Quilmes - Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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Reviews: 224
Hads: 418
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg visit their website

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 BucBasil
2.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
2.17/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.08/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.55/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of ckollias
2.92/5  rDev +11%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of LJC3
3.57/5  rDev +35.7%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.36/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4/5  rDev +52.1%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.05/5  rDev +54%
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!

RJT (386 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.91/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.02/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.98/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another from the chronicles of Central American Lager fest this weekend. Thanks to Roswell the Dog for bringing this back and sharing. Pours a clear golden straw color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly in the July sun. Smells malty sweet and lightly grainy with the faintest of floral hops to provide a hint of balance. The flavor is what I expected, a bit sweet hints of honey almost no hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Feels like a light lager, taste like a light lager but really went down easy on a sunny 85 degree day. Not something I'd ever seek out, but glad I got to try it. (657 characters)

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

330ml bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Pale straw color. Clear appearance. White, brief crown. Herbal & yeasty aroma, wet paper odor. Slightly citric, smooth tasting at first sip. Fizzy & grainy. Light body, high carbonation. Earthy bitterness, dry finish. Watery texture. Sweet maltiness on the aftertaste. (315 characters)

Photo of JerseyKirk
2.85/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear, straw colored, 1 finger white head with immense lacing.

S: 2 row, slight caramel, corn and pilsner style hop bitterness. Slight skunk.

T: Corn, slight malt sweetness. Pretty close to water but quick to sip.

M: Thin but carbed.

O: Not horrible. It's simple an american adjunct lager. Better than most of the domestic premium categories. (357 characters)

Photo of Douberd
2.88/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this can of 355 ml from a megastore in Mexico, brought it all over home.One finger soapy head over a light golden yellow beer. Little activity in the glass. The head has good retention, it leaves no lacing. Some malt aroma but very faint.
Bitter, nice taste but nothing too fancy.
Refreshing,dry on the palate, high carbonation, medium thickness on the body. (364 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white fizzy head that reduces to thin patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is lighter than others in the style and mostly one-dimensional. There is lots of sweetness from the adjunct malts with the predominant aroma being that of corn.

T: The flavor of this beer is quite sweet due to the high amount of adjunct malts - mostly corn with a little grain. There is an underlying more malty flavor but that is quite subtle and no detectable hops (no bitterness). Not as bold a flavor, on the lighter side.

M: Light bodied with high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very easy to drink and more enjoyable than many others in this style, easily a session beer and probably best served on a warm day when cooking out. Not one of my favorite styles but certainly a decent example. (1,003 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ridiculously pale yellow color with a finger and a half of white head.

Bready and some light hints of herbal hops.

Follows the nose with pale, bready malts and a mildly spicy herbal hop presence.

Light-bodied with ample carbonation and a light dry grain note.

Very drinkable, but there's not much to interest me here. (329 characters)

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Yellowy color with a fizzy white head that lasted mere seconds. No lacing. 1.5

S - Ugh. Corn, malt, and some adjunct, musty smells. Almost as if they left some of the ingredients soaked in water for a few weeks, strained the mildew off the top, and then made beer with it. 1.0

T - Despite the off-putting smell and lackluster appearance, the taste isn't too bad. Malty and slightly sweet, bright flavor without the awful metallic, rotted corn flavor you get from other adjuncts (i.e. Coors). Dissolves into a slightly bitter and thin malt taste. 2.5

M - Crisp and highly carbonated. Appropriate for the style and helps to bring some of the flavor out. 3.0

O - Quilmes is a good contender for "most drinkable american adjunct," even though it's Argentinian. Very good for session drinking and definitely more enjoyable than other beers of the same type. 2.0 (864 characters)

Photo of hogrider
1.5/5  rDev -43%

There is not much to say about this beer except that is one of the worst tasting beers that I have ever had. I can taste the corn and has a grassy after taste it grows skunky by the second....enough said. AVOID (211 characters)

Photo of Tebuken
1/5  rDev -62%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I think this beverage doesn´t reach the minimum profile to be declared as a beer.It could be defined as something similar to a beer but almost undrinkable.
I really don´t know how industries handle ingredients to get such a horrible thing to drink.
The only way to drink it is pressing your nose while drinking and it must be almost frozen so you can not get its real flavor. (377 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1042nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
11.2 oz

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World

App- Dark pee yellow with a short lived, off white head that left a kind of gunky film on the glass. Not really cling, but makes it look dirty.

Smell- Corn, some malt, a little damp, some lemon peel. A mis-mash that just kinda is there.

Taste- A bit like the nose, but thicker. Its very malty and light at the same time. Just kinda is there with flavor but not really bad/not really good.

Mouth- More medium/Medium. Residual malts and some dampness. Wasnt a fan of the aftertaste

Drink- Well my boss tried. I dont work with beer drinkers so I got stuck with this one. Wont be coming back to it. (743 characters)

Photo of dstc
2.36/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, pale golden color with a full white head. Head falls to just about nothing leaving the thinnest of lace. Seems typical for this style beer.

Nose is rather typical as well. Plenty of grain and corn but deep down has a malt quality to it.

Tastes like it should. Rather light and refreshing with a corn taste. Deep down it's a bit more complex that you would think but not necessarily in a good way. There's a flavor down there I can't put a finger on. Bit sweet too.

Thin and crisp in the mouth and thirst quenching.

Is what it is and does a decent job of being a SoAmer adjunct lager. (602 characters)

Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
63 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.