Balashi - Brouwerij Nacional Balashi
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Reviews by joeboe2001:
4.15/5 rDev +45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
First, let me say that I believe Balashi is misclassified as an American Macro Lager. It is a pilsener, pure and simple.
And pure it is, brewed with the purest water in the world, and only a few hundred yards from the source of all potable water on Aruba, the desalinization plant.
I rate it good in appearance compared to other pilseners I have had the pleasure of drinking, including Pilsener Urquell before it became a mass import to the U.S. It is clear and light, not overly carbonated, and produces an adequate head when poured properly. The head dissipates quickly, but, even if you are able to let your Balashi sit long enough to warm up, it retains adequate carbonation and does not sour as many American beers (particularly Bud) do.
I rated it slightly lower on smell. Although it offers a crisp, almost wheaty boquet, the aromas are mild.
I said taste was good due to the consistently refreshing, mild flavor of Balashi--about the strength of a Heineken. There are no bitter or sour aftertastes, just crisp, clear pilsen flavor.
Mouthfeel is rated higher because I feel the level of carbonation is just right. It is not overpowering, and it does not fill you up with gas.
Finally, I rated drinkability as exceptional because, despite its mild flavor, that flavor holds up glass after glass. You could--I have--drink glass after glass of Balashi and each one would be as refreshing and satisfying as the first. It does not overpower food--it has just enough flavor to be consistently interesting.
Serving type: on-tap
06-17-2008 21:51:43 | More by joeboe2001
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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 117 ratings.