Bir Bintang Pilsner | Bintang

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Bir Bintang PilsnerBir Bintang Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bintang
Indonesia

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
46
Avg:
2.63
pDev:
21.67%
 
 
Wants:
8
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26
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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 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 hopnerd
2.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cfalls
2.93/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of Rocknrao
2.71/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green glass bottle purchased at a restaurant in Bali for 22000 rupiah.

Pilsener. No ABV listed on the label.

Inoffensive insipid taste of pilsner malts. Very minor grassy hop presence. Not metallic nor watery. No off-flavours.

Kind of refreshing. Smooth, wet, light-bodied, overcarbonated.

Forgettable fare from the big guy brewery in Indonesia. Cheap for Indonesia, though, and preferable to competing lowest common denominator lagers brewed in the country.

High D+ / NOT RECOMMENDED

***
Big bottle the night after the review above (since there's barely fuck else to drink on the island). +/- 4.70% ABV.

Crisply overcarbonated, with an imbalanced sweet malty taste. All pils and pale malts. No grassy hop character.

Serviceable for pairing with Indonesian rice dishes, I guess.

High D+

***
07/24/16: Another big bottle since this is the cheapest most ubiquitous beer in eateries across Bali. Cost this time was 40000 IDR per large bottle at a touristy Western joint.

Yup, still lackluster. But it's inoffensive enough to pair with food when almost ice cold, even in spite of its many shortcomings.

We've all had worse. At least this isn't watery like many U.S. brewed budget pale lagers.

High D+

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Photo of CBrodbeck
2.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of 54V4G3
2.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of billrustin
2.93/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TrilliumFan
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spinrsx
2.79/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of stevoj
2.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can from Maruhn. For a second world pale lager, this isn’t too bad. Decent grain flavor and frothy head. Faint aroma, but not unpleasant. Pretty good for SE Asia.

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.32/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BdM
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Hayley_86
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ant1
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jroof1
2.79/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Andrewharemza
2.87/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden with a medium sized white head. Aroma is crisp and sweet grain, vegetables, some floral and herbal notes. Taste is light to medium sweet boiled vegetables and crisp grain, light herbal bitterness. Light bodied, average carbonation.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
2.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nmann08
2.42/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Sabre311
2.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DylanBrkhff
1.82/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Very mediocre beer, unpleasent smell and tase.

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