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Ratings: 3273
Reviews: 1287
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.54%


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Belgium

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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Trombone69

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I opened my 1 liter bottle and it smelled like a skunky Heineken.
"Best Before 02-2013"
I poured it into a brandy snifter and got a small frothy head that dissipated quickly. Minimal Lacing. Light in color, clear, with a slight orange or peach color.

Taste & mouthfeel: Not bad, light carbonation, mild hoppiness. Good drinkability / session beer, refreshing on a humid day. A liitle skunkiness.

Overall, I think my money would be better spent elsewhere.

I have friends who think that this is the greatest...but I just don't see it.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2012 03:06:39 | More by Trombone69
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

14.9 oz can poured into my FREE Stella Artois chalice.

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with two fingers of fluffy foam. Looks quite nice, actually. Aroma is bready, cooked corn, slightly vegetal.

The first sip is a very mild, slightly sweet flavor, with a slight bitter vegetal aftertaste. Bitterness seems to linger and wears on the tongue after a while.

This is a clean-tasting lager with no real offensive flavors. Overall pretty bland, but you can do a lot worse.

Serving type: can

04-13-2014 02:22:06 | More by FickleBeast
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

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
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hoffhin2

Michigan

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
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RyanPoff

Tennessee

2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap while watching Wrestlemania. Poured into a Stella glass.

A: Clear golden yellow, like any typical BMC, but with a little more head and lacing.

S: Little to no hops present, but a very sweet smell. It's distinct, but not particularly inviting.

T: Malts, malts, and a "sweetness" that isn't identifiable. This is a very sweet beer, which some may like, but isn't balanced at all for this style. Still, slightly better than AALs.

M: A little more weighty than an AAL, but not as fully carbonated. Not peppy, but not dead.

This is a completely average selling at a premium price. Better than BMC, but it's essentially a Kolsch, something I don't care much for. If it was priced along BMC, it would be a good recommendation for those drinkers, but there are far better options at this price.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 02:14:45 | More by RyanPoff
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PvtSnowball

Florida

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
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FrozenJoe

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance
Fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Good lacing. Clear, light golden beer. Moderate carbonation.

Smell
Mild. Clean malts. Fruity yeast.

Taste
Mild. Clean malts. Fruity yeast. Light hops. A little watery.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied. Watery. Dry but not bitter.

Overall
This brew lacks somewhat in character. It is quite drinkable. Stella Artois is a light, clean, mild lager. Not as good as Heineken.

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 04:44:14 | More by FrozenJoe
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Camlovesbeer

Ohio

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
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ppvora

Pennsylvania

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
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Alexnzx

Ireland

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
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slusk

Virginia

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
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timfelix

New York

3.06/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I have had this several times; initially to try it, and after that I have chosen it if I thought other on tap choices not attractive.
First time I thought it was expensive Pabst Blue Ribbon. After several tries, I now have to say it is better than PAbst, with more flavor.
If you thought you'd like Pabst if it had a bit more flavor, you'[ll like this one. It has a bit more flavor than Pabst.
Stella is a nice mild beer suitable when you want something light but some beer flavor (not a lot, but it does meet the "taste like beer" taste. I'd add that it is a bit weak in flavor. Nothing great about it, but a nice beer to drink by itself when you are thirsty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 02:46:10 | More by timfelix
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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
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Retroman40

Kentucky

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
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Act25

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Stella Can

Poured into plastic cup from 14.9 oz can on the ferry. Rarely do I have a beer on ferry.
Given an aggressive pour the head becomes more dense and lasts longer.
Look: well carbonated, pils color, with short lived head but nice sticky retention.
S: lemony, malty, but slight.
T: A sufferable mass pilsner/ lager. The rare mass produced that I still enjoy. Malt, lemon, a bit of light weight citrus hops, good tingle.
Like all Belgians, a bit of spice and perfume.
F: Tho a lager, feels a nice weight, not watery. Satisfying, great with light food, like fish, filet, oysters, shellfish, and the salad course. Good aperitif.
Good body for mass produced.


Serving type: can

01-19-2014 01:58:54 | More by Act25
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workingclassbrew

Wisconsin

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
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

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
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Turbnator from the near-pounder sized can.

A: Clear deep straw yellow with a twofinger head that dissipates to a thin disk. Carbonation is present all the way through the quaffing. active. Nice looking Euro pale lager.

S: Pretty neutral on malts, yeast and hop fronts. It's not as skunky as some Euro pale lagers. Inoffensive. Slightly seweresque on initial smell.

T: Gentle hops are very subtle. Malts are also lighter side of biscuity. Yeast is definitely not a strong variety with respect to breadiness or banana/clove/etc. Very subtle taste profile. There is a gentle metallic note at ultimate finish as it warms.

M: Creamy as carbonation indicates and per style. spritely carbonation lends to a neat clean finish with very a pleasant little bitterness at the end.

O: I really like Stella for sittin' around & having a few beers. It's interesting enough to keep it good, but not so strong in ABV nor flavor to overwhelm your palate. It's the European pale lager favorite for me.

Serving type: can

12-22-2013 21:09:28 | More by Scrapss
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Auraan

Arizona

3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow with lively carbonation bubbles going up the glass and a half-finger white head that receded to a thin ring of white lace very quickly. Standard for a pale lager, nothing special. Scents of lager yeast, maize, some bready malt and faint grassiness. Typical adjunct lager aromas. Nothing special. Flavor begins sweet, with strong flavors of maize, moving into some bready malt and grainy flavors and some dank herbal hops, finish is grainy with a decent level of earthy hop bitterness. Its a fairly typical adjunct lager flavor, made a bit better by the higher level of hop flavor than usual in American lagers. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a semi-drying mouthfeel. Fairly standard for the style. Overall this is a standard pale lager. Its nothing special, but its better than most American lagers and Heineken by a large margin.

Serving type: can

12-22-2013 05:54:06 | More by Auraan
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice half inch head of pure white foam. Good show of carbonation bubbles. Pale straw yellow hued. Brilliant clarity. Faint pale malt aroma. Definitely get the well water lager flavor. Think light club cracker with the pale malt flavor. Very light in body. Great beer for hot summer weather.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 18:32:47 | More by Franziskaner
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Paincane

Georgia

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
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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
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Beric

Indiana

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
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I haven't had a Stella since "discovering" craft beer a few years back and tried one on tap at a place where there were few better options. This was a staple in grad school and after having tried so many wonderful Belgian brews there was a certain appeal in rediscovering this best seller from the perspective of someone whose palate has (hopefully) evolved since then. In any event, the pint arrived in the classic Stella glass and although a lot of the time I am less concerned about presentation than other factors such as smell and taste, it was nostalgic to see the glass again. Stella is a pale straw hued, bubbly beer with some white lace and a rather sweet malt and yeast aroma. More yeast on the nose than other pale Euro lagers along with some fruity and floral notes. Hints of spice. The taste is similar, with pale malts and some Belgian yeast character that adds hints of banana and bubblegum that are pallid echoes of those found in craft Belgian offerings but nevertheless welcome. There are dry aromatic hay flavors and a rounded corny sweetness. Unfortunately some stale chemical flavors and DMS show up as the beer warms: Keep it cold if possible. Probably less skunky on tap than in the green bottle but I have not tried the latter recently. Better than the similar Heineken (more yeast character) but certainly a close cousin.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2013 13:08:03 | More by CalgaryFMC
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a can of Stella Artois for $1.99 last week at Glenns Market. I've haven't had a Stella since right around when I turned 21. I don't remember much about it and I don't know if I liked it or not, I thought I would give it another shot for curiosity's sake, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling. Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint glass since I don't have the odd shaped chalice that they suggest.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice and clean design to it. It poured a clear golden color that took on more of a yellow color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away an left some nice lacing behind. I thought this was a nice looking beer, nothing seems out of place for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart a grainy, pale malt and bread crust like aroma. Up next comes some Belgian yeast that impart a light fruity aroma with an orange aroma seeming to stick out. The aroma was nice and unique for the style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some sweet and pale malt flavor with some bready and stale malt flavors coming through. Up next comes some of that fruity Belgian yeast that I got in the aroma with slight bit of banana coming through. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with a grainy, malty, and yeasty aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer that was unique for it's style.

M- Smooth, crisp, Clean, light bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a good example of the style, it doesn't taste too similar to some of the other Euro Pale Lagers I have tried and I think that's mainly because of the yeast used in this beer, it imparts a unique flavor for the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a few of these if I wanted to catch a buzz. I liked how unique this beer was the most. I liked the slight stale malt flavor the least. I would buy this if I wanted to take some beer to party and wasn't in the mood for craft beer and I think I would order this in a bar if there wasn't any better options. I would recommend this to people looking for a somewhat flavorful session ale. All in all this beer turned out to be better then I thought it would, It's not bad at all, I think it's a solid choice when not much is available.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 20:42:24 | More by StoutHunter
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