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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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Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.26/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

of all the yucky euro stuff out there, i really think this might be the head of the class. green bottles usually turn me off, especially on imports, but when its fresh and freezing cold, stella isnt bad. pours a thin yellow color with pretty good carbonation before the head fades to nothing. smells like a pale lager, balanced but boring. flavor is the same, tolerable but unexiting. the thing that i think makes this one is the feel. its light without being water, and its bubbly without being soda, two things many of the american versions fail to accomplish. its infinitely drinkable for that reason, and not a bad brew on a hot day. overall i will never buy this, but i will always always chose it over the bud lights of the world.

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Photo of metter98
3.06/5  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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, a leftover from our New Year's Eve party.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and fairly bubbly eggshell white head, which melts away at a rather lazy pace, leaving some decent pockmarked walls of fuzzy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet grainy, somewhat biscuity, bready malt, a hint of overripe lemon, and mild grassy, weedy hops. The taste is muddled grainy malt, lightly toasted cereals, a bit of that ol' adjuncts' corniness, some mild apple core grittiness, and kind of dirty, grassy, dead leaf hops.

The carbonation is a little on the high side, but in a pleasant enough frothy manner, the body medium-light in weight, and with a pithy, even edgy mouthfeel, that doesn't exactly scream out abject smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a certain strange grainy sweetness, one likely borne of corn or rice, complemented accordingly with the lingering grassy, proto-skunky hop - sort of the 'bitter beer' phenomenon railed at by Keystone and the like, I imagine.

To think that I used to drink this while at, um, places that involved consuming a formidable amount of mixed drinks (Power Hour!) before nursing beers the remainder of the evening, and this was the best option, really. Now, while not blatantly off-putting, it's not particularly enjoyable when put to this particular litmus test. I'll still finish this, in deference to those heady days where beer-tubs were a going concern for me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.21/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.31/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
It has a clear golden yellow color with lots of bubbles and little head. It smelled of corn. There was also a faint skunky smell which seems typical of most green bottled European brews. The corn flavor comes out as you drink it. I also noted a vanilla-like taste, as well. It had a crisp mouthfeel and was quite drinkable. I would've had more but I only had one on hand.

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Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
2.31/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, I got a free nice looking glass from them thanks to choosing the correct options on a website give-away, so why not try the beer and give it a review. coming off 6 strings of bowling, with salty death pretzels, and bowling alley nachos, I'm dying for liquids, so hopefully it will help this "beer". Also tried my best to buy it fresh from the back of the recently stocked shelf to be the least skunked, hopefully.

It pours a light fizzy pasty white 1/2 finger head into the Stella chalice, that fades at a med pace, with decent looking lacing, although the beer is a crystal clear watery looking pilsner, slightly yellow water colored beer.

Interestingly as soon as I started pouring and got a big aroma of the beer I started sneaking like crazy. Now I have bad allergies and do that often, but it usually happens early in the morning, or after a bad perfume that sets me off. This is a strange, I've literally sneezed 11 times while trying to write this and I need to leave the room for a quick break. could be a coincidence, or I'm allergic to bad skunked beer... Ok back, after taking a 5 min break out of the room, blowing my nose twice, my eyes 3 times, I hope I'm ready to go.

OK now back to the nose, which brings horrible skunk... bah!!! Wish I gave up after the sneaking. Aromas of cut straw and swamp lead to a vegetative aroma like I just stucky my head into pond skum muck. Then skunked lager, light metallic twinge, and very unhappy lager yeast leftovers. There are some decent aromas of light toasty pilsner malts, but even those are fairly watery.

Taste... oh GOD!!!, ooof!, actually somehow worse than I thought! Layers of skunk berate my mouth, even with my stuffy nose the skunked flavor overpowers the taste muting. It's like my body knew it didn't want to experience it and stuffed up everything, but the skunk was able to even break through my body's defenses. To get more flavors I have to take another sip, but I keep balking at doing it, Just don't even want to attempt it, even tempted to give up on the review and just go to bed... NO! I have to carry on, for science, and BA!!! <sigh> next sip... metallic lager flavors, unhappy yeast brings metals, tin, more skunk obviously, and a watery straw malt. I barely get any decent flavors... it's to the point when decent beer might have that hint of off flavors, well this has that same level of hint of decent flavors. bitterness comes in towards the end, but not hop bitterness, skunked and grainy husk like bitterness. Finish just continues the horridness, with more skunk, metallic ichy-ness, and metallic raping.

Mouth is very light bodied, decent carb, but also makes the taste buds want to jump out of my mouth and strangle themselves, so that has to take away from the mouth.

Overall... just... so... just... bad!

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and golden in color. The head is a tight 1/8", and bright white. It dissipates somewhat but leaves a touch of Belgian-lace on the glass. The aroma has a slight "sour" malt note and a surprising earthy hoppiness in the background. The body is medium/light and it has an appropriate level of carbonation. The flavor is of a clean, thin malt with a touch of hops. Crisp. Very well balanced. Refreshing, dry aftertaste with good length. Not necessarily lacking in character - it definitely has it's own uniqueness - but not real complex. Then again, how many golden, mass market lagers do? Well done!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap 8/28/08 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a nonic glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste is bready but light with flavors of grain, adjunct, some yeast. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not very filling, decent kick, since I didn't really find much difference between this beer and many of the macros out there, I would choose most of them first simply because they're cheaper. This beer didn't give me much of a reason to select it again.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.15/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: don't remember, but have had on tap an in bottles

Pours--typically into its own signature glassware, because it's so elitist and so Belgian--a clear golden yellow, fizzy, with a large frothy white head. Aroma of pale grains, corn, light yeast, ever so slightly floral. Taste of pale, stale grains, skunky, slightly sweet, slightly sour, but no really distinctive flavor ever coming to the foreground, other than the skunk which leaves an acrid aftertaste. Light body, and drinkable only in complete desperation.

A "fancy" glass doesn't make a beer good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
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...)

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Photo of Slatetank
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap served chilled in a standard pint.

A - Golden w/ thick frothy albino cap. A generous amount of lacing w/ plenty of visible carbonation

S - Mild nutty w/ sweet essence of yeast, very light grain aroma, mild fruit esters

M - Refreshing carbonation, clean feel w/ mild sweet texture

T - A pleasant light malt note w/ a mild yeast for subtle grainy taste. A crisp w/ no hop influence. A light on taste lager, but better than most w/ slightly sweet finish

D - Not my fave, but passable and pretty drinkable when selection is limited

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Photo of Jason
2.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I consumed huge amounts of this beer back and forth to Belgium on Sabena. It did me just fine ... nothing special just an other Euro lager, sadly this one is trying to ride the Belgain bandwagon and it does not even stand up to what really comes out of Belgium.

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