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Reviews: 1,365
Hads: 4,682
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 60
Gots: 1,000 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

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Photo of Azaitouna
4.8/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look of Stella was gold. The smell was of oak and a refreshing smell. The taste was light and very smooth. I would definitely recommend as I enjoyed it. (156 characters)

Photo of orcasteve
4.73/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this one is great, the grain is smouth and the hops roll in niceley, this is what a lager is suposta taste like. this pours a nice golden color with a big head that quickley disapers. this is the pinical of what green glass skunkey beer can be. this one always is in my beer rotation. try two or three you wont be disapointed. (326 characters)

Photo of dakeynr
4.72/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Something about the aroma of this beer puts me in mind of wine. That's the first thing that I love about Stella Artois...when that aroma hits your nose.
Light, refreshing taste...a bit more complex than American Macro light lagers. Stella has a pleasant crisp finish with a slight hint of astringency. Pours from the bottle with a nice head that fades very slowly, with nice lacing.
The more I drink this beer, the more I enjoy it. I find it to be a great session beer. It goes great with anything from a steak to a simple salad. Some darker beers are great for having one or two and then, they get to be too much...they're too rich. (Not that that's a bad thing, but it's like eating cheesecake - a little goes a long way). With Stella, you can keep on drinking, and your palate never tires of the crisp refreshing taste.
Note, though, that it is a full 5% ABV. When I say it's a good session beer, still you will find yourself inebriated if you don't pace yourself accordingly. On the other hand, if you have a DD or you're at home...drink on! (1,046 characters)

Photo of kdawg105
4.72/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is truly a premium lager. It has a light gold color and pours into a rather nice head that sticks to the glass. The smell is really nice with a rather sweet smell followed by hops. The mouthfeel is good nice though a little lighter that I suspected. The drinkablility is great it goes down super smooth and it is rather refreshing!! I really like this lager!! (364 characters)

Photo of spacholl
4.7/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a perfect example of a lager style beer. the only thing i don't like about this beer is the price ($8.50 a sixer). this beer could only be improved if it where to be made right in minnesota in a brewpub run by german brewmasters.it has the right color the right mouth feel and smells of hops and grains. very fresh. the flavor is brought out to its peak if you let it slightly warm out of the fridge to about 45 0r 50 degrees. (426 characters)

Photo of ntgrant
4.65/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: A nice golden/yellow color. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Light and airy. Not much to it.

Taste: sweet, hops, slight citrus, and malty.

Feel: Very smooth and refreshing. Light-bodied, great for a meal or following a porter/stout. (241 characters)

Photo of cjnuxoll
4.59/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

another light, crisp refreshing beer. one thing i hate about stella is the 11 oz bottles, so when you buy a case you spend more for the import and are already two beers light. that rant out of the way, stella is smooth with that hint of burnt after flavor that reminds you it's an import. there's a reason why this is one of the most popular beers in the world - good, smooth-drinking flavor. (392 characters)

Photo of brewcitybeerman
4.53/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like a good lager, this looks and tastes exactly like a good lager should. It has the distinct golden aura and smooth taste of many European lagers, but with that added bit of distinction that it has been brewed for over 600 years. This is by far my favorite beer to drink any time, with any fare. (304 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of jharper2189
4.37/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good smooth taste, with a little dryness to it. A great balanced beer, and not very acidic because it is brewed with Saaz hops. One of my favorite hops out there. (162 characters)

Photo of Alexnzx
4.34/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an absolutely beautiful beer. Defenitely best consumed Ice Cold. Extremely refreshing and light beer. After a long stessful day, I find there is nothing better than popping back a few of these.

I think this is probably the best out of all the major advertised lagers here in Ireland (.ie Fosters, Carling, Heineken, Budweiser). As well as that, it is sold for an extremely good price. Basically, if I just wanted to have a few cans of beer to relax, this would be the one I would buy every time. (512 characters)

Photo of Schuttna221
4.33/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoy a nice ice cold Stell Artois especially on a hot day. Its smooth, delicious and I recommend it to others all the time because of the fact that it is a good tasting beer and the Cidre from Stella Artois is just as good. I got a 4 pack of Stella Artois Cidre for my birthday and I really enjoyed drinking them and sharing one with my fiancee. She is not a real big fan of beer but she enjoys Stella Artois just as much as I do. (440 characters)

Photo of the42ndtourist
4.3/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best drunk on tap or out of a can. The bottles are clear and thus lead to much Heineken-esque skunkiness.
It's probably the best straight lager I've had to date. Everything's much like all the standard macros, except it all works a bit better.
Good golden colour, good head, good taste, and definitely drinkable. (318 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
4.3/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as gold as gold can be from a light green glass 11.2 FL. OZ bottle. Creamy white foam head went to over three fingers.

Nose is of damp grains and sweet barley malts. Pallet is a smooth combination of malts and alcohol.

This one goes down with the best of them. I can through Stella Artois down 24/7/365 and not regret it. (329 characters)

Photo of pirates
4.28/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a golden hue.

S - Of hops an malts.

T - crisp and clean malt.

M - Ultra smooth and creamy, Stellar.

D - Highly drinkable on tap. Goes down with good company.

One of my fav beers. I found this one to be a tad better on tap than in the bottle. (256 characters)

Photo of imanidiot777
4.27/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Appearance wasn't anything amazing, pours a light to medium gold color, like a lot of other beers, very carbonated.

S: I'm not good at picking out individual smells but I did not sense anything overly different or out of the norm.

T: Love the taste, very hoppy and leaves a good after taste also hoppy.

M: Has an excellent carbonation level, gives it a good kick, feels very refined and high quality.

D: Very drinkable, goes down nice with a good carbonation kick. (471 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.27/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a Stella Artois chalice. Chalice rests on a glass Stella Artois coaster.

Appearance - golden straw colour with sudsy lacing up the sides. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Corn and straw dominate the bouquet here, with some grassy notes thrown in. A great partner for nosing some Scotch - brings back objectivity during an intermission.

Taste - much better from a can than the bottle. More depth to the straw-grassy malt flavours with less overt bitterness than the bottle version. Light waves of a slightly bitter finish continue.

Mouthfeel - peppery up front with smoothing effects along the sides of the mouth just seconds later.

Drinkability - a few cans like this in an evening is never a bad thing, just don't over-do it. The taste and refreshment doesn't go out on this great beer. (814 characters)

Photo of Maiora13
4.26/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful packaging and marketing scheme. Probably why it is so expensive. It is tasty and smooth. Goes down easy. It is kind of bitter. Almost pallet cleansing... or as much as a beer can be (191 characters)

Photo of Butter14
4.26/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Frothy head, medium body and a pleasant but mild noble hop aroma. It's a sessionable beer and one that has a hint of sweetness towards the end. If you're a fan of lagers this should be a beer that should be on your tasted list. (227 characters)

Photo of hehndogg
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are not served this Belgian lager in the appropriate Stella glass, you will get an entirely different drinking experience. This is a very good mass produced lager. Crisp with a slightly skunky aroma, which is something that true lager/pilsner lovers should appreciate. If you know what to expect from this style of lager, it is a very pleasing and easy to drink beer.

The bottle serving is also good, but do pay attention to bottling dates. (449 characters)

Photo of rjimlad
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love Stella. OK, there are no doubt better euros in terms of complexity and body but for drinkability Stella has no peer.
Pours crystal clear straw with coarse carbonation that gives a rich foamy white head. Grassy notes on the nose and a nice clean and crisp taste with a very slight yeastiness or breadiness and a slight bitter finish. This is the perfect beer for Australians and yet we drink astonishingly vile macro swill. So this is not my absolute favourite beer of all time but I love you Stella. Love you long time. (526 characters)

Photo of RobertTaylor
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It is a 33cl bottle drank out of a pint glass.

A:Ok,not the best that i have seen but above standard.

S:Kinda like wet paper,Overall I nice smell to go with the beer.

T:The taste is just like what i was looking from a lager.I mean thin and refreshing,Very nice

M:I little better then what I was thinking.Like I said before very refreshing.

D:I very drinkable beer and nice on a hot day.I dont think this beer would go good with a big meal.

If I see another I think I will pick it up,but not going to go out of my way to pick some up. (551 characters)

Photo of mempath
4.23/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured actually into SA glassware that was a gift a few years ago...why not? bright, light but deep buff color with a lively fluffy head that settles moderately slow...and laces in a rather cool architecture of gauziness.

nose is what's expected in a euro pale lager...a bit of cerealness, good but nothing spectacular

very clean, nearly sweet but immediately dry/bitter bite. nothing radical, but a really precise balance of malty sweetness immediately snipped with the slight hop snap. then it's gone. i'd session this over heineken any day. and plenty of other 'under the radar' but rather macro-euro brews. for that, i'll give it a push beyond simply 'good'...but not exceptional...much more like a 4.3. this would go great with almost any asian foods, esp. thai. even indian cuisine.

the mouthfeel is just right, neither thin nor thick. a slight creaminess makes this just right.

to be honest, as much as i am into extremely complex brews, i like to slip into something easy but not 'simple'...i find this drinkable enough and nice when the only choices at a holiday company function is Coors Light or Stella Artois...very good and better than 'decent'

remember, an "A" for one style isn't the same as an "A" for a more aggressive, master style (like the DIPA or stout or .... etc) (1,293 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.21/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, light golden color with a half-inch, fluffy white head which dissipates after a minute. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Right when opening the bottle I could smell the strong skunkiness. Smells like grass, straw, corn, maybe some barley, and a little sweet.

Taste - I love how it tastes kinda creamy. Sweet with grains, pale malts, peppercorns, and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Feels light at first, but after it foams up in your mouth it gets creamy and feels thick. High carbonation.

Overall - This is a very drinkable beer. The flavor kinda reminds me of a Blegian-style ale. I really like this. (639 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.2/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is a pretty clean one...some Euro hops and grainy sweetness.

Taste is has a bit of a crisp bite upfront....the body of the beer is predominantly of a grain sweetness, not surprising for style. On the back, there's a small Euro pils hop bite along with some grassiness and hay. A good bit of grainy sweetness hangs around after the swallow...definitely one of the sweeter beers of the style that I've had.

It's imminently drinkable and one of the best beers I have had in this style. It's smooth all the way, and even though it is quite sweet, it's really a delicious beer. (581 characters)

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