Brewed by San Miguel
Style: Pale Lager
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines


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Also known as San Miguel Beer and San Miguel Draft.
Imported to the US as San Miguel Premium Lager until some time between 2006 & 2008.
San Miguel Pale Pilsen, a pilsner popularly called San Miguel Beer, is the Company’s flagship brand and the Philippines’ leading brew. It is one of the world’s largest selling beers. Made from imported barley malt, as well as German and American hops, it is exported to over 40 countries worldwide.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Has a faint hint of some rotting vegetable in the aroma and the taste isn’t much better. Some sips make me flinch and others remind me of nasty beers that I drank in college.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2002
Its not a bad lager, it is safe. Not too strong or too weak. Decent flavor, but not extravagant. I always worry about imports with cliche names, but my fears were subsided.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - MAY 17, 2002
This beer isn’t great at all... I like hamms better.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
joet (2188) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 17, 2002
It’s actually from the Phillipines... not enough experience to say this has anything in common with pacific island brews but seems to deny much of the regular flaws. not much this light medium bodied lagery brew and not wholly distinct from the dark beyond color.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 19, 2002
Not much of an aroma, must be consumed cold. Average dull macro lager except that it is sooo cheap in the PI.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2002
Not really a pilsner, though I did detect some hops there. I did have one once that tasted more hoppy, but generally its bland, and more like a lager. Not much head or body and is fairly forgettable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bov (9624) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 7, 2002
according to the label: ’A truly satisfying beer’ - pale golden colour, few head, no lace, low hop aroma (pilsen ? hum ...), carton-like nose, slightly overcarbonated and oily, flat and boring - Am I satisfied ? Not exactly ...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6264) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cereal), trace hops (herbs), with a light note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. Finally tried this again since the first time I tried it, as it was severely infested with DMS. Now it's at least drinkable, but still not pleasantly so.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2002
The only reason I like this beer is that it brings back great memories of my trips to the Philippines and all of those brown skinned hotties I had the pleasure of ’getting aquanited’ with. Also, it cost about 40 cents a bottle in the PI and won’t give you the runs like tap water does.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (19671) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2002
Pale golden. Medium bodied, some corn- or rice flavour, some bitterness. OK as a tropical lager.

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