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4,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,661
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 60
Gots: 970 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

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Reviews by EA728:
Photo of EA728
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pre-BA this was my go-to beer. Now I still find it refreshing and relatively cheap, but I rarely pick this up anymore.

A: clear gold color, head is almost nonexistent

S: skunk with a touch of malt

T: still a bit of a skunky flavor, but other than that there's not much else to describe.

M: I still do find it refreshing, but in more of a thirst quenching way as opposed to flavorful.

O: Nothing too special. Only reason I still pick it up is due to nostalgia as it used to be a favorite.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DevAJ
4.5/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer because most places have it on tap and it's usually the best thing on tap. This is one of the first beers that actually allowed me to start to appreciate beer (along with Heineken). I tend to lean more toward the European beers though, so to each their own.

I would say that Stella and Heineken are both very good entry level beers for people who think they don't like beer. I started with those two just a year or so ago and now I'm learning to appreciate the Gulden Draaks, the Pauwel Kwaks, the EKU 28s, and the Samichlaus type beers. This is why I still like it a lot and it's my go to because most places aren't going to have the previously mentioned beers.

Photo of metter98
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pouring with a finger high bright white head, the beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The head quickly died down but never completely faded away and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops and spicy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell and also has flavors of grainy malts along with some hints of sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a slight amount of crispness and dryness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, although I'm not sure if I would try another because the taste wasn't very interesting.

Photo of Gajo74
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

Before I got into craft beer, I used to drink this one frequently. In fact, it was at one point arguably my favorite. I had heard of the reputation Belgian beers had and I this thought I was being sophisticated. Since then, I have discovered the Belgian style dubbels, trippels, quadruplels, strong ales etc that are truly at another level. Knowing this, I went back to give Stella a try for old times sake, knowing full well that it doesn't hold a candle to Duvel, Chimay, St. Bernadus etc. Nevertheless, I was expecting a pleasant crisp and refreshing change of pace as I used to remember it. I was sorely disappointed. This Stella thatbI tried had a grainy and skunky aroma that truly bothered me. The carbonation was low and the taste was watery and lacking flavor. I couldn't finish it. Have my taste buds grown so sophisticated that I've become a beer snob? Or has the manufacturing of this product changed for the worst. Either way, I did not enjoy it at all.

Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the place I went and had this the yuppie folk were buying this up left and right,I guess its the sheek beer around here.Poured into a fancy glass a straw yellow color with pretty nice head,smell was nothing in particular maybe a little hop?Taste was nothing spectacular a little malty with some thrown in at the end.Belgian Budweiser maybe?Anyways not offended by it but nothing to write home about.

Photo of RoyalT
2.47/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one poured a bright yellow in color with a huge, foamy head that left clumps all over the inside of my glass.

Smell – This Belgian skunk has a bit of grain to it, but mostly it just reeks. I can hardly sit here and type with this thing two feet away from me.

Taste – The light grain, nasty hop grass, and dead skunk make up this flavor profile. The finish is vomitish in nature and literally made me gag.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with good carbonation.

Sinkability – I couldn’t finish this one if my life depended on it.

Photo of MadScientist
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a large Ommegang fute from a can that is best by 02/2013.

a: Brilliant clarity with a straw color and a frothy white head the quickly dissipated leaving a little ring of foam floating around the edge. There was a huge collection of large bubbles lining inside my glass.

s: Right after the pour there was a moderate yeasty aroma that went away quickly leaving little else. There is a faint graininess and a low spicy hop aroma with a slight green apple aroma.

t: There is a low malt sweetness with low levels of spicy hops flavor and a moderately low hops bitterness. The balance slightly favors the bitterness with a crispy dry finish. There is that slight acidic characteristic from high carbonation levels.

m: This is a medium-light body beer with lots of carbonation.

o: There isn't a lot going on in this beer but there isn't supposed to be much with this style. It's a decent example and a good thirst quenching beer but it's kind of flat and lifeless. The nose is clean with out any defects but it is so faint while there is a bit more substance to the flavor it's not by much.

Photo of brownbeer
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a small, white head.

Aroma isn't too bad, though a little skunky. It has a honeyish malt character with a hint of herbal hops.

Taste is malty, slightly grainy with a kiss of lemon, making for a pleasant note.

Not great but it has enough flavor and body to justify its exsistance. I imagine this could be better on-tap.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer looks like a classic pilsner with a head that is very thin but hangs on for the long haul. It gives a musty bread and soap aroma. The taste is a light bodied cracker-tasting malt base and opening lemon-lime sensations have light berry notes that grow to an overall impression of a mouthfull of cheap gummy bears before they are all drowned in a forcefull metallic bitter. In other words, this shit is funky. It has none of the clean, crisp characteristics I look for in this style. I syrupy mouthfeel with stingy carbonation don't help matters, but this is a refreshing brew inspite of itself.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very clear light yellow liquid that is followed by a fluffy quarter inch head that leaves behind nice mild lacing.

S- Smell is mostly metallic scents, malts and maybe even a little yeast hints. Smells very similar to a Heinekin.

T- First taste is a bitter corn flake flavor followed by malty kicks and finished with a very mild barley there hop bitterness.

M-D- Very dry on the taste buds and rolls over the the tongue very smoothly with no real problem. This beer is drinkable in every way but the price. Good beer but i've had better.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow color with minimal head. Lacing hardly present. The smell gives hints of light malt but otherwise uneventful. The initial hit to the palate is an interesting hop bitterness that gives way rather quickly to something a touch sweeter, but still a bit on the dry side. Carbonation is relatively light and the finish is quick, leaving an interesting linger of just a touch of some sort of sweetness.

The body of this one a tad more than light but definitely not "medium". I found it mostly average but it has it's limited charm.

Photo of MadMike27
4.41/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer no matter the reason!

Photo of newcastleme
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable beer with a solid mouthfeel. It's very good with a nice dish featuring fish or chicken. I appreciate the history of this beer and the craftsmanship. (Even though some consider it a macro beer.) It's also a good studying/relaxing beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always thought, whenever my wife drank this beer, that it was sort of Belgian Corona. It's really not that bad. It was a pale yellow color with a thin head that dissipated quickly. It had a nice fresh, outdoors odor and a sweet/grainy taste with a little tiny bit of hoppiness. Neutral feeling in my mouth, and an OK beer to drink.

Photo of drinkofczars
3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly darker beer than the regular lagers. Mellow golden.

S- A little skunky on the smell; some bottles smell amazing, some not so good. Slightly above average smelling beer at best.

T&M- Pow, crisp refreshing pale lager. Perfect bitter bite that a pale lager is suppose to have. Quenching taste and mouthfeel. Wonderful after a hot day, or after some hard work.

O- Stella is Stella, I've had a lot worse lagers and a few betta.

Good beer.

Photo of Todd
3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.53 fl oz green bottle with a white paper neck. Brewed on date stamped on the back.

Appearance: Slight chill haze, light and pale with a nice, pure white, frothy, lacey head.

Smell: Clean smelling with milled grain husk aromas and slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Upfront this brew has a light malt mouthfeel with dextrin sweetness that turns almost tea-like. Then a vague hop bitterness and mild sharpness that builds towards the end of the flavour, with some dry grain notes. DMS (cooked vegatable) flavours are also present as this brew warms.

Notes: Not your typical Belgian brew, but an extremely drinkable lager, with a dedicated following in Belgium, Britian and most recently the US. You'll find this beer, on tap, almost everywhere in Belgium.

Unfortunately it seems that this beer is slowly suffering from the hand of Interbrew ... we'll see where it goes -- probably to shit.

Photo of dill
3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on draught into a sampling glass.

A - golden yellow with a foamy white head.

S - mostly malts.

T - surprisingly clean and crisp.

M - light with medium carbonation.

D - i have had this beer numerous times and this is the first time i felt like reviewing it. it was rather enjoyable and i would order it at a bar with limited selections.

Photo of twi1609372
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do not know too much about euro "pale" lagers but none-the-less i do find this beer enjoyable. Tastes like a typical european beer would usually, bitter,hoppy, maybe though with a little less bite than some. Still this beer is flavorfull and overall good.

Photo of muffguy4beer
2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Free 12 pack courtesy of the vineyard. Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow in color. Thick white head which hangs around for the most part.

Smell: Pretty un-enticing aroma. Sweet malt notes dominate the smell with a hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Very sugary and appley. Slightly hoppy and a little bitter. I can pick up a very faint hint of belgian yeast flavor.

Moutfeel: Thin in body almost waterlike. Amply carbonated.

Drinkability: I am sure this beer was much better in the past but as it stands right now it is a slight step over the heinekins, becks, buds, etcs of the world. I could probably drink 3 or 4 of these on a hot summer day but thats about it. The price is slightly outrageous, if I were to actually purchase this beer in a 12 pack its almost 15 dollars which to me is crazy. I do not see myself visiting this beer again after my free 12 pack is history.

Photo of generallee
3.87/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from green 11.2oz. bottle into a tulip glass that is similar in size and shape of a signature Stella Artois glass.

Appearance: It has a nice light golden color with very good clarity and a good amount of visible champaign like carbonation. On top it forms a big fluffy head that slowly settles and leaves very little to no lace.

Smell: The aroma has a delicate floral and grassy nose.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a delicate flavor as well as its aroma. There is a mild sweetness that is balanced by light floral, almost fruity and mildly bitter hops. This mild flavor can become skunked very easily so look for as fresh a sample as possible. Its body is light and the finish is crisp and dry. The texture is slightly slick and thin with lively carbonation that makes it very easy to drink.

Notes: A good fresh Stella well have a good delicate and somewhat dry flavor that pairs well with food in place of dry white wine.

Photo of dditto2
2.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Still 8 mos. until the expiration date but already mildly skunked, as with many low hop imports. Idk. It is light and crisp. Not too bad for a warm day. Foamy head. This is a hard beer to has a mild smell and taste...a little skunky...light on the pallette. Hardly any hops. Hard to review a skunky beer. I'd like to try it fresh. It is not too bad but is noticeably skunky, it has to be the green bottle....

Photo of EsoxLucius
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: nothing special here, it's straw yellow with a fast fade head and minimal lacing.

S: slight skunk, minor hops, fairly sweet.

T: nothing distinctive, really quite an average brew at best. it's sweet with some malty hops.

M: thin and moderate carbonation, again, very average.

D: it's smooth and inoffensive, clean taste makes it go down good, it'd score better if it had a more distinctive flavor.

Photo of Jason
2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I consumed huge amounts of this beer back and forth to Belgium on Sabena. It did me just fine ... nothing special just an other Euro lager, sadly this one is trying to ride the Belgain bandwagon and it does not even stand up to what really comes out of Belgium.

Photo of merlin48
1.95/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

From a "create your own sixpack" at a local grocery, I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this one before. Pours a clear, straw yellow body with a tall and creamy vanilla head. Lavish lacing is left on the glass. Nice looker!

Aroma is fetid and sulphuric skunky hops. Maybe a hint of grass and lemon underneath.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied and well carbonated.

Taste is dominated by the skunky sulphuric hop bitterness. Seems to have a nasty metallic twang. Malt lends a subtle sweetness.

Not at all enjoyable. Stella was ubiquitous when I was in Belgium several years ago and I didn't like it then even when very fresh. I like it less now.

Photo of Billolick
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before date of 06,2004. Fresh. I tried to buy a single, for sampling purposes, but was told that was "against the law" oh well. Light, straw color, some sulpher in the nose and perhaps some cabbbage. Very little malt flavor. Very moderate hopping. Fairly watery. Medium body. Not much flavor in the finish. I wouldnt bother again. Very hot day beer, or with a salad. Try to find something better to spend your money on.

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