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Balboa Premium Lager - Cervecería Nacional, S.A.

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 20.14%

Brewed by:
Cervecería Nacional, S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
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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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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

11-23-2013 22:37:18 | More by schoolboy
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 23:13:39 | More by nickfl
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2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-03-2013 22:42:28 | More by kylehay2004
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
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…..

Serving type: can

11-27-2012 21:53:33 | More by Redrover
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

11-07-2012 02:37:57 | More by cfalovo97
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09-09-2012 20:05:28 | More by Tareq
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04-12-2012 04:09:35 | More by ThinkAgain
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

02-02-2012 23:35:53 | More by dmorgan310
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3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2011 23:40:57 | More by WillCarrera
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Quebec (Canada)

1.4/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: can

01-02-2011 14:40:48 | More by ZorPrime
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3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

06-07-2010 20:27:18 | More by PhillyStyle
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3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 12:34:24 | More by soju6
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3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer in Panama: I hopped around the country, and there was an amazing lack of choice. Even in touristy areas like Bocas del Toro, imports were usually Heineken and Corona, maybe Dos Equis (XX) if you're lucky. I mention this because after trying out everything I could find, Balboa is your best option while in Panama. The other beers have little to no flavor (Panama, Soberana) or taste a bit skunked (Atlas). Balboa has a slightly malty flavor, and it has less corn than a lot of the other Panamanian beers. At first I thought it was similar to a bottled Budwesier, but I'd have to try the two back to back and Panama made that impossible!

You'll never miss it when you're out of Panama, but it's the least terrible choice while you're there!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 23:26:18 | More by atf487
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3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

03-07-2010 22:08:21 | More by fizzy
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Balboa Premium Lager from Cervecería Nacional, S.A.
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