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: 233 | Ratings: 462
Photo of hogrider
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

There is not much to say about this beer except that is one of the worst tasting beers that I have ever had. I can taste the corn and has a grassy after taste it grows skunky by the second....enough said. AVOID

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Photo of Tebuken
1/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I think this beverage doesn´t reach the minimum profile to be declared as a beer.It could be defined as something similar to a beer but almost undrinkable.
I really don´t know how industries handle ingredients to get such a horrible thing to drink.
The only way to drink it is pressing your nose while drinking and it must be almost frozen so you can not get its real flavor.

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

1042nd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
11.2 oz

This was a white elephant from my boss at Xmas. Part of a Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World

App- Dark pee yellow with a short lived, off white head that left a kind of gunky film on the glass. Not really cling, but makes it look dirty.

Smell- Corn, some malt, a little damp, some lemon peel. A mis-mash that just kinda is there.

Taste- A bit like the nose, but thicker. Its very malty and light at the same time. Just kinda is there with flavor but not really bad/not really good.

Mouth- More medium/Medium. Residual malts and some dampness. Wasnt a fan of the aftertaste

Drink- Well my boss tried. I dont work with beer drinkers so I got stuck with this one. Wont be coming back to it.

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Photo of dstc
2.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear, pale golden color with a full white head. Head falls to just about nothing leaving the thinnest of lace. Seems typical for this style beer.

Nose is rather typical as well. Plenty of grain and corn but deep down has a malt quality to it.

Tastes like it should. Rather light and refreshing with a corn taste. Deep down it's a bit more complex that you would think but not necessarily in a good way. There's a flavor down there I can't put a finger on. Bit sweet too.

Thin and crisp in the mouth and thirst quenching.

Is what it is and does a decent job of being a SoAmer adjunct lager.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.68/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours yellow with a small head that quickly fades to nothing.
Nose shows hay, sweet straw, faint funky notes and sweet corn.
Similar flavours: hay, cardboard, cooked vegetables. Pretty bad stuff, very cloying, no bitterness.
Could use lots more carbonation.

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Photo of Durge
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a light golden colored, clear lager with a decent white crown and good lacing. The aroma is a crisp metallic wheat, with rice and oats all evident. The flavor brings on a grapey overtone on the grainy theme noted in the aroma, along with an interesting peppery cinnamon flair. It’s medium light bodied with tiny but aggressive carbonation. Fortunately there’s no “metal” in the flavor and it mellows into a decent grain refreshment. This is another beer du jour for a particular cuisine. I guess every country must have one or two Budweiser beers to bring to the respective restaurants of the world. This was my first Argentinean experience and it was fine for having a grainy brew to wash down your meal. If you’re looking for something special, look elsewhere.

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Photo of warnerry
1.83/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours VERY light, halfway between straw and clear (Cristal, indeed) with one finger of quickly fading white head.

S - Smells somewhat grainy, kind of like white bread, but also unusually sweet. No hops to speak of.

T - Quite sweet up front, in a very distracting way. Then some bread malts come in, but not much after that.

M - Medium with a weird syrupy feel. Definitely not what I expected from a lager.

O - Even for an adjunct lager, this is pretty poor. The sweetness just feels artificial and distracting. None of the other flavor components can overcome this flaw.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.19/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 970ml bottle, bought at Tesco.

Very light, pale straw. Finger sized white bubbly head that lasts half a minute.

Almost nothing. After a big effort I managed to identify some corn and grain with even fainter grassy, floral hops.

Sweet tasting with lots of corn, some grain and various other adjuncts with some very faint grassy hops. It is incredibly basic and lacking depth or character. Bit of a skunky aftertaste too.

Quite thin & light but not overly, the beer is well carbonated and has a fizzy tang to it when it hits the tongue and it is quite crisp but that is about it really.

Poor showing. It is drinkable but not a beer that I would want to drink again. Up there with some of the worst pale lagers I have drank avoid this one.

Reviewed @ http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com

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Photo of dansmcd
1.73/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Very light yellow amber colour, crystal clear, thin white head leaving the faintest lace rings.

S - Sweet corn, hay, metal.

T - The faintest corn flavour overpowered by water.

M - Thin and watery, light to moderate carbonation. Terrible.

O - Boring, basic, watery adjunct lager. Lacking in everything.

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Photo of Converge
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - One finger of carbonated bone-white head off the pour. Gone is seconds. Deep golden-yellow color.

S - Adjunct grains. Corn and some barley. Incredibly bland.

T - Corn, adjunct grains, cardboard and water.

M - Fizzy, almost pop-like mouthfeel. Thin and watery.

D - Boring old humdrum lager. I've had worse, but this really isn't anything too great.

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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 annawees
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle in to a pint glass.

This beer pours crystal clear, and opens up in to a very grassy hops flavor. The flavor itself was fairly bitter, a bit skunky, and not incredibly enjoyable. The beer was a little under-carbonated for an American Lager, making it less enjoyable on a hot summer day. Overall it's a typical macro lager, and left something to be desired considering all the other amazing options from microbreweries in Argentina.

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Photo of matjack85
2.86/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago, where you can try a lot of unusual and hard to find beers. 330ml brown bottle with no freshness date on it.

The beer poured a crystal clear gold color and made a 1½-finger white head that lasted about a minute before receding to just a rim. Lacing was spotty, but at least it had some.

The beer has that typical macro lager grain and corn smell along with a bit of grassy hops.

Decent flavor for a macro lager, but still nothing memorable. Light malt presence along with corn. Enough hops to be noticed and they do provide a touch of bitterness, but again, nothing to set it apart from most other macros.

Light body, but severely undercarbonated for me.

No better or worse than any other American style macro.

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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 daliandragon
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One thing I noticed about this beer is the awesome shade of blue on the label. Not quite aquamarine or turquoise but not a royal blue either. Also, the "Q" in the label looks like a fish. Oh yeah, the beer. Basic straw color. Wispy, blah head. Lots of visible carbonation. Grainy, grassy nose with a mild touch of biteless hops.

Plenty of graininess in the flavor, but it's agreeable enough. Inoffensive and bland. Mostly lacking character, but the aftertaste is reasonably clean and overall this is at least average for a South American lager from a country more famous for red wine. I wonder how it would go with a steak.

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Photo of Naugros
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, perhaps 2 degrees SRM. A white frothy head that leaves behind some nice lacing is a pleasant surprise. Retention is decent. Carbonation is evident but not excessive like most American versions of this style. Yellow yes, fizzy no.

It smells like a megabrewery offering, with corn, grass and "noble" hops coming forth with a light malt backdrop. The taste is no different except that it's lighter on any hops presence and the malt character comes through, weak and undermined. The mouthfeel starts off as crisp due to the carbonation which now makes the beer seem "fizzy".

Why buy a beer from Argentina if you can get one just as bad brewed in the good old US of A? I now have one more country added to my tally on my profile. That's my reasoning, but I'm sure that there are many Argentinians living in the US who grew up on this beer and drink it out of nostalgia...as I do PBR. But as an American, I must apologize for making any country think that this is an acceptable excuse for beer.

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Photo of JMad
2.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer pours a piss yellow with a frothy white head that shrunk into a filmy layer. Smells of sweet adjunct corn beer with hints of lemon. Not much taste, slightly sour lemon with apple in the background. It's light with an average amount of carbonation, finishes like water. For an sandjunct it's not bad, I would drink this over American macros.

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Photo of BigDRS
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired a bottle of this from a friend who got it at a "Easter Beer" hunt ... never heard of such a thing. Anyway -

A - Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pale yellow in color with a head that dissipated very quickly. Leaves a decent amount of lace in the glass.

S - Bad. I pick up grains and a hint of something acidic.

T - Relatively tasteless with a very smooth finish. Bland.

M - Very little carbonation. Again, very smooth.

O - Not very impressive. I can only see myself drinking this again if I'm in a situation where someone else brought it along to the party ... and everything else was gone.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale straw body with plenty of visible carbonation. Small white one finger head with low retention with very strong lacing.

Smell - Stale cardboard with hidden maltiness and something herbal but unfamiliar.

Taste - Clean finish. Balanced, though relatively flavorless. A slightly maltier, south american Michelob Ultra. Tastes more like a Vienna lager than an AAL though.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy body.

Overall Drinkability - This is like a lager for a cold day, if there was such a thing. Too creamy to make a good refreshing, crisp summer lager. Not interesting. Very mediocre at best.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I find Quilmes, like many basic pils-based lagers, to be best enjoyed when not so cold and swirled a good bit to release some carbonation. If you'd had some sitting in a cooler for most of the day while you were outside doing whatever, the time to have one of these is later on when the ice has all but melted.

It's a fairly run-of-the-mill, distinctly Latin American pale lager. Standard, mostly clean, pale buttery-yellow color with that fizzy white fleeting head. Nah, no sticko.

The aroma starts grassy and later gives some acidic grain notes and somehow isn't all that vegetal, a la cooked corn. Am I actually detecting some unmistakable hop aroma and a small serving of cereal malt in the nose as well? You bet, but the smell is generic and never improves beyond its initial harshness upon warming.

Speaking of harsh - the flavor profile is Bohemian, if that means anything, and it's not all that bad once, like I said, it warms up a bit, though it drops off pretty quick balancing more toward water in the finish. Yes, speaking of harsh, the moderately sharp astringency and pungent-bitter bite, not to mention a slight soured grain flavor and strange powdered soapy tang in the background, contribute to sabotaging what decent elements of taste lay within. And that bite detracts from what is really a pleasing, centered, medium body. It's a shame.

The last couple sips showed the best it had to offer. Drink it either ridiculously cold or wait til the glass/bottle ain't so cold to the touch.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.82/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- very little head that leaves slowly. Extremely light gold-yellow body with medium carbonation.

s- Very normal, but a little weak. Malt and fruity, plain and a little grassy.

T- Sweet fruity mostly apple. A little watery. A little malty with some ethanol. But overall it tastes like it smells but with a little apple. A little metalic, not too good.

M- Very light and clean with bigh carbonation.

D- very easy, but in a big bottle.

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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 LittleDon
1.86/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Very pale straw colored with lots of large carbonation bubbles. Crystal clear, white head that produces a fair amount of lace. Excellent head retention. Grainy/earth aroma with some detectable sweetness. I smell mortar (the stuff used for concrete). Very bland over the entire palate with the exception of some bitterness in the back end. If any flavors predominate it would be cereal with a touch of aluminum. Artificial sweetener sensation after the finish. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Light body.

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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 kwjd
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was at an Argentinian restaurant in New York City. I saw a bottle with a blue label above the bar and the waitress told me it was an Argentinian beer. I figured I may as well and try it, since I've never had a beer from that country. Pours a light yellow colour with very thin white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly, leaving no lacing. Smells grainy and a little bit metallic. The metallic flavour seems to last in the aftertaste, though it was fairly faint. I don't notice any hops or bitterness. Carbonation wasn't over-the-top as with many lagers, which made this smooth to drink. I could see the appeal of this in a hot climate, but not in January in NYC.

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Quilmes from Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes / Grupo Bemberg
2.64 out of 5 based on 462 ratings.
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