Cusqueña, my first of many pale lager beers that I expect to enjoy while traveling through South America. It seems that this style of beer seems to be more abundant than most, the variety of beers tends to be limited. Although, there are a few other Cusqueña styles that I’ve enjoyed, their red lager, de trigo, and malta, these tend to be more of a novelty than the norm. My brother and sister-in-law would much rather drink a Corona, though I can’t understand why.
Cusquena, I guess you can call it regular but it is simply the standard one, has a sweet light scent about it. It pours a gold color with no head, except for a slight ring that laces the glass. The taste is light and carbonated as it tinges on the tongue. The flavor is that of a typical lager, malts come through but nothing overly special. This would be hard to distinguish from other lager beers, even though this is labeled “cerveza premium.”
It has drinkability, they are easy to go down, which if you think the total cost is about $6.25 for a six pack it isn’t that bad. However, as one of the only Peruvian beer exports I’m not sure I would pay an import price on this one. I give it 2.5 out of 5 bananas. It is middle of the road, and on a hot day is enjoyable but nothing more than that.