Prologue: I can’t say I’ve ever been to Bali, there is something about the hordes of bogans with cornrows, and bronzed southern cross tattooed biceps sticking out of Bintang singlets that just puts me off.
Some might say I’m a snob. And let’s face it, they would be right. But I am open minded enough to try this beer which is supposedly from the holiday island of Bali (but I’m told is actually from the island of much larger and more industrial island of Java)
Packaging: Cans, I don’t get to drink enough stuff from cans but there it was a little white red and yellow can, sitting at the bottom of the fridge in my local dodgy supermarket. Can of course being perfect for chilling in the bucket of ice on a beach.
Appearance: This will come as a shock, Bali Hai is yet another imported Lager, because it market is lacking choice for lagers, why oh why doesn’t anyone import interesting things? This looks like a pretty standard lager, a clear golden yellow colour, pure white head, a touch on the creamy rather than foamy side but a very attractive.
Smell: Really no smell, just some yeasty lager smells,
Taste: Not a huge amount in the flavour either, nothing wrong with it. A touch more malty than most, a slightly sweet, in fact it reminds me a lot of Singha beer from Thailand.
In conclusion: if you were looking for a refreshing light lager and this was served up to you you’d probably be happy enough with it, but let’s face it why would you drink this when you could be drinking a nice refreshing pale ale from a craft brewery? Although maybe there aren’t too many of them in Indonesia, in which case this would be a reasonable substitute.
Ranking: Let’s have a schooner
Six degrees of Norm (Where we link every beer back to Norm from Cheers in six easy steps):
- This beer is from Bali, the Setting of the film ‘Road to Bali’ which starred Bob Hope
- Who was also in ‘The Muppet Movie’
- And one of the Muppets in this film was operated by Tim Burton
- And a long term collaborator with Tim Burton is Johnny Depp
- Who should have starred in ‘Benny & Joon’ with Woody Harrelson, if Woody hadn’t have pulled out to do ‘Indecent Proposal’ instead. (leading to a $5million lawsuit by the makers of the film against Woody)
- And of course Woody was in Cheers and served cold brews to one Norm Peterson