Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru


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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.05   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cusqueña is a super-premium lager from Cuzco, the seat of the Inca empire. Brewed since 1911, it uses only the finest natural ingredients, including pure mountain water from a source at 18,000 feet in the Peruvian Andes.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5278) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014
Jan, 2007 330ml bottle from ASDA. In an open and blind tasting with Cerveza Aguila, Brahma, Palma Louca and Michelob Ultra this did average. Very soft almost creamy carbonation. Vomit and French/Belgian aroma. Some malt when breathed in. Lacks flavour yet tastes a little bit dirty - a lager hop bitterness, like sweepings from the floor; then a very late grain of sea salt. There’s something mineral, and there’s something sort of alive. I don’t like this, but there’s a hint of character lurking somewhere amidst the blandness. The foam lasts and lasts. [1.9]
Jan, 2014 330ml brown bottle. Christmas gift. Robust earthy flavour - russet apples, slightly brown and bruised. All malt lager - whatever difference that makes, as this tastes dirty and grainy. Few hops. It’s drinkable, but not impressive. [2.1]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
jimhilt (2431) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 28, 2007
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 2, 2007
Cusqueña Premium. Light golden colour with a short fizzy head. Rather weak aroma of grains and some hops. Flavour is bit crispy, little malty with some bitterness in the finish. Rather mild and easy to drink beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2006
Golden color, soft grainy aroma. Grainy, but also flowery hopbitter flavor. Old hops and some cardboard, but all n all this beer isn’t really bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grassy hops and sweet malts. The flavor is weak, grassy hops, sweet malts, much like an american macro. Light palate, unoffensive, but nothing good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
Bottled - A greeny gold coloured lager with a white head. The aroma is thin and crispish with a typical lager bite. The taste has some acceptable bitterness but little malt backbone. A dull mass produced lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
shoestring (285) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2006
Not distasteful at all, just another run of the mill foreign imort. Wouldn’t knock it back.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 I had this at a Peruvian restaurant in Panama. Again, they brought it uncapped, and given my previous experience I can’t be quite sure that it was not a Panama beer, because Latin American crap lagers are pretty similar. But this one was subtly different, so I think that I am rating the real deal. It was uninspiring, and towards the end, as it warmed there was a very off putting, copper taste. I like these better in Peru. Actually, I’m in Peru again...and I don’t really like them that much...the rating was spot on. *****2009 Update. I’ve had this beer twice in the last two weeks in Panama. It’s better outside of Peru, perhaps, or perhaps they’ve done some improvements. It isn’t a pale lager, it’s more like a Munich lager with a more pronounced malt flavor. It’s complex and even a bit warm maintains good flavor. Therefore, it needs to be rated above 2. Perhaps there are some quality control/freshness issue in Peru, where few beverages (especially in rural areas) are refrigerated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (5944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
a refreshing NO frills lager, not very high in quality, but this will do the job on a hot day...under average lager for no real head,smell, or definate taste, and its alittle to expensive..w/ tax $8...so avoid, there are better SA+ caribbean lagers out there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2006 Very pale, malty and grassy hop nose with something sulphorous. Malty sweet flavor with a liitle hop. No finish to speak of....drying though. Medium palate overall. Reminds of a slightly better than average macro. It’s a shame cos a s soon as you smell this beer you know its going to be shit.

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