Balboa Premium Lager | Cervecería Nacional, S.A.

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2.72/5
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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
Ranking:
#45,041
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
57
pDev:
20.96%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Drew966
2.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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 stcules
2/5  rDev -26.5%
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 flexabull
2.8/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Anderbrau_IPA
3.91/5  rDev +43.8%
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 dogfooddog
3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
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 nekronos
4/5  rDev +47.1%
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 stoutman
3.12/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Balboa Premium Lager from Cervecería Nacional, S.A.
Beer rating: 2.72 out of 5 with 57 ratings