San Miguel Pale Pilsen
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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German Pilsner
Ranked #786
Ranked #47,823
2.74 | pDev: 22.26%
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
San Miguel Pale PilsenSan Miguel Pale Pilsen
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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.87/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in a stubby style bottle with graphics screen printed direct to bottle - nice old school feel. Color is light gold with a med. high carbonation. Aroma is malty and sweet with an odd fruity citrus smell going on, mouthfeel is light with a some coating on the tongue. The finish has a slight hop bite which is in line with style. Taste in general is crisp, light, more bitter than American style pilsners with some odd citrus notes so if you had to grab a Bud or a San Miguel I'd go with the later.

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Photo of jdurey
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Average beer. Wanted something cold and that would provide a buzz but without being heavy. This beer is Highly drinkable, however it is completely unremarkable.

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Photo of gatornation
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color, smell was rice,corn,grassy lemon. Taste followed nose but with a stale musty after taste. Mouth feel was crisp with high carbonation. Had this one at a new fusion/asian restaurant ,not one to seek out.

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Photo of Aptosblue
3.07/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Very similar to other light beers but its redeeming quality being sweet aftertaste and decent mouthfeel. I might pick this if a bar doesn't have anything interesting or i just want something easy to drink.

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Photo of Foyle
3.48/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served into pilsner glass. A 1" sudsy white head falls slowly with some mild lacing. Color is clear light gold with carbonation slowly streaming upward. Aroma malty grain, grassy hops and a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is light and a lingering, slightly astringent finish. Flavor of light toasted bread, biscuit, with mild grassy hops. Overall it a decent lager, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of skullforest
3.42/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle beer - drunk from standard pint glass (slightly biased opinion being I drank alot of this in the Navy as a young man - it tasted better now than then)

3.75 look - Super clear and golden very little head that dissapated quickly. Love the color and clarity, but head gone real fast no lacing.
3.5 smell - Yeasty, bready, corn and sweet.
3.5 taste - Yeast, bread, corn , slightly bitter finish. taste really lingers for a while. reminds me of a slightly milder version of Baltika 7
3.0 mouthfeel - dry crisp lots of carbonation. slightly warm finish.

Oddly been liking this style of pilsners like this and Baltiki 7 lately (Taj Mahal if my memory is right) i have had a hard run of high alcohol hoppy beers lately maybe that is just it.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Honestly I wasn't expecting much from this beer. Got a six pack from a co-worker. I have to say I was little surprised. It's certainly not the best beer I've had but this is a perfectly acceptable beer and a good representation of the style. It's a light, crisp beer that's easy to drink.

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Photo of Blackop555
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden. Foamy, short, white head that fades slowly.

Smells bready malt, grainy, hint skunky and light grassy.

Tastes great sweetness, malty, raisin and light grassy. Finish is Semi dry with grassy linger. Light body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.71/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz bottle into a conical pint glass; no production data.
A: Pours a perfectly clear, pale golden color with robust carbonation, leading to an at least one inch head, but little head retention and no lacing.
S: Aroma mostly cracked grain than baked bread, with a little herbal/grassy.
T: Palate follows nose, with the grain end of flavor predominating. Lightly bitter with a little bitter aftertaste.
M: Light bodied with solid carbonation. Fairly refreshing.
O: This was a reasonable example of the Pilsener style. If we are comparing this to other Pilseners, it's actually a pretty well made one. I also appreciate that it is placed in brown bottles, as, despite being imported from the other side of the world, it drinks fresh and unskunked.

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Photo of hman43
2.62/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: It pours light golden with a white head It has moderate head retention with some lacing.

Smell: It has grainy sweet aroma with some herbal and grass as well.

Taste: The flavors are dominated by a malty, grainy sweetness. There are some grassy elements with herbal flavors as well.

Feel: It has a moderately light body with moderately low bitterness. The aftertaste is grainy sweet.

Overall, it is a lager with mostly malty aromas and flavors, but not without some hops that are noticeable.

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Photo of FreshYeti
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks like a pilsener. Head is more pillowy than american adjunct lagers that I’m used to, but still soapy enough to dwindle to a thin layer as I type this.

Smell is a cross between coors and corona. That beery macro smell with an extra hint of skunk sweetness.

Taste: whoa. There’s definitely something different here. Honeysuckle, brown rice, sugar cane. With so little backbone, the 5% ABV is detectable. Further swigs reveal leafy greens, tree bark, and green bell pepper. I’m glad I tried it because it’s something different, but I can’t say I’m enjoying it.

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2.31/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

L: Packaging in the PH looks great and rustic; the glass bottles give off a familiar and cozy feel. Beer itself is light golden in color, very clear and has quite an amount carbonation.

S: You'll notice a very sweet , almost floral, aroma once you open it. The smell is most apparent when you meet up with someone who has been drinking at most an hour ago.

T: Being marketed as beer for the masses means it would taste something like it (A liter costs something like 70 PHP retail or around 1.20 USD in the PH). Quite sweet and floral when you start drinking with only a touch of bitterness at the end. I wouldn't describe the bitterness a something liken to hops. Eventually the bitter aftertaste of the beer will overpower the overly sweet taste that is initially dominant (after going through 1.5L of it perhaps). Generally poor taste compared to other mass brewed pilsners.

F: Has a very light body and continues to feel as such no matter how much you drink it. Can be drunk as is without snacks or accompaniment for long periods of time.

O: Despite it being the defacto national beer of the Philippines, I wouldn't drink a San Mig at a pub or restaurant given there are other choices. Its overly sweet flavor profile fit well with its target market others might have a different palette. Technically a pretty poor beer but thanks to its drinkability as its own its a popular choice for parties or long talks between friends.

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Photo of ordybill
3.14/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is a clear, bright yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is mostly grass/grain. The taste is your basic american adjunct lager )corn, grain and grass) . I prefer this in the painted bottle on a hot day in the Philipines than as an import to the States.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.53/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

DATE: September 1, 2016... OCCASION: detoxing after an intense first four days of school as a second-year supervisor... GLASSWARE: Penn State pilsner... crispy, corny, funky, gassy aroma--not the way to ease into anything... the beer pours a clear pale golden body that offers energetic bubbles upward... the head is really impressive for a beer of this expected quality: thick, arching lacing sits atop a creamy, cavernously spidering web of snow-white head... back to the aroma, some grass elements suggest a light, soft hops... almost off-putting, the type of beer that one wishes would go quietly... this malty offering pounds the throat with sizzle and fizzle, oddly warm and abrasive... medium-bodied, but nothing going on up front.... slightly sweet, more syrupy and slightly carbonated.... a metallic awkwardness impounds the taste buds... this was part of a gift mix six from Judi, so I can never look a gift beer in the mouth...but wow, this lays eggs across the globe... the only cool thing about this is that i now drank a beer from the Philippines...

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Photo of Dope
3.14/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A perfectly clear golden pour. Tall, frothy white head. Excellent head retention and loads of lacing.

S: Sweet grainy malts. Some hints of hops, indistinct at this time. A little bit of sulfur.

T: More of the same. Very light grassy hops, some sweet corn and a bit of sulfur on the back end.

M: Lighter bodied.

O: Meh. It's not horrendous but it's still a struggle to drink. Pretty plain, a bit sickly sweet but just a little bit of hoppiness to help cover that up.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.29/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours a pale golden with a small head, quickly dissipating. Light scent overall. The taste is similar, light flavor, yet refreshing. Just the thing after a simmering day in the Philippines!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a 7-11 in Bangkok, though the label identifies the brand owner as San Miguel Thailand. 5.0% ABV.

Soft and light-bodied, with an approachable pilsner malt dominant taste. No grassy Noble hop character, unfortunately.

Balanced albeit simple, San Miguel Pale Pilsen is a somewhat refreshing light lager decent for pairing with spicy Southeast Asian food, but beyond that it has little to offer the discerning drinker.


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Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, adjunct, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of hop, and adjunct. Overall, average appearance, weak aroma, decent feel, but the best aspect is the body.

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Photo of tigg924
3.09/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is corn, grain, grass, and sugary malt. Very sweet--almost like a non-alcoholic beer, with light body. OK to slightly above average example of the style. Perfectly drinkable, but I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of stevoj
2.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Maruhn. Not bad tasting, just not enough there to enjoy. Taste and aroma are on the weak side, and mouthfeel is watery. A little extra effort could make this a decent lager.

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Photo of gandres
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured to pint glass very cold beer
Appearance: Light orange, minimal head, a lot of lacing
Aroma: Strong scent smell of alcohol
Taste: not really great Mouth feel: very carbonated
Overall: good beer

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Clear golden color with slightly off-white low or medium retaining foamy head. Decent lacing. Smell is sweet and a touch grassy. Faintest honey aroma. Tastes too much like the San Mig Light, I fear. More honey. The dominant dry hay flavor I detected in the latter isn't so pronounced in this, at least. Other saving graces would be the light lemony-tartness throughout and the all too mild basic bitter finish. That last part doesn't last too long. Just in time for the next sip, one encounters a pleasant buttered-bread aftertaste. Light in body, but not too light, with fairly high amount of first prickly, then softer carbonation. Kind of smooth, but keeps coming back, so to speak. Overall, not awful, but more comparable to a Euro Pale Lager or an Adjunct Lager to a German Pilsener. And still not as good.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Color: light yellow, straw, clean, clear. Head white, fairly large and fairly long time remains on the surface of beer.
Aroma: sweetish notes of raspberry, little notes of malt soap with a touch of metal.
Taste: well only metal and nothing more.
I did not feel gentian, high saturation and alcohol is not noticeable.

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Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts along with subtle hints of associated sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be too watered down on the palate and could use more hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle as part of a build-your-own-sixer at my local Trig's grocer. There's no bottled on date that I can see. Poured right from the fridge into a pilsner glass.

Can I add a category? Sound: As I poured this one out, it sounded just like a soda. This is the only beer that I can remember sounding like that as I poured it (aside from Not Your Father's Root Beer).

L: Pours a bright straw color, with about an eighth-of-an-inch of white head that dissolves as fast as I could pour it out. No ring, no lacing. Lazy visible carbonation.

S: Bready malts and stewed corn. There's just a touch of buttery diacetyl in there, as well. Perhaps a touch of funk. Not a very assertive bouquet (thankfully).

T: Cracker malt and sweet adjunct at the front--corn is the predominant flavor. The middle introduces a bit of tartness and creaminess, with the corn coming through even clearly. There's a bit of buttery diacetyl in the mix, as well. The back end is back to the bready/cracker malts, though there' s still a definite corn flavor coming through. Just a bit of tartness and the slightest suggestion of bitter let me know that there must be some hops used in the creation of this beer.

F: Light-bodied and bright, creamy, and tart in turns. Though it's fairly clean-finishing, it leaves enough of a lingering bitter at the back to say that it's got a bit of stick to it.

O: This is not exactly the kind of beer that I would recommend--in cold or warm weather, by yourself or with a friend, or when you haven't got much money for the beer budget or you've got more than you need. Too much of those adjuncts, and not quite clean enough for my liking in this style.

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 263 ratings