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Balboa Premium Lager - Cervecería Nacional, S.A.

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 22.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

In panama plces brag about how cold their beer is, and many do keep it exceptionally chilly. One big reason for this is that none of the three ndomestic brands are particularly good, think bud heavy/ miller etc. However, these fridig beers are exceptionally pleasing on Hot days, especially when paired with a fried fish or some patacones. In the month I spent in Panama I ound balboa to be the most consistent of the three domestics, not amazing but inoffensive in an enjoyable way.

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1/5  rDev -62.5%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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3/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of nickfl
2.61/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
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…..

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2/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Balboa Premium Lager from Cervecería Nacional, S.A.
67 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.