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Panama - Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 59
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A. visit their website
Panama

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002

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Photo of MrGorday
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Clasica cerveza del panameño. Algo picante (crisp) cuerpo ligera, de color muy dorada, caracteristico de lagers, preferiblemente para climas humedos tropicales como mi pais.

Resulta que esta cerveza no es de mi preferencia a pesar que se consuma bastante por el panameño, tiene un sabor algo amargo y tiene que tomarse a una temperatura perfecta, puesto que un grado menos le da un mal sabor. Poco alcohol.

Lo demas, deduzcalo usted. Prefiero "Soberana". (461 characters)

Photo of Jax-Gator
3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cerveza Panama is the #1 beer in Panama. It is most similar to a light European lager like Heineken light or Amstel Light. The beer pairs perfectly well with hot and humid climates and ceviche. I've had it in Panama and in the U.S. but it loses its personality once its removed from Panama's borders. If you go to Panama, you'll inevitably drink it by the gallon. If you see it stateside, pass it up. (400 characters)

Photo of PanamaZonian
5/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The lager is so heavenly that the brewery can not get the rights to export. Panama indulges in the art of three other brews. To name Balboa, Atlas, Soberrana, but none holds a shine to the smooth refreshing taste of Panama. Seriouly though! Why don't you see beer from Panama in your package store? (298 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
2.69/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

There were three, count em, three good things about this beer. It was cheap (something like 50 or75 cents in a resort area). It was drank while on vacation in Panama. And lastly, I had already bought a couple cool t-shirts from the brewery (so I thought it was important to try the beer).

We had finished a tour of Panama City, the Miraflores locks, etc. and we were back near the docks in Limon. There was a seedy little strip of shops (and a Casino, with bathrooms!) and we were in buying mode. We bought some cool stuff - an oil painting, among them - and I had a Balboa beer, but after finding the very cool Panama Cerveza t-shirts, I sought out a can of the beer.

Alas, as you would expect, the beer was not memorable for any of it's beer characteristics. It was well made and packaged, but not in any way good. But I will proudly wear the t-shirt! (856 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
2.69/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: very clear and very light golden body. Has a thin head initially that rapidly dissipates and no real lacing.

S: strong musty, funky and grainy aroma. Hint of sweet corn. Much more there than I anticipated.

T: mild grains and malts. Sweet corn throughout. Little else, very simple.

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp

Overall: about what you would expect. The aroma is a little heavy but the flavor is not as off putting. It's a little too sweet for the style but otherwise fairly drinkable. (504 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small head of white foam that dissipates quickly. The body is perfectly clear, and straw golden.

S - A strongly grainy aroma with distinct sulfur notes.

T - A clean, grainy flavor up front with a hint of hop character in the middle and a dry, balanced finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, it is a bit rustic compared to most international lagers, but drinkable for what it is. (450 characters)

Photo of mndlssphlsphr
1.97/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I am not sure if I opened a cerveza or a can of GMO corn according to the first whiff I took. The color is a typical lager of a light yellow urine that lets ya know that you're hydrated, but need to drink and sooner the better. The taste is of a water base and whatever else went into this can. Meh, but it gives the local people a sense of pride just like the 'mericans who take pride of their little flags even though they possess the "Made in China" tag. Pride is pride....even if it is solely in the form of wordplay. (521 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is pretty much everywhere in Panama. I have seen it in bottles and cans but never saw it on tap.

Poured into a glass, the beer is light gold with a fluffy white head.

It has a nose of sweet corn, grains and a light floral note.
The taste is malts and other grains. It is slightly sweet but does have some slight bitterness for balance. Mid glass it is crackers and touch of spice.

The mouth is ok, the active carbonation pushes the score to medium.

It is a serviceable hot weather Latin American lager. Take that for what it is. (546 characters)

Photo of ackleydg
3.32/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this one in the context of what else is available in Panama...

A - standard yellow fizz from a macro lager, very clear

S - slightly better than average smell on this one, just a touch of hop aroma sets it apart from the other Panama big 3

T - again, just a little complexity makes Panama stand apart from the others

M - average; nice crisp, light lager

O - great for the hot weather in Panama City, not the best lager ever by a long shot (452 characters)

Photo of fabiansoliz
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was lite and refreshing. I would imagine it would have to be since Panama city is so hot year-round. I had to try this national beer of Panama and I loved it. I also tried Balboa beer, which is also made in Panama but I stuck with the latter. It's such a popular beer, I am sure with locals and tourists, that it was sold out at one cafe. (341 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale, straw yellow with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates.

S- Lots of light grain, some leafy hops are just detectable.

T- Sweet, grainy malts, and some light, leafy hops that have just a bit of linger in finish. It's pretty sweet overall, but not cloying. I'm drinking this in David, Panama right now and this beer does really hit the spot when it's roasting hot outside. For a macro lager it's really not bad, it's a step above most of the cheap American macro lagers because it doesn't contain any adjuncts.

M- Thin mouthfeel, high carbonation, crisp and light finish. Very drinkable.

O- A decent macro lager, if this were available in the States I would probably buy it over most of the American macros. As far as Panamanian beers go, its probably closely tied with Balboa but definitely above Atlas or Soberana. (842 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
2.92/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My wonderful girlfriend brought this to me after spending a few months in central America along with a few other central American beers. This one was probably my least favorite of the group, but I still enjoyed it more than the Hamm's I had a few weeks back. Pours a transparent straw color with visible carbonation and a 1 finger head that dissipated like soda. Smells of grains, maybe a touch of hops. Taste is pretty similar, but has a little bit of skunkiness. Mouthfeel is thin with high carbonation. It sure is easy drinking, but not my drink of choice. (559 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is pale yellow gold color. Very clear. White head. I'm surprise it sticks to the glass!!! Aroma is biscuity(malty) and slightly fruity. Light aroma. Nothing much goes on in the taste. Slightly fruity without any bitterness. In the mouth, the beer is thin, refreshing and the best local beer I had while in Panama City. Maybe because it is the one with less taste... (370 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While in Panama City, Panama (Café Barko, overlooking the Pacific):

The beer appeared a pale yellow with a white head that quickly dissipated. It was too dark and too warm a night to get a real good look at it as I had to down it quickly or it would get warm.

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

The taste, again, was in line with the others, but a little weaker than Balboa, light, grainy.

The beer was extremely drinkable and light. Again, much like the others, but second best to Balboa. (537 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light yellow color with a good head that fades.

S: Grainy with a slight skunky aroma.

T: slightly sweet and mildly refreshing.

F: Light with ample carbonation

D: As there are not many choices away from the major hotels or tourist spots, go local. Goes well with the local foods. Compliments the climate, not heavy. (329 characters)

Photo of fizzy
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am in Bocas del Toros as I write this review. CalaLuna Hotel. I have had a couple so bare with me. This is a typical Panamanian beer, sort of like an average American beer like Hamms. What the heck, this is Panama and drink what is here and love every drop. If you have a problem with Panama, you can always try Atlas or Balboa. Blind taste test? Hhahahahha, who the heck cares???? Judging from road side trash there really isn't a favorite in Panama. The odd Hamm's can mixed in is the real standout. (503 characters)

Photo of semihobo
2.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Reviewed on paper 12/27/08 in the Gamboa Rainforest near the Panama Canal.

12 oz. can, expiration date on the bottom is 22 May 09.

Ingredients: Agua, Cebada Malteada [malted barley], Lupulo, y Levadura. No adjuncts listed, unlike Balboa, another Panamanian lager.

In Spanish, on the side of the can: "Cerveza PANAMA has been the winner of the gold medal with palm leaves, the most prestigious distinction of beer quality chosen by Monde Selection, the oldest and most important institution that certifies the quality of food and drink in the world." And that was in 2008... the Monde Selection website seems pretty farcical.

Pours an extremely pale yellow, clear, with large bubbles and a big poofy head.

Smells of sour malt and skunky hops -- acrid.

Tastes better than it smells, but the sourness still interferes. Malts are slightly sweet and hops are bad-euro-lager leaning in their skunkiness but aren't too bad, and there is a little bitterness.

Smooth carbonation, nice mouthfeel, feels creamy for the style.

The smell is off-putting; even though this seems to use no adjuncts, I would still prefer Balboa or Atlas. (1,129 characters)

Photo of flexabull
2.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'll give this beer a higher score for appearance just because I really liked the green can.

Beer poured a fizzy clear straw color with an ok head.

Aromas are not there at all. I tried to smell something, but couldn't find a thing.

This beer had a subtly corn like quality to it, it wasn't all that offensive, but it wasn't pleasant. Beer did finish ok with a pretty good mouthfeel and crisp and dry malty flavor.

Drinkability was ok... I just preferred the Balboa in Panama... but only slightly. (509 characters)

Photo of bunbury
3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's just one little problem with this beer. .. every year they (the brewery) keeps changing the formula for this beer, so in the past 10 years i can say i've tried 15 different types of "Panama Lager" under the same name.

it has a gold appearance, at first impression smells bitter
2 finger head that quickly dissapears
as all the panamenian beers, it has a see-through-glass appearance.
Perfect for every moment (422 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my mother in law for bringing this back for me. Reviewed as a macro lager. 12 oz green bottle with drink before date of 6/06. Pours a bright yellow/gold with a 2 finger head that somewhat quickly, but not too fast. OK but not great lacing. Got a bit of skunkiness upon opening but after that typical macro smells of corn and rice, a bit of ho ney and light hops. Taste on this was OK for a macro. Again typical macro corn and rice taste but IMHO it was better than Bud. Not a bad macro at all. Not a full flavored beer by any stretch but Ok for a macro. High drinkability. (582 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Panama is a pale golden color with a nice level of carbonation. The head is large and thick, but recedes quickly. After an initial wave of skunkiness, the aroma settles down to a nice combination of herbal hop and grainy sweetness. The taste is more of the same, sweet, grainy malt and herbal hop. Flavor is nicely balanced and lends itself to easy drinkability. For my two cents, this is a euro pale not an American adjunct. (425 characters)

Photo of nekronos
4/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, nice beer after all. I like its refreshness. The colour is ok, not too much green and no corny flavours at all. The bubbling is quite great and it was not annoying the falvor at the back. You can have more than one of this without any problem. This is the biggest competitor for the Atlas beer, the number one in the other Panama Brewery. You can find them supporting every event. (386 characters)

Photo of Luigi
2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color and a thin white lace for a head. Not much of an aroma going on here. A slight grassy grain and that is about it. The is pretty much the same. Not a lot going on. A can taste some grains and that is about it. Clean celtzer water like aftertaste due to carbonation. Well this beer is good when served ice cold and with some spicy latin food. Next (363 characters)

Photo of winpig3
2.07/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the main beer to drink on a recent trip to Panama. Not much to describe but a yellow beer that, served cold, helped beat the heat. Just as an indication as to the quality of the beer... we ordered Corona whenever available at the bar to get something that had some taste. (280 characters)

Photo of mortarit
2.36/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I was station in Panama I had quite a few of these babies.
I remember the rumor about how they recycle the bottles and clean them with formaldye. That is where most of the taste comes from I reckon.

Over all it was cheap and available

The only thing that really was impressive about it was the green bottle.

I would buy it again if I could find it here. (369 characters)

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Panama from Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.
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