Quilmes - Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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Reviews: 223
Hads: 416
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%
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 NeroFiddled
3.06/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of stcules
1.61/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

My bottle claims 4.9 ABV, not 6.5

Clear light yellow. Not much head, vanishing.
Smell: malt, corn, grainy.And some, very little, hop in the back.
Taste: where?
Well, grainy, useless indudtrial macro lager. Quite carbonation.
Body and aftertaste: nothing to talk about.
Absolutely tasteless, anonimous, and completely useless. (333 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its decapitation sets in the glass a limpid light gold with a modest bright white head that is frothy in texture and quite short lived, the lace left behind a velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is as expected, malt, crisp and clean start somewhat sweet and lightly malted, top thin as water. Finish is moderately carbonated, the hops light but present, dry aftertaste. (392 characters)

Photo of brewQ
2.63/5  rDev 0%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.99/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I long ignored this beer, figuring its lack of positive reputation said enough. My wife brought one home, so I had to try it. It pours the same pale yellow as the bulk of mass-produced American lagers. It also has the decidedly nondescript smell of most mass-produced American lagers. The most noticeable smell is a grassy aroma; hops are lurking far offstage somewhere. The taste? Just like a mass-produced American lager. Again, a grassy flavor and also some metallic taste. It's not quite bad enough for a drain-pour, but it's close. (536 characters)

Photo of Boto
2.15/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. Bottle: I saw this and decided to try a beer from a country that I had not yet sampled one of their beers. It pours into the glass a plae yellow color, and is pretty clear. A big white head that fizzes down rapidly. There is a good bit of carbonation to the beer. There is a sweetness to the nose, but it is mostly just sweet with a general lack of character. Maybe a hint of honey. The taste is definitely light. There is a bit of a sweetness to the taste, with a slightly dry finish. Incredibly non-descript and forgettable. (532 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
2.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looking for something new and interesting from a country I have not sampled, I found this at the local pub. It poured a pale yellow color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was slightly honey-sweet with a healthy dose of corn and a slight noble hop spice. The flavor was pretty pedestrian. A slight graineyness and corn flavor without a real hop character. The feel was thin, almost like a bubbly water. Not a great beer. The flavor is lacking along with the feel. I won't be having this again. (518 characters)

Photo of amicar
2.15/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm. Argentina beer. Why not? Should be a decent combination with the 'brazilian- themed' tapas place I was at.

Poured out a typical light yellow south of the border adjunct lager with a thin white head that went away quickly. Not much to smell, maybe a whiff of corn. Certainly no hops... Tasted inoffensive. Yes, it's crisp, and clean, and refreshing; probably used a bit of corn and rice in there. Probably would be alright washing down spicy foods.

Not much to recommend this over other beers. Probably their attempt to be budweiser. Nothing horrendous, mind you, just nothing interesting. (600 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
2.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don’t recall having a beer from Argentina before I saw this one, so I had to give it a try.
Luckily, from the outset, I didn’t expect much. So, I wasn’t disappointed when I got exactly what I expected. The beer is very clear, yellow in color, has a nice white (typically sized) head. My bottle seemed to have a bit less carbonation than similar American-style lagers. Faint, almost non-existent aroma…primarily composed of adjunct and vegetable smells. Very faint hops in the smell, provided you really look for them. Soft, and slightly sweet, but also thin, watery, and weak. Finish is clean, but devoid of much taste. On par with most American macros. (660 characters)

Photo of putnam
1.55/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My bottle claimed only 4.9% ABV. Not 6.5%. And it was every bit of about 2%.
It featured a standard, factory-grade, anemic, gray-colored fizz on top. It went away quickly. The aromas told of accelerated fermentation : grain; sugar; and alcohol. Bland and dry, it served up impressions of rice pancake and mineral water. Very Bud Light-like in it's candied, thin flavor profile. Stale, freeze-dried pea flavors lurked on the finish. This was the most tasteless imported beer I've ever consumed -- utterly meaningless. (517 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
1.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

You always walk a fine line when buying a beer just because it is from a new country. I knew this wouldn’t be good, but darn it I wanted to try an Argentinian beer! I am sure I am not the only one. Pours a clear pale gold color with a thin white head that lasted pretty long. Thin lacing. The aroma is lightly hopped. Thin-bodied and adjunct-ridden with a weak hops and malt flavor struggling to be noticed. The finish is clean but nearly flavorless. I have definitely had worse but this beer really serves no purpose other than being from Argentina. (551 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear yellow with large bubbles in a 1" head (I don't like large bubbles). Aroma is of burnt grain, oily with a slight hop touch. Flavor is moderate grainy, with slight hops at the end. Processed flavor with alightly sweet nutty notes. Very easy to drink, but mainly because there isn't much going on. Fuller and richer that standard US macrobrews, but that's about it. (384 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
3.75/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a yellow that was nearly a gold with a wonderful thick white head that lasted quite some time and left a nice lace on the sides of the glass.

This beer's aroma was delightful and perfect for the style. The malt and the hops both came through but at a level that neither dominated.

The taste was more muted than I had hoped after the excellent appearance and aroma. Don't get me wrong. This beer does not taste bad. It just not have enough taste. The malt and the hops are balanced, but the bitterness is never promenent. The taste is clean and has no side tastes.

The mouthfeel is medium light and has a clean refreshing feeling behind.

I really like this beer for sitting around telling lies and eating BBQ. I will most certainly pick some more up to have on hand. (796 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.41/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that Trader Joes no longer has the DFH 60-min IPA, I decided to picked up a Six-Pack of Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA tonight to stock up the “regular decent tasty after work beer cubicle” portion of my Fridge.

As I perused the Aisle for those lesser known TJ specials I spotted a new one. The icy white-blue arctic label of the bottle and the Six-Pack carton design caught my eye. I’ll have to look where I am walking more carefully next time.

Lucid yellow color with a reasonable white head. Looks pretty average, but it is nothing outstanding. Nothing in the nose at first, deeper inhalation reveals a sickly sweet malt odor that is feint at best. Tastes are of a thin light pale lager, some malt, very light hops but incredibly delicate in nature. The merest hint of food with any flavor would relinquish this to a washing down beer. Even pretzels or peanuts would drown the meek flavor profile in this one. Mouthfeel is thin, but this beer is rescued by its crisp clean, mountain fresh spring water feel. Which means that this actually drinks rather easily, probably because it is light on flavor and has a crisp fulfilling feel when chilled?

Looks OK, smells crap, tastes of “thin lager”, low mouthfeel but crisp and clean with a good Drinkability. Oh yeah, 6.5% - What the feeerk? Nah, no way, come one, do they measure alcohol by volume differently in Argentina?

The beer has the words “The Favorite Beer of Argentina” on it. WTF?? Who is gong to believe that crap, oh shit I did, and that’s why I picked up a bottle! On reflection, the advertising slogan sounds like “The Favorite Child of Michael Jackson” or “The Favorite Battle Cry of France”; no-one is going to believe it is either good, or even for real. Sure enough, it’s neither. Could this be South American AB (Argentine Bud)? Maybe! (1,834 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.07/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is mostly a strong grain scent, with a faint smell of hay.

Taste is a little sweet and very mildly flavored. Taste is mostly grain and a little touch of bitterness. No off flavors at all.

Mouthfeel is OK, the carbonation level is quite high, it stings your tongue a little.

Super drinkable brew, it goes down fast. Nothing offensive about this but it IS low flavor compare the craft brews that most here are used to. Not a beer I would seek out again but it is a good food-chasing brew. (532 characters)

Photo of TrinityHall
3.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This pilsner tastes crisp and thirst slaking, but not much more. Interesting that the heat of % ABV isn't noticeable in such a light bodied brew. From Argentina, how often do you find one of them, in Texas no less!

Taste, scored below average, the finish on the palete is metallic. Previous reviewer noted that it wasn't offensive, I'd agree, but neither is is one to celebrate about either!

The high appearance marks are related to the consistent liveliness of the carbonation, fine bubbles and holding of the head in the glass. (536 characters)

Photo of surfmeister
2.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: yellow, foamy white head,
Smell: I tried, I don't think I smelled anything
Taste: possibly the faintest tasting beer I've had yet, also had additional taste of what I can only describe as "dirt"
Mouthfeel: nondescript, but not offensive
Drinkability: drinkable, yes
Overall: As a pilsner lover, I don't love this beer (335 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has no taste at all it just goes down fast and easy, pretty clear and crisp. Hopy smell and a lttle malty. It reminds me of alot of the other Latina American beers that have mad it big in the US (Corona, Dos X) in the sense that it should be consumend if you are going to fry under the sun. Good substitute for water. (327 characters)

Photo of Brent
1.86/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I thought Ultra was the most flavorless beer I'd run across. Here, it has met its match. Aroma - well, if water has an aroma, this smelled about the same. As for flavor - no malt, no hops - about all I got was some vague olive-juice sourness. I had no idea that a beer could have some an utter absence of flavor. If this is Argentina's favorite beer, heaven help me if I ever have to go there. (393 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
2.82/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big pour -- tiny, fizzy head. Gone in 30 seconds. Clear, pale gold beer. Smell is somewhat nutty. Front is sourish; middle is thin, tangy, sourish; finish is slightly bitter, chemically. There are some nice grains in the aftertaste. This isn't great, but it's not completely unpleasant. (286 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
2.84/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the staff at Nandu in Chicago for this sample, the wonderful empanadas, and great service. Normally, I think this is 3.50/12 oz bottle.

Quilmes wasn't too much of a surprise, but really a great beer for the cuisine. Grainy and adjunct-laden on the nose and palette, but with a solid medium body and slightly sweet malt, this beer is a step above traditional cheap lager and maybe even along the lines of a cream ale. Very clean and crisp, it reminds me very much of the cheap Mexican lagers you might think of as exotic when you're out on the town (Tecate, Pacifico). I have a tough time believing the alcohol is that high; if it really is, then this cerveceria has done one hell of a job masking it.

Not really worth much more than half a buck, I'll admit it's always fun to see what other countries have to offer. Based on the large distribution packages (the waitress got so many Quilmes coasters she actually gave my buddy and me two sleeves worth), it seems that whoever's running this brewery might be rolling in the money. My guess is that Quilmes is an Argentinian macrobrew (how else would it make it to the States?) and that the country might have much more to offer. For a standard national beer (I guess ours would be Budweiser), Quilmes makes a good showing.

Relax, relax.
ng (1,309 characters)

Photo of Imbiber
2.44/5  rDev -7.2%
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... (856 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very gooding looking body that is quite clear and deep golden in hue, is topped by one finger of just off white foam that vanishes within a minute to leave absolutley no lace whatsoever. The aroma is actually failry good for such a poor tasting beer as it gives off a failry rich malt aroma that is quite nice and hints of honey.

The flavor is a different story and not one I'm pleased to tell, as this brew has an off taste that is just not that pleasant. An off-putting pungent flavor invades the palate and lingers far too long. Just not sweet nor sour but rather strong and pushy. The feel is acidic and peppery. Not one I'll go back to again. (652 characters)

Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
63 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.