Quilmes - Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 422
Avg: 2.64
pDev: 32.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 52 | 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 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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Photo of chinchill
2.86/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.21/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.46/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.16/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.17/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
2.92/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of LJC3
3.57/5  rDev +35.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
2.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
4/5  rDev +51.5%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.05/5  rDev +53.4%
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!


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Photo of DavidST
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.91/5  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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.02/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
63 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.