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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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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 marcosiahaan
4/5  rDev +53.3%

marcosiahaan, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of mungus
3/5  rDev +14.9%

mungus, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ricerice
3/5  rDev +14.9%

ricerice, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rekel
3/5  rDev +14.9%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.95/5  rDev +13%
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

StonedTrippin, Nov 12, 2011
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 WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

WoodBrew, Jun 15, 2011
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 eduardolinhalis
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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

eduardolinhalis, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Otterburn
3.33/5  rDev +27.6%
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!!

Otterburn, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Hubris
3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

Hubris, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of SargeC
3.2/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

SargeC, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Ch1mpy
2.85/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Ch1mpy, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Bananaman, Nov 07, 2008
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2.38/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Sigmund, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev +41.8%
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!

bark, Oct 30, 2008
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
Photo of atis
2.3/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

atis, Jul 16, 2008
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2.28/5  rDev -12.6%
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

thierrynantes, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of brendan13
2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

brendan13, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

LittleCreature, Sep 13, 2007
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
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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 JayTheFinn
2.85/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

JayTheFinn, May 16, 2007
Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.03/5  rDev +54.4%
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.

RedBeerchetta, Apr 19, 2007
Bir Bintang Pilsner from Bintang
64 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.