Brewed by San Miguel Spain (Grupo Mahou-San Miguel)
Style: Pale Lager
Barcelona, Spain


on tap


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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
San Miguel's most exclusive beer. Created in order to offer a higher quality product in accordance with the requirements of the German Purity Law of 1516 (using only water, malt and hops in the brewing process).

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Crystal clear, bright yellow. Mostely lasting, snowy white bubble head. Very weak aroma. A metal note, and a faint whiff of beakfast cereals. Light-bodied. Slick to watery mouthfeel. Not very flavorfull. Corn, flour and hint of honey. Barely any bitterness. Not to buy again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
fonefan (46646) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2014

Bottle 330ml. @ home.

Clear light to medium yellow color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, hay, sweet malt, grass, corn - sweetcorn, light vegetables. Flavour is moderate sweet with a average duration, vegetables, grain, corn, sugary malt, sweetcorn. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20131211]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nazzty (1271) - dkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2014
Mediterranean watery lager that quenches your thirst on hot summer days. Other than that it is quite mediocre.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arsol (1072) - NORWAY - JAN 12, 2014
Lys trste drikke. Lukter ingenting, men noe sitrus i snak og ettersmak. Godt karbonert.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
dexcansino (575) - Andaluca, SPAIN - JAN 7, 2014
Olor tpico de lager. Sabor suave, amargo largo y permanente. Muy ligera, gaseada y aguada. Nada especial.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eRock_2013 (437) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2014 Happy 2014! For my first beer review of the new year, Im doing a flashback to one of my first international beers, San Miguel 1516, which I enjoyed on a spring break vacation to Spain a few years back. This was an exceptionally flavorful golden pale lager, relatively strong malty flavors and some sweetness (brewed with all malt in accordance with the 1516 German purity law, hence the name). Also a solid pilsnerish bitterness. In fact, first drinking straight out of the bottle, I originally mistook this beer for an amber lager judging by the dark packaging and the heavier flavor. As a relative beer novice at the time I was rather impressed with this beer; having since considerably expanded my horizons, I realized this really wasnt in the same league as other quality beers. Nonetheless, I have fond memories of imbibing 1516 while relaxing on a balcony overlooking a quaint courtyard on a sunny Spanish afternoon in Sevilla. Having since returned to Spain, I still find this to be an acceptable industrial lager for casual consumption.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kevnic2008 (11643) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2013
Many thanks for this bottle to teddybeer. A golden watery head and lace. Aroma of paper. A bland paper flavor. thin and watery. Not terrible but not really good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
PriorL (3069) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at home, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head. NOSE: grains, bitter, little fruity. TASTE: grains, little fruity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hviggen (30) - Kongsvinger, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2013
Fra flaske 0, 25 l. Lite lukt, men god smak av litt sitrus. Lyst og lett l. God for trsten

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
djoeye (4256) - Troms, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2013
25cl tiny brown bottle, so I bough 2 at Systembolaget Lule, 1 for me and 1 for my beautiful прибира& Grassy hoppy scents and some hay, some sour grass too. Possible to make some head when pouring 90 into a mug, and the head is standard beer offwhite, and it actually stands for a while. Body is beer yellow, slightly more yellow than many pale lagers are. Tastes grains, dust, metallic malts, some hops, some water. Mouthfeel contains some bitterness, some water, some faint malts. It is not bad this beer. Nevertheless aftertaste is disappointing, with only some cardboard and old butter and hints of alcoholic malts. Good that is was only 25 cl. If it were more, spicy tapas would be an absolute necessity.

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