Panama | Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.
Panama
barupanama.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
28
Avg:
2.82
pDev:
24.47%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
22
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 28
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1/5  rDev -64.5%

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1/5  rDev -64.5%

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1.25/5  rDev -55.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of mndlssphlsphr
1.97/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of winpig3
2.07/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Luigi
2.26/5  rDev -19.9%
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

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Photo of mortarit
2.36/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of Philvillani
2.38/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of semihobo
2.4/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
2.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.52/5  rDev -10.6%

Photo of KidsDoc
2.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of AGust82
2.67/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Despite the similar rating, this beer is far worse than the rest. Think of it as the Natty of american adjunct lagers, as far as panamanian lagers go. Balboa is far superior, despite being rated the same.

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Photo of schoolboy
2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

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2.69/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of kamilgracki
2.74/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.82 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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