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

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BA SCORE
69
poor

170 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 19.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur) visit their website
Peru

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-26-2002)
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Reviews by wl0307:
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

2.17/5  rDev -25.7%

Purchased at a discount price, 86p, at the Sainsbury's supermarket; BB 24/09/2010, served chilled in a stemmed pilsner glass.

A: pours a good foamy white head sustaining on top of a dark golden hue, with microscopic fizz and large bubbles floating in the golden liquid. Looking quite good.
S: cooked salted vegetables, melted barley sugar, burned sugar canes (on skins), and metallic notes come to mind, scattered with random hints of grassy hops and very mild aroma of malts. The bottle says this is a "100% Malt Lager" but it surely doesn't smell like one. Given a swirl, some stinky notes of sulphur emerge.
T: gosh, the taste is blend, showing only cooked sugar-cane-ish flavour of malts (and adjuncts?), sticky caramel-y sweetness and some hints of over-cooked vegetables (like cabbage?), laced with a light touch of fruit-sourness. As the semi-sticky palate lingers, a little grassy bitterness and dry-ess does emerge in the end, but too late to remedy the damage done by the foretaste.
M&D: the mouthfeel is not quite fizzy actually, but the overall body is thin-ish and the flavour profile really unbalanced, dominated by the bad-quality malts and who-knows-what-adjuncts were available during the brewing process. IF this was really a 100% Malt Lager as it claims on the label, then the overall mark should be brought down even further. Not likeable, albeit not horrible, either.

04-04-2010 17:15:17 | More by wl0307
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

11-12-2003 01:35:10 | More by RoyalT
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Cuvie62

Florida

5/5  rDev +71.2%

05-22-2013 01:11:25 | More by Cuvie62
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

03-26-2002 19:26:11 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

06-29-2005 11:21:49 | More by merlin48
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ant1

France

2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

01-09-2013 09:26:40 | More by ant1
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-14-2014 03:27:11 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

06-07-2012 21:32:56 | More by jazzyjeff13
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-21-2013 03:55:23 | More by dcbeers
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

07-30-2011 23:55:13 | More by biboergosum
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

01-29-2005 21:33:43 | More by RockyTopHeel
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +31.8%

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!

11-04-2007 17:47:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

05-27-2011 23:45:55 | More by WoodBrew
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ImperatorScab

Tennessee

3/5  rDev +2.7%

07-20-2014 00:08:37 | More by ImperatorScab
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mcbiydw2

United Kingdom (England)

1.78/5  rDev -39%

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

06-18-2010 01:20:02 | More by mcbiydw2
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

03-06-2010 04:07:07 | More by GRG1313
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

1.98/5  rDev -32.2%

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.

01-27-2014 03:59:59 | More by Richardbeerlover
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brandoneast

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +30.1%

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.

04-14-2008 02:19:15 | More by brandoneast
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lzepplin01

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-06-2014 01:45:41 | More by lzepplin01
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TAMU99

Guam

2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

07-18-2008 05:51:03 | More by TAMU99
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

07-28-2010 13:50:11 | More by tone77
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Padron4KM

Arizona

2.15/5  rDev -26.4%

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.

01-29-2006 06:19:41 | More by Padron4KM
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ocelot2500

Arizona

2.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

01-21-2012 02:05:45 | More by ocelot2500
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

08-01-2012 03:04:24 | More by LJWalker
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-30-2012 09:57:29 | More by Pelicanrocks
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Cusqueña Premium Peruvian Beer from Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
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