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Quilmes - Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg


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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 23.02%

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Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002)
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Photo of ThisWangsChung


1.94/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. The head is actually fairly respectable, at two fingers high with a white color. Retention, on the other hand, is poor. There are small amounts of lacing left behind.

S: There's something unpleasantly vegetal about the nose. Otherwise, it ticks the typical macro lager boxes well enough: some cereal grain, a touch of diacetyl, and even a malty hint. I just can't shake the cooked vegetables at all.

T: It tastes like...well, an AAL really. There's a little corn sweetness to open it up, while the finish is actually somewhat bitter (all relative, of course...) I'd enjoy the bitterness a lot more if it weren't so damn vegetal tasting. All in all, the stereotypical crappy macro lager.

M: Remember that bitterness I talked about earlier? It narrowly prevents this from being a sickly sweet mess - instead it's only kind of sickly sweet. It's still drinkable, though: this would be solid in hot weather...but uh oh, Argentina isn't known for its blistering heat. Hey, at least it's not overcarbonated!

O: Welp, I just ticked Argentina. Granted, the tick was just another lame macro lager, but who cares?! I ticked a country I never thought I would be able to relatively soon. I'd never want to drink this again, though - even among similar AAL's it blows chunks.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:21:05 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Paincane


2.14/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear with thin white head. No lacing and zero head retention.
S: Not much nose. Cereal & light fruit aromas that are quite faint.
T: Bready sweet fruity flavors. Very watery and lacking much taste.
M: Light bodied, watery and refreshing.
O: Watery and cold, at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:56:39 | More by Paincane
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA


3.75/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I find Quilmes a great beer, even though it is mass produced and distributed. It pours light golden, with little fizzle bubbles, and medium/average head. it has a hoppy taste, with hints of tropical fruits, citric, and rice,. It drinks smooth, with a mild edge, and mild aftertaste. It leaves the plate refreshed and wanting more. It is widely sold in the United States.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:16:39 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.

A classic yellow fizzy beer in looks, aroma and taste.
Head has very good retention and lacing.
Mild with high carbonation and bit of corn. Smooth but thin body.
Flavor: could ready pass for an Amer. Adjunct beer, but perhaps even light for that style.
Clean and worked fine with a meal, but no legs to stand on its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 18:32:54 | More by chinchill
Photo of MarkoNm


2.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours clean, golden. Topped with a finger of white head that settles down quickly.
The aroma is very faint, although you can point out some minimal amount of hops and grains.
There are sweet grains in the taste, slightly watery body, finish has just a touch of bitterness.
Refreshing, drinkable, nothing out of the ordinary, really.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 22:24:15 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark gold color. thin head that settles very quickly.

S: nondescript "beery" smell. Grain and a touch of alcohol. Very faint.

T: Crackery with a bit of veggie and grass. Slightly off metallic flavor for a bit, but maybe that's something else. Some spice in there from some sort of hop I'm assuming. OK but not fantastic.

O: Drinkable and ok with a burger but very forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 09:29:50 | More by BucBasil
Photo of Fatehunter


2.15/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a thin head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is metallic, that's it. Stick your head in a metal drum for a reference.
The taste is really sweet without reason or balance.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
Not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 18:17:20 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of hoppytobehere


2.14/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I lived in Argentina for a year in 2011. Weren't many options available, usually stuck to wine, but would drink Quilmes often because it was everywhere and cheap. Time to revisit!

A: Pretty average for the style. Some decent head after poured, but fades fast.

S: Soggy cereal.

T: Carbonated, cheap apple juice. This is really bad.

M: Fine for the style. Could probably use more carbonation.

O: I'll remember this beer better than what this bottle offered. Having a "chop" with a big steak is unbeatable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:27:59 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of SmashPants


3.09/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: perfectly fine, standard 330mL bornw bottle with a macro brewery lager label. Fine.

Appearance: the aroma is quite clean if a bit light-on. Standard lager grains with a hint of citrus hops.

Aroma: some sweet grain and malts with again that touch of citric hops. A decent lager, to say the least. Very refreshing.

Taste: drops away pretty quickly, which is to be expected from a sessional lager.

Aftertaste: light in body with a smoother feel than many Aussie lagers. Easy drinkability.

Mouth feel: a pretty decent beer, but I'm not sure I can warrant the AU$55+ per case price.

Overall: a decent lager, but I'm a little perplexed by the price of AU$55 - 60 per case of 24 (2013) - seems a bit steep for what is advertised as Argentina's most prevalent beer (i.e. New, VB etc). Certainly not worth the price until someone realises that a standard cheap lager should be... cheap.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 05:05:26 | More by SmashPants
Photo of soju6


3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden color with a nice fluffy head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma is quite clean with some citrus, malt sweetness and fresh grain.

T: Taste starts with some citrus and malt sweetness and bit of grain. Very mild bitterness and a slightly sweet finish.

F: Light body, smooth with a decent balance.

O: Not a bad Pale Lager, with it had a bi t of crispness to offset the lingering sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:07:16 | More by soju6
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.51/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up from Tesco just the other day. Let's find out how good Argentina's favourite beer really is....

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear pale-straw colour with good carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before collapsing to a thin surface layer. A touch of lacing. Aroma of ultra-light malt with faint hints of corn, overcooked veg and stewed leaves. Bland and slightly harsh - not great.

Tastes of very light malt with a dry finish. Notes of mild corn, overdone veggies, stewed leaves and a hint of harsh cardboard in the background. Highly attenuated, with a faint bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is watery and thin, accompanied by tingly carbonation. Rather astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves and cardboard.

Another crappy macro lager, though it tilts at the low end of the quality scale. You can taste the corn straight away; fresh out of the fridge. It looks alright, and that's about all it's got going for it. Aroma and flavour are weak and beset by unpleasant off-notes. Watery body. Not good and not recommended - avoid.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 21:05:34 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of ckollias


2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear golden ale with a 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace leaving a great trail all the way down the glass.

S: Bread and malty aroma with a grain/rice background.

T: Grains, biscuits, and bread flavors. Smooth with not much of an aftertaste.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting lager – went down smooth – just not a whole lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 03:11:21 | More by ckollias
Photo of LJC3


3.59/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer several times. It goes very well with chicken or fish. Has a nice blend of malt and hops. Not too sweet and the hops don't overwhelm your palate. A really nice back porch in the summer brew. This beer compares more than favorably to a Corona for example but it will never be mistaken for a craft beer. And it shouldn't, it's an everyday beer and it kills American lagers such as Bud, Coors etc. It has a decent head, and is a bit thin. That said for this style of beer it rates highly for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 21:26:49 | More by LJC3
Photo of metter98

New York

2.35/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of rice adjunct malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grain.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste has flavors of rice and bits of grain. While no sweetness is present, only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Light amount of dryness are noticeable towards the finish.
O: This beer doesn’t have a very pleasant smell or taste, both of which seem bland. Other than being relatively easy to drink, the only notable aspect about this beer is that the mouthfeel isn't that bad and it doesn't taste watery.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:03:21 | More by metter98
Photo of acevenom


4/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small pilsner glass. Pours pale golden with a white head that dissipates a little slower than the typical adjunct lager. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass. There is a lot of carbonation present in this beer as made evident by abundant streaming bubbles rising in this beer. The aroma is of bready malts with a little bit of sweetness. There's a touch of grassiness from the hops. The flavor is grainy and bready with some sweetness. The hops do provide some mild flavor that's a little grassy. There's not much back end hop bitterness. The body is light with strong carbonation. The beer finishes crisp and clean. This is a highly drinkable beer that is a very good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 00:19:45 | More by acevenom
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.05/5  rDev +52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quilmes has a thick, white head, and a clear, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, with thick lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of pungent, semi-sweet barley malt, and the flavor is of sweet, sugary, bready malts and the slightest touch of hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Quilmes finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and wonderful. Bravo!


Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 17:56:10 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of DavidST


3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, best before 11/10/12. This pours a clear light yellow straw color with a small short lived white head. The smells are sweet full of adjuncts, no hops. The feel is light. The taste isn't my cup of tea but better than the american light counter parts, you get some light grass, light hops, mid sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 04:44:43 | More by DavidST
Photo of emerge077


2.93/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Before End: 30/09/12
Oh well, less than a month past. Doesn't seem too bad actually. It's been almost 10 years since I last had this beer... how time flies.

Into a tumbler glass it pours a pale straw yellow, capped with a fingers width of white foam that has a creamy surface texture to it. Active streams of rising carbonation. Retention is fairly good, the skim doesn't break until after the first couple sips. An intricate halo of lacing forms in the glass.

Smells a bit swilly and adjunct laden, corn mainly... some light sweetness.

Crisp feel, slightly gassy with CO2, light and fizzy, somewhat watery. Saltines, wafer crackers, bland grains. Simple and not especially flavorful, though clean with no real off flavors. Scrubs the palate nicely when paired with food, in this case Argentine empanadas from Buenos Aires Deli.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 21:41:10 | More by emerge077
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into glass in NYC at some random spanish bar...
Pours a clear golden with foamy head. Malty sweet aromas, but an actual hop smell...it almost smells like it was dry hopped. Taste is not bad. A definite malt flavor, but an almost sweet hop and crisp taste. Its way diferent than an American adjunct...its really unique in the "Adjunct" style. Worth a try just because its a bit diff than most of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:34:52 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another from the chronicles of Central American Lager fest this weekend. Thanks to Roswell the Dog for bringing this back and sharing. Pours a clear golden straw color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly in the July sun. Smells malty sweet and lightly grainy with the faintest of floral hops to provide a hint of balance. The flavor is what I expected, a bit sweet hints of honey almost no hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Feels like a light lager, taste like a light lager but really went down easy on a sunny 85 degree day. Not something I'd ever seek out, but glad I got to try it.

Serving type: can

07-25-2012 01:26:07 | More by johnnnniee


2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Pale straw color. Clear appearance. White, brief crown. Herbal & yeasty aroma, wet paper odor. Slightly citric, smooth tasting at first sip. Fizzy & grainy. Light body, high carbonation. Earthy bitterness, dry finish. Watery texture. Sweet maltiness on the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 20:24:24 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear, straw colored, 1 finger white head with immense lacing.

S: 2 row, slight caramel, corn and pilsner style hop bitterness. Slight skunk.

T: Corn, slight malt sweetness. Pretty close to water but quick to sip.

M: Thin but carbed.

O: Not horrible. It's simple an american adjunct lager. Better than most of the domestic premium categories.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 01:13:22 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of Douberd


2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this can of 355 ml from a megastore in Mexico, brought it all over home.One finger soapy head over a light golden yellow beer. Little activity in the glass. The head has good retention, it leaves no lacing. Some malt aroma but very faint.
Bitter, nice taste but nothing too fancy.
Refreshing,dry on the palate, high carbonation, medium thickness on the body.

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 19:53:35 | More by Douberd
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white fizzy head that reduces to thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is lighter than others in the style and mostly one-dimensional. There is lots of sweetness from the adjunct malts with the predominant aroma being that of corn.

T: The flavor of this beer is quite sweet due to the high amount of adjunct malts - mostly corn with a little grain. There is an underlying more malty flavor but that is quite subtle and no detectable hops (no bitterness). Not as bold a flavor, on the lighter side.

M: Light bodied with high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very easy to drink and more enjoyable than many others in this style, easily a session beer and probably best served on a warm day when cooking out. Not one of my favorite styles but certainly a decent example.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 12:39:04 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of samie85


2.98/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ridiculously pale yellow color with a finger and a half of white head.

Bready and some light hints of herbal hops.

Follows the nose with pale, bready malts and a mildly spicy herbal hop presence.

Light-bodied with ample carbonation and a light dry grain note.

Very drinkable, but there's not much to interest me here.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 00:24:11 | More by samie85
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Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
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