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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,970 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,970
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 28
Gots: 403 | FT: 0
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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 tbeckett
2.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A can from my buddy while we waited for other stuff in the fridge. From notes.

A - Poured a light to medium gold. Bright. Good carbonation. Two finger soapy white head gone in less than a minute. Bubbles cling to the side of the glass. No lace and no retention.

S - Sweet grain, floral notes, and some grass.

T - Sweet grain, corn, hay. Chemicals? Dusty. Just mostly sweet, slightly offensive grain.

M - Oily? No bad carbonation, light body.

O/D - Not tasty at all. I would never buy this and I'm glad it was free. Typical of the style I guess.

tbeckett, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of malloyca
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden color with a frothy white head. Aromas are typical grain, with a hint of spice and the faint skunky smell that is common in a lot of European lagers that are imported to the US. Flavors of grain, slightly spicy hops, and a faint yeastiness that distinguishes this beer, in my view, from other large-production European lagers that it otherwise tastes like. An easy drinking style that works fine for washing down lunch or taking a break on a warm afternoon.

malloyca, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of jifigz
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle poured into a glass.

A: The beer is a richer yellow than an American adjunct lager, but still more of a straw yellow. The head lingers quite a while longer and leaves some lacing.

S: It smells husky, grainy, sweet, and a little off. There is a very strange skunky aroma present on this one.

T: The taste is extremely bland. It is just a hint of sweetness with an overall watery flavor. There is a slight bitterness in the finish. It isn't a bad flavor at all, it just seems extremely generic and in no way separated from the rest of the pale lager class.

MF: The mouthfeel is typical for this type of beer.

O: I have heard good things about this beer most of my life and actually never had one until now. I probably won't ever have one again either, unless its free (this one was.) It is just boring and overrated, popular only because others say so and comes along with a strong marketing campaign. The worst Belgian beer I have ever had.

jifigz, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of JeffMcAwesome
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is clear yellow with a three finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing that sticks to the top of the glass.

The smell is vaguely skunky. There is no distinct hop or malt smell, just the same bland smell that comes with all of these Euro lagers.

Taste is bland without any real distinguishing characteristics, very little malt and hops. After drinking most of the glass, I started to notice a distinct odd aftertaste accumulating in the back of my throat.

It is very lightly carbonated, on the verge of being flat. It is fairly light in body, making it easy to drink. Overall it is not terrible, and is certainly better than the standard BMC fare. However, for the price, there are much better options out there.

JeffMcAwesome, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz->Noble Pils Fluted Glass

A ~ Pours on the yellow side of gold. Let this one warm up to near room temp so I could smell/taste things a little better. Head does not last.

S ~ Pear-skin, Faint grain notes, & corn...slightest hint of spicy Euro hops.

T ~ Not as skunky as I remember...by any means. Mostly Bready malt dominates with a dash of white pepper & grapes notes. Some very odd papery flavors that I assume is also the malt.

M ~ Very thin, with some cloy, but way less than expected. Dry spice on the finish that carries it through a bit.

D ~ Was on the house. Probably would never buy this one, & won't drink until it is on the house yet again.

chocosushi, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of hophunter
4.18/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz. can poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Light gold, thicker/frother white head with tighter bubbles. Very clear.

Aroma: Low grainy malt. Light sweetness. Low hop aroma- almost floral. Green apple.

Flavor: Crisp, dry, low hop flavor and bitterness. Balanced between hop bitterness and malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. carbonated and crisp.

Overall: More fuller bodied and flavorful than American Predecessors. I can see why it gets slightly higher ratings. But then again that's why they are under different guidelines. This is definitely a beer that I would like to have on hand for a rainy day "go to" beer. Especially in the can because I just don't trust green bottles anymore.

hophunter, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of CurmudgeonOmar
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been expecting something something wonderful from this brew every since they started advertising it heavily many years ago at the art-house cinema I frequent. I first tried it about 5 years ago when it showed up in restaurants. It was light, clean and very refreshing, but still had enough of that hoppy tartness that tells you it's not American dishwater. Still, it's a tad watery, lacking the sharp finish of Plzner Urquell, which I had thought it might resemble after watching the ads. It's a nice training beer for ladies and very young men with immature palates, but it's far too wimpy to be a favorite.

The recent acquisition of A-B by Inbev, the European conglomerate that owns Stella Artois, explains the sudden burst of heavy advertising and the sudden availability of cases in places like Safeway and Costco. It's now distributed widely in bars as a "quality beer" in places that didn't used to carry anything drinkable. It's minimally better than fake good beer, like Henry Weinhard's pale lagers, but much less robust than any genuinely European-style American lager, especially a microbrew. Since they now have "Stella" everywhere, it's an adequate backup beverage when you're stuck eating in a place that has nothing better and you don't want to overpower the food with bad beer taste. I would recommend it for washing down sushi or cooling your mouth in a Thai restaurant.

Note about nomenclature: You have to refer to it as "Stella" or you get a blank look from the server. Anglo-American and Spanish-speaking waitpersons can't and won't say "Artois". If you explain that the second word of the name is pronounced "ar-TWAH", they just smile and shake their heads as if you're speaking Martian.

CurmudgeonOmar, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Has a light golden hue with a white frothy 2 finger that dissipate relatively quickly. Nice lacing throughout the drink.

I get slight frsh citrus hints, an undertone of hops and a weak maltiness, some grains or something in the nose.

This fresh lager gives an easy drink with flavors of slight hops, malty grain sweetness, a small bitter happiness at the end, with a constant slight citrus taste throughout. This euro lager is actually quite nice as a session beer, despite being slightly higher abv than usual for a session, I do enjoy Stella on almost any occasion. What I don't taste is the typical Belgium yeast flavor, biscuity yeasty taste is absent, but this is a macro brew, so nothing surprising there. Easy drinking, light bodied to medium mouthfeel, not bad.


ryantho00, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Merkur
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light golden color.

Overall, this beer taste like any other Euro lager. On tap, this had just the right amount of carbonation. It is a little sweet at first and then finishes very dry. I also found it to be much more bitter than the usual lager beers around.

Overall, much better than the Bud Lights of the world, but nothing special.

Merkur, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A common "premium" beer in the states. Pale golden body, small white head.

Carbonation gives it some bite, flavor is pretty standard otherwise. When I say that, I don't mean standard for a Belgian beer. This is not nearly as interesting or complex as the typical Belgian fare, but it is a very drinkable beer. A friend of mine once called it the "Budweiser of Belgium." True dat.

TheRealBigC, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of beep71
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked a six up at the pizza shop to try. Overall, not bad, but this won't be a repeat purchase. A head that dissipates quickly, typical coloring for a lager, nondescript taste. I will say that it has a nice crispness to it that stays throughout the serving. Not worth the price.

beep71, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of sfprint
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Single finger head, multiple bubble sizes, very little rising carbonation. Transparent gold.
S: Slightly sweet for a lager, hay, fresh well balanced.
T: Fresh with a very nice slight sweetness. very light bitterness light, great for a lager.
M: Very subtle carbonation light body.
O: Good, a very good lager.

sfprint, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before end: 05/2012 (yikes!)

Appearance: Pours a healthy white head from a vigorous pour. Slightly soapy and doughy, with a yellowish golden body.

Smell: Slightly grassy, slightly bready. Not bad, not great either.

Taste: Not bad. A bit bready, with an ever so slight hint of hops. Not offensive at all (not necessarily a good thing, however).

Mouthfeel: Relatively plain, with little to no carbonation.

Overall: A decent, but not overwhelming Euro Lager. I guess that's what you get for a 5.0% ABV beer with a shelf life of (at least) nine months.

JednoPivoProsim, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Converge
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz serving.

A - Pours with a finger-and-a-half of frothy, bone-white head. Translucent golden-yellow with a touch of amber in the color. Little head retention, but some nice spotty lacing. Looks pretty good in the Stella glass.

S - Upfront this smells like a pint of salt. Absolutely disgusting. Weak, musty grains and cardboard as well. Smells stale.

T - After such a horrendous aroma, this lager is actually alright. Lots of crisp, clean barley and grains. Doesn't taste like it's full of cheap, adjunct grains. Not much else going on, maybe a light fruitiness.

M - Really smooth, carbonation is done well. Pretty light body.

D - Simple, but unoffensive. One of the better macro-lagers I've tried.

Converge, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always try to find something good about every beer I try. In this case the good thing is the Stella Artois advertising! You know, where the bartender on the train insists on the perfect pour?

The head is weak anf fades to nothing quickly, the taste is citrusy and bland. Not the worst thing I ever tasted but I would not try again.

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of ckollias
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 11.53 fl oz green bottle with a white paper out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pure golden alager with thick, frothy, white, two-finger head that leaves a long trail all the way down the glass and ends in a persistent lace.

S: Spicy floral hop aroma with hints of malt and grains.

T: Skunky smooth lager with clean crisp taste. This beer has a general malt sweetness and finishes very clean and dry.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Typical Euro lager. Nothing really special or something I would grab again.

ckollias, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
2.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale champagne color. Head rapidly dissipates into a foamy mess.

Smell is weak skunk and sweet. Muted skunk notes mixed with a dense fruit (apple?) sweetness. Maybe a dash of lemon and a few floral things.

Wow this is bland. No real off-putting flavors like many macro beers which is great but there is simply nothing going on besides a sort of corny malt liquor sweetness and other items too subdued to guess.

Sharp carbonation is a must for this beer - and it is present. No ABV detected really.

A refreshing albeit tasteless and essentially passionless beer.

ptykozoon, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Chiefy770
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: I poured this beer from the bottle into a "Stella Artois" glass. It has a truly refreshing yet elegant look when it is displayed in its signature glass. It pours to a crisp, clear light gold color.

S: The smell is fine. You can tell by sniffing the beer that it is going to have a bit of a bite to it.

T: This beer holds a great taste to it. The foam mixes with the crisp beer and creates a very refreshing drink to sip on. I say sip because this would be a very bad beer to drink large amounts in during a short time span. It has a bite to it. It is not a bad bite for me.

M: From the initial sip this beer may seem a bit sour. Midway through the bottle it creates a mild-sweet coating that makes your tongue water.

Ovearll this is a great beer. It is not something I would drink all of the time but it compliments meals perfectly. It is refreshing in all seasons.

Chiefy770, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a very official Stella Artois glass from my work, so I felt that this review would be appropriate.

It pours a very pale straw lager colour. The glass lends itself to the production of a nice 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. It leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is slightly grainy, but there is also a bit of a floral element to it. There isn't any of the typical skunkyness I usually associate with bottled Stella.

The taste is dry and some light matliness comes through. There aren't any off adjunct or grain flavours. There is a bit of that floral aroma too. There is a lot of carbonation on my tongue, which lends itself to a crisp finish.

Overall, this is not a bad lager, and certainly better than the other extremely famous euro lager (Heineken). It is on the pricey side though. The canned version is better than the bottle in the reviewer's opinion.

evlu1441, Aug 21, 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 NightProwler86
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured vigorously into a 16oz glass (nothing larger around). Head is extremely weak at 1 finger (if that), and lacing is mediocre. Smell is typical of light lagers. It smells no better than an AB product IMHO. Tastes of strong wheat with citrus and very slight hops. Just slightly more carbonated than seltzer water and leaves a mild hop/water taste in your mouth that fades quickly. Not a horrible beer but I won't be spending my money on it anytime soon.

NightProwler86, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance gave me high hopes for this beer.Nice clear golden color with robust head and lacing. However,as soon as I put my nose close to the glass,an ejecting odor quilled my taste buds. Fortunately the taste is much better than the smell,but it too was weak. One would think a better beer with all the pomp

K9AleingPiss, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For the advertising you'd think this is awesome. Poured from the foil sealed green bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Fluffy thin head lasted a little bit at least. Golden, corn color. Smells of euro funk but in a not so bad way. Typical euro lager malts with just a touch of hops on the back end. Easy to drink and looks impressive to non-BA friends. Kind of a guilty pleasure for me.

rdub, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Jerone
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden straw color with tiny bubbles and a bright white head.

Smell is of some malt and grains with a bit of hops.

Taste is similar, a bit of sweet malt and grain, then the hops come and give it an ever slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light body and there is lots of nice carbonation.

Nothing wrong with the beer, but there is nothing that stands out either.

Jerone, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of tdm168
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with 1/4" of head with nice retention. Smells musty and grainy with just a slight hop aroma; typical euro pale lager smell. Taste is grainy but smooth; there's just a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Mediocre at best.

tdm168, Aug 13, 2011
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