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 flyingpig
2.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orangey amber colour that is quite light & clear. The beer is topped with a thick, foamy-white & domed shaped head.

Light smelling with a mix of corn and bread with a little hint of syrup.

Sweet bread & corn aroma dominating. It is an average smelling beer that goes out only slightly better than your standard pale lager.

Smooth tasting beer that is light bodied but not in a watery sense like a lot of cheaper, pale lagers. The finish is quite crisp & refreshing.

An average beer that comes out better than most mass-produced pale lagers but still has a long way to go to be considered as standing out from the pack.

1 of 1001 Beers to Try:

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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 hopsolutely
3.46/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At 14,000' in Peru there are far worse beers to be enjoying than this one. It lacks aroma and any distinct flavour, but it is brewed in Peru and has a supremely fancy "seven sided stone" brown bottle - so I give them full marks for "location" and "marketing".

Struck me as a typical European lager, but enjoyed in a far more interesting landscape. Not a beer I'd ever choose in the hophead cornucopia back home, but a delightful addition to my Peruvian experience.

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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 TheDeuce
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5 a Bar Paya in Manhattan...

Appearance-pale yellow/gold, medium sized head but it clears quickly. Ok carbonation.

Smell-pale grain, alcohol, adjunct flavors reminiscent of cooked rice and corn.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, grain upfront,touch of alcohol, balanced if light, finishes very clean.

Drinkability-very light and clean

Overall-an unremarkable lager, fails to impress or distinguish itself

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Single 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors, Manchester CT, for $1.42. Twist-off cap. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear light golden brew with vigorous carbo throws up an inch of fizzy white head that settles quickly to a thin layer. Smells of stewed corn sweetness, a bit of malt, and very faint lemongrassy hop. In the mouth it is quite fizzy, but it has a bit of body that keeps the carbo almost reasonably tame. Body of corny sweetness with some moderate lemonskunk hop and dirt. Yes, dirt. A pretty mediocre, lackluster macro.


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

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades quickly to a ring

S - Is mostly of sweet grainy malt

T - Like the smell sweet grainy malt

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - Well its an average beer for the most part nothing bad but nothing that makes me want more one

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Photo of megahurts4
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cusqueña is a good Peruvian brew. With the way it is brewed, there is no reason this cannot be a very good lager.

Alas, I found it to be mildy smooth and slightly grainy. The malts and grains seemed to be well balanced. I feel it to be just about your average lager flavor strength.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.1/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not 100% sure this is the same beer pictured. Mine has a gold label and textured brown bottle.

A: Very clear pale gold with a foamy white head in the glass that leaves behind nice lacing.

S: The first thing I smelled was seriously - marshmallows. A marshmallow sweetness, some toast, then light malt.

T: Pretty tasty and refreshing on a hot day. Simple flavor, clean, and a little bit of green apple tart. I could rate this beer down for not having much complexity, but I think it deserves the 4 because if it were more flavorful, it wouldn't be as good.

M: Refreshing! Tons and tons of the tiniest bubbles make the mouthfeel foamy enough without being over the top.

D: I could drink a number of these, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, clear goldenrod color. The off-white head is moderately tall, with a foamy texture. Retention is above average, and some scattered lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Robustly bready graininess in the nose. Hints of caramel sweetness. Some definite herbal/floral hop presence is also detectable. Lightly fruit-punchy as well.

T: Sweet, bready, and grainy, with some caramel flavor. Lightly fruity, with minor vegetal notes. A measured herbal/grassy hop bite adds balance, but this is a malt-heavy lager.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is average. A bit dry.

D: I'm pretty impressed with this. Has a little bit of character for a mostly paint-by-the-numbers style. Wasn't expecting anything from this South American lager, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.33/5  rDev +14%
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 with two fingers of head; no real retention or lacing to speak of. aroma is malty/grainy with maybe a citrus note or two. 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 i was there. giving reasonably generous scores both as a result of that and the style - IMO it beats bud any day. as my wife is peruvian, thinking about someday spearheading a craft beer revolution in lima. :)

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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 Cresant
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 330 mL brown bottle in a hotel wine glass in Lima. No date. The beer was clear and golden, darker than your average lager. The wispy white head dissolved as expected.

Smell was somewhat floral and grainy.

The taste was better than expected and I drank several of these during my stay in Peru. No corn flavor, just a balance of husky malts and actual hops flavors. Somewhat crisp and refreshing.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with enough carbonation. Pretty solid all around.

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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 JerseyPaul
3.26/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with very good carbonation; white head dissolves away somewhat quickly, leaving minimal lacing

Smell: Sweet malt with traces of grain; slight traces of corn & hops

Taste: Sweet malt with some doughy character; no real trace of hops or bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; good carbonation; crisp & smooth

Drinkability: Goes down easy, with no bitterness or alcohol presence; nice light beer for summertime sippin'

Overall, Cusquena Premium is a decent beer with a nice sweet malt taste that goes down smooth & easy. It's not the best beer that I'll ever have, but rather something that can be had as opposed to an American light beer from a macro brewery. It actually took me by surprise, which is bonus points in my book!

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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 roddwolff
2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Bayern Pilsener glass. Look: Bright golden color, short-lived head, lots of bubbles; Smell: Sweet malt and green apple that increases sweetness; Taste: Sweet malt with biscuits and molasses; Mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy, medium bitterness, light body; Drinkability: Someone recommended me this beer, too cabornated, but overall ok.

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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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Cusqueña Premium Peruvian Beer from Compania Cervecera Del Sur Del Peru S.A. (Cervesur)
2.92 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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