Quilmes | Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

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2.68 w/ 477 ratings

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Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Frothy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, corn flakes, and slight sulphur. Taste is pretty faint with some sweet grain and corn flake flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer - nothing great, but nothing offensive really.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.81/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I haven't had much beer from Argentina, so I was excited to try this despite the style. It's pricey for what it is, and I have noticed that in other markets besides here in Puerto Rico. Priced like craft, but it's not, don't know the story there. Blonde and real clear looking, head doesn't last, and it smells a bit oxidized. Not stale, but somewhat south of prime in the aroma. Definitely adjunct driven, like pale and Pils malt extrac from a one gallon can with rust on the bottom, takes me back to home brewing 101. Fortunately, it tastes a lot better than anything I ever made from canned malt syrup, and actually refreshes rather well when frosty cold. There is a lingering ready thing, stale now, and metallic, iron rich like licking a bloody cut, and has the same heavy drying effect on the tongue. Two is enough in any context, and there is nothing here at all to justify the price point. I wish for more hops and freshness, but it serves the purpose of variety in a place where it's been way too hard to come by...

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3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of metter98
2.36/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.06/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a grainy-sweet start and a brilliantly clear gold color, Quilmes starts off like many other standard lagers. A mix of pilsner breadiness and cereal grains provide an early soft and sweet notion. Rising sulfur, solvent, and mineral taste takes precidence at mid palate and provides the basis for the beer's finish in place of sufficient hop character. Herbal at best, any hop character is far from floral or balanced by gives only a mild grassy taste. Where the appearance continues to show firmness in head formation and retention with light lacing; it may be the best attribute for the beer.

With all the individual flaws built into the flavor and aroma profile, the sum of the parts kinda come together for a more pleasant drinking experience than you'd think. Still, the popularity of this beer is beyond me.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -4.5%
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 kojevergas
2.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle acquired at an Argentinian eatery in San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain, and poured into a Quilmes glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Two finger head of fair thickness, no cream, and poor retention. Clear textbook yellow colour.

Sm: Light barley and malt. A bit pathetic.

T: Barley and lime ester body. More complex (i.e. less simple) than expected. Built simply, but not poorly. A bit bland. Balanced - but with so few notes, that isn't difficult to accomplish.

Mf: Too smooth and too light. Classic brewing fallacy.

Dr: Refreshing, but bland. Good for the price, which I think was something around .45 Euro.

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Photo of emerge077
2.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -16%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.06/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of chinchill
2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
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 jlindros
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this while in Brazil, at a decent wine, beer, and liquor shop in the downtown area of Larajeiras, Vitoria, E.S.

Color is a golden chardonnay yellow color with very little head.

Nose is very light, liught malts and lager aromas, cheap extract aromas, and some skunk.

Taste is similar, very light flavors, extract malts and skunk.

Mouth is very light with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, not great, very watery on a hot day, but skunk flavors don't help.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
2.7/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of smithj4
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of russpowell
2.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a world beer mixer, so far a very mixed bag to include some beers not listed this site..

Pours golden with 1 finger of slight white head. No head retention or lacing

S: Corny with wet dog (both dissapate quickly), ugh. Some lemon notes as well.

T: Metaliic with honey malts up front. More honey malt & some pear notes. Finishes dry with lemon notes, honey & appleskins??

MF: Medium bodied, light carbonation & slick at the same time, can't really get past the metal feeling in the mouth though

Drinks alright despite all the weird things going on here. I'm sure this is better if tried closer to the source & fresher. I'd still take this over BMC any day

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.61/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a few stray bubbles, but that's about it.

Smell: Sad, vapid nose with just a light touch of pale malt and floral hops.

Taste: Light pale malts with only the faintest sweetness. Meager floral hint with an almost non-existent bitterness. The rest is water, folks.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Shamefully watery. Great for rinsing out your glass for the next beer - hopefully one with some actual flavor and character.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
Beer rating: 5.5% out of 100 with 477 ratings
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