gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on on draught on de Palm Island, Aruba. Medium yellow color with a medium white bubbly head, A fairly standard lager without a whole lot going on, satisfactorily drinkable on a hot day on the beach. Not bad.
GarrettB (1220) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 My poor, dejected Balashi has been the Charlie Brown of my beer collection for almost two years. Without fail it has been insulted, pushed aside and ridiculed every time the box itís stored in has been opened. Every day was a trial for that green-bottle outcast. Why? Itís the very last bottle of a beer I had purchased on a trip to Aruba. Itís a pale lager, as a rule drinkable only in tropical climates or desperate situations of survival. There was little incentive for me to down an Aruban pale lager in the middle of my native Colorado winter, and no reason to drink it when I had better beers to indulge in for the weekend. However, with the end of the school year in sight and a desire to finish off my box of beer I would eventually need to confront the gremlin under my bed. And, at last, I did, and in doing so learned a lesson familiar to many stories: the monster is rarely monstrous. Balashi is not an exceptional beer, but it wasnít repulsive, either. In fact, on a sweltering Aruban summer day I can see Balashi being superior to the Caribbeanís average watery beers. Carib, for example. At first Balashi seemed to be a gruesome creature, inside and out. Itís colored like light, golden blonde hair, but had a strange filmy cloudiness which I had only seen before in solution bacteria samples. At one moment I actually thought the beer may have become a growth medium itself, but bringing the glass closer to my nose allayed any fear of microorganisms taking the Balashi as a home. The smell was composed of cashew, sweet corn, a droplet of light honey, and a general lager spritziness, giving it that quality that helps a mass produced pale lager that thirst-quenching, cleansing quality. There was even a tiny hint of pineapple juice in the smell. The flavor, too, was absent of any toxic qualities. A wheat and honey motif permeates through the beer, ending on a dry, tree-bark aftertaste, though these flavors struggle to push through an immensely loud carbonation. This is Balashiís greatest weakness. The carbonation is too much for the flavor, and also too much for the mouth, zipping to and fro, scratching the tongue in a furious, gaseous clamor. For this reason it is best served after a short rest, and cold, to better mask any skunkiness or corn syrup that may come with the taste budsí extra sensitivity with warmth. Otherwise the Balashi is a perfectly consumable beer. I have to agree with another reviewer that, compared with other countriesí who lack a history of brewing, the Balashi ranks fairly high. It is terribly mismatched back here in the continental U.S., but considering its location, it just ainít that bad.
blackisle (1187) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2014 Backlog. Drank this from the tap in the brewery in 2006, though made with filtered seawater not a sign of saltiness. Grain, rice, grassy hops, clear pale golden, minimal white head, sweetbitter, medium body, thin texture, soft carbonation, light bitter finish, bit watery, rather smooth, great thirstquencher.
Tonkun (1157) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2011
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can in Aruba. Light gold with quickly fading head. Sweet bread / cereal with leaves. Strong carbonation for the body but it goes well with the climate. Finish starts sweet but end with bitterness. Not bad.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Had this beer in Aruba when I visited a few years back, and I just found my notes. Pours a clear gold color with a medium white head. Aromas of weak malt and hay; pretty much a standard lager aroma. Flavor isnít anything special either; weak malt, slight bitterness, and grass. But man, is this refreshing during an Aruba summer! A very efficient way to beat the heat, since it is more or less like water. Honestly, not bad at all.
Oscbert (1139) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
~Scent of spicy saaz hops, some sourness and wet straw.
~Pours a very clear gold color with small diminishing white head.
~Saaz hop flavor with sour malty hay... taste much sweeter and better at the brewery.
~Light bodied, med to high carbonation, spicy bitter finish.
~Excellent Pilsner. Refreshing brew. Great for a hot day at the beach. If you can get it straight from the brewery tap. Taste much better than at a bar or resturants tap.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A gift from my boss on a recent trip to Aruba. Thanks Chuck! Pours out a typical yellow color with a huge quick disappearing head. Aroma had some corn, sugar and hops to it. Taste was rather refreshing with a crisp bitter finish. Over all a nice brew.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 5, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
An ok drinker. This was brought back by a friend from her honeymoon for me! Typical pale lager. Maybe a little light. I had this from a can.
Derek881 (1075) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - OCT 5, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A powerful, yet inconsistent aroma, with a fruity character. The beer is pale with a light head, and its flavor is predominantly bitter, with a light, sour effect. It was lively with a medium body and retained its bitterness in the finish. Overall, not a very impressive beer, but one that I enjoyed in Aruba, and would certainly sample again on a return visit.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours a clear very pale golden with a small white head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma of light pilsner malt, hay, and a hint of floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and crisp finish. Not Bad.