San Miguel Pale Pilsen
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

San Miguel Pale PilsenSan Miguel Pale Pilsen
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Pilsner - German
Ranked #881
Ranked #51,080
2.75 | pDev: 22.18%
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if this is the same beer that is listed as San Miguel lager so thought I would give it a review. This one I liked quite a bit more then my last San Miguel lager experience. May be a beer age issue....

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear lighter golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a fair level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a bready and caramel smell with just a touch of hay and herb.

Taste – The taste is much as one may anticipate from the nose. It begins with a bready malt flavor that is matched with a moderate showing of caramel. As the taste advances the caramel fades a tad while some very light herbal hop and some grain comes to the tongue. A bit of corn syrup joins the mix and with the bready, grain, caramel, and very light hop which take the taste to the end, one is left with a very middle of the road pilsner taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium to light with a carbonation level that is average to slightly higher. Overall the feel is good for the style and makes for an easy drinker.

Overall – An alright pils, but nothing all the exceptional. Middle to slightly loweroverall.

Jul 28, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

San Miguel Pale Pilsen is as crystal clear and pale as any lager you can imagine. The head is rocky, white, and reasonably lasting.

This San Miguel smells like the same combination of dried grains and white bread as almost every other mainstream lager. It also has a corn flavored sweetness to it coupled with a very generic fresh fruit character. Nothing I can specifically nail down but something musty and generic. The finish is likewise vague and peppery in its hoppiness.

On the tongue, San Miguel Pale Pilsen is smooth, crisp, and refreshing. It tastes more like dried grains and general mustiness and less like soda crackers or fresh baked bread. The center seems to thin out somewhat, taking on more musty flavors of ripe sweet corn. The finish gives me a dry, earthy, peppery sort of hop finish.

In a lot of ways, this has the qualities I'd look for in a pilsner. After all, it is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Aside from corn and the odd musty, dusty flavor there's not a lot of negative flavors going on. That being said, the flavors just don't balance each other as well as they could, hence the lower score.

May 21, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ml can, in Bali, brewed under licence by PT Delta, Indonesia. ABV is 4.9%. Pale golden colour, low white head. Weak aroma, some "dusty" malts. Fizzy mouthfeel. Bland pale lager flavour, at least it is not too sweet. Boring.

Apr 29, 2021
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SearsGiftCard from California

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Saw this in a 6-pack at the 99¢ Store for $3.99 and thought to myself, "How bad can it be?" Well... it's not the worst, but it's not great either. Think Miller Lite but worse, and there's your flavor. For the price I got it for, it's fine. Maybe good if you need cheap beer for a party and don't want to spend the dough, but even there you can do better.

Apr 29, 2021
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shambeano from Australia

2.52/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, can't see a date on it. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Very clear gold, about .5 cm of bubbly white head falls back to nothing much very quickly.
Smell: A little honey, maybe a little corn and grain, a touch of grassy hop. Pleasant if a little plain,
Taste: A little grainy, a touch of grass and something a little metallic in there as well.
Feel: It's a little thin and watery, only a touch of carbonation on the back of the palate. Dry finish.

Aug 29, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

2.69/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold with barely any head. Pils malt on the nose, with a hint of earthiness. A little cherry. Flavor has caramel, I feel confident in saying this is quite oxidized. No date. Has a little bitterness and comes across as sweet from the oxidation. Decent carbonation, dont know why the head was so pathetic with a regular poor.

Jul 19, 2020
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nitoy08 from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

1.49/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

C'mon, we gotta get this rating up, at least a little, if for nothing else so that the ratings on this site are reliable. Yeah, it's certainly no great shakes, but there's *no way* in any kind of sensible ratings system it ranks lower than freakin' Sapporo P.! Have you actually ever tasted that? Only *possible* use for it other than to clear out your drain is as an emetic (for those of you not in the medical trade, that's a vomit-inducer...)
Also, in Manila, 50 cents for a S. Mig, 1.00 for a Coke, 1.50 for a bottled water. Trust me, when you're in Manila those are the only choices that aren't going to give you the runs for a month so, duh!!

Jan 29, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm generally an real ale drinker, but in indonesia this pilsner stlye saved the day. med carbonation, light but rounded mouth feel, slightly more yeasty than some, with a little more of a bitter finish that i like. compared to the awful chemical cocktail "bintang", this was happiness in a glass. and i learned the history off its beginnings in manila....

Dec 12, 2019
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.87/5  rDev +40.7%
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.

May 13, 2019
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jdurey from Korea (South)

2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Dec 30, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Oct 20, 2018
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Aptosblue from California

3.07/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Sep 09, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Jul 20, 2018
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skullforest from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

May 07, 2018
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Dec 23, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Jul 30, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

Jul 27, 2017
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hman43 from North Carolina

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.

Apr 13, 2017
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FreshYeti from Washington

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.

Jan 04, 2017
CLEWISCC from Philippines

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.

Dec 17, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

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.

Dec 04, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

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...

Sep 02, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 25, 2016
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

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!

Jul 10, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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.


May 28, 2016
San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 278 ratings