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Balboa Premium Lager - Cervecería Nacional, S.A.

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BA SCORE
68
poor

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 20.88%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served onboard Copa Airlines (São Paulo to Panama City) from a 355 ml can. On to the beer:

A paler gold in color with a head that is thick, on the creamy side, and has good retention. The nose is not one to be proud of. It smells metallic, with a corny sweetness and husk. Defensive mechanicms engaged.

While there is a slight metallic notes, the taste is at least tolerable. Sweet corn sweetness, a side of DMS, a small peck of malt sweetness and grass attempt to bring this beer to respectability. Not quite. The body is soft and light, with a little creaminess in its texture.

Yeah, this is about what I was expecting overall. Well, it could have been worse, I suppose.

Serving type: can

03-05-2012 22:26:49 | More by DoubleJ
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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: can

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2/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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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.

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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…..

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Balboa Premium Lager from Cervecería Nacional, S.A.
68 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.