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Panama - Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 25.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002)
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Photo of PanamaZonian


5/5  rDev +79.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:32:42 | More by PanamaZonian
Photo of NickyG213


4/5  rDev +43.9%

08-31-2012 22:25:42 | More by NickyG213
Photo of nekronos


4/5  rDev +43.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-10-2005 14:46:48 | More by nekronos
Photo of Laggarto

3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

06-30-2012 19:08:28 | More by Laggarto
Photo of Jax-Gator


3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 01:20:06 | More by Jax-Gator
Photo of fabiansoliz

New York

3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 23:13:23 | More by fabiansoliz
Photo of Redrover


3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-27-2012 21:30:30 | More by Redrover
Photo of ackleydg


3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
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

Serving type: can

05-23-2012 01:28:41 | More by ackleydg
Photo of bunbury


3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
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

Serving type: can

06-09-2006 02:03:31 | More by bunbury
Photo of nickfl


3.19/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:43:32 | More by nickfl
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 00:14:28 | More by sabrills70
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 00:36:24 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of Zonian1


3/5  rDev +7.9%

02-25-2014 01:38:57 | More by Zonian1
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +7.9%

11-15-2012 02:34:41 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of Nizzle913


3/5  rDev +7.9%

12-28-2012 19:48:30 | More by Nizzle913
Photo of RHB33


3/5  rDev +7.9%

06-29-2014 15:28:07 | More by RHB33
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

12-30-2013 23:17:30 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

06-16-2013 16:59:57 | More by birchstick
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

05-20-2014 18:16:06 | More by juancdh
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New York

3/5  rDev +7.9%

05-15-2013 21:06:13 | More by cram
Photo of fizzy


2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 22:51:19 | More by fizzy
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hey, it's not the best beer, but it's not that bad either. I like when I am looking for a really, and I mean really, light beer. I am a real fan of heavy beers, so this is a huge change for me. Had a little bit of skunk in it, but nothing too bad. Watery and pale. What else is there to say?

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 22:22:54 | More by JISurfer
Photo of gkunkle


2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-24-2011 07:02:04 | More by gkunkle
Photo of Higravity


2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I just got back from a trip to Panama and this is my thrid favorite of the local swill. It looks good, smells fine, taste like a adjunct lager in the green bottled import mold, lacks real body, I could and did drink this all night. Note if you are in Panama only drink this beer from the can do not under any circumstances try to enjoy it form the green bottle. They obviously use hops since this beer skunks, but that is just it they several I had at various places where all skunked. There are other Panama beers that are better from the bottle.

Serving type: can

03-14-2005 19:55:59 | More by Higravity
Photo of WillCarrera


2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2011 20:47:11 | More by WillCarrera
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Panama from Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.
68 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.