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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
Ranking:
#44,629
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
241
pDev:
22.71%
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2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form randomly around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some sticky sugar-like aromas. Taste is of grain, sugar, light fruit, and some slight herbal and almost plastic-like flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is somewhat poor beer with some slightly off flavors that really doesn't do much for me.

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2.67/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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 biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml squat bottle. 'Enjoyed for over a century', proclaims the back label.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and cushioned white head, which leaves a nice display of drooping sudsy lace around the glass as it fades away.

It smells of semi-sweet corn and a lesser grainy malt, a musty, um 'fruitiness', and earthy, herbal hops. The taste is more sweet, pithy corn and wan bready malt, some mildly interesting, indistinct spice (if only for its obfuscated point of origin), stale lemon juice, and vegetal, dead flower hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a weak edginess throughout, the body on the light side of medium weight, and smooth in the most lenient sense of the word. It finishes off-dry, the now evidently stale, corn-flecked malt waging a bland offensive against a mild booze and earthy bitterness offset.

San Miguel's offering is hardly reminiscent of pilseners of the old world, and generally just another foreign watering down of the style. A bit here, a bit there, trying to prove itself, but still pretty unimpressive overall. I can't imagine where this one would suffice, but hey, maybe that's my imagination's fault. Nah.

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2.84/5  rDev +4%
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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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of smithj4
2.89/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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1.62/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

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2/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A college chum of mine recently did some overseas charity work and brought back various southeast Asian CANs for me. More proof that it pays to advertise where The CANQuest (tm) is CANcerned!

From the CAN: "Since 1890"; "Expertly Brewed Origial Full-Flavored"; "A truly satisfying beer with a refined, well-balanced flavor. Perfected and brewed following over a century-old tradition of brewing excellence."; "Expertly Brewed and Produced by San Miguel Brewery Inc. for Domestic Sale Only"; "Keep the Philippines clean. Dispose of properly." The reverse of the CAN depicted one of the stubby bottles of my memory! I do not remember this ever being CANned, frankly.

It was a tougher Crack! than usual, perhaps because the vent was more oval-shaped than circular, plus I got a little squirt across my fingertips since it was a brimful CAN. I got excited and went with a heavier Glug than I had originally intended, raising three fingers of rocky, foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see through the walls. It is windy & cold out there! Today is Sa, 13 Feb 2016. Nose held a slight lemony tang along with a metallic twang that is more like what I remember. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not really watery, but not much beyond it, either. The taste was actually quite clean, belying the nose. It had a very light malt sweetness and there were not any appreciable hops, but it was much like I remember it. It was always great cold out of the cooler on those swelteringly hot, humid days in the PI. I like that they are CANning it now and if it were available stateside, I would put some in my summer cooler.

My original bottle review, dtd 10 March 2011 follows:

San Miguel?!? Hoo haa! How about SammyGooGoo, as that is how it was pronounced on hangover-ridden mornings in the PI (Philippine Islands)? I was once a young man with a sensibility that might have done me proud, but after my first (of many) liberty port visits to Subic Bay/Olongopo City on Luzon, my boundaries were stripped away. Barrio Baretto and Uncle Sam's Saloon were the sites of both my first Around the World and my first public sexual act (in a hammock to loud applause). Blewed, screwed and tattooed all for less than $20. was the battle cry and SammyGooGoo fueled the madness. Hell, we called it Flip (sorry) Roulette, because it was often "Green" - underfermented and ready to finish fermentation in your gut and erupt at the most inopportune moment. You never knew until it was time. I won a LOT of money for my prowess with this beer and the squat little bottle still fits my hand like a glove. I miss the painted label bottles, though, and God help you if you broke one. They were like gold for their Deposit/Return value and were closely watched. That and they were the perfect height for the Peso/Banana/Lotion Dancers. Use your imagination.

From the (paste-on) Label/Bottle: : "A truly satisfying beer with a refined, well-balanced flavor. Perfected and brewed following over a century tradition of brewing excellence."

A finger of bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality, allowing me to look into the neighbor's kitchen. Nose was surprisingly malty and lager-like. Nice! Mouthfeel was medium and it had a really pleasant German-Pilsner taste in the mouth. Not a lot of hops, but not diluted with adjuncts, either. Frankly, I do not remember it being this good! Finish was clean, semi-dry, refreshing. Suddenly, I was back with my brown honey-honeys, jaggin' the Marines, lolling in the oppressive heat just before monsoon season. Good times, bro, good times.

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Photo of krome
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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 tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale, translucent golden yellow with a soft, foamy, soapy, white head that has decent retention

S - grainy and sweet

T - grainy, sweet, corn, sugar in the finish, faint herbal bitterness

M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated

This is a clean, easy to drink beer, but it's not a good representation of the style. It's overly sweet, grainy, and ultimately, forgettable.

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3.22/5  rDev +17.9%
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 tone77
3.07/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is rather mild, some grains. Taste is crisp, refreshing, a bit mild, some grains, bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer, much better when I was drinking it on an isolated beach one night in Bohol with some locals.

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Photo of stevoj
2.14/5  rDev -21.6%
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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2.16/5  rDev -20.9%
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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4/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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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San Miguel Pale Pilsen from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 241 ratings
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