Ah, the joy of Bintang! for us, Bali = Bintang. Sure you get every other variety of beer you can imagine, but we almost exclusively drank Bintang through the days in Bali, and we don’t mean just beer, we mean as a beverage. In fact, 6 days in, we realised we’d had more Bintang than water!
No, but really, if we’re writing an entire post dedicated to this beer, you should probably understand why we love it so much. Bintang is a Pilsner (pale lager) which is a localised version of Heineken and hence similar in both taste and packaging, yet so different that it’s not difficult to fall in love. Bintang has variants, and that’s what we love about it. While the regular Bintang clocks in at 4.7% alcohol, they have a low alcohol version called Bintang Radler that comes in two flavours – lemon and orange, and honestly, the Lemon Radler is INCREDIBLE. Bintang is so iconic that you can get souvenirs – from doormats to T shirts to wall hangings – with the classic Bintang logo, red and white with a star, against the green bottle. That aside, Bintang is available EVERYWHERE; we even saw it at a temple. The best part? Depending on where you’re drinking, 330ml of Bintang can cost anywhere between IDR 25000 – 40000 (₹125-200/ $1.70-2.80).
When in Bali, don’t forget to Bintang
Fun Fact: In 2011, Bintang Beer won a gold medal for Lager (Class 2) and Champion Beer for the lager category at the Brewing Industry International Awards (BIIA 2011) in London.