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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Added by kbub6f on 08-11-2002

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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 StonedTrippin
2.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of metter98
2.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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 +15.9%
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 -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 kojevergas
2.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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 +10.2%
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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Photo of jlindros
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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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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 dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
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 ChainGangGuy
1.61/5  rDev -39%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Indian corn gold topped by a nice looking cap of creamy alabaster. No matter what the beer tastes like, the head and the generous amount of sticky lace that ends up on the glass look good.

I often make fun of the concept of calling beer from all corners of the world 'American' macro lagers. Quilmes, however, smells like it could have been brewed by Miller. Make that 'Miller on a good day'. Even though it isn't outstanding, it manages to convey a grain-like, mild hoppy vibe while keeping the nastiness to a bare minimum. Respectable.

Ditto the flavor. One thing this beer has going for it is that it tastes reasonably fresh. There's not much flavor present, but what reaches the taste buds is simple and clean. Again, lightly sweet grain and modestly bitter hops rule the roost, but isn't that what beer of this general style is supposed to taste like?

The body is unquestionably light. I don't believe that anything even a little bit bigger would work as well though, given the flavor profile. I have no complaints about carbonation either. It's small-bubbled and is perfect if sessionability is desired; as I suspect it often is after a rousing game of futbol.

Quilmes was something of a surprise. I know it'll never happen, but BMC should take a few cues from some of the better 'world beer' that makes it our shores. This Argentinian product would be a great place to start.

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Photo of russpowell
2.82/5  rDev +6.8%
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 mikesgroove
2.46/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

picked up at total wine last week as i try to track down the last of the barrel list. served cold and poured into a pilsner glass, this one was consumed on 08/28/2010.

really i was impressed with the pour a touch as the color had a faint hint of a medium amber color to it but the head was short lived and did not stay around for long though the carbonation was fantastic.

aroma is corn, lots of corn with hints of light hops and a touch of bready grains that pop up from time to time. musky though and nothing is really working here to bring me in and want to really drink this. flavor was a touch better as a slight bitterness helped to overcome the flavor issues, but i still was needing a little more from this one as the finish was nearly non existent and really could not help me in any way,

overall not terrible but i will have to pass.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is what you might expect as an Argentinian export. It is a pale lager. It has slight malt flavor and is effervescent. It has little hop flavor and is drinkable in small quantities or more if you want to become bloated. The color is suitable for the style and is formidible with little aroma and light body.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the "Beer of the World" tasting.

A: The pour is about what you'd expect from a beer like this: light yellow in color with a fluffy white head that dies quickly.

S: While the primary aroma is grain and corn sweetness, there actually is a bit of a spicy hop component to this.

T: Like the aroma, the taste is actually not bad (especially considering what it could have been). A surprising amount of spice and hop character to go with the sweetness.

M: The beer is still light and fizzy, of course.

D: Really not a bad little lager. I'd much rather drink this than Bud or Coors or Miller.

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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 johnnnniee
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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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 jwc215
2.21/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden yellow with a thin head that soon fades. Typical of the style.

The smell is of cooked corn oil. Nothing TOO offensive for the style, but hardly anything but mild adjuncts is noticeable.

The taste is of sweet husky corn. The malt and adjuncts make this one sweeter than normal. The hops are almost washed out. There is plenty of water here. It has little to offer that is not offered by the BMC group of macros.

There is a light oil slickness. It's light bodied. It leaves a slight metallic, chemical-like aftertaste. But, even that is soon washed out.

This is not good beer, even for the style. I picked up a six-pack of this because I never had beer from Argentina. I wasn't missing anything in this case. Save this one for the macro-drinkers.

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Photo of Tone
3.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of adjunct, yeast, grain, and pale malt. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, adjunct, grain, slight hop, slight metallic, and some pale malt. Overall, a smooth bodied and easy drinking beer, but not much else.

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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 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 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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2.64 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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