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Quilmes | Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
Argentina | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 450
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I haven't had much beer from Argentina, so I was excited to try this despite the style. It's pricey for what it is, and I have noticed that in other markets besides here in Puerto Rico. Priced like craft, but it's not, don't know the story there. Blonde and real clear looking, head doesn't last, and it smells a bit oxidized. Not stale, but somewhat south of prime in the aroma. Definitely adjunct driven, like pale and Pils malt extrac from a one gallon can with rust on the bottom, takes me back to home brewing 101. Fortunately, it tastes a lot better than anything I ever made from canned malt syrup, and actually refreshes rather well when frosty cold. There is a lingering ready thing, stale now, and metallic, iron rich like licking a bloody cut, and has the same heavy drying effect on the tongue. Two is enough in any context, and there is nothing here at all to justify the price point. I wish for more hops and freshness, but it serves the purpose of variety in a place where it's been way too hard to come by...

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Photo of mikeg67
1/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle in Tamarindo, CR. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of hay and fruit juice. Body is light and crisp. Taste is like slightly bitter water. Brew to avoid.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.19/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I finally got to try Argentina's national beer, and while it wasn't outstanding, it was better than that of a lot of countries which aren't known for their beer production. This is a very simple pale lager, not hoppy, very light (only 4.9%), and it goes well with spicier food or anything with chimichurri on it. If you just want a little something with a good Argentine meal, this works.

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Photo of stevoj
2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Nothing special here. Pedestrian pale lager from Argentina. Light malt taste, but flat and watery tasting. Typical cereal lager, heavy on the adjunct grains.

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Photo of jamesroses
1.27/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This must be the most readily available beer in Argentina, and it seems to me the quality control section is doing a really bad job.

Appearance: depends on which bottle you get. Sometimes muddy yellow, others crystal clear pale golden, at times almost orange. Some carbonation with a creamy head.

Smell: most of the times it has a strange creamy skunky odour that will be with you for a couple of days.

Taste: that same creamy skunk you smelled is what you taste. Sometimes it's more bitter, others lighter, at times tastes like a cheap cider, and one thing's for sure: you won't get rid of it unless you have something really strong to block it. The best solution it's drinking something very sweet.

Mouthfeel: it's an ugly taste. I pretend to write a serious review about this, but this beer it's almost a joke. It's harsh, skunky, unpleasant most of the times. If it warms up a bit, you're lost.

Overall: being polite, it's a bad beer. It's one of the cheapest too, but doesn't share that common quality that almost all the cheaper beers have here: the light presence of alcohol. This one makes it clear it's there, and in a nasty way.

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Photo of ordybill
2.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a yellowish golden color with a large white head. The aroma is full grass and grain, not great. The flavor matches the aroma with some hint of hops tossed in. No a good beer, I ranked this below average.

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Photo of ohbeer89
2.96/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One of my favorite adjunct lagers. But that's a bit of sentimentality on my part- I first drank it while sitting in a recliner in a hayfield, smoking a cigar as I watched the sunrise. All that baggage aside, for the style, it's really pretty nice. It has some nice grassy notes and an underlying creaminess. Some cooked corn aromas persist, however.

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Photo of josanguapo
1.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From carrefour. In legado de yuste glass. After dinner. Bad colour, very transparent. Little taste and aroma. However, more drinkable than some spanish macro beers

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle, Pours Yellow golden, clear. Fizzy head.Aroma Slight malt, grains.Taste Light malt, grains, straw. Clean and crisp very refreshing. Nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Kapowski
1.79/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Quite possibly the worst beer I've ever had. Tastes like water and grass fields, with a slightly sweet mouthfeel, and then a finish of water and grass fields.

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Photo of Greywulfken
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Essentially low flavor, pale-colored, mildly fizzy beer water. Not recommended, but I'm rating better than I felt about it on the assumption it wasn't as fresh as it coulda been.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is a gift from my friend Erik.
The beer pours a washed out clear golden color with fizzy bleached white head foaming up and fading rapidly to nothing after the pour.
Aroma is some husky and grainy malt with just a hint of spicy hop note in the background. Generally very clean nose as it should be, not flawed, just not complex scents either.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine gentle carbonation, not as prickly as I anticipated from the pour and quick fade of the head. Slightly coating on the swallow with a little bit of stickiness.
Flavor is grainy sweetness and then some husky malt with a bit of a spicy hop character but that is faint and the finish moves back to sweet grain notes. The beer is easy to drink with no hint of any booziness and isnt overly sweet and offensive like some other examples of this style. Not bad, but I wouldnt look for it on my own.

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
1.18/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Like drinking water. Literally no taste and almost no smell. The only thing it had going for it was a refreshing look and feel in the heat of South America.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
1.28/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Very light beer, even fresh I got notes of lightstruck. Almost no smell and almost no flavour. Less flavour than a mexican light beer. Very common in argentinian restaurants here in Mexico.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of Quilmes for $5.00 USD at a fancy Argentine restaurant in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Quilmes has plenty of foam and a light golden colour.
Smell: Quilmes has a faint aroma of grain mixed with alcohol.
Taste: Quilmes has a smooth taste. The taste of Quilmes is represented via grain flavour.
Feel: Quilmes has average amounts of carbonation.
Overall: Quilmes is a beer that can be appreciated with heavy meals in warm climates.

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Photo of utahgiebs
1.51/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Just really uninspiring shit. The sole resemption lies in that if youre swilling this its probably 3 in the morning, youre probably outdoors, and youre likely surrounded by the worlds most breathtakingly gorgeous humans. Vive Argentina!

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Photo of FLima
2.52/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright golden yellow color with a thick one finger head with short retention and leaving some laces and lots of apparent carbonation.
Aroma of cereals and mild bread.
Refreshing flavor of Lager yeast, mild floral hops, corn syrup as it warms up, faint cooked vegetables and a bit of oxidation and sulfur. Mildly dry aftertaste with a perceivable light bitterness.
Watery body with good carbonation.
Refreshing Adjunct Lager, not bad when cold, and even though it does not have a character on its own, it is a bit above local average cheap adjunct lagers. Its relative bitterness, a tick above average, partially offsets its sweet corn notes.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Review: Bottle of Quilmes Pale Lager, 4.9%ABV

Quilmes, which comes in a lovely bottle, is another first timer for me, beer from Argentina. Would have noticed this beer name from football as it has sponsored both the great Boca Juniors and the Argentine National Football Team. Now that’s serious branding in football!

Quilmes has a nice crystal clear yellow colour with a thin head and little lacing. Aroma was of a sweet malty smell with some grain in the background. Very sweet.

Taste for me was interesting as I found it hard to figure it out at the start. There’s a little corn and grain sweetness to open it up, a kind of sickly sweet. It does eventually settle down into a nice decent drink and does the job in quenching the thirst.

There is a bitter aftertaste which grows on you. It certainly is a very drinkable beer, light and good for a session.

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Photo of Samp01
2.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a straw pale yellow with a medium lasting white head. moderate lacing. Aroma and taste is of grains, hay with light malt notes and maize. A light to medium body and mild carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet mild grains and grassy flavors and light fruity notes. Overall a somewhat muted and bland brew, but ok for a hot summer day.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Appearance is typical ligh lager with small head and only a little lacing.

The aroma is very slight. Grainy typical lager aroma without any herbal hops or notable smells.

The taste is very clean and drinkable, This is a well made and well balanced adjunct lager. There is a perfect amount of sweetness and bitteress in this mild but enjoyable lager. The taste lacks any noble hop character or any remarkable idiosyncracies.
Overall, a good adjunct beer which is high in drinkability but a little low in character.


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Photo of Brenden
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of AntonioBeerTona
3.8/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

While Quilmes doesn't have the best appearance or smell, it does the job on taste and on my buzz. I usually have these at the local Argentinian restaurant here in Miami. This goes great with the churrasco steak and the other dishes they serve. I have found it best to be enjoyed when the bottle is nice and cold. I usually take a sip from the bottle before pouring it into a chilled glass.

The appearance isn't anything out of this world, neither is the smell, but the taste is amazing. Very smooth and no nasty after taste. Great for on the beach or at home, give it a shot.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.97/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of Paincane
2.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
3.72/5  rDev +40.9%
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.

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