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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Photo of metter98
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell isn’t that strong and has some fruity notes of apple juice in the aroma.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has light flavors of apple juice along with some hints of adjunct malts such as rice.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this beer, but it is easy to drink and might be a refreshing choice if you are in a hot tropical climate.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.28/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty typical beer for the style. Though not a big fan of the style, I enjoy the break from all of the heavy gravity stuff. This offers a welcome change. The beer is safe--not much wrong with it. But there is little to comment on either. A mild bready flavor / texture is dulled by a mild grainy-ness. Mild, ripe fruits take the shape mostly of green apples. Maltiness is low and hidden by an abundance of carbonation. Medium in the body, and mildly creamy to the feel. Could use better hopping to cover up the grainy flavors and feel.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml squat bottle.

This beer pours a clear pale golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a patchy wall of lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of bready pale malt, and nail polish remover. The taste is sweeter pale malt, a bit of generic fruitiness, and more acetone. The carbonation is fairly low, the body a skinny medium weight, and clingy. It finishes off-dry, a bit of medicinal alcohol sweetness standing out.

Not enough core ingredients to hide the booze. I wouldn't recommend this, at least when consumed half a world away from its origin.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ah, the beer the Spanish love. Served on-draught in Ibiza, (faux)Spain, into San Miguel stemware. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head is frothy, nicely thick, and lacking in cream. Clear transparent gold colour. Meh. I'll drink it, but I don't know I'll like it.

Sm: Nice malt, hints of lime esters, and complex full barley. Very nice.

T: Clean barley with some malt. The lime ester doesn't pull through hardly at all, which is unfortunate. More complex than it maybe has the right to be. Finish is lackluster at best. Fairly built for the style, but well built for the price. Kudos to Spain for having a popular beer that isn't as garbage as Budweiser. Balanced, though the malt feels intrusive. [In retrospect, the Spanish love their unwarranted malt. This was the first beer (of many) I reviewed in Ibiza, and the malt was a consistent feature of Spanish beer.]

Mf: Medium: not too light like many beers in the style (and popular shitebeer category), but not well executed.

Dr: A very good choice for a budget beer, but not worthwhile for the enthusiast.

And ye lads on holiday: I'd better not catch you sneaking a lime into the beer. Don't play coy; I saw you. A beer ought to be released as it's meant to be consumed. None of this adding lime to Spanish/Mexican tropical beers and thinking it's cute. Why don't you order a candied Berliner Kindl Weisse and giggle with your friends while watching Gilmore Girls?

P.S. I kind of like Gilmore Girls. Do I lose manpoints for that?

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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 zeff80
3.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 12 oz bottle pours out a clear, golden yellow with a two finger head. It left some okay lacing.

S - It smelled of corn and yeast. Also, a little alcohol aroma was detected.

T - It tastes very much of corn and grains. It also has a slightly bitter kick to it.

M - It is light-bodied and quite crisp.

D - It is drinkable. Not the best lager on the planet but it exceeded my expectations. Pretty good.

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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 chinchill
2.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

On tap in Scotland in 2016.
This is a typical macro-lager: good looking, mild aroma, blase flavor. It's best characteristic may be the extremely durable white head. Although it has no obvious flaws other than being rather mild, it lacks flavor, character and interest.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. single - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

San Miguel well well, what have we here?

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a smallish, snow white head. It looks nice, for a lager. Perhaps we should just stop there.

Smell: Sweetish, faintly grainy cereal aroma with a tiny, simple note of green apple peelings.

Taste: Light, cereal sweet, grainy maltiness. Incredibly minor taste of green apples. Hint of rice. Only enough basic, spicy Noble hop bitterness for balance. Finishes dry and very abrupt.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty acceptable considering it is just a simple lager. You could certainly do far, far worse when it comes to this style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.79/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a medium golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: A pretty mild smelling beer overall, there are hints of apple juice and grassy hops.

T: Not as sweet as the smell might have indicated, there are some sweet apple juice notes as well as the grain and rice adjunct malts. Light amounts of grassy hop bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable - would pair well with spicy foods and it would be refreshing in a hot climate.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had no idea that this beer is brewed in the Philippines. When I picked it up, I thought that it was from Mexico. Bright, light yellow with a snow white head that's decently firm and sticks. The head lasts longer and leaves more lace than expected. The nose is straight from a macro lager, maybe a half-step better. Sharply pungeant noble hops with a somewhat sour, grain-like smell.

The flavor follows suit, but isn't overly bad. The beer is drinkable only because the taste doesn't hang around very long. Each mouthful gives up some so-so flavor and then dissipates quickly, leaving the tongue virtually untouched. There are no real off-flavors because there isn't that much flavor to begin with. The body is on the light side, which helps drinkability; assuming that one wanted to drink more than a single bottle. I sure don't.

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Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date. Bright filtered clarity with a lean wispy white lace. Very pale in colour.

Grainy aroma with sweet corn and a very faint hop in the back.

Lacks in crispness with a moderate carbonation, a sufficient hop bitterness is spicy in a bland way and the same goes for the malt. Faded twang of grain and hop in the finish. Not much to taste but a one sided hop and malt mix.

Weird, this brew taste like Mexican beer. Not horrible but not good either, to be generous I’d say average. If you want average give this beer a try.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack of this on sale for $4.99 at a local supermarket. Overall I'd say this is a fairly average beer. Nose is standard, and appearance is pretty pale. Taste seems fairly standard for something this pale of color, but a slight metallic finish is bothersome. This beer is fairly drinkable, but isn't something I think I'll be getting again. There are probably a few cheaper macros that are slightly better than this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

San Miguel is another base American Adjuct Lager that offers a slightly below taste than othe standard macros. The color is golden clear with decent carbonation that forms a head that dissapates quickly. The smell and taste are powered by grain. Mouthfeel is fine especially for warmer days.

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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 tempest
2.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I feel like I say this about a lot of the betterr macros, "hey, at least it's inoffensive." It almost has a slight caramel malt flavor, but it fades too quickly to develop past a bland grainy sweetness. If I made a guess, I'd say this was a rice lager from the lack of any discernable character. At least it's smooth and can wash down food. I'd put it on par with Heineken.

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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 Wasatch
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger slightly creamy white head, which does leave some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes thrown in. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very slight hop notes. Light body. Kinda Drinkable, one of the better macros out there.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with about a 1 inch head. Very faint aroma. Flavor is light but pretty tasty with just a touch of aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth and is fairly drinkable, alot more so in the late afternoon heat walking through the pineapple fields in my wife's village on Mindanao. Overall an o.k. beer but nothing great.

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Photo of plaid75
3.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue, with a thin bubly white head.

The smell was corn based, with a slight hop nose. Sprisingly, there was a nice aroma of fresh baked bread, which I didn't expect out of this adjunct based beer.

The taste was a subtle, yet balanced, corn backbone tempered with a mild hop character. Nothing too exciting here, but certainly better that the average macro. Very clean and crisp.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp. Dry finisjh and good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable and moderately enjoyable macro. Would reach for it before a BMC.

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

The Philippines is a sunny place and, indeed, this beer looks like it was left sitting out in it for awhile; it might have originally been a lustrous golden for all I know, but now its colour is completely bleached and its head has been completely vaporized. You wouldn't want to cross the path of those bubbles though, it's like a buffalo charge!

What exactly is a 'premium' lager? Well, for starters, it's the punchline to about a thousand beer-geek jokes. More specifically, it is a beer that is industrially produced on a mass-scale and designed to be as bland and undistinguished as possible. Despite their universal popularity, I personally find them insipid, and occasionally offensive.

San Miguel may be uninteresting but it's far from unpalatable (and I'll take 'tasteless' over 'distasteful' any day). The beer is exceedingly neutral in character but its flavour is subtly sweet and seems surprisingly derived not from corn, but barley. The lack of astringent adjuncts or chemicals in and of itself elevates this above most other brands.

Those who enjoy these types of macro lagers don't shy away from making the claim that they're "like drinking water"; while normally I disagree, in this case I have to concede. This mouthfeel is exceptionally clean and refreshing. A sprightly carbonation massages the tongue shiatsu-style which, after a long day's work, is indeed therapeutic.

This is certainly the most drab and tasteless of all the (otherwise stimulating) Filipino foodstuffs I've tried, but that's not to say I didn't like it. On the contrary, I think 92 million Filipinos have it a lot better than swill drinkers in most other parts of the world. I don't need a beach or a trip to Manila or lechón to enjoy this - I like it just fine for what it is.

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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 beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brilliantly clear golden-rod with a monstrous, frothy 3 finger high head that slowly lapsed leaving a sudsy speckled reminder down the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation was soft.

S: light corn and grains that were soft and subtle.

T: The flavor overall was corny, with some dry grains and a light sweetness that sneaks in midway through the drink. Some bread dough and light tart citrus peel is also detected rounding things out. Overall respectable per style, not exactly crisp and bright as I would normally like but did have a nice graininess and soft herbal straw hints while finishing dry.

M: light, very smooth with a soft carbonation, if any, being detected on the tongue.

D: Overall per style goes down fairly well. A little light on the carbonation, but aids in the smoothness that this beer has to offer.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - average basic light yellow colour, lots of carbonation, small fizzy white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - metallic, slightly skunky, light hops, grainy/bready

Taste & Mouth - lots of carbonation, metallic, distinct flavor

Drink - not a good beer in my books.. drinkable.. but I wouldn't purchase again

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear straw/gold color. Poured a 2 finger stark white head with fair retention to a thin skim. Decanted lightly. Intermittent webs of lace.

S: Sweet, bready malt. Green apple and pears.

T: Slightly sweet malts up front. Transitions quickly to pear and green apple consistent with the nose. Finish is smooth and a little creamy (DMS).

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate-to-ample carbonation. DMS in the finish detracted from the feel.

O: I plan to purchase again to evaluate one that may not have diacetyl character. I think the beer had intentions of being pretty good for this style.

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San Miguel Premium Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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