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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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1/5  rDev -64%

06-03-2012 02:43:38 | More by LvanB
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1.25/5  rDev -55%

06-29-2014 16:04:34 | More by stuart3368
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1.5/5  rDev -46%

09-27-2013 20:16:02 | More by woscar
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1.5/5  rDev -46%

10-11-2012 23:17:11 | More by RyanGoodman
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1.99/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2013 03:28:19 | More by mndlssphlsphr
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

06-09-2012 21:05:38 | More by CoryR
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2.03/5  rDev -27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2005 14:14:32 | More by winpig3
Photo of MAUEX_MFA


2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

12-09-2012 07:13:40 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

04-12-2012 04:08:27 | More by ThinkAgain
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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

06-27-2014 23:17:21 | More by geoperez
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
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

Serving type: can

07-25-2005 04:21:52 | More by Luigi
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North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 02:48:55 | More by mortarit
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2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-29-2008 16:16:57 | More by semihobo
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2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-24-2007 02:59:22 | More by flexabull
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

03-05-2012 01:10:22 | More by beerhunter13
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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

02-02-2012 23:35:00 | More by dmorgan310
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2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Serving type: can

11-23-2013 22:14:30 | More by schoolboy
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2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:44:27 | More by kylehay2004
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2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-19-2014 03:04:23 | More by JeltMaaj
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Quebec (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
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...

Serving type: can

01-02-2011 14:44:26 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of PhillyStyle


2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 20:39:05 | More by PhillyStyle
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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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2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 12:49:07 | More by soju6
Photo of stoutman


2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely a brew for hot weather activity. Best when icey cold. A fair, lightly hoppped after taste. Typical for a mass-produced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2002 17:54:34 | More by stoutman
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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
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