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 ViveLaChouffe
1/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Back in my Navy days, I would go ashore in Spain quite frequently and the best beer available was San Miguel, a local product. Picked up this single for nostalgia but this is NOT the same beer. Anyways...

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a thin snow white head. Some light lacing. Smells strongly of sweet corny malt.

Taste is also of sickly sweet corn malt. Some faint hops. Malt turns sour as it warms. Ulck... Mouth is lightly sticky, not even any lager crispness and so watery and thin. Brutal to get through. Easily the worst beer I've reviewed. My first all 1's.

Someday I hope to try the Spanish version again to erase the memory of this dreck.

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Photo of TerryW
1.21/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This one is just not worth your effort.

Unnaturally yellow hued, short head than settles to a partial fim, buty does actually manage to give semi decent lace - but that is as good as it gets, unfortunately.

Skunky and corny nose. Brutally harsh taste, corn syrup character, unpleasant mouthfeel. Hopless, sweetish. Feh. Just plain nasty as it warms up.

Give this one a wide berth.

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Photo of Wer34truh
1.3/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I hated, hated, hated this beer. The worst possible combination of watery and distasteful. Plain horrendous. Avoid, avoid, avoid. At least it looks the part I suppose.

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Photo of mynie
1.48/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well there's nothing like a beer with a Spanish name that comes from the Phillipines. God bless any product that proudly celebrates colonialism--from San Miguel beer to Herrero Massacre Popcorn, they are now a dying subset of the grocery market.

Pours light a macro only with a decent head. Not bad, although the color's a little off.

Smells like light grass and fruit. Very sweet, but nothing particularly repellent.

Ohh..there's the particular repellence! This tastes like honey wine mixed with the dregs of a can of Pabst. Waaay too sweet.

Drain pour. Bad.

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Photo of alysmith4
1.56/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

It's rare that I can't even stomach a beer long enough to get a few sips down. This beer gave me one of those rare moments. The smell was a sour, and the taste was dirty and skunky.

I didn't want to waste the pack, so I made a couple of Michelada cocktails. They were actully quite tasty.. nothing like worcestershire and tabasco to make something taste better!

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Photo of avalon07
1.73/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Yet another case of drinking a beer just to say I had. Wish I hadn't, though.

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a clear, golden appearance with little head. Extremely thin quality to it.

Smell was a little overly sweet, with corn being an obvious ingredient, along with malt.

The taste was truly nasty. The corn finds its way through easily, give a funky, tart, foul taste. Pretty horrible.

Low or medium amount of carbonation, giving only a fair mouthfeel. Just didn't have any legs.

This is one of worst-tasting beers I've tried. It's simply not drinkable. It seems like it's borderline cheap malt liquor. There's nothing to recommend this one.

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Photo of SmashPants
1.74/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Format: a pretty awful-looking 500mL macro can.

Appearance: pours out a strong yellow with moderate visible carbonation. A limited head fritters away quickly to a scrappy film.

Aroma: a very light aroma of some sweet grains and an off floral of some kind.

Taste: again a light flavour of off florals and sweet but cheap grains. Not terribly impressive.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away pretty quickly, which suits me fine.

Mouth feel: light to medium in weight, but still a bit flaccid due to the moderate carbonation. Mediocre.

Overall: definitely not one of the best lagers I have ever had. Pretty ordinary in aroma, flavour and feel. I don't think I'll bother with this one again.

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Photo of frank4sail
1.76/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale straw yellow look with very transparent. Not much head wise on the pour and there is no lasting head at all. Very plain taste with a hint of malt. Very watery tasting with not much body. It seems to taste like a macro light beer to me for some reason. I'll pass on it next time it's offered to me.

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Photo of Reidrover
1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice packaging for this lager.
In appearance it resembles every other "macro" lager out there. Plain corn yellow with a small bubble white head.
Aroma is almost nonexistent , what there is smellsor very weak hops and a Busch like adjunt ,chemical like smell.
Taste is very weak also , reminds me a lot of Budweiser, weak, semi-sweet and with a weird astringency at the end.
Thin over carbonated mouthfeel.
Not very drinkable, quite a bore.
Ive had three Asian lager recently this is the poorest. If I had to choose between ,say, Tiger and this Tiger is much better.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
1.86/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Dodgy yellow body with foaming & fleeting white head
the aroma or lacking is tinny and metallic
the flavour also lacking is slightly sweet and slightly metallic
Ticking beer

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
1.86/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Typically, I like lagers and seem to give them a pretty fair assessment when reviewing them. This beer is an exception to my generally liking lagers.
It looked similar to Corona or Miller High Life in that its most likely being made of corn is plenty evident. It had a corn smell without any corn sweetness or malt sweetness commonly found in other beers made using adjuncts. The taste mirrored its dry smell of corn, again without any of the sweetness found in High Life or PBR. In fact, it tasted much like PBR; however, without tasting as good (as good as PBR can get that is). Either I just wasn't in the mood or the beer just was not good at all. I'm surprised by some of the higher ratings for this beer (again I usually will like lagers that others on this site seem to not like). To each their own...I can't begrudge someone liking this or any other beer. However, I won't buy any more and need to find someone to drink second of two bottles that I purchased.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.91/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a medium size bubbly head with average retention for the style. Aroma of light adjunct with sweet notes is more or less pleasant. Taste is very similar to most cheap lager out there with loads of corn and other adjunct which provide a sweet malt backbone. Not worth drinking on a regular basis.

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Photo of yelterdow
1.91/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Served at just over fridge temperature in a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Pale yellow-gold, this beer supports a two-inch thick white head that pops slowly down to a thick mat of soapsuds. It looks like most American Adjunct Lagers, it could have well been a Coors or Bud Light.

Smell- Cereal grain and vegetal aromas, corn mostly, dominate the nose. Cloying sweetness hinders any malt or hop suggestions.

Taste- Again, the sickly sweet palate is just too prominent... it's so over-the-top adjunct heavy that it's really hard to get down without wincing. The final beer of this recent sixer, I opted to sample this one out of a glass instead of from the bottle as I did the other 5... and this should be drunk in the latter of the two choices. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Instantly becoming sudsy in the mouth, there's no complaints here on texture... it remains smooth yet crisp throughout. But the cloying aftertaste and overall character is too fake and contrived... not recommended at all.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
1.92/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is an okay beer. Its barley flavor is a bit overpowering for me - not much else going on. I know some people like that, so I respect it for what it is. It's still not my favorite and all comes down to just being okay.

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Photo of drpimento
1.93/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Eons ago drank loads of the pale pilsen version of this while I was in the Navy at our home away from home, Subic Bay, Philippines. We always got hangovers which we called the "San Magoo Blues". This one Poured with a small white head and no lace. Color is a very pale yellow and super clear. Aroma is generic world beer. Flavor's about the same and corn sweetened. Body's ok but feels like force carbonation. Some laces shows up towards the bottom of the glass. Finish is blah. Don't plan on finishing the beer.

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Photo of MrAleman
1.97/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've had this quite a few times on tap and in a bottle. Overall this beer never gets any better. Taste is a bit skunky and not a clean smooth taste like some lagers. Not easy to drink too many of these.

Not a beer i'm going to want again I am sure. The name suggests it is a delightful summer beer, but that is just a name, remember that!

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Photo of raclark
2.03/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation is a 12 oz. brown bottle with a gold label and a stubby neck. It pours a sudsy head with moderate lacing. The color is clear golden amber.

The smell is somewhat grainy but otherwise unremarkable.

Not much to report as far as flavor goes either. Its extremely watery with a bitter metallic taste its only defining characteristic.

Copious amounts of fizz with a very light body. Sub par drinkability. There's nothing premium about this lager and it's probably one you should avoid.

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Photo of MattRiggs
2.04/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

A ton of DMS. I can't get past the high levels of DMS to accurately review much else. I can only smell corn, no hops. It is fairly dry, but can't get over the DMS. I can't taste any malt, only cooked corn.

It is golden and clear. It has a very thin head that disappears very quickly.

I've never tasted a beer with so much DMS.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Not a very enticing pour, very little head even when poured vigorously, quite a bit of carbonation though. Some soapy lacing, but all in all, a below average lager pour. Smell is very sweet, some awkward soapiness, definitely some cheap adjunct in there too. Where are the hops? Uninspiring nose to be sure.

Taste is thin and boring, but there's some alcohol and that weird dishwater soapiness and a sourness that is very off-putting. Malt character is altogether dreadful and cheap. Mouthfeel is pretty watery but saved a little by a zippy carbonation. I'm not interested in ever drinking another one of these, not even paired with food.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cool shaped bottles, nearly like Duvel and Campus. But the fun stops there. Pours out a pale clear straw, slight lacing along the way down. Has a sweet hay-like smell, some chemical residue. There's a sour, bitter flavour to it, it tastes much better ice cold and out of the bottle, possesses a sweeter flavour to it that way. Mouthfeel contains chemical fallout, not recommended for further drinking, at least for this young lad's future.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.16/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Perfectly yellow appearnace, clear and gloden, lush, creamy white head turns to a sliver in no time.
Aroma: typical spoiled, skunk, with overtones of maize, sickly and unappealing.
Taste: things get worse here, but only if you pay attention. Drink quickly, and you never notice. Unpleasant greeting on the palate, sad, unworthy of almost any palate. Drink it fast, though, gulp it down, and this disappointing mouthfeel and utter lack of flavor just doesn't register.
Overall: eh, it's a "beer" avoid...halfway though, after gulping it down, it feels rather average, and not as aggressively bad as before, when I tried to meet this beverage with a contemplative palate. Still, stay away and save your sheckels on something with better taste.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours pale yellow with a small white head which goes away pretty quickly. Surprisingly there's a good amount of lacing. The aroma is grain and adjuncts and a little bit of skunk. It tastes like your typical macro lager, but finishes with a slight bitter/sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit slick. The drinkability is OK, I could drink a few of these if I was forced to but if I had any other somewhat decent choices (or even not decent at all) I would drink those instead. After drinking one of these, a Budweiser sounds pretty good ...

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Photo of DrJay
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Crystal clear, light straw yellow. The fizzy white head dissipated quickly, but left behind a bit of spotty lace. Sweet, grainy malt aroma with perhaps a hint of hops? Acidic from the high carbonation. Very mild flavour, mostly just sweet. Bitterness - maybe a little, but very subdued. Metallic finish. Thin body supported by too much CO2. Even though there's not much flavour, I actually found it a little harsh.

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Photo of TheClassical
2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I first arrived in Hong Kong, it was made clear to me that there were all the other generic beers out there, and then there was San Miguel. The Filipino brewery’s flagship lager had apparently made some kind of name for itself. At the time I didn’t mind knocking a few back, because, well, that’s what was there. But when I popped the cap off this slightly chilled beer and admired the somewhat Belgian aesthetics of the 640ml bottle, I failed to remember any distinctive flavors from those months long past. Trusty glass mug in hand, I began to pour, hopeful that San Miguel’s reputation was well-earned, and that I was just too drunk to remember if it was any good.

A slow, generous pour leaves a finger of rich, frothy head. The bubbles cling to the sides of the mug like a freshly-poured Sprite. The bubbles do their slow dance to the surface of the brew, and after letting it sit for a while, there is a nice but shrinking quarter-inch head. There’s a silent streaming vortex of microbubbles rising slowly in the center of the mug to replenish the fading foam.

The smell is not especially strong, but if you get your nose in there, you get a nice lagery musk that seems to have just a slight bite to it: maybe it’s the alcohol, or maybe it’s the subtle aromatic promise of a hop bite or latent citrus, or maybe it’s a combination of both. Either way, this one seems to have a stronger nose than pretty much any of the other weak watery lagers I can find around here (here being Zhanjiang "Middle of Nowhere" China).

The first sip is enthusiastically inoffensive. Flavor runs from my taste buds faster than a fat man at a bacon buffet. A second sip lingers only as long as I swirl the swill in my mouth. Maybe, if you’re really grasping, you can pick out the presence of grain or corn, but it’s weak and very unfulfilling. The tiny needles of carbonation give you the tingly feeling of at least some taste, but ultimately there’s little in the way of anything beyond water, CO2, and the slight edge of alcohol. I now know where those promising smells were coming from.

More sipping leads to more triumphant banality. There’s a somewhat sour finish, odd considering how the carbonation keeps things so crisp and the beer seems to be otherwise sweet; this is hardly to the beer’s merit. It seems as if the goal of this beer is to emulate the middle-of-the-road mediocrity that drives a beer into the mainstream. It’s not a bad, low-level lager – it at least dares to give your mouth some sensation of drinking, unlike most things out of The Big Three – but there’s nothing distinctive about it in the least. I can’t even recommend it as a lazy summer barbeque drink, because the sour finish and carbonation make almost anything else a better alternative.

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Photo of WHROO
2.19/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Shiny white 1 finger head, head retention not too bad, crystal clear with very active carbonation.
S: Not too much maybe some citrus.
T: Bland, bland, bland, no real malts, no real hops, no real bitterness::: bland
M: light, but a little creamy
D: nah!!! nothing to bring me back.

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