San Miguel Premium Lager | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Premium LagerSan Miguel Premium Lager

Brewed by:
San Miguel Brewery Inc.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-12-2001

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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 395
Photo of sitcomone
5/5  rDev +80.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is great beer. I highly recommend it. Pours nice and clear, smell is pretty good, and the taste is great. I'm just a regular Joe that loves this beer.

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Photo of cfliegel
4.7/5  rDev +69.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

San Miguel Premium Lager has a balanced taste and a slightly sweet finish and a crisp mouthfeel. There is nothing overwhelming about this beer's taste, but it definitely has flavor. The balance of flavors is the key to this beer. It is extremely drinkable in large or small quantities.
It is not for beer snobs as it isn't a super strong micro. But it is a perfect lager for a hot day when you are tired of Hefewiezen's but you want something refreshing.

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Photo of Jiancongxie
4.42/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Beer is clear and transparent, light golden yellow, foam innocent, delicate and long-lasting.
S- Beer has a very strong aroma of malt and floral, sweet and grains, but very short. It is easy to recall the taste of the rice fields.
T- Beer is very refreshing, very malty taste, and a hint of sweetness.
M- Beer is light. Too short, but it thirst. There is no burden in your mouth.
O- Beer is extraordinary flavor, great sense of the affection. It is suitable for a drink at summer in California. Coupled with the hot pot is very suitable.

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Photo of nafnikufesin
4.01/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Average fizzy looks with a golden color.

Smell - Nice aroma with hints of licorice and vanilla.

Taste - A mild sweetness in the flavor, again with hints of licorice, with slight evidence of alcohol towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a crisp texture.

Overall a surprisingly flavorful yet refreshing beer.

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Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium clear yellow bordering on gold with not much head.

S: Malts with a decent amount of fruit, especially some apple and pear, on the nose.

T: Slightly sweet malts hit the palate and open up a bouquet of sweet citrus fruits, apples, pears, and I would hazard to say nectarines. None of the typical astringency associated with a macro lager. Ends rather smoothly on a creamy diacetyl note.

M: Medium body, a decent amount of carbonation, and a creamy finish.

D: I went into this not expecting much, but then was pleasantly surprised. One of the better mass-produced lagers that I've ever had.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.82/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Underrated IMHO
I drank this from the bottle on a hot day, it was also my first beer off the beach. That disclaimer being set forth this was a pretty damn pleasant brew. I have to decline on appearance evaluation, but the view into the bottle looked nice, there was a great fragrance jumping out of the bottle as I raised it to my lips, a nice malty noseblast. The taste was not thin as the average macro, but full bodied for a lager with a great carbonation level. Taste was well balanced with a significant hop bite. I gobbled this one down and enjoyed every drop. Well above average.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.8/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with good clarity and active carbonation. Fizzy white one and half finger head drops quick but retians a thin cap well- little to no lacing. Rice and corn aroma- mabye some pilsener malt. Adjunct flavor with a pilsener snap and pale malt sweetness. Semi-dry aftertaste with a subtle fruitiness and weak noble/spicy hops.(saaz?) The high carbonation, thin body, and clean finish give it a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel and good drinkability. Some actual depth of charcter here, and certainly better than your average american macro.

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Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sunny clear yellow beer.

Smell is perfume, grass, and spicy.

Taste is a bit sweet and full of clean bread flavors. Mild perfume shows up in the taste too.

Mouthfeel is average.

Very drinkable. This is my standard "Cheap Beer" Usually $9 a 12 pack of bottles. Why can't Budweiser make something this good for the same price?

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.76/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a long tulip glass.

Appearance - Straw-yellow with heavy, heavy carbonation and tall fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while. Impressive lace along the sides of the glass.

Smell - vegetable aromas with a rough grainy malt underneath.

Taste - some sweet malt immediately gives way to a creamy smooth flavour with a short, clean finish. The carbonation was not as nearly as peppery as I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel - fairly even and decent flavour and smoothness. Interesting and enjoyable.

Drinkability - goes down very easy and to put away 6 of these would be a delightful assignment were it not for the expensive price of $15 a six.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.76/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

San Miguel pours crystal clear golden amber from a 12 oz dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Head went to over three fingers before turning rocky and dropping to a full ring with islands and shoals of foam along with more than ample lacing.

Nose is of damp grain with a slight side of cooked veggies and fresh cut grass, but not offensive in any way. Palate is smooth toasted sweet barley malt, followed by the bight of carbonation.

San Miguel Premium Lager is a brew you can settle down with after a hard days night and not feel left empty handed.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.68/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Clear, pale gold in colour. White head foams up to 1/2 inch before reducing to a thin circle around the edges. Decent amount of lacing down glass sides.

Aroma is sweet and grassy with undertones of corn, light malt and skunk hops. Somewhat intriguing, but I don't know if it's more because of the aroma, or because I haven't had a grassy smelling beer in a long time.

Sweet flavour with hints of grassy hops and corn that is nicely balanced. A little mild aftertaste that doesn't overstay it's welcome. Mild and smooth.

Light bodied mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a nice amount of carbonation.

This is actually one of the better lagers I've had recently. This isn't a big beer meant to blow your socks off, so don't expect that. This beer is what it is, and that's a smooth, well balanced, easy to drink "grassy" lager. I know some people aren't fans of the "grassy" beers, but I'm not opposed to them, and I actually rather enjoyed this lager. A nice refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean and crisp pale malt scent along with adjuncts that refreshes and finishes dry. The taste is decent as well. It has a refreshing pale malt flavor with an adjunct lightness and a dry lager yeast finish. It has that Mexican style aftertaste and a grainy malt quality. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking lager. It has decent flavor and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of James-Rogers
3.64/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Being a pale larger, it had a nice clear pale and inviting look to it. I'd honestly give this a 3 mostly because it stopped being so lively not long after hitting the glass.
It has a malty smell with a hint of hops to follow. Having a strong dark roast with citrus as an afterthought.
Up until recently, I've been drinking Coors Light so the flavour of this made my night. While Coors is quite weak in flavour, this had a nice burnt flavour with a lovely sweet and slightly bitter after taste. From what I can tell, something generally expected from pale lagers.
The mouthfeel was a let down as it does go flat quite quickly. When drank at the start, it felt crisp, light and carbonated. But after a while, it felt slightly oily over my tongue and cheeks. Overall, this does come quite high in my favourite beers up to date with an overall experience of 3.25 as the look and feel let me down more than the smell and taste was enjoyable.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.6/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle into pint glass

A: clear straw-gold. Big white head with impressive retention.

S: Noble hops and some grassiness were the first thing to hit me when I poured. Other than that, it smells like a typical fizzy yellow beer but sweeter and maltier.

T/M: Sweeter than a typical adjunct lager. Minimal to no astringency. Tight carbonation cuts the sweetness. I don't taste corn, and I'm actually guessing there's no corn in the grain bill because corn isn't native to the Philippines. If there's rice in there, I can't taste it. There's some mild, unobtrusive hop bitterness in the finish, just enough to balance. It is a little grainy and grassy at times, but I've had enough adjunct lagers to know it comes with the territory and is just a side effect of the beer being a little too warm.

D: Fizzy yellow beer that doesn't taste like corn or rice? I'm in. Perfect for all-day drinking when it's 95 degrees in the shade.

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Photo of stoutman
3.6/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Philippines, this mass produced beer is outstanding ice-cold. A pleasant surprise with no objectionable flavors. Has a mild cereal like aftertaste with a light hop. Can drink massive quantities of this relatively light beer on a hot day without any hangover effects.

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Photo of ernie
3.57/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale, medium level of carbonation, thick creamy head, beautiful lace.

Smell complex, with malt, hops, herbs and some hint of spices.

Start grainy, almost chewy, body small but rounded, good malts-hops balance, acidic finish and pleasant fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Not bad at all!

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Photo of Popkorn615
3.56/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a perfectly transparent, apple juice gold with a fluffy, two-fingered marshmallowy head. Decent lacing around the sides of the glass as the head slowly dissipates to a 1mm glaze.

S - Corny/grainy and malty smell aroma to it. Nothing too strong, nothing incredibly flavor-full.

T - Corny, hoppy, malty, and a touch sweet. Reminiscent of a domestic light beer such as Miller, but definitely a more substantial and less watery flavor than that American beer.

M - It's got a great mouthfeel (when compared to similar domestics like Miller). It's also got a pretty decent thickness to it compared to what you would expect to be feeling upon first glance of this beer. Moderately filling, and not watery.

D - Personally, I like San Miguel much better than any of the light domestic lagers/ales/pilsners, and being 1/2 Filipino myself, it's often my choice for a party beer - it sits well in the stomach and leaves room for a plethora of food. A very easy-going beer.

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Photo of SargeC
3.55/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow brew with a frothy white head.

Smell: Buttery hop presence, some sharp metallic aromas.

Taste: Minor malt flavor that is embraced by a touch of hop flavor. Ends up being pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light body, very crisp and clean.

Drinkablity: The brew is very easy to consume. Just looking at the bottle reminds me of good times in the P.I.

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Photo of grayburn
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is average in all respescts with the exception of taste. This is an impressively clean tasting beer. The color is spot on, but the lack of head retention damages the appearance score. The smell is clean with the exception of some corn and cheap grains. The mouthfeel is as expected to style, but nothing to write home about. The drinkability is decent, a pretty nice, drinkable adjunct lager. A big plus is that this one doesn't give me a headache after 3, like some adjunct based beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear straw color with a one inch bright white head, settles to a thin cap. Stacked lacing along the glass.

Light grain notes, with a little bit of early hops.

Lots of delicate sweet grain with a very dry finish. Light bodied with good carbonation. No hop flavor.

Pretty much your standard American Macro Lager. This one presents itself well and has no off flavors. Who cares if it's not the gold standard of beer, it's great for a gathering on a hot summer day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear yellow-gold body is topped by a creamy head of bright white foam that settles into a decent collar and leaves some nice but transient lace. The nose is clean and welcoming with a pleasant combination of grainy malt and grassy hops. It's gently crisp and refreshing with a medium/light body and delicate, somewhat restrained carbonation. The flavor expresses everything that the aroma suggests with a bit more depth; nicely balanced by a distinct but mild-mannered bitterness that leads into a short and dry finish. Well brewed!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw coloured, with a big white brittle head.

S - Some floral notes, and standard macro aromas. Metallic and clean.

T - Mild grainy flavours, minimal hops and some sweetness.

M - Slick and medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

D - Not bad for a macro. Not flavourful, but very clean with no off flavours.

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Photo of pezoids
3.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured a bright golden color and was very clear and bright in appearance. Heavy carbonation, but a rather thin head. The aroma is light and fluffy, slightly fruity, slightly pungent and overall appealing. The taste is light and lemony – citric grainy bitterness is prominent. The body here is light and almost watery with a light and lemony malt finish. Some piney notes were detected, too. Overall, this isn’t bad. What it lacks in substance, it makes up for in its simplicity. Refreshing and enjoyable

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with a wispy pretty long lasting head and wimpy lace. The aroma is crisp firm maltiness with some grassy hops in the back. The taste is mildly bready with some light citrusy, grassy, herbal notes. Hop bitterness is evident in the finish, unlike some other adjunct lagers (ie Blue, Canadian). The mouthfeel is light with delicate carbonation.

This is probably the best macro corn/rice beer Ive ever had. It blows away its North American counterparts, though it still doesnt compare to a good German or Czech Pilsner. Still, the stubby is cool.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.35/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My wife and I had our first ever San Miguels in January 2004 sitting on the promenade next to the Aberdeen fishing market in Hong Kong. It's pretty popular there.

The stubby brown bottles poured a clear yellow with a bright white head. Decent carbonation. The taste was light, mild, a bit sweet with a hint of hops. Rather thin-tasting, I'd call it crisp and thirst-quenching. Definitely very drinkable, but a beer you want to drink with a spicy meal, rather than on its own.

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