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


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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle: Filtered.
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2008
I had Cusquena in the back of a Restaurant in Ollataytambo, Peru. We were finishing the second to last day of a 5 day trek to Machu Picchu. It was a cool way to wind down from a pretty arduous trek, we played cards in the back of the restaurant and drank Cusquena with a couple of folks from South Africa. Now that I’ve set the mood... Cusquena was light in body, but very refreshing and with a good malty flavor. It tasted more like a German lager than an American Macro Lager, possibly from munich malt? It also had a nice, noble hop aroma to it. I might have had a different experience with this beer because I drank it very close to where it is brewed. By the time we left, we plowed through quite a few of the big bottles, which we shared.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JPDIPSO (5588) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Light golden color with a hint of tan. Modest lid of 0ff-white bubbles. Grain and light wort aromas, along with hints of earth, corn and herbs. Grainy flavors in the beginning. Alcohol shows itself early in the middle and carries to the finish. Some woody bitterness near the finish along with some metal. Not very clean.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dutch23mp (313) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2008
bottle full head that holds. normal taste of a lager beer. had this while traveling to Peru

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2008
Bottle@Home. Grainy and hoppy aroma. Yellow color, irregular white head, few lace. Light sweet, light bitter, grainy/malty. Medium body. Not bad, just uninteresting.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (2104) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2008 [330ml bottle from Asda High Wycombe] 28/12/2007: Rather nice packaging - we’ve taken to calling it Peruvian Goldtop. Surprisingly deep amber for a lager, reminds me very much of Fosters. Otherwise just another average world lager really... nothing bad here, refreshing enough cold, but also nothing to make it stand out. This is one for the Budweiser crowd do drink and boast of their "exotic" tastes, without having strayed out of their comfort zone. Boring. 20/6/2008 re-rate: Enjoyed this much more on a second taste - perhaps I wasn’t in the mood the first time. A nice soft mouthfeel, strong taste of honey with grassy hops in the aftertaste. Ratings given are average of two tastes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2008
bottle, straw color with malty mexican beer taste, slightly bitter and tinny finish, it was a typical cheap beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Pours yellow and fizzy. Smells of dry malt, caramel, apples. Tastes of sweet caramel, some corn, apples, touches of bitterness. Some straw on the finish. An okay lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17164) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
33cl bottle on Virgin train from Euston to Liverpool. Gold, lasting off white head. Not unpleasant lager aroma, some hop on there. Slightly creamy in mouth. Very acceptable lager. Good hop sting on finish. Would drink that again.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ilovedarkbeer (2702) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2008
Taste with BMan1113VR. Listed as malt liquor. Hmm. Light yellow body with some bubbles and no head. Sour nose with some wheat corn adn water. Nose is of nothing maybe some metal in the taste and nose. Crap.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kidmartinek (4628) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2008
Clear pale golden pour with a 1/8 inch head. Well behaved on the pour. Not overly carbonated like most pale lagers coming out of the bottle. Aroma of cream corna nd not promising. Flavor makes up for it a little by being a little bitter, but lets you down when you tastes the sweet corn malt, corn syrup, and water. Decent bite, despite little bubbling in the glass. Fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel. Are all these pale lagers worldwide brewed from the same recipe of corn malt, corn syrup, and city water supplies? Putting "Andes Mountains" and "Gold of the Incas" does not make up for having crappy corn, water "beer" in the bottle.

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