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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

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 82
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 23.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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 ADZA
1.02/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Im only drinking this to prove to my mate the obvious and it pours a see through pale straw colour which leaves a fizzy two finger head and no lacing,the smell is grains,metallic malts and liquid hops,the mouthfeel is nothing just like mineral water really and has the same tastes as smell grains,metallic malts and liquid hops and overall i find it funny how so many people come back from Bali and all of a sudden pronounce themselves newfound beer drinkers as this clearly is not beer in my eyes just macroswill borderlining on flavoured mineral water.

ADZA, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.48/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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".

Weizenmensch, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of jackndan
1.5/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

jackndan, Aug 19, 2002
Photo of BILF
1.75/5  rDev -33%

BILF, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of jeranbrews
1.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

*A can brought back from a day drip to Indonesia by a coworker although I have seen green bottles at local import stores. This is as Indonesian as they come.

A - No fizz no pop when I open the can. There is a small amount of sugar white head that dies down to almost nothing in about 15 seconds. Color is a brassy yellow.

S - Mildly skunky, burning rubber plus shaving cream smell. Burning rubber is a first for beer for me. There are some pale malt and vaguely grassy hops smells masked in there somewhere.

T - Acidic but not sour. Starchy but not malty. It doesn't have that flavorless corn rice water taste of American macros but it does have it's own strange bitter funk. It is a medley of complex flavors but they are mostly bad. I would not call this a German pilsner.

M - A bit flat. Mouthfeel is so far the best part of this beer. It's designed to be a beer you just close your eyes and drink with a bong maybe. Goes down ok as long as you don't taste it. Like cheap bourbon.

D - Won't be having this again anytime soon. Kinda hard to keep down.

jeranbrews, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of jayfarley3
1.9/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

from a 12oz bottle poured a pale yellow with a small white head that dissapates very quickly, smell is very faint, taste is almost like heineken like sombody else said but not as strong, mouthfeel is like drinking water basically, i could drink this beer if i really just wanted to get drunk but other than that i would pass.

jayfarley3, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of intoxabroad
2/5  rDev -23.4%

intoxabroad, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of PBitt
2/5  rDev -23.4%

PBitt, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of bostonryan
2/5  rDev -23.4%

bostonryan, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of jjkatter
2/5  rDev -23.4%

jjkatter, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of yossarian
2/5  rDev -23.4%

yossarian, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of lgmol
2/5  rDev -23.4%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of djbx
2/5  rDev -23.4%

djbx, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of shama84
2/5  rDev -23.4%

shama84, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Martinmcfaul
2/5  rDev -23.4%

Martinmcfaul, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of eulerthegrape
2/5  rDev -23.4%

eulerthegrape, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.04/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Finite
2.05/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Light golden colour with a very low amount of large bubbles. Rapidly dissipating head. I can imagine if this were poured into anything but a pilsner glass you would have no head in a matter of seconds.

Smell: mild saaz hops. Small amount of oily aroma. Some malt sweetness there too.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Very watery and bland. Some malt sweetness and mild watered down hops. A little bitterness at the end on the edges of the palate. Carbonation is extreme and so prominent that you almost can’t hold it in your mouth. Some corn and grain but not great.

Drinkability/Overall: Not easy to drink. A very bland and lackadaisical attempt at a great beer style. This one does it no credit.

Finite, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of benfons
2.08/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Yellow with a hint of orange, small head

S: very light, some malts and some corn

T: once again very little there: some sweet corn, and something bad in the aftertaste

M: light dry, carbonation is a bit off

O: Just a bad beer, reminds me of heineken (which is never a good thing)

benfons, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of soju6
2.13/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light yellow color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma that is sort of musty with light citrus and bit of malt sweetness and grain.

T: taste is fairly bland, with light citrus, some malt sweetness and grain.

F: Light body, slightly crisp and smooth and a bit sticky. Pretty bland.

O: This is a boring Lager. Best served ice cold on a hot day.

soju6, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of vancurly
2.15/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours haze-free, with a pale honey colour. Nice white frothy head which sits well.
Smells pretty awkward. Weedy. Like stale bar runners (might have been where I was drinking it).
Tastes straw/grassy, slight weed/tobacco, pawpaw fruit note. No malt notes of interest.
Thin & watery, barely any bitterness.
Might be good to quaff while sitting on Kuta Beach, but for any beer lover looking for interest, look elsewhere.

vancurly, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of MsNitch
2.2/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

MsNitch, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of MarkoNm
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a typical clear golden color, topped with an average white foamy head that immediately settles down.
The aroma is easily picked up, some malts and lots of grain.
The taste is sweet at first, slightly bland - lacks some bubbles. Balanced body with a tiny amount of bitterness in the finish.
Drinkable, but that's it.

MarkoNm, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of JLapadura
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

JLapadura, May 20, 2014
Photo of DrJay
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was everywhere in Bali and most street vendors had piles of Bintang shirts for sale. Let's see how it stacks up...
It poured a clear gold colour with a thin, soapy ring of bubbles. Quite fizzy with a few short-lived bubbles that clung to the glass. The aroma was a bit sour, lots of maize and veggies plus sulfury hops. Bitterness was low and the flavour was on the sweet side with corn and sugar prominent. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, definitely on the dry side. The flavour was nearly inoffensive, but the aroma wasn't to my liking. There are better options for a pale lager when visiting Bali.

DrJay, Sep 04, 2008
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Bir Bintang Pilsner from Bintang
64 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.