GarrettB (841) - La Jolla, 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.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall not a bad beer, but without going back to aruba I dont intend to drink any elsewhere. Clearish, bland macro beer taste, but it was great on the warm beach.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, yellow, thin head and lace. Nose of pale grainy malt and a bit of adjuncts. Light bodied, water texture, a bit of malt development thats nice, bit of a lemony twang that was suprising and pleasant. Slight bitterness. Best green bottled little island beer I ever had.
Strangebrewer (732) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. Poured clear straw coloured with a small white head. Light dry hoppy aroma. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Grainy corn flavour with a hint of granny smith apples. Finishes a little metallic.
greenhorn1 (727) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can. Ok, for a lager this wasnít to bad, thatís why I have a higher rating. Refreshing on a hot summer day.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Courtesy of Oscbert. Pours a clear light gold with a small white layer of foam. Aroma is mostly of hay, grass, not much else. Flavor repeats with hay and finishes with a little sweetness. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Upper-medium carbonation. Overall, fair plus.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale straw color with a bright white head. Grainy, fruity aromas, well carbonated, not much hops. Refreshing, but kind of thin. Had on tap and brought a bottle back. Seemed to taste better on the beach, but what doesnít?
vikingguy (686) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Can. Gold with small white head. Sweet corn malt on the nose. Tastes like, well...a carribean lager (most taste pretty similar to me). Sweet corn, grassy hops...not much else. I suppose this would be nice on a beach in Aruba but otherwise, just a sweet boring lager.
icehawk (594) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: A bit musty, salt, seaweed
Appearance: Clear straw/golden, bubbly with short lasting foamy white head
Taste: A bit of sweetness, no bitterness, some slight off-putting flavors in the finish
Palate: Although it appears highly carbonated in the glass, fairly flat, thin mouthfeel
Overall: For a pale lager, this isnít too bad.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2006
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours clear golden with white head. Aroma is straw and light malts. Taste is not terrible for a pale lager. There is a little hop bitterness in there. It was great on the beach.