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Quilmes - Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 2.66
pDev: 22.93%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-11-2002)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Frothy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, corn flakes, and slight sulphur. Taste is pretty faint with some sweet grain and corn flake flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer - nothing great, but nothing offensive really.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev +12.8%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.35/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

metter98, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Indian corn gold topped by a nice looking cap of creamy alabaster. No matter what the beer tastes like, the head and the generous amount of sticky lace that ends up on the glass look good.

I often make fun of the concept of calling beer from all corners of the world 'American' macro lagers. Quilmes, however, smells like it could have been brewed by Miller. Make that 'Miller on a good day'. Even though it isn't outstanding, it manages to convey a grain-like, mild hoppy vibe while keeping the nastiness to a bare minimum. Respectable.

Ditto the flavor. One thing this beer has going for it is that it tastes reasonably fresh. There's not much flavor present, but what reaches the taste buds is simple and clean. Again, lightly sweet grain and modestly bitter hops rule the roost, but isn't that what beer of this general style is supposed to taste like?

The body is unquestionably light. I don't believe that anything even a little bit bigger would work as well though, given the flavor profile. I have no complaints about carbonation either. It's small-bubbled and is perfect if sessionability is desired; as I suspect it often is after a rousing game of futbol.

Quilmes was something of a surprise. I know it'll never happen, but BMC should take a few cues from some of the better 'world beer' that makes it our shores. This Argentinian product would be a great place to start.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -6%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a grainy-sweet start and a brilliantly clear gold color, Quilmes starts off like many other standard lagers. A mix of pilsner breadiness and cereal grains provide an early soft and sweet notion. Rising sulfur, solvent, and mineral taste takes precidence at mid palate and provides the basis for the beer's finish in place of sufficient hop character. Herbal at best, any hop character is far from floral or balanced by gives only a mild grassy taste. Where the appearance continues to show firmness in head formation and retention with light lacing; it may be the best attribute for the beer.

With all the individual flaws built into the flavor and aroma profile, the sum of the parts kinda come together for a more pleasant drinking experience than you'd think. Still, the popularity of this beer is beyond me.

BEERchitect, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
2.48/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

picked up at total wine last week as i try to track down the last of the barrel list. served cold and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 08/28/2010.

really i was impressed with the pour a touch as the color had a faint hint of a medium amber color to it but the head was short lived and did not stay around for long though the carbonation was fantastic.

aroma is corn, lots of corn with hints of light hops and a touch of bready grains that pop up from time to time. musky though and nothing is really working here to bring me in and want to really drink this. flavor was a touch better as a slight bitterness helped to overcome the flavor issues, but i still was needing a little more from this one as the finish was nearly non existent and really could not help me in any way,

overall not terrible but i will have to pass.

mikesgroove, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +12.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the "Beer of the World" tasting.

A: The pour is about what you'd expect from a beer like this: light yellow in color with a fluffy white head that dies quickly.

S: While the primary aroma is grain and corn sweetness, there actually is a bit of a spicy hop component to this.

T: Like the aroma, the taste is actually not bad (especially considering what it could have been). A surprising amount of spice and hop character to go with the sweetness.

M: The beer is still light and fizzy, of course.

D: Really not a bad little lager. I'd much rather drink this than Bud or Coors or Miller.

womencantsail, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

kylehay2004, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -15.4%

jaydoc, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.6/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a few stray bubbles, but that's about it.

Smell: Sad, vapid nose with just a light touch of pale malt and floral hops.

Taste: Light pale malts with only the faintest sweetness. Meager floral hint with an almost non-existent bitterness. The rest is water, folks.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Shamefully watery. Great for rinsing out your glass for the next beer - hopefully one with some actual flavor and character.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of emerge077
2.93/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

emerge077, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 21, 2005
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw gold. Good sized white head, but it falls very fast. Nose is typical, but no skunky attributes or metallic tones at all. Slight earthy tone going on. Flavor is very uneventful. Just typical macro lager style. Minimal flavor impact. Still though, it isn't total garbage. Feel has a good amount of carbonation on it. Typical liquid feel. Drinkable sure. It is what it is. I am sure it would be even better if I was stuck somewhere in Argentina and no Duvel was to be found anywhere. Decent enough to try, but no great shakes here. Way better than most macro crap, though.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of russpowell
2.85/5  rDev +7.1%
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

russpowell, May 15, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
2.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is what you might expect as an Argentinian export. It is a pale lager. It has slight malt flavor and is effervescent. It has little hop flavor and is drinkable in small quantities or more if you want to become bloated. The color is suitable for the style and is formidible with little aroma and light body.

Slatetank, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of jlindros
2.78/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this while in Brazil, at a decent wine, beer, and liquor shop in the downtown area of Larajeiras, Vitoria, E.S.

Color is a golden chardonnay yellow color with very little head.

Nose is very light, liught malts and lager aromas, cheap extract aromas, and some skunk.

Taste is similar, very light flavors, extract malts and skunk.

Mouth is very light with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, not great, very watery on a hot day, but skunk flavors don't help.

jlindros, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of jwc215
2.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that soon fades. Typical of the style.

The smell is of cooked corn oil. Nothing TOO offensive for the style, but hardly anything but mild adjuncts is noticeable.

The taste is of sweet husky corn. The malt and adjuncts make this one sweeter than normal. The hops are almost washed out. There is plenty of water here. It has little to offer that is not offered by the BMC group of macros.

There is a light oil slickness. It's light bodied. It leaves a slight metallic, chemical-like aftertaste. But, even that is soon washed out.

This is not good beer, even for the style. I picked up a six-pack of this because I never had beer from Argentina. I wasn't missing anything in this case. Save this one for the macro-drinkers.

jwc215, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev +3.4%

beernads, May 08, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.23/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle acquired at an Argentinian eatery in San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain, and poured into a Quilmes glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head of fair thickness, no cream, and poor retention. Clear textbook yellow colour.

Sm: Light barley and malt. A bit pathetic.

T: Barley and lime ester body. More complex (i.e. less simple) than expected. Built simply, but not poorly. A bit bland. Balanced - but with so few notes, that isn't difficult to accomplish.

Mf: Too smooth and too light. Classic brewing fallacy.

Dr: Refreshing, but bland. Good for the price, which I think was something around .45 Euro.

kojevergas, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First beer in my lager reviewing evening (came second out of three for score). Also the first Argie beer I've knowingly ever had.

Brown 330ml bottle, poured into one of my Veltins Pilsner stemmed glasses.

Very pale golden colour with a brilliant white head. Looked crisp and clear, if a little anaemic (anemic in American).

OK lager taste, but nothing stood out and grabbed me with this beer. The 4.9% wasn't to be found either, it wasn't wishy-washy, but it wasn't a full bodied little babe you could cuddle up too.

BlackHaddock, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pure clear champagne coloured beer, with almost no head. In fact, forget the "almost" - no head at all. Looks very unfortunate.

Reasonable fresh nose, a little grass and a slight sour wheat note. Not very much, but not bad.

Nice sweet malt on the palate, with a light descant of peppery hops. Leavens out to a lightly sweet honey character. Quite reasonable. Mouthfeel is sparkling despite the appearance. Adds a bit of a lift.

Hey, it's not bad, but neither is it huge or spectacular. Pretty drinkable though.

lacqueredmouse, May 24, 2009
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Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
63 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.