Balashi | Brouwerij Nacional Balashi

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Brouwerij Nacional Balashi

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jmatthew on 10-11-2002

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Photo of jawaltz
5/5  rDev +76.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like Aruba.
Tastes like Aruba.
Smells like Aruba.
Feels like Aruba.

When I have a bucket of Balashis waiting for me back at my palapa, I know that life is good.

I give it a 5.

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Photo of 10-8
3.52/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When in Aruba, this is the beer to drink (when not at Madame Janette's ). Clean, crisp, and easy to drink while on the beach. A simple lager, brewed with Aruba's excellent water. You can get Heinekin and Corona at home, so why not drink this. Comes in little bottles, which disappear quickly, so buy it by the case at the local supermarkets.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

LOOK: Deep yellow color bordering on light golden, good clarity. Soapy head forms and retains well along the glass. Looks good.

SMELL: Adjuncts and malts, pungent hops, slight vegetal, husk. Euro lager smell.

TASTE: Malt and corn give the grainy flavor, faint bitterness, and slightly sour. Euro pale lager on the low end. Either way not particularly clean or memorable, there is once again the cooked veggie, dimethyl sulfate presence. That needs cleaned up for sure. Its very common and plain lager.

FEEL: Light crisp body, ample carbonation. Aftertaste of hop and vegetable.

OVERALL: A ho-hum beach beer from the Aruban brewery. Its not flashy or very tasty at all, but it would get the job done if nothing else were to be found.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can so this had no skunkiness and resembled so many of the style. Classic Pilsner malts with a dry cracker flavor. Very watery feel so it's ideal for the beach but it didn't drowned the malt flavor.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 7oz bottle my mother in law smuggled back from Aruba into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, almost watery looking straw gold coloring with no head. Aromas of toasted grains, hints of baked bread, and some buttery highlights. Yikes. Flavors are toasted grains forward, with a fruit sweet undertone that I'm not sure is supposed to be there. Floral notes throughout, too, but otherwise light in flavor, jacking up the drinkability to the levels of water. Light, crisp bodied, with a toasted grain aftertaste. The finish is smooth and clean. Fairly unremarkable, and fairly innocuous. I can see drinking this in large quantities on a beach in Aruba, devoid of other options.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.03/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of balcomjo7
3.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Aroma: Wheat

It is very clear, watery
Not my favorite beer, but it is refreshing in the sun!

Served in a can

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Photo of schoolboy
2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Dave128
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

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Photo of MadCat
2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, not much head or lacing

Smell: Malt, grain, corn

Taste: Malt sweetness, with some corn and grain notes

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing

Overall: Not a bad beer to have when you're sweating on the beach, but it is nothing to be savored. Would likely lose its appeal in any other setting. Not a bad beer, but I preferred cocktails on my stay in Aruba.

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Photo of Kmccabe33
3.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Currently sitting by the pool and enjoying one fresh. Although yes this may not be a great beer, it is good for what it is. Decent taste, nothing really to note on color or mouthfeel. It is cool to have while in Aruba As I would much prefer it to other American light beers, but this is nothing to seek out.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is from notes from a recent cruise.

Pours a pale yellow with a flash in the pan head that quickly becomes nothing and leaves no lace. The smell is of wet grains and corn, very mild and not offensive at all. The taste follows suit with a light malt sweetness, some vegetal notes, and not much else. Hops are pretty much non-existent. Yep, this really is the Aruban Bud.

Drink it if its free, otherwise avoid it. Bland and generic.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes sampled this week of 8/6/2008
Honeymoon in Aruba and lets just say craft beer hasn't come into vogue on the scorching desert of an island. Balashi is the Aruba beer and you can find it everywhere. I got the chance to try this on tap, in green 12oz bottles and in brown 7oz bottles, it makes no difference the beer is a pretty crappy macro lager. Smells and tastes like you'd expect light with hints of corn, honey, grains, and some skunk. I often found a mineral taste, but not always. When in Aruba this is certainly your freshest choice, but certainly nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.67/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a shaker pint...

A - Nothing really of note, fizzy yellow liquid, almost no head and no activity

S - Light skunk, lemony citrus very faint

T - Surprisingly nice. Really dry with just a slight sweetness from the malt.

M - Smooth and wet, great for sitting out in the sun and knocking some back

O - Nothing really special, but it's about context, for something light and refreshing,i it's a good option

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Photo of Viggo
3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little 200 ml bottle, thanks to my friend for grabbing it in Aruba, served in the proper Balashi glass.

Pours a crystal clear light amber/golden, medium sized and frothy white head forms and settles to a medium ring and layer around the glass, some decent lacing sticks, looks alright.

Smell is pretty standard, a bit of skunk, some grassiness, corny sweetness, a bit of honey/caramel, pretty malty for an adjunct lager, light floral, a bit of toast, not bad.

Taste is similar, pretty malty, some biscuit and toast, corn, honey/caramel, a bit sweet through the middle, light floral, pretty weak and watery in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Lacks a bit in flavour but a decent enough hot weather beer, refreshing. Thanks Jen!

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall: a sweeter version of Utica Club, which like this beer, brings back fond rememberances....

A: typical American Adjunct Lager/Pilsener: yellowish, well-carbonated pilsner/lager. Thin head, dissipates quickly.

S: also typical: grassy, sour beerish smell.

T: on a hot Aruba day, this sweetened "Utica Club" version tasted good! Slaked my thirst! A beer for Aruba, to be certain.

M: like Bud. Bitter. Tastebods tingled.

Overall: Had this beer on Aruba during my honeymoon. Therefore, rated higher on the scale than it deserved as location, location, location and place it was consumed will evermore be linked. Wish I could get this in Albany, NY! Sigh. Recommended!

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.7/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When visiting Aruba, drink the local beer, just like other places I visit. Color is a deep yellow with a almost two finger head and broken and moderately clinging lace. Very clear with lots of micro bubble action. Smell is crisp with scents of roasted wheat, corn, and malt. Taste is clean with a little bite. Flavors of wheat, roasted corn, sage, black pepper, sweet malt, and grapefruit. Mouthfeel was moderately creamy, and tingly, with a wonderful after taste that was present when I exhaled. Not a bad choice when visiting Aruba. Better on tap than from a bottle.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had Balashi via cans and draft while in Aruba on our honeymoon. I did not drink anything else there but Balashi. This is a very underrated beer. The beer is made by Aruban water - so fresh and crisp! 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. I brought a beer back with me to the states to give to a friend who went to Aruba years ago and he shut his eyes and sighed, "That's the Balashi I missed in Aruba". This beer temporarily takes drinkers back to paradise. You have to be in Aruba (or there before) in order to fully appreciate this lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.98/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yes! A CAN from Aruba, arribe via one of my many CANtacts.

The CANQuest (TM) is hither and yon, but has yet to try a Heather beer in a CAN. My mind is in a dither and in the comics today, Mr. Dithers is yelling at Dagwood. I could go for a dagwood sammich or better, for a hot blonde. Another CANtact is looking for Shiner Blonde in a CAN for me even as we speak. Jack Kerouac and his train-of-thought writing which one reviewer dissed as "typing" rather than "writing" has nothing on me. Give me a Malt Likker and a keyboard and stand back. Speaking of standing back, it's Crack & Glug Time, boys & girls, so put on your safety glasses and your face shields because here at JP24-7 Productions, LLC, "Safety First!" is our motto!

From the CAN: "Brewed with Aruba's pristine Water ... Best quality, Best taste!"; "Traha cu awa cristalino di Aruba ... Mihor calidad, Mihor sabor!"; "Aruba's Beer"; "Help Keep Aruba Clean and Beautiful".

CANfession time: Despite being dual certified to teach Social Studies, I was scoobied as to where in the world (literally) Aruba could possibly be. Thank goodness for Mapquest! Despite popular opinion, The CANQuest (TM) IS making me smarter.

Following the aforementioned Crack & Glug, I had a finger of explosive bone-white head that was fizzing its way out of existence. Color was a slightly hazy deep golden-yellow. It may have been chill haze or perhaps they do not get hung up on filtration in Aruba, but either way, I do not care, having already read the Sunday comics and not needing to do so through a crystal-clear beer, as is the Nebraska standard. They have access to corn, rice and cabbage in Aruba, based on the nose. I jest, simply because I am trying to CANtinue to have fun with my reviews in the face of sooo many AALs in a CAN. It was pretty standard for the style, but it still put me in mind of silage. Mouthfeel was an homage to their "pristine water" - watery and with a pleasant adulterated lager sweetness in the mouth that I have come to expect from the style. Finish was pleasant, unobtrusive, damned with faint praise. Balashi was not bullshit, but then again, John Belushi (R.I.P.) might have opted for something else. I CANnot recommend a trip to Aruba to try it, but if you are in the area and your cooler needs to be stocked before hitting the beach, it will do the trick.

Last thought: 11.27 Fl Oz = 333.3 mL in a CAN! New England Brewing needs to put Neighbor of the Beast in a 22.54 Fl Oz CAN (chew on that one).

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Photo of bark
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is sugar-sweet with some fresh bread. Hints of exotic fruits and a touch of sharp bitterness.

The clear liquid is pale yellow-gold. The finger thick head sinks quickly leaving a thick white lid.

The taste is sweet with notes of white syrup and a weak hint of exotic fruits and cheap honey. A clean light bitterness and hints of base malts. Overall the flavours are neutral and sweet. The aftertaste is light with not many flavours at all.

The carbonation is fresh, the bubbles are small. The liquid is soda-like in its stickiness.

An average exotic adjunct lager.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
1.9/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My parents brought this back from Aruba for me.

Lager gold color with a decent white chapeau. No lace, no retention, not much to look at. It does come in a cute little bottle though. Dated 2/12/11.

Smells like grass and wet hay. There's a little but of hop snap in there. Taste is...vapid? Doesn't really have any malt character, I just get a slick and slimy mouthfeel. Balashi calls it Euro moutheel - poor Europe. Subtle hop spice is the one redeeming quality here. The fact that this beer won 2 gold medals further supports my theory that at some point, any crap in a bottle has won something.

Overall Impression: Well, at least I crossed Aruba off the list.

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Photo of Jayli
3.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just came back from Aruba and had lots and lots of Balashi. This stuff is everywhere! I tried draft, can and bottle. The bottles and cans are interesting they serve in either 8 oz or 10 oz.

A: This beer pours a clear, golden straw yellow with a two finger of sudsy bone white head. Head recedes very quickly with little lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is grain and corn, and a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Taste starts with grain and corn and pretty much dominate the middle. There are few grassy hop notes that come through in the finish and hang there with a continued grain flavoring.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Goes down very easy, not much kick, not filling at all. I believe this beer is misclassfified as it is more in line with a pilsner than a macro. This beer is one that you can throw back all day long and works with the heat of an Aruban day.

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Photo of njbeernj
3.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer while on vacation in Aruba. I was drawn to it because it came in ~8oz bottles, so each bottle is a tasty little treat.

The beer had an appealing "dryness", reminiscent of the NY based Rheingold of yore.

This beer should only be drunk in the summer, as it is more of a beverage, than a meal.

One should note that I gav a quick google search to see if I can buy it in the US. Apparently not, but I can see from several chat rooms, that I'm not the only one looking for this suds, stateside.

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Photo of jlindros
3.01/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of DrewS667
3.66/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had in Aruba, available everywhere there...

This beer is absolutely perfect for laying on the beach on a resort in Aruba, or lounging in chairs grilling on the backyard on a hot summer day. Its nothing to look at, your basic macro, smellls just like one too. But it has a far deeper and crisper flavor, with touches of citrus.

Much better than any macro, a perfect summer time beer. Wish it was available up here for sure

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