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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 3282
Reviews: 1287
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.54%

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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
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Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA


2.81/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This massed produced Belgium beer, does not live up to the other beers of Belgium, it is only well known becuase of mass marketing in the United States and hipsters. It is marginally better than massed produced pale lagers in the United States. It pours golden clear, with little lacing, and a medium sized head that dissapears pretty fast after arriving. It has a hoppy, stale, and skunky taste, with twinges of rice and wheat, and the it has the aroma of malt and hops. Goes down easy, low alcohol content, and less filling makes it good for barabacueing and partying, not much else. Nothing to get excited about, not the best, not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 21:12:25 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of hoffhin2


3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Gold color, clear, medium head but disappears quickly.
Smell: Skunky initially but there is a grain smell as well.
Taste: Sweet grain, grassy, very crisp beer but gives off a skunky taste to me.
Overall: Enjoyable and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

Poured into pint glass

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 15:53:43 | More by hoffhin2
Photo of PvtSnowball


3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle into a Stella glass.

A: Pale gold with about a 2 finger head that is long lasting.

S: Typical Central European "skunk." Not necessarily a bad thing though, as it wasn't overpowering.

T: A little skunk and not very complex but has decent flavor and drinks easy.

M: Smooth and not overly watery or carbonated.

O: Not bad. There are far better Belgians than this but it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 20:08:04 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of Camlovesbeer


3.91/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Nice and light golden color with a white head.

Smell - One of my favorite smells - a lightly skunked beer.

Taste - "Delicious" said my taste buds. Taste like a biscuit topped with grains and grass.

Mouthfeel - Its perfectly carbonated, and refreshingly crisp. So good after a hot day or working outside. In the winter i like to let it warm up a little so its heavier.

Overall - I enjoy a good stella every now and again. I prefer bottle over draft, but will say yes every time to both.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 16:38:41 | More by Camlovesbeer
Photo of ppvora


3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle: Straw and gold color. Minor aeration with half a finger of head.

Aroma: Barley all the way!

Taste: Barley and a little bit of malt. Very narrow flavor, no complexities.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:04:52 | More by ppvora
Photo of slusk


3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: This brew pours a pale, light golden crystal clear with a thick white head. The head retention is decent and has a good amount if lacing.

S: Has a pronounced pilsner malt sweetness with a grainy sweetness coming through. Nothing too overpowering but nothing outstanding. Quite low noble hop aroma with maybe a tiny bit of pear or apple.

T: Grainy sweetness with a mild spicy hop backbone. Has a typical pilsner malt flavor with a hint of corn grist sweetness and a bit of pear. Not much in the aftertaste other than a bit of bread crust, but not much. The flavor is a bit watered down and weak but not too off putting. Carbonation is medium to medium high.

M: Light body with a bit of a thin mouthfeel. It is a lager however and I would expect this to be a lighter beer so this doesn't bother me too much. Like I would expect a lawnmower beer to be.

O: It's an OK version of a pilsner brew. It flies a bit above the typical mass market offering but not one of my favorites. If this was in a cooler at a party with other cheap beers, I'd pick the stella but I probably wouldn't buy a sixer. That being said, I wouldn't hesitate to grab one after working outside all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:36:40 | More by slusk
Photo of Cfeezy

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find this a good day to day brew - I know many beer aficionados are not fans, but there isn't enough to this beer in any bad way for me to not enjoy drinking it.

A - golden with a frothy white head - good amonnt of bubbles

S - smells like a mass-produced eurolager. - not much cleanliness to it, just a lightness. More similar to a German than most Belgians.

T - It comes in with a light creamy taste of German grains and slight honey. Somewhat bitter. Not much of an after taste, which makes it an easy drinker in multiples.

M - slightly creamy, almost waterry-like carbonation with a crisp finish

O - This is the budweiser of belgium beer, and I don't mind having it a couple times a month when out for a brew.... IMO

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 00:09:03 | More by Cfeezy
Photo of Retroman40


3.19/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - Clear, golden color. Nice head that after retreating left a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Some grains along with a slight undertone of baked bread and yeast.

T - Very pleasant with a grain start and a light hop finish.

M - Good carbonation level provides a nice feel.

O - A little on the pricy side for what this is - a decent everyday beer but worth it from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 11:42:48 | More by Retroman40
Photo of workingclassbrew


2.66/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my usual lager mug, very pale gold.

Head dissipated quickly, yet left a skim on top that held. Nice lace clinging to sides.

Light on the tongue, metallic, dry taste, and feel. Definitely not American. Slight fruit taste on the back of the tongue. Easy drinking, heavier as it warms. Bitter that I think stems from the dryness, not hops.

I got this as a birthday gift, not something I sought out. It is a big seller in downtown Madison bars. Not bad, but I dont understand the huge following. The different taste stands out, the dryness, maybe thats what the people like. The lace on the glass looks like its from a stronger beer. I like how it holds. No regrets in trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:07:16 | More by workingclassbrew
Photo of Richardbeerlover


2.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice light golden color. Always wanted to try this and the host at a Christmas party insisted I give one a try. Tastes like a regular beer to me. Nice and light with a fair amount of carbonation. Nothing too distinct or flavorful. A bit plain. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 04:24:57 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of Paincane


3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden body with pillowy thick white head. Leaves nice amount of lacing on goblet glass into which it was poured.
S: Light malt and bready nose along with grassy notes.
T: Biscuity malt, grain, grassy flavors.
M: Light bodied, crisp and well-carbonated. Smooth mouthfeel.
O: Decent Euro Lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 18:25:41 | More by Paincane
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with best by date 07/16/2014 printed on the label. Ah yes, finally I've acquired a single bottle of Stella Artois to review here on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are fairly low, but I know what I'm getting myself into.

Poured into a miniature Victorian carriage pint glass that I acquired from the local Goodwill.

A - Pours a clear lagered golden straw color with one finger of bone white froth and just a few tiny flakes of sediment in the glass. Some thin stringy lacing. Not half bad looking, for what it is.

S - Smell remains pretty neutral: dark grains, dirty earthiness, wheat, corn & husk, wet paperboard, some must, and some mineral water.

T - Taste follows the nose: clean, crisp pilsner malt, soggy grains, wheat, corn husk, & some mineral water. Light and refreshing.

M - Feel is thin and watery, smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing. Some soggy corn / grains lingering on the palate. Light-bodied, with moderately high carbonation. Slightly bloating, but otherwise an easy drinker.

Overall, it goes down smooth after a long day, and for being what it is, it is a nice light lager. Certainly light-years ahead of the swill that is Bud Light and Miller Lite, but that might not be saying much. Definitely recommended for what it is, and I would choose it over plenty of these cheap adjunct lagers brewed in America any day.

Stella Artois ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:26:46 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Beric


3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

1st Review
Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 8 Jun 2013
Rating: 3.66

2nd Review:
Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 28 Nov 2013

Second time reviewing this one after having a lot more beer under my belt compared to when I first reviewed this.

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, so I can't really speak to how it looks in a glass. Good branding though, nice bottle look, and I like the paper around the neck. A sophisticated, clean look.

Smell: Again, from the bottle, so not much to say here. Smells like beer, without too much else going on.

Taste: Compared to other Euro Pale Lagers, this is a clear cut above the rest. A nice, crisp, clean taste, unadulterated with American corn sweetness. No skunkiness despite the green bottle.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and spritzy, very lively carbonation initially.

Overall: A simple beer and a crowd pleaser. A great, easy drinking party beer that is a clear step above the Football beers of the BMC ilk or Heineken family. One of the best Euro Pale Lagers I've had, and one I'd likely buy if hosting people who might night be keen on the craft scene.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 02:47:05 | More by Beric
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: BevMo is La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.79 (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: Sept. 26, 2013
Consumed: Sept. 26, 2013
Misc.: Best before June 24, 2014

Poured golden pale clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy white head. Below average lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average amount of white retention all the way down.

Smelled bread, cereal, hay, corn, Belgian spices, peppery spices and a tad bit of caramel.

Tasted similar to the taste, although I would argue not quite as good. Tasted bread, hay, cereal and corn mainly. Spices weren’t as potent as the nose. Move Belgian skunky spices than anything else.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Watery, abrupt finish.

A lot better than I remember it. Nothing spectacular about this beer, but for the style, which I’m still pretty new to, it’s not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 03:47:36 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of BeerWithMike


2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled before and most recent on 9/6/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a Stella Artois gold-rimed glass. glass. Comes in a 11.2 ounce cool green bottle with a foil top that covers the crown even. Pours a straw yellow with a thick white head that hangs around awhile with decent lacing. Lots of tiny streaming bubbles rising the whole time until the end. The aroma was better than the last bottle I sampled. Maybe fresher? The aroma is still on the 'skunky' side with some grains. The taste was some sweet grass and hops. Slightly better than the last time I tried it but that was probably because of the cool Stella glass I bought. LOL! Maybe better on draught? Never had it that way.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 21:58:27 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of bobby_durrett


4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice slighly yellow large head. Attractive light yellow color with some small bubbles.

S - Slight lemony smell (or is it the color?).

T - I like the taste. Probably my favorite lager. Some sort of grainy taste or smell - maybe wheat toast? Hint of bitterness but not overpowering.

M - bubbly but not too much. Not too biting. Seems light like I could drink another one.

O - I've been mainly tasting the various ales and craft brewer beer since I've mainly drank lagers in the past. But, of the lagers I've been tasting I think this is my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 00:42:30 | More by bobby_durrett
Photo of emerge077


2.3/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

BBD 03.2014

Thanks Botham for the post-party freebies... this is one i'd never buy.
Are people really that gullible that "expensive = good" when it comes to ABInbev swill?

Pale gold, racing carbonation, puffy head of white foam that falls away after a couple minutes. Lots of lacing in the glass, skim breaks apart before the first sip.

Smells skunky due to the green bottle, and little else.

Tastes like nothing, water with a little skunky hop bitterness. Seriously, this has no taste. Biting carbonation, slightly crisp, yet utterly bland and forgettable. Don't let it warm up, because it starts to taste like hot garbage at room temperature.

A shame to call this beer Belgian. Insipid and numbingly dull, Stella is the antithesis of authentic Belgian brewing tradition.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:10:28 | More by emerge077
Photo of Beerwolf666


3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really Like this Beer,it is a very smooth,Crisp Lager with a rather large drinkability factor..in other words these babies slide down super fast! I would say if you like "Heineken" you will like "Stella Artois"..because they pretty much taste almost Identical,and I am a big fan of both,a Fantastic beer for summer cookouts,backyard BBQ's/partys,or when you just want an Ice cold Beer for a thirst quencher,Gr8 session Beer,will not wiegh you down,a very decent mass produced Macro Euro lager IMHO~Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 14:50:40 | More by Beerwolf666
Photo of jimiboi


1.5/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yellow amber clear look, smells ghastly, tastes malty and grainy with not much body. Tangy aftertaste and average mouthfeel. Below average drink on my opinion, therefore only opt in if no other options available. Definitely drinkable, bit otherwise insipid at best.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 11:17:50 | More by jimiboi
Photo of dowen17


3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Didn't have a glass to pour it in because I was just drinking by the pool straight from the bottle. I rated the appearance off of how nice the bottle looks.

S: Sweet smell on the nose with a definite skunk. Some bitterness comes through from the hops and there's also a slight lemon-y scent as well.

T: Sweet with some grassy notes from the hops. Skunky when you swallow and on the aftertaste.

M: Again not a ton going on. Not much carbonation. Very smooth going down.

Overall it's a good beer. Very easy to drink. Would be good on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 02:28:10 | More by dowen17
Photo of Ryan_Graham


3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden Urine Color. One finger head fades quickly.

S: Sweet honey smell. Grainy.

T: Lacks depth. Grainy sweet taste followed by nothing.

M: Feels like water in your mouth carbonation is very light.

O: Overall, this is an average beer. College kids think it's classy but it's really not all that great. I wish it had more depth. It goes down too much like water. Belgian people probably think of this as the Busch light of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:09:07 | More by Ryan_Graham
Photo of punky796


3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a light, clear yellow, with a small head on the thinner side in consistency. Some lacing stays, but not a lot.

S - Mostly some light hops and malts, young grass, hay/straw. Not terrible.

T - Grassy, a little more malt than hops, and bitter in kind of a good way. Refreshing, especially if it's really cold.

M - Dry, thin, light, and smooth. Not too offensive with medium-high carbonation. Again, better if it's really cold.

O - Pretty decent stuff overall, one of those beers that will make you think of European/Munich styles immediatey, obviously. It's the corporate Hofbrau.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 02:08:23 | More by punky796
Photo of dheacck11


2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Arrived in my fridge from afar...it's been a long time.

Pour is a little wimpy looking. Pale straw yellow , totally clear. scant fizzy white head.

Nose is kinda nice. Decent notes of straw and hay, nice malt, a little lemon. nice.

Taste is not so nice. Little bit of lemon and sweet, followed by an overwhelming boggy mucky skunkiness that just lingers. The malt component is just almost non existent. Finish is strikingly sharp and acrid.

Feel is rather thin, but not quite watery like many mass market lagers.

Sigh. I guess it's good to reflect back on life before craft beer. it was long ago, and I was so much more naive then. Certainly, there is worse out there. But there is sooo much better too. Glad I had a Sucks first.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 23:54:39 | More by dheacck11
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 IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straw-gold; clear; effervescent; small head

Aroma: Floral, grassy; slight honey; malty; some citrus

Taste: Juicy malt; herbal, grassy flavor; slightly bitter finish; not bad overall; pretty refreshing

Remarks: Not a bad summer day brew; nothing spectacular, but not too bad

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:53:17 | More by IchLiebeBier
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