Pilsener
Brouwerij Nacional Balashi

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From:
Brouwerij Nacional Balashi
 
Aruba
Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #254
ABV:
5%
Score:
67
Ranked #30,723
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 20.35%
Ratings:
199
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 31, 2022
Added:
Oct 11, 2002
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  41
SCORE
67
Poor
Notes: The beer has a deep golden color totally clear and transparent, with a bitterness which is soft to the tongue and nose however with an aroma of fresh hops, a short aftertaste and easy on foam. The combination of all feels fresh and smooth to the mouth when cold, perfect for Aruba's hot climate.
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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Had bottled , 7.5oz at Lola’s at dinner in Aruba. Had no idea what to expect but wanted to sample what was local. Came in a green bottle and tasted just like Heineken. Refreshing in the hot Sun. Not surprising the taste was identical seeing the Dutch connection.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by donspublic from Texas

Poured from can into tulip, good 2 finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Pale yellow in the glass, clear, slight particles floating, but the beer is 2 years old, so all forgiven. Smell is crushed grain, slight grassiness. Taste is sweet malt, some grassiness and a mild sweetness thru the finish. Dry finish with a mild bitterness and a slight salinity on the palate. I have had worse, and for the 2+ years on the can hidden in the back of my fridge, not bad. This would be easy to crush on the beach

Dec 12, 2019
 
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by 1009 from Massachusetts

This is the official beer of Aruba and it truly embodies the island style of a Pilsner. The beer takes you back to the colonial routes of the island while adding it’s own smooth tropical taste. A real treat!

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
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3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by WoodBrew from Ohio

My bestie brought a can of this back for me to try. It poured a clear golden with fizzy white head that dissipated quickly and left no lace. The scent had faint white wine flare. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain flourish. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its an ok beer.

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Poured into a pint glass via bottle

Color is a mild yellow

Smell is a sweet malt

Tatse is the maltiness followed buta sweet creaminess

Medium carbination

Decent mouthfeel

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by CHickman from New York

An 8 oz stubby can from Aruba, it pours clear yellow color with a 1 finger white head that faded rather slowly, leaving basically zero lacing. I didn't expect much in the looks department, like trolling a bar at last call, however this was decent enough looking.

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look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
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Pilsener from Brouwerij Nacional Balashi
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 199 ratings