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Balboa Premium Lager - Cervecería Nacional, S.A.

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BA SCORE
66
poor

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Nacional, S.A. visit their website
Panama

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002)
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1/5  rDev -63%

unweirdness, Oct 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev +11.1%

wilsonbaron, Oct 06, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -44.4%

stuart3368, Jun 29, 2014
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2/5  rDev -25.9%

RHB33, Jun 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

geoperez, Jun 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JeltMaaj, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev +11.1%

juancdh, May 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

nmann08, May 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev +11.1%

Bocharel_27, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was another unmemorable beer drank in memorable circumstances. I ducked into a shop while on a guided walking tour of the old city section in Panama City, Panama. I asked a non-English speaking clerk how much for a Balboa, and I think it was 75 cents. Highway robbery, but compared to the 6 bucks or so for crappy cruise ship beers, a deal. I came out of the store and informed my fellow tour participants and soon a few others had themselves a Balboa.

It was typical swill, but consistently made and with no funky tastes. It was fresh and cold. I didn't let it warm up because I was thirsty (Panama is a hot place in case you have not heard) and I did not think it would help. Later that day I bought a Balboa t-shirt (as a gift for someone).

I went back in the store for a second beer, an Atlas. It was not as good as the Balboa, which I guide said was the best Panamanian beer.

schoolboy, Nov 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -25.9%

Sammy, Oct 27, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -35.2%

woscar, Sep 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev +11.1%

birchstick, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of nickfl
2.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - Grainy malt and sulphur with a little herbal hop character.

T - Grainy malt, corn, and little else. A finish of moderate bitterness and a touch of hop flavor.

M - medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Fairly bland, but with some off flavors that hurt the overall experience.

nickfl, May 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

kylehay2004, May 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

beerhunter13, Apr 04, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite of the standard Panamanian Beers. It is also slightly higher in alchol (4.8%) then its brethren.
Poured into a glass, the beer is a bright gold with good clarity. It has a large but quickly collapsing head, that leaves a skim of lace on the glass.

The aroma is of grains, hay and Ritz crackers.

The taste is midlevel sweet with grain husks and just a touch of bitterness. Mid-glass finds more grain and a metallic bite. Touch more bitterness late.

The mouth is medium and the beer can stand-up to slightly spicy food.

From the lable: contains Agua, Malta, Adjuncts, Levadurat Lupulo.

I was at a restaurant in Punta Chame and had it in a bottle, they served it with a really cool Balboa marked Pilsner glass. I would like to get a couple of those…..

Redrover, Nov 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev +11.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Tareq, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

Laggarto, Jun 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -25.9%

MAUEX_MFA, Jun 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

CoryR, Jun 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ThinkAgain, Apr 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ericjubeck, Mar 17, 2012
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Balboa Premium Lager from Cervecería Nacional, S.A.
66 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.