Red Horse Beer | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Philippines
sanmiguelbrewery.com.ph

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Daredevil on 01-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
36
Avg:
2.66
pDev:
27.44%
 
 
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of jaydoc
2.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is fairly drinkable and not as offensive as I was expecting it to be.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
2.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of apples and corn are present in the nose along with some hints of fusel alcohol. Apples become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly has some flavors of apples along with bits of corn adjuncts. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very exciting taste, but is easy to drink and is pretty good when compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, 7% ABV. A brew which seems to come and go from Alberta store shelves, and is readily confused with the malt liquor cans. Glad I could snatch a single in Stampede City.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of loosely foamy, and quite audibly fizzy dirty white head, which leaves the meekest burps of EKG lace around the glass as it very readily settles.

It smells of sweet corn grist and overcooked white rice, a mild sweet alcohol ester 'character', and a weird musty and dusty dryness. The taste is a mite bit drier - thin apple cider, a fickle weak graininess, an indeterminate plastic sourness, and some further musty and dusty, er, hops, I suppose.

The carbonation is mopey and average, kind of resigned to its fate (I can sympathize), the body a thin, sugar-buoyed middleweight (just barely, sports fans), and smooth, with a barely-restrained gagging sidebar. It finishes sweet, grainy, slightly boozy, and reserved in its nicely understated skankiness.

A malt liquor, sure - it's got all the trademarks, yet that overused concept of 'drinkability' strangely applies here, dunno why. Oh, right, I've suitably lowered my expectations, a la re-runs of Saturday Night Live.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.82/5  rDev -31.6%
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

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Photo of emerge077
2.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Whoo, Malt Liquor from the Philippines. Let the good times roll...

Crystal clear straw color, thin layer of white foam on the surface. Minimal spotty lacing.

Mealy corn silage, wet grains and wet dishrag notes in the aroma. When cold it's fairly muted, its suggested to keep as ice cold as possible.

Sharp astringent alcohol, apple, dull flavors, light watery carbonation, though it has a fuller feel to the body for an AML. Dull grains, dry finish with some perceptible alcohol in the taste. Plain and rough around the edges... not the most terrible malt liquor out there, but still not worth revisiting.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from about an inch above the glass give this beer a medium or slightly more white head that quickly dies to about half an inch that slowly settles into a very light bubbly lacing above a clear golden colored light bodied beer.

Aroma of sour grains, lighter lemon citrus, and even lighter hints of yeast.

Watery light sour grain malt taste with even lighter lemon citrus coming through.

A dry aftertaste with some lemony citrus hanging around.

This beer is kind like a sub-par American light beer like Bud Light, boo these guys for pretty a less than beer beer in a cool looking bottle and using up a decent name that an Irish Red would have been proud to carry.

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Photo of zeff80
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -43.6%

Photo of dcmchew
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of fast falling eggshell colored head. Slightly below average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, white grapes, some perfumy notes, some honey suckle notes

T: Sweet apples, dryness & white grapes up front. More of the same as this warms, big time apple blossom balanced by just a little by mineral & citrussy hops. Finishes cidery & dry

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, skews sweet

Drinks easy for the ABV, doesn't really taste like a malt liquor to me, too fruity & smooth. Not bad, I'm sure if I drank enough, a fierce hangover could be had... Better than its rating, but having had this in past, I would say this beer probably goes down hill quickly if exposed to UV light or to much heat. If given limited choices, this might work, other wise caveat emptor on this

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

brown 12 oz purchased from Wegman's in a mix-a-six enjoyed chilled from a goblet
The look is golden with a pale white head which dissipates rapidly and leaves a ring of fine beads with visible carbonation and good clarity. The smell is sweet, not really sugary sweet more corn-like perhaps a little dimethyl sulfide type cooked corn, but gentle and a malt presence is there in the aroma. The feel is pretty high in carbonation with semi-dry feel and mild alcohol in the finish with a warming on the way down.

The taste has a light malt flavor with the sweetness of malt but smooth and gentle with a more dry presence as the alcohol is there making the beer seem thinner as a result which is not bad it is not hot, just strong with mild spice probably from the elevated carbonation giving that carbonic element. Overall I like this for what it is - Malt liquor...it is simple and does the trick, not great flavor but better than many I have tried and I would drink this again

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Photo of BEER88
2.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had a bottle with a skillet of sisig at Maharlika in NYC. Overall, it wasn't offensive, but it was also pretty boring. It tasted like a bland, clean export lager, with none of the vegetal off-flavors that usually come with a malt liquor. I guess that's good. Don't feel the need to the try this. San Miguel would have been a slightly more interesting beer.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +50.4%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Sweet grain nose and flavor is malty sweet with a light hop finish. Boring, barely a lawnmower beer. 330ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of pat61
3.21/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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Red Horse Beer from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
2.66 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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