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3,276 Ratings

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Ratings: 3276
Reviews: 1287
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.54%

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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +55.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 12:10:52 | More by orcasteve
Photo of spacholl


4.75/5  rDev +54.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 20:23:58 | More by spacholl
Photo of kdawg105


4.75/5  rDev +54.7%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:53:44 | More by kdawg105
Photo of dakeynr


4.7/5  rDev +53.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 03:17:30 | More by dakeynr
Photo of cjnuxoll


4.65/5  rDev +51.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 03:26:48 | More by cjnuxoll
Photo of brewcitybeerman


4.58/5  rDev +49.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 05:33:03 | More by brewcitybeerman
Photo of Alexnzx


4.38/5  rDev +42.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-14-2014 19:05:36 | More by Alexnzx
Photo of imanidiot777


4.35/5  rDev +41.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 15:53:48 | More by imanidiot777
Photo of Schuttna221

New York

4.35/5  rDev +41.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 13:51:59 | More by Schuttna221
Photo of the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +41%
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.

Serving type: can

07-29-2002 19:03:47 | More by the42ndtourist
Photo of BeerBob


4.33/5  rDev +41%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 07:38:37 | More by BeerBob
Photo of pirates

South Africa

4.33/5  rDev +41%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 19:05:00 | More by pirates
Photo of RobertTaylor

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +40.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 18:27:42 | More by RobertTaylor
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +40.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-21-2009 01:35:37 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of rjimlad


4.25/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 08:48:47 | More by rjimlad
Photo of hehndogg


4.25/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 23:18:08 | More by hehndogg
Photo of NODAK


4.25/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:09:53 | More by NODAK
Photo of mempath


4.25/5  rDev +38.4%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 23:15:57 | More by mempath
Photo of Reverand


4.2/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only thing that I don't like about stella is the aroma. Almost smells like it's skunked. But once you get by that you will enjoy one of the best lagers. The head is like whipped cream and clings to the glass all the way to the bottom. Great golden color and a wonderful taste clearly makes this a classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2002 01:10:26 | More by Reverand
Photo of jsisko01


4.2/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 04:43:29 | More by jsisko01
Photo of ratboy

4.2/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

overall not a bad beer. sweet and refreshing with a slight bitterness at the end. golden color with a snow white head.decent lacing and a pleasant aroma. you will here much talk about how it's a skunky beer but i'd much rather drink this than a bud,coors or a miller. do yourself a favor and give it a fair try and i think you'll find what i did..a hidden little gem!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:59:08 | More by ratboy
Photo of mentor


4.18/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle left by some dinner guests. Best before 06 2006 (L 16759 x). Pours a 1.5 finger white head that's got a yellow dusting. The beer is crystal clear and light bright straw in color. Smells pils malty with hops that have a hallertauer honey and a hint of saaz tin. Tastes flat malt with prominent hops that rise, turn earthy, and persist into the aftertaste. Malt sweet stands tall upon the draw, but falls away. By the aftertaste it's just a hint, but does contribute to a wet quality in the aftertaste that I find redeeming. Hops are earthy and tin-like, suggesting Saaz hops. Very aromatic floral. Md body (which I was surprised about) and a bit too carbonated for my preferences. Despite the green bottle, this beer was not skunked. Also, there is still a clingy layer of head on this beer that's left some pretty amazing lacing on the inside of the glass. Euro Pale Lager is not a style I'm very familiar with, but, according to the BA style description, this beer fits pretty damn well. The malt is grainy and clean of fruity esters. The hop character is both noble and noticable. It is light and simple. Well done, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 08:57:26 | More by mentor
Photo of MusicmanSD


4.18/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Stella has always been my favorite lager without going into the ambers, and Vienna’s, and blah blah blah. This beer is sweet and easy to drink, and I like that. Poured into the Stella Artois Chalice and actually looks damn good inside it for how yellow it looks. Champagne-esque with a respectably flowing white head that you’re supposed to "cut" with the provided Stella Artois bar-knife (they are really reaching for image here). Bottle and carriage has always been eye catching to me with the classy white. Smell is average, lots of malt and very floral. That’s where the taste comes in. Sweet and floral with no offensiveness. The perfectly crafted lager in my opinion. The sweetness is just amazing for a mass produced beer. Have one of these after a Pilsner Urquell and its heaven. The mouthfeel is slightly above average, lots of bubbles, and brings up the champagne reference again. Drinkability is damn good, like I've been saying, definitely my favorite lager, albeit too expensive sometimes and they screw you with that little 11.2 oz bottle. Oh well, highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 20:06:51 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up the other day out of a can, and what an improvement.

This poured the same average euro lager looking brew with the same boring head. Smell contains some nice grassy notes and subtle hops and malt, no skunk this time. This is also reflected in the taste. This starts with a subtle sweetness and a slight bitterness that is just perfectly balanced an exceptionally clean finish follows, making this about one of the most drinkable mass produced european lagers I've managed to get my hands on in recent days.

I'll likely be stocking my fridge with this in the future.

Serving type: can

08-12-2006 23:21:03 | More by funkengruven
Photo of hophunter


4.18/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz. can poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Light gold, thicker/frother white head with tighter bubbles. Very clear.

Aroma: Low grainy malt. Light sweetness. Low hop aroma- almost floral. Green apple.

Flavor: Crisp, dry, low hop flavor and bitterness. Balanced between hop bitterness and malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. carbonated and crisp.

Overall: More fuller bodied and flavorful than American Predecessors. I can see why it gets slightly higher ratings. But then again that's why they are under different guidelines. This is definitely a beer that I would like to have on hand for a rainy day "go to" beer. Especially in the can because I just don't trust green bottles anymore.

Serving type: can

09-02-2011 03:17:19 | More by hophunter
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