Bir Bintang Pilsner | Bintang

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Brewed by:
Bintang
Indonesia

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
46
Avg:
2.63
pDev:
21.67%
 
 
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Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.5/5  rDev +71.1%

Photo of Adita
4.2/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The best Indonesian pilsner I've tasted so far.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.02/5  rDev +52.9%
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.

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Photo of DearthVader
4/5  rDev +52.1%

Photo of marcosiahaan
4/5  rDev +52.1%

Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev +40.7%
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!

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Photo of John
3.7/5  rDev +40.7%
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.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.67/5  rDev +39.5%
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.

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Photo of J30wang
3.65/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After my merry-go-round from Belgian Tripels, to handfuls of IPA/DIPAs from upstate NY to California, then German Weisse's and British Ale's, I found myself craving the standard. An idiot I hold close to my heart once told me: "Sometimes you just gotta have McDonalds, you know?"

How pretentious for me to say, and of course this is no Micky Ds, but for your basic adjunct lager/pilsner, this will do. I came across this easy-going gem on a trip to Bali, Indonesia, and was pleasantly surprised by how it filled exactly what I needed in that kind of humid, tropical weather; paired with local flavors, ofc (Babi guling!). Good fizz and fair amounts of malt. Very light beer that pours a lighter shade.

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Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of porkandbeer
3.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Otterburn
3.3/5  rDev +25.5%
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!!

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Photo of Foulon
3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of brauseboof
3.25/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of SargeC
3.24/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.23/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Visited Indonesia 3 times over the past several years. This is the beer of choice while relaxing on the beach or a jungle hut. Just standard and boring, yet it's good when travelling in Indonesia.

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Photo of Douberd
3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle of 330 ml, bought in the Netherlands where it's imported. ABV 4,7%. Ingredients are water, malts, sucrose, barley and hops.

Pours a golden yellow colour, with two fingers of soapy white head, good retention. No lacing left behind. Lots of activity in the glass.

My nose is a bit blocked, but I only get an aroma of your typical pilsner, meaning some light hops smell along with some malts
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NIce crisp taste, refreshing, very light bitterness on the finish. Quite malty.I thou Nothing really exciting, but quite good nevertheless.

Medium thin body and average carbonation.

Overall not bad. Highly drinkable, although not really a pilsner but closer to a lager.

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Photo of Couz74
3.15/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of poskok
3.12/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hubris
3.1/5  rDev +17.9%
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!

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Photo of Bananaman
3.08/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.01/5  rDev +14.4%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of double2chin
3/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Bir Bintang Pilsner from Bintang
2.63 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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