Red Horse Beer | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red Horse is San Miguel's high alcohol beer brand. Red Horse Beer is a deeply hued lager with distinctive sweetish taste balanced by a smooth bitterness that leads in a strong alcohol kick. The brand's popular rock image is most appealing to male drinkers who are 18-24 years old in the middle and lower socio economic groups.

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 172
Photo of Nass
2.87/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

No date on the bottle but I do like the label artwork. I tend not to like strong alcoholic lagers such as this beer is since it clocks in at 8% abv but let's see how it goes. The beer pours a well carbonated dark yellow color into the pilsner glass. The aroma is sweet & malty. The taste is malty, some cereal grains, slight white bread, slight cracker. The taste is very sweet for a lager. I'm thinking that is probably due to some cheap adjunct being put in here like maybe corn syrup, the beer is quite cold so I can't tell what that is. Personally, I don't like my lagers tasting so artificially sweet. Cheers! C

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.43/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500ml can into glass. No canning date information found on can.
Clear, pale gold colored body, with lots of upstreaming bubble carbonation. One finger egg shell white head persists as thin creamy cap. A few spots of lacing left behind.
Rather honey sweet smell with biscuit malts and some fruity esters.
Taste is full of the higher ABV, but still bready sweet with some nutty and fruity aspects. If allowed to linger in the mouth, there is a woody flavor that deploys, and gets a little bitter and rubber like.
Smooth thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. Best aroma and flavor experience when the beer is cold and passed through the mouth and throat quickly.
Adequate thirst quencher and head ringer. Quite attractive in the glass with all the bubbles rising through the clear body. Pound and repeat until required buzz is achieved. I have had worse higher ABV beers when in search of the intoxicant effect.

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Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear medium golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with bready malts and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of bready malts and mild earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity notes present. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a smooth, bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Lightly increasing warmth of 8% through the glass, touch of spicy alcohol roughness. Overall this is a nice strong pale lager style. All around nice robustness of bready malts and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Clean and rich bready Pils malts, and mild earthy hop balance. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.91/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

DATE: May 10, 2018... OCCASION: almost done with the yardwork for Saturday...almost... GLASSWARE: Neuzeller pokal...this one came courtesy of a break pack, and San Miguel's brewership doesn't inspire me to dive right in...pours a loud, fizzing champagne-colored body that loses all hope of head within seconds...this is the 8% version, so I am guessing the ABV killed its effervescence... the beer is crystal clear and golden hued with a stray bubble passing upward... smelling its corn and rubber from an arm's length, I am not drawn any quicker to a sip by its aroma... once at the nose, a slightly bolder, boozy waft asserts itself--a tequila or sugary spirit, but one reserved for a shot glass, perhaps... slight wood and fruity esters suggest a bit of character... the first sip: dry, oily at the tongue, and gone like a red horse would go... not impactful, and not the annoyance expected, but its mouthfeel is ghostly... a bit of metallic hose water, to be honest... not picking up the pilsner qualities here... corn, apple, slight bubblegum, vegetable, honey, dough, and cheese breath in and out with each sip... a cacophony of maltiness that settles without offending... could this be a beer I ever return to? I can honestly say I haven't seen it for sale at any location I frequent, but perhaps I do not venture to that part of the refrigerator...San Miguel, you continue to produce mouth rinsers in many strengths and least this ABV is not kicking me like a red horse would...

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Photo of TheSword
3.74/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was over in the Philippines a few years ago with a work mate. Its a great beer if you really want to get stuck into it and get knocked out of your tree. I have never tasted a beer that strong and can have nasty effects if you drink to much of it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.31/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My first beer from the Philippines. $1.89 for 16.9 oz. "FOR EXPORT ONLY"

Pours a darker than usual honey color with a lasting off-white head of 2 fingers. Lots of bubbles floating to the top to help keep the head stable.

This beer smells like apple juice.

Flavor isn't terrible. It's like licking a tire, eating tree bark and dry grains, and the apple juice you smelled but left it out for a week and now you taste it; and some pleasant banana peel as well. It's dry, but you don't taste the alcohol. Tire, tree bark, apple, banana. Some musty bitterness on the finish.

Feel is nicely carbonated, with a dry finish and some booze but not overwhelming. As it warms that element gets stronger. Some sand grittiness as well.

Overall, I don't see the hate for this beer. I'm finding it perplexing that I like this as much as I do. It's way better than a lot of mainland US lagers, and it has a nice apple-y thing to it. I'd take this any day over Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Natural Ice, etc. At the end of the day it's still a drain pour, but a much more tolerable one.

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Photo of Cameo64
3.26/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its a dry beer, pleasantly bitter and medium bodied. Its malty and a bit hoppy. Its a little grassy and a little floral, but the alcohol scent is present. The flavors are on the mild side. In my humble opinion, Red Horse is the best malt liquor I've tasted.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
1.74/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bought a 6-pack Times Supermarket $6.99
Smell of sweet malt
Clear golden color
High carbonation
Light-medium mouthfeel
Taste of alcohol is the dominate taste, some malt flavors
Overall not a good beer. Good only if you want to get drunk fast. Would not buy again.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.38/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a Weissbier vase; no production information.
A: Pours a light amber color with a half inch, white head that resolves to a rim with no lacing.
S: Sweet floral bouquet with a toasty aroma.
T: Sweet malts up front with only very mild bitterness. Peach and tutti-fruity notes.
M: Surprisingly light bodied (given the alcohol content) with low to medium carbonation.
O: I purchase out of curiosity. It is a drinkable, if not terribly memorable, brew. That said, the ratings on the site just seems a tad low and some of the reviews, a bit hyperbolic.

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Photo of Everydayoff
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

640ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Golden yellow color, it tops with pretty good white foamy head that retains for some time before sinking to some bubble film atop and leaving small amount of lace, high fizzy carbonation.

Grain, sulfur, subtle DMS, rotten veggies, medicinal, and hint of alcohol solvent.

Grain and grassy bitterness in the lead, then it follows with hint of lager yeast, bread, and grain again to wrap up all the things.

Light body with lively crisp and some active carbonation, not much smooth, finish is dry. Maybe drinkable if there is no choice.

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Photo of hophugger
2.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Crystal clear gold in color with nice carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Minimal head and non-existent lacing. Now, it goes downhill from here. Aroma is overpowering with corn and sweet grains and taste is nasty, watery and lacks any discernible flavors, give me a Bud Lit, it would be much much better.

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1.6/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

L: Packaging is lackluster. When poured, its appearance is similar to Red Bull. Moderate to Low carbonation.

S: Sweet and bitter smells at the same time. Not very pleasant to sniff when you pop one.

T: Tastes like a premix cocktail drink. Not much sweetness, very bitter without any hops overtones. Flavor is very muffled and I was not able to find any comparison with fruits or other foods.

F: It is marketed as "an Extra Strong Beer" and it feels as if its. The dominant feeling in one's mouth is the sting of alcohol thanks to not having much flavor to start with.

O: Very poor beer for experience, it is marketed as a quick and cheap way to get drunk and is brewed to do so.

*edited spelling errors

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Photo of Beerdanza
2.02/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I opened a bottle and heard no pop or fizz. Tasted the beer and thought it may have gone bad. Opened another one to check. That's just the way it is.

Very subtle nose which can only be described as faint cherry liqueur.

Taste is almost absent. Again, to my pallet it's cherries, but more bitter than sweet. But the flavor is fleeting, and a sip ends up feeling fairly clean and fresh, if lacking in most beer attributes.

I threw one in the freezer for a while, and drank it from the bottle as a previous reviewer had suggested, and it was better ice cold from the bottle. Definitely nothing overtly offensive about it, and it goes down easy. With easy drinking and 8% abv, I can see where this brew, if obtained cheaply, could be extremely attractive.

However, my overall impression is pretty negative. For getting drunk it seems like a good deal. For savoring beer, it's a big bummer.

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is medium straw. Aroma is corn, biscuit malt and caramel. The flavor is biscuit / corn from a glass, but sweeter and cleaner if you drink it out of a bottle. Sweetness and full body keeps alcohol relatively well hidden. This is a decent / okay strong lager, good for a hot day and better straight from the bottle (where flavors stay simple) than in a glass (which opens up some not great elements).

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Photo of kojevergas
1.82/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I guess The Filipino San Miguel is the brand owner (though they're licensing it from San Miguel Spain?) and San Miguel Thailand is technically brewing it under contract.

BOTTLE: 640ml. Brown glass. Sanguine label. Gold and red pry-off crown cap.

Brewed and packaged by San Miguel Beer Thailand. Filled April 09, 2016. 6.00% ABV.

AROMA: Graininess. Pale/pilsner malts. Mild grassy hop character. I detect no overt adjunct.

Aromatic intensity is quite mild.

TASTE: Artificial cherry, pilsner malts, pale malts, malty sweetness. Malt extract. Possibly cane sugar seeing as it's somewhat cidery.

No overt hop or yeast flavour. No off-notes apart from the almost cloying sweetness.

Imbalanced, with shallow depth of flavour throughout. Flavour duration is brief (luckily). Flavour intensity is low.

TEXTURE: Syrupy, slightly sticky, smooth, wet, overcarbonated. Heavy on the palate. Filling. Not soft at all.

Doesn't bring out the best in the taste.

OVERALL: Drinkability is low giving its sharp overcarbonation, heaviness on the palate, and off-putting sweetness. Definitely amongst the worst beers (currently) available in Thailand - which is a shame since Thai-brewed San Miguel Pale Pilsner (from the same brewery) is one of the best. Not a brew I'd want to revisit - but I imagine I likely will given the lack of diversity in Thailand's beer scene coupled with Red Horse's affordable price and comparatively high ABV.

I'll extend an olive branch and say that the red apple/cider-redolent flavour isn't bad.


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Photo of hardy008
2.09/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Clear gold with a thin white head which fades quickly, leaving spotty lacing. The aroma has grain, corn, and some earth. Smells fairly sweet.

Tastes like it smells. Too sweet for this style of beer.

Thin and watery with above average carbonation. Nothing to get excited about here. I will avoid in the future.

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Photo of gandres
2.53/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sunday, May 15, 2011 2:00 PM Bottle poured to pint glass very cold beer
Sight: Light pale yellow, head, a lot of lacing
Aroma: not a lot, scent smell of malt, nothing else
Taste: watery, not a lot of taste
Mouth feel: very carbonated
Overall: good beer for the hot weather in the Philippines, and not to get drunk since it is soda the most inexpensive way

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.01/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

it barely has any smell and doesn't taste very good. it's classified as a malt liquor but it doesn't taste like one to me, maybe it's a lighter & harsher tasting version of a malt liquor.

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Photo of ordybill
3.34/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. This is the classic beer of the Philippines that sailors and Marines lived off of in the old days while in Olongapo. Unfortunately it doesn't compare to other beers but in the tropical setting of the PI it is awesome. But, it is rather average but it did take me down memory lane for a bit.

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Photo of Svingjo
2.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured a clear golden colour with a thin soda bubbled white head that dissapears quickly. The nose is bready, while being surrounded by a sweet pale malt. There is also some skunk and earthy hoppiness. The taste is like sweet corn along with a slightly apple taste, maybe some acetaldehyde. That earthy hop bitterness is evident as the taste comes to a finish. It feels overly carbonated, almost like they use the high carbonation to hide any flaws. Not my favourite but better than some other malt liquors I've had.

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Photo of pat61
3.21/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours brilliant gold under a 1” white foam cap that diddipates at a fairly moderate speed leaving splotchy lace.
S: Fresh grains and some earthiness fill the nose.
T: Lightly sweet bread and a dose of apple with a moderately bitter, dry finish.
F: Medium light to medium body, medium high carbonation, clean and crisp.
O: Probably more apple on the palate than it should have but it works well with the grain flavors and helps hide the alcohol.

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Photo of McStagger
2.49/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25


A: Macro straw, big bubbles streaming to the surface. Head is a finger of white. Instant dissipation to a small cap.

S: Grain, green grape, slightly metallic.

T: Fruity up front, just a splash of herbal/vegetal hoppiness. Not harsh but not welcome graininess in the end. Some sort of porridge sweetness on the finish.

M: The higher alcohol may actually help this one. Keeps the carbonation from burning your tongue. Still thin and still watery.

O: Lower tier, but not bottom tier. Do not let warm. Repeat, do not let warm.

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Photo of ChrisCage
1.98/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a surprisingly thick-ish white colored head. The head is about 1 finger thick and retains very well in a soapy textured manner. Appears to have aggressive pop like carbonation and the lacing is also surprisingly decent with several small foam patches sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Very average aromas of corn adjunct, and perhaps some cleansing rice blended into the mash as well. There is some minor barley malt sweetness. Slightly yeasty, tin/metallic and somewhat boozy aroma. No real hop bitterness in the finish.

T- This is where this beer loses it for me! Very bland and no frills on the palate. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable and there's a weird dry dirt flavor that makes my tongue cringe every time I taste this. Stale cardboard could perhaps be a great term to describe the overall flavor!

M/O- The rubber hit the road and it's an awfully bumpy road! Outside of the better than expected look, this is everything I expected and less! Thin bodied, palate scrubbing carbonation and unpleasant flavors have led me to decide that this belongs in the reject pile! I'm sure the good people of the Philippines know full well that this is pure swill.......good for the party crowd I'm sure!

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Photo of isunktheship
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If this is a malt liquor, as BA proclaims, I'm a bit more interested in the process. Its listed as an extra strong lager, so perhaps there's some complex chemistry going on in the background/process to categorize this as a 'Malt Liquor'.

Gave it a 3, it's drinkable, strong, sweet. When I think 'Malt Liquor', I definitely think Mickey's, Old English, etc.. this isn't a gross farty beer - it's a smooth, malty, lager. So while the categorization may be debated, it's quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Amalak
2.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Needs to be served cold. A basic malty beer but it can be refreshing under the right conditions. Average as a whole, but I don't hate it the way that some seem to hate it.

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Red Horse Beer from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 2.72 out of 5 with 172 ratings