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Bir Bintang Pilsner - Bintang

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Bir Bintang PilsnerBir Bintang Pilsner

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 110
Avg: 2.6
pDev: 36.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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American Adjunct Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Photo of ADZA
1.03/5  rDev -60.4%
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.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
1.43/5  rDev -45%
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".

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Photo of jackndan
1.5/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

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Photo of jayfarley3
1.9/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of jeranbrews
1.9/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of Finite
2.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of soju6
2.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of benfons
2.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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)

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Photo of vancurly
2.17/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of MsNitch
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

I'm sorry but this is not a German Pilsener by any means, this could be classified as a Lager or an Adjunct Lager at maximum

A: Pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head. Ridiculous retention
S: Adjunct malts, rice or corn (or both) most probably
T: Watery. Some malts. Quite dry but, in overall, tasteless. Small bitterness. Ok, refreshing, like water
M: Very light body. Medium to low (disappointing) carbonation
D: A "beer" to be avoided

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Photo of DrJay
2.26/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
2.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance : pale gold color, medium foam head
Smell : Aroma malty, notes of lemon ?
Taste and mouthfeel : watery ,slight bitter
Drinkability : a well known beer in Indinesia, but an average copy of German pilsener

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of atis
2.31/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice head, colour golden brown. Smell is quite grassy, I would have expected more hops.

Does not taste like typical pilsner, it lacks hops and is too sweet with kind of maltiness in it. Carbonation is strange - it all disappeared within minutes. Now what is left are some small bubbles.

Anyway, beer is quite refreshing when compared with other mass produced pilsner beers with no character at all. Slightly better than the average drink pretending to be called beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
2.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Like clear apple juice, with a thin sheet of head fading to a ring within seconds.

S - Weak floral notes with sweet corn.

T - Faint grass, green apple and white grapes. Very mild and pretty uninteresting.

M - Clean thin body with moderate carbonation.

O - Shouldn't be drunk anywhere but Bali. It does bring happy holiday memories though.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 18/3/14

A pale yellow with lots of big bubbles feeding a finger of foam that's gone in seconds and leaves several patches of random lace

S sweet grains, cardboard, floral hops are faint but there, not skunked but has a chemical thing going on that doesn't work that well, smells like a corona or something similar

T doesn't stray far from the smell, not overly offensive but not exactly pleasant to drink, tastes like cardboard

M thin and watery, bubbles foam it up and its flat in seconds, vegetal aftertaste leaves something to be desired

O not quite awful but undesirable, tastes like so many other crappy warm climate macro lagers I'd pass if given a second chance

I didn't buy this one because I thought it would be good I bought it for the country tic. One of those beers that you could drink on a hot beach if you had to but I'm not on a hot beach in Indo

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Photo of nelsonsaigon
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Experienced in : Yogyakarta
Appealing to me : taste is ok
Less appealing to me : appearance not so inviting, less foam

I am neutral on this beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.54/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Format: a standard green 330mL bottle with a pretty ordinary macro label.

Appearance: pours out a pretty nasty yellow colour with a very thin white head that dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma: a very weak aroma of cheap grains and adjuncts with some florals or vegetal notes.

Taste: again very weak with cheap adjuncts. A nasty fug is evident -which turns out to be vegetal rather than the floral - however is still very light so doesn't impact too much.

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away pretty quickly per the style. Just a throw-down, cheap macro lager.

Mouth feel: quite light in body which comes across as watery. The carbonation somehow is chunky and yet makes the beer feel a bit flat.

Overall: an okay throw-back lager but that's about it. It has been designed for the hottest of hot weather where flavour is not as important as refreshment. You can still find better for under AU$40 a case though.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 2.5
Poured a finger of bubbly, white head, that steadily reduced to almost nothing. The colour is a pale gold and looks quite still.

Smell - 2.0
A strong skunkiness was evident upon opening, but this reduced appreciably with time. Vague whiff of malt and grain, perhaps a whisper of hops. Very weak.

Taste - 2.5
There is certainly more taste than some other macro beers out there, and it is not a bad taste either. Still, you wouldn't call this strong. It is sweet upfront, which turns to a grainy flavour, and there is very little hop characteristics in the finish. Aftertaste is almost non-existant Not too bad, but way off for the style.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
Carbonation is low, and the beer goes down quite easily. Weight in the mouth is light to moderate. A little too flat for the style.

Drinkability - 3.5
This would be very sessionable on hot Bali nights, but otherwise not great.

In a way, this beer is lucky to score this highly from me, as it is way off for its style (almost no hops!) and has very little charater. It gets by by being easy to drink, and not offensive in any way. If I am in Bali again, I will most likely drink some more, but it would be stupid to pay import prices for what is really a very ordinary beer. ABV is 4.8% by the way.

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Photo of brendan13
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear golden colour with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away rather quickly.
S - A grainy, light fruity sort of smell.
T - Like the smell but with some slight honey sweet notes.
M - Fairly light bodied with a medium to high carbonation.
D - Pretty boring, lackluster beer. Like others have said it would probably do the trick on hot bali nights when you have no other choice but here, in normal circumstances there are many, many better choices.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
2.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Ch1mpy
2.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden colour with white head.

Somewhat skunky smell with malt aromas.

Pleasant mild taste with flowers and fruit.

Mouthfeel is a little bland and would have benefited from a heavier carbonation.

As for drinkability, though it may not be able to compete with the best German pilseners the Bintang for sure beats most Swedish macro lagers.

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Bir Bintang Pilsner from Bintang
66 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.