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Quilmes - Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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 janubio


2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, pours a pale golden colour, with a thick head that doesn't hold long, but it keeps a think layer all the time. Smells of grain with a hint of lemon, taste exactly the same, with some metallic notes. Good carbonation,medium body. Just a refreshing beer, I could have some of them in the summer if it wasn't for the metallic thing.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 14:33:16 | More by janubio
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.1/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 4.9% ABV, Numbers on back label but no clear date.

A - After a rambunctious release of bubbles, Quilmes remained pretty still. The color is a totally clear very pale yellow straw. The head is the thickness of your grandpa's sausage-link finger but is retained poorly. A collar of intricate, thin lace is all that's worth looking at here.

S - A hint of Euro Lager skunkiness sprays out from the crack of the bottle cap but once it's poured, the aroma, or lack-there-of, is almost entirely absent. A sweet corn graininess is low, and that's all that's there. It almost has no aroma at all.

T - Like the aroma, Quilmes has almost no flavor what-so-ever. Its crisp and clean with a husky, grainy flavor so deluded it makes Bud Select 55 look full-flavored. There is nothing to this at ALL.

M - Quilmes is crisp and light-bodied with a full carbonation bite despite the lack of visible bubbles. It's thin and watery to the point of, once again, making Bud 55 look like the quintessential full-bodied beer. Ok, so that one is a bit of an exaggeration, but not by that much. I'll just say it's as thin as they can possibly come.

D - I don't know how this beer can clock in at almost 5%. There is NOTHING to it! Still, I hate to say it, but there isn't anything off-putting about this beer which makes it really quite drinkable, especially on a hot day. But honestly, I'd rather have water. It tastes better.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 03:54:26 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

2.58/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear and golden in colour with a massive foamy white head and an abundance of carbonation. The aroma is light with a mild graininess, with hints of lemon (very light) and a biscuity malt. The taste is clean and crisp, however, it lacks something in the taste, there is not a great deal to the flavour. It's is hard to describe the taste, it is simply bland and cardboardy. Not a beer I would go out of my way to buy.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 19:21:58 | More by PartyBear
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.55/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm judging this brew on how it compares to others of its style. It's a light golden color I haven't seen for a while with a copious amount of carbonation. The aroma has some corn and a bit of hops. The taste is corn with a bit of a tang. The tang is reduced with further enjoyment and becomes rather likeable. Growing up in Iowa, you come to love the taste of corn, so having it in my beer is a nice treat. It isn't a complex brew for analyzing and searching for the meaning of life in, just to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 02:36:10 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of Spineypanda


3.88/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice straw color, and a decent head.
Smells of a nice floral lager, not like the basic skunk smell.
Tastes refreshing has a bit of a weird aftertaste however.
The taste of this beer is actually a nice one that I could drink repeatedly for an entire 24 hours.

A better beer in my quest for a great lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 23:36:27 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of roddwolff


2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: Bright yellow color, small foamy head with half a finger thick, lots of bubbles and medium lacing; Smell: Corn and some hops with grass notes; Taste: Corn, corn and more corn, some sweet malt at the finish; Mouthfeel: Refreshing and high carbonation; Drinkability: Good thirst quencher, the only beer from Argentina i've tried.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 22:57:15 | More by roddwolff
Photo of lester619


2.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow. Incredibly thin and watery looking. Big head that takes up over half the pint glass. Metalic grainy canned pea smell. You can find a tiny amount of hops if you are looking for them. Taste is very light and watery. Ok clean slightly bitter aftertaste. This is the Argentinian High Life. Don't look for anthing other than a light fizzy watery yellow beer. Having said all that, it's not that bad. I could pound quite a few of these if giving the chance. And I've drank beer from another continent. That's always cool.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 18:45:51 | More by lester619
Photo of deruiz10


2.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - One-finger foamy white head leaves decent lacing. Pour is a clear pale yellow.

S - Sweet corn... captain crunch?

T - Flat profile of sweet corn. Very watered down tasting.

M - Watery and fizzy, pretty bland.

D - I think the best way to put it is that this may be the Argentinian version of Bud Lite. Drinkable low alcohol beer, but flavor-seekers need not apply.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 21:29:20 | More by deruiz10
Photo of n0rc41


1.9/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

props to "womencantsail" on the review I am again going to steal some of his review being we both obviously got the same beer case (congrats brother on the case of shitty beer lol I am enjoying it myself)

Another "Beer of the World" tastings from the 12 packs my girl got me from world market

A: out of a brown bottle, didnt see much of the beer, came out yellow though if that helps.

S: While the primary aroma is grain and corn sweetness, there actually is a bit of a spicy hop component to this. ( I agree but the smell is still of some cheap cheap bud light tecate like my last ed hardy beer, they smelled alot the same)

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.( I agree it has more taste but I dont see the spices in it. I see more cheap beer "D" its plain horrible still.)

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

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

Serving type: bottle(yup)

beer overall in my opinion is still a "D" if not "F+" either way STAY AWAY!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 10:48:51 | More by n0rc41
Photo of womencantsail


3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 07:27:34 | More by womencantsail
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:27:36 | More by tjd112
Photo of azazel


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

Not a very impressive beer. Pours very clear, with a small nice white head. Smells like corn and malt. Tastes like it ... well, like most major American beers watered down. Overall it does seem to be a great summer beer if weather was right and it was cold enough. There is a light malty, hoppy taste in it that reminds me that I am drinking a beer. Not something that I would go out of the way to get, or even get again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 03:19:55 | More by azazel
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a medium straw hue with a half finger frothy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt, maybe corn and a drying hop.

The taste consisted of a sweet grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was thick and coating.

Overall a full bodied adjunct lager. Not as easy to drink as most.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 22:36:28 | More by plaid75
Photo of JBogan


2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A light golden color is joined by a small white head which leaves moderate lacing.

Smells of corn and grassy grains.

Tastes of sweet malt and corn, not much else.

Crisp but somewhat flat and thin mouthfeel. Refreshing but needs a bit more body.

This beer is a small step up from the usual macro fare. I bought a six pack, but was glad when it was all gone. Not a beer I'll be spending money on again.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 04:08:28 | More by JBogan
Photo of Tone


3.18/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of adjunct, yeast, grain, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, adjunct, grain, slight hop, slight metallic, and some pale malt. Overall, a smooth bodied and easy drinking beer, but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 02:35:42 | More by Tone
Photo of BierFan


3.45/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow body with a sizeable snow-white head. The head gives spots of lacing and has okay retention.

Smell: Grassy. Typical adjunct lager aroma. Nothing offensive about it.

Taste: Simple and straightfoward, nothing fancy about it. Just a solid and drinkable example of the style. Grassy with a light bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 00:45:32 | More by BierFan
Photo of utah44


3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable import from Argentina, apparently made for the average American beer drinker. For that purpose, this is an acceptable average beer.

Clear, palest yellow with a finger of white foam that quickly melts away. Light graininess and little else in the nose. Really light taste like adjunct grain and faint hop bitterness.

Pretty easy to drink with a light, watery mouthfeel.

Wouldn't drink this if I were in Argentina, the local beer is bound to be better.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 01:19:00 | More by utah44
Photo of Rayek


2.4/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer looks pretty decent. Brilliant gold, with leisurely carbonation. A big, soapy and firm white head has nice retention and leaves a fair amount of lace. So far so good.

S: Inoffensive, but nothing special. Musty, with a mild combination of raw grain and cut grass.

T: Interesting, if nothing else. Starts out fine with a dry cracker flavor. An odd mineral water flavor comes on in the middle that makes me wince for a moment. It quickly vanishes behind a flavorless bitterness. Finishes relatively clean, although a touch metallic.

M: The light body is a bit slippery. The carbonation is about right.

D: Not that pleasant. No better than any number of mediocre beers of this type. The mineral flavors in the middle were this beer's one way of standing out. Unfortunately, those flavors were unpleasant. I guess this would be an OK summer quencher if served ice cold. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 15:33:41 | More by Rayek
Photo of x63x77


3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Recent trip to Argentina provided us with this take on lager. Like all of the large American brewers this is quite bland. I would rate it better than the mass market US stuff, but not by much.

Poured into a standard small Argentine beer glass.

Apprearance: Light straw color, very clear, in fact the Argentines call this "Cristal".

Smell: Uninspiring. You smell it, you think beer. Lack the metallic scent that some of the US mass markets share.

Taste: Equally uninspiring, easily could have been any American company. Light malt, light hops, slightly bitter, faintest bit of alcohol.

Mouth Feel: Huge amount of carbonation, feels like seltzer in the mouth. On a hot day this was quite refreshing along with the huge chunk of meat we were served.

Drinkability: Also, like the mass markets, this beer is easy to drink all day long, and with the low alcohol content and the afternoon siesta, nothing is stopping you.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 04:07:45 | More by x63x77
Photo of tone77


3.45/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown bottle poured into a weizen glass. Has a slightly dark golden color and a fairly weak aroma. It has a good but not very strong flavor with no aftertaste. Somewhat watery in the mouth. Drinkability is good especially in warmer weather. A decent but not great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 23:21:13 | More by tone77
Photo of drunkboxer1


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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pale yellow/golden color with a thin white head. Smells faintly of grain, maybe a little grassy aroma as well. Tastes very dry with a slightly metallic finish. Faint grainy malts dominate the palate. There's just not a lot too this beer. It's pretty inoffensive but not all that interesting. Drinks fairly easy but I can't say I was itching to have another one after this, especially at import prices.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 18:57:30 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.83/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:56:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of jwhawkins81


2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aroma - Sweet corn, cheap beer smell.

Appearance - Pale yellow, not much carbonation with a quickly dissipating head.

Taste - Refreshing, only a slightly offensive taste. This might be the most tasteless beer I've had in a while.

Mouthfeel - Thin watery and no carbonation

Drinkability - As drinkable as water.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 22:22:37 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of laituegonflable


1.8/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale straw colour with a small amount of white bubbly head when poured, disappears very quickly indeed, completely flat now with slow bead. Virtually no lacing. Meh, indeed.

Smells very lagery, with a reasonable malt character and a slight odour of fresh cut grass. All quite slight and simple. Again, meh.

A bit of sticky malt on the front palate, then trails off into a sour, watery finish, like hops were soaked but not long enough in the water to impart any flavour. Is not really interesting at all, rather monotonous palate. There is a slight finish, but it isn't very pleasant or even noticeable unless you're really looking for it. Could use more flavour, and could benefit from pouring some actual beer into the bottle, because I can't really find any.

Mouthfeel is painfully thin. Drinkable? Yeah, well water's drinkable. Confuckulations.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 04:10:11 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of GRPunk


2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- It poured a very pale, straw color with medium carbonation bubbling to a 2-finger, fluffy, white head that dropped to a nice lace that left some spotty rings on the glass.

S- Very mild. A bit of the sweetness that I'd expect of the style. Some of the cooked vegetable aroma (corn-like) that I'd also associate with it.

T- Pretty tame. A light grainy flavor that's a tad sweet with some more of the corn-like flavor that was evident in the scent.

M- Pretty light again. Clean wit medium-heavy carbonation. Pretty dry and clean in the finish.

D- Nothing to write home about. This import is the closest in style to the American macros that I've had in a long time. It's price was on par with much of the BMC at the bottle shop, so it's got that going for it. That and it's pretty refreshing on a warm evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:19:35 | More by GRPunk
Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
63 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.