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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,008
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 30
Gots: 422 | FT: 0
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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 decimator
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poure a clear yellow with a thick fluffy white head. The head stuck around for a while and plenty of lacing was produced.

S - Grains, light herbs with a hint of citrus. Typical for Euro Lager aroma.

T - Grainy malts quickly followed by a light yet persistent hop bite.

M - Average feel with a crisp finish.

D - Decent Lager. One of my favourites in my younger days. Still enjoyed on occasion. It's better on tap.

decimator, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle

Stella Artoris Lager poured a clear golden color and produced a small bright white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind minimal lace in my mug. The nose is a typical lager smell, slightly hoppy, clean and fresh, and of pale malts. Flavor begins with a hop bite during each taste, then finishes crisp. Mouth feel is a little thin with medium carbonation.

I was a little disappointed as I expected more as Stella Artoris is brewed in Belgium.

bushbeer75, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stella Artois (poured from a 12 oz. bottle) has a thick, white head and a very clear yellow-golden appearance. Carbonation is high and lacing is fairly pronounced and even. Aroma is skunky and stinging, not pleasant. The taste is heavy on barley and maybe some other grain, and it is surprisingly hop-heavy on the back end of the sip, relative to other pale lagers. Mouth-feel is light, watery, and slimy. Stella Artois finishes crisp and fairly refreshing. I once had it on draft, and I found that version to be superior to the bottled one. This is due to the green bottle allowing light to spoil and skunk the beer. I would recommend only drinking this beer from a tap or out of the can. My rating for this is that its a pretty good beer. I'd drink it again, but not from the green bottle.


RonaldTheriot, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light golden color, with a white head. Head has not too much retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells of mainly of grains and bready. Not a whole lot going on here.

T- Nothing really exciting going on here. A bit of pale malts, bready, and just a touch of hops there.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation seems about right on.

D- Nothing really turning me on to this one. Reminded me a lot of all the BMC. Kind of boring. Easy to drink just not me thing.

nrbw23, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A body but still light enough with the character of Saaz hops in the mouth which features flavors of floral hops slightly spicy. The herbal scent is also spreading in the nostrils and a pretty good way for a lager. The aftertaste remains a slight bitterness from the hops and malt aroma with a discreet but persistent, albeit slight, but interesting is complemented with a touch a little acid.

ThaCreep, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with an average head that dissipates into a thin film. smell is not very strong, but i can get a little bit of hops and sweetness. Has a light grainey taste, nothing very potent. Feels crisp and refreshing. Overall, its okay, but nothing to write home about. I would surely take one if it was offered to me.

gkunkle, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
2.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely light yellow with a finger of bright white head that reduced down to a thin scum leaving quite good lacing.
S: Doughy yeast, slight faint hop, and very light malt. Bland smelling.
T: Very hard to pick much out. Slight sweetness in the finish. Grainy and watery.
M: Very clean and extremely light. Not much carbonation. Smooth but watery.
D: Watery with a dull flavor. Very boring. Good lacing though.

scottfrie, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear golden color with one finger of pure white head that soon faded to a thin skim. The retention was not great and the lacing weak. The aroma was musty, dry and grainy - not appealing to me, per se. The flavors were better than the aroma with the taste of dry, biscuity malt, Vienna malt, some hints of toasted malt and a little citrus rind bitterness (Saaz hops?). A nice lager with notes similar to a pilsner. The mouthfeel was good, the body light/medium and the carbonation a touch high.

thekevlarkid, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of newcastleme
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very drinkable beer with a solid mouthfeel. It's very good with a nice dish featuring fish or chicken. I appreciate the history of this beer and the craftsmanship. (Even though some consider it a macro beer.) It's also a good studying/relaxing beer.

newcastleme, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - nice pale gold colour, thin white head that lasts for a while

S - Lager smell, grainy, slightly skunky

T - Crisp and pretty clean and quenching

M - average carbonation, light and dry

D - has a nice taste, not too heavy - not too light. A decent everyday beer

spinrsx, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of ryolz
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light clear gold with good amount of head for the type and nice tight bubbles, no head residue and it lasted around 20sec

Smell: smelled grainy and yeasty very welcoming smell

Taste: very drinkable very light bodied with a light grainy and yeasty taste with a very balanced finish, as you continue drinking the hops become more predominant but not overwelming with a slight citrus taste

good beer

ryolz, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of rowey77
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow color with a white head that disappears in a few seconds.

S- Malty almost corn like smell

T- Good malty taste with a hint of corn.

M- Good mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated and smooth.

D- Very easy to drink and great with a meal. Goes very well with fish or pork.

rowey77, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of t00sl0w
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this at a local pub, it wasnt bad, and it was great for sitting around and drinking with my wife while watching a game.

it had a pale gold with a not so impressive head that almost vanished. it did have some lacing though, so it gets points for that.

it smelled grainy, wheaty, but not very yeasty, which kind of surprised me seeing as how this was trying to be a witbier IMO.

the taste was kinda grainy, and sweet. personally i thought it wasnt bad at all for a mainstream beer. it left a strange aftertaste though that i didnt care about, but overall not shabby.

i thought this beer was kinda over carbonated, when i first got it, it was like i was drinking a coke. then it settled down some and became very easy to drink. it was smooth, and you could kill a few before you realized your glass had even been refilled.

overall, i liked it, and if it was on tap at the pub, and i wanted a European lager, i would definitely go for it.

t00sl0w, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured an almost clear golden color with a big head that diminishes very slowly. Smells like a very improved/enriched version of BMC...definitely a lager smell...but better than most lager smells. Kinda has an herbal/grainy smell to it. Not very bad actually. Just kinda bland. The initial taste is much better than BMC, but at the same time...It's much worse than most Belgian beers. For a lager, this is not bad. Nice floral and crisp hoppiness to it. Very sweet and crisp. This could be one of the sweetest (common) lagers I've ever had. The taste is very refreshing and drinkable. The mouthfeel isn't very impressive, but drinking this beer is nothing to be ashamed of.

DovaliHops, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of GNR4life2
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle curse!!!

A: Nice lager appearance with clear straw yellow hue
S: Skunky initially but some cereal grains and noble hops some through in the end.

T: Crisp and pretty clean. I liked it

M: Dry and light. Its okay. I liked the finish cause it was light with almost a cheap lime.

D: Its okay. Wouldnt buy it. its expensive but then again I usually buy by 24 or 30 packs. A 6 pack would be ideal for this in my case.

GNR4life2, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of argock
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Best by 16/02/11 on label.

A: Nice lager appearance with clear straw yellow hue and slightly rocky, 1-2 finger white-small-bubbled head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Skunky initially but some cereal grains and noble hops some through in the end.

T: Crisp and pretty clean and quenching with cereal graininess which isn't harsh or too sweet or corny. Hops are light but evident with an herbal, noble presence.

M: Feel is somewhat dry and light bodied but still reasonably substantial. Aftertaste is a little skunky but a little hoppy.

D: A lot better than most macro lagers, but majorly overpriced for the package. Still, for pizza or nachos, this brew would get the job done, as hops have a decent presence and the cereal malts are there.

argock, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of bundy462
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clean light gold with a slight white fizzy head.

S: Grainy with some hops.

T: Grainy and dry. Pretty much bitter and dry throughout. I was expecting better considering the cult like hype.

M: Thin and dry.

O: Below average, the persistent bitterness makes it a little harsh.

bundy462, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of scott451
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tapped into its own glass. One finger bright white head which soon diminishes and breaks into lily pads. Lots of fine lacing. Nice clear light reddish amber. Malty smells. Malty taste up front with a mild hoppy finish. Not much else. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nicely drinkable. A well done lager, just nothing really special.

scott451, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter...

A: pours a bright, clear golden color with a fluffy white head. leaves alot of thick sudsy lacing as the head quickly fades

S: a green herbal and citrus hoppy aroma with an aroma of sourdough bread and a sweet honeylike aroma

T: clean up front, just slightly sweet followed by a rush of spicy herbal hops, with lemon juice. finishes with flavors of the aforementioned hops, and bread

M: very smooth, light-medium body that becomes very dry and crisp.

Overall, not the best of this style from Europe but it certainly beats Heineken. Very easy drinking and hoppier than you might expect when enjoyed at warmer-than-fridge temps. Will try this one again.

OlRasputin989, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of bala747
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at numerous places in Singapore. A lot of places here serve San Miguel and I think both these beers are owned by the same company.

A: A golden yellow beer with a two centimetre head that leaves some very heavy lace down the glass.

S: Some citrus, quite hoppy and grassy. In fact the grassy smell was the most predominant. Smelt like what a lager beer ought to smell like, in my opinion.

T: It tasted quite hoppy and 'bitter'. The taste was straight up lager beer. No adjunct tastes, no nonsense, just straight up hops and barley.

M: This was the part where the beer let me down. Stella has a great smell and good taste but because of its no-nonsense lager taste, the mouth feel was pretty ordinary. Dry, crisp and no-nonsense.

D: Again, because of the mouthfeel, and lack of complexity, it ranks somewhat low. Most macros are quite drinkable because they taste of nothing. Stella tastes too good to be an average macro but not complex enough to be a craft beer, hence its drinkability is somewhat in the middle. You wouldn't want to chug this on a hot day, and at the same time on a cold, winter evening you would rather have something more complex.

Overall, a very good macro that should be considered a 'template' lager. Very nice taste (Crisp and dry), and nice grassy smells.

I noticed many people ranked this beer poorly based on the fact that they had it from a bottle. I suggest they try this beer served on tap. It makes a great deal of difference.

bala747, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Erish
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank these right outta the bottle! I have had Stella plenty of times though, both on tap and bottles poured into glasses.

A: Pale straw in color, not much head or lacing.

S: Euro funk, citrus-esque aromas.

T: The funk is more subdued in the taste than in the nose, but there is funk, vaguely citrus, light hops, clean without much of a finish.

M: Light, smooth, what I expect from a lager. Refreshing and not too bad.

D: Meh. I've had much worse and much better.

Erish, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow with a one fingered white head that disappeared quickly with light lacing throughout the glass. Aromas of light spicy hops and grassy grains. And the taste was much like the smell with a light citrus finish. Light on the pallette with fair carbonation. Desent enough brew that went well with a crawfish Po'boy.

Bizz88, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of DioS
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with pretty abundant head, carbonation, and generally looks very nice in its own Stella glass. Smell is faint and unexciting, generally clean, a bit grainy like you would expect, nothing offensive. Taste is crisp, bitter, and grainy. Mouth is dry. Not so much hops though and not citrusy. It has a slightly sweet and very quickly vanishing finish that can be pleasant. It's actually quite a good thirst quencher and probably above average for this style. Like a lot of this type of beers when it warms it becomes disagreeably bitter.

DioS, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a pint glass at Drifters Marina and Grill, Copperopolis, CA.

This beer is a richer lager yellow with a quickly disappearing white head. It's typical, overall, in appearance.

It smells sweet, maybe sweet corn, also pils malt, and definite Euro hops which are definitely nice.

Full malty body for a standard lager. The Euro hops continue with a little spice and pepper. There is also the flavor of sweet corn.

In the mouth it seems fuller than most, and that's impressive.

If Simpler Times Pils at Trader Joe's weren't ~$6 less a six, I would actually drink this. Skunking is an issue in the bottle I would bet, but tap is quite acceptable.

brewerburgundy, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Spica66
1.6/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: very light gold, very thin head.
S: smells like nothing maybe? or just the slightest hint of hops, I am reaching for anything...
T: What little taste it has is skunky and sour. Yuck!
M: I am sure that this light, weak mouthfeel is right for the style.
D: I couldn't finish it...

I can't believe that this beer sells. I might even say that I would rather have a Budweiser.

Spica66, Jun 07, 2010
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