I also had to pick up a Bintang. You know, as a control beer.
ASIDE: Apparently that last post attracted a lot of comments! Note the Australian commenter David Horovitz holding forth that some lousy “craft” brewery in Bali produces a beer that’s so complex that an unsophisticate like me just can’t understand it. This is why the developed world doesn’t take Australians seriously.
But I digress. For my last post, a review of two Stark beers. And as before, the disclaimer that I don’t know how to taste and rate beer applies.
Medium head that dissipates quickly. Golden-to-orangish color (at least when viewed through my hotel room coffee mug). Citrus-y nose, with some light hops, not unlike a Sam Adam’s Summer. Very forward citrus on the initial taste, verging toward sour in the middle. Lingering finish, with yeasty notes appearing. Overall: a mass-market style wheat beer, lacking something in the subtlety department but not unpleasant. Would be a nice change from the adjunct lagers that dominate the Indonesian market.
Stark Dark Wheat
Bigger head than the Wheat, but still doesn’t linger. Brownish color in the mug. Same citrus on the nose, but also hints of nut and malt—the exact same aroma as characterizes Ithaca Butt Brown. Initial taste is citrus. Nutty flavors emerge later, and the finish is mostly sour. Overall: Like its lighter cousin, an interesting alternative to Bintang and Anker, but probably less drinkable over the course of a long evening.