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.
Philippines | website

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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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 scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. A bit of bubly making its way to the surface to help form a slight ring around the beer foam. Smells very bland, but promising of roasted malts to be enjoyed. Flavor profile was a little roasted and rye bredy, but for the most part, very country kitchen. Pretty refreshing though. Something I could drink all night at a bar if the price is right. Plus the second beer I've ever had from the Phillipines and the first one I've reviewed.

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Photo of Jredner
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet malty/cola-like aroma. Dark brown color with a thumb thick, bubbly, tan head. Fairly decent looking brew. Lots of raisin in the fore. Quite sweet. Some stewed prunes, caramel, dates and some mild roasty notes. I think they were obvioulst going for a Schwarzbier here and that is mostly what it tastes like. I think it should be classified as such rather than as a Dark larger. It’s a pretty tasty brew if you are into Schwarzbiers, which I am.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reminescent of an Irish Red and a weaker German Bock. A solid lager with toasted, bready, yeasty, malty, and moderatly grainy characteristics in the nose and flavor. Appears clear and mohogany / ruby / brown. Quickly fading head and little protein. Finsihes a bit sugary and, again, grain like. Better than most south-of-the-boarder beers, but still not my favorite.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep mohogany with a thin head that fell into some fuzz around the rim. the aroma is fig like with a hint of chocolate, clean and malty.
the flavor clean, bit of fig, some spicyness, bit of chocolate, malt.
the mouthfeel was very watery when i first poured it, but as it warmed up it became more substantial.

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Photo of goschool
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark brown with red hues and a frothy tan head that fades into memory. The nose is roasty, with sweet toffee and caramel malts. The taste is right along those lines. Burnt malt, molasses, toffee, caramel, a dash of chocolate and a lactose-like sweetness with a mild, tangy hop finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but highly carbonated. I won't be rushing out to buy more of this, but I won't pass it up it if I should ever see it at a party.

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Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this stuff a lot during the '80's when I was in the military, because they seemed to always have great prices and a good supply at the on-post/on-base liquor stores. I'd first tried the lighter version, and enjoyed it. Both have a bit of a slightly sweet taste, not in my interest-zone any longer, but it was very enjoyable. I was a bit shocked when I was in Spain recently, to see so many San Miguel signs, but I then discovered that Spain has its own San Miguel-- I'm not sure if they're connected or totally unrelated. This is a good overall dark beer, fine with meals and steak cookouts etc.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black, but when held near light it has a dark red hue. It has a foamy head and is existent until the end. I sense some sweet malty and scotch aromas. Scotch is apparent in the taste a and maybe a little bourbon too. Goes down quite smooth even though it is quite carbonated. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste. This happens to be a tasty full-bodied brew and enjoyed this better than the regular San Miguel.

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Photo of DrZarkov
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In all respects this is an excellent beer. Although being quite dark it doesnt have the creamy texture of many darks, but the texture certainly had nothing wrong with it. Smell and appearance are slightly above average.

Very nice flavor with a little bit of a carmel taste and hints of coffee. Its also not bitter in the least. All in all, one of my favorite beers to drink both at home and at the pubs.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma is sorghum, sweet and intense with a slight tang.

Taste is dark and rich. Black patent malt, dark roast coffee, some chocolate flavors. Tiny bit of a hoppy bitterness, overlaps with the bitter coffee elements. Bit of a lactic sweetness, almost like a lighter milk stout.

Mouthfeel is medium, lighter than a stout but not quite as light as typical schwartzbiers. Finishes clean, very robust, holds my interest. I could session this.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep tan head settles over clear brownish-red liquid, very dark in appearance. Nose is heavy on earthy and sweet maltiness, hint of light smokiness, some hints of light chocolate. Decent mouthfeel, taste is heavy on sweetness...almost too much there, some more chocolate notes, barely any hoppiness to report. Finishes quite malty and sweet, that's about it. Not nearly as good as I remember it being years ago when I last drank it.

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Photo of malty
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cherry cola colored with a nice dense 1/2" head that stays a while.

Rich and sharp malty nose, nice roastness. Seems as though this lager is trying with all its might to smell like a dopplebock. Kinda, but not quite.

Fleeting and attenuated flavors that replicate the scent. Slightly sour, maybe it's a bit oxidized?

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super fine carbonation at just the right level. Light body with a lightning fast finish.

Drinkability is good. Probably one the very few beers I wouldn’t feel bad about drinking right from the bottle.

Overall a good, non-thinking lager for the summertime paired with some picnic/bbq. Appearance is awesome, same with the mouthfeel. Everything else is just average.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice coffee-colored clear body with a towering tan head that leaves lots of lacing as the liquid is consumed; a great looker

Smell: Toffee sweet and buttery; diaceytl, anyone?

Taste: Very sweet toffee start that lasts all the way through to the finish; doesn't really build from there and pick up any complexity, but, hey, this is a dark Euro lager, not a doppelbock; finishes somewhat flat

Mouthfeel: A bit thin with a healthy dose of carbonation

Drinkability: Much better than what I was expecting; I could see drinking a few of these with a pizza

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Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey now, pretty nice find (on Beergeek). Solid dark lager, pour was dark brown with a smallish tan head, minimal lacing. Nice malt and light chocolate aroma, and in the taste – which also was tangy, slightly sweet. Typical dark lager, low in hops, high in malts – good deal. Thin to medium bodied and carbed – a good dark brew for long haul drinking (5%).

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Photo of kbub6f
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small, tan, flat, still head. Some popping bubbles. Clear, dark brown beer with red highlights. The nose is sugary sweet, malty with burnt caramel and molasses. Burnt sugar/caramel up front. A fullish, milky middle bursting with molasses. A tangy, sourish finish. More caramel and molasses, a little bitter. Not bad. Fairly flavorful.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a 1/4" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts with a creamy, yet slightly dry lager yeast aroma. It is sweet with caramel malts. The taste is decent. It has a very sweet crystal malt flavor that is a little bland and dry on the finish. It has a nice roasted quality to it. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a decent dark lager. It has good aroma and decent flavor. It's not the best I've had, but I would drink it again if it was in the fridge.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Custom brown stubby-like bottle with undecipherable date code on cap and no abv
Aroma: Chocolate malt, chocolate, dark malt; rather inviting
Appearance: Deep ruby brown glass with a brown head that settled to a good coat leaving spots of lace as it dropped, but not much.
Flavor: A very nutty flavor with good balance between dark malt and hop. Some of the chocolate flavor comes through and some dark fruit tastes as well. Oddly, all the flaws came out with the second taste. A papery stale flavor may indicate an older bottle. While at first blush the tastes were rich and interesting, as I worked my way down they really didn’t show any depth. This is unfair, but it is like a very watered down RIS.
Mouthfeel: Full carbonation level, lingering bitter pucker.
Overall Impression: This one started strong and faded. It’s not offensive and shows glimmers of greatness, but it just can’t go the distance. For a lager it’s rather interesting and enjoyable. I’m not driven to a session, but I’m not against another either. I’m waffling like a Belgian on this one. Not bad, not great, worth a try, don’t kill yourself looking.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear dark amber in color with a lavish tan cloudtop head, which retains particularly well. The lacing is abundant and broken; there are small streams of slow rising bubbles.

Aroma: Quite sweet toffee and molasses aroma, very distinct, almost cloying.

Taste: Opens with a very sweet brown sugar and toffee note, followed by some dark fruit and butter flavors. Later in the taste, nuts and toasted malt flavors appear. The finish is slightly dry with a burnt caramel and bitter metallic hop note, which lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Slight stinging carbonation at the start of the taste, overall, seems a little thin.

Drinkability/notes: Nothing notable, I am afraid, but a decent dark lager.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown,, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of shalowlou
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark lager gets an ok mark for color. It's...dark...kind of like a dark Dr. Pepper.

The smell is the best thing about this beer. After a little swirl I get a bunch of mollasses, raisin, plum...definitely a strong sense of those dried fruits. It smells very bitter-sweet.

Then you taste it...and its just not the same. The mollasses is still there, as are the dried fruits, but it finishes a little too sour for my taste, also you taste the alcohol, which may be good for some and not so good for others.

The other problem with this beer is that it's also not the consistency that I would have expected from a dark lager...a little too watery.

Overall the aroma is worth the go around, but the taste just did not hit the spot...and thats the most important part.

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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 vitesse
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served in stubby 12 oz. brown bottle...

pours a nice black color. no light gets through. this is almost stout-like in appearance. smells of raisins, molasses and slight hoppiness.
tastes moderately sweet and raisin. no bready, malty backbone to this one. the mouthfeel is much thicker than i expected. really, it's a thick beer! but don't expect a stout -- there's no roasted malt/coffee/chocolate flavors here. the flavor just kind of drops off a cliff.

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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Euro Dark Lager? I'm pretty good at keeping up on world events, but I must have missed the admission of the Philippines to the E.U. Does France know about this?

Clear ruby-chestnut with ruby-amber accents. The medium beige cap is as frothy and as soft as whipped cream and has decent staying power as a result of its initial size after my high altitude pour. The lightly malty nose reminds me of dark Karo syrup, although it isn't nearly as sweet. There's a molasses-like character to the aroma that, though it isn't overly strong, is actually quite nice.

Not bad on the palate given my relatively low expectations. The malt backbone isn't all that sturdy--with a correspondingly light body--but then this is a lager. As in the nose, I can appreciate mild molasses notes along with subtle flavors of fruit and nuts. Clean, short finish. The flavor isn't quite as good as I might have made it sound, but this stuff is actually moderately enjoyable.

San Miguel Dark Lager is a much better beer than is San Miguel Premium Lager. It's better than decent solo and would probably go well with a wide variety of foods. Now if I could only find a Filipino restaurant in Des Moines.

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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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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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