Red Horse Beer
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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Style:
Lager - European Strong
Ranked #80
ABV:
8%
Score:
65
Ranked #49,530
Avg:
2.75 | pDev: 25.45%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
179
From:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
 
Philippines
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  47
SCORE
65
Poor
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Notes: 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 by troyvar:
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troyvar from Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Jul 14, 2012
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migwell from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Please don't bother with this one if you have an alternative, it's a rather poor strong lager. It is the best beer in the Philippines, but that's not saying much at all. There it comes in 650ml bottles and is far superior to the more dominant San Miguel Pale Pilsener from the same brewery. SMPP is just an insipid pale lager with an unpleasant aftertaste.

In the Philippines, as far as bang for the buck and flavor, this is the one. As in many countries, the one brewery controls most, if not all, of the market. And as in most of southern Asia, all the available brews are sub-par.

Sep 26, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +32%
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.

Jun 02, 2018
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

Jan 28, 2013
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MasterQ from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -27.3%

Mar 19, 2012
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jaswilson2 from South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Nov 21, 2014
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intoxabroad from Taiwan

2/5  rDev -27.3%

Oct 08, 2012
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GallowsThief from Florida

2.81/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up by my buddy Ken in the Phillipines. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a pale golden yellow with almost no head to speak of at all. Very bubbly.

S – Corn, grain, sweet and not much else.

T – Very sweet taste immediately grabbed me. Malty with a touch of citrus.

M – Very easy drinker. Medium carbonation that leaves a bit of that sweetness on your palate as it goes down.

O – Another on of these hot summer days brews in a foreign country type. Its perfectly fine for a beach, boat or humid day. It will go down quick and easy and its at least got some taste.

Nov 04, 2012
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kojevergas from Louisiana

1.82/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

D- (1.82) / NOT RECOMMENDED

Jun 03, 2016
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -45.5%

Jul 20, 2014
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sharathr23 from India

4/5  rDev +45.5%

Oct 23, 2013
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Everydayoff from Thailand

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

640ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

L:
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.

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

T:
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.

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

Mar 14, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.21/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

May 15, 2015
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

2.69/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Sep 23, 2018
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DuffDaddy from Florida

3/5  rDev +9.1%

Nov 24, 2013
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LaneMeyer from California

3.28/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rating it according to style, this malt liquor is better than most American Malt liquors IMO. Meaning it's less nasty but still not good.

May 31, 2015
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Loveyourbeer from Virginia

2/5  rDev -27.3%

Oct 24, 2014
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cbless97 from New Jersey

1/5  rDev -63.6%

Oct 28, 2012
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Avatar113 from California

2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nov 07, 2015
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avisong from Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

May 23, 2014
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jsisko01 from Michigan

2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates instantly. Has creamy lacing.

Smell - Grainy, bready, and malty..

Taste - Strong pale malts, bready malts, and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - Definitely not one of the better malt liquors.. but I don't really like them in general anyway.

Apr 27, 2012
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Rivenin from Oregon

3/5  rDev +9.1%

Jun 28, 2013
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gr0g from New Jersey

2.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Jan 14, 2018
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justinm4bama from Alabama

2.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dec 30, 2015
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OzmanBey from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 22, 2017
Red Horse Beer from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 179 ratings