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

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69
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175 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 19.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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5/5  rDev +71.2%

Cuvie62, May 22, 2013
Photo of VILJ
4.5/5  rDev +54.1%

VILJ, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.35/5  rDev +49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had Cusquena in the back of a Restaurant in Ollataytambo, Peru. We were finishing the second to last day of a 5 day trek to Machu Picchu. It was a cool way to wind down from a pretty arduous trek, we played cards in the back of the restaurant and drank Cusquena with a couple of folks from South Africa.
Now that I've set the mood...
Cusquena was light in body, but very refreshing and with a good malty flavor. It tasted more like a German lager than an American Macro Lager, possibly from munich malt? It also had a nice, noble hop aroma to it.
I might have had a different experience with this beer because I drank it very close to where it is brewed.
By the time we left, we plowed through quite a few of the big bottles, which we shared.

BrewmasterNPB, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of MongarEric
4.24/5  rDev +45.2%

MongarEric, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Jemonster
4.1/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not 100% sure this is the same beer pictured. Mine has a gold label and textured brown bottle.

A: Very clear pale gold with a foamy white head in the glass that leaves behind nice lacing.

S: The first thing I smelled was seriously - marshmallows. A marshmallow sweetness, some toast, then light malt.

T: Pretty tasty and refreshing on a hot day. Simple flavor, clean, and a little bit of green apple tart. I could rate this beer down for not having much complexity, but I think it deserves the 4 because if it were more flavorful, it wouldn't be as good.

M: Refreshing! Tons and tons of the tiniest bubbles make the mouthfeel foamy enough without being over the top.

D: I could drink a number of these, especially on a hot day.

Jemonster, Sep 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +37%

Gorriti, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a shaker pint. Bottle says that the brewery is Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus Y Johnston. Label says "All Malt Lager". This is not the same beer that is pictured, but the guidelines tell me to review the brand and not the contract brewery. This may be a mistake as this is not an adjunct lager as far as I can tell.

Pours a golden straw with a smallish head that actually clings decently. Clarity is perfect as a lager should be.

Aroma is of sweet and dusty malt. Bready and slightly dough like with a snap a floral hop barely there.

Flavor is of malt up front. Malt is bready and slightly sweet. Dusty yeast comes slghtly into the middle but yields to more malt flavors. Hops presence is almost not there, but discernable. Malt comes back heavy into the finish with a nice bready chewy finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp but with a decent slickness from the malt sugars. Very refreshing, but not spritzy at all.

Over all this is a decent all malt lager. I taste no off adjunct flavors. I really wish I could review this as a new beer, but the rules say it goes here. This beer is not and adjunct lager as I can tell. It is actually a decently crafted malty lager that stands well on it's own.

wheatyweiss, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +31.8%
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!

NeroFiddled, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Dubblebock
3.83/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I'll just come right out and admit it, Cusquena surprised me. I really didn't know what to expect from this beer. I had only seen it a couple of times before and had never had the urge to pick it up, but I was in the new Whole Foods here in Austin and thought I'd go ahead and give it a shot. The presentation is nice, a foil-covered neck and a stout-looking bottle.

Cusquena started out kind of lame, with a below-average pour that left little in the way of head. The appearance was clear, light straw. The nose was light and hoppy.

The taste was actually pretty decent. It was light and refreshing, with enough hop presense to give it the slightest of bites. It wasn't overly sweet, either, which was nice. Slightly crackery, but not particularly dry.

Above-average mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. I'm going to rate this as good on the drinkability scale. This beer was pretty tasty on a hot, summertime afternoon. It would make a nice lawnmower beer, and I could also see it as a summer session mainstay. It's a small step-up from the average macro-lager.

Dubblebock, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of brandoneast
3.8/5  rDev +30.1%
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.

brandoneast, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

powdersoldier, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

BlackHaddock, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of CHickman
3.68/5  rDev +26%
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.

CHickman, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bjohnson
3.68/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This can was brought back from Peru by my brother who had spent a month traveling. He also brought me a T-shirt and a sweet flute glass. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear straw color with a frothy one finger white head. Excellent retention. Lots of bubbles making the trip to the service--a good sign. Nice lace.
S: Bready malt and straw notes dominate. A grassyness if you get your nose into it.
T/M: Refreshing and crisp with decent bready malt characteristics. Very smooth aftertaste--in no way reminiscent of a macro lager. Light body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A floral presence is there, I swear. Way too drinkable.
D: Possibly the can is the way to go? One of the better lagers I've had. I bet those Peruvian college kids are going to town on these guys.

I've seen the other reviews, and although this may skew the beer rating a bit, it's the only sampling from a can and directly from Peru. Any Peru BA's out there?

bjohnson, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

CaptJackHarkness, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a clear, golden body topped by a small, white head of foam. Low retention and little lace.

S - A malty aroma with a slight sulphur note. Bready and sweet, quite pleasant.

T - Sweet malt up front with a slight cider note. Some earthy hops in the middle with more sweet, honey malt. Finishes with some more sweet, bready malt and mild bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not too bad, really. It has a very nice malt character, a bit too sweet, but otherwise a good European-style lager.

nickfl, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden color with a medium sized head and a thin lace.
The aroma was of corn,grains and malts with a hint of hops.

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

Notes: I expected a simple,refreshing beer and that's what I got. Simple but not offensive in any way. I would buy this for the summer,especially for those who prefer Corona.

Lexluthor33, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, clear goldenrod color. The off-white head is moderately tall, with a foamy texture. Retention is above average, and some scattered lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Robustly bready graininess in the nose. Hints of caramel sweetness. Some definite herbal/floral hop presence is also detectable. Lightly fruit-punchy as well.

T: Sweet, bready, and grainy, with some caramel flavor. Lightly fruity, with minor vegetal notes. A measured herbal/grassy hop bite adds balance, but this is a malt-heavy lager.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is average. A bit dry.

D: I'm pretty impressed with this. Has a little bit of character for a mostly paint-by-the-numbers style. Wasn't expecting anything from this South American lager, but it's pretty good.

Clydesdale, Sep 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Jerseyislandbeer, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

VicBorghiani, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

RoyFokker, Feb 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Derek_Christensen, Aug 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

Alex_Lamb, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

midnitesun11, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of BryanCarey
3.5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cusquena is a straw- colored lager with a very slight amount of foam that falls apart rather quickly but still holds it own long enough to maintain a thin coating on top of the beer. The nose on this beer is one of sweet malt/corn with a touch of honey.

Tasting this beer didn't yield any surprises. It offers a flavor that is sweet overall, with tastes that include bread, light pale malt, and slightly herbal hops in the finish. This beer goes down smooth, with little or no bite. It leaves a fairly pleasant aftertaste of toasted bread and has a crisp finish.

Cusquena is brewed using an all- malt recipe and it is one of only a few Latin American brews to adhere to the German Purity Law. It leans toward the sweet side of the spectrum, but it is not devoid of hops. There is a certain herbal quality to the hops and this factor alone makes it tastier and more distinct than the average American macrobrew. It's the type of lager that will satisfy most lager loyalists while also intriguing the ale faithful among us with its purity and complexity. It's no classic, but it easily beats the taste of most American macrobrews.

BryanCarey, Jul 12, 2008
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Cusqueña Premium Peruvian Beer from Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
69 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.