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

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 19.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur) visit their website

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

12oz bottle..

Had this one last night at a Latin restaurant in town. Pours out blond yellow with a small thin head. Not much in the smell, typical light bodied lager. Taste was unobtrusive, slightly sweet. This beer complimented the food I was having pretty well. This is the definition of an average beer. I'd still drink this over a Bud or a Lite, though...

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.81/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a very nice, white, foaming head that laced the glass.

Aroma – Skunked with a light hoppy undertone.

Taste – Not as bad as I thought. The typical cheap Gummi-Bear sweetness is there along with some Jolly Green Giant corn, but there’s just enough touch of hops to make this one palatable.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat refreshing and, of course, very light in the body.

Drinkability – My first Peruvian cervesa, and it didn’t end up in the sink. I’m impressed.

Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz gold foiled brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Very pale straw in color with a sprizty carbonation that leaves a faint wispy white lace.

Smell: Mellow grain a little sweet and bready.

Taste: Crisp with a pinch of sweet malt which quickly goes grainy and a bit dry. Translucent hop merely leaves a dim bitterness and an almost veggie aftertaste follows.

Notes: Not a bad imported lager ... no undesirable skunkiness. Easy to drink and refreshes the palate though no real redeeming qualities, just a ho-hum lager.

Photo of merlin48
2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first Peruvian beer, this pours a clear, pale, golden body that is full of carbonation. One centimeter white head of large bubbles quickly collapses and leaves no lace. Aroma has some grainy malt and spicy, sulfuric hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and awash with high carbonation. Taste is OK, with some sweetish grainy malt and restrained spicy hop bitterness. Very ho-hum flavor, with an acridly bitter finish.
Better than most American macros, this is one I could enjoy while traipsing around Inca country. Otherwise, unremarkable and boring.

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

Pale gold-straw in color with a white head that quickly reduces down to a thin film atop the beer. Aroma is very similar to the generic domestic brew, a la Budweiser, with maybe a touch more bite to it.

Flavor is similar to the aroma, with perhaps a touch more depth and character (which also might be because this particular serving spent a good while in my cellar/closet before consumption).

It tastes somewhere between a "good ole American brew" (a derogatory term in my vocabulary) and a "euro-skunked" generic import. I think I'd rather have this than either extreme, but there's honestly no reason to go back to this beer.

On the positive side, though, I added a new country to my beer reviews, and tasted what my brother and his cohorts drank while sneaking out on a high school trip to Peru a few years back.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly malty for a South American beer, Cusquena is also dark golden in color. The creamy white head holds fairly well, and it leaves some remarkably nice rings of thin lace about the glass. Looking at the bottle I notice it states "100% Malt Lager", and that's evident in the nose along with some floral, grassy, and spicy hops. (Hmmm... it's a bit perfumey as well). The same malt and hop character follows in the flavor, and it's nicely bready and well-balanced. I find this to be much more of a Munich helles than an "American Macro Lager" as we have it listed here. It's quite nice, actually, and I'd welcome the opportunity to enjoy this any day over mass produced adjunct lager. There is a bit of a fermentation issue, however, which brings it down a bit, but other than that it's quite a pleasant surprise!

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 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 mcbiydw2
1.83/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tasted in a restaurant in Lima, Peru.

Appealing golden colour, no head to speak of.

No strong smell but a faint aroma of chemicals and malt.

Tastes strongly of corn with hints of honey with a long aftertaste where the the honey battles with an unpleasant metallic bit. Ultimately it´s the metallic taste you are left with.
My companion described it as off tasting.

I left the bottle unfinished

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow with a light white head.

Light yeast nose with a little fresh white bread character.

Medium bodied with nice pleasant simple flavors of light yeast and with a nice malt balance.

Short finish but a pleasant session beer. Has some character and some flavor.

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 brandoneast
3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cusquena pours into the pint glass from the unique brown bottle and displays a frothy two-finger head and a transparent golden straw color. Aroma of malt, caramel, and a slight Saaz floral hop character. The taste parallels the aroma and is very balanced and carbonated with a light body. This is a surprising beer and is a great transition from the true mass-marketed American Macro lagers. Cusquena is very refreshing and is a fantastic buy for these hot Texas summers.

Photo of TAMU99
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pale, yellow clear beer that is refreshing if cold, but there's just not much there. Ok, sure it's beer, but not great beer and life's too short for that. Don't bother. Get something better if you need a light beer such as Sam's summer ale, Pyramid's summer, a shiner blonde or a hoegaarden

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of malts, some notes of corn. Taste is like the smell, malts and corn, not bad but not very complex. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, best before 5/17/06.
Pours clear golden yellow with a soapy white head. Head dissapates rapidly and leave no lacing.
Aroma is bland, light malt, cereal, maybe some corn.
Flavor is light, clean a little metalic.
short, clean, dry finish. boring. not horrible just boring.

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 TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. The bottle and cap were interesting. The bottle had an Incan brick motif molded into the glass itself. Looks cool and would help hold the bottle if not drinking out a glass. The cap also was unique and was debossed (reverse emboss for those not married to a graphic designer) with the beer name. It was a pale straw color with good carb and no lacing. The aroma started out malty and bready with a slight bit of skunk then faded to really no smell at all. The taste was surprisingly good. It won't win awards for flavor but it had that something that made it easy and pleasurable to drink. I could see this going down easy during the scorching Texas summers. It's definitely above the mass market beers in taste and just shy of the crafts. Recommend a try. This one will probably find a home in my rotating selection of session beers. (Summer Session)

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 thekanna
3.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had at La Flor de la Canela Peruvian restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD.

A: Pours a strong, clear light amber with active effervescence. White head is about 2 fingers thick and leaves strong lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Adjunct malts with faint notes of honey and cane sugar.

T/M: Mostly adjunct malts with a strongly resonant honey flavor. Very active carbonation leads to a strong tingling sensation in the mouth, almost unpleasant.

D: Decent pairing with the Peruvian food I was eating. Good for washing down some of the more flavorful dishes (like bistec or chicharron de la puerco).

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 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 BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Four-pack of 33cl brown bottles, with an Inca Wall or Mountain scene embosed around each one. What are Peruvian Beers doing in Shropshire, England?

Best before 22 Jan 2009, these were drank and reviewed 24th July 2008.

Poured into one of my Veltins stemmed Tulip shaped glasses. Good deep gold colour, clear and crisp looking. Well formed white head at first, tried to stay around, but failed.

The usual lager no-smell, but a weak wiff of malt could just about be sniffed.

Best tasting South American beer I've had so far, out of about 10, all lager based beers.

Full body for a lager, tastes between a German Pilsner and a Dort, obviously the Saaz Hops go a long way to helping the beer seem that way.

I was impressed, only bought the beers to help with my journey of drinking around the world, glad I did. 39 Countries now ticked off.

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.

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