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Quilmes | Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 458
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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2.11/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LiquidAmber
2.77/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light golden amber with an effervescent with head that dissipates to nothing except a thin ring around the glass. Light aroma of grainy biscuit malt and mild grassy hops. Flavor starts with grainy malt with a hint of biscuit, then fades away, revealing slightly astringent grassy hops with light graininess. Light bodied with active carbonation. The very first part of the taste gives hope, because it has a bit of grainy biscuit, but the flavor fades quickly leaving only the dry part of the malt and lightly grassy hops that are more bitter than flavorful. A mediocre adjunct lager that leaves only hope for a better introduction to Argentinian ales.

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Photo of utahgiebs
1.51/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Just really uninspiring shit. The sole resemption lies in that if youre swilling this its probably 3 in the morning, youre probably outdoors, and youre likely surrounded by the worlds most breathtakingly gorgeous humans. Vive Argentina!

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Photo of stevoj
2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Nothing special here. Pedestrian pale lager from Argentina. Light malt taste, but flat and watery tasting. Typical cereal lager, heavy on the adjunct grains.

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Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Dmann
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting something interesting from this beer, since I have never had an argentine beer before. But I came to find out that it is average at best. The beer had a decent frothy white head that lasted for a little bit and then settled into a small white lace for the rest of the glass. The smell did nothing for me, and was a little sour. The taste was average at best, and reminded me a little of the usual macro beers available in the U.S. It would be easy to pound back a few of these but it is nothing that would be very enjoyable to the palate.

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Photo of bulldogg915
2/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of warnerry
1.83/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours VERY light, halfway between straw and clear (Cristal, indeed) with one finger of quickly fading white head.

S - Smells somewhat grainy, kind of like white bread, but also unusually sweet. No hops to speak of.

T - Quite sweet up front, in a very distracting way. Then some bread malts come in, but not much after that.

M - Medium with a weird syrupy feel. Definitely not what I expected from a lager.

O - Even for an adjunct lager, this is pretty poor. The sweetness just feels artificial and distracting. None of the other flavor components can overcome this flaw.

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Photo of niangelo
2.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a sleeve - a one-inch fluffy, foamy white head with a pale, pale yellow color to the body, and not much in terms of bubbles. The head dissipates into patches of foam and tendrils of lacing.

Not much for smell here - adjuncts, weak malt.

Taste is mild, sterile. Not much body, just watery malt, very little in terms of hops.

I got this as part of a beer sampler pack, and this was the Argentinian choice. I guess as a lawn-mower beer, it could work. But my advice? Drink this one cold, and fast.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting-looking 330mL bottle, identical to the one in the photo.

Pours nicely, yellow-gold in colour, quite effervescent with small-medium sized bubbles. Poured with a large head which dissipated to a fairly thin white foam. Lacing is all over the glass in patches.

No strong aromas emanating - slightly grassy, no skunky flavours: not bad, not exceptional, but average for the style.

Drinkable when cold; probably unbearable when even slightly warmer. No strong flavours on the tongue; some sharp, kind of unpleasant maltiness on the palate. Some extremely bland hops have clearly been used for this beer. I don't really mind it, but the skunkiness pushes it to the poor side of average, as far as taste goes.

Nothing to the mouthfeel - effects of carbonation in the mouth are minor, and afterfeel is practically non-existent. No slick in the mouth afterwards; fortunately, no adjunct effects either.

Drinkability is this beer's strong point. Cold beer on a hot day, with nothing except refreshment and some alcohol. I'd be happy to drink this if it were cheap in Argentina on a hot day.

Overall: I'm reviewing this beer for the style, not for the overall standard (although there is nothing wrong with the quality of the beer or packaging, and there are no adjuncts in it). I'm quite happy with it and I'd drink it again if I didn't want anything to taste and savour, merely something to quaff when it's really hot. But even then, there are always better beers for any occasion!

An acceptable beer, but has absolutely nothing in the flavour department!

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Photo of ant1
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of trics90
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev +13.6%

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 HoppySeb
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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 LXIXME
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of dcbeers
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

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 brewQ
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Danflurry
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.06/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
2.64 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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