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

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178 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 19.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is marketed as "The Gold of the Incas". My flight on TACA Airlines (São Paulo to Lima) offered this beer on the flight, and it was free. The can felt cool, but not cold, perhaps at 45-50 F. On to the beer:

The marketing is correct, it's a beautiful gold color with a big, fluffy, froathy head with great retention. The aroma is somewhat steely with sweetish corn notes and malt. The taste is more malty and corny, and damn, the flavor sure is nice. It reminds me more of a Munich lager than anythin else with a sweet pale malt flavor, but with a pinch of corn. Faint grassy notes. It has more body than the usual fizzy lager, and more enjoyable overall.

A nation's #1 selling lager beer is usually something underwhelming and offensive in some way. Not the case with Cusqueña. I enjoyed this beer, and I should have asked for another one on my flight. I might buy a little of this in the future.

DoubleJ, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
1.53/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light amber colour with a thin, wirey sort of head of snow white. Slow, thin carbonation and again, a small, unimpressive lacing. Bits here and there. Call this a generalisation if you want, but it doesn't seem to come from a long line of passionate beer makers.

Nose is quite hoppy but nothing else to note. Smell is not very fragrant and not very complex. Lagery but not greatly so and lagery ain't great anyway.

Taste is quite nasty, actually. Palate is short enough to be unimpressive and not nice enough not to be unimpressive. A horrible sweetness lingers at the back which I think is a residual yeast thing, and it has the kind of syrupy feel of phlegm. There's nothing really to recommend this except a slight hint of hops which simply reminds me it's beer.

Good on Peru for brewing a beer, but to be perfectly honest, hmmmm...stop.

laituegonflable, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a white head that thinned out after a little while.

S - grainy and slightly bitter.

T - sweet and grainy upfront with a light dry bitterness on the back end.

F - light bodied with a crisp cabonation feel.

D - it's easy enough to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of skeetermoses
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing special but as far as peruvian beers go, this one is the best. It does have a little too much per corn taste. I do enjoy this beer, but in the overall scheme of things, I really was not too impressed in all reality. Not bad, would not turn one away but oh well.

skeetermoses, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clar golden yellow color. Poured a coarse 1 inch head that dissipated quickly. Light regular lacing.

S: Wet grain, citrus and some yeast. Very lightly bitter.

T: Corn and cut hay. Slight sweetness. Dry finish.

M: Light body and thin. Ample carbonation.

D: While nothing special, a pretty normal and familiar light lager. Imperfections really stand-out in this style, all-in-all well made.

Haybeerman, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Cusquena pours a clear straw color with less than a finger foam head and occasional lacing.

The aroma was lager like with corn smell. The taste was malty with a semi crisp finish. Very matter of fact taste. Not much depth but then again this is the Macro Lager style. Overall not bad and would be good with some pizza.

cswhitehorse, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of roblowther
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is gold with copper highlights, no head but persistant large bubbles. It smells of caramel malt with a slight hop sharpness, a slight lemon note, and more character than expected. It tastes of lemon, sharp hops, and hot country lager. It starts off exactly like any large Euro-lager but has a nice malt finish. It has a bit of body w/ large carbonation that fades quickly but makes my tummy happy (my oh-so-not happy at this point in the trip tummy). I could drink 'em. A slight sour aftertasted is maybe limiting but it probably depends whether you're really out to 'taste' the beer or just quench your thirst. Definitely, when in Peru, this is the beer to order.

roblowther, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light gold body with six to seven lazy, disinterested bubbles floating around.

Smell: Pale malts with some light cereal notes.

Taste: Palt maltiness, a touch cereal, but not overly sweet. Not much in the way of hop character. More of the same till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good beer? Heavens, no! It's weak and watery. But at least there are no foul or offensive flavors running loose in here. I guess that's a fair trade.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.33/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light pale color with a small almost non existent head. Smells of corn and not much malt. First sip is tad bitter with a slight hop presence but not much flavor. Very light bodied with average carbonation. Very typical for beers from South America. Just enough flavor to be called a "beer".

ATLbeerDog, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of wgourlay01
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A beer is best when enjoyed with great company in a wonderful place. So Pizza and beer at a sidewalk cafe in Miraflores, Lima, Peru, with wonderful friends, what a way to enjoy a beer that was new to me!

That said, the beer itself was nothing special; Enjoyable, drinkable, even tasty, it got the job done but I didn't write home about the beer, just the scenery and the people.

wgourlay01, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2008.

Appearance : clear golden color, with a thin white head (not persistent).
Smell : fruity malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, some hoppy mouthfeel.
Drinkability : A low average and common beer in the lager style.

thierrynantes, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.1/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was ported back several thousand miles from the bad streets of Cusco for me, let's hope it was worth the trip. Cool bottle with Incan stonework embossed into the glass at least...

Pours a clear, brilliant yellow-gold with a loose but full head of white foam. Little to no carbonation. Looks alright, but very much like a run-of-the-mill pale lager.

Corn adjunct character on the nose. Grain husk, sugar, very little fragrance, no hops. Quite unpleasant.

Almost nothing on the palate, light seltzer character, flat nothingness mid-swill, and a very mild bit on the back. It's very clean and reasonably drinkable, but by no means memorable. Mouthfeel is light and pleasant.

Drinkable enough, but forgettable.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
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 TAMU99
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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

TAMU99, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of BryanCarey
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
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
Photo of dsa7783
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
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...

dsa7783, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of brandoneast
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
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 tgbljb
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

tgbljb, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

JDV, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
1.73/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

jneiswender, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.35/5  rDev +49.5%
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 Drew966
3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Drew966, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
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)

TexIndy, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Ryan805Beer
1.35/5  rDev -53.6%
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.

Ryan805Beer, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +32.3%
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
Cusqueña Premium Peruvian Beer from Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
69 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.