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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99
Ratings:
227
Avg:
2.75
pDev:
22.55%
 
 
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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 227
Photo of ButterScotch
1.26/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'm in the Philippines on a business trip. There are limited drinking choices for me:

a) overpriced bottled water
b) overpriced beer

I chose the overpriced San Miguel Pale Pilsen. It should cost ~50cents but I get it for ~$2 in my slick hotel...

Not as bad as Corona light...but generally not good even if one is actually in the hot and humid climate where it possibly tasts 'best'. Has a metallic aftertaste and skunky smell, but this is exactly what I expected.

The only time I would actually purchase this beer is if I am in the Philippines and can only find it or some other San Miguel product...

Next business trip: Belgium!

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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 mndlssphlsphr
1.65/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a pale yellow clear liquid of some sort. It as no special color. No special smell. It comes from the islands. Taste is of a cheap massed produced copy-paste beer. There is nothing ere. Nothing different. Hints of canned corn and no hops. I do not see anything going anywhere wit this, the name is deceiving as it is for marketing and that is all.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.7/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

330ml bottle 5,0% Abv.
Served cold in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Dreadful light yellow body, tons of carbonation and a large white head that disappears very rapidly.

Smell: Blegh, horrid nose. Sweet adjuncts, stale vegetables and quite metallic.

Taste: Light, bland and rather unpleasant. Sweet, adjuncty, stale grain, metallic with a stale after taste.

Mouthfeel: Light, watery body with unpleasantly high levels of carbonation.

Overall: Shit... Not much more to say.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
1.75/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A squat brown bottle with a gold label and no freshness date.

Pours a pale yellow with a medium-density head which dissipates quite quickly, leaving a spidery lace. Not-too-fizzy with large bubbles.

Unpleasant skunky odour that kind of smells like a hot fart. Otherwise this beer has a serious composure and demeanour of faint grassy hops and definite adjuncts which smell like melting plastic.

Taste is worse still. Adjuncts come out of the woodwork and stain the underside of one's tongue. Nothing pleasant to speak of, really. It's drinkable if served very cold, but don't expect anything a true Bohemian pilsener would offer in abundance.

Mouthfeel: Acrid, with bubbles where there shouldn't be.

A very cold beer for a very hot place. Perhaps I was harsher on this beer than I would be if it hadn't followed a particularly hit-the-spot Bavarian Hefeweizen. I'm getting more of them, nothing like them on a cold winter's eve, or a hot summer's day, or any day in between. No more money on this ordinary San Miguel crap though.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.84/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A thin head on a clear, bright golden colored body.
The aroma is non-existent; the mildest grain.
The taste is mildly bitter and then watery middle to end.
A crisp texture, high carbonation and light body.
A lot going against this beer: smell, no taste and high carbonation coming up at the top of the list.

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Photo of flyingpig
1.85/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Straw colour with a pinky-sized bubbly, white head with poor retention. Crystal clear.

Corn with only hints of grain. It's pretty light on the nose & quite sweet along with some vegetable adjuncts.

A clean tasting beer. There is some corn & sweet grain along with a little bread. The finish is bitter-sweet & every so slightly skunky.

Light bodied & quite gassy with a bit of fizz in there too. It has an grain like feel to it & the fizz stays with you a while after the sip.

Not a good beer at all & one that certainly doesn't justify it's price. Not one area of the beer that I actually enjoyed.

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Photo of WankelEngine
1.92/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A fairly vigorous pour yields a bubbly off-white head of 3 fingers which rapidly forms large bubbles and recedes to an ever fading cap of foam. There is the mildest, spotty lacing. The beer itself is a clear golden-straw color.

S: The smell is faint, mellow malt and corn. A little bit of sweetness as well.

T: Very light. There is a slight bitterness but not from hops; It's more like the bite from poorly hidden but low potency alcohol. I can *sort of* make out a citrus note. Mild malts and corn from the smell round out the rest of the flavor.

M: Very thin and light. Watery. Would prefer a little more carbonation.

O: Not much to say, an unimpressive beer. Fairly drinkable but some mild off flavors make it less so.

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

Very light yellow colour, head fades very fast. Very thin, a bit fizzy, tastes like water, very bland, which is pretty much like any other beer froM San Miguel.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Very happy when I saw this one in a shop, but was slightly disapointed.
Nothing wrong with the appearance - clear and golden with medium white head which quickly settles down. The aroma is very mild, only a bit of hops and dusty grains. The taste is nothing special - not bitter nor sweet, quite hoppy and almost too grainy. Also lacks a bit of bubbles to make it more refreshing. All in all, not very pleasant.

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Photo of TerryW
2.03/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale, pale golden yellow with a moderately sized, coarse white head. Settles to a ring, no real lace.

Bitter and flat in character. Has a medicinal alcohol taste and smell to it. Comes across as artifical somehow. Nothing lingers, nothing sticks to the palate. Pretty much hop(e)less.

Not recognizable as a pilsener.

Pass on it.

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Photo of Mdog
2.08/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Yellow, ok head that fades out quickly.

Smell: Not much, a little corn.

Taste: Some mild sweetness, then a vegetal bitterness.

Drinkability: If it was an adjunct lager it would be barely passable, as a pilsner it doesn't cut it.

Beer review #2 from Hong Kong. Not too impressed with this, I thought it was another adjunct lager, but if it's supposed to be a pilsner it misses the mark.

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Photo of Raime
2.09/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very murky yellow with a masive white head. Left a decent amount of lacing.

S - Lots and lots ot grains and skunk. And that's about it.

T - Loads of grain up front, along with some skunk and unrippened apple, along with a tart sweet finish.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, it was just another German Pilsner.

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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 Georgiabeer
2.16/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Saw a single bottle of this and thought I'd take a gamble and try it out. I've always thought the dark lager was pleasant enough, if undistinguished. This beer, on the other hand, is not nearly as drinkable. It pours a relatively pale golden with a head that fades quite a bit right away but leaves a thin cap behind, but no lacing. The aroma has a bit of bitter, leafy hops to it, but underlying that is a corny sweetness that robs the hops of their notes. The taste is the same story- lots of corny sweetness with an overlay of some bitter hops that are overwhelmed by the adjunct flavors. Too smooth in the mouth, lacks crispness. Oh well, I'll stick with the dark if I ever have this brand again.

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Photo of eschbach
2.21/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 ounce stumpy brown bottle. It has the name written in old english font which is sort of unique.

Appearance: It looks allrgiht. It's a pale golden color with a frothy head that vanishes fast.

Smell: It doesn't smell very good. It smells like malt and alcohol. I cannot smell hops.

Taste. It doesn't taste very good. It has a malty taste. And I cannot really taste hops. It doesn't taste the way a German Pilsner should taste.

Drink: It feels alright on the palate. A little creamy and smooth. The drink is not very good. It doesn't go down very smoothly. It's kind of a chore for me to drink this beer. I don't really like it.

Notes: Not a good beer! It smells weird, and it tastes weird, and it's a chore to drink.

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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 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 Finite
2.32/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - 355ml Brown short bottle. Gold label. No freshness date.

Appearance - Golden, good rocky head, retention moderate. lacing average to poor. Steady steam of big to small bubbles.

Smell - Low hop aroma. Smell is dominated by a infected or slight skunk smell. Very small notes of citrus hops but main aroma is inhibited by skunk/infection smell.

Taste - Very little hop bitterness. Hop taste is a little grassy and a little dry on the back of the palate. Sweet and quite high malt flavour for style ammounts to a smooth brew. This style should be well hopped and contain more spicy or floral flavours. Beer is very smooth for a pilsner. Improve with more hops.

Mouthfeel - Thin and flat flavours. Malt flavours dominate to much for a pilsner and makes the beer uncharicteristicaly smooth.

Drinkablility - Easy to down. Very flat flavour profile. Malt and hops balance well but the beer does not exibit the spiciness or coarsness of a pilsner.

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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 atis
2.36/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is good enough, light golden colour with good head.

Smell is quite malty and the same can be felt in the taste. Very little hops and the taste is rather plain and not varied. Also very light carbonation, I would prefer more of it - saw in some reviews that carbonation is high, no idea why.... Aftertaste is sweet and dry.

Maybe it tastes good in the tropics, but now in Europe it didn't.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 320ml brown glass bottle shaped like a Belgian-style stubby typical of something that delivers Duvel, Bornem, Piraat, Gulden Draak, et al. Sealed with a red and silver colored crown cap. My bottle is from the Philippines and looks very much like that pictured in the BA Database. White screen printing labels this as “San Miguel Pale Pilsen”, with the words ”Pale Pilsen” and “San Miguel” also screen-printed on the front and back of the neck respectively. The backside describes this “Expertly Brewed Beer since 1890” as…..”A truly satisfying beer, with a refined well balanced flavor. Perfected and brewed for over a century. The only beer that nourishes true Filipino friendships”. No strength listed, but a freshness fate of 19Jun07 appears to be inked on the crown cap.

Appearance: Clear golden body has a pale straw strength to it. Thick white cap sits at 1” deep after the pour and stays there for some time until it relaxes down to a broken covering with a few minutes on the clock. Little lacing adds some extra presentation but not much. Streamers rise quickly and throughout. Decent enough looks at the start but they do fade with time.

Nose: Nothing at all exciting about this, run of the mill standard Euro Lager “pong”, you know the kind, fading hops with a metallic sleight which tends to exhibit a little skunk in the finish, though I know this beer to fresh and well cared for, the skunk is actually more cabbage like at times. Despite the low cabbage aromas, there is a clean aspect and bite to the nose but it's not appealing.

Taste: Very low key flavor wise. Pale looks are reflected in the strength of the tastes. Simple effort here, hopping is feint, the malts are distinctly delicate and the overall presentation is of a Pilsen that is brewed for the masses. Hits up a profile that is something akin to a Mediterranean Lager with some Belgian Macro Pils thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: It may be thin but despite this it is balanced and exhibits enough to keep it of interest, probably more so on a hot day. Desperately thin but still balanced though.

Drinkability: Easy going, but the metallic trait blended with the low end cabbage trait does tend to detract from this offering after only one bottle. But it’s nothing terrible, and experience has been that often you work beyond this when stuck in places that have nothing else to offer “beer wise”, and I could certainly work (read: drink) past it if I had to.

Overall: Stuck in a hot humid Philippines, I would probably opt for something like this over the bigger well known World Mega brands also available out there. That said, it’s not one for the Pilsen purist, but travelers familiar with the ubiquitous Euro and/or Asian Pils will find nothing out of the ordinary here, but nothing exciting either.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.41/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Less than $8 a six pack at The Liquor Shed.

It doesn't pour that pale; it looks an attractive gold with a small and shrinking head of foam leaving some decent lacing behind.

It smells grainy with corn, some sweet notes and a light bitterness.

The taste is grainy and the corn is strong, the little bitterness I got in the smell is even less noticeable in the taste and it's pretty much hard to put into words describing it. Just an uneventful bitter that doesn't do much for the beer.

Usual light body for the style...not really a German Pilsner in my book, with fairly low carbonation. I don't find it easy drinking because of the disappointing flavours I'm getting.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 33cl stubbie with an uninspired red, white and gold label. Ingredients include "cereals." I couldn't find the freshness info.

Yawn! Crystal clear gold under a 1/4 finger white "head" with some big bubbles. What is there lingers as thick film for a while, but there's no lace and no body. The nose is grainy, corny - yup, cereals. The mouth is light and prickly. This is a standard macro lager, with a grainy wet socks opening followed by a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish and more wet socks (but more watery) in the aftertaste? "Pale Pilsen"? Sure, this pales in comparison to anything from Pilsen. Not good.

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