San Miguel Dark Lager | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Dark LagerSan Miguel Dark Lager

Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stoutman on 03-26-2002

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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 262
Photo of sm007thie
2.09/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- deep dark brown with a red hue when back lit. quite viscous when poured. creates a dense brown head that thins out and sticks around. a little swirl fluffs up the head nicely.

S- all malt. sweet caramel and raisin. little hint of yeasty breadiness.

T- very malty sweet. tastes just like it smells. no surprises. next to no hops character. in my opinion, a little unbalanced.

M- thick slippery feel.

D- in my opinion a little too sweet to drink more than one in a session.

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Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i don't know about this one, it looks a hell of a lot better than the regular San Miguel, but in the end, there was nothing happening, very thin body, watery texture, quite sweet, and very bland.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Nice dunkel body with a tight, firm head that held on well and laced the glass a little.

Smell – This is a bizarre aroma. It smells like saltwater taffy. I’ve had many dunkel lagers over the years, but never one that smelled like taffy.

Taste – The taffy is back. It leads this one off then goes into a fairly decent malt flavoring. The finish is . . . yes, more taffy. I feel like I’m at a carnival drinking this stuff.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This goes great with cotton candy, giant swirly lollipops, and pier fries.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew gives off the appearance of a Nut Brown Ale, It's darker in color but still transluscent enough to see through it. It's got a roasted aroma to it but it's not strong. The flavor also plays the same role. It's more full flavored than most beers from this area but still doesn't compare to a stout. It's got more of a lager taste than a roasted flavor to it.

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Photo of acrawf6
2.23/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a brown amber, little light gets throught. Nice tan head. Smell is sharp and roasted malt, is slightly sweet. I really dont like the taste, its just an off roasted maltiness, slightly sweet. It has good carbonation, but the balance sucks.

Overall, avoid.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Bert's labeled Cerveza Negra
Pours a solid dark brown with clear ruby highlights at the edges and a huge creamy off white head that takes forever to dissipate. Aromas of molasses overwhelm me as soon as I get beer to meet glass. Hints of smoke, roast, and chocolate round out the aroma, but my God this smells like sugary unfermented molasses mostly. Wow the flavor does not stray from the aroma much. Sweet brown sugar and molasses run the show here. Light prunes and plums in the flavor as well and little to counter the malty or adjuct-y sweetness in this beer. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet thick sugary syrupy mouthfeel. I have no way to tell how old this bottle is but I suspect it may be less than fresh. That said the burnt sugar and molasses seem to be all this beer offers, it reminds me more of the barley malt sodas that I had in the Caribbean than actual beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.45/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from that 330 ml brown uber-stubbie bottle, no freshness date to be found. A quick fizzle of head that disappears almost sooner than it appeared, it almost looks like I poured a glass of Dr. Pepper. Mahogany-toned body, it gets that cherry red cola appearance when held up to the light. Right off the start I pick up dried date and fig aromas on the nose, while a sort of sweet malty molasses shows up after that, and then notes of black current as well. Curious. I'm not sure if the flavour has decided upon where it wants to stand, I have the dried fruit, toasted malt and molasses kind of thrown at me all at once. However it's not a very strong throw, it falls a bit short due to the watery mouthfeel which also affects the strength of the flavour as well, which is rather weak. No sir, I'm not impressed with this at all. However, to end on a positive note, how about 3 cheers for uber-stubbies!

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Photo of treedoctor5002
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark ruby amber color with an average head. Smell is an average malty flavor and maybe some coffee tones. Taste is a mess without any direction to it. Just a lot of roasted malt flavors. Yes it's dark. Yes it's a lager. I just wish there were more here. No hoppiness to speak of either. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. The aftertaste is acidic and annoying. Not much body to it. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they were stuck on an island in the Philippeans

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Photo of Onslow
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

some roasting aromas ... looks like hour old coca cola ... some decent flavours in this dark lager, but a quite thin, i guess the hotter weather is made for this one ... smooth but needs more cowbell!.. there are many better dark lagers out there but who really cares...

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Photo of walleye
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I shuddered when I picked this bottle up the name brought back bad memories from when I was in viet nam in 68, san miguel is one of the few beers that we could get and most of the time had to drink in warm, it was one of the worst beers over there and it was not dark I thought I would give this 1 a go. poured dark amber, with a light tan head. aroma malty, caramel, brown sugar, metallic, cherry coke. flavor, weak could hardly pull anything out faint hints of chocolate, Toffee, and some cherry, but had to let it stay in my mouth for a while. watery it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be

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Photo of MediocreatBest
2.67/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

deep brown/chocolate lab color with hints of mahogany as the light hits it. khaki colored head that ran away as soon as i stopped pouring, had it lingered it would of been nice. smells of almond, and booze, though it isnt a big beer. definatley sweet smelling but not overly pungent. bland! holly crap i was expecting more, dont know why but what a let down when it hits the toungue. as it warms it gets a bit better with the almond smell coming through in the taste. not as sweet as it smelled. light body, not much to it. don't bother, i'm sure you have had this beer before with different packaging.

edit: so after reviewing i noticed it was euro dark lager, not the style i expected perhaps this is more to its style then i let on. i beleive this is the first of this style i have ahd so perhaps it is my lack of knowledge not the beers lack of personality. still say skip it.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out dark brown with some ruby highlights. Has a nice light brown head. There is a strong malty aroma with serious molasses overtones and a coffee background. The flavor is very sweet at first but disappears quickly with a hint of coffee bitterness on the finish Has a very watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.69/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Chestnut brown....the hue of root beer and wood varnish. This is actually quite a bit darker than I guessed it would be. The head is initially three roiling fingers of tan suds before settling and remaining for a good while at a nice medium sized cap. Some sudsy lace is left on the glass, but it doesn't look very sticky or crusty...more like soda suds.

S - Pleasantly nutty with some root beer aspects. Caramel and toffee. Smells like a confectioner's taffy puller with lots of caramel on the menu. Not terribly complex, but very fresh and pleasing.

T - Sweet and toffee flavored. Really pretty one dimensional, though that one dimension is done well. Some maple syrup and nut flavors are there too. No hops at all are to be tasted in this's sort of like malt water.

M - Thin and a bit undercarbonated with a nice sweet and toffee lingering finish.

D - This reminds me of Newcastle. Like that omnipresent brew, there is nothing wrong with some watery nutty flavors and easy drinkability. Boring, but unoffensive. Sort of a wallflower really.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark Brown with a slightly lighter brown top when held to the light. Tan 1 inch head with decent retention. Very nice

Smell: Very sweet on the nose. Definitely tell it's an asian beer by the sweet yeast smell and malt. Hint of hoppy notes come through

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Very sweet and malty with a hint of hops

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium carbonation

Overall Very typical asian dark lager. Not all that easy to drink, its a bit to sweet for me

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Photo of jdhilt
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a two-finger light brown head that leaves some lace. Deep, clear amber color. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Malty and slightly metallic nose. Starts malty, finishes with some roasted coffee but not much; still it is much better than say, Becks Dark. $1.94 for a 12oz. bottle from Olivers Beverage Albany, NY.

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Photo of woemad
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On my 21st birthday, a friend bought me a bottle of this at a bar in Richland, WA. He'd picked up on it in some beer of the world set. As I was one of those odd individuals who didn't really start drinking until my mid 20s, I thought I'd try one again when I spied it in a grocery store. Nine and a half years after my first taste I found San Miguel ... absolutely unremarkable.

Drinkability:If you are looking for an average beer for a hot day that won't weigh you down as much as something darker, it could work. Otherwise there's no real point, as there are plenty of better beers that are cheaper (I paid $1.09 for 1 bottle) and easier to find.

Appearance: As noted by others, very cola-like in color. Starts off with a halfway decent head, few traces of which remain a few minutes later.

Smell: Fairly non-descript odor, described by a friend earlier tonight as "generic".

Mouthfeel: Slightly foamy, not too watery. More substance than the bottom dregs of the beer world, but nothing great.

Taste: I'm not that familiar with dark lagers. I really felt like this tasted like an unfinished beer, if that makes any sense. There is a slightly hoppy taste to it, but I'm left, considering the dark color, expecting a richness that just wasn't there.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Extremely dark brown body with a dark brown head to go along with it. The thick and frothy head started out at about 4 inches and ever so slowly faded down leaving a thick humocky topography.

S - Hints of molasses and anise over a mild malt.

T - The flavors are relatively mild. There are subtle black licorice and clove flavors over a base of molasses.

M - Watery feel throughout. The finish does have a back up of texture but nothing that assists with the flavor.

~ This is an interesting brew. I really appreciate the look and aroma offered but find the flavors to be sub par. I think this brew to be at best average concerning the overall drinkability. However, I must admit this beer does get better as is goes down.

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Photo of Samp01
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet dark lightly toasted malts, barley and grains with some light hops. Palate is medium body with light carbonation. Finish is sweet dark malts, some very light fruitiness and light hops. Flavor is lacking and becomes bland, carbonation turns flat and ends overly sweet. Overall not my favorite and would not buy again.

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Photo of Chaz
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber-red in color, darker than fizzy non-alcoholic cola-pop, and is brilliant or with excellent clarity. Pale tan head looks pretty good, with tight, small bubbles and uniform rather than rocky. Looks good is a glass...

The nose is sweet, malty, a little neutral and boring. But there's an off-note, medicinal as well. Plus, there's a oxidation to this one that makes me believe that the bottle I pulled from the undated six pack is fairly old.

Sweet and lightly-tangy on the first sip. The roast malt character which features in the language on the label is rather minimal. Finish is dry, but the oxidation is interfering with the nicer character of the malt (dark fruit notes, of plum and date, which I ordinarily love in stronger, richer ales.)

The body is thin. Carbonation is okay -- neither under or over-carbonated.

Altogether I can see this as being a nice, easy-drinker in the summer heat, as it's not too strong and is rather refreshing in its own right. It's not bad for the price I paid for it ($6.99), but I'm sure it would be a better beer within code!

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Photo of nicktay
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a semi-dark brown color with a very good head, which is a light brown color. Head retention is lacking, but it does appear to be a lighter bodied beer, therefore this would be expected.

Malts smell sweet and roasted and very much of caramel.

The beer is moderately lightly flavored. The flavor is not well established. I'm a hop head and would thus recommend more hops. I can't taste any at all. Also, the beer is pretty flat. More carbonation and bite is necessary.

It tastes very light and borderline watery.

Overall, I would not purchase this beer again. There is too much to be desired. However, it is easy to drink I would say simply because it is so light.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: color, a chestnut brown, reddish at the sides, with a solid, fluffy tan head, though quick to dwindle down.
Aroma: quite nice right off, notes of nuts and cocoa, cream,wood, a touch of spiciness,grapes and pepper, maybe, and a hint of cola, rather soft and sweet at first, but the full bloom does not linger long.
Taste: A decent peppery drizzling of hops, rich, chewy malt, and a bit too much carbonation.
This beer's failing is that it's initial promise fades swiftly, and we are left with a flat, dull Mr. Pibbish brew, with returning notes of cherries and grapes that have nowhere to play.
Rings rather hollow, like a can of Dr. Pepper left out overnight.

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Photo of Shadman
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

hopefully a better experience than their premium 'macro' lager.

Certainly fits the darj billing as this beer is like a very dark cola with a tan, sticky-almost-frothy head. Retains said head for about 2 minutes before if finally dies and becomes a tan ring.

Similar to another euro dark 'Efes' in it's aroma, maybe not a rich though. Certainly can smell the rum-raisin/roasted malts here, but nothing really over powers or grabs you abd says "hey...this is great, drink me now fool".

Sweet date like taste at first followed by a big blast of roasted malts. Goes kind of watery afterward, with just the briefest appearance by Mr. Hop, before there is a second big, bold blast of that date/roasted malt. Finishes rather sweet and sticky.

Comes off a tad watery, yet surprisingly boozy given the average ABV of 5%.

Given g=how disappointing San Miguel lager was, I was pleasntly surprised by this. Efes dark is a better valuie where I live so not sure when I'll be paying Saint Micheal another visit

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/25/2009 (bottle):

Pours a pretty dark reddish color body, with a huge tan colored head, lasting. Very strong malty aroma, some nuttiness, and lots of earthiness. Some funkiness too, like ripe bananas. Somewhat watery mouthfeel, somewhat creamy too. Malty earthy aftertaste. Some bananas in the taste. Some roasted notes. Not too shabby. Carbonated, but not harsh. A little sweet after a while.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pokal glass.

It poured a nice thick tan head that dissipated into a nice ring around the edges. Smelled like roasted and caramel malt, period! Tasted like roasted and caramel malt. High carbonation, full-bodied. A little sour tastiing at first, but the aftertaste was sweet and wet. An average dark lager that is good to drink during the winter. Not my favorite beer overall.

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Photo of stirgy
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glowing brown color with a burgundy highlight that comes through when held up to the light. Small tan head floats above. The beer gives off sour dark notes. Leathery and almost rubbery. Rawhide? Actually reminds me of a pencil eraser. The taste is light and semi malty. Some caramel notes are evident. Light, almost watery body. Overall, this is a smooth, easy to drink lager that has an interesting and satisfying roasted character about it. Not much depth to it, but enjoyable.

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