Bir Bintang Pilsner

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #369
Ranked #50,828
2.64 | pDev: 22.73%
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Kurmaraja from California

2.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jun 02, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

3.6/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

American Adjunct seems to be popular in South-East Asia for some reason - and although beer lovers tend to criticize them for being poor, they do have a certain quality.
Imagine being somewhere in Indo-China during or after the monsoon with 100% humidity and tropical heat - there's nothing that quenches your thirst and cools you down than an ice cold American Adjunct!
No particular flavors, just a hoppy, light malty refreshing, easy to drink, light beer.
This is just like that, no outstanding features (couldn't tell the difference between a Chang, a Tiger or a Kingfisher perhaps) but does what it supposed to do quite well - quench thirst.

Nov 22, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

1.64/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Decanted from a 11.2 oz (330 ml) can into a custom taster pint; best by 30 July 2019.
A: Pours a nearly clear, dark golden color with a less than one finger, briefly foamy white head, no serious retention, and little or no lacing.
S: Picked up a butyric acid aroma throughout. Hard to smell anything other than that.
T: Dry. Almost an apple flavor, very light malty and grainy with low bitterness.
M: Light bodied with very low carbonation. Drinks smoothly but slightly astringent.
O: Off aroma of butyric acid is pretty much a deal breaker. This was also not an old can, based on the best by dating, so no excuse. Basically, a very low end Pilsener. Might be my lowest rating ever.

Mar 17, 2019
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mrsockless from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Okay. You're in Bali. Your other choices were Heineken or Tiger, so you went with the local beer.

It pours an unattractive straw, and seems a bit of the watered down side. It certainly doesn't smell like any hops you can recognize. But its hot, like really hot, and there's no shade in sight. Just you, on in an island paradise that doesn't really appreciate beer. You 'neck it' back like the Aussies you're surrounded by would do.

It tastes like a pre-made shandy, and you're not sure if the sugary sweetness is deliberate, or if its under attenuated... But strangely its the perfect thing for where you are. You go back stateside, but no one carries some random Indonesian beer... Even if every bottle is like a time capsule to island paradise.

Jul 04, 2017
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DutchGermanguy from Netherlands

2.91/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 23, 2017
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Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hey, you want complexity?....,Nah, when it comes to Bali, kick back, relax and let go of all your North american demands. nothing beats the heat like a cold one of these. clean, crisp, refreshing like a Heineken.
a simple choice for a simpler way of living.

Jul 20, 2018
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technotinno from England

5/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Give me a Bingtang over the shite I've been drinking all my life prior. Beer of the people.

Jun 12, 2018
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HallsofAle from Canada (ON)

1.28/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Looks and feels like most standard, malty American lagers. Bland malt smell, head thins into a broken lace. Looks like apple juice or urine, tastes malty with a metallic-tinge and a slightly chemical, soapy aftertaste. In the part of Indonesia where I stayed, it was the most abundant and affordable alcoholic beverage, and was a decent thirst quencher. Avoid otherwise.

May 18, 2019
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Lucnifter from California

3.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jul 05, 2019
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beerrat from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Jun 07, 2020
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Askala from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

May 16, 2020
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robline from Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Feb 28, 2021
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Marvicsin from California

2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Mar 31, 2019
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generallee from Virginia

2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dec 07, 2019
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John from New York

3.7/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent pilsener that's refreshing and thirst quenching. Quaffed plenty of these while in Jakarta.

Oct 19, 2001
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jackndan from Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

Aug 19, 2002
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Sigmund from Norway

2.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Nov 03, 2008
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RedBeerchetta from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +52.3%
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.

Apr 19, 2007
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donnebaby from North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +8%
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.

Mar 24, 2004
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.01/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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

Jul 29, 2005
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Jul 08, 2013
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bark from Sweden

3.7/5  rDev +40.2%
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!

Oct 30, 2008
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It has been quite the exotic couple/few days for me! First, I had some Serbian & Armenian beer, thanks to @tone77 & now I am moving on to Indonesia, courtesy of one of my recent visits to The Beer & Beverage Shoppe on Roseville Road, off of the Fruitville Pike. It is getting to be like my travels & travails in the Navy!

From the CAN: "International Quality"; "Brewed with quality ingredients"; "For export ONLY".

Phew! Good thing that I purchased it outside of the country or who knows what sort of punishment might have befallen me! I happily Crack!ed open the vent & then beCAN an inverted Glug that resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. I then celebrated the lovely lacing that it left in its wake. Color was a beauteous Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, summoning forth The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas for a taste. Nose was a real corn-laden downer, full of a silage-like scent that now causes me to cringe & CANtemplate heading for the hills. 8=( Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was actually rather mild, still very much in the maize, but not as pronounced as in many beers in the style. It was the kind of thing that you might not mind drinking on a hot, humid day, but it was not making it for me in the face of the cold Winter chill. If it were not for its use of corn as an adjunct, it might have been fairly pleasant, given its light flavor. Finish was semi-sweet, about on par for the style. Ho hum. CANother day at CANQuest (tm) HQ.

Jan 23, 2019
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DrJay from Texas

2.26/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Sep 04, 2008
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Weizenmensch from Japan

1.43/5  rDev -45.8%
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".

Sep 10, 2005
Bir Bintang Pilsner from Bintang
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 157 ratings