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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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Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

07-08-2013 11:54:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of metter98

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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2.95/5  rDev +13%

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

11-12-2011 08:05:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

08-07-2014 10:45:30 | More by dmorgan310
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2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

09-04-2008 02:22:51 | More by DrJay
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Alberta (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -8%

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

03-18-2014 09:40:32 | More by wordemupg
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3.7/5  rDev +41.8%

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!

10-30-2008 19:58:16 | More by bark
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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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2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-15-2013 17:29:02 | More by Evil_Pidde
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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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1.02/5  rDev -60.9%

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.

08-31-2011 08:46:28 | More by ADZA
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2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

10-31-2013 11:40:03 | More by dcmchew
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

05-16-2014 01:16:27 | More by andrenaline
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

05-09-2013 12:16:57 | More by Ciocanelu
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2.28/5  rDev -12.6%

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

03-16-2008 15:54:42 | More by thierrynantes
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3/5  rDev +14.9%

01-31-2012 06:36:26 | More by shigg85
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2.13/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

08-22-2012 03:42:32 | More by soju6
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3/5  rDev +14.9%

06-13-2013 03:32:00 | More by randylangford
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2/5  rDev -23.4%

02-08-2012 19:13:01 | More by bostonryan
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2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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

10-14-2010 20:39:04 | More by eduardolinhalis
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2.6/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

11-25-2007 08:24:01 | More by brendan13
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2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-11-2014 19:12:24 | More by Paccamacca
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

07-12-2013 17:01:54 | More by safaricook
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2.42/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

12-19-2011 13:04:48 | More by dansmcd
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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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Bir Bintang Pilsner from Bintang
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