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 barczar
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Saving grace when I was in the philippines for a month.

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights visible when held to light. A solid one inch, frothy tan head lingers, eventually leaving thick lacing.

Nutty, toasted bready malt and a hint of fruitiness form the initial aroma. There's a touch of roast and a hint of chocolate, along with tar. It's decidedly doughy.

Flavor reveals more roast character initially, becoming more toasty mid palate, and finishing a bit acrid and dry. There's a bit if a vinous character that is slightly offputting. Dark berries emerge as it warms. There's a subtle chocolatey sweetness.

Body is a bit light, with moderate carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Great toasted malt character, fairly nutty, with just enough roast to not overwhelm. Some off flavors, but not am offensive beer.

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Photo of JeanPaulValley
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this (under the cerveza negra alias) as a part of a mix and match 6 pack. I included it on a whim, as a generally enjoy dark lagers and had never heard of this beer. I was very pleasantly surprised. Even drinking it straight from the bottle, the roasted malts and caramel tones were very evident. It was an extremely smooth lager witha great mouthfeel. Thick, but not porter thick, it was exactly what a dark lager should feel like. This may become my new go to session beer.

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3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, mahogany...1/2" beige head - decent retention before falling to a sparse cap.

Sweet malts, molasses, light roasted notes.

Roasted with cream. Toffee, burnt or brown sugar. Simple but enough there to make it interesting.

Medium weight, low to mid-carbonation....doesn't finish too sweet - plus for that.

Pleasantly surprised...I would pick this over Negra Modelo all day long.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated 355ml bottle served in a snifter. Poured very dark brown, topped by a tan head that quickly disappears, leaving little lacing. A thin coat of sediment is left on the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is pleasant, but so sweet that I worry about the flavor. Hints of toffee and caramel.

Flavor is more like a sweet stout than expected, coming close to being too sweet. Of course, compared to a stout the malt load here is mild, but respectable for style. Traces of hops in both the aroma and flavor.

O: enjoyable and better than expected. At least average even by European standards.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This and Golden Eagle are the beers from San Miguel worth drinking. Unfortunately, the Philippines does not have much choice. You will most likely only see San Miguel. Once in a while, you may run across something worse (Colt 45) or something in the same category (Coors), but otherwise everyone serves San Miguel.

A - Bottle showed as Cerveza Negra... Poured out dark with very little head.

S - Not much there, possible nut and chocolate.

T - Not too bad, based on the past 2 weeks in the Philippines only option for SM & SM Light. Picking up some chocolate and maybe toffee. A little sweet, but enjoyable enough.

M - thin, but suitable.

From your options in the P.I. if you are unable to get the Golden eagle, this is your best bet. Each of them are ok though. There are far worse options in the world and especially in the Philippines.

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

Dark, ruby-red body that started with a thick, fizzy head which quickly dissipated to a wispy remnant. Roasted grain; a hint of chocolate and raisin in the aroma. Rich taste full of roasted grains and cocoa with a soothing bitterness towards the finish. Smooth, medium-bodied, buttery with a sugary underpinning.

A very nice dark beer with some bold, delicious presence. Rich and satisfying.

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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 jsisko01
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours an almost-pure black color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts are very heavy.. Along with caramel and coffee.

Taste - Very sweet with toasted malts, caramel, and light chocolate and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is the first dark lager I've ever tried. It's ok.. It's like a brown ale with just heavier flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not a bad brew really, especially for this part of the world. it pours quite dark from the bottle, chocolate syrup looking, with a one inch mocha colored head with surprisingly good retention. the nose is real malty, german in origin, like an extract though, a little bit off and not totally fresh, but some cocoa powder aroma wakes it up a bit. the flavor doesnt carry as much chocolate as the nose, but it is yummy all the same. a little bitterness turns metallic in the finish, my main critique. plenty drinkable, fuller bodied but well carbonated. fairly priced and down easy, not so nice when it warms up, but if you drink it quickly, this is a pretty good euro style dark lager.

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Photo of wac9
4.66/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow what a great beer always wanted to try it they have new bottles a now im sorry i wanted so long a dark pour which makes your mouth water a taste that goes smooths a tasty bit of malts and carmel that will make a enjoy night for anybody only 5.0 so drink drink drink

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Although the beer is quite dark, it is clear and very dark ruby red in color when held up to a bright light and exhibits a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down but has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of nutty malts in the nose along with some hints of dark fruits—raisins seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has sweet flavors of dark fruits and nutty malts plus hints of molasses.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste like a sweeter and fruitier version of a schwartzbier. It’s not a bad choice if you are looking for something that’s dark but still extremely drinkable.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.76/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown, substantial tan head that dissipates quickly. Very smooth extremely malty, roasty sweetness with a unique buttery note. As a huge fan of dark beers and in particular schwarzbiers/dark lagers I would have to rate this beer as one of the best. More flavorful than Kostritzer, very sessionable, pairs well with mexican and spicy asian food and is never harsh or bitter. Perfectly balanced.

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Photo of 57md
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Not as dark as most Euro Darks but pretty malty and definitely not watery. There is a sweetness to this that is interesting but not entirely pleasant.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A finger of tan head. Dark brown body.

Roasted malt smell is strong here. There's a background metallic smell too.

Roasted malt taste, sweet malt and milk. Actually a tasty dark lager.

Creamy and light texture. Moderation carbonation.

I enjoyed it, much to my surprise.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from half an inch or so above the glass gave this beer a medium sized light brown head above a clear dark reddish brown colored beer.

Dark caramel roasted malt aroma with light dark fruits hints, such a apricot or prune.

The taste is similar to the aroma except the dark fruits are a little more pronounced almost equal between those and the dark roasted malts.

A dry aftertaste that hold some of the roasted qualities of the taste on this medium bodied beer.

A little more caramel then I like in a beer, as I do prefer the beers that have more hops presence.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - purplish black with 1 finger head quickly disappears.

S - non existant some caramel hints in the flavor

Taste - heavy and bock like. Sweet and caramel

M - ok somewhat full filling

Overall - strange beer with lots of caramel overpowering all other flavoros.

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Photo of Jayli
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this while back in the states
Consumed at Solea in Waltham, 4/7
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice dark brown, with mahogany hues when held to the light. A one finger of khaki head disappears at a quickly pace leaving minor spots of wispy lacing.

S: Nose is sweet - caramel malts, sweet bready notes, and a bit of raisin.

T: Taste starts with a toffee malt sweetness. Raising and breadiness come in and fill out the middle. Raisin flavoring holds through with a caramel malt presence. Sweetness is a touch cloying.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light, slick feel.

O: Goes down pretty easy, somewhat tasty, not too filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. If the sweetness didn't hold in the aftertaste so much, this would be a much more enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent brown head into my glass. Not a bad start.

Sweet, pleasant aromas greet the nose. Close to a schwarzbier but not quite. Just tolerable enough.

Lots of caramel and sweet malt. Not horrible. Like soy sauce actually. Goes down easy.

Lingering caramel. Not much else.

Tolerable. More so than their "pils" and light lager.

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

From the 355 ml. bottle. It pours dark brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. A decent enough head that lingers and settles into a ring. The aroma is of dark, sweet roasted malts, yeast, and sugar. The hops are more in the background. While the body is nice and smooth it does not have a lot of texture to it. I would put it at light to medium. The taste is overly sweet and malty with moderate bitterness and a clean finish. It brings me back to my early days of beer drinking when I would drink Heineken Dark, Michelob Dark, or Beck's Dark.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -6.4%
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 karait95
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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 -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 Converge
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
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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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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