Balboa Premium Lager | Cervecería Nacional, S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervecería Nacional, S.A.
Panama
cerveceria-nacional.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2002

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Ratings:
55
Reviews:
20
Avg:
2.82
pDev:
20.92%
 
 
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of AGust82
4.05/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i drank this beer extensively while at a resort in panama. It's the most flavorful take on american adjunct lager i've tried outside of high end craft brewers in the states.

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Photo of nekronos
4/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, nice product, but definetely better than the Atlas one. BUt what I do not understand is why a lot of people like it better than the Balboa Ice. I know this is older, but the other has a more refreshing flavor. HTis has, once again, those corny additives.

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Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
3.91/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is the competition for Atlas Lager, both made by Cerveceria Nacional.

Is has a good lightly taste (not strong before 3), yellow corny appearance (see-through-glass), good head and smell, is by far the best mouthfeel of the panamenian beers.

There's and Export version of this beer, slightly differente on taste, just a bit cooked

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Photo of Laggarto
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Redrover
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite of the standard Panamanian Beers. It is also slightly higher in alchol (4.8%) then its brethren.
Poured into a glass, the beer is a bright gold with good clarity. It has a large but quickly collapsing head, that leaves a skim of lace on the glass.

The aroma is of grains, hay and Ritz crackers.

The taste is midlevel sweet with grain husks and just a touch of bitterness. Mid-glass finds more grain and a metallic bite. Touch more bitterness late.

The mouth is medium and the beer can stand-up to slightly spicy food.

From the lable: contains Agua, Malta, Adjuncts, Levadurat Lupulo.

I was at a restaurant in Punta Chame and had it in a bottle, they served it with a really cool Balboa marked Pilsner glass. I would like to get a couple of those…..

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Photo of atf487
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer in Panama: I hopped around the country, and there was an amazing lack of choice. Even in touristy areas like Bocas del Toro, imports were usually Heineken and Corona, maybe Dos Equis (XX) if you're lucky. I mention this because after trying out everything I could find, Balboa is your best option while in Panama. The other beers have little to no flavor (Panama, Soberana) or taste a bit skunked (Atlas). Balboa has a slightly malty flavor, and it has less corn than a lot of the other Panamanian beers. At first I thought it was similar to a bottled Budwesier, but I'd have to try the two back to back and Panama made that impossible!

You'll never miss it when you're out of Panama, but it's the least terrible choice while you're there!

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Photo of kamilgracki
3.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dogfooddog
3.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large bottle, served COLD into a glass. Minimal head, very malty nose. Ingredients listed include pale malt, yeast, water, hops....

the taste is very malty and in this bottle there is just a hint of smoke or something burnt. There is some corny taste - I have heard they use corn additives here but i cannot officially verify this.

The aftertaste is very malty, nothing exceptional but it is very pleasant. It certainly is a great refreshing beverage for a typical hot, humid day in a tropical country. As the beer warms up it becomes bitter and increasingly unpleasant, so drink with reasonable speed - finishing one of these after it warms 15F is less fun than cold.

I think this is the best of the domestic beers still made here (excluding licensed products), but batch variation, probably aggravated by light and heat exposure of the beer once it gets on the truck is an issue. Notable that local custom is to drink beer from the bottle, which in some cases probably helps suppress adverse taste elements which crop up from time to time (not this time!)

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Photo of stoutman
3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than budweiser on a hot summer day.. Grainy smell, Light malt flavor. Popular panamanian beer. Can drink more than one.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.08/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On 5/12 while in Panama City, Panama (airport):

The beer appeared a brighter yellow, maybe golden, with a white head that had better retention than the Atlas that I had just tried. More noticeable carbonation streaming to the top than the Atlas as well. Way better appearance than the Atlas.

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

The taste was slightly better than the Atlas as it was a bit stronger, more full I guess, but grainy and not much else of note.

The beer had a light feel to it, and much like the other, extremely drinkable and refreshing, but best reserved for hot days or days. Overall, was right in line with expectations. In my opinion, probably the best of the four in Panama.

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Photo of soju6
3.07/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color with a moderate head that fades quickly.

S: has a light grainy aroma, nothing offensive.

T: Surpisingly refreshing with a slight bitter finish.

F: Light and a bit watery.

D: When in Panama, it is a decent choice and compliments the weather. Goes good with the local foods or by itself.

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Photo of Philvillani
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brenden
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very pale yellow with a bubbly pure white head that creates a pretty fat pillow. Retention is moderate and lacing more than expected.
S: husky, a little corny sweetness, a little steel, and some herbal
T: A little more herbal in the flavor with a touch of leaf, there's a bit of malt and a touch of dryness and less sweetness than the nose. For the style, you could do a lot worse.
M: Crisp and surprisingly clean, expectedly (very) light body.

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Photo of Hrgomar
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wilsonbaron
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of fizzy
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WillCarrera
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of semihobo
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on paper 12/20/08.

12 oz. can with no freshness date. Ingredients: Agua, Malta, Adjuntos, Levadura, y Lupulo. Adjuntos? At least I have fair warning. Maybe if we required ingredients to be listed in the states it would bring more transparency?

Pours with a white head that fades completely. Darker gold than most adjunct lagers.

Weak smell, funky hops and corn.

In two words: "Clean corn" (could be a slogan for ethanol fuel). Tastes sweet, very light/watery taste. Hops are practically imperceptible when cold, but they started to arrive as the beer warmed. No off-tastes.

Light, silky, mild carbonation. Smooth.

Clean tasting and $0.49 for one can or $2.65 for 6 at El Rey supermarket in Panama City. I could drink it all day... although the drinkability might decrease outside of Panama, I am glad to be here!

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Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of juancdh
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of paulish
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bocharel_27
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very basic but clean lager.

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Balboa Premium Lager from Cervecería Nacional, S.A.
2.82 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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