San Miguel Pale Pilsen | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Pale PilsenSan Miguel Pale Pilsen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Philippines
sanmiguelbrewery.com.ph

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-09-2002

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100
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230
Avg:
2.75
pDev:
22.18%
 
 
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Photo of hman43
2.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -16.4%
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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Photo of CLEWISCC
2.31/5  rDev -16%
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 +14.2%
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 -44.4%
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 +14.2%
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 +19.6%
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 +3.3%
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.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev +17.1%
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 +12.4%
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 -22.2%
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 Libeertarian
2.34/5  rDev -14.9%
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 -9.5%
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 +1.5%
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 -8.7%
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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.51/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

First of all, The bottle label is exactly that of the San Miguel lager, however the label says Pale Pilsen Beer. It's a little confusing since the label for the Pale Pilsen is different than the bottle I am drinking from. However, if the label says Pale Pilsen, so be it.

Look: A murky, faded straw colored body sits under a fizzy white head that recedes to a wisp of white with a small white collar around the glass. Very light minimal lacing.

Aroma: Sweet to the nose, not unlike a soggy breakfast cereal. The wet grain aroma is really overpowering and there is just a faint aroma of skunk on the back side.

Taste: The beer starts out chewy and really sweet with malts and a thick grain bill. It evens out with a bitter, dry grassy taste and finishes with a carbonated metallic bite.

Mouthfeel: Dry, carbonated, a little harsh.

Overall: Kind of a mess. Too sweet. Then when it "balances out" it just gets thin and metallic somehow. I am glad I only bought one bottle.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen for $2.39 USD in Eagle Rock, CA/USA.
Look: San Miguel Pale Pilsen had plenty of foam.
Smell: San Miguel Pale Pilsen had a extremely faint aroma of grain.
Taste: San Miguel Pale Pilsen had a flavour textured with malts mixed with grain. Vague bittersweet aftertaste was present within San Miguel Pale Pilsen.
Feel: San Miguel Pale Pilsen had average carbonation.
Overall: San Miguel Pale Pilsen is a beer for people who enjoy Pilsener types of beer.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this beer from time to time and from what I remember it's a bready, grainy, malty macro lager that tastes really good in the tropical heat. The hops were subdued by some grainy malt, along with a touch of sweet caramel biscuits. The aftertaste is a little peppery and zesty, but not much to remember. The body is thin, yet crisp and smooth. Overall, it's a standard international pilsner/lager.
With this said, I drank it a while back in Bali, Indonesia. Currently I live in Northeast China and I have not seen San Miguel available around here. I am travelling to the Philippines this April 2015, so I will update my review/notes then after I consume several of these light bodied brews. Cheers!

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev 0%

Half liter can smuggled back from Dubai by Joe M, thanks for the opportunity! Pale golden color with a smallish quickly dissipating bone white tightly bubbled head. Light bready pilsner malt, faint floral hop, hints of light fruitiness. The taste is big sweet bread with a bit of fruitiness and little to no hop flavor. Middle of the road macro style pilsner/lager.

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Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

Experienced in : Manila
Appealing to me : its kind of bitterness
Less appealing to me : color

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much to say here. The aroma is briefly sour and then weakly grainy sweet with a touch of grape-like fruitiness. The white head quickly dissipates to nothing; the body is an extremely bright and crystal clear amber. The flavor has some grainy sweetness, a hint of hop bitterness, and a slight sour quality that lurks in the background. Some malt lingers in the finish. The body is light and moderately carbonated with a faint mineral texture.

Perfectly drinkable, refreshing, and woefully unremarkable.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle, number six from a pack picked up at the LCBO; no freshness info. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear pale golden colour, topped with a half-finger of frothy head that quickly fades. A loose, bubbly film and narrow collar remain, with minimal lace. There is nothing pilsenery about the aroma, really - it's mostly sweet and corny, with a touch of honey and wet straw.

Cleaner-tasting than the aroma might suggest, but still nothing particularly good (or pilsener-like) about this lager. Pale malts, soggy corn chips, some cereal graininess and a weak brushing of grassy hops. Finishes sweet (like boiled vegetables), which is the only thing that stops this one from being above average as far as thin-bodied, fizzy yella beers go. Enjoyable and quite drinkable for what it is when cold, but do yourself a favour and don't nurse this one, especially if you didn't pour it cold.

Final Grade: 2.98, a mediocre C. San Miguel Pale Pilsen is a pretty forgettable lager, but to be fair I mostly bought this so I could tick a beer from the Philippines and wasn't expecting much to begin with. This beer is more a victim of its categorization than anything - it sucks as a pilsener, but if you're just looking for a regular, clean-tasting pale lager to slog back then this would do fine, assuming you don't care about the price. Obviously you can find lagers (to say nothing of genuine pilseners) of comparable or better quality for less money, so I can't see myself returning to this one any time soon.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.32/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look people it can't all be Rochefort 10's and Saison Dupont's, sometimes a beer reviewer has to plumb the depths of mediocrity and review a shitty imported Lager, and that time for me is now with San Miguel's Pale Pilsen. A brew which I suspect will be a Pilsener in name only. "Come on Dr Hops don't be too quick to dismiss it." I hear you thinking, let's just say when it comes to cheap Lagers for me: 758 times bitten, 759 times shy.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Stein.

A: What an abysmal appearance: Clear golden body, very little activity, and no head! I mean there was a white fizzy bubble head but it was like "Vamonos!" and gone in half a second.

S: Smells like an Adjunct Lager with corn, vegetable matter and some sweet barley malt. No noticeable hops or yeast, which are staples of the Pilsener style.

T: Tastes like an Adjunct Lager too. Flavours from the above noted aromas, little much else, slightly sweeter than expected. Not as offensive as many other Lagers out there. Finishes dry like a Helles. After taste is vegetal matter, not good.

M: Mid to light bodied, watery with a light carbonation.

D: Certainly this fails as a Pilsener - it isn't even close. And I suspect in a blind taste test between the San Miguel Lagers that all of them would taste identical. However this aside as a Lager it isn't terrible, it's average, so you could do worse than picking up an ultra (and I mean ultra) cheap 6 pack of this. Then again there are a few decent actual Pilseners out there that sell cheap like the excellent Konig Pilsener - get Konig instead.

Food match: Philippines cuisine; Lechon kawali, crispy pata, empanadas or fried misua noodles.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.15/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Straw colored, 1/2 finger head

S - Cereal, corn, hay

T - Cereal, corn, rice, some hoppy taste (very muddled)

M - well carbonated

O - I never drink this beer except when I'm in the Philippines. It's one of those beers that I enjoy on occasion but only when it's the best thing available (not saying much).

I'm a little biased because when you're living in the Philippines there's not many options for beer, and this happens to be one of the better, readily-available choices.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
3.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 330 mL bottle poured into a glass.

A 3-finger head on a light gold coloured body. Head settled in about 2 minutes.

Had a light, sweet scent.

Moderate bitterness, semi sweet.

Decent carbonation.

Overall, a basic beer that didn't turn me off. If given a bottle of this to share with friends, I wouldn't mind, but I'd certainly go for better offerings if the bar or resto had anything available.

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