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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
Peru
backus.com.pe

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 03-26-2002

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2.92
pDev:
19.18%
 
 
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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a shaker pint. Bottle says that the brewery is Union De Cervecerias Peruanas Backus Y Johnston. Label says "All Malt Lager". This is not the same beer that is pictured, but the guidelines tell me to review the brand and not the contract brewery. This may be a mistake as this is not an adjunct lager as far as I can tell.

Pours a golden straw with a smallish head that actually clings decently. Clarity is perfect as a lager should be.

Aroma is of sweet and dusty malt. Bready and slightly dough like with a snap a floral hop barely there.

Flavor is of malt up front. Malt is bready and slightly sweet. Dusty yeast comes slghtly into the middle but yields to more malt flavors. Hops presence is almost not there, but discernable. Malt comes back heavy into the finish with a nice bready chewy finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp but with a decent slickness from the malt sugars. Very refreshing, but not spritzy at all.

Over all this is a decent all malt lager. I taste no off adjunct flavors. I really wish I could review this as a new beer, but the rules say it goes here. This beer is not and adjunct lager as I can tell. It is actually a decently crafted malty lager that stands well on it's own.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.59/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear, orange/amber color with a white head. Decent retention.
Smell is musty, hops,real light citrus note and some vanilla.
Taste is sweet, hops, malt, citrus, grapes. Warming does not do it any favors.
Somewhat fizzy, tart, lightish body. Better than an American mega but not by much.

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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 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 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 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 VWBuggirl
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is yet another light beer that is unremarkable. I prefer this to most of the major American light beers, and would drink it again. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this.

It is a bit watery, but has a nice sweetness to it at the start. There is little carry-over flavor. It has a nice straw color to it and it is an easy drinker. I could easily have a second because it is not very heavy like some beers.

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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 soupyman10
2.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a Peruvian restaurant today. Overall, it's a beer. A little better than your standard macro crap, but not much. Macro flavor with a little bit of caramel malt tossed in to give it a hint of something. Either way, it worked with my food till we started buying wine, which also worked.

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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 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 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 Risser09
2.67/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden color with lots of flowing carbonation. The head is white and rises 1" tall , showing a good amount of foaminess and retention. A coating of lace remains behind. Nice!

Smell: Pale malt, metal, some hop aromas. Reminiscent of the US born macro lagers. Probably loaded with adjuncts of corn and rice. Bland.

Taste: A sweet pale malt beginning is met with a bitter hop flavor. There aren't any other noticeable flavors aside from maybe the yeast. Not bad for the style.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly sweet and bitter, with a lingering corn/barley flavor. Some alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: Not bad, compared to what I expected from this brew. I would go for it again, especially while mowing the lawn.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.99/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An impulse buy if there ever was one, this is one I've both seen on the occasional menu and one that presented itself when browsing at Portland's Belmont Station. Brown bottle with a distinctive pattern (11.2 oz bottle, twist-cap) poured to a standard pint; Best Before date is 092??? [obscured]

A: Perfectly clear light golden with a full four-fingers of billowing white head. Yeah, FOUR...count 'em. A crackling, bubbly look for a head, drops within a couple minutes or so to near nothing, retaining a scant film. Speckles of lace dot the sides. A brief flurry of carbonation, then more sporadic. Not a bad look at all, style-wise.

S: Hum-drum aroma of mildly bready malts (biscuit), maybe some grassy spice. Not overly sweet, which was expected from an 'adjunct lager'. Still, very weak, nothing drawing me in.

T: A bit corny/cooked vegetable but a fair amount of spiced/dry hops in the finish. Bread a hint of lemon are rather tasty but finish is mushy/musty and bland.

M: Thin, a creamy and slightly oily/slick feel. Just about as expected - no better, no worse. It's generally underwhelming quality earns a bit less than 'average' in my book.

D: Not too bad on the 'drinkability' scale. A simple brew but tasty enough, one that probably pairs nicely with a spicy/saucy/tangy Peruvian dish. Presented that way, I'd have it again; but by itself, it's a 'pass'.

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Photo of Jmoore50
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When in Peru, drink like the Peruvians do. Well we were in Peru, and they had a five for twenty sole drink special. To put that into perpective, thats five one liter bottles of Cusquena for around 6.75 U.S. dollars. So basically this is all we drank and we drank alot of it.

The appearance is a golden color or more accurately a darkened yellow. It has a really white crisp head, and believe me, it leaves a thin thin lace at every point of consuption. Actually looks neat after a tall glass, because you get a few dozen real thin "lace-lines".

The smell is non-existant. It smells barely of corn or like. . . Miller?

The taste is okay, it was so cheap that I just drank it and enjoyed the cold refreshing effect. It was almost enjoyable at just above freezing point. Really refreshing, but so was cactus juice at a really cold temp.

The mouthfeel and drinkability were both good. It went down pretty nice, smooth with a bouncy carbonation that made you feel like you were drinking a better brew than you actually were. Overall okay, will leave that habit behing though, not worth importing.

J

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.27/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As a previous reviewer mentioned this beer comes in a cool (not pictured) bottle with the bottom third shaped in a stone masonry motif, a hate tip to ancient Peruvian buildings.

Aroma - Sweet malt, not corn surprisingly. Almost a molasses or brown sugar aroma.

Appearance - Decent carbonation producing a long lasting white head. The beer poured a clear yellow color.

Taste - Tastes of carmelized malt sweetness. Very reminiscent of Malta if you've ever had that. Not much else on the flavor profile except watery smoothness.

Mouthfeel - Thin watery refreshing.

Drinkability - Very sweet, but still the best South American / Caribbean beer I have yet to try.

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Photo of MadTown1000
2.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm actually giving this beer some extra appearance points for one of the coolest looking bottles I've ever seen (not the one pictured here.) The bottom 3 inches or so of glass are textured and patterned to look like a stone wall. The beer itself doesn't look bad either - just slightly darker than your average American lager, with a large-bubbled fizzy head that sticks around a lot longer than I expected. Taste isn't great, unfortunately - standard lager flavor with what tastes and smells like a solid helping of wet grain. I can't tell whether it's supposed to taste like that or not. Slightly sticky, cloying mouthfeel. It's not awful, but not something I'd probably buy again.

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Photo of thekanna
3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had at La Flor de la Canela Peruvian restaurant in Gaithersburg, MD.

A: Pours a strong, clear light amber with active effervescence. White head is about 2 fingers thick and leaves strong lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Adjunct malts with faint notes of honey and cane sugar.

T/M: Mostly adjunct malts with a strongly resonant honey flavor. Very active carbonation leads to a strong tingling sensation in the mouth, almost unpleasant.

D: Decent pairing with the Peruvian food I was eating. Good for washing down some of the more flavorful dishes (like bistec or chicharron de la puerco).

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden color with a medium sized head and a thin lace.
The aroma was of corn,grains and malts with a hint of hops.

The taste was sweet,hints of corn,citrus and malts with a feel that was light,well carbonated and had some grains in the finish.

Notes: I expected a simple,refreshing beer and that's what I got. Simple but not offensive in any way. I would buy this for the summer,especially for those who prefer Corona.

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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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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