Our recent trip to Bali had us on a constant search for cold towels and drinks, it was a hot time of the year even for the locals. Despite all that, it was only on the third day that I tried the famous Bintang Pilsener (4.7%), sitting on the patio of a small cafe in a lorong (small lane) like many others after parting ways with my in-laws. Ironic because strong cool breezes came in and tropical rain started to pelt down. The coolest weather we’ve had so far and I’m here for that refreshing beer. But we stopped because we were thirsty and it was cheap there.
Straight off the bat I will say I am not a massive fan of Asian beers, put it down to many bad experiences. They always seemed so….fizzy. But, when in Bali, I do have to try the local go-to beer and so I did. I tried it. It was not bad at all. I was expecting the usual overly carbonated, bitter mess but was treated to a smooth crisp taste instead. The carbonation is medium which is great for the hot weather. It is not enough to froth your mouth as I am not a fan of the rabies look! The flavour has a light floral and vegetable note with a bit of a malty kick. I would say it is a mix between a pilsner and a lager though so keep that in mind. This beer is a standard beer and should be seen to appease that “I want a refreshing beer” phase. I would not seek it out for a complex assault on the taste buds though. Overall probably your best choice of a session beer in Indonesia or if you want to feel on holiday at home!