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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
20
Avg:
2.82
pDev:
20.92%
 
 
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 20
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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Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of nickfl
2.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - Grainy malt and sulphur with a little herbal hop character.

T - Grainy malt, corn, and little else. A finish of moderate bitterness and a touch of hop flavor.

M - medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Fairly bland, but with some off flavors that hurt the overall experience.

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

Photo of DoubleJ
2.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served onboard Copa Airlines (São Paulo to Panama City) from a 355 ml can. On to the beer:

A paler gold in color with a head that is thick, on the creamy side, and has good retention. The nose is not one to be proud of. It smells metallic, with a corny sweetness and husk. Defensive mechanicms engaged.

While there is a slight metallic notes, the taste is at least tolerable. Sweet corn sweetness, a side of DMS, a small peck of malt sweetness and grass attempt to bring this beer to respectability. Not quite. The body is soft and light, with a little creaminess in its texture.

Yeah, this is about what I was expecting overall. Well, it could have been worse, I suppose.

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Photo of stcules
2/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow tending to a light green. Big bubble, even in the so and so foam.
The taste is quite neutral, with a hint of metallic, and a light scent of corn.
At the taste, quite clean, after all, a hint of metallic taste again.
Drinkable, without strange smells or taste.
Maybe on a Panama beach...

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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 birchstick
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bostonryan
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 schoolboy
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was another unmemorable beer drank in memorable circumstances. I ducked into a shop while on a guided walking tour of the old city section in Panama City, Panama. I asked a non-English speaking clerk how much for a Balboa, and I think it was 75 cents. Highway robbery, but compared to the 6 bucks or so for crappy cruise ship beers, a deal. I came out of the store and informed my fellow tour participants and soon a few others had themselves a Balboa.

It was typical swill, but consistently made and with no funky tastes. It was fresh and cold. I didn't let it warm up because I was thirsty (Panama is a hot place in case you have not heard) and I did not think it would help. Later that day I bought a Balboa t-shirt (as a gift for someone).

I went back in the store for a second beer, an Atlas. It was not as good as the Balboa, which I guide said was the best Panamanian beer.

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Photo of flexabull
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Probably my favorite of the 3 beers I tried in Panama.

Appearance is light, clear gold color, decent head.

Aromas are almost non existent. Nothing offensive though.

Taste is a bit malty, crisp, and dry. Unlike the other Panama beers, I didn't notice that corn like quality nearly as much. Actually a bit refreshing.

Mouthfeel is watered down, but not bad.

When in Panama, I'll go for this one. But only in Panama. It's not really all that great, but I thought it was better than the others.

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Photo of CoryR
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Drew966
2.62/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Balboa Premium Lager pours a pale golden yellow with a fluffy, white head from a brown 590 ml bottle. More sweet malt than I expected in the aroma. There is quite a bit of sweet malt in the flavor too, otherwise it's grainy and grassy flavors that hit me. Better than some Latin American lagers I've tried, not as good as others.

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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 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 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 mdlb44
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 beerhunter13
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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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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