Bir Bintang Pilsner
Bintang

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From:
Bintang
 
Indonesia
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #197
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
65
Ranked #30,530
Avg:
2.68 | pDev: 22.39%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
104
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 01, 2022
Added:
Oct 19, 2001
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  38
SCORE
65
Poor
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Ratings by woodychandler:
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev +12.3%
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
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.18 by Tiggerhans from Netherlands

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.07 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jan 26, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5
Bintang “Pilsner”
330ml green glass bottle, “BEST BEFORE BB190122”

Notes: Labeled “FOR EXPORT ONLY”. Clear deep gold/brass in color beneath a short head of bright white. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing! Aroma of basic dull, grainy malt and generic hops. FYI, this is an adjunct beer with “Sucrose” added. Flavor follows with no exception. Short and dry finish. Medium-light in body and crisp. Overall quite dull and boring.
Sep 27, 2021
 
Rated: 2.5 by robline from Sweden

Feb 28, 2021
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Rated by Acheron_666 from Indonesia

3.36/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
that bitterness make me sick. but at least this beer is still drinkable
Nov 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.89 by beerrat from Virginia

Jun 07, 2020
 
Rated: 2.5 by Askala from Spain

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Dave_the_Rave

1.51/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5
330ml bottle in a hotel in Surabaya, at INR65,000 the cheapest on the menu. I had to check the label as I initially thought the waiter had brought me a non-alcoholic version. Very little to recommend here other than the fact it can be gulped down like water, taste not dissimilar to water in fact. Boasting the colour of weak tea and a rapidly diminishing foamy head, this drink entices the nose with very little at all. The tasting doesn’t disappoint, as the hope of any flavour is dashed by its soapy blandness. If you’ve been surfing all day this stuff is probably great, but I hadn’t, and it wasn’t.
Feb 29, 2020
 
Rated: 3.13 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jan 03, 2020
 
Rated: 2.78 by generallee from Virginia

Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.07 by Lucnifter from California

Jul 05, 2019
 
Rated: 2.84 by Kurmaraja from California

Jun 02, 2019
 
Rated: 2.25 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by HallsofAle from Canada (ON)

1.28/5  rDev -52.2%
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
 
Rated: 2.75 by Marvicsin from California

Mar 31, 2019
 
Rated: 2.65 by shelby415 from Oregon

Mar 26, 2019
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

1.64/5  rDev -38.8%
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
 
Rated: 2.5 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Feb 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.45 by Toynk from Illinois

Feb 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by paulish from New York

Jan 27, 2019
 
Rated: 2.09 by YvesB from Belgium

Nov 26, 2018
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
660ml Bottle from Morrison's supermarket (£1.67):
This one is pretty much what I’d been expecting when I picked it up, it was an easy going and somewhat refreshing pale lager that could easily be described and basic and bland but definitely not offensive. It was easy to drink without much in the way of flavour showing, some lager malts and the odd grassy flavours were about it really but I won’t complain too much since the beer serves a purpose. I can’t imagine it will be a beer I’d pick up again unless I manage to visit Indonesia, and if I do then I’ll probably end up drinking it 24/7 over there; it’s also not the worse Asian beer I’ve tried which has to count for something.
Oct 30, 2018
 
Rated: 2.5 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

3.1/5  rDev +15.7%
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
 
Rated: 2.58 by emincems from Turkey

Jul 09, 2018
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Rated by technotinno from England

5/5  rDev +86.6%
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
 
Rated: 2.14 by desint from Belgium

Jun 06, 2018
 
Rated: 2 by ironmark666 from Scotland

May 14, 2018
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

3.6/5  rDev +34.3%
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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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
From estucerveza. In Teku glass. Playing Broken Age. Completely standard pale lager, like many industrial ones from around here. Completely flavorless and boring.
Nov 18, 2017
 
Rated: 2.63 by morrowd3 from Vermont

Oct 02, 2017
 
Rated: 2.91 by DutchGermanguy from Netherlands

Jul 23, 2017
 
Rated: 2.61 by varian7 from California

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by mrsockless from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +44%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by crob3888 from California

May 28, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Golden and carbonated. Fairly well hopped and with the adjuncts not making their presence too obvious. Light bodied and refreshing it goes very well with spicy food in a very hot environment.
May 01, 2017
 
Rated: 2.56 by hopnerd from Australia

Apr 07, 2017
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Reviewed by cfalls from New York

2.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
L - clear, light yellow, no head at all

S - malty, lager yeast, similar to Bud, Miller, etc.

T - sweet, bland, very slight bitter grassy note from the hops, slightly woody aftertaste

F - thin yet oily? medium carbonation

O - seems to be the only form of alcohol available on Sunday because of government regulations, so it's got that going for it
Feb 26, 2017
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Reviewed by Rocknrao from California

2.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
My understanding is that Bintang is basically identical to Heineken.

It's good for traveling in Bali but probably wouldn't be good enough outside of Indonesia.

Light flavor all around. Hint of pilsner sweetness and a very subtle hop bitterness. Might just be my imagination. Highly fizzy.

Good for the sweltering heat of Bali afternoons. Won't get you buzzed unless you have at least four of them. Maybe that's a byproduct of the sweatiness i experience here.

The only other beer I've tried here is Bali Hai, and that strikes me as a miller high life clone.

Glad there's at least beer to drink on my vacation in a predominantly Hindu society.
Oct 01, 2016
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