Balashi - Brouwerij Nacional Balashi
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Reviews by jlindros:
3.03/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Got this beer while down in Aruba. It has an interesting phenomenon, known as the Heineken phenomenon, in which most of the beer comes in green bottles that skunk ridiculously easy. the ones on draft or can tend to taste much better and are actually tolerable. I went with the can to bring back as it would be easier to travel with and less skunked.
A: Pours a bleached white head that rises waaay up in my tall pilsner glass, but then fades semi quickly. It's a crystal clear clear very lightly yellow colored beer, with a little straw color.
N: Light basic macro pilsner aroma, with some light straw, light malts, adjuncts, a little wheat and slight hint of crisp lager aromas.
T: Much more tolerable unskunked, again very light. This time though I do get some toasty malt flavors, crisp lager flavors with a little rounded lager, some wheat, straw, pale malts, slightly juicy, very crisp and refreshing though. It does start to get that adjunt macro lager flavor as it warms, which this is not the style of beer you normally let warm, you want to drink it as cold as the Rockies!
M: very light body with lower but decent carbonation.
F: Somewhat crisp lager flavors, with a slight lingering toasty malt, but mostly the syrupy adjunct flavors linger on the finish. It leaves a touch of wheat as well. It finishes pretty quick too, almost like water, but leaves that macro adjunct syrupy flavor too long.
Serving type: can
07-03-2010 00:16:07 | More by jlindros
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District of Columbia
2.03/5 rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Aruba beer. Do a little dance. Make a little love. Get down tonight. The beer comes in this cute little bottle that looks like it should be served on airplanes by those arrogant pricks that fake smile at you and ask if you would like a snack, knowing full well that six peanuts and a shitty processed sugar cookie is only herding you toward numb obedience and an inevitable slow and miserable death. Like I said, small bottle.
Sweet smelling. Adjuncts, corn, cigarettes on the beach, middle age chics acting like they don't regret that tattoo they got back when they used to maybe be sexy, but now their gunts cover up the ridiculous rhinestones on their bikini bottoms that stopped fitting after they had their third ill-advised child with some GED toting douche bag who rides a motorcycle to Buffalo Wild Wings so he can try and beat his low life middle age peers in bar trivia, where questions like "Chief Suggam Bagadix surrendered his manhood in which battle?" get the night shift crowd all hot and bothered.
I would like to visit Aruba someday.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 03:07:09 | More by Huhzubendah
3.01/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This is a light beer from Aruba!
5.0 % ABV
This is a smooth light beer
Smell : Wheat
Taste: Skunky, very weird after taste. Leaves a bad taste after drinking
It is very clear, watery
Not my favorite beer, but it is refreshing in the sun!
Served in a can
Serving type: can
04-26-2014 20:23:07 | More by balcomjo7
2.63/5 rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
The only thing I really liked about this beer was that I drank it in Aruba. I had two, in fact - one draft and one can. I guess I liked one other thing - they were much cheaper than the crap beer they were serving on the Coral Princess cruise ship I was on.
It actually had a funky unnatural color. Sort of green. It came recommended, but the source of the recommendation was unreliable. The taste was very forgettable. You want to forget it. But the bar I had it in was pretty cool - open air, by a mall. They had a stuffed Santa suit passed out at the bar (the holidays were approaching). The can I bought in the cruise terminal and drank it while shopping. It was 2 or 3 bucks, but still cheap compared to the ship.
I wonder if it is their water that makes it worse (the style is also at fault).
Still, it was nice to have a cold one on a nice hot day in Aruba. Right about now I would like to be back there.
Serving type: on-tap
11-23-2013 21:29:28 | More by schoolboy
3.75/5 rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed from bottle at airport out of Aruba. Green small bottle
A 3 simple cerveza clear. Lacing apparent on bottle.
S 3 skunky without much character. Slightly grainy.
T 4. Very much like Heineken. Very refreshing beer. Sweet up front skunky was doesn't carry through badly. Nice and bitter on finish good with a lime
M. 4. Light bodies with ample carbonation
O 4. I enjoyed many of these down on the happy island of Aruba. It is a great summery beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2013 12:32:03 | More by Dave128
Balashi from Brouwerij Nacional Balashi
68 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.