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

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166 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 20%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 20:27:16 | More by BlackHaddock
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TAMU99

Guam

2.75/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 01:12:05 | More by BryanCarey
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dsa7783

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a medium-orange hue with no head, yet a fine amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Typcial macro aroma consisting of grains, corns, and seeds...
Watered-down, unappealing taste, yet would do well for a warm, Summer day due to the modest ABV and lack of cloying flavors...
Loose mouthfeel, yet crisp and refreshing so drinkability wasn't all that bad...
Decent...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 21:40:47 | More by dsa7783
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brandoneast

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +31%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bight golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is light with a slight sweetness present.
Taste presents with a nice malt character in the front end, with a touch of hops at the ending.
Poor taste retention.
Refreshing, but somewhat boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 22:21:38 | More by tgbljb
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JDV

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale gold as they come with no lasting head. Smell is of watery honey like malt. Very simple and lightly sweet. Taste is sweet with a hint of balancing bitterness. Very watery like a light beer. Simple no frills pale lager. Drinkable, but definitely unremarkable. At least it wasn't skunked and contained no "off " flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:03:16 | More by JDV
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

1.73/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a small pilsner glass.

A--Golden yellow and fizzy no head even with a direct pour.

S--Strong veggie and corn smell. Slight alcohol.

T--cooked veggie and has some off spice finish to it

M--medium to light body

D--I have to say that I don't know if I would drink this if it were the last beer in Peru. Have a pisco sour instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 00:58:49 | More by jneiswender
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BrewmasterNPB

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +50%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 18:11:21 | More by BrewmasterNPB
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Drew966

Florida

3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cusquena Premium Peruvian Beer pours a light orange color with a thin white head from a brown custom embossed bottle that is shaped like an old Michelob bottle and an embossed cap as well. There is a mild sweet aroma. The flavor is primarily cereal grains and malt. There are some hops, but they are in the background. Decent for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 01:04:02 | More by Drew966
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TexIndy

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 00:11:22 | More by TexIndy
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Ryan805Beer

California

1.35/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Cusquena- Cusco, Peru, 12fl oz. 5% Alc. Vol.

A medium size foamy head that quickly dissipates. A dark golden color with high carbonation. A nonexistent aroma. A syrupy almost chemical like flavor with a salty unappetizing aftertaste. A real disappointment. Oh god no! I have five more left.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 07:06:20 | More by Ryan805Beer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +32.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

2.2/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Delivered with my Peruvian food from Pio Pio Riko

A-Typical light yellow fizzy macro appearence. Minimal head dissapears quickly. Lacing non existant. the only saving grace is the steady stream of carbonation flowing up my Staropramen glass.

S-Very light smell, not skunked at least. There is a sweet corn smell here with minimal to no hops.

T-Very bland, minimal tasting beer. The good thing is that it isnt skunked. Some sweetness which does not seem to be from the malt hits first with a semi crisp after taste. the aftertaste actually has a little spicy floral hop bite to it. Stil this really lacks character from any angle. At least it isn't bad.

M-Very light with a high carbonation. beer flaboured selzer is an accurate description.

D-This is basically a Miller Lite clone. Not too much goi ng on here but not particularly offensive. A Brooklyn Lager would have been a better match for my Peruvian Roast Chicken.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 03:00:22 | More by sleazo
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle smell is a brown sugar and corn. Pours to a golden yellow with a little head that dissapates quickly. Taste is well hopped slightly bitter throughout. Mouthfeel is lots of carbonation. More bitterness than an american macro but not too much different. I drank this throughout a recent trip to Peru and it accompanied my dish of cuy, but seemed to have better flavor there. Maybe it was the atmosphere. Overall not a bad beer, very typical of a South American lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 18:32:14 | More by mooseisloose
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DogFood11

California

2.33/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle that is foiled and capped. A very fresh shipment with a best by date stamped well into the future. Solid one finger tight head that fades to rings and the lace is sliding. Yellow body with a steady stream of racing carbonation.

Malts aren't all that sweet wich is a nice start to a style I find can be too sweet as they warm. Herbal hops actually have a presence and there is a grassiness that gets annoying but doesn't completely take over. A little bit medicinal as it warms up.

Notes: You can find a beer like this just about anywhere on the planet. Ho Hum....moving on.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 01:29:16 | More by DogFood11
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.95/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger white head that vanishes quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose similar to hay. Starts and finishes without much flavor, some hoppiness, boring. $1.35 for a 12oz bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 23:34:07 | More by jdhilt
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +26.9%
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?

Serving type: can

09-01-2006 21:27:24 | More by bjohnson
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Went out for Peruvian food in NYC and asked for the best beer they had (only 3 to choose from and they were all Peruvian beers), and this is what was given to me.

Pours straw yellow color with lots of carbonation and a nice, white, semi-fluffy head. Aroma was average, nothing to complain about really, but nothing stood out either besides some mild hops. Light, refreshing flavor. Slightly sweet taste to it but it left my mouth a little dry. Went very well with a chicken dish that I ordered. Enjoy this one with a meal, it will not standout alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 22:27:12 | More by Jacobob10
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brought back from Peru by a friend, not kept on ice.
A light looking beer with medium head. Yellowish green glow to it...weird.
Aroma was a little grainy, hops, malt and probably maize
Drinking this ice cold is a good bet, hides the badness. Hops, some malt and grass come through. A bit vinegar-ish, but very slight..could be due to the travel. Fizzy and a bit refreshing I must say...a bit

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 20:00:38 | More by Mebuzzard
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Padron4KM

Arizona

2.15/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a one finger white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent along with a dry and slightly fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a very dry, pale malt flavor that goes down bitter and finishes bitter with a Mexican lager zing. There is no malt character here. It's also musty in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is below average. It is a low bodied beer with way too much carbonation. This is a terrible tasting lager. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 21:10:12 | More by WesWes
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looked like a typical macro lager should... yellow, clear, with a one finger head. The head actually had some retention.

Aroma was grainy malt, some light hops, a trace of skunkiness.

Taste is remarkably average and unremarkable, but not obviously bad. I taste slightly sweet grains, with some almost imperceptible malt. Overall it's so light it's almost a null flavor... not like the club soda taste of Bud Light. Larger sips, or gulps, gave more sweetness and more grains.

Mouthfeel was average... it was kind of crisp and light. It went down easily. However, it was best very cold.

Drinkability was average. Better than I expected overall... I expected something like Budweiser or Busch. This one was OK overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 01:52:39 | More by connecticutpoet
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Dubblebock

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 19:20:52 | More by Dubblebock
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a light gold with a fizzy white head. Tiny scatterings of white lacing are left behind.
Smell is of caramel, and vienna malts with only a mild hop profile.
Taste is of corn syrup mixed maltiness with mild hops.
Mouthfeel is sweetness resounding from the malt and corn syrup.
Drinkability is ok. Nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 16:29:32 | More by weeare138
Cusqueña Premium Peruvian Beer from Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
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