1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stella Artois - Stella Artois

Not Rated.
Stella ArtoisStella Artois

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

3,868 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,868
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 27
Gots: 350 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stella Artois visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stella Artois Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,868 | Reviews: 1,308 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of doktorhops


2.97/5  rDev -3.6%

I wonder if Stella conjures up a myriad of pop culture references for anyone else like it does for me (Streetcar named desire, Seinfeld, The Simpsons). Every time I get this beer at the pub I have to restrain myself from letting out a loud "STELLLLLA!" lucky for me I don't drink it that often.

This 330ml bottle was poured into a tulip shaped pint glass (yeah yeah I don't have a Pokal vessel yet - now, 3 years later, I do have one, nay several Pokals, Stanges and Steins!).

A: The body presents a typical Lager hue of gold and yellow. The white head began at around 2cm and ended at 0.2cm with minimal lacing - no I didn't actually physically measure it, these figures are approximates. 5/10.

S: Sweet malt with a bit of cut grass - no surprises. I'm also picking up an aspect of grain too. 6/10.

T: Bold notes of full sweet malts backed up by grain characters. There is very little hints of hops apart from a slight bitterness overall (nor should there be in a Lager - take note Aussie brewers!). The malts completely dominate this beer in triumphant fashion. 6/10.

M: Lighter on carbonation than Australian Lagers - I would say as far as carbonation goes this beer is spot on for its style. It's bordering on being watery but hey it's a Lager so I'm not going to deduct points there. 6/10

D: Very drinkable as far as Lagers go for me; possibly my least favourite style due to the amount of bad Lagers I've had - Australia is notorious as the world capital of rubbish Lagers *cough*VB*cough*. On that note I was concerned when I read that this beer was brewed at Fosters *boo-hiss* but it still tastes as the Belgian original does. Top marks! 6/10. Total: 5.95/10.

Food match: Roast pork, roast chicken or a casserole dish. As for vegetarians: fried potatoes, green beans and tofurkey.

01-19-2011 15:44:02 | More by doktorhops
Photo of drtth


3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a bright clear light golden yellow color with a ½" head that leaves lots of nice lacing. As the head recedes there are sheets of sticky lacing left when sipping. Throughout all of the beer there is some foam on the liquid and the lacing continues to cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Initially the aromas include some definite skunk character so this bottle has been light struck to a degree. However, eventually that fades, allowing the grain to show through, along with some earthy hoppiness tinged with a bit of lemon zest.

Taste: The flavors (once the skunk has faded) are not unpleasant and include those expected from the nose: some lightly sweet bready grains supporting the earthy, grassy hops and a bit of lemon zest. There is not a lot of sweetness here and the dry bitterness works well for me.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and the persistent carbonation continues through out most of the beer to create a light tingling sensation. The finish is medium in length and is composed mostly of the dry bitterness from the earthy hops.

Drinkability: Even without a slight degree of skunkiness that did eventually fade, I didn't really enjoy this beer much. The best that can be said for it is that it is better than some Euro Pale Lagers I've had and no worse than most. I'll probably not be having this beer again and honestly the only reason I had this one is that it was part of a gift package.

01-19-2011 01:54:52 | More by drtth
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

This beer surprised me, I was expecting it to be just like Heineken or some other skunky beer, but it actually wasn't all that bad. It poured and looked just like a skunky imported beer did, and the smell wasn't knock your socks off. But when I drank it, it wasn't bad. It has a nice crisp taste, a little bit hoppy, a little bit sweet malt taste. And the most surprising thing was that there was very little skunk to speak of. Still not an amazing beer, I would say average. But for sure more than I was expecting. Not a bad beer.

01-13-2011 14:56:59 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of kflorence


3.3/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Pours a straw-like, pale yellow in color with a fair amount of bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing around the glass as you drink. It has that classic refreshing lager look, but doesn't excite you in any way.

S: Smells like your typical European lager. Musky malt and grains, some corn, some sulfur and even a bit of rubber. Definitely not the most pleasing aroma, but perhaps I have trained myself to associate it with a certain flavor, so not overly off-putting.

T: For a European lager, you can certainly do better. That said, there is nothing wrong with this beer. It is simple and refreshing; keep in mind that it was concocted some 600 plus years ago. Flavors are predominantly sweet malts and grains with some corn, some bread and a little bit of hops. Lingering flavor is sweet malts and corn.

M: Nothing shocking here. It's light in body, has a good amount of carbonation and goes down smooth. A bit watery and lackluster, but hey it's a pale lager.

D: This is probably one of the most drinkable beers on the planet. It goes down easy, is fairly pleasant tasting, has a good level of carbonation and sits very nicely in the stomach making this one hell of a sessionable beer. Yes, it's simple. Yes it's overpriced. But once you get over that, it's not so bad, and a good fridge beer.

01-13-2011 04:53:42 | More by kflorence
Photo of ronniebruner


2.95/5  rDev -4.2%

Stella Artois has become quite a good beer. It is very good for a widely disributed lager beer. It has the typical, average yellow color, mild carbonation, minimal head, a somewhat fragrant aroma and goes down smooth. A bit pricy at most bars, but definitely better than Bud or Coors.

01-13-2011 03:36:42 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of cambabeer


3.28/5  rDev +6.5%

A- Fast moving carbonation throughout a gold body with some rosy hues. 2 fingers of white head.

S- Sweet and grainy with a little maltyness and ethanol. Perhaps some apple.

T- A sweet start then bitter start moves to a toasty middle wwith an end in ethanol and then some mild hop taste. Slightly watery. Bitter hops in the aftertaste.

M- Medium light body leaves a little bit still on the pallate. Not extraordinary.

D- Pretty drinkable, though more filling then some. Good I'd say.

Notes- I like it, it's not great but I'd drink it anyday. It's downfall is just its lack of character and boldness.

01-12-2011 03:00:07 | More by cambabeer
Photo of rlee1390


2.85/5  rDev -7.5%

One of those 750mL corked bottles as a Christmas gift. Ehhh but they offered to get me a bottled of Hoptimum so its all good.

A-2 finger foam head. Clear Clear Clear Pale "Yellow" in apperance, almost could read a book through it. Highly Carbonated.

S-Skunky but with yeast/bread in there as well

T-Some skunkiness is present in the taste. More bitterness that one would expect. A little sweet bread flavors.

M-Extremely light and the carbonation is present

D-Very Very poundable, you can put a these away easily.

My friend summed this beer up the best, "A rich man's Coors Light"

01-10-2011 22:42:21 | More by rlee1390
Photo of cmula


1.6/5  rDev -48.1%

A: Looks like typical german style lager
S: Smells a bit of ether
T: Typical lager at first with skunky after taste. Strong alcohol flavor takes away from beer.
M: Sweet at first. Then light, then strange after taste.
D: asked bartender to trade me after a couple of sips.

InBev AB major import from Belgium to US. If they toned down the strength, it would be better. There is an after taste that I can not pinpoint but it doesn't agree with me. I have had in belgium before and don't remember such a poor experience, maybe if they make it local it would be fresher.

01-10-2011 02:23:30 | More by cmula
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.45/5  rDev +12%

750ml corked & caged bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a good sized white head that thinned out and left thin lacing.

S - slight skunk but mostly grainy.

T - sweet and grainy taste with light bittering on a dry finish.

F - light bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down easy.

01-08-2011 00:42:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of afinepilsner


3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

1 pint, 6.4oz green bottle

Stella Artois was pale gold in color with excellent clarity. It had a thick head with good retention and lacing. The smell was skunky right out of the bottle, but quickly faded leaving light malt and noble hops. The taste was light malt with some light hops and a little bitterness. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. The mouthfeel was average with a light body and plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it's a pretty good Euro Pale Lager that is thirst-quenching and refreshing.

01-07-2011 23:41:17 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of bnes09


3.05/5  rDev -1%

Pours a pale golden color. White head with descent retention and lacing. Not a whole lot of visible bubbles.

Smell is mostly clean and grainy with a touch of skunk.

Skunk appears in the taste as well. Not too much else to say. Just some white bread grain and rice flavor. Very mild hop bitterness. Nothing special.

Pretty light feel, almost too light. Smooth, even texture. Undercarbonated.

Overall, it is about as average as average can get for a Euro pale lager. Nothing offensive but nothing interesting either. Don't understand why this one is so hyped up and carries a high price tag.

01-05-2011 04:46:29 | More by bnes09
Photo of MetalandBeer

New York

3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

I got a big bottle with a cork in it. Poured it into a Stella Artois glass.

White head. Light yellow body that looks highly carbonated.

Weak smell with a bit of skunk. reminded me of Lowenbrau.

Grain, bread, light hops. tastes like your standard American lagers such as Bud and Coors.

Light body.

High drinkability. goes down quick & easy...could make an entire night out of this beer.Good for a night out,a ball game or an afternoon cook-out.

If you enjoy beers like Bud, Coors, Miller etc. you'd like this one too. Nothing groundbreaking or earth shattering....just a very drinkable brew!

01-04-2011 15:01:04 | More by MetalandBeer
Photo of xnicknj


2.53/5  rDev -17.9%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a completely clear pale yellow with a bubbly white head. Fades fairly quickly into some thicker film with some rings of lacing.

Some lightly toasted grain with citrus and doughy malt in the nose and a bit of skunk.

A decent dose of bitter hops and bread crusty malt in the beginning. Toasted grains and a faint splash of lemony zest. A somewhat harsh bitterness with a light touch of skunkiness. Finishes long and dry with some hoppy bitterness.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, lingering dryness from unpleasant hop profile. Drinks well enough to throw one back when there's nothing else available or for a nightcap when you can't taste much anymore. Neither of these are good qualities.

01-04-2011 05:15:12 | More by xnicknj
Photo of bondjedi


3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

Served in brand-appropriate stemware. Just asking, but how much difference is there between the Stella glass and a water glass that most banquet rooms use? Other than the flat part of the stem, that is.

I've had two big go-rounds with this brew, both times on tap. Neither time was I impressed enough to feel the high price for a twelver at the supermarket ($14-16+) was justified. BeerAdvocate needs to add a "value" metric.

Smells okay, looks pretty good. Not a mellow taste or smooth going down. The fragrance of perfume, if not artificial, is not appetizing. Chanel No. 5 smells good, but would you drink it?

Sole redeeming quality is that it will get you hammered without next-day recriminations.

01-03-2011 21:39:41 | More by bondjedi
Photo of mnrider


3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

750 ML. green limited edition bottle.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a large fluffy white head. Leaves minimal but noticeable lacing.

S: Grains and sweet malts. Pretty clean.

T/M: Like the smell this brew is pretty clean. Smooth goin' down with a hint of grains and malt sweetness. Bitter on the aftertaste, with something else I can't figure out.

D: Not the best Euro lager out today, but still pretty good. I think mass production has hurt this brew.


01-02-2011 22:08:58 | More by mnrider
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

1.7/5  rDev -44.8%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into stella stemware. Nice fluffy white head with good lacing.Crystal clear golden straw color.
Smells a little skunked like hieniken skunked.A little bit of malt breadiness & some fruity lager yeast aromas.
A sweet lager yeasty flavor seems to dominate, with some biscuity malt kissed with a touch of hops.
A little carbonated for my taste but not offensive.

01-01-2011 05:24:46 | More by welldigger888
Photo of beershrine


2.53/5  rDev -17.9%

appearance: clear straw gold

smell: mild alcohol smell

taste: skunky with very slight malt backup

mouthfeel: light bla

drinkability: could be drank in quantities exept for the price.

This was a fresh 12 pack bought from a fast moving supermart.

overmarketed, bland and to expensive for what you get.

01-01-2011 01:12:12 | More by beershrine
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Looks pale yellow with a bubbly white head that doesn't last long.

Not much of a smell here to be hones, just grain & some light malts.

Tastes mildly bitter with grain & hops & malts & a light bitter finish.

It is light bodied with a slight fizz & generally quite smooth.

An average beer overall with no real negative aspects other than the look really. Very drinkable beer & goes down well.


12-28-2010 21:14:22 | More by flyingpig
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -4.9%

This was a Christmas present from one of my friends.

A nice plain green one pint nine point three ounce bottle with a cork in it.

White as snow color head. Don't think I've ever seen a whiter head before. Light yellow body that looks decently carbonated.

In the bottle I smelled a sweet skunk smell. Is that even possible? I guess so. While in the glass it has a grainy bland smell like your typical macro beer. Not really impressed.

This is the most bland tasting beer I have ever tried! Grain, bread, very light hoppy taste. This tastes like a slightly better Club Soda with sweetener. I can't strongly dislike something with barely any taste.

Light body. Feels like carbonated water.

Drink ability is high because it's like carbonated water. Would I really want another? Only if you're paying.

Overall, it's a good BBQ session beer; something to drink a lot of. It's a nice looking Holiday bottle but not worth the effort to open it like a champagne or wine bottle. If I ever have this again, I hope it's in a regular twelve ounce bottle.

12-28-2010 05:21:50 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of BeerLover99


3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

A- pale yellow, big head that escapes, very little lacing.

S- weak grainy, corn scent.

T- grain with bitterness

M- light/med. body with dry finish.

D- This is better than Bud or Miller but not by much. Why is this a hip beer? Very sessionable.

12-27-2010 21:03:51 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Duff27


2.65/5  rDev -14%

From 12/15/10 notes:

A- White(!) one-fingered head with a light to mid pale golden color. Couple dozen carbonation stream throughout the beer. Some lacing. Some lacing.

S- Burnt. Kind of off-putting to tell you the truth.

T- Grainy. Grassiness turns to bitterness.

M- Decent enough mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

D/O- Well if you want to go there, drink a lot of these. At 5% it is very doable. Whether you'd want to is a different story. You see this in people's hands because they think they're "beer snobs", it's weird.

12-27-2010 02:38:19 | More by Duff27
Photo of mempath


4.25/5  rDev +38%

poured actually into SA glassware that was a gift a few years ago...why not? bright, light but deep buff color with a lively fluffy head that settles moderately slow...and laces in a rather cool architecture of gauziness.

nose is what's expected in a euro pale lager...a bit of cerealness, good but nothing spectacular

very clean, nearly sweet but immediately dry/bitter bite. nothing radical, but a really precise balance of malty sweetness immediately snipped with the slight hop snap. then it's gone. i'd session this over heineken any day. and plenty of other 'under the radar' but rather macro-euro brews. for that, i'll give it a push beyond simply 'good'...but not exceptional...much more like a 4.3. this would go great with almost any asian foods, esp. thai. even indian cuisine.

the mouthfeel is just right, neither thin nor thick. a slight creaminess makes this just right.

to be honest, as much as i am into extremely complex brews, i like to slip into something easy but not 'simple'...i find this drinkable enough and nice when the only choices at a holiday company function is Coors Light or Stella Artois...very good and better than 'decent'

remember, an "A" for one style isn't the same as an "A" for a more aggressive, master style (like the DIPA or stout or .... etc)

12-24-2010 23:15:57 | More by mempath
Photo of BeanBone


3/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: A crystal-clear pale golden body capped by over two fingers of bubbly white head that fades slowly and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Grassy and lemony hops over a pale, grainy, and slightly sweet malt body. Very typical for the style.

Flavor: Again, the usual combination of neutered noble hops over a light, grainy, and honey-tinged malt backbone. It's crisp and balanced well, though generally forgettable. A flash of sweet grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a pretty clean finish.

Drinkability: If you dig it, this is a supremely easy drinker.

Verdict: Stella is the very definition of average beer. Nowhere near as hopeless as an American macro, but not terribly complex or unique either, this fits right in the middle of the quality spectrum. A worthy stepping-stone beer.

12-23-2010 00:07:53 | More by BeanBone
Photo of AleBlager


2.15/5  rDev -30.2%

The heavy amounts of head held the flavors in the beer for an extended period of time. However, it failed to hold onto any scents that Stella Artois may have had. Dipping our noses deep into the glass and using all of our nasal capacity brought the scent of faint malts and nothing else. The taste, on the other hand, did not match the faintness of the smell. Malts are the base of all flavors within the brew, almost masking the offensive tastes of tobacco and herbs. To complete the flavor spectrum, a hint of hop-pop was found on the tongue. This beer is bolder than the average domestic adjunct lager, however the unpleasant tobacco and herb flavors left a mild cringe to the face. A smooth texture across the tongue left a slightly bitter lingering afterthought. Knock-backablle, but this beer costs more than its taste.

12-22-2010 15:03:21 | More by AleBlager
Photo of Bogforce


1.98/5  rDev -35.7%

Might look good but the taste is just bad..

A: Clear golden color, with a small amount of head and a ton of lacing.
S: Corn
T: BAD. I can hardly stomach this beer, I would much prefer a PBR or Budweiser over this beer.
M: Nothing special.
D: Can't handle the taste to make this beer even drinkable

12-22-2010 03:34:31 | More by Bogforce
Stella Artois from Stella Artois
71 out of 100 based on 3,868 ratings.