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

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Cusqueña Premium Peruvian BeerCusqueña Premium Peruvian Beer

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Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Ryan805Beer
1.41/5  rDev -51.7%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.53/5  rDev -47.6%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.74/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
1.81/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

11.2 oz bottle with the greatest bottle cap ever.

It claims it is 100% malt, though here it is listed as an adjunct lager. False advertising?

It pours a pale gold with a bright white head, nothing out of the ordinary.

Yeah, the nose has corn the guys are a bunch of fuckin liars.

The flavor is corny and sweet, no hops to be found.

They lie.

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Photo of mcbiydw2
1.83/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tasted in a restaurant in Lima, Peru.

Appealing golden colour, no head to speak of.

No strong smell but a faint aroma of chemicals and malt.

Tastes strongly of corn with hints of honey with a long aftertaste where the the honey battles with an unpleasant metallic bit. Ultimately it´s the metallic taste you are left with.
My companion described it as off tasting.

I left the bottle unfinished

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Photo of jdhilt
1.95/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.01/5  rDev -31.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.08/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts, some grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with an adjunct & light malt sweetness followed by some bready flavors of grain & barley. The hops presence is very faint and there isn't much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of a weak style, there isn't very much to this beer that would make me want to drink it again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.09/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
2.09/5  rDev -28.4%
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 Padron4KM
2.15/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of sleazo
2.17/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of JDV
2.18/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
2.19/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased at a discount price, 86p, at the Sainsbury's supermarket; BB 24/09/2010, served chilled in a stemmed pilsner glass.

A: pours a good foamy white head sustaining on top of a dark golden hue, with microscopic fizz and large bubbles floating in the golden liquid. Looking quite good.
S: cooked salted vegetables, melted barley sugar, burned sugar canes (on skins), and metallic notes come to mind, scattered with random hints of grassy hops and very mild aroma of malts. The bottle says this is a "100% Malt Lager" but it surely doesn't smell like one. Given a swirl, some stinky notes of sulphur emerge.
T: gosh, the taste is blend, showing only cooked sugar-cane-ish flavour of malts (and adjuncts?), sticky caramel-y sweetness and some hints of over-cooked vegetables (like cabbage?), laced with a light touch of fruit-sourness. As the semi-sticky palate lingers, a little grassy bitterness and dry-ess does emerge in the end, but too late to remedy the damage done by the foretaste.
M&D: the mouthfeel is not quite fizzy actually, but the overall body is thin-ish and the flavour profile really unbalanced, dominated by the bad-quality malts and who-knows-what-adjuncts were available during the brewing process. IF this was really a 100% Malt Lager as it claims on the label, then the overall mark should be brought down even further. Not likeable, albeit not horrible, either.

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Photo of Loki
2.23/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle with gold foil around the cap.

Pours a light, clearn, straw color with very little head. Looks like an American light macro swill beer. Head fades very quickly leaving a very thin covering. Leaves just spotty lacing.

Aromas of malt and freshly made tortilla chips. Corn tortilla chips that is. Corn, corn, and roasted corn on the nose.

The taste is well, mostly like corn tortilla chips without hte salt. Taste a lot like an American Macro swill if you drank it with tortilla chips.

I would not recommend this beer. Not good.

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Photo of cwc
2.25/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, when stopping at a Peruvian restaurant that's BYOB, with a deli next door offering this, what else are you going to do? The Peruvian food was awesome, but this beer couldn't hang on. How can I describe it? Like a watered down Budweiser? Sure, it's refreshing and drinkable, but offers little else for the palate. Smell, taste? Can't remember. Won't be drinking this again! (Still, were I in, say, Lima and this was available on tap, I'm sure it would be a thoroughly enjoyable experience, but I had this after visiting a craft beer bar, so time and place are everything!)

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.3/5  rDev -21.2%
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".

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Photo of stoutman
2.33/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First one I had smelled and tasted skunky, with a ricey-corn aftertaste. Tried another a week later, same way.. Went to Panama, tried "guranteed fresh" Peruvian; smelled and tasted skunky.. bought a six pack in the store, tasted the same... so I guess this stuff really is bad.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.4/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11/22/04- Purchased at Wine Globe in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Medium golden pour with a decent foamy head. Slight lacing along the glass.

Smell- Hmmm, not great, but not horrid. Malt and corn.

Taste- At least I am going to be able to finish this beer. Tastes like a macro. Maybe like a High Life or the like. Undetectable hops and heavy on the corn malt.

Mouthfeel- Not bad. Decent carbonation and fairly smooth finish. Don't really care for the aftertaste though.

Drinkability- I wouldn't recommend it, but if you haven't had one from Peru, I guess you can try it so you can at least at a new county to your tally. Tastes like a macro, but not horrible.

After trying to finish this beer is got much sweeter and much nastier. So much so I may have to dump the final 3 oz. I dropped the taste and drinkability accordingly.

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Photo of AltBock
2.43/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle that is shaped like an old Michelob bottle with a grip at the bottom shaped like stone tablets. If a beer bottle has a grip on it, you know it's usually meant for chugging down. At the top of the bottle is a gold wrap around label that has a faint drawing of the Andes with the name of the beer in a bright red banner. My bottle didn't have a date or any kind of number indicating a batch number.

When poured into a Bell's pint glass, this Peruvian beer was a pale and clear as day healthy urine yellow. It was nearing a straw yellow color, but a day late and a dollar short. At least this beer had a head of foam on it. I don't know how big it was, but I know something was there because it left behind a string of clear rings along the side of the beer.

The aroma was a mix of lightly buttered popcorn and grassy malts. I wish I could explain the existence of grassy malts, but I can't. The butter popcorn is self explanatory.

The taste was nothing but crispy and heavily carbonated malts. That means there was no fruits, hops, or the taste of corn and rice in this beer. It's all about the malts baby! The taste of corn or rice would add a little something to the beer, but I would more than likely slam it if I did. Well, damned if you do damned if you don't.

This was a light bodied beer with a ton of carbonation and an aftertaste that was nothing but malts.

They weren't laying by saying that it's a 100% malt beer. Was it good? Not really, but how often do you see a 100% malt Peruvian beer? Unless you live in Peru, not often.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.44/5  rDev -16.4%
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 Morris729
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden straw color with a very thin white head that immediately fades into a thin lace. Nose is sweet malts, dextrins, and corn—smells a lot like a traditional macro. Taste is sweet corn and malts, mild hop bitterness, and is a bit grainy. It may be from Peru, but it sure tastes like an American macro.

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Photo of spearson28
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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