Pilsen Callao | Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston

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Pilsen CallaoPilsen Callao

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Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 08-16-2002

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Reviews by matjack85:
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4.5/5  rDev +58.5%

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Photo of hreb
3.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served cold at the Machu Picchu restaurant in Union Square, Somerville, MA. This beverage accompanies my cau cau (tripe) meal along with some tasty (and acidic) ceviche.

Beer pours pale yellow with big bubbles and almost no head. Not much color, not much aroma either. Taste is crisp and refreshing and fizzy, but not unacceptably so. Hop bitterness is pleasant but not complex. Malt flavor is marginal. Better than I expected for a South American lager. Watery consistency without any lacing.

This is a refreshing and inoffensive beer with a crisp taste that gives it points for drinkability. But not particularly noteworthy for any reason besides being from Peru. I'm not at all disappointed, I'd even consider this a good summer beer for regular drinking if I could find it cheaper than the local microbrew lager, etc..

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Photo of mlockman
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Only drank if somebody else was buying and I had no other choice.

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Photo of kenito799
2.23/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a tall glass at Pio Pio, Jackson Heights, Queens.

Unassuming standard macrolager look and smell..malt, hint of skunk. Wet and cld, but not really crisp and refreshing...a bit of heavy slick almost sweet taste. It is light, it is not a beer worth going back to if there are other choices.

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Photo of jackndan
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Callo Pilsen, from Peru. A decent and slightly unusual example of a Pils beer. Nice big head, with good retention. Strong bread/malt aroma. Very pronounced malt/rye bread flavors throughout, with a sweet and smooth aftertaste. This is actually pretty good and I’d recommend it next time you are eating anything from south of the border.

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Photo of bditty187
3.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear, sickly pale gold in hue, there is a fair amount of animation racing towards the bubbly white head. At the apex the head was a solid two and half fingers in height. The retention was good, after a moment it started to fade in size, before long it was a small, tight cap that lasted awhile. The subsequent lacing was unorganized and spotty but it did leave lace. The nose was clean and void of any off-putting aromas, thankfully. There is some sweetness that unfortunately reminds me of dozens of lousy Pale Lagers. Behind the sweetness there are faint suggestions of spice, from the hops I hope, with some lemon hints and flowers. The bouquet is inoffensive but not quite inviting. Still, I am not fearful to take a sip. The palate is easy drinking but tasty. Yes, I said tasty. Of course it is tasty for what it is… a Pale Lager from Peru. In other words, expectations were low. Still, there is a good bite of hops and it is ideally crisp. Acidic finish. Flowery. The bitterness is moderate but it is strong enough to cut the sweetness until the aftertaste, here the beer becomes tacky in the mouth. This is more of a knock on drinkability and not taste. The more I sipped the more I realized that this is boring, okay, maybe simplistic is a fairer characterization. At least it is not offensive. Very clean and refreshing, both are qualities typical of a lager. Medium in body with moderate but stiff carbonation, fitting for the style, overall the mouthfeel is good. If you want a beer from Peru, Pilsen Callao is your beer. It is potable and I have no problem drinking and liking my glass. I purchased a single 12-ounce bottle in Omaha for a $1.70, the experiment paid off this time.

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Photo of wilsonbaron
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of cyrushire
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of puboflyons
2.72/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

From a can shared at a tasting event among friends on April 23, 2016.

The pour is yellow with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma has a Euro-malt character that is kind of dough-like with thing grassy hops.

Thin body.

Same sort of malty-bready taste with a mild bitter finish. Pretty much what I expected.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal clear gold color with a bright white frothy head that is massive in size, the lace is a white curtain draped upon the glass. Nose is crisp and clean as a lager should be, pleasant as noses go, start is quite sweet, nice malt profile, and the top light to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a biting acidity, the hops present and mellow in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste. In all fairness, one of the better lagers I’ve tasted in a while, quite a little thirst quencher and would be a great “lawnmower beer”.

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Photo of plaid75
3.52/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft doughy malt and a spirited noble hop.

The taste consisted of a suprisingly robust grainy malt and grassy, yet spicy, noble hop. There was a good biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was a bit on the lighter side for the style.

Overall a suprisingly authentic pils. Certainly the best Latin American beer I have had to date.

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Photo of megahurts4
1.5/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pilsen Callao is a mediocre, ordinary pilsner. It is not very refined or great tasting.

It reminded me of what Tecate is to other Mexican beers. All I could taste is barley flavored water that was slightly gritty. This was hands down my least favorite of my Peru trip.

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Photo of Jodio
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daliandragon
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review conducted from year old notes from my traveling journal.

Another common beer in the Lima supermarket where I shopped for groceries in that congested mess that is Miraflores. Less available than Cristal or Cusquenena in most of the country.

Not much to see or smell: light color and corny nose with nothing to recommend. Flavor starts sour and adjuncty but does contain noble hops. It is like it heard what a pilsner tastes like and is doing its best imitation. Finish is also passable. Superior to cousin Cristal, I could drink several at a time without hating life, not always the case with Peruvian lager.

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Photo of roblowther
1.65/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I try to be objective. I fail. It looks like fizzy pale lemonade with almost no color whatsoever. It has a thin white head, and small bubbles that drag it over the line of abyssmal. It has no smell at all, unless sour is a smell. It tastes slightly sour, and slightly acidic. If that's possible for a beverage devoid of taste. It has more body than you'd think, with decent carbonation. You can drink it if its really cold and you're really thirsty and in Peru looking to appear local. Otherwise, run. Run fast.

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Photo of kguyty
3.35/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer. This is the first beer that I have had from Peru. It is a decent beer, nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. It pours a nice golden color with a decent head that disappears quickly. Good carbonation and a crisp taste make this beer easy to drink.

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Photo of biercircus
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at a Peruvian restaurant, El Pollo Inka, near Los Angeles. The beer was decent, not amazing, but definitely drinkable. It went well with the rotisserie chicken I had.

A- golden yellow, a few bubbles, not much of a head.

S- faint hops and citrusy smell

T- some depth with a little bit of hops, a little sweet, but mostly dry finish

M- light, refreshing, crisp

D- good South American pilsener. definitely better than a Corona. Didn't need a lime to cover weaknesses in flavor.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.18/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw color with a decent white head and nice active carbonation. Standard macro-like adjunct aromas and flavor. Has some redeeming light malt and light fruit character. Light bodied, crisp and clean lawnmower beer with a dry adjunct finish.

This is as much a Pilsner and Miller is ... Not bad to try and to check Peru off my list...

Per Label: "Desde 1863"

Per 6-pack Carrier: 5% ABV

Best Before: 07/18/07
Tasted: 10/28/06

($4.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of elguru
1.9/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Look, smell, taste like a cheap beer, it leaves you with stomach pain after a while.
I rather recommend drinking water instead of this.

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Photo of JPadilla
2.74/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sd123
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of dasotelo50
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of herman77
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of garymuchow
3.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess this should be #29 in countries categories. Not high expectations. Twist cap.
Definitely fresh German hops aroma with classic sweet and sour combination and light backing of malt. Typical and not bad.
Slightly cloudy for style, otherwise gold color, rather bright white head that was smallish for style and settles rather quickly.
Flavor is somewhat flat, lacking crisp, bright, snappy flavor qualities I like in German pils. Nicely balanced hop/malt flavors with the former stronger. Not particularly bitter, in fact pushes more sweet (expect for the sourness). A kinda' brief finish. Somewhat heavy sourness up front.
Appropriately thin body with decent smoothness and easy drinking quality. Carbonation is about right.
This is alright. I'm not greatly dissappointed and it's certainly better than many foreign (non-traditional beer brewing countries) beers I've sampled. In a hot climate and if this is cold enough, this might hit the spot just fine.

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Pilsen Callao from Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston
Beer rating: 2.84 out of 5 with 49 ratings