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Balboa Premium Lager - Cervecería Nacional, S.A.

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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

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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2.58/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

03-05-2012 22:26:49 | More by DoubleJ
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

04-04-2013 00:43:53 | More by beerhunter13
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Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -26.7%

10-27-2013 00:31:23 | More by Sammy
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1.5/5  rDev -45.1%

06-29-2014 16:05:08 | More by stuart3368
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3.1/5  rDev +13.6%

On 5/12 while in Panama City, Panama (airport):

The beer appeared a brighter yellow, maybe golden, with a white head that had better retention than the Atlas that I had just tried. More noticeable carbonation streaming to the top than the Atlas as well. Way better appearance than the Atlas.

The aroma was about the same as the Atlas, light and grainy, not much else.

The taste was slightly better than the Atlas as it was a bit stronger, more full I guess, but grainy and not much else of note.

The beer had a light feel to it, and much like the other, extremely drinkable and refreshing, but best reserved for hot days or days. Overall, was right in line with expectations. In my opinion, probably the best of the four in Panama.

06-07-2010 20:27:18 | More by PhillyStyle
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2/5  rDev -26.7%

06-15-2012 00:12:02 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-12-2012 04:09:35 | More by ThinkAgain
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Quebec (Canada)

1.4/5  rDev -48.7%

Pale yellow beer with a white head on top. The head disappear quickly. The aroma is typical of the one I get from heineken in a green bottle. Not good at all. The taste is nothing like beer. Its water with some fermented malts, not enough to get any good. Its hard to describe. Maybe the beer is past due. It taste like very old straw.

The worst beer in Panama IMHO.

01-02-2011 14:40:48 | More by ZorPrime
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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

03-17-2012 03:16:41 | More by ericjubeck
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3/5  rDev +9.9%

Hahahahaha, who the heck would drink a Panamanian beer anywhere else except Panama? Wow, woofed down mucho cervesa on a recent trip to Panama, all brands, Panama, Balboa, Atlas and Soberana and "came up" asking for more. They are all damn good and worth a try when in Panama. If you are expecting Sam Adams or the like you will really be disappointed. If you are looking for "sun in a bottle" and mucho refresco, pop the cap or pull the tab, you are in for excitement.

03-07-2010 22:08:21 | More by fizzy
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +9.9%

11-07-2012 02:37:57 | More by cfalovo97
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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2014 23:17:54 | More by geoperez
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1.75/5  rDev -35.9%

09-27-2013 20:16:28 | More by woscar
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3/5  rDev +9.9%

A- Pours the usual pale, crystal clear straw color with a finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

S- Light grains, a slight hint of hops.

T- Malts are grainy and light, but more full than a lot of other Panamanian beers, corn adjuncts and a bit of metallic taste, some hops are just barely there in the finish, taste overall is on the sweet side.

M- Light bodied, lots of carbonation, crisp, clean finish.

O- One of the better Panamanian beers, maybe slightly better than Panama. As far as adjunct lager's go its pretty decent, and hits the spot in hot weather.

09-18-2011 23:40:57 | More by WillCarrera
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-09-2012 20:05:28 | More by Tareq
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2.83/5  rDev +3.7%

Probably my favorite of the 3 beers I tried in Panama.

Appearance is light, clear gold color, decent head.

Aromas are almost non existent. Nothing offensive though.

Taste is a bit malty, crisp, and dry. Unlike the other Panama beers, I didn't notice that corn like quality nearly as much. Actually a bit refreshing.

Mouthfeel is watered down, but not bad.

When in Panama, I'll go for this one. But only in Panama. It's not really all that great, but I thought it was better than the others.

01-24-2007 02:55:31 | More by flexabull
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3.08/5  rDev +12.8%

A: Pours a light golden color with a moderate head that fades quickly.

S: has a light grainy aroma, nothing offensive.

T: Surpisingly refreshing with a slight bitter finish.

F: Light and a bit watery.

D: When in Panama, it is a decent choice and compliments the weather. Goes good with the local foods or by itself.

05-20-2010 12:34:24 | More by soju6
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District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

05-17-2014 20:22:02 | More by nmann08
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2/5  rDev -26.7%

06-29-2014 15:27:48 | More by RHB33
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3/5  rDev +9.9%

12-30-2013 23:20:10 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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3.4/5  rDev +24.5%

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…..

11-27-2012 21:53:33 | More by Redrover
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3.05/5  rDev +11.7%

Reviewed on paper 12/20/08.

12 oz. can with no freshness date. Ingredients: Agua, Malta, Adjuntos, Levadura, y Lupulo. Adjuntos? At least I have fair warning. Maybe if we required ingredients to be listed in the states it would bring more transparency?

Pours with a white head that fades completely. Darker gold than most adjunct lagers.

Weak smell, funky hops and corn.

In two words: "Clean corn" (could be a slogan for ethanol fuel). Tastes sweet, very light/watery taste. Hops are practically imperceptible when cold, but they started to arrive as the beer warmed. No off-tastes.

Light, silky, mild carbonation. Smooth.

Clean tasting and $0.49 for one can or $2.65 for 6 at El Rey supermarket in Panama City. I could drink it all day... although the drinkability might decrease outside of Panama, I am glad to be here!

12-29-2008 16:04:15 | More by semihobo
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3.1/5  rDev +13.6%

Better than budweiser on a hot summer day.. Grainy smell, Light malt flavor. Popular panamanian beer. Can drink more than one.

03-23-2002 21:44:42 | More by stoutman
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3.13/5  rDev +14.7%

Poured from a large bottle, served COLD into a glass. Minimal head, very malty nose. Ingredients listed include pale malt, yeast, water, hops....

the taste is very malty and in this bottle there is just a hint of smoke or something burnt. There is some corny taste - I have heard they use corn additives here but i cannot officially verify this.

The aftertaste is very malty, nothing exceptional but it is very pleasant. It certainly is a great refreshing beverage for a typical hot, humid day in a tropical country. As the beer warms up it becomes bitter and increasingly unpleasant, so drink with reasonable speed - finishing one of these after it warms 15F is less fun than cold.

I think this is the best of the domestic beers still made here (excluding licensed products), but batch variation, probably aggravated by light and heat exposure of the beer once it gets on the truck is an issue. Notable that local custom is to drink beer from the bottle, which in some cases probably helps suppress adverse taste elements which crop up from time to time (not this time!)

04-03-2006 22:04:55 | More by dogfooddog
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3.95/5  rDev +44.7%

This is the competition for Atlas Lager, both made by Cerveceria Nacional.

Is has a good lightly taste (not strong before 3), yellow corny appearance (see-through-glass), good head and smell, is by far the best mouthfeel of the panamenian beers.

There's and Export version of this beer, slightly differente on taste, just a bit cooked

06-08-2006 21:17:16 | More by bunbury
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Balboa Premium Lager from Cervecería Nacional, S.A.
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