San Miguel Premium Lager | San Miguel Brewery Inc.

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San Miguel Premium LagerSan Miguel Premium Lager

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

This is a very unremarkable beer. The color is nothing out of the ordinary, and the same goes for the smell, taste and mouthfeel.

In fact, as far as taste goes, it has a metallic taste at the finish that I am not a huge fan of. It hampers the drinkability and makes it one that I don't plan to have again.

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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 zoso493
2.61/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this bottle in Spain and from the availability over there, I was sure it must have been brewed in Spain, although I always thought it was a Mexican beer. Turns out I was wrong on both accounts - it's brewed in the Philippines. I don't know why the Spanish go through so much trouble to get it halfway across the world though. Poured from a 330 ml can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty typical pale straw color but with a nice fluffy head that's a lot stronger-looking than expected and even leaves a tinge of lacing.

Smell: Just some slight grassy hops and some graininess, but both are very faint.

Taste: Taste follows suit with the smell. Just tastes like some watered down grassy hops and grain. It's not overly unpleasant, though, which is a critical factor in an adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel: Pretty nicely carbonated and dry - in other words, it doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth, so I can't complain. Lighter body, as well.

Drinkabililty: Despite the lighter body, I still wouldn't say that this beer has a very high drinkability, but I can't put my finger on why. There are other adjunct lagers I would definitely reach for before this one.

Overall, not a terrible adjunct lager but not a great one either.

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Photo of albern
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There isn't much to the beer, and as one of the bros. correctly pointed out, it does taste like a Mexican beer. It pours a straw yellow color with a creamy head if you dump the bottle into the glass. There is a nice little fizz to the beer, but the head disappears quickly. The nose is a very typical American lager aroma, some veggie present, some graininess, a bit of grassiness too. The nose is very typical.

The beer doesn't have much taste and is super light in all respects. There is nothing particularly "off" with the beer, it just doesn't have much to recommend it. I remember drinking this nearly 30 years ago when this was considered a fine import. My, how times have changed. The beer is refreshing and has a sweetish lemony presence, a bit of sweet malt that dries ever so slightly in the finish. Not a bad lager, but nothing worth seeking out, unless you are trying to go back and taste the beers of one's youth.

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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 damndirtyape
3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle (no date that I could decipher) served in a pilsner glass.
Poured a bright white foam which shrank down to about 1/8" with time. Color is a gold lager yellow with maybe some hints of orange. Carbonation nicely bubbling up the whole time I drank it. The lacing on the glass was more like a thick wall that stayed on one side of the glass as I drank it down.
Smell is nothing special - very faint with something grassy and maybe something like corn. Hard to tell.
Taste - very mild. Not at all bitter, maybe some grains but not watery either. Hard to know it's beer but the flavor is not overpowering. It's just enough to enjoy with a meal but it never dominates the dish. I suspect it would be very good with spicy food (I had it with a mild Indian dish at home)
Mouthfeel - again nothing special. Some carbonation on the tongue with a nice quenching and coating sensation on the throat.
Drinkability - well it's the whole package with this beer. I could definitely have another but I think it's the food pairing that makes this beer. With something spicy or strong in flavor then this beer becomes a nice contrast to those flavors but by itself I might get bored and want to go find something to eat rather than just drink.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.28/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly subsides. Smells of sweet grains...quite corny. Slight grassiness, but that's about it. Similar taste; pretty much rice/corn water. Really bland, characterless, and sweet enough to be slightly unpleasant. Light, fizzy body. Something to pound rather than enjoy. An exotic version of Bud Light.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- enormous white head, macro style but with some decent retention and lacing, clear light golden body.

S- pale grain, corn, and a whiff of grassy hops

T- light and sweetish like red stripe, some cooked veggies, corn, grass, with nothing much else but pale grains and a very very mild hop bitterness in the finish.

MF- light fizzy etc. kinda filmy.

D- decent when it's extra cold, refreshing, but no better than many easy to find beers of this caliber.

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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 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 BZero007
3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle in to my guinness glass. Gift from the GirlFriend as she likes to pick me up random bottles.

Pours a very golden color in the glass with a large head that is very white. The aroma from this lager is very strong mostly due to the head. The smell is nothing new and is of a normal lager, with a grainy smell. The beer is interesting for a lager as I would have to say it tasted like a mix of a Corona and an American Lager. The beer is sweet with a bit of Hops bitterness to it. The brew remains very light and for someone who is in the heat this brew should help out a bit. Flavor is nothing new and not to die for but isn't bad.

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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 Offa
2.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a decent pale lager, a little more flavourful than many basic macro/adjunct lagers,. but also with a bit of an unpleasant, odd quality that detracts.

Light gold, it has a fairly large white head steadily shrinking to a thin wispy top and no real lace.

The aroma is usual, basic grain and bread but with a faint pleasant, tar/asphalt quality.

The taste is ok, having more flavour than some but with a mild, unpleasant quality as well, a little hard to pin down but tasting a bit off like old vegetable and tar. It's not quite off-putting but almost is.

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Photo of prototypic
2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In true adjunct fashion, it's very clear and light gold in color. It doesn't stand out from the crowd much thus far, but the head gives it a nice bump. It's foamy white and is easily two fingers tall. No to mention, it took quite a while to dissipate. Lacing was on the lighter side. Easily above average.

As I suspected, it drops off here. But, not as dramatically as I expected. Grains and grassy notes are prominent. There's quite a bit of malt sweetness that doesn't smell bad at all. It has a very faint vegetal smell, but it's not offensive. It's not good either, but it's not nearly as bad as some I've encountered. Some light hops are noted. It's weak and lacks diversity. Ultimately, it's average, but exceeds my expectations.

The flavor profile is on par with the nose. It has a decent sweet, malty flavor. Grains, grass, and earthy flavors linger throughout. There's a light hop flavor that adds a little buzziness and drys it out a decent bit. It has a slight corn-like flavor, but it's not prominent by any means. That bodes well for this beer. It finishes sweet and a little dry. There's not a lot of flavor here, but it's really not bad. Average describes the flavor pretty well.

The feel is probably its worst feature. It's light, watered down, and isn't remotely smooth. Carbonation's buzzy and crisp. Needs some work here. Drinkability is average at best. This bottle's disappearing quickly, but I can't say I'm enjoying. There's worse out there, but I won't be having any another.

Honestly, this beer surprised me a little. I believe it's my first beer from the Phillipines and I was expecting it to be a disaster. That's not the case. It's not good by any means, but it's not bad either. There's far worse adjuncts. No doubt about that. Still, I can't exactly recommend buying any. It's not quite "good" beer.

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Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
2.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tim and I were not very impressed by this beer, it was kind of blah.

Appearance- was very, very light yellow.
Aroma - had a mild yet sweet smell.
Taste - I found a flavor like honey along with a flat bitterness.
Mouthfeel - was heavily carbonated.
Drinkablity - would I have two, no.

In the first two to three sips I found this beer to be pretty good it reminded me of the light and flaky crust on freshly baked bread, after that it was all down hill. The beer continued to have a pleasant aroma, but the taste became very watered down. I would not have more than one as I am a flavor hound, this beer was just not for us personally.

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Photo of KeefD
3.21/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle of this because I saw Anthony Bourdain drinking it in the Philippines episode. Comes in a Belgian-style stubby bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a nice white cap that sticks around for awhile leaving behind some surprisingly nice lacing. This isn't as pale as most adjunct lagers, which is nice on the eyes. Aroma is grainy and earthy, light hoppiness in the background. Taste follows suit. Grainy, husky malts, a bit of crackers, light sweetness, moderate to light hop bittering, earthy. Light bodied, crisp, easy to drink. It's on OK AAL, but the flavor profile isn't what I normally like. Too much earthiness for me.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.51/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear and medium straw in color. Half inch white head dissipates quickly, leaving a surface film and some light lacing.

Touch of rice on the nose, some corn and a touch of pils malt/sweet grain. A bit husky/skunky after getting some air, and even a bit soapy towards the bottom. Has a somewhat viscous flavor, lightly sweet and with a lingering light corn syrup finish helped along a bit by a good level of carbonation. Average drink at best. Nose and taste are limited by the thin syrupy richness, particularly with respect, on the nose, to the lack of other participants.

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

It pours a pristinely clear pale straw yellow. Two fingers of whipped egg-white head sinks promptly to surface fuzz. Tiny gulls of lacing fly along the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings sweet pale malt, sugary corn, slight pepper spice, and the spirit of sulfur. They make it what it is, or isn't.

Upon tasting, light toasted malt is sweet and matched by a flaky corn motif. The hops are tinny and peppery but not crisp enough to assuage the grain and adjunct. A distant draw of yeast and biscuit join residual sugars near the close. The finish is moderately crisp, fairly dry, and casually lingering. It's thin and drippy, if that makes sense.

Light bodied, the carbonation drains quickly and the result is, well, not much actually.

I wanted to try the beer my dad raves about from his Korean War Philippines posting. And I wanted to try a beer from a new country. Silly me, and damn my curiosity. In fact, it's not even clean or crisp enough to be considered especially drinkable in any but the most hot and humid conditions. Sure, I've had worse, but maybe the past is best left behind, and some countries just can't reasonably brag about their beers.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is cooked veggies.Taste is flat and bland.I am usually a fan of macros but this doesn't really do much for me.This is the second beer from this brewery that I had that's a snoozer.This is about as average as a beer can get.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger, fluffy, white head
that eventually dropped to a decent lace that left some good sticky rings on the glass. The body was very clean/clear straw-yellow.There was a load of varied-size carbonation that rushed to the top.

S- There was a definite bready malt aroma with the slightest floral hopping mixed in.

T- It started with a pretty nice bread-like flavor that soon turned. I'm not sure if this an all-malt brew or not, but there were some definite vegetal characteristics. I picked up a distinct flavor of cooked corn. Hopping was pretty minimal.

M- A little over-carbonated for my tastes. It was quite thin, and the carbonation overpowered any other sensation.

D- It would be pretty easy to put back a bunch of these in a sitting. That said, it doesn't do a whole lot to distinguish itself from a lot of other popular lagers.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale to medium yellow with a light bubbly white head and little if no lacing.

Smells of light malt, maybe some corn sweetness, and something metallic (water?).

Overall, a light, slightly tart, grassy brew with some light sweet malt and a bit of boiled corn. There is something else too, and it is a bitterness that is not from hops -- an off-mineral element.

This is lighter bodied and properly carbonated. It goes down well with the right food (I had it with some curry, and it worked as well as any Thai beer). But in light of the brew itself, it is much more of the food washer than a sipper. In all, I'd pass on another.

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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 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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San Miguel Premium Lager from San Miguel Brewery Inc.
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