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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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 110
Photo of J30wang
3.65/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After my merry-go-round from Belgian Tripels, to handfuls of IPA/DIPAs from upstate NY to California, then German Weisse's and British Ale's, I found myself craving the standard. An idiot I hold close to my heart once told me: "Sometimes you just gotta have McDonalds, you know?"

How pretentious for me to say, and of course this is no Micky Ds, but for your basic adjunct lager/pilsner, this will do. I came across this easy-going gem on a trip to Bali, Indonesia, and was pleasantly surprised by how it filled exactly what I needed in that kind of humid, tropical weather; paired with local flavors, ofc (Babi guling!). Good fizz and fair amounts of malt. Very light beer that pours a lighter shade.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden with a medium sized white head. Aroma is crisp and sweet grain, vegetables, some floral and herbal notes. Taste is light to medium sweet boiled vegetables and crisp grain, light herbal bitterness. Light bodied, average carbonation.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.23/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Visited Indonesia 3 times over the past several years. This is the beer of choice while relaxing on the beach or a jungle hut. Just standard and boring, yet it's good when travelling in Indonesia.

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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 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 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 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 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 metter98
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of Douberd
3.2/5  rDev +23.1%
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
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.

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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 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 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 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 StonedTrippin
2.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

indonesian treasure. when you spend a week or two on a boat lookin for waves, this pilsner type ice cold (dingin selkali!) brew gets the job done. sessionable all day after a long session, a little bobby marley in the juke and a slab of bintang happening, perfect. the setting makes the beer in this case, average to lousy product served up with indonesian spirit. will never turn one of these down because theres a good chance it means amphetimines and cheap sex. rock on

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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 WoodBrew
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.

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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 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 Otterburn
3.3/5  rDev +26.9%
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!!

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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!

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Photo of SargeC
3.24/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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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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Photo of Bananaman
3.08/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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