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 corcoranjc
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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 +14.5%
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 +4.3%
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 +10.1%
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 +0.3%
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 -1.4%
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 -21.4%
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 biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +25.5%
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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Photo of BucBasil
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a cola brown color with a nice dark tan foamy head that has pretty good retention.

S: Brown sugar, a bit of roasted and molasses. Caramel floating around in there for a bit as well and a buttery note.

T: Big malty character that reminds me somewhat of a dumbed-down doppelbock. Toased notes, a bit of roasted and a lot of brown sugar and caramel. A bit of molasses. Despite all this it's pretty crisp and somewhat light bodied.

Overall: I could drink something like this all day. Great taste. Less filling. A good surprise from the Philippines. Well done.

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Photo of NaLoGra
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Great looking beer. Poured very dark, black with just a hint of brown. Great lacing, great head.

S - Malty, almost toasty.

T - Very nice, tastes exactly like it smells, good aftertaste/

M - Definitely medium to heavy bodied beer, with great thickness to it.

O - I would buy again, overall nice thick lager with great malty flavor.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep chestnut brown into a perfect pint glass. A robust cream cap slowly falls to a patchy quilt of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

Molasses, chocolate and straw dominate the beer's profile. The molasses and chocolate ride on top of the straw flavors. Bitterness has just enough bite to keep the sweeter flavors from getting too cloying, but lacks much flavor. In the mouth, the body is quite dense for the low ABV. The vigorous carbonation helps aid the beer's bitterness. The beer finishes with a lingering chocolate liqueur sweetness.

This beer is pretty nice, to be honest. It has nice complexity and good heft. A solid pickup overall.

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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 dotsonjamesg
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from a "10 Best Beers of the World" pack from World Market in Claremont, FL.  

Appearance: Poured a nice amber color with a two finger head with light/mod lacing.

Smell: The nose smells of molasses and sweetness, perhaps a tinge of alcohol.

Taste: The flavor is sweet with an underlying bitterness with flavors of dark sugar and toasty malts, with a hint of sweetness and fruit. Much better than expected. 

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: It's light yet flavorful body makes for a great drinkability but there is always something better out there. Still a good brew. 

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Photo of flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: rich, deep amber-brown hue with a crystal clear body and two thick fingers of frothy tan head. Head seems to dissipate somewhat rapidly but the color is just great.

Smell: aroma is rich with a slight fruitiness; caramel malt notes also come through and beneath all of that just a hint of roasted grains. Complex and fulfilling.

Taste: everything you'd expect based on the aroma: a good, light fruitiness, followed by a caramel character and just a hint of roasted grain. Really, quite tasty; possibly my favorite dark lager out there.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good carbonation. This beer manages to be pretty creamy despite not having tons of body; I like it quite a lot.

Drinkability: a richly tasty and ever-so-drinkable beer. It reminds me of the flavors of a mild ale, except with a fruity lager kick. I can really dig it; San Miguel Dark has caused me to raise my opinion of the whole Philippine archipelago.

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

12 oz. stubby bottle, poured into pint glass. really dark brown in color, with red highlights. thin white head.
smell is sweet, very buttery. nice mild balanced taste.
medium body, medium to high carbonation.
decent drinkability. decent, but unspectactular.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a touch of red at the edges. Caramel colored head drops evenly and slowly.
Smell is malt, hops, caramel, hints of peat and smoke.
Taste is malt, caramel, vanilla, hops, peat, smoke and light alcohol.
Fairly smooth with light effervescence at tip of tongue. Medium body (leans towards light). Malt/caramel/vanilla aftertaste lingers and tapers off nicely. Very good brew, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of velosuds
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No bottle dating apparent. Single purchased at John's Market for $1.59.

A-Poured a chestnut-amber hue with a very uniform two finger head that receded into modest lacing.

S-Nose is malty sweeteners like black strap molasses or dark corn syrup. Slight yeast aroma too.

T-Malt sweetness that is reminiscent of molasses and fruit.

M-Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D-Very drinkable lager, but not one I will reach for often since there are plenty of better ales available.

San Miguel was my favorite import for as long as I can remember, long before I became a BA. This is very much as I remember it and it is much better than any BMC or the most ubiquitous import swill.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a pleasant surprise to me. We got a dark lager with a sweet, malty aroma. Much sweet, malty goodness with each sip. Sooo drinkable and good! I'll be having more of this one!!!

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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 Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy medium to dark brown color with a white head. For an aroma I get earthy hops, dark malt, caramel, toffee and bread. The flavor is very malty with some toffee and bready malts as well as some earthy hops to keep the beer somewhat balanced. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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

355ml bottle poured into pint glass may27 2010

A dark brown until it's held to the light where it has a reddish glow, light beige head has decent retention leaving a few patches of lace

S sour apple and molasses not what I was looking for

T a little better then the smell with some mild chocolate but still nothing special

M thick enough to keep it from having a watery feel and the carbonation helps keep it alive in your mouth

D other then the smell this ones neither good or bad just another beer stuck in the middle

looked promising but never really wowed me in any area, don't go looking for this but drink it before the water if your ever in Manila

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one a long time ago when I was first getting into beer and remember enjoying it so I wanted to give it another go and see what I would think now that my palate is more 'mature'.

The first thing you would probably notice is that the bottle is pretty nice for a macro. The label, on the other had, is kinda ghetto-fabulous and resembles malt liquor!

Poured out San Miguel Dark looks like an English porter, that, being very dark reddish-brown rather than black. The head is nice, big, airy and mocha-colored. There is much retention and lacing of the foam which was unexpected for a lower-priced beer like this. This is a highly filtered beer as there is absolutely no sediment at the bottom of the bottle or visibly suspended in the body.

The smell is definitely lager-like; light, hoppy, and watery. There is a bit of sweet and roasty aromas too. Smells like a mild winter warmer, overall.

The taste is very nice and surprisingly full bodied. Ahhh. Good stuff. Overall I would say it tastes like an English/European porter or even a mild double bock, not a lager. It is very smooth, bittersweet, slightly chocolaty, and slightly hoppy.

I'm very impressed with this beer. It's given me hope that there is actually good Asian beer out there.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears deep cola in color. Tan head goes to skim and ring. Smell is rich dark malt, hops, caramel. Taste is caramel, dark malt, some lite hops bite. A touch of black licorice. Dry slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouithfeel is active carbonation - a touch harsh in my opinion. Light/medium body not especially smooth but OK. I drank this years ago before BA and enjoyed it. Now - it's just a decent dark euro things have changed int he beer world.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color with tinges of ruby-big, fluffy off-white head of foam
Aroma-Faint roasted malts
Taste-Roasted malt notes, caramel, slight citric "tang" in the finish.
Overall,Sessionable, drinkable if a bit underpowered

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San Miguel Dark Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
3.45 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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