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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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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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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3/5  rDev +9.9%

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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

11-23-2013 22:37:18 | More by schoolboy
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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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Florida

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