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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 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 VoodooBrew
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Argentina's favorite beer, or so says the label. Well it certainly seemed liked my friend's favorite beer when she spotted it on the store shelf. But then, she had spent a semester in Argentina and so I suppose the discovery had aroused fond memories.

It's a Macro Lager, so of course it's going to be light golden in color and clear as a bell. Big head forms at first and then dissipates rapidly. No lacing.

Not much aroma to speak of, and frankly not much flavor either. There is a slight adjunct element on the nose and in the aftertaste. Little hops or much of anything else. Of course I was not expecting much, but I've had Macro Lagers that offer more, and more appealing, flavor while staying true to the style.

I'd probably drink a lot of this if I were in Argentina and there was nothing better around (although I'd probably stick to rum), but I see no reason to purchase this stateside or recommend it to other beer drinkers. This is not a terrible beer to the degree that many American Macro/Light Lagers are, but there are better examples out there. If you want a no frills, easy-drinking South American Macro, try Cristal from Peru.

*Note* BA indicates this is a 6.5% ABV beer. If that were true it would make this beer a little more worth drinking. Unfortunately the label reveals that the ABV is in fact 4.9%.

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Photo of whynot44
2.74/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light bodied Pilsner style lager, pale gold color with a moderate white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is hard to detect, very mild malt/hops and paper.

Taste starts with slightly sweet malt finishing slightly sour and dry with just a touch of spicy hops bitterness.

Drinkable but nothing special.

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

Bought a six pack of these in Mexico for 17 pesos (about $1.50USD) what a dea! So I was not expecting much here.. For the price this is not bad.. Crisp, light malt aroma, where is the aroma? Watery with some noticable hops. Clean but bland. Some lacing noted. There is just very little here. The flavor is just as bland, with perhaps a vague grainy sweetness with a light bitter aftertaste. Refreshing on a hot day, due to its watery character... better than a bud !!

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a pilsner glass because my pint glass is drying. Clear piss yellow with a typical fluffy macro marshmallow white head.
Aroma is skunk, cereal and corn.
Flavor is not much better, grainy sweet with a light bitter finish. Better than BMC but not by much.

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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 tesguino
1.48/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sorry for the belived most handsome people´s inthe word they have the worst beer sell in mexico, its remarked grains flavor made worst, its patagonian hops not help its flavor, but in general is good only one or two no more, they give a several head pain and cruda

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Photo of beergeek279
2.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is light gold, with a slightly uneven, foamy white head. The smell is the typical macro mix of 2/6-row and adjunct sweetness. The taste is rather bland, without even being particularly sweet in the beginning but rather full of DMS flavor...not even the slightest hint of hops in this one, though it does sweeten just a bit as it warms in the mouth. Mouthfeel is watery. As for drinkability, getting through this one might be a challenge, so after getting the country why the hell would I want another?

As I've said before, one of the hazards of country collection is knowing that 90% of the countries are going to feature the same boring adjunct lager as their national beer, so I'm not surprised about Quilmes. If I ever went to Argentina, this might be worth having in the spirit of "When in Rome..." , but here in the US this is another one I wouldn't bother with again.

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Photo of Pepeton
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sorry for my Argentinian friends.
My can states 4.9% ABV and not 6.5% as the BA database claims.

Pours a straw yellow and highly carbonated beer. Almost no head and some lacing.

Smell is a typical adjunct: Corn, some malts, more corn.

Taste is shallow, grainy.

Aftertaste: Has an aldehyde finish.

I'll avoid this one as long as I can.

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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 stcules
1.61/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

My bottle claims 4.9 ABV, not 6.5

Clear light yellow. Not much head, vanishing.
Smell: malt, corn, grainy.And some, very little, hop in the back.
Taste: where?
Well, grainy, useless indudtrial macro lager. Quite carbonation.
Body and aftertaste: nothing to talk about.
Absolutely tasteless, anonimous, and completely useless.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after its decapitation sets in the glass a limpid light gold with a modest bright white head that is frothy in texture and quite short lived, the lace left behind a velum like sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is as expected, malt, crisp and clean start somewhat sweet and lightly malted, top thin as water. Finish is moderately carbonated, the hops light but present, dry aftertaste.

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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 DrunkMcDermott
1.99/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, IL. Well, I may be sampling this just so I can finally claim to have had a South American beer. But this does have a little more character than the standard pale ale. Served a little warm, it demonstrates a bit more hoppiness and a few good malt notes than the standard megabrew. Just not too much more. Insert your joke about Argentinians and Germans here.

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

I long ignored this beer, figuring its lack of positive reputation said enough. My wife brought one home, so I had to try it. It pours the same pale yellow as the bulk of mass-produced American lagers. It also has the decidedly nondescript smell of most mass-produced American lagers. The most noticeable smell is a grassy aroma; hops are lurking far offstage somewhere. The taste? Just like a mass-produced American lager. Again, a grassy flavor and also some metallic taste. It's not quite bad enough for a drain-pour, but it's close.

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Photo of Boto
2.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. Bottle: I saw this and decided to try a beer from a country that I had not yet sampled one of their beers. It pours into the glass a plae yellow color, and is pretty clear. A big white head that fizzes down rapidly. There is a good bit of carbonation to the beer. There is a sweetness to the nose, but it is mostly just sweet with a general lack of character. Maybe a hint of honey. The taste is definitely light. There is a bit of a sweetness to the taste, with a slightly dry finish. Incredibly non-descript and forgettable.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looking for something new and interesting from a country I have not sampled, I found this at the local pub. It poured a pale yellow color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was slightly honey-sweet with a healthy dose of corn and a slight noble hop spice. The flavor was pretty pedestrian. A slight graineyness and corn flavor without a real hop character. The feel was thin, almost like a bubbly water. Not a great beer. The flavor is lacking along with the feel. I won't be having this again.

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Photo of amicar
2.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm. Argentina beer. Why not? Should be a decent combination with the 'brazilian- themed' tapas place I was at.

Poured out a typical light yellow south of the border adjunct lager with a thin white head that went away quickly. Not much to smell, maybe a whiff of corn. Certainly no hops... Tasted inoffensive. Yes, it's crisp, and clean, and refreshing; probably used a bit of corn and rice in there. Probably would be alright washing down spicy foods.

Not much to recommend this over other beers. Probably their attempt to be budweiser. Nothing horrendous, mind you, just nothing interesting.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Would not have even picked this up for curiosity sake unless no other option would be available. This time, I received it in a Beers of the Worlds gift pack and complemented with some Mexican take out. It's better than a Corona or any commericalized beer, but not by much. Tastes of light corn and little hops. Okay carbonation and lacing (who knows how long it's been on the store shelf). Try something else.

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Photo of Suds
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don’t recall having a beer from Argentina before I saw this one, so I had to give it a try.
Luckily, from the outset, I didn’t expect much. So, I wasn’t disappointed when I got exactly what I expected. The beer is very clear, yellow in color, has a nice white (typically sized) head. My bottle seemed to have a bit less carbonation than similar American-style lagers. Faint, almost non-existent aroma…primarily composed of adjunct and vegetable smells. Very faint hops in the smell, provided you really look for them. Soft, and slightly sweet, but also thin, watery, and weak. Finish is clean, but devoid of much taste. On par with most American macros.

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Photo of putnam
1.55/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

My bottle claimed only 4.9% ABV. Not 6.5%. And it was every bit of about 2%.
It featured a standard, factory-grade, anemic, gray-colored fizz on top. It went away quickly. The aromas told of accelerated fermentation : grain; sugar; and alcohol. Bland and dry, it served up impressions of rice pancake and mineral water. Very Bud Light-like in it's candied, thin flavor profile. Stale, freeze-dried pea flavors lurked on the finish. This was the most tasteless imported beer I've ever consumed -- utterly meaningless.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

You always walk a fine line when buying a beer just because it is from a new country. I knew this wouldn’t be good, but darn it I wanted to try an Argentinian beer! I am sure I am not the only one. Pours a clear pale gold color with a thin white head that lasted pretty long. Thin lacing. The aroma is lightly hopped. Thin-bodied and adjunct-ridden with a weak hops and malt flavor struggling to be noticed. The finish is clean but nearly flavorless. I have definitely had worse but this beer really serves no purpose other than being from Argentina.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear yellow with large bubbles in a 1" head (I don't like large bubbles). Aroma is of burnt grain, oily with a slight hop touch. Flavor is moderate grainy, with slight hops at the end. Processed flavor with alightly sweet nutty notes. Very easy to drink, but mainly because there isn't much going on. Fuller and richer that standard US macrobrews, but that's about it.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
2.41/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Now that Trader Joes no longer has the DFH 60-min IPA, I decided to picked up a Six-Pack of Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’ IPA tonight to stock up the “regular decent tasty after work beer cubicle” portion of my Fridge.

As I perused the Aisle for those lesser known TJ specials I spotted a new one. The icy white-blue arctic label of the bottle and the Six-Pack carton design caught my eye. I’ll have to look where I am walking more carefully next time.

Lucid yellow color with a reasonable white head. Looks pretty average, but it is nothing outstanding. Nothing in the nose at first, deeper inhalation reveals a sickly sweet malt odor that is feint at best. Tastes are of a thin light pale lager, some malt, very light hops but incredibly delicate in nature. The merest hint of food with any flavor would relinquish this to a washing down beer. Even pretzels or peanuts would drown the meek flavor profile in this one. Mouthfeel is thin, but this beer is rescued by its crisp clean, mountain fresh spring water feel. Which means that this actually drinks rather easily, probably because it is light on flavor and has a crisp fulfilling feel when chilled?

Looks OK, smells crap, tastes of “thin lager”, low mouthfeel but crisp and clean with a good Drinkability. Oh yeah, 6.5% - What the feeerk? Nah, no way, come one, do they measure alcohol by volume differently in Argentina?

The beer has the words “The Favorite Beer of Argentina” on it. WTF?? Who is gong to believe that crap, oh shit I did, and that’s why I picked up a bottle! On reflection, the advertising slogan sounds like “The Favorite Child of Michael Jackson” or “The Favorite Battle Cry of France”; no-one is going to believe it is either good, or even for real. Sure enough, it’s neither. Could this be South American AB (Argentine Bud)? Maybe!

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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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