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Bir Bintang Pilsner - Bintang

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Bir Bintang PilsnerBir Bintang Pilsner

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 23.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Reviews by SargeC:
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3.2/5  rDev +22.6%

Appearance: Clear, light golden colored brew. Very pale. Weak looking, fizzy white head.

Smell: Sharp pine aroma, hints of butter, light malt in the background.

Taste: Very mild hop flavor with a limited malt profile. Very clean with no standout flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Crisp and slightly acidic finish.

Drinkablity: A simple brew, pretty refreshing and light. Good for a hot day in the tropics.

02-22-2009 01:18:19 | More by SargeC
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1.48/5  rDev -43.3%

Green 330mL bottle, stating on the label "Best served with -friends-". How nice. Guess they had to say that because it would spoil any food it was consumed with. Best before Oct 2005.

Appearance: Very pale yellow with little carbonation, head retention and lacing. Reminds me of that other classic Asian beer, Yanjing.

Smell: Fairly repugnant. Adjuncts, corn, skunky hops, stuff that shouldn't be in beer. Smells cheap and third-worldly.

Taste: Better than the smell but not by much. Skunky hops - these shouldn't show up in a beer that hasn't had to travel far or for very long to get here (Indonesia is Australia's nearest neighbour). Weird soapy taste, kind of like detergent... bear in mind I just had a Weissbier out of this glass, and didn't use detergent when I rinsed it. Corn, I suppose... nothing really to identify there. Not altogether disgusting, but pretty bad. I've had worse Asian yellow macro lagers (see above).

Mouthfeel: Soapy, sticky and thin. Nothing redeeming.

Drinkability: Well... served really cold, when it's really hot and humid... in Indonesia... it might pass but otherwise I wouldn't drink too many of these. This is on a par with regular Australian macros but are at the price of a boutique import.

Notes: This is certainly not a German pilsener... like none I've ever had. However, it's much like a lot of other Asian macros, for example 333 from Vietnam, Yanjing & Shanghai from China, Taj Mahal from India etc. Why are these beers all in their own category? They are like a boutique macro - a classy-looking beer that tastes slightly better than ordinary macro swill, but obviously aimed at the tourist market in Asia. Mass-produced beer for the rich.

Amusing proof of this that I just noticed is three gold medals, flanked by wreaths: upon closer inspection, they are not real awards at all (as if I'm surprised). The three little gold circles say "Monde selection - Selection de la qualite". If that really is an award, it must have been invented just to give to this beer. Yep, strictly for the Bali tourist market: it is, after all, "International Quality".

09-10-2005 13:02:45 | More by Weizenmensch
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2/5  rDev -23.4%

10-08-2012 17:12:21 | More by intoxabroad
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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

07-08-2013 11:54:11 | More by Sammy
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3/5  rDev +14.9%

Indonesia did Pilsner/American Adjuct Lagers proud with Bintang. The beer is very drinable and quite smooth. It is interesting that this website lists it as a AAL, when the label infers a pilsner. Either way it is a pretty good beer. The appearance is good...nice golden clear with plenty of carbonation which helps to forms the foamy white head. The smell is ok...well balanced between the grain/malt/hops used. The taste is very smooth....hints of grain and malt help to balance the beer. Bintang is very easy to drink and certainly could put a few away....without issue.

06-15-2011 11:00:29 | More by WoodBrew
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

05-09-2013 12:16:57 | More by Ciocanelu
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1.5/5  rDev -42.5%

Bintang, from Indonesia: From the light green bottle to the star on the label, this beer screams out Heineken. No wonder, as the brewery is affiliated with Heinie. Extreme skunk aroma, even though this was purchased in Hong Kong, and was as fresh a bottle as you’ll ever see. The head, what there was of it, disappeared, leaving little if any on the beer. The beer itself was mostly flavorless, dominated solely by that euro-skunk taste. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

08-19-2002 08:29:51 | More by jackndan
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3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

01-04-2013 20:45:29 | More by Foulon
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2.04/5  rDev -21.8%

Pours gold with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows grassy hops, banana, vegetable notes, sweet cereal and cardboard.
More vegetable notes as a flavours along with lemon characters and cereal/cardboard notes again.
Could use more carbonation, seems a little flat.

09-03-2013 05:27:05 | More by CrazyDavros
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4/5  rDev +53.3%

07-07-2012 08:38:01 | More by DearthVader
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2/5  rDev -23.4%

06-08-2013 23:03:02 | More by PBitt
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2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

04-08-2012 02:05:21 | More by BrazilianAussie
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New York

2.99/5  rDev +14.6%

Bottle at Pelangi, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high head that has good retention properties and only died down a bit.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose-corn stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has flavors of corn and adjunct malts along with a very slight amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but isn't very flavorful and seems a little bland.

04-16-2013 19:47:04 | More by metter98
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New York

3/5  rDev +14.9%

12-19-2013 03:52:51 | More by mepenete
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3.1/5  rDev +18.8%

Well, this is an pretty average international lager. Interesting to try something from Indonesia.

Aroma is weak but there are some typical hop and malt tones with a weak undertone of citrus.

Tastes pretty good, nothing special but ok'. Some nice tones of hops, freshly baked bread. A bit hoppier than expected actually.

Tried this one to some "thai-food", worked out pretty well.

11-07-2008 08:56:40 | More by Bananaman
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2.85/5  rDev +9.2%

Had a Bintang at a Thai restaurant in Kyoto, Japan. It wasn't a very busy restaurant and so the beer may sit on the shelf for a while there...or maybe it's just not very good.

A - Not much head on a pale yellow body.
S - Light banana
T - Light banana, hops. Not much else and just not much flavor period.
M - Quick fizzy carbonation which dies relatively quickly, and then nothing else.
D - Smooth after that initial fizzy attack. But this is a bland kind of smoothness and that's no good.

05-16-2007 02:24:53 | More by JayTheFinn
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3.23/5  rDev +23.8%

Bottle of 330 ml, bought in the Netherlands where it's imported. ABV 4,7%. Ingredients are water, malts, sucrose, barley and hops.

Pours a golden yellow colour, with two fingers of soapy white head, good retention. No lacing left behind. Lots of activity in the glass.

My nose is a bit blocked, but I only get an aroma of your typical pilsner, meaning some light hops smell along with some malts
NIce crisp taste, refreshing, very light bitterness on the finish. Quite malty.I thou Nothing really exciting, but quite good nevertheless.

Medium thin body and average carbonation.

Overall not bad. Highly drinkable, although not really a pilsner but closer to a lager.

11-03-2012 22:16:32 | More by Douberd
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +14.9%

10-13-2013 11:17:53 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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2.2/5  rDev -15.7%

A: Super carbonated mostly clear with hints of a yellow tint, topped with a fast falling crown of large bubbles much like fresh piss.

S: Weak floral and malt notes with a distinct lager yeast.

T: Sweet sugared corn and rice adjuncts, an almost lost hop and floral reference smothered in bubbled carbonation.

M: A barely there bikini body and muted lingering hoppiness.

O: Serve super cold with no lofty expectations, this beer prides itself in being a water substitute, drink it like it was such and remember to pack sun block, for where there is Bintang, good times follow! Tastes great after a unexpected mouth full of ocean.

08-18-2012 09:48:26 | More by MsNitch
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2/5  rDev -23.4%

02-08-2012 19:13:01 | More by bostonryan
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

07-12-2013 17:01:54 | More by safaricook
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2.38/5  rDev -8.8%

330 ml can, a gift from my Indonesian-born sister-in-law. ABV is 5%. Pale yellow colour, decent head. Typical "Industrial" and sweetish pale lager aroma, notes of maize and/or other adjuncts.The flavour is far too sweet for a "pilsener", but there is at least a certain maltiness and not too many off-flavours. Very moderate hops in the finish, slightly metallic.

11-03-2008 17:01:17 | More by Sigmund
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2/5  rDev -23.4%

12-28-2011 13:16:59 | More by jjkatter
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3/5  rDev +14.9%

06-19-2014 17:16:17 | More by Woofer
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4/5  rDev +53.3%

12-05-2011 14:30:06 | More by marcosiahaan
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