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

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #108
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2.93 | pDev: 19.11%
Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and purchased from a discount store for less than £1
Pours a golden body with tiny white head that goes and won't come back
Has the malty with the slight lemony note that actually takes me back to bitters gone by
There is a slight lemony flavour with some buttery shortbread
It's not thin and not too fizzy
Better than expected really

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Photo of stevoj
3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice barley aroma and taste in this. Minor stickiness in the head, fairly fluffy for a pale lager. 62 cl bottle from UK grocery. Nice flavor to this one, not watery or bland.

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Photo of VABA
2.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A lifht bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

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Photo of Gajo74
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color, decent head, creamy lace that becomes ultra thin about halfway.
At first, there is a slight cooked vegetable aroma. Then a more pleasant and slightly floral and malt aroma takes over.
A light bodied and crisp easy drinking lager. Nothing special but overall I though it was nice.

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Photo of royalenfield
2.81/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is definitely one of the better crappy macro-brews I've had, especially when ice cold, and I'd take it any time over Corona.

Bland, but unoffensive and refreshing, with none of the strange off-flavors found in PBR or similar beers.

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Photo of FLima
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is actually a pure malt beer, not an adjunct Lager.
Golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Light aroma of sweet pale malt and some herbal hops.
Likewise, flavor of sweet malt, minerals and herbal hops. Not much more in here, but also no off-flavors. Mildly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light bordering watery body with good carbonation.
Very clean and mild taste, good session summer beer.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.01/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of shivtim
2.09/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Ahh, the beer of choice for Peruvians.
Had this a few times while traveling around Peru; it's ubiquitous. Basically it's Miller Lite. Not much flavor, not much nose... not much of anything. It's not actively bad, and it's certainly crowd pleasing, but there are a couple of better options now when visiting Peru.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear golden color. The white head is really small and rather light, sinks instantly. No lace.

S: Lots of corn. Bitter hops is mild as is the malt. Some faint nettles and grass.

T: Bready malt, sadly infested with corn. Bitter hops. Buttery. Mild citric.

M: Short aftertaste, medium body and rich carbonation - no surprises there...

O: A thirst-quencher - but so is water...

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Photo of spearson28
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear Amber colour, white foamy head that dissipates quickly.

S - 100% pure malt, so on the nose is pure malt, slight breadiness and a hint of sour lemon which must be from the hops.

T - Sweetness from the malts, with no lingering hoppy bitterness.

M - Gentle carbonation, leading to a slightly drying finish

O - As south american pale lagers go, it is the best of a bad bunch, the only saving grace is that their are no unnecessary adjuncts in it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before 4/13/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some slight fruity and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has a better smell than taste in my opinion.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml twist off bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color forming a small fizzy bubbled white head. Low retention and only few lacings left

S: Sweet malts, adjunct malts (mainly corn), Lager yeasts and some almost imperceptible notes of hops in the end

T: As the nose. Sweet upfront. Sweet caramel malts, adjunct malts, bready Lager yeasts, very ligh bitterness in the end. In overall a slightly sweet beer with a strange faint hoppy bitterness

M: Very light and watery body and medium to low carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit annoying, a mix of cardboard and weird bitterness (I'm asking myself what type of hops do they used here...)

O: Average drinkability. A bit annoying, actually. A beer that I won't try again...

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

And one I forgot from the chronicles of the Central American Lager fest this weekend. Thanks to Roswell the Dog for bringing this back and sharing. Pours a clear golden straw color with a smallish white head that dissipates quickly. Smells malty sweet and lightly grainy with faint floral hops The flavor is a bit sweet and grainy with hints of honey. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet grainy mouthfeel. Light lager, nothing exciting, well made, If I ever find myself in Peru I'd drink some unless I find something better.

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Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and rings of lacing around the sides of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—corn stands out in particular—along with some hints of sweetness, the latter of which becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a bit of sweetness along with light flavors of corn and bready malts. There is a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and only a slight bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this beer, but the taste is rather inoffensive and a lot better compared to other many of the other adjunct lagers.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[review from notes taken while traveling to lima, peru.]

pours a golden tone while yielding two fingers of head; spritzy and short-lived with no real lacing to speak of. aroma is malty/grainy with maybe a citrus note or two. light malts dominate the mellow flavor profile; hops not a major player here. crisp, high carbed mouthfeel; light body. very drinkable.

peru has a lot going for it, but unfortunately its craft beer scene can't be counted on that list; this is as good as anything i had while there. giving reasonably generous scores both as a result of that and keeping the style in mind - it doesn't purport to be anything but an easy-drinking AAL and IMO it beats bud any day. having married into the peruvian culture, perhaps one day i'll help spearhead a craft beer revolution in lima. :)

original review on: 08-24-2010

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Sushi Samba (Venetian) in Las Vegas, NV

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger and a half tall white head that reduced to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a definite malty sweetness to the smell of this beer with sweet corn, very light caramel, and just a hint of brown sugar. In addition, there is a light presence of grassy hops.

T: The taste follows the smell for this one, with the malty sweetness of corn, brown sugar, and caramel combined with a light grassy floral hop.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Actually I was surprised that this was one of the better offerings I have had in this style since it is a beer I have never heard of, from a country that is not especially known for the beer it produces. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink. I think I prefer it to most of the other macro style beers I have had.

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Photo of matjack85
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this 12oz brown bottle at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago where they stock several beers from small countries around the world. $5 a bottle.

The beer poured a clear gold color and made a 1-finger white head that lasted about a minute. Lacing was light, but evident.

Smells pretty much like other macro lagers, maybe a touch sweeter. No skunkiness.

Taste is also standard macro - corn sweetness and grassy hops. Surprising and unwanted alcohol taste for a 5.0 beer.

Light with fairly high carbonation.

Drinkable, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.97/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.64/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
2.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a clear gold beer with some big bubbles and a limited head with no lacing. Malty grape scent to it.

This has a tart American macro lagery taste to it. It basically tastes like most every other South American beer that you'll find. Seriously, what is it about South America that they refuse to differentiate their beers. This is refreshing in the way that a Budweiser can be refreshing. But nothing very special here.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

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2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle served into a Pilsner glass.Enjoyed in 2003.
Pours light golden in color.White head,short retention & brief lacing.Grainy & mildy malty aromas on nose.Touch of soft sweetness flavor.malty & sugary palate.Dry finish.A little astringency in the middle.Light body & sparkling carbonation.Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.46/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold color with a very nice cap of dense white head. Nice retention and lacing for the style, although my bottle claims 100% malt lager, so wouldnt this fit better as a Euro Pale Lager? Either way, it is a nice looking brew.

Nose is pretty fruity for a lager and the grains are soft and light.

Taste is pretty creamy and the fruitiness lingers on into the flavor. Malts are honeyed and a touch more husky than the nose would indicate. The mouthfeel is really nice and full for a South American lager. This is interesting enough, I like it. Im not going to run out and buy a sixer at import prices, but I would not mind pounding a few or more of these back if I were to find myself wandering the streets of Lima.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into pint glass Aug 4, 2011

A clear golden with lots of tiny bubbles feeding a soapy bone white head that retains well and and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S some corn flake and not much else besides faint grassy hops

T what I smell, not a whole lot going on but there's nothing offensive some rice crispies perhaps

M thin but enough carbonation to give it some life, fairly crisp and refreshing

O pretty average but I could sink them back pretty easy on a humid Lima night

Easy to find and the colder the better

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Cusqueña Premium Peruvian Beer from Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 201 ratings