Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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Reviews: 1,365
Hads: 4,688
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 18.3%
Wants: 60
Gots: 1,006 | 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 mudROCK
1.84/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a beer that I really expected to be, and tried to make, better. A bunch of my friends love and swear by this brew... not sure why. It resembles Busch Light bought cold, then laid out on a beach in Saudi Arabia to warm, then cooled again. Skunky smell, fleeting (luckily) unpleasant taste, and just an overall bad feeling beer. Go out and grab a Hoegaarden instead, you will be much happier with that Belgium throat coater. (434 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
1.5/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

(bottle, revisited) haven't had this one in a while and probably won't ever have again. could hardly taste anything. Had on tap a few years back and it wasn't any better. (170 characters)

Photo of Madbum101214
3.97/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you've never had beer, this is a great choice. Smooth and it doesn't have a strong bitter taste. Sadly, once you like IPA's, this will taste really weak. Nevertheless, it's a good beer. (188 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pale yellow colour, small white head. Aroma of malt, grain and hops. Dry sweet taste with lightly bitter hoppy finish and aftertaste. Thin body and average carbonation. Decent pale lager. (187 characters)

Photo of KinkyEconomist
2.67/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: That unfortunate depth of straw color that looks exactly like urine. Thin head that dissipates very fast.

Smell: Like a roadkilled skunk. Absolutely terrible. I was about ready to give up on it after that first whiff.

Taste: BUT if do overlook those two aspects, it actually tastes just fine. A pretty solid lager, maybe the quality of Yuengling . Moderately hopped, not much other flavors going on.

Feel: And it falls apart again. feels really slick and thick. Lack of carbonation here.

Overall: I'd have it if you gave it to me. But I'd never buy it again. (568 characters)

Photo of CMG-PSU
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good enough. When faced with this or Heineken as my only two options, I chose this over and over. Meaning it tastes better and it also drinkable, over and over. (162 characters)

Photo of NatAttack
3.98/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

It was my first beer that I actually liked so It will always be my favorite, even though it isn't necessarily "the best". But I'd recommend it to anyone! (153 characters)

Photo of Lahoi
2.32/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very hyped beer for some reason. Price it like it tastes and it's just fine, but for some reason it's often priced like a premiu beer, which it isn't. At all. (160 characters)

Photo of hophead723
3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to see if this beer's reputation and price matched it's quality. I poured this into a pint glass, vigorously so as to evoke the fluffy white head.

Look: The head was fluffy and pure white, which was not only pleasing to the eye but a pleasure to dip my upper lip in. The appearance was a light golden-straw color, rich in carbonation which clung to all sides of the glass.

Smell: The smell is delightful for a cannabis enthusiast like me with a potent musky-skunk aroma that gave way to milled grain and sweet malt. The dank facet of the aroma is likely due to the light green glass of the bottle which allows light to permeate the beer.

Taste: Mild and thirst quenching taste that reminds me of corn husks, dry grains, and the delicate flavor of green tea. The minuscule hop profile is grassy, sharp, and sweet.

Feel: Light-bodied, crisp and dry with thirst quenching properties. It is definitely a good beer for a hot day.

Overall: This beer tastes too much like Heineken for me to call it craft quality, but does have a lot going for it in terms of drinkability and some depth of character. If I had the choice, however, I would go for a Saison like Colette by Great Divide. Not worth the price for me. (1,223 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad when it's on tap, without the bottle skunk. Pale golden yellow color. Slight malt taste, grassy hops. Light, watery and refreshing. Overrated, yes, but still OK. (174 characters)

Photo of TheFactorsEqual
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

This is the most over hyped beer on the market. Not sure why I'm wasting my time reviewing this beer because it is what it is. Just bugs me how many incredible beers there are right now and people drink this swill because of the name.

Look, we are in a beer renaissance and this needs to be sent back to 1999. Harsh, maybe. (329 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
2.08/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer smells like pond water. It tastes like it too. That it somehow gained a vague reputation as the "classy" Euro lager is absolutely beyond me. (150 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : the head on this beer is enormous, porous, and gorgeous. Very fluffy stark white head about three fingers tall, and it stays a lonnnnng time. The lacing left behind is nothing short of beautiful. Rings, shelves even. The body is crystal, pale straw color, 95% opaque.

Aroma : barley malt is up front with mostly vegetal aromas - peas, celery, cilantro, corn, succotash, with straw and grass. Faint grassy hop as well. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste : a bit bitter on the front, with a biting hop profile and stenchy malts. Not really my thing, but it's trademark of some euro pale beers. Definitely different than anything american. Very grassy, very stenchy...hoppy profile.

Mouthfeel : light, carbonated with stinging buzz, ends chalky and dry.

Overall : not one of my favorites. A solid lager nonetheless. (829 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold; 1 finger moussy white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: malt sweetness; some corn; a little grainy; a little DMS;

T: corn sweetness for a moment, then pilsner malt mixes in; corn sweetness and light bitterness on the finish;

M; light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; moderately dry finish;

O: thirst quenching; for what it is, it's good; (405 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz green bottle
A - creamy & rocky white head holds good retention atop a pale golden body
S - grass, pilsner malt, lager yeast
T - grassy & spicy hops, biscuity grain, slightly tart, yeast
M - creamy and smooth, crisp finish
O - I've had this many times, but never reviewed it. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's nothing special. (340 characters)

Photo of m_hall
2.65/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour from a green 12 oz bottle into a pilsner. Clear, very light yellow-gold, topped by a quite substantial pillowy-white head that falls slowly, leaving filmy lacing.

Aroma is slightly musty hops and fermented malts. For want of a more eloquent term, it smells like beer. Nothing fancy but not terribly offensive either.

Flavor is crisp, well-fermented malts (very mildly sweet) with grassy-funky hops and a bit of a sulfur-like tang leading towards a fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light, well-carbonated, with little alcohol. Prototypical euro-lager.

This could be called the Euro-Budweiser, I guess? That being said, I think the best way to take this beer is as a slightly better version of Heineken. It's certainly not amazing, but it's easy to get, gets along easy with most food (a classic "beer and pizza" beer, which is how I'm currently partaking of it) easy to drink... easy in general. It's not great but it's not bad either, even if it's becoming kind of hip to hate on it right now. Hopefully the mass-marketing of this won't lead to it becoming absolutely horrible, a la Bass Ale. (1,109 characters)

Photo of dditto2
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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 review...it 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.... (420 characters)

Photo of StretchZep
3.94/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had it on tab. Fancy Schmancy glass and featured beer at Damons. I found it tobe very smooth and sweet. No bitterness at all like other have noted. I actually found it to have somewhat of a "perfumey" taste? Is that even possible? I liked it but will not seek it out. (269 characters)

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 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 Kirsten_Ann92
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a really light golden yellow, when poured it looks crisp and refreshing. It has a strong yeasty and wheaty smell and is bitter to the taste giving it almost a hopsy taste to it. Overall not a bad beer but not one of my favorites either. (249 characters)

Photo of Sydney10
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Golden color with a lot of carbonation.
Smell: Cornstarch and grassy notes. Herb and floral scents.
Taste: Light caramel and sweetness. Yeasty taste.
Overall: Decent beer, very drinkable. (198 characters)

Photo of fredward93
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Stella's first impression is its light yellow, nearly wheat like, color. It pours with a clear carbonation and foams slightly into a small cap. The smell of leaves and corn is apparent along with a very slight wood odor. The taste is very mild and non-offensive. Very light feel with slight carbonation and smooth texture.

Stella is a good beginner's beer and a good casual drink. It is not the most flavorful beer, but it is satisfying enough. Very light with a good, smooth finish. (485 characters)

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a dark yellow. The aroma you get is a little leafy smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is very bland and has a light, feathery texture. (172 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/16/15 (Draft - Finley Dunnes Chicago) - Nice golden pour, generous carbonation and head. Pleasant hops and malt scent. Enjoyed the taste, crisp and clean texture, easy going down, good mix of hops and lemon / floral taste. Overall good offering. (247 characters)

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