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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
47
Avg:
2.65
pDev:
21.51%
 
 
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8
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28
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.92/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of nmann08
2.42/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of metter98
3/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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 dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dcmchew
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 AlexFields
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of 22Blue
2.38/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of stevoj
2.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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 spinrsx
2.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Hayley_86
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wordemupg
2.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 18/3/14

A pale yellow with lots of big bubbles feeding a finger of foam that's gone in seconds and leaves several patches of random lace

S sweet grains, cardboard, floral hops are faint but there, not skunked but has a chemical thing going on that doesn't work that well, smells like a corona or something similar

T doesn't stray far from the smell, not overly offensive but not exactly pleasant to drink, tastes like cardboard

M thin and watery, bubbles foam it up and its flat in seconds, vegetal aftertaste leaves something to be desired

O not quite awful but undesirable, tastes like so many other crappy warm climate macro lagers I'd pass if given a second chance

I didn't buy this one because I thought it would be good I bought it for the country tic. One of those beers that you could drink on a hot beach if you had to but I'm not on a hot beach in Indo

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Photo of bark
3.7/5  rDev +39.6%
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 DrJay
2.26/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of shigg85
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of andrenaline
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows grassy hops, banana, vegetable notes, sweet cereal and cardboard.
More vegetable notes as a flavours along with lemon characters and cereal/cardboard notes again.
Could use more carbonation, seems a little flat.

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Photo of kwjd
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BdM
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADZA
1.03/5  rDev -61.1%
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.

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Bir Bintang Pilsner from Bintang
2.65 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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