GRM (3238) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Green bottle, 22 cl, best before 2008JUL29, gift from Viviana Martinez, savoured on April 3 2008; eye: golden, clear, white head made up of rather large bubbles, light effervescence, no lacing; nose: a bit of malt, corn, fruity, floral; mouth: low savours profile, a bit of malt, a bit of caramel, a touch of fruitiness, finale in rose water with a hint of caramel, lightly grainy and a harsh, light body, rather carbonated; overall: not a great beer but exactly what I needed tonight
Bouteille verte, 22 c, meilleure avant 2008JUL29, cadeau de Viviana Martinez le 31 mars 2008, savourée le 3 avril 2008; œil : dorée, claire, mousse blanche formée de bulles plutôt grosses, légère effervescence, pas de dentelle; nez : un peu de malt, maïs, fruitée, floral; bouche : profil de saveurs faible, un peu de malt, un peu de caramel, une touche fruitée, finale en eau de rose avec une pointe de caramel, légèrement granuleuse, corps léger, plutôt carbonatée; en résumé : pas une grande bière mais c’est ce que je recherchais quand je l’ai bue
Homer7530 (10) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the US, this would be a mediocre Americn macro. Tastes more like a watered down Heineken. In the hot dry days in Aruba, this beer becomes a lot more palatable. They have this eveywhere down there.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2008
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Thx omhper!
Pale golden colour. Low head. Honey pastilles, hay and alcohol aroma. Bit sweet in flavour with honey here as well along with subtle notes of grassy hops.
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Golden colour, with small sparkling bubbly head. Aroma is rather sweet with some malts, hay, cardboard and maize. Flavour is about the same with some bigtime grassyness lurking in the background.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2008
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled. Courtesy of omhper. Pale yellow with a low fizzy white head. Sweet aroma of straw, sugar and corn. Light-bodied with touches of hay, canned mushrooms, corn and peas with mild undertones grass and lemon. Sweet short finish of cookies and peas.
omhper (20750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2008
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled, thanks jjpm74! Pale golden with brief head. Sweet and fruity. Some very light grassy hops tries to cover a rather mushy and fruity body. Low bitterness. A simple tropical lager.
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
As the only beer mass brewed in Aruba, Balashi is a drinkable light pale lager. Nice color, and watery taste makes this a decent beer to drink while lying on the beach in the sun!
dmac (4551) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I drank this everyway it comes....draft, small baby bottle and oddly tiny cans. Poured a thin light golden straw color with a slight bubbly white head. Aroma of malt and a sligh touch of citrus. Palate is thin and harsh at the same time. Falvor is a bit of malt and some citrus. This is nothing but a subpar pale lager but after you see the prices you have to pay for this swill, $12.00-$15.00 for a six pack and thats from a grocery store or factory direct!!!!, you will trully long for a good ole Miller Lite 30 pack for under twenty bucks.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of my parents trip to Aruba. Best by November 4, 2007. Smeller green bottle. Pours golden with a thin but sustained white head. Smells of apples, dry pilsner malt, some sugar, hints of citrus. Tastes slightly tarte with a strong dry pilsner malt base, some sugar and hints of citrus. Palate is slightly watery. Refreshing enough for a hot climate beer.
kenlenard (3) - Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2007 does not count
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I have been to Aruba 10 or 12 times and have had many, many of these beers. It typically comes in a small can, small bottle or 10-11 ounce (larger) can. The canned and bottled versions have a bit of a harsh finish (almost aspirin-like) that you notice right away. I took a tour of the Balashi Brewery in 2006 and the Balashi they serve on tap in the beer garden is much smoother. The tour guide mentioned that the beer uses three pale grains in the beer (I’m guessing pilsner malt, maybe some very light crystal, munich or vienna) and all German hops (I’m guessing Hallertau, Hersbrucker or Tettnanger) and the beer is brewed with desalinated seawater. Otherwise, this is a 5% ABV pale lager meant to quench thirst in a hot climate. In Aruba, you have access to many US brands as well as Dutch brands (Amstel, Grolsch, Heineken) and Venezuelan brands like Polar and Nacional. I probably prefer Polar or Amstel (regular, not light or bright) out of any of those. Yet, Balashi is very popular in Aruba and has a very large presense everywhere on the island. Cheers.