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Bir Bintang Pilsner - Bintang

Bir Bintang PilsnerBir Bintang Pilsner

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65
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 24.15%


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Bintang
Indonesia

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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WoodBrew

Illinois

3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 11:00:29 | More by WoodBrew
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

1.88/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-25-2010 07:52:09 | More by jeranbrews
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 20:39:04 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +25.7%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 10:12:46 | More by Otterburn
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Hubris

Australia

3.1/5  rDev +17%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 07:45:46 | More by Hubris
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SargeC

Japan

3.2/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 01:18:19 | More by SargeC
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Ch1mpy

Sweden

2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 21:59:47 | More by Ch1mpy
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Bananaman

Sweden

3.1/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 08:56:40 | More by Bananaman
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Sigmund

Norway

2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: can

11-03-2008 17:01:17 | More by Sigmund
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bark

Sweden

3.7/5  rDev +39.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 19:58:16 | More by bark
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 02:22:51 | More by DrJay
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atis

Finland

2.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 18:28:57 | More by atis
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thierrynantes

France

2.28/5  rDev -14%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 15:54:42 | More by thierrynantes
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brendan13

Australia

2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 08:24:01 | More by brendan13
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LittleCreature

Australia

2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

OVERALL - 2.5
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 09:38:57 | More by LittleCreature
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vancurly

Australia

2.15/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 07:02:08 | More by vancurly
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jayfarley3

Nevada

1.9/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 11:09:54 | More by jayfarley3
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JayTheFinn

California

2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 02:24:53 | More by JayTheFinn
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RedBeerchetta

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +52.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 22:45:56 | More by RedBeerchetta
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 22:58:02 | More by jarmby1711
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Finite

Australia

2.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 06:59:27 | More by Finite
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Weizenmensch

Japan

1.48/5  rDev -44.2%
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".

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 13:02:45 | More by Weizenmensch
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.03/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 18:16:43 | More by cypressbob
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donnebaby

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer's label states it's "Best served with friends" but I lament to be drinking it by myself. Does that mean it's not at its best?? Perhaps if others were drinking it with me its score would increase. Maybe not though.

I was not wowed by this beer's looks...although no words come to mind--so perhaps I am wowed.

Nice malt presence in the mouth, giving it a Czech-style flair. Scant hops, clean finish. A pretty boring taste all in all though.

The carbonation is pretty good, which is my favorite part of this drink--sharp on the tongue with a nice, soft fizzling-out sensation in the throat. I would give it an above-average drinkability as well. The Bali Hai, also from Indonesia, was a much better brew I thought.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 09:32:48 | More by donnebaby
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jackndan

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2002 08:29:51 | More by jackndan
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