Bintang versus Anchor

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KingTubby started the topic in Sunday, 20 Mar 2016 at 8:16pm

Imagine a scenario in which you were forced to consume a large quantity of either Anchor or Bintang beer. What is the concensus of opinion? Criteria include all aspects of consumption, from immediate pleasure to future regret.

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udo commented Monday, 21 Mar 2016 at 9:16pm

Blowin this ones for you

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uncle_leroy commented Monday, 21 Mar 2016 at 10:41pm

I prefer Anchor, will still taste like a beer after you've downed 24 of them, just find the bintangs to taste watery sometimes

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mk1 commented Tuesday, 22 Mar 2016 at 1:01am

Anchor stout.

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bluebottlesting commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 4:06pm

Anchor .... away from Bali they are easy to get

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 4:23pm

I like real Bintangs you buy in Indo very easy to drink, but the stuff they sell in Australia as Bintang taste totally different.

I also sometimes drink Heineken when Indo, believe they own Bintang hence the very similar label.

Bali hai is also okay Anchor probably my last choice.

That said i don't drink much these days and don't drink much in Indo either, i dont get those guys that go on surf trips and get on the piss every night, if i drink it's more just one or two or three to seal off a good day of surfing, and more a treat rather than daily habit.

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Blowin commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 5:32pm

I'm a big believer of When in Rome .....drink what the Romans drink.

In Indo that means Bintang.

It's pretty hard to beat a post surf glow enhanced with a couple of Bintang Besar as you watch the sun set and the stars come out after another fine day getting pitted in Indonesia....

Can't say I've ever tried to drink it in Australia as it's as much about the location and the atmosphere as the taste.

So it's New or Squires in NSW , Bush chook or Little Creatures in WA ,VB in Vicco , Fji Bitter in Fiji , Cascade or Boags in Tassie and Coopers in ...well Coopers tastes fucking good everywhere doesn't it ?

Of course I'll diversify and allow my taste buds to treat themselves as I wander but I'll keep it local if I can.

Drink like the locals with the locals is my motto.

Anchor ?

Never tried it ?

Any good ?

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zenagain commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 5:35pm

Nihonshu in Tokyo and of course Chianti when in Rome:)

Yaks milk when in Ulaanbaatar.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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chin commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 5:48pm

Agree Blowin, something about the location. Food is the same for me. No matter how good the cook is, it never seems to taste the same in Oz.
I have a feeling a lot of these beers are brewed under licence to the same company to a standard formula. Tusker (think pig tusks) in Vanuatu, Bintang in Indo, Bababa (333) in Vietnam, Tiger in Singapore etc. etc. all seem very similar and perfect for the occasion on their home turf.
Coopers Ale in SA, a meal in every bottle

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udo commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 5:51pm

When in Rome.............40 deg day - Warm Southwark- loaded chillum -caves carpark = shitfaced

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southey commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 6:04pm

Except when your in American territories .... Bloody Bud should not be called a Beer .
Also when in Micronesia they had this San Miguel Mid strength that was near impossible to get pissed on .
Emptied an entire 70L esky of the stuff on a fishing trip ( almost single handed ) and still caught the most fish ........
The Americans present were horrified .... :-))))

" SA's Reserve Capacity "

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 6:19pm

indo-dreaming wrote: I like real Bintangs you buy in Indo very easy to drink, but the stuff they sell in Australia as Bintang taste totally different.

I also sometimes drink Heineken when Indo, believe they own Bintang hence the very similar label.

Bali hai is also okay Anchor probably my last choice.

That said i don't drink much these days and don't drink much in Indo either, i dont get those guys that go on surf trips and get on the piss every night, if i drink it's more just one or two or three to seal off a good day of surfing, and more a treat rather than daily habit.

Id always assumed Bintang was owned by Heineken by the similar Beer taste and bottling, jut googled it seems its true.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bintang_Beer

BTW. interesting fact, Bali Hai is not produced in Bali but in Java.

And seems Anchor is a China beer.

And seems Heineken Asia Pacific own pretty much all the beers mentioned here including Tiger (which i also don't mind) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heineken_Asia_Pacific

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chin commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 6:26pm

udo wrote: When in Rome.............40 deg day - Warm Southwark- loaded chillum -caves carpark = shitfaced

Guess where Udo
Crayon art in this old girl

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chin commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 6:34pm

Wait up...Southwark??? Sth. Australia's secret shame. For a moment I felt I knew you Udo.

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southey commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 6:47pm

Southwark , puts hair on ya chest .!!!
Have to be up there with Emu export , Abbotts , Castlemaine , and KB for oldshool despo's .

" SA's Reserve Capacity "

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stunet commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 7:16pm

I had a few Bintang the summer just gone, was here in Oz not there in Indo, and it tasted pretty damn good. It's a lager, light and clear and well suited to hot weather drinking. If the situation suited I'd have it again. Might even team it with a 'dang. 

As it is, I buy James Squires Golden Ale every other time I'm in the bottlo. I've no idea if it's a wanker beer or not, I'm a little out of the loop in those regards. What I hate though is standing in front of a fridge choc full of beer trying to make a decision based on....something. So it's Squires everytime and I get freedom from choice 'cos I'm a creature of habit not impulse.

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udo commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 7:23pm

Anyone tried a Balter ?
Freeride the Ox pub has it.

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no-eye-deer commented Monday, 4 Apr 2016 at 7:52pm

udo wrote: Anyone tried a Balter ?
Freeride the Ox pub has it.

Yeah its on at my local, had a couple of quiet schooners with a mate Easter Saturday. For me its an unashamed copy/homage of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, which isn't all that surprising because the brewer at Balter is ex-Stone & Wood. All in all I thought it was pretty good.
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truebluebasher commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 2:16am

Balter is Full on Fruit Loop Beer, people shout you one...wait till there gone.
Back up to the Bar for a beer...sip the wrong one & your face falls off.
Takes 3 or more beers to flush it out of yer fillings...you all know what tbb means!
One chick once swore she liked the fruity taste...crew dared her to finish it, all of it!

Rumour of them selling 'Proper beer' but local Brewery beer lover said when!
tbb has tried it too many times...gotta be good for something you'd reckon.
That Stone & Wood is more subtle fruity where as Balter is more like this....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLom-87AmO8

(Congratulations) Mick, Joel, Bede,Ant,Stirls,Aza,(Scotty),Kerrzy,Sean.
Today the lads sold Balter to Carlton & United (Scotty stays as head brewer)
https://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/gold-coast/balter-brewery-sell...

Mick is so happy he'll serve you a brew now...
https://www.pedestrian.tv/bites/mick-fanning-balter-brewery-sale-cub/

Balter Beer Tech...
https://www.broadsheet.com.au/national/food-and-drink/article/balter-bre...

Loveable Oz Surfie beer story breaks the internet...Bonza! Burp!
(WSL are all like, what the hell...wish we could do that?)

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thermalben commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 6:01am

I'm more of a Dark/Black Ale kinda guy, but I've always been surprised at Balter's popularity given the price.

Just looked online then, and Dan Murphy's has:

  • Lager 375ml cans - $19.49 for a 4-pack or $56.99 for a case of 16 
  • Strong Pale Ale 375ml cans - $21.49 for a 4-pack or $71.99 for a case of 16
  • IPA 375ml cans - $24.49 for a 4-pack or $76.99 for a case of 16
  • IIPA 500ml cans - $31.49 for a 4-pack or $101.99 for a case of 16

What constitues "craft beer" these days anyway?

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GONAD_MAN commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 7:54am

I like the Asian beers. Singha, Chang, San Mig, Bintang, TsingTao, Asahi.
That's mainly because i'm based in Bangkok.
But i still love the Corona and lime.

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Blowin commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 7:59am

I’d say anything priced above $20 for 6 long necks constitutes a craft beer.

Went to grab a beer at a transit airport a few days ago and was appalled to discover it was zero alcohol. Closer inspection revealed that ALL the beer was zero alcohol. That’s religious intolerance right there .....

There’s something about drinking a local beer in its home environs that elevates it’s appeal.

Love Buzz !

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Solitude commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 8:07am

Mick: ‘it’s like having a big brother help
us get around the playground’
(A big brother that has a thousand bucks in his pocket for the tuck shop)

‘Just people enjoying good beer, good beer is for everyone’ (for everyone that can afford > $20 / 4 pack)

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amb commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 9:09am

Recently in London saw Fosters on tap, which you dont see in Aus since ???, thought if give it a try. Can now see why its not sold here anymore, as they say in old Blighty Shite!.

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Westofthelake commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 9:35am

I had a can of Forsters once....The End.

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 10:22am

Airport elevates pricey craft beer appeal by grounding the alcohol content.
Pure Gold crafty beer joke brewed by Blowin.

Pilot burps..."New religious tolerant beer-line is taking off." [ LOOSEN SEATBELTS ]

Jet setting A-Listers are threatening to cancel all o/s Tours
[Bitchy Air Stewardess Strike announcement] "Sober A-Listers are impossible!"
Mile High Club position hasn't changed since cigarette ban.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjQZMXovtS0

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factotum commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 12:42am

Yesterday at the lunch barbie we had a veritable rainbow nation of Coopers tins. Purple, Green, Red, even one bloke recovering on the Orange.

And everyone's got the freebie Coops green eskies from the local bottlo.

Colourful characters.

As for wannabe WA pish...

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Blowin commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 11:23am

And here’s me thinking that you’re the type of bloke that does nothing of interest , then you turn around and say that you drank a couple of different beers at lunch ...... you are a mad man !

https://youtu.be/dkBGT1EVaNQ

Living big.

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troppo dichotomy commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 2:04pm

Thomas Cooper for P.M.!Blowin stated earlier Coopers tastes [email protected]#king good everywhere!poetry to my ears.

Southwark stout is superb.A warm suvig bitter+chillum=much respect!!

Bintang i'm sick of but drink em alot when nothing else is available.dont mind an Anchor but my latest favourite is Bali Hai.try one,i reckon they've gotten their act together lately.Storm beer was the best in Bali but they ran the bule out of business.........Arak anyone???

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 2:23pm

From being a decades-long devotee, I can't drink Coopers anymore. Not since the curtain was pulled back on the family skeletons.

The personal is political, aye comrades, even when I feel the frost on my cheek from the bottlo fridge. These days I'm a swing voter and like to keep things lively: bit of Old, bit of Grifter, bit of the latest craft beer marketed to appeal to my discerning middle-class eye (but without denting my slim working-class wallet)

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zenagain commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 2:37pm

If it was free, cold and some good conversation was to follow, I wouldn't care if it was brewed by Nazi's.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Blowin commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 4:14pm

You fuckers are on fire .

Brewed by Nazis !!

That’s some funny shit.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 4:41pm

Balter is over-priced fruity cat piss.

Try a 7Mile Cali Cream Ale....brewed in Ballina. Also worth a visit there at the airport.
They have a mango beer, proper mangoes. That is wanker factor squared but surprisingly good.

doesn't taste like a fermented fruit tingle.

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factotum commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 4:49pm

I hear ya, Stu. Been drinking it since my teens. That's a lot of friggin' years and beers. A hard one to deal with. Red, and the new purple is it though.

Southwark Stout is a better drop too in that department. Jeez, back when you could get it in longies. Superb.

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stunet commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 5:20pm

Cali Cream Ale, eh? Sounds well 'ard. Though I shouldn't talk myself up as I'm drinking Stone & Wood Pacific Ale and half-expecting Angus and Julia Stone to break into song as a bunch of linen-clad murfers sway gently side to side.

That's what happens up in Byron, right?

Like Steve, I've also been struck by the sudden appearance of fruit in the beer fridge. Watermelon beer. Mango beer. I haven't bought any but I just can't imagine it being a good thing so I'm quite prepared to prejudge it. Expect it'll go the way of other recent hits like booch, brisket, and turmeric lattes.

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zenagain commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 5:39pm

I bloomin' hate it when you order what you think is a delicious looking craft ale, take a long drink and it tastes of... cloves.

What fuckery is that? Who on Gods green earth thinks that beer and cloves go together? Maybe a dentist or a hippy but no rational person in my eyes.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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P'tai commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 5:40pm

with father beans of course

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Blowin commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 5:41pm

They really need to explore even further with their beer / food collaborations.

Who wouldn’t want a pork knuckle pale ale ?

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zenagain commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 5:45pm

Or a steak'n'kidney lager?

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Fliplid commented Friday, 6 Dec 2019 at 8:28pm

“Balter is over-priced fruity cat piss.” Well according to CUB that cats piss is worth 200Million

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Kellya commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 1:09pm

Most craft breweries take it too far.....making piss that doesn’t even taste like beer. I’ll stick to my red cans over here in WA.

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udo commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 2:20pm

Two -Bays Gluten free Beer
anyone tried it ?

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factotum commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 11:21am

Nail VPA is a good WA drop. And there's a reason it comes in a 4 pack.

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zenagain commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 12:20pm

Does it taste like cloves?

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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factotum commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 12:33pm

It certainly rattles your teeth.

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zenagain commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 12:52pm

Sold!

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Solitude commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 2:05pm

Zen I think the cloves taste you hate so much are really ‘hoppy’ beers. I love them. Only problem is the alcohol content!

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zenagain commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 2:44pm

Hmmm... Maybe you're right Soli. I don't have the most discerning palate and have been known to eye off the drip trays from time to time.

Having said that, we have some wonderful beer here in Japan. Most people back home will be familiar with Asahi Super Dry or Sapporo Gold Star lager but they're your kinda mid-level beers. Suntory Premium Malts, Yebisu or Grand Kirin are world class. Also there's a flourishing little craft industry here now and it's great fun trying something new to spice things up.

Conversely, i'm off the piss. I used to drink nightly but now only drink on Saturday evenings or special occasions.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Solitude commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 3:36pm

Oh yeah Japan makes amazing beers - but known more for their crisp lagers than their fuller bodied ales.
I reckon that hoppy flavour is acquired, once you’re accustomed to the bitterness it’s hard to go back.
That being said I’m not fussy, not many beers I wouldn’t drink.

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freeride76 commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 4:31pm

went to the new Stone and Wood brewery in Byron yesterday. total mob scene. Millions of people.

wonder what CUB would pay for them?

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dazzler commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 4:40pm

Stuff Asahi / CUB.

Word is they are stopping production of Resch’s.