Panama - Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.

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68
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 26.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002)
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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.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of RyanGoodman
1.5/5  rDev -46%

Photo of NickyG213
4/5  rDev +43.9%

Photo of Laggarto
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of CoryR
2/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of LvanB
1/5  rDev -64%

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

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of fabiansoliz
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.

Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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.

Photo of ZorPrime
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...

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.

Photo of soju6
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.

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.

Photo of semihobo
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.

Photo of flexabull
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.

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

Photo of sabrills70
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Luigi
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

Panama from Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.
68 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.