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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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BA SCORE
71
okay

3,974 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 3,974
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 28
Gots: 407 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rating it again because the can was about as good as the bottle. So if youa re stuck, at least you will get a mediocre OK interbrew that's not metallic tasting. Had a pint on the patio at end of a hot afternoon and could cope. Malt lager that is pale and on bitter side.

Sammy, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -2.6%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 1/2013.

Pours a crystal clear yellow-gold with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of light grain aromas and some pretty serious skunking up front that dissipates with time. Taste is of grains and some herbal and grassy flavors. There is a mild bitterness with each sip that quickly fades. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager all around that's not all that bad once the skunk disappears.

UCLABrewN84, May 10, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.17/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

The pour is a very light golden color with a slight white head and not very much lacing. The nose is some really light grain husks plus a touch of light hopping. The taste is some very light floral and earthy hops plus some mild grain. The feel is ever-so-slightly bitter with a pretty good dose of carbonation and is certainly light. Decent body, but doesn't taste very good.

Thorpe429, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -2.6%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pouring with a finger high bright white head, the beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. The head quickly died down but never completely faded away and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops and spicy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste shares a lot of similarities with the smell and also has flavors of grainy malts along with some hints of sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a slight amount of crispness and dryness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, although I'm not sure if I would try another because the taste wasn't very interesting.

metter98, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Stellaaa... Stellaaa... Stellaaa... "

--Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Lucent goldenrod capped by a sticky, bright, white head that's a damn sight better than the heads on most pale lagers. Although the color of the beer is nothing to get excited about, the cap is impressing me to no end. It's rocky, bumpy, bubbly and pitted. In short, it possesses all the geologic features you'd care to name. As well, small cloud formations of thick, pocked lace adhere to the glass. Who'd 'a thunk it?

I've come to expect that green glass bottled beer will deliver a cloud of skunkiness upon opening, so I'm no longer surprised or dismayed when it happens. The question becomes, how quickly and how completely will the nastiness fade? In this case, it lingers a bit, but isn't so noticeable that the nose is ruined. Not that there's much to ruin. I can appreciate the usual graininess, the usual musty hoppiness, and, on a positive note, the merest trace of citrus.

On the palate, Stella is no better and no worse than the legions of EPLs that have entered my glass over the years. Okay, it's probably a little better, but we're not talking award winning beer here. The malt structure is acceptable and tastes and feels a wee bit more generous than is usual. I wish beer of this style tasted like something other than stale, musty noble hops. That 'staleness' has nothing to do with age, because the 'best by' date is still a ways off. Would it be better fresh, from the source? Almost certainly.

Although pale malt provides an decent base for the hops, there's very little malty sweetness. Bitterness reigns, which makes me wonder why all those wannabees suck this stuff down with such abandon. I guess marketing and perceived image are powerful things. Thankfully, there are no off-flavors to be had. The finish is clean, crisp and short.

The mouthfeel, as previously noted, is the slightest bit more full than the EPL average (if such a thing exists), although I could just as easily be hallucinating. The carbonation feels just right to me... since I didn't really notice it until I focused on it for the purpose of assigning a score.

I can't find it in me to summon up Stanley's passionate angst about Stella (the beer), either in terms of favor or disfavor. Other than its surprisingly good looks, I find it to be average in the extreme. No fireworks and no duds here, just another boring, forgettable Euro pale lager.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tap: Poured a golden colored beer with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is mostly light floral with some malt. Taste is very light and refreshing with again some malt and floral aspect coming through. Medium carbonation with light body. Very little else to mention for this beer apart from the fact that it seems to be better on tap then in bottle. Overall, a refreshing session-type lager.

Phyl21ca, May 27, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at my favorite pizza pub. A very clean and well brewed beer. Aromas are big on the noble / Euro hops for an earthy and spicy mix. Good pisner / biscuit malts shows yeasty and bready character. Looks a medium yellow with medium carbonation. A good head that lingerred and laced nicely. Flavors are lightly malty and picks up on a bit of grain, bread, vegetals, and red apples. Light hop spices and solid hop bittering closes out the complexity. Has a light to medium weight on the toung with a full, almost creamy texture. Finishes lightly dry and a bit minty. A very good beer for style. It stands up nicely to my favorite Bohemian Pilsners.

BEERchitect, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
1.73/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this at dinner. Poured a dull pale fizzy yellow. White seltzer head which faded to nothing. No lace. Hardly a smell, I guess a light malt if anything. Taste was very bland, should have known that was coming. This is your typical Macro Lager. Will not have another.

mikesgroove, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a crystal clear straw color with a fizzy white head that is fairly short lived, but does cling to the glass a bit.

S: Surprisingly not very skunky. A touch of skunk, yes, but it's mostly clean grain notes. A bit of bread and a fair amount of sweetness with a light straw and grass character. There is an ever so slight...sourness to it, however.

T: The taste is mostly just sweet and fizzy. A lot of adjunct sort of flavors and a lot of grain. Not too much real substantial malt flavor, but a little bit of pale, biscuit notes to it. Some faint hops and a mild bitterness.

M: Light in body with a rather high carbonation.

O: Though it's easy to hate on this beer, when it's not completely skunked, it's not an awful one.

womencantsail, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -35.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

spycow, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Single finger foamy white head on a bright yellow golden body. Decent lacing and retention.

S: pungent and wet sock malts. Some breads but overall light on the nose.

T: breads and pale malts. All dull tastes though a subtle sweetness is in the background but I can't tell what is producing it. No off putting flavors which is nice for this genre.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: True to the style which usually isn't very good. Still drinkable and somewhat refreshing. One of the better members of the genre.

kylehay2004, May 13, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a plain-looking, clear, yellow body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Grainy pale malts blended with corn kernels and vague floral notes.

Taste: Again, it's grainy pale maltiness with maize and a slight sweetness. Touch of floral hops but no real bitterness. Just a touch of sour yeastiness. Finishes squeaky clean.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not quite reprehensible, but notable for it's blandness and lack of character.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is pretty generic. The color is a golden yellow a fizzy white head. The aroma smells like a traditional lager, it's kinda got a sour aroma. The flavor is kind of like a pilsner, it's a little grassy but it has some hops too. The mouthfeel is light enough to drink a few in a row if you want to. My thoughts on this beer overall is that this beer is indeed a generic lager made in Belgium. Not a whole lot more to really say about this one.

Knapp85, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the place I went and had this the yuppie folk were buying this up left and right,I guess its the sheek beer around here.Poured into a fancy glass a straw yellow color with pretty nice head,smell was nothing in particular maybe a little hop?Taste was nothing spectacular a little malty with some thrown in at the end.Belgian Budweiser maybe?Anyways not offended by it but nothing to write home about.

oberon, May 07, 2003
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.25/5  rDev -59.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stella Artois balloon glass at Finn McCool's.

Honestly, I just wanted to look fancy during Quizzo, so I ordered this, knowing full well the glass it would come in. Pinky up! It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises corn syrup, wheat, rice, and flowers. The taste doesn't deviate much from this formula, though the rice isn't really that prevalent here. Some very light sweetgrass notes pop up as well. The body is quite light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat watery feel. Overall, a very OK brew, nothing close to Earth-shattering, but drinkable enough, especially when just hanging out at a normal bar while trying not to get destroyed in pub trivia. (I hate losing...)

TMoney2591, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale, clear yellow; the quarter-inch of head has decent retention. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell - Husky grain and a bit of malty sweetness. Not much of an aroma to speak of.

Taste/mouthfeel - Semi-sweet pale malts make up the bulk of the flavor. A bit grassy toward the middle with a slight husky bitterness in the finish along with the faintest trace of hops. Overcarbonated, somewhat bloating despite the very light body. Not as clean as I would expect from a macro lager, but there are no major flaws either. Mediocre stuff, but drinkable.

largadeer, Feb 29, 2008
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