet malt with a slightly rough grain edge was pretty much the extent of the entire flavor roster for this beer. Not undrinkable, but hardly enjoyable.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 500 ml red can, convenient as I didn't have to buy a 6 pack to try this. I love the ingredient list on the can--"Ingredients: Water, Malt, contains any of the ff: Cereals, Sugar, Starch, Hops." Has it been in contact with nuts?

Pours out a translucent rustic golden hue, creamy white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Some bready malt, more rough grains, corn and veg however in the aroma.

For a malt liquor it's surprisingly smooth in the flavour dep't. Husky grains, yet some bready malt stands in front of it, mild corn in the middle and veg hops(?) on the finish, a low lying alcohol warmth throughout, close to a burning presence on the finish and into the aftertaste.

Once again, surprisingly, the mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth, in fact far more impressive than most macro lagers out there. Props to that.

Well then, better than I expected in some aspects, even more palatable than most domestic malt liquors and many domestic macros, yet isn't really what I'm itching for most days. However for those of you in the crowd out for a fairly smooth and drinkable cheap buzz, this is your stuff. If Mountain Crest catches wind of this stuff it'll sink their ship.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this beer in an Oriental Supermarket in Ghent, Belgium. The well used, obviously returnable orangey brown bottle held 500ml of beer, the rear label quoted 6.46% ABV.

Poured into a 'La Chouffe' tulip glass three times.

Very pale urine colour with a good clean white foaming head on each pour. Carbonisation bubbles rising through the weak looking body throughout the review. The heads fell away from their original large toppings to a thinner but still deep covering.

No aroma for me, not even a hint of malts, so it got my normal 3 for a non smelling lager style beer.

There is a smattering of hops and malt in the taste but other than that nothing I could find at all. The alcohol is evident from the outset and because the beer is so thin in the mouthfeel and without any body, it takes over very easily and becomes the main feature.

I'm no expert on this style but this can't be a good example surely?

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Red Horse Beer: Extra Strong from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 2.59 out of 5 with 126 ratings