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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
234
Reviews:
100
Avg:
2.74
pDev:
22.63%
 
 
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Photo of BenBreeg
2.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of monkist
1.65/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.99/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Casey_L
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 dcbeers
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.04/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jodio
2.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CLEWISCC
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 The_Kriek_Freak
3.88/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 duvel1979
2.1/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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 Mayhewbc
2.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 pkalix
3.84/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
2.74 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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