San Miguel Dark Lager
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

San Miguel Dark LagerSan Miguel Dark Lager
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San Miguel Brewery Inc.
European Dark Lager
Ranked #33
Ranked #28,886
3.44 | pDev: 15.7%
Nov 03, 2021
Mar 26, 2002
San Miguel Dark LagerSan Miguel Dark Lager
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Rated: 3.29 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 03, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From a glass bottle. Very dark brown with some caramel color around the edges and a finger of brown head. Smells of brown sugar and roasted malt. Light feel. Slight caramel sweetness and faint malt. Light on flavor and a little on the sweet side but overall pretty typical for a dark lager.
Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
The pour is mocha colored with a head that fades away quicker than I expected. There is no date on the bottle. The taste is similar to fruit cake with faint roasted malts, & molasses. I'm disappointed with this beer, cheers! C
Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 09, 2019
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle from Coco Supermarket, Seminyak, Bali (Rp 29,000):
Dark brown to ruby red in colour with a bubbly, tan coloured head that sits about a centimetre tall before halving in size. Roasted malts & darker notes open the nose with sugars & caramel showing before a nutty aroma sees things out. Similarly the taste is dark with the same roasted malts & toasted flavours the nose hinted at, I got more of a nutty flavour here too with & earthy bitterness near the end. It's smooth & medium bodied beer with a semi-sweet, crisp & wet feel to it & the balance was better than expected too. This one was easy to drink, enjoyable & one of the better San Miguel beers I've had into the bargain. 
Oct 23, 2019
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served in a nonic glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin dark amber color coming off with a semi hard carbonation creating an off white head rising a notch below one finger's length.

Smell: Has an aroma I have smelled before consisting of brown sugar and malt.

Taste: Sweet lightly malty with a feel of cola. I hate to compare it but has the look and feel of cola. Aside from being sweet, smooth bitterness with offset tone of malt and feel of light barley.

Mouth: Semi Full body with medium carbonation at best.

Mouth: Descent brew. It packed a bit of body and resembles a Vienna lager with a shot of sugar but needed a little something extra that I was looking for. Still not bad and great brew to start the night with. Salud!
Aug 10, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 21, 2018
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium to dark reddish orange with a fine, one finger khaki head with great retention and thick lacing; looks nice. Aroma of lightly toasted biscuit malt, light notes of molasses and cocoa. Flavor is semi-sweet medium dark toasted malt, cocoa, brown bread with light nutiness. Finishes with more of the same, smooth and balanced, if a little light in depth. Medium bodied with light creaminess, nice for this ABV. I'm not quite sure why there is such lack of love for this here. While it's not a robust dark beer, it is a good looking, well integrated and nice tasting Euro dark lager; reminiscent of a lighter brown ale in profile. The malt and cocoa flavors are good with other light notes like the brown bread and molasses. It is light to moderate in flavor, not a deeply flavored lager, but the flavors here are very nice and satisfying. I'm actually glad to know that this around, because I'd get this in a heart beat at a restaurant with a non-craft beer selection. Relatively light, but enjoyable.
Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by pkalix from California

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4 by raspy22 from Arizona

Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jul 03, 2017
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy dark brown color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is caramel malt, slight hops and bread. The flavor is malt driven with a hint of bread flavor.
Jun 15, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by coopdog1000 from Florida

Apr 28, 2017
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Reviewed by Bluegrass49 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 330 ml bottle to a lager glass. Clear dark brown color with a 1-2 finger head; decent lacing and retention.
A very strong chocolatey , malty taste. Minimal hops which appeals to my taste. Very surprised at how good this beer was (is) and will definitely recommend it.
Nov 08, 2016
Rated: 3.3 by Momon from Philippines

Nov 01, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted dark bread, brown sugar, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, coffee, dark fruit, slight herbal/grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, toffee, coffee, dark fruit, slight herbal/grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toasted dark bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Fairly clean on lager flavors; some light fruitiness and minimal off flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a good dark lager style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Oct 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Jacemeister from Philippines

4.36/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
They should change the image/picture of the beer in this site because the bottle no longer looks like that. This beer has a very strong taste of roasted malt that I find very pleasing. Has a sweet aroma and boldness of a premium dark lager. One of the best Philippine beers in my opinion.
Aug 06, 2016
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Reviewed by gr0g from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from the Philippines, labeled "Cerveza Negra." Very dark brown in color, near black. A head about three fingers tall forms and displays good retention. Aroma of caramel and dark toffee. Faint notes of brown sugar and soy. Floral notes contributed by the hops.

It's got a malt-forward flavor profile with a balancing bitterness that follows right behind the initial malty sweetness. A little bit of charred malt on an otherwise bland finish. Slick texture, devoid of any harshness from the carbonation. This is just an eminently drinkable dark beer that compares somewhat favorably with German-brewed dunkels. Good stuff.
Jul 18, 2016
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
I spent some time in the P.I. (Philippine Islands) in my early-20s as a young sailor. Somehow, I came away disease-free & unmarried, although both were certainly an option. I had public sex in a hammock over there and hung up my boxing gloves for good after receiving a slashing blow that damn near broke my nose. You can imagine my excitement when my neighbor (a bottle shop) recently put out singles of this one!

From the bottle: "Expertly Brewed from the Finest Ingredients"; "A distinctive lager brewed with roasted malt for a rich, bittersweet taste and pleasant aroma. Expertly brewed in the San Miguel tradition of excellence - the ultimate choice for discriminating drinkers."

"Discriminating"?!? Not me! That said, I Pop!ped the cap & let fly. I watched in fascination as just over a finger of dense, deep-tan/light-brown head formed & then fell. Color was as advertised - Dark, as in Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose had a carob-like smell. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a medicinal sharpness, like Geritol, so my initial thought of carob was not too far from the mark. Finish was slightly sour, slightly bitter, but very reminiscent of either carob or Geritol. I remain a fan of regular Sammy GooGoo & if I find out that this is being CANned, I will revisit it, but In this format, it a one-and-done.
Jul 05, 2016
Rated: 3.46 by dcotom from Iowa

Jun 14, 2016
Rated: 2.18 by 54V4G3 from Belgium

May 11, 2016
Rated: 4 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

May 01, 2016
Rated: 3.45 by Beginner2 from Illinois

Apr 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Squire from Mississippi

3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Nicely colored, nicely scented, dark malty brew whose flavor is just short of promise. Low hops, malt core that first builds then diminishes leaving little in it's wake. Not complaining, it does the job, then goes away. I get the impression this was designed as a food beer which job it does admirably.

Worth trying, more than once.
Apr 16, 2016
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Reviewed by RotWyler from California

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had a case of San Miguel Dark left over from 1987. it was stored in the garage for 23 years.
The case was never refrigerated. I believe that's why it didn't spoil. Instead it got better :D
The bubbles were still there. Such a velvety treat :) even the buzz was unique.
I wish there were a source for more 20+ yr old beer .
The term, Velvet Hammer seems to fit :)
Apr 11, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Apr 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Phlyriter from California

4.89/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
My Wife and I are not great beer aficionados and take note of the lower scores for this beer from the more seasoned reports, But this is our favorite dark beer. It is the smoothest beer with a strong chocolate taste and no bitterness whatsoever.
Dec 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a tiny fizzy head of cream colored foam. The head fades almost instantly, leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a bit of chocolate and smoke. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of grain and a hint of dark fruit.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a roasted malt taste and a bit of a molasses and chocolate sweetness. As the taste moves on the roast seems to fade a little bit with more sweetness of molasses, chocolate, and some corn syrup coming to the tongue. With a little bit of a smoke and toast developing at the very end, a moderately sweet, but easy drinking darker taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the abv. and lager style the slightly thinner body was rather nice, but for the darker flavors of the brew a little less carbonation and thicker body may have been slightly more appropriate. Overall, the feel was rather decent.

Overall – A decent dark lager, but nothing all that out of the ordinary. Just alright overall.
Nov 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Libeertarian from Montana

3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Clear. Dark garnet to brown in color. Head is light brown, of lower retention, and film-forming. Aroma fades fast. Dark fruit, molasses, and a small amount of smokiness are what I'm getting. Not as fruity as I expected when I start to drink. Roasty. Milk chocolate. Tart maltiness throughout, strongest in middle. Amazing coffee, sugar and cream finish! Can't get enough of that. Light to medium in body, and lower level of fine carbonation. Good beer, especially considering the other San Miguel beers I've had.
Oct 13, 2015
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Reviewed by gandres from Philippines

3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12 ounce bottle to wine glass
Mouthfeel: not heavy bold for a dark beer
Overall: very good beer, good value. ok to repear and look for
Oct 07, 2015
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt, faint; dies before end of glass
Head average (three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body deep red-amber around edges, opaque
Flavor sweet, roasted malt, some caramel and some chocolate flavors; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75
Aug 29, 2015
Rated: 3.45 by BeccaH from Florida

Aug 25, 2015
Rated: 2.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 07, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by TrilliumFan from Massachusetts

Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by Fusion7777 from Virginia

Jun 27, 2015
Rated: 2.88 by cmbeddoe7997 from Texas

Jun 21, 2015
Rated: 3.08 by michaelpancho from Philippines

Jun 01, 2015
Rated: 3.24 by LaneMeyer from California

May 31, 2015
San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 277 ratings