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Bir Bintang Pilsner - Bintang

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Bir Bintang PilsnerBir Bintang Pilsner

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BA SCORE
64
poor

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 23.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bintang
Indonesia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.5/5  rDev +73.1%

barbellsNbeers, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.03/5  rDev +55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was on a four country business trip, Indonesia being the fourth, and aside from a brewpub in Singapore, hadn't had any beer that caught my attention until I tried Bintang. I had it from a bottle and poured it into a pilsner glass. The look was classica plisner golden, the smell slightly hoppy, as expected, but the taste a bit more complex than the other regional beers I had (Tiger, Singah, San Miguel). All were drinkable, but this one had a bit more hop character than the rest. It didn't make me think I had been transported to the Czech Republic, but it did comfort me with the knowledge that I would be ok beer-wise while in Jakarta.

RedBeerchetta, Apr 19, 2007
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

DearthVader, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +53.8%

marcosiahaan, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of John
3.75/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent pilsener that's refreshing and thirst quenching. Quaffed plenty of these while in Jakarta.

John, Oct 19, 2001
Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is medium yellow with a tint of god. The high head sinks down to a thick lid with a fizzing sound. No lacing.

The smell is malty with sweet notes of barley and wheat dough. Some anonymous bitterness and quite a lot of alcohol. Maybe a hint of honey, too.

The taste is a bit sweet, somewhat malty flavour of French loaf, rice and sweet exotic fruits. Some mild anonymous bitter flavours that grows a bit. The aftertaste brings a mild dry bitterness, some hints of peppermint and hints of alcohol.

The carbonation is very refreshing and quite strong, but as the liquid is very smooth, the carbonation isn't sharp in any way.

In fact, this is one of the most refreshing beers I have had in a long time!

bark, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of porkandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

porkandbeer, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Otterburn
3.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent brew for a country that is mostly non-drinker. Bintang is alright for the hot nights in the jungle or everyelses you are in the country. There is a bit of bitterness, and its very easy to drink. anyway you can not really complain about the beer cause, with the Guinness thats the only one you can find here. So you enjoy it!!

Otterburn, Jun 02, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev +25%

Foulon, Jan 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +25%

brauseboof, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Douberd
3.23/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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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.

Douberd, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of SargeC
3.2/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

SargeC, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Bananaman
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Bananaman, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Hubris
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having lived in Bali for 5 years, I have drunk a LOT of Bintang!

"Pilsner"? yeah right! It's an average lager, best served chilled, VERY often skunked due to the realities of storage conditions in tropical Indonesia. It's loosely modelled on Heineken (see the big red star on the label?) and does actually have a faint malty taste with discernable bitterness if you get an unspoiled one.

Bintang is no world beater, but sitting on Kuta beach at sunset, nursing sunburn and listening to a local band butchering a Bob Marley classic, there's nothing better!

Hubris, Apr 05, 2009
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3.05/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A crystal clear mid gold insipid looking beer , with very low level of carbonation.
Flat , metallic macro lager smell that is not very enticing.
The flavour is rounded smooth and sweet.There is little variety and little bitterness. What is there is pleasant but is uncomplicated .
Despite the watery smell it is a thickish oily mouthfeel.
This is a hot day quaffing beer. Better than some and worse than many.If I was in Indonesia (highly unlikely0 then I would be happy enough to be drinking this but not excited by it

jarmby1711, Sep 07, 2006
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3.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled

Pours with a light yellow body, fizzy yellow head with good retention

Smell, grainy, some hint of corn

Taste, fairly crisp mouthfeel, some slight hop bitterness, bit of grain

I had this in a fantastic indonesian restaurant and it went fairly well with the hot food but i couldnt see myself buying it

cypressbob, Jul 29, 2005
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3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

WoodBrew, Jun 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

mepenete, Dec 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

Woofer, Jun 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

ricerice, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

mungus, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

shigg85, Jan 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev +15.4%

ZachRusk, Jun 26, 2013
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Bir Bintang Pilsner from Bintang
64 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.