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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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.


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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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Photo of roblowther
3.22/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is gold with copper highlights, no head but persistant large bubbles. It smells of caramel malt with a slight hop sharpness, a slight lemon note, and more character than expected. It tastes of lemon, sharp hops, and hot country lager. It starts off exactly like any large Euro-lager but has a nice malt finish. It has a bit of body w/ large carbonation that fades quickly but makes my tummy happy (my oh-so-not happy at this point in the trip tummy). I could drink 'em. A slight sour aftertasted is maybe limiting but it probably depends whether you're really out to 'taste' the beer or just quench your thirst. Definitely, when in Peru, this is the beer to order.

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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 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 wgourlay01
3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A beer is best when enjoyed with great company in a wonderful place. So Pizza and beer at a sidewalk cafe in Miraflores, Lima, Peru, with wonderful friends, what a way to enjoy a beer that was new to me!

That said, the beer itself was nothing special; Enjoyable, drinkable, even tasty, it got the job done but I didn't write home about the beer, just the scenery and the people.

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

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2008.

Appearance : clear golden color, with a thin white head (not persistent).
Smell : fruity malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, some hoppy mouthfeel.
Drinkability : A low average and common beer in the lager style.

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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 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 TAMU99
2.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pale, yellow clear beer that is refreshing if cold, but there's just not much there. Ok, sure it's beer, but not great beer and life's too short for that. Don't bother. Get something better if you need a light beer such as Sam's summer ale, Pyramid's summer, a shiner blonde or a hoegaarden

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