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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

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Added by stoutman on 03-26-2002

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Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Looks black in the glass, but a clear and brilliant smoky ruby hue is revealed when this is held up to light. A moderate pour yields three finger of thick smooth looking head that falls slowly and looks impressive. Above average for this class of beer for sure.

Smells of sweet grain, lightly roasted malts, and possibly some corn or other non-barley adjuncts. The hops are mellow and mildly fruity, and seem to be either of the noble variety or akin to them.

The flavor is surprisingly balanced, and starts with an almost porter-like roasty sweetness, but this veers away from any major elements of chocolate or coffee in favor of a light, slightly sweet brown malt and light hop balance. There is a mild note of dark bread or maybe a hint of chocolate, but all remains on the easy side. Mild hop bitterness and enough dryness sticks around to keep this beer in the middle.

The mouthfeel is smoother than expected, which I find to be quite pleasing. Medium bodied but feels refreshingly mild.

Conclusion: Without doubt this is the best Euro Dark Lager I have tasted. It far exceeded my expectations, and is surprisingly smooth and balanced. The flavors are not as excellent as one might expect from a small established craft brewery, but they are outstanding for a large macro-type brewing operation.

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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of sh00ky
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer appears a deep, dark brown hue with beige cap that fades rapidly, leaving random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers a heavy dose of brown bread, pumpernickel, malt, fruit. Smells good. The flavor is ok. I like the aroma better. A bit sweet, slightly dry in the finish. A solid example of the style. Folks seem to rate lagers a bit low, in my opinion. While this beer is not stellar, it's a nice example of the style, offering balance and complexity in both the aroma and flavor. I would have this again.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, chestnut brown color w/ a thin cocoa head. Average lacing on my snifter glass. Very dark. Nose is toffee, dark fruit, and roasted malt. Taste is actually not that bad- toffee, malt, dark fruit and slight hops. Maybe some coffee in the background. Feel is medium, a little flat, w/ a toffee/coffee aftertaste. Probably the weakest point of this beer. Overall, this isn't bad at all- especially for the style. Cheers.

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Photo of chapcat
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of karait95
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good very dark looking, the body seems a little over medium due to the too dark color, the carbonation is present but almost cannot be seen. The head is nos as big as it should but is present and dissipates a little fast.

S: This one has a special aroma, instantly can be sensed toasted malts with some fruity aroma, specifically dark fruits such as prunes are present and some caramel is in there.

T: Again very clear tasting: toasted malts and dark fruits, specifically at the end you can identify the dark fruits, the prunes.

M: The sensation is pretty good, there is a balanced flavor and aroma, it is pleasant and last medium to long for a nice bittersweet ending more sweet than bitter.

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Photo of Samp01
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Converge
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Two and a half fingers of bubbly mocha head. Near opaque brown-black with some ruby highlights. The head had rather poor retention, and there was no lacing to be seen, but despite this it looked pretty good to me.

S - Semi-sweet dark malt, molasses, canned yellow-beans and roasted malt. A touch a roasty bitterness.

T - A lot of roasted malt, and a strong undertone of brown sugar sweetness. There's also a generous hint of grassy sweetness. The more I sip, the more I begin to detect toffee and caramel here as well. There's a light hoppy character here, but it feels really muted. I also detect something smokey in the finish. Overall, this is easy to drink and easy to enjoy.

M - Decent carbonation with body on the heavier side. Leaves my mouth feeling wet and refreshed.

D - An all around solid brew. It boasts an interesting flavor profile without trying to do too much. Didn't expect much coming in, but this beer certainly exceeded expectations.

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Photo of corcoranjc
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My dad bought me this because it is made by the brewery whose beer he used to drink while in the navy in the phillipines during Vietnam.

appearance: initially looked good, nice and dark reddish brown with a good tan head....head dissipated quickly with no lacing or foam. i'm willing to blame the glass on this one as it was recently washed with soap after a big dinner party and may not have been rinsed well.

smell: lots of sweet malts with a nice roatiness...smells like a good brown ale....or the nice roasty dark lager that it is.

taste: sweet malts. nothing fancy, but overall quite sweet and tasty. i need to be in the mood for this, but it's alright for sure. slightly odd aftertaste...a little cloying.

mouthfeel: a little slick. full but light like a lager but with the coating you get from a brown ale.

overall: this is fun to drink because my dad has plenty of stories involving being too young, too far from home, and having this beer be far too accessible during a scary time long ago...(not that now isn't scary as well, but that's another topic for another website).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark amber-brown with a 2 inch tan head that settles to a small cap. Nice foamy rings of lace mark the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, caramel, and malted milk. Taste is of roasty dark malt, malted milk powder, with a caramel/toffee finish. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good dark lager and my first beer from the Philippines. I would definitely get this one again in the future.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

San Miguel Dark Lager

Appearance: dark brown, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: sweet malts, grain, and honey.

Taste: slightly roasted malts, honey, and some grain.

Mouthfeel: medium and slightly flat.

This isn't a bad brew. The flavors are nice.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprising find in a Mexican restaurant. Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - dark brown, clear, no head, thin lacing.

S - caramel with just a hint of grassy hops

T - slight hops bitterness resolving into a strong caramel finish.

M - light with moderate carbonation

D - really goes down easy - could drink a ton of these

Very tasty beer - great surprise.

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Photo of bump8628
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darker than expected the pour is deep brown with a nice topping of foam and lace. Raw barley husk, cocoa powder, and a sourdough tang form the main flavor components with grape skin and sulfur in the back. Clean and fairly full for the style, better than the usual lagers imported from tropical locales. Nice for the style, but I'm sure it's main appeal in the States is the stubby "fancy import" bottle.

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Photo of treque
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep copper almoust brown in color, ruby highlights, a sand color 1 finger head, which dissipates but remians a layer on the top

S: a nice caramel, roast aroma

T: a light body, not a very nice flavour is so flat, just a little roast, no end at all

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
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 biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml squat, almost stubbie-esque bottle, a refugee from Zyn's wall of dear single import relief in Cowtown.

This beer pours a clear, very dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of thin, loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some arched cloud lace around the glass as it duly passes on.

It smells of musty caramel apple puree, a bit of roasted caramel/toffee malt, brown sugar, and banal earthy, leafy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, a wilted orchard drupe fruitiness, more thinned-out brown sugar, yet onewhich delves into edgy molasses territory, and a drying earthy hop/metallic booziness odd couple essence.

The carbonation is there, but fairly unassuming, i.e. nothing notable tactile-wise, the body a tremulous medium weight, and smooth in a blase, kind of tacky manner. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness and mild roasted malt carrying the day.

A decent enough dark lager, given its predisposition, the drawbacks ever so slight. Drinkable, yet hardly recommendable when compared to more headier Euro and otherwise, competition, as it kind of lags on the palate after a while - don't actually ask me what that means.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

San Miguel Dark Lager has a thick, beige head and a clear, ruby red (under light) appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark toast, dark-roasted coffee, bread, and sweetness. Taste is of sweet bread, dark-roast coffee, dark-toasted barley malt, some hop bitterness, and even a trace of lactose. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and San Miguel Dark Lager finishes crisp, clean, mostly dry, and highly drinkable. I really like this one, and I recommend you seek it out!


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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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