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Brewed by Balashi National Brewery Inc.
Style: Pale Lager
Santa Cruz, Aruba

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.24   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
ajax25g (59) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle thanks to tderoeck. Nose is musky and metallic. Light watery gold with small white head. Taste is metallic, starting sweet and going to slightly bitter. Has something harsh on the palate, and is over carbonated. Bleh...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Pretty good beer. Fond memories of Aruba attached to this beer. I even have a Balashi coaster which i love. Standard pils/lager with some sweet cornish hints. Not a lot of complexity. Watery finish without a bitter slighty skunky aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Big_Pete (32) - Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2014
From long ago. The beer itself was decent for what it was. Would I have it again? No. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
Maybe I like this beer because it’s pretty much the only beer you can get in Aruba, and the weather would make natty light taste good. Not far from water, Little hoppy, a little color, a little fizzy, a little malty. Like Red Stripe and Zambezi, think of what you want your beer to be like if you lived in the desert.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
puc86 (19) - USA - OCT 26, 2002
Aruba is hot, so the lightness of this beer is a nice welcome. Plus it is free in all of the casinos and it is hard to say too many bad things about something that is free.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caybrew (13) - CAYMAN ISLANDS - JUL 20, 2007
pale coloured, light bodied, very typical refreshing caribbean style lager beer

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknorek (11) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Many of the carib lagers are quite similar to each other...light in flavor, not overbearing on the palate, and enjoyable in the hot sun on palm beach. A refreshing light drink that does not repeat later at night.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer7530 (10) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2008
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbbeerdrinker (7) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2005 does not count
While in Aruba I had many of these. I really enjoyed drinking them. Light and very drinkable beer...especially on a hot day in the hot Aruban sun. A definite must try if you go to Palm Beach!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kenlenard (3) - Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2007 does not count
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.


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