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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
Photo of Kapowski
1.79/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Quite possibly the worst beer I've ever had. Tastes like water and grass fields, with a slightly sweet mouthfeel, and then a finish of water and grass fields.

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Photo of Greywulfken
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Essentially low flavor, pale-colored, mildly fizzy beer water. Not recommended, but I'm rating better than I felt about it on the assumption it wasn't as fresh as it coulda been.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is a gift from my friend Erik.
The beer pours a washed out clear golden color with fizzy bleached white head foaming up and fading rapidly to nothing after the pour.
Aroma is some husky and grainy malt with just a hint of spicy hop note in the background. Generally very clean nose as it should be, not flawed, just not complex scents either.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine gentle carbonation, not as prickly as I anticipated from the pour and quick fade of the head. Slightly coating on the swallow with a little bit of stickiness.
Flavor is grainy sweetness and then some husky malt with a bit of a spicy hop character but that is faint and the finish moves back to sweet grain notes. The beer is easy to drink with no hint of any booziness and isnt overly sweet and offensive like some other examples of this style. Not bad, but I wouldnt look for it on my own.

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Photo of ljbonadonna92
1.18/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Like drinking water. Literally no taste and almost no smell. The only thing it had going for it was a refreshing look and feel in the heat of South America.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
1.28/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Very light beer, even fresh I got notes of lightstruck. Almost no smell and almost no flavour. Less flavour than a mexican light beer. Very common in argentinian restaurants here in Mexico.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of Quilmes for $5.00 USD at a fancy Argentine restaurant in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Quilmes has plenty of foam and a light golden colour.
Smell: Quilmes has a faint aroma of grain mixed with alcohol.
Taste: Quilmes has a smooth taste. The taste of Quilmes is represented via grain flavour.
Feel: Quilmes has average amounts of carbonation.
Overall: Quilmes is a beer that can be appreciated with heavy meals in warm climates.

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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 FLima
2.52/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright golden yellow color with a thick one finger head with short retention and leaving some laces and lots of apparent carbonation.
Aroma of cereals and mild bread.
Refreshing flavor of Lager yeast, mild floral hops, corn syrup as it warms up, faint cooked vegetables and a bit of oxidation and sulfur. Mildly dry aftertaste with a perceivable light bitterness.
Watery body with good carbonation.
Refreshing Adjunct Lager, not bad when cold, and even though it does not have a character on its own, it is a bit above local average cheap adjunct lagers. Its relative bitterness, a tick above average, partially offsets its sweet corn notes.

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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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Photo of Samp01
2.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a straw pale yellow with a medium lasting white head. moderate lacing. Aroma and taste is of grains, hay with light malt notes and maize. A light to medium body and mild carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet mild grains and grassy flavors and light fruity notes. Overall a somewhat muted and bland brew, but ok for a hot summer day.

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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 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 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 ThisWangsChung
1.97/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. The head is actually fairly respectable, at two fingers high with a white color. Retention, on the other hand, is poor. There are small amounts of lacing left behind.

S: There's something unpleasantly vegetal about the nose. Otherwise, it ticks the typical macro lager boxes well enough: some cereal grain, a touch of diacetyl, and even a malty hint. I just can't shake the cooked vegetables at all.

T: It tastes like...well, an AAL really. There's a little corn sweetness to open it up, while the finish is actually somewhat bitter (all relative, of course...) I'd enjoy the bitterness a lot more if it weren't so damn vegetal tasting. All in all, the stereotypical crappy macro lager.

M: Remember that bitterness I talked about earlier? It narrowly prevents this from being a sickly sweet mess - instead it's only kind of sickly sweet. It's still drinkable, though: this would be solid in hot weather...but uh oh, Argentina isn't known for its blistering heat. Hey, at least it's not overcarbonated!

O: Welp, I just ticked Argentina. Granted, the tick was just another lame macro lager, but who cares?! I ticked a country I never thought I would be able to relatively soon. I'd never want to drink this again, though - even among similar AAL's it blows chunks.

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Photo of Paincane
2.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear with thin white head. No lacing and zero head retention.
S: Not much nose. Cereal & light fruit aromas that are quite faint.
T: Bready sweet fruity flavors. Very watery and lacking much taste.
M: Light bodied, watery and refreshing.
O: Watery and cold, at best.

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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 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 MarkoNm
2.21/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours clean, golden. Topped with a finger of white head that settles down quickly.
The aroma is very faint, although you can point out some minimal amount of hops and grains.
There are sweet grains in the taste, slightly watery body, finish has just a touch of bitterness.
Refreshing, drinkable, nothing out of the ordinary, really.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.46/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.16/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.17/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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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 ckollias
2.92/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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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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