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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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ZorPrime

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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stuart3368

Colorado

1.5/5  rDev -45.1%

06-29-2014 16:05:08 | More by stuart3368
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woscar

Guatemala

1.75/5  rDev -35.9%

09-27-2013 20:16:28 | More by woscar
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -26.7%

10-27-2013 00:31:23 | More by Sammy
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

2/5  rDev -26.7%

06-15-2012 00:12:02 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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RHB33

Maryland

2/5  rDev -26.7%

06-29-2014 15:27:48 | More by RHB33
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dmorgan310

Panama

2/5  rDev -26.7%

02-02-2012 23:35:53 | More by dmorgan310
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stcules

Italy

2/5  rDev -26.7%

Yellow tending to a light green. Big bubble, even in the so and so foam.
The taste is quite neutral, with a hint of metallic, and a light scent of corn.
At the taste, quite clean, after all, a hint of metallic taste again.
Drinkable, without strange smells or taste.
Maybe on a Panama beach...

05-10-2007 18:55:37 | More by stcules
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-12-2012 04:09:35 | More by ThinkAgain
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Tareq

New York

2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-09-2012 20:05:28 | More by Tareq
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CoryR

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-09-2012 21:06:04 | More by CoryR
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DoubleJ

California

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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nickfl

Florida

2.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

05-03-2013 23:13:39 | More by nickfl
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Drew966

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -3.7%

Balboa Premium Lager pours a pale golden yellow with a fluffy, white head from a brown 590 ml bottle. More sweet malt than I expected in the aroma. There is quite a bit of sweet malt in the flavor too, otherwise it's grainy and grassy flavors that hit me. Better than some Latin American lagers I've tried, not as good as others.

07-10-2007 00:17:15 | More by Drew966
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

04-04-2013 00:43:53 | More by beerhunter13
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ericjubeck

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

03-17-2012 03:16:41 | More by ericjubeck
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geoperez

Mexico

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

06-27-2014 23:17:54 | More by geoperez
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

05-17-2014 20:22:02 | More by nmann08
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schoolboy

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

11-23-2013 22:37:18 | More by schoolboy
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

05-03-2013 22:42:28 | More by kylehay2004
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JeltMaaj

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

06-19-2014 03:03:27 | More by JeltMaaj
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flexabull

California

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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fizzy

Minnesota

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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +9.9%

11-07-2012 02:37:57 | More by cfalovo97
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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