Cusqueña Premium Peruvian Beer - Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 19.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Peru

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-26-2002

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 111
Photo of Wobbly
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%

While nothing overly special, this is not a bad beer at all.

Photo of FLima
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is actually a pure malt beer, not an adjunct Lager.
Golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of sweet pale malt and some herbal hops.
Likewise, flavor of sweet malt, minerals and herbal hops. Not much more in here, but also no off-flavors. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light bordering watery body with good carbonation.
Very clean and mild taste, good session summer beer.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.01/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me just say right off that I did not enjoy this beer at all. A one mm head and orange amber color. Smells a little malty and not much else. No mouthfeel at all. Tastes like water with a little carbonation. No body, substance or mouthfeel at all. The only thing I like was the bottle which has the Machu Picchu granite blocks on the bottle.

Photo of shivtim
2.09/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Ahh, the beer of choice for Peruvians.
Had this a few times while traveling around Peru; it's ubiquitous. Basically it's Miller Lite. Not much flavor, not much nose... not much of anything. It's not actively bad, and it's certainly crowd pleasing, but there are a couple of better options now when visiting Peru.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.44/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear golden color. The white head is really small and rather light, sinks instantly. No lace.

S: Lots of corn. Bitter hops is mild as is the malt. Some faint nettles and grass.

T: Bready malt, sadly infested with corn. Bitter hops. Buttery. Mild citric.

M: Short aftertaste, medium body and rich carbonation - no surprises there...

O: A thirst-quencher - but so is water...

Photo of spearson28
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear Amber colour, white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S - 100% pure malt, so on the nose is pure malt, slight breadiness and a hint of sour lemon which must be from the hops.

T - Sweetness from the malts, with no lingering hoppy bitterness.

M - Gentle carbonation, leading to a slightly drying finish

O - As south american pale lagers go, it is the best of a bad bunch, the only saving grace is that their are no unnecessary adjuncts in it.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before 4/13/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some slight fruity and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a better smell than taste in my opinion.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml twist off bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color forming a small fizzy bubbled white head. Low retention and only few lacings left

S: Sweet malts, adjunct malts (mainly corn), Lager yeasts and some almost imperceptible notes of hops in the end

T: As the nose. Sweet upfront. Sweet caramel malts, adjunct malts, bready Lager yeasts, very ligh bitterness in the end. In overall a slightly sweet beer with a strange faint hoppy bitterness

M: Very light and watery body and medium to low carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit annoying, a mix of cardboard and weird bitterness (I'm asking myself what type of hops do they used here...)

O: Average drinkability. A bit annoying, actually. A beer that I won't try again...

Photo of johnnnniee
2.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

And one I forgot from the chronicles of the 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. Smells malty sweet and lightly grainy with faint floral hops The flavor is a bit sweet and grainy with hints of honey. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Light lager, nothing exciting, well made, If I ever find myself in Peru I'd drink some unless I find something better.

Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and rings of lacing around the sides of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—corn stands out in particular—along with some hints of sweetness, the latter of which becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a bit of sweetness along with light flavors of corn and bready malts. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and only a slight bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this beer, but the taste is rather inoffensive and a lot better compared to other many of the other adjunct lagers.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2012. The bottle features a sort of Inca design moulded into it, and the label mentions that this beer is made with 100% malt.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour medium carbonation and some random floating particles. Forms a decent head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Aroma of light malt with faint hints of corn and stewed leaves. Not much going on.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Slightly sweet, with hints of corn, stewed veg/leaves and a whiff of solvent. Not much bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, but rather watery. Mild aftertaste of stewed veg and corn.

Meh - a fairly typical macro lager. Relatively clean tasting but not terribly interesting. Probably OK to quench your thirst if you find yourself in Peru; just keep it cold. No need to hunt it down.

Photo of BostonHops
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[review from notes taken while traveling to lima, peru.]

pours a golden tone while yielding two fingers of head; spritzy and short-lived with no real lacing to speak of. aroma is malty/grainy with maybe a citrus note or two. light malts dominate the mellow flavor profile; hops not a major player here. crisp, high carbed mouthfeel; light body. very drinkable.

peru has a lot going for it, but unfortunately its craft beer scene can't be counted on that list; this is as good as anything i had while there. giving reasonably generous scores both as a result of that and keeping the style in mind - it doesn't purport to be anything but an easy-drinking AAL and IMO it beats bud any day. having married into the peruvian culture, perhaps one day i'll help spearhead a craft beer revolution in lima. :)

original review on: 08-24-2010

Photo of dbrauneis
3.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Sushi Samba (Venetian) in Las Vegas, NV

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger and a half tall white head that reduced to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a definite malty sweetness to the smell of this beer with sweet corn, very light caramel, and just a hint of brown sugar. In addition, there is a light presence of grassy hops.

T: The taste follows the smell for this one, with the malty sweetness of corn, brown sugar, and caramel combined with a light grassy floral hop.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Actually I was surprised that this was one of the better offerings I have had in this style since it is a beer I have never heard of, from a country that is not especially known for the beer it produces. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink. I think I prefer it to most of the other macro style beers I have had.

Photo of matjack85
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this 12oz brown bottle at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago where they stock several beers from small countries around the world. $5 a bottle.

The beer poured a clear gold color and made a 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Lacing was light, but evident.

Smells pretty much like other macro lagers, maybe a touch sweeter. No skunkiness.

Taste is also standard macro - corn sweetness and grassy hops. Surprising and unwanted alcohol taste for a 5.0 beer.

Light with fairly high carbonation.

Drinkable, but nothing to seek out.

Photo of ocelot2500
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with a fizzy white head that leaves no lacing.

Smells of grainy sweetness and a little grass.

Tastes of the grainy malts with a touch of hops. Malts have a sweet grainy character with a little bread. Some grass and lemon notes come on the end.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is what you'd expect with nothing offensive about it.

Photo of CHickman
3.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at La Mar in NYC (25th & Madison) last week. Pours clear gold color with a small white head that faded quickly, leaving OK lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, corn husk, caramel, light floral hops and light brown sugar; pretty sweet and basic, yet a little more exciting then most lager's. Maybe it was in my head since this was a beer from Peru, but it just seemed a tad bit above average for the style.

Tastes of sweet malt, corn husk, caramel, floral hops, flowers, herbs, light brown sugar, grains, cracker and wet wheat bread; pretty good overall and well above average for the style.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth, with a medium body, a light buttery feel and high drinkability. A good basic beer that went down easy. I'd drink this anytime over most American mass procuded lagers.

Photo of Amalak
2.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a clear gold beer with some big bubbles and a limited head with no lacing. Malty grape scent to it.

This has a tart American macro lagery taste to it. It basically tastes like most every other South American beer that you'll find. Seriously, what is it about South America that they refuse to differentiate their beers. This is refreshing in the way that a Budweiser can be refreshing. But nothing very special here.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.58/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at "El Sol", a Peruvian restaurant in Corona, N.Y.

Lemony yellow in color with a decent but short lived head.

The taste was sweet, hints of corn,citrus and malts with a feel that was light, well carbonated and has some grains in the finish.

It is very reminiscent of Coors or Corona, that is: not offensive but not a tasters' choice!

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle served into a Pilsner glass.Enjoyed in 2003.
Pours light golden in color.White head,short retention & brief lacing.Grainy & mildy malty aromas on nose.Touch of soft sweetness flavor.malty & sugary palate.Dry finish.A little astringency in the middle.Light body & sparkling carbonation.Drinkability is ok.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold color with a very nice cap of dense white head. Nice retention and lacing for the style, although my bottle claims 100% malt lager, so wouldnt this fit better as a Euro Pale Lager? Either way, it is a nice looking brew.

Nose is pretty fruity for a lager and the grains are soft and light.

Taste is pretty creamy and the fruitiness lingers on into the flavor. Malts are honeyed and a touch more husky than the nose would indicate. The mouthfeel is really nice and full for a South American lager. This is interesting enough, I like it. Im not going to run out and buy a sixer at import prices, but I would not mind pounding a few or more of these back if I were to find myself wandering the streets of Lima.

Photo of wordemupg
3.14/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into pint glass Aug 4, 2011

A clear golden with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a soapy bone white head that retains well and and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S some corn flake and not much else besides faint grassy hops

T what I smell, not a whole lot going on but there's nothing offensive some rice crispies perhaps

M thin but enough carbonation to give it some life, fairly crisp and refreshing

O pretty average but I could sink them back pretty easy on a humid Lima night

Easy to find and the colder the better

Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with a skinny finger of soapy off-white head, which settles quickly, leaving but a few specks of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of sweet grainy corn and some mild alcohol. The taste is still quite sweet - creamed corn, a bit of barley malt, and soft earthy, resource-starved floral hops. The carbonation is quite tame, the body on the low side of medium weight, a bit cloying, yet adequately smooth. It finishes still sweetly grainy, with a veritable cheap breakfast cereal melange sensibility.

While not good in the greater sense, the flavour is at least there, corn and grain cousins alike. No skunk (thanks maybe to the brown bottle) and no real complaints. Easy to drink, methinks, if you had a whole plate of something corn-based sitting in front of you.

Photo of flyingpig
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orangey amber colour that is quite light & clear. The beer is topped with a thick, foamy-white & domed shaped head.

Light smelling with a mix of corn and bread with a little hint of syrup.

Sweet bread & corn aroma dominating. It is an average smelling beer that goes out only slightly better than your standard pale lager.

Smooth tasting beer that is light bodied but not in a watery sense like a lot of cheaper, pale lagers. The finish is quite crisp & refreshing.

An average beer that comes out better than most mass-produced pale lagers but still has a long way to go to be considered as standing out from the pack.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On layover in Lima, Peru heading home from Sao Paulo to Chicago...for those that know....long story. I took the opportunity to try Cusquena celebration especial whilst in Lima.

A-3.5 golden clear...rich looking thin head nice carbonation
S-2 smell is ok hints of grain
T-3.5 very smooth and drinkable not overpowered by grain
M-4 very smooth and easy drinking

Photo of hopsolutely
3.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At 14,000' in Peru there are far worse beers to be enjoying than this one. It lacks aroma and any distinct flavour, but it is brewed in Peru and has a supremely fancy "seven sided stone" brown bottle - so I give them full marks for "location" and "marketing".

Struck me as a typical European lager, but enjoyed in a far more interesting landscape. Not a beer I'd ever choose in the hophead cornucopia back home, but a delightful addition to my Peruvian experience.

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