Quilmes - Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 23.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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Photo of Dmann
2.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting something interesting from this beer, since I have never had an argentine beer before. But I came to find out that it is average at best. The beer had a decent frothy white head that lasted for a little bit and then settled into a small white lace for the rest of the glass. The smell did nothing for me, and was a little sour. The taste was average at best, and reminded me a little of the usual macro beers available in the U.S. It would be easy to pound back a few of these but it is nothing that would be very enjoyable to the palate.

Photo of warnerry
1.83/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours VERY light, halfway between straw and clear (Cristal, indeed) with one finger of quickly fading white head.

S - Smells somewhat grainy, kind of like white bread, but also unusually sweet. No hops to speak of.

T - Quite sweet up front, in a very distracting way. Then some bread malts come in, but not much after that.

M - Medium with a weird syrupy feel. Definitely not what I expected from a lager.

O - Even for an adjunct lager, this is pretty poor. The sweetness just feels artificial and distracting. None of the other flavor components can overcome this flaw.

Photo of niangelo
2.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a sleeve - a one-inch fluffy, foamy white head with a pale, pale yellow color to the body, and not much in terms of bubbles. The head dissipates into patches of foam and tendrils of lacing.

Not much for smell here - adjuncts, weak malt.

Taste is mild, sterile. Not much body, just watery malt, very little in terms of hops.

I got this as part of a beer sampler pack, and this was the Argentinian choice. I guess as a lawn-mower beer, it could work. But my advice? Drink this one cold, and fast.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.03/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting-looking 330mL bottle, identical to the one in the photo.

Pours nicely, yellow-gold in colour, quite effervescent with small-medium sized bubbles. Poured with a large head which dissipated to a fairly thin white foam. Lacing is all over the glass in patches.

No strong aromas emanating - slightly grassy, no skunky flavours: not bad, not exceptional, but average for the style.

Drinkable when cold; probably unbearable when even slightly warmer. No strong flavours on the tongue; some sharp, kind of unpleasant maltiness on the palate. Some extremely bland hops have clearly been used for this beer. I don't really mind it, but the skunkiness pushes it to the poor side of average, as far as taste goes.

Nothing to the mouthfeel - effects of carbonation in the mouth are minor, and afterfeel is practically non-existent. No slick in the mouth afterwards; fortunately, no adjunct effects either.

Drinkability is this beer's strong point. Cold beer on a hot day, with nothing except refreshment and some alcohol. I'd be happy to drink this if it were cheap in Argentina on a hot day.

Overall: I'm reviewing this beer for the style, not for the overall standard (although there is nothing wrong with the quality of the beer or packaging, and there are no adjuncts in it). I'm quite happy with it and I'd drink it again if I didn't want anything to taste and savour, merely something to quaff when it's really hot. But even then, there are always better beers for any occasion!

An acceptable beer, but has absolutely nothing in the flavour department!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appears a crystal clear pale yellow bright white head forms thick with large bubbles and a thin lacing forms spradically with each methocdical sip. Aroamtics offer up light cereal notes, light cooked veggies and a mild sweet sugar coated pastry. Flavor provides creamy sweetness with a touch of lemon grass in the finish, very thirst quenching offering along with the cooked veggies and creamy corn accents. Definitely not overbearing on the palate. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a spritzy natured carbonation, bringling clean finished with no residuals noted easily unchallenging to the senses much like co2 the watery texture adds to the unrefined and non complex finish. Drinkability is overall very enjoyable but it definitely is not remarkable a beer I dould reach for on a sunny day to quench my thirst but that's about it.

Photo of chinchill
2.86/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A brilliantly shining medium gold, this beer produces a purely white head that maintains what I would consider the exact median in height, retention and lacing, a mixture of spotting and patches splattered here and there.
Grainy, yes, but this beer's nose produces a malts base that comes off as strong compared to many like it, bready and less dry than most but with an accompanying sweetness that isn't too cloying (or too much like corn syrup, for that matter).
It's actually slightly less grainy on the tongue, though somewhat, with malts holding the base as a light must, sulfuric note and mineral element come through into the middle and finish it out with a kiss of grassy leaf.
Crisp, yes, moderately clean and even with some smoothness to it, this beer is just unoffensive all the way around. If you have your choice of pale/adjunct lagers, this will be better than many of your other (albeit limited) options.

Photo of brewQ
2.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Given it is a macro/adjunct style, there is nothing wrong with this beer; however, there is nothing outstanding either.

Very pale color, fine and fast falling white head.
A brief flash of skunkiness before a steady grainy flavor.
In truth, it was inoffensive and finished clean.

I'd pick this brew of the Pampas over the legion of light Mexicans with spicy food.And if this is the Budweiser of Argentina it is a better Bud. All relative, I guess.

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle, my first, well, anything from Argentina.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of weakly foamy and faintly creamy off-white head, which leaves some streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of biscuity corn bread, wet breakfast cereal, a hard water minerality, a touch of acetone, and very tame musty citrus notes. The taste is much the same - sweet, bready corn grain, damp cardboard, a weird vegetal astringency, wet stone paths, and a smidgen of weedy, grassy, and stale citrus hoppiness.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a fey frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and pretty cloying in its pithy, unattained smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the corn bread not ready to ride off into that dimming llano just yet, joined by some lingering wet drywall (heh), and a last jab of weedy, musty hops for good measure.

I know Argentina has a sizable European population - too bad their "favorite beer" falls along similar European populist lines. Overall, Quilmes is macro-heavy in its bearing, and not worth a deflated peso on its own.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Argentina's favorite beer" pours a crystal clear pale straw-gold body beneath a short head of bright white foam that holds well and leaves some nice splashes of spotty lace about the glass. The nose is displays lightly sweetish, adjunct enhanced malt and just the barest essence of grassy hops. In the mouth it's crisp with a slightly elevated carbonation (@ 2.57-2.6) and medium light body. The flavor displays more hops than the nose suggests, but it's still very basic. Surprisingly, there's a touch more hop bitterness than might be expected, and it finishes dry with some quickly fading sweet malt.

Photo of ElGordo
1.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My girlfriend allowed me the honor of sampling her bottle of this at the Brickskellar. Poured a pale golden color with a thin, foamy head that was gone in a few seconds. Big bubbles, I think this one had been sitting in their cooler for a few months. About the only thing it had going for it was its lack of skunk, though. Very light, thin body, with almost absolutely no flavor. There's just not much to this one. Maybe if I were in Argentina and needed a thirst quencher I'd drink it, but there's absolutely no reason to have one here.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.72/5  rDev +39.8%
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.

Photo of prototypic
2.3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It's clear and a very light straw color. Head is about a finger deep. Retention was short and virtually no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Hard to pick up anything on the nose. It's a little grainy. Very faint caramel malts. Hops must have been left out of this brew.

Taste: Very watered down. Caramel malts are slightly sweet. Definite grainy, somewhat earthy taste. Again, no hops are noticeable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Goes down smooth enough since it's so watered down. Perhaps tolerable on a very hot day. Even then, there's much, much better to choose from. Overall, not impressive.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.16/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.99/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, IL. Well, I may be sampling this just so I can finally claim to have had a South American beer. But this does have a little more character than the standard pale ale. Served a little warm, it demonstrates a bit more hoppiness and a few good malt notes than the standard megabrew. Just not too much more. Insert your joke about Argentinians and Germans here.

Photo of blues_fever
4.74/5  rDev +78.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lagers are my thing, so this obviously was up my alley.

Photo of russpowell
2.82/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a world beer mixer, so far a very mixed bag to include some beers not listed this site..

Pours golden with 1 finger of slight white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Corny with wet dog (both dissapate quickly), ugh. Some lemon notes as well.

T: Metaliic with honey malts up front. More honey malt & some pear notes. Finishes dry with lemon notes, honey & appleskins??

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation & slick at the same time, can't really get past the metal feeling in the mouth though

Drinks alright despite all the weird things going on here. I'm sure this is better if tried closer to the source & fresher. I'd still take this over BMC any day

Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quilmes, from Argentina: pale golden colored beer, with a thick white rocky head, with great staying power and lace. Sweet, light bodied beer. The first few sips are unusual, but the taste seemed to improve as the beer warmed up slightly. Clean dry aftertase, all in all not too bad, but the price (almost $8.00 for a six) ensured I’ll not be buying this again.

Photo of Backer2004
2.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Would not have even picked this up for curiosity sake unless no other option would be available. This time, I received it in a Beers of the Worlds gift pack and complemented with some Mexican take out. It's better than a Corona or any commericalized beer, but not by much. Tastes of light corn and little hops. Okay carbonation and lacing (who knows how long it's been on the store shelf). Try something else.

Photo of Imbiber
2.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found lurking in the fridge of Ace Supermarket, Brooklyn, NY. No idea how fresh.

Mid-lager-yellow with a thick, snow white head that doesn't last. A very pungent aroma, not offputting but unexpected: earthy mustiness colliding with fruit, with other characteristics hard to put a finger on. Peeled green apple skins that have been lying around in a damp kitchen near a skunk's nest is probably the closest I can get. Maybe I could get high by sniffing this too long?

Carbonation good but not over the top, about right there. Flavour not so much, quite insipid in fact. A bit of hoppiness for a nanosecond fades into very little; as much aftertaste as a bottle of spring water. No nasty chemical or processed tastes that I could detect, though. A fine beer to choose for a summer thirst quencher (apart from the smell, maybe) but little else. Adios...

Photo of nickhiller
1.66/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: golden showers, looks like every macro lager ever made--watery, no head or lacing, nothing to distinguish it.

S: none, the absence of. Same as above.

T: honey, a little bit sour, mostly water.

M: crisp and lagery, at least it feels like beer.

D: intensely boring. I don't think I could pick this out of a lineup of national beers of South American countries, or the national beers of North America for that matter.

Photo of elricorico
2.96/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a bit bigger than two fingers of bubbly white head. Head fades slowly, leaving a sticky ring of lacing.

Slightly soapy smell. Not a lot here, perhaps a bit of grainy malt.

Watery in the mouth, with just a slight grain sweetness, and perhaps a touch of corn. Hops fall almost flat, only showing the faintest crispness to the finish. Nothing offensive to it though. Carbonation is lighter than expected.

Argentina is pretty hot right? Well this would be quite refreshing in the heat, but so would a cool glass of water. I wouldn't turn this beer down, but there really is very little to it.

Photo of hotstuff
2.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Lager??Reminds me of my favorite beer style.NOT!!A small sized creamy white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was carbonated and clear with a yellow hue.The nose was malty, hoppy and fruity with a hoppy flavor.The mouthfeel was tingly, thin, watery and medium bodied.The lacing was very sparse.

Photo of tjd112
3.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish Pint Glass

Appearance - Gold body, white half-finger head, some lacing

Smell - A bit of cornhusk and cereal

Taste - Very malty

Mouthfeel - Very light-bodied and somewhat creamy

Drinkability - An OK beer

Overall - Better than most Latin American lagers, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy.

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Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
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