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Friday, 22 June 2012

Beer Review: San Miguel

Ladies and gentlemen please return to your seats because the captain has illuminated the fasten seatbelts warning.  Oxygen masks have been deployed but this is just a precaution.  Please remain calm and we may experience some turbulence.

Beer is the answer, even if I have no idea what the question is.

I picked up a bottle of San Miguel this evening because I have never had it, it was very cheap, and I was in the mood to experiment.

I don't know what I was ex- no, actually, that's a lie, I know exactly what I was expecting.  It looked like lager, it looked European, my old boss used to drink it.  I was expecting something like, overly fizzy and generally a bit pap.  I was expecting to not like it - it's why I only got a small bottle.

I was pleasantly surprised.  The aroma was wet, like leaves after rain or mown grass I suppose, and strangely alluring.  No citrus overtones or anything like that.  Also, the fizz was moderate rather than overpowering.  Enough to remind you it was a lager rather than a beer, ceratinly, but not as bad as some of the beers I've had.  Also, the taste was richer than I wsas expecting from a lager.  It put me in mind of the heavier beers that I've had, stuff like Black Sheep and Lancaster Bomber, sort of syrupy without being thick and woody without the raw warmth that I get from hops.  It was nice, it was rich and it was a pleasant accompaniment to an odd pizza take away (Chicken Tikka Masala on a pizza, nice enough but not likely to be repeated).  Indeed it was like the two were old friends.

I enjoyed it, it was easy enough to drink, didn't fizz up a huge amount whilst I sipped and was forgiving enough on the longer slugs that you could probably take longer drinks if that's your thing.  There wasn't much in the bottle, 275ml, but it is quite strong at 5% ABV and so you probably don't want to overdo it.  The taste is exactly in keeping with the strength too, so it won't sneak up on you too much.  I enjoyed it.  May haved it again but likely when I'm out on tap, so from a pint glass, rather than at home - it's not a home beer.  Well, it's not even a beer, it's a lager.

Enjoy this in a small bar, with some mates, play some pool or darts or skittles and laugh about the football.  Talk too loudly, laugh too loudly, and clap each other on the back a lot.  This is a fun little lager that is drunk by sporting men what do crisps and chips on an evening.  Discuss the offside rule, make predictions about the Euros and be slightly misogynistic.  It's on the cusp of that culture, methinks, but you can just as easily go continental and do all of the above but substitute discussion of the Eurozone for the misogyny.  I'd be more continental, but just as clueless on the football.

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