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Pilsen Callao - Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 19.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 08-16-2002

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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +56.8%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of wordemupg
2.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

310ml bottle into wine glass 1/8/11

A pale golden yellow with enough bubbles to feed a finger of frothy foam that quickly falls to a thin film leaving a few thick distinct rings of lace

S not much really some skunky lemon maybe? faint regardless

T not far from the smell but with some faint grassy hops and the lemons not skunky, oh wait a minute the skunk comes out on the finish

M I think the tap water here has more body, not as much carbonation as I could see and the aftertaste leaves something to be desired

O looks great but tastes a little light struck, considering its a 3$ 6pack I'll cope

just another basic bottle form Peru, not the best one I've had though but I'd see this being a little better if the bottle wasn't green and the brew wasn't light struck

Photo of grover37
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear, yellow with a finger of head reducing to nearly nothing. Slightly malty and bready with some earthy hops. Tastes almost exactly like Heineken. Somewhat smooth finish and medium carbonation, not overly fizzy though. I could easily drink a ton of these, but I'm not so sure I'd want to.

Photo of megahurts4
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pilsen Callao is a mediocre, ordinary pilsner. It is not very refined or great tasting.

It reminded me of what Tecate is to other Mexican beers. All I could taste is barley flavored water that was slightly gritty. This was hands down my least favorite of my Peru trip.

Photo of daliandragon
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review conducted from year old notes from my traveling journal.

Another common beer in the Lima supermarket where I shopped for groceries in that congested mess that is Miraflores. Less available than Cristal or Cusquenena in most of the country.

Not much to see or smell: light color and corny nose with nothing to recommend. Flavor starts sour and adjuncty but does contain noble hops. It is like it heard what a pilsner tastes like and is doing its best imitation. Finish is also passable. Superior to cousin Cristal, I could drink several at a time without hating life, not always the case with Peruvian lager.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle consumed inside Jose Chavez Intl. Airport: Lima, Peru. On to the beer:

Pale and straw yellow is the color here, a decent but shallow head sits on top of it all. Not a lot of firepower in the nose...ít smell's adjuncty, although I must admit it isn't terribly offensive. A mild taste hits and soaks inside my mouth. There's some grain, mild pale malt, a tad of husk in the back. Good and refreshing crispness in the mouth, which provided some balance to the flavor.

Not special about this lager, but it hit the spot after an 8 hour flight from Los Angeles to Lima. Cost me $2.70 US inside Lima's airport, not a bad value for an airport.

Photo of janubio
2.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle. Very pale colour, it looks like water when pouring. Good head with many bubbles that doesn´t hold much. No lacing.

Smell: Fresh grass only, and even faintly.

Taste: Taste you said? Water.

In the mouth is just something fresh and clean, some bitterness, that's all. Drinkability I guess it's good when it's very hot and you haven't a real decent beer near you.

Photo of roblowther
1.65/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I try to be objective. I fail. It looks like fizzy pale lemonade with almost no color whatsoever. It has a thin white head, and small bubbles that drag it over the line of abyssmal. It has no smell at all, unless sour is a smell. It tastes slightly sour, and slightly acidic. If that's possible for a beverage devoid of taste. It has more body than you'd think, with decent carbonation. You can drink it if its really cold and you're really thirsty and in Peru looking to appear local. Otherwise, run. Run fast.

Photo of kenito799
2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a tall glass at Pio Pio, Jackson Heights, Queens.

Unassuming standard macrolager look and smell..malt, hint of skunk. Wet and cld, but not really crisp and refreshing...a bit of heavy slick almost sweet taste. It is light, it is not a beer worth going back to if there are other choices.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Oh, what a cereal nose, accompanied by light floral hints and a faint note of grain.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with a distinctly cereal sweetness. Floral, spicy hops, lightly bitter. Drying, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Reasonably refreshing -- I suppose that's the politest thing one can say of this beverage.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.05/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear pale with a small almost non existent head. Smells of corn and malt. First sip tastes of malt and corn with a mild hop presence. Very light bodied and typical of beers from Latin America. Not too bad when I compare it to all the others I have had from Lima.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Simple amber with a skinny slice of off-white foam. A decent number of bubbles manage to keep the head at a respectble height for a few minutes, but then quickly begin to lose the fight, leaving almost no lace in the process. Ho hum. Another generic looking world lager.

The nose is sort of golden malty with very little hoppiness. It certainly isn't hoppy enough to be considered a German pilsener. Given the name, that's probably what the brewers were shooting for. I'm still waiting to be even slightly impressed.

Pilsen Callao has more malt flavor than hop flavor, but is essentially balanced with respect to sweetness and bitterness. Neither one is present to any great extent, as is often the case in a pale lager. Pilsener still doesn't fit, although I suppose there are underhoppped versions of that style like there are underhopped versions of every style.

The flavor profile includes simple cereal grains with a light sugary coating. Musty hops (probably German in origin) sneak in at the midway point to tighten things just a bit by the finish. There really isn't much going on here and I've already dug as deeply as I care to dig.

The mouthfeel is actually okay. It's light, yet it doesn't immediately fade like many poor quality light-bodied beers. Maybe a fraction more malt than is usual? The carbonation isn't bad either. At least the beer is neither fizzy nor flat.

Pilsen Callao is my second beer from Peru. Cristal (from this same brewery) was damn near identical in terms of quality. I had to re-read that review since I long ago forgot what it tasted like. This one isn't destined to be remembered either.

Photo of garymuchow
3.42/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess this should be #29 in countries categories. Not high expectations. Twist cap.
Definitely fresh German hops aroma with classic sweet and sour combination and light backing of malt. Typical and not bad.
Slightly cloudy for style, otherwise gold color, rather bright white head that was smallish for style and settles rather quickly.
Flavor is somewhat flat, lacking crisp, bright, snappy flavor qualities I like in German pils. Nicely balanced hop/malt flavors with the former stronger. Not particularly bitter, in fact pushes more sweet (expect for the sourness). A kinda' brief finish. Somewhat heavy sourness up front.
Appropriately thin body with decent smoothness and easy drinking quality. Carbonation is about right.
This is alright. I'm not greatly dissappointed and it's certainly better than many foreign (non-traditional beer brewing countries) beers I've sampled. In a hot climate and if this is cold enough, this might hit the spot just fine.

Photo of plaid75
3.52/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft doughy malt and a spirited noble hop.

The taste consisted of a suprisingly robust grainy malt and grassy, yet spicy, noble hop. There was a good biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the lighter side for the style.

Overall a suprisingly authentic pils. Certainly the best Latin American beer I have had to date.

Photo of kguyty
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer. This is the first beer that I have had from Peru. It is a decent beer, nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. It pours a nice golden color with a decent head that disappears quickly. Good carbonation and a crisp taste make this beer easy to drink.

Photo of Vancer
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All things considered, this was a decent brew to quaff – it’d make a good summer session or lawnmower beer, but the import costs would prohibit that a bit.

Crystal clear sunshine yellow with a fizzy white head – which did leave lil’ spot laces all the way down the glass. Aroma was rough – lots of veggies, corn, and euro skunk, had to let this thing air our for a few minutes. But the taste had some sweet malts, balanced with some decent hop bitterings.

Not much going on, but affably enjoyable.

Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pilsen Callao pours a light golden color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Decent aroma, malty and a bit of hops. Very light bodied, crisp flavor, nicely balanced hops and malt. No off flavors, easy to drink, a pleasant surprise. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of RBorsato
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw color with a decent white head and nice active carbonation. Standard macro-like adjunct aromas and flavor. Has some redeeming light malt and light fruit character. Light bodied, crisp and clean lawnmower beer with a dry adjunct finish.

This is as much a Pilsner and Miller is ... Not bad to try and to check Peru off my list...

Per Label: "Desde 1863"

Per 6-pack Carrier: 5% ABV

Best Before: 07/18/07
Tasted: 10/28/06

($4.99 / 6-pack)

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Pilsen Callao from Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
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