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Stella Artois | Stella Artois

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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

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Reviews: 1,428 | Ratings: 5,032
Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.01/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Look: Pours a completely translucent straw hue with a half finger, white colored head.

Smell: Nothing really. Just the faintest notion of grassy hops and apples.

Taste: I'm getting almost nothing as for flavor too. Upfront very very slightly sweet. Watery. Finishes with a grassy, sour apple funk. I'll admit it's a very inoffensive taste akin to sweetened water - but I don't necessarily consider "lack flavor" a positive attribute.

Feel: Thin and undercarbonated.

Overall: Very bland and boring. It almost tastes like nothing at all. I used to think this was one of the most prestigious and delicious beers in the world when I wasn't into craft beer.

Looking back, I understand now the only reason I used to buy this is because it tastes slightly less terrible than everything else mainstream beer has to offer.

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Photo of dcjones82
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on draft recently, and afterwards bought a 6 pack. The 6 pack was a tad bit skunky, but not too bad. Here's my review of this euro pale lager.

L- On draft this beer didn't look that special, light golden color, thin soapy head, little to no lacing. From the 6 pack, I poured the bottle into a 16 oz. pilsner glass and it looked much better. Still has a light golden yellow color, 2 finger bright white head that stuck around awhile, small thin head that lasted throughout. Some nice lacing on glass, good carbonation.
S- Malt with a wet grain type smell. Lighter smelling than Heineken, nothing that stands out really. 12 oz. bottle was a little skunky at first, but faded after awhile.
T- On draft this tasted almost like an adjunct lager, but from the bottle it has a nice crisp euro lager flavor. Sweet malt, with a faint touch of hops. Really enjoyed this from the bottle, draft was ok.
F- Excellent light mouthfeel. Crisp, refreshing, and a nice light to medium body.
O- On draft this was just ok, pretty flat tasting, but still better than any of the light beers they had. Out of the bottle, I really enjoyed this. The look was nice, taste was not as heavy or strong as Heineken. Very crisp and refreshing beer. I would recommend this to anyone interested in euro pale lagers, or if your looking for a good summer beer, this would be a great choice!

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.34/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Does what I expect a mass-produced, mainstream lager, or any lager, for that matter, to do and that's be crisp, refreshing, with a nice and consistent mouthfeel and a pleasant amount of bitterness to compliment. Can see this being like Miller High Life for me, where it goes down so easy that, before I know it, I've drank four bottles.

Also see this being a huge stepup from other similar category beers like Grolsch and Heineken, which are usually disturbed by skunkiness.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At least it doesn't have the skunky smell and taste that some lagers have like Heineken. Looks like a lager, not much head or lace. Light carbonation and mouth feel. I just don't care for lagers but this is at least drinkable. It was a gift, I would never buy it.

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Photo of lmaduells
1.83/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Where is the beer? A little taste, but too much alcohol for a short beer. This is a product I do not understand how you say beer, soda would say with a slight taste of beer.

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Photo of hennin55
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light in color, average head, good lacing
Aroma: light maltiness
Palate: light beer with good carbonation
Flavor: clean and crisp
Overall: light crisp beer that is drinkable with almost everything

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Photo of daweidavid
4.18/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden body color, medium-large white head. It has a little grass and malty aroma. The body taste light and smooth, with a hint of sweetness. Crisp and quick aftertaste.

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Photo of Sparty21
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great refreshing beer. It has a good head and the smell of any other mass produced lager. The beer is a off golden yellow color, but nonetheless it tastes great on a hot day.

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Photo of Edith0703
4.14/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Besides Budweiser, this is also my go to beer. I love wheat beer better than ale, because it doesn't really have the bitterness than ale does. Really good foams with crispy tasting.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.22/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Washing up looking head.

Aroma is good for a commercial lager.

Taste has a good balance of different elements. Great contrast between bitterness, sweetness, fruitiness. However there is a bit of a unpure taste happenning.

Much better than Carsberg.

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Photo of Squire123
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Streetcar Named Desire.

Very popular Euro Lager with the light color, texture, mild malt and hops of that ilk. No better or worse than a number of others but this one has caught on in popularity. The fact the name is easy to pronounce might be helping. It is a consistent beer when fresh and not lightstruck. Otherwise suffers from the green bottle - long travel syndrome.

When it's on it's on and worth having.

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Photo of CATonFIRE76
2.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured in to a ice cold beer mug. My wife said it smelled like weed and it made her want a joint. She was able to contain herself. It tasted good enough for me to finish off the rest of the six pack. There are better beers l, but this ain't bad.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the "Limited Edition Stella Artois Holiday Gift" package 750 ml bottle (on clearance), it pours golden with a small head, quickly dissipating into a thin layer. Grain assaults the nose. The mouth is lightly tickled by the grain and malt. Easy to drink, enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Enough people have said enough bad things about this beer that I am best not to review it.

But I have a surprise for some: MJ reviewed this in his "Great Beers of Belgium" and said "Beers evolve and this has become higher-bodied and milder tasting over the years."
And in his 1999 "Guide", MJ also gave it 2 stars of 4. (Were he alive today, I'd like to think he would change that score.)

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Photo of cjgiant
3.24/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours exceptionally clear with a nice fluffy white head that is quite lasting; there's some decent lacing, as well.

Nose is quite grainy, reminding me of how the hose smells on a brew day, though lacking a bit of that wetness that comes with brew day. The grain is crisp on my nose. I am not sure if corn is used in this beer, but I seem to get a little in there as well. Later in the pour, I notice a light grassy note.

Opening taste is clean but watery. The grain notes from the nose don't come into the flavor as strongly as I would've thought, but are there. The beer isn't too sweet, but has a decent malt component. This is balanced against a grassy and spicy hop bitterness that doesn't really steal the flavor profile, but keeps it from being one-dimensional. A fair level of carbonation, maybe could use a tad more, but overall fine feel.

I was expecting, after so many reviews of "craft beer" that I would rate this beer fairly low even though I would grab it in a pinch in certain situations. But in trying to be objective, I found that I find this to be quite an ok beer, and wouldn't need a full pinch to grab again (but would need the right situation).

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Photo of jasadewi
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It is a light and clear yellow color with a decent sized head that quickly dissipates. It smells skunky. The mouth feel is very light, it feels like you're drinking water. It is very refreshing however. It tastes skunky throughout, but the aftertaste is a delicious malty alcohol taste. Overall, the taste is good, but not great. I would recommend this beer to fans of Euro Lagers, like Heineken, especially as a refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet (not a Stella one, though). Straw color, decent head. Head dissipates and leaves a film of lace and bubbles.

Smells a little skunky, mostly light malts and a hint of caramel.

Tastes a bit dank, that rusty green bottle taste often described as "skunky." Malt, corn, a brief bready sweet note.

Mouth is a little harsh. This thing is carbonated.

Comparable to Beck's and Heineken, as many have said. Lager has many enemies, but I find the dank attractive in this beer. Still superior to its American adjunct cousins. Drink from bottle for more skunk.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light in color with a white head. Fairly crisp and clean smelling, with a little malt sweetness, some floral hops and a touch of skunkiness. Pretty similar flavor. Light bodied with the slightest creamy texture and good carbonation. Are we rating within style? I like it for what it is. A slightly lighter version of Heineken.

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Photo of rpilk
1.92/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

No matter what I like to drink it because of its Belgian heritage. It might be AB all the way but it logos and brands well, plus it gets me krunk, so SA is A-okay.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
Look: Straw-yellow color typical for a lager. Head is of moderate amount (approximately 2 fingers)
Smell: Musty odor
Taste: Clean and crisp, which is, again, typical for a lager. Not much else
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Light-bodied.
Overall: As already mentioned, its essentially a typical lager. Nothing really special. IMO, no different than Coors, Bud, or Miller.

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Photo of Jeremiah87
2.13/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Typical straw colored light lager with 2 fingers of foam that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is very faint but contains hints of must, skunk and sourdough bread. Tastes like saltine crackers with skunky notes that sneak up at the end. The high carbonation is fitting for this style of beer but doesn't completely mask its flaws.

Not a fan of this style in the first place but even if this is what you're after I think other beers have done it better.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
1.86/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 14.9 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date on bottom of can is 04/2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, pale yellow color with one finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, lower than average carbonation, there is some lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, crackers and that euro skunk smell.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, bread, crackers and euro skunk.

PALATE: light body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: I did not enjoy drinking this beer, this may be the worst lager I have ever had, it's hard to screw up this style but Stella Artois did just that, I will never have this again and will warn everyone I meet to avoid it.

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Photo of beersareonme
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, this beer confirmed everything I believe to be true: the more a beer is advertised on TV, the worse it is (ie: Bud, Coors, MGD etc). It's not that it was bad, just completely unremarkable and indistinguishable from a plethora of other similar beers. I would have a very difficult time picking this European lager out from any similar product.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
1/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is repulsive. It tastes like rusty, tin, dishwasher fluid. I can't bring myself to finish one bottle of this garbage because it tastes skunked and utterly repulsive. I also get a mouth-feel of rotten corn, rusty oil, and pissvomit. This beer is a failure of every conceivable brew I ever had.

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Photo of MACrist
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LOOKS: Very light and golden with small bubbles rising in pilsner glass. Crystal clear beer with a white 2 inch fluffy head. The head sticks around a bit and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Leaves decent lacing on glass.
AROMA: First time having this. When I cracked the bottle, immediately I got a blast of grassy hops. Very much reminded me of Pilsner Urquell. This beer smells very grassy, grainy, with a corn like husk aroma.
TASTE: A slight bit of bitterness up front and then there is a lingering almost candy like sweetness on the finish. Again, grassy, corn husk, light malty breadiness.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium thin body, not watery, Smooth soft texture. Adaquate carbonation, not overdone.
OVERALL: I would like this beer quite a bit if it weren't for that cloying, sickly sweet finish. Kind of ruins what started out great. Not horrid, but because of it, wouldn't pick it up again.

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