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 GRG1313
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow with a light white head.

Light yeast nose with a little fresh white bread character.

Medium bodied with nice pleasant simple flavors of light yeast and with a nice malt balance.

Short finish but a pleasant session beer. Has some character and some flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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 metter98
2.71/5  rDev -7.2%
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 oriolesfan4
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My first (and I'm going to go ahead and say probably last) beer that I will try from Peru. Really cool bottle to it.. kind of has the Micehlob shape to it but with a cool aztec imprint around where you grip the bottle... is only the beer inside had as much care put into it! Pours a pale golden color.. no head or lacing. Faint corn/adjunct type of BMC smell to it. Same with taste... very light bodied and watery, not really any solid taste to it and you'd be hard pressed to differentiate this between a Bud or Coors Light. Nice on a hot day and not offensive at all, but just more BMC-like swill.. I'd pass.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with a skinny finger of soapy off-white head, which settles quickly, leaving but a few specks of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of sweet grainy corn and some mild alcohol. The taste is still quite sweet - creamed corn, a bit of barley malt, and soft earthy, resource-starved floral hops. The carbonation is quite tame, the body on the low side of medium weight, a bit cloying, yet adequately smooth. It finishes still sweetly grainy, with a veritable cheap breakfast cereal melange sensibility.

While not good in the greater sense, the flavour is at least there, corn and grain cousins alike. No skunk (thanks maybe to the brown bottle) and no real complaints. Easy to drink, methinks, if you had a whole plate of something corn-based sitting in front of you.

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Photo of nickfl
3.57/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a clear, golden body topped by a small, white head of foam. Low retention and little lace.

S - A malty aroma with a slight sulphur note. Bready and sweet, quite pleasant.

T - Sweet malt up front with a slight cider note. Some earthy hops in the middle with more sweet, honey malt. Finishes with some more sweet, bready malt and mild bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not too bad, really. It has a very nice malt character, a bit too sweet, but otherwise a good European-style lager.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +31.2%
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!

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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 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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.16/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Jason
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz gold foiled brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Very pale straw in color with a sprizty carbonation that leaves a faint wispy white lace.

Smell: Mellow grain a little sweet and bready.

Taste: Crisp with a pinch of sweet malt which quickly goes grainy and a bit dry. Translucent hop merely leaves a dim bitterness and an almost veggie aftertaste follows.

Notes: Not a bad imported lager ... no undesirable skunkiness. Easy to drink and refreshes the palate though no real redeeming qualities, just a ho-hum lager.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.88/5  rDev -1.4%
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 WoodBrew
3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On layover in Lima, Peru heading home from Sao Paulo to Chicago...for those that know....long story. I took the opportunity to try Cusquena celebration especial whilst in Lima.

A-3.5 golden looking thin head nice carbonation
S-2 smell is ok hints of grain
T-3.5 very smooth and drinkable not overpowered by grain
M-4 very smooth and easy drinking

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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 stevoj
3.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Mebuzzard
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of WesWes
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of malts, some notes of corn. Taste is like the smell, malts and corn, not bad but not very complex. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with three fingers of pillowy white foam and lots of apparent effervescence. Head is dissipating rather quickly but it's leaving rather a nice lace. Not too bad.

Smell: sweetish malt aroma with some kind of adjunct character; I'm thinking corn. There is also a hint of some kind of earthy hop aroma as well. All in all, not too bad.

Taste: nice flavor that walk the line between sweet and dry. Bitterness is more toward the front than the back and is rather low. There's kind of a bizarre (not in a good way) aftertaste which might be due to the adjuncts. For the style, it could be a lot worse.

Mouthfeel: very light body, almost watery. Still, the carbonation is very good and makes this a rather refreshing experience.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable. The aftertaste sort of gets to me after awhile, but it's crisp and refreshing -- all I really want from this style of beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a terrible lager by any means, just nothing memorable. My bottle says 100% malt lager premium. I'm assuming that this is the same beer as the "premium" but perhaps with a recipe change? If so, its no longer an adjunct lager if you can believe the label. Pours a fizzy yellow with a realtively big, white, fluffy head that doesn't fade away immediately. Smells very grainy and a bit sweet, but relatively clean with no corn or vegetal smells. Tastes somewhat bland, grainy, and generally innocuous. Not terrible, but slightly sweet on the finish and maybe a touch harsher than it should be, but it does taste like all malt. Okay in a pinch.

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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 weeare138
3.12/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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