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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
28
Avg:
2.82
pDev:
24.47%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of PanamaZonian
5/5  rDev +77.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The lager is so heavenly that the brewery can not get the rights to export. Panama indulges in the art of three other brews. To name Balboa, Atlas, Soberrana, but none holds a shine to the smooth refreshing taste of Panama. Seriouly though! Why don't you see beer from Panama in your package store?

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Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev +6.4%

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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Photo of woscar
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cram
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
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 nickfl
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small head of white foam that dissipates quickly. The body is perfectly clear, and straw golden.

S - A strongly grainy aroma with distinct sulfur notes.

T - A clean, grainy flavor up front with a hint of hop character in the middle and a dry, balanced finish.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, it is a bit rustic compared to most international lagers, but drinkable for what it is.

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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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Photo of Nizzle913
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Redrover
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of RyanGoodman
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of NickyG213
4/5  rDev +41.8%

Photo of Laggarto
3.75/5  rDev +33%

Photo of CoryR
2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of LvanB
1/5  rDev -64.5%

Photo of ackleydg
3.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of fabiansoliz
3.4/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of WillCarrera
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Panama from Cerveceria Del Baru Panama, S.A.
2.82 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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