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: 234 | Ratings: 465
Photo of Vashtar
4.42/5  rDev +67.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quilmes is great! It is very drinkable but is like a quality friend who doesn't stand out. You can hang out with him forever, and he's a bit nicer than the average guy, but he's a bit plain.
I've yet to try the other varieties, but I'd like to try a pumpkin one if they made it.

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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 BaerBeer
4.04/5  rDev +53%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I cannot believe this beer has a C-. This is a great beer. Quilmes is a Macro beer from Argentina, but none the less, it has a craft beer taste to it. This is hands down one of the best beers I have ever had. Not the best, but one of the best lol. Anyways, I bought my ex brother in law a 12 pack of 'Beers around the World' from Giant Eagle (grocery store that has a lot of micro brews, which is nice) Most of these beers were from macro breweries from, well, around the world. So, me and him decided to share the beers on Christmas Eve a few years back, and I was pretty surprised with Quilmes. It was so refreshing, but it was pretty complex IMO. I just want to give some props to this beer.

Poured a 12oz bottle, with a cool shape to it, into a big fat beer mug.

A- Very light, almost white, very little to no head, and a very minuscule amount of lacing.

S- Not much going on, but it didn't ruin the beer. Sort of a light lemony smell, with a smell that reminded me of Original Coors, gross :)

T- Very crisp and refreshing. Not too hoppy, sort of buttery, with some complex taste I couldn't quite put my finger on. Taste great though

M- Very light on the palate, no metallic taste going on here. Almost like a mix of Sam Adam's White Ale and Coors Light, weird combo but tasty

D- Super Drinkable, a great session beer. You could probably pound a whole 12 pack of this without a hangover due to its light body and flavor.

I tried it a few more times and I still loved it. I know there isn't much going on with this beer, but this is my opinion and I think it is an excellent macro beer. I would drink this over Sam Adams Light any day (it kind of reminds me of that). Give this beer a second try if you get the chance and really examine it this time.

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Photo of nekronos
4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, another good lager beer for hot days. IT is not that great, but is good for refreshing. Very crystal and light Yellow. Although I got i a little frozen. IS the most comercial beer in Argentina, and there is even a Football team with that name, and a lot fo teams has the QUILMES name in the T-Shirts.

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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 Spineypanda
3.87/5  rDev +46.6%
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.

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Photo of JesseP09
3.86/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great import beer. Not too heavy of a taste, but the elements that are there are tied together nicely and make a delicious beer. It is extremely easy drinking and would go down smooth and refreshing on a summer day. From the moment I cracked this bottle I was in love. What a good buy.

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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 LarryKemp
3.75/5  rDev +42%
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.

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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 Frosty80
3.68/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours like water with a yellow tint. sits crystal clear gold.

Smell: slightly malty. some adjuncts. pretty clean

Taste: slight malty sweetness. lots of corn and rice. slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: light body. moderate carbonation.

Notes: well, i think the only other adjunct ive had was a leinie. so in that context, and being from argentina, not a bad job i guess.

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Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We all gotta drink something Argentenian sometime. It's in our nature, our subconscious; Freud and all that stuff. We need it inside us. It's an urge. Giving into it once and only once, as an experiment, is not a sign of a personal lifestyle choice, an unshakable orientation, a bent, a tendency, or a hope to replace the being of one's self with an emblem, a shiny beer standing in for old mynie.

It's just something that happens.

Pours dark pils gold wiht a decent, short lived head. Good lacing. All that noise. Warrants a 3.5, and if it tasted better I probably would've upped it, to even everything else up.

Smells remarkably fresh for something imported from so far away and sold to me as a toss off in the single bottle rack. Deep pilsener grain. No hint of adjunct. No real hop presence, though. And not very complex.

Tastes nice and dry, light nodes of floral grain, hay, and weeds with just a kiss of the creaminess you get with a really superior Euro pils. Could use some hops, but really it's pretty good for what it is.

I kind of feel silly now, after having written such a rambling explanation about why I bothered to try this beer, in spite of its rather poor ratings. Seriously, this ain't bad in the least.

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Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
3.63/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quilmes is the most popular beer in Argentina, but that doesnt mean its the best one. It used to be better some years ago, unfortunatly I think its flavour became worst when they became extremly massive. its not a very smooth beer, but its very light, refreshing and cheap.

is smooth in taste, not like water but is indeed very light

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw gold. Good sized white head, but it falls very fast. Nose is typical, but no skunky attributes or metallic tones at all. Slight earthy tone going on. Flavor is very uneventful. Just typical macro lager style. Minimal flavor impact. Still though, it isn't total garbage. Feel has a good amount of carbonation on it. Typical liquid feel. Drinkable sure. It is what it is. I am sure it would be even better if I was stuck somewhere in Argentina and no Duvel was to be found anywhere. Decent enough to try, but no great shakes here. Way better than most macro crap, though.

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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 DesMoinesMike
3.55/5  rDev +34.5%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm somewhat impressed with this one. It was in my fridge for too long, but the temp was very cold. Kinda lost track of this until last night.

Pours a light and clear gold, and the head is billowy and somewhat creamy. Looks good for the style, almost like a commercial. Decent lacing, nothing special....but neither is this style.

Grainy aroma, sweet and a bit corny. Husks. While the American versions (BMC) mostly smell stale, this one has some pops. Well maybe not pop...but freshness I guess.

Taste is sweet and light. Corn, grain, some wet grass. feels a bit filmy and the sweet turns a bit syrupy. Perhaps some floral hops on the back side, but nothing special there.

This isn't a bad beer. Surprised me. If I had only a choice between this and BMC...it would be this

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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 rousee
3.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold color. Smell is herbal grassy skunkiness. Very subdued however.You can smell some adjuncts like corn too but it isnt too bad. The taste is just a basic gold colored beer--certainly more flavor than our own bud and this is likely the bud of Argentina.For the style this is a pretty good one. Quite swillish but I still think its decent.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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Photo of BierFan
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.4/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall this was a suprise from Argentina, I was quite pleased with this one. I did not know what to expect, but I did not have my hopes up for this one. Over all a good feel in a beer. and would gladly drink it again. If they offered it in Oklahoma, but I bought it in Austin

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Photo of Offa
3.4/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hardly a great beer, this is nevertheless a good, basic, clean pale lager.

Straw yellow, it has a big, long-lasting white head that leaves even rings of decent lace.

The aroma is light with grain, honey, hints of herbs and lemon. Although light, the aroma is very pleasant and clean with a little complexity.

The taste also is light but thoroughly pleasant with a hint of complexity, but it is lighter than the aroma. It has light grain, lemon, 7-up, and herbal hoppy bitterness that is light but persistent and just dominates the finish. It's clean, crisp, and very easy to drink. The main problem is that the taste is too light and thin, which is too bad because what I can taste is good.

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Photo of bort11
3.38/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given to me by my friend Alex. That bastard actually had this on tap in Buenos Aries.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Bright white head that goes to the edge of the glass. Recedes pretty quickly but does leave some lace rings. Color is a clear straw yellow with a ton of carbonation.

Smell is fairly biscuity with some lemon citrus hops. Taste is very dry and bready with a mild citrus hops background.

Mouthfeel is pretty clean and crisp. Tight carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Would be even better in a cafe in Buenos Aries.

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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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