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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,832 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,832
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 26
Gots: 335 | 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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imanidiot777

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +41.2%

A: Appearance wasn't anything amazing, pours a light to medium gold color, like a lot of other beers, very carbonated.

S: I'm not good at picking out individual smells but I did not sense anything overly different or out of the norm.

T: Love the taste, very hoppy and leaves a good after taste also hoppy.

M: Has an excellent carbonation level, gives it a good kick, feels very refined and high quality.

D: Very drinkable, goes down nice with a good carbonation kick.

07-14-2009 15:53:48 | More by imanidiot777
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%

Had this on-tap out of a kegerator as it's what my girlfriend's dad drinks for the most part, so partook and figured I'd give it another shot (never reviewed it before, just had it several times).

Appearance: Yellow and very carbonated. Really couldn't differentiate the look of this from Bud or Coors.

Smell: Light, with a little hops and not much else. Grain alcohol is definitely there as well, which isn't saying much about it's taste.

Taste: It's alright, just light and lager-y. Kind of sweet, even. But almost exactly what you'd expect from a mass-brewed lager style. I didn't think it was head-and-shoulders over Budweiser to be completely honest, just a little.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light, but a little too carbonated for me.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, as the ABV is low and there isn't a ton of flavor so it certainly goes by quickly. Easy to drink and unoffensive on the palate, but there are so many beers out there, why would you ever settle for Stella?

07-13-2009 16:20:12 | More by nomomentwasted
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VTaler

Vermont

3.65/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured From a bottle to a chalice

A - Clear, golden color. Somewhat of a head but it goes away quickly leaving a nice lacing

S - I had this many times and it seems to get skunked a lot. Every time I do have it is somewhat skunky but its very subtle. There are also hoppy and sweet malty aromas

T - Probably one of the best macro-brewed European Lagers. A nice sweet malt that is very light. There is nice bitterness from the hops to balance it out.

M - basic mouthfeel. Nothing special here but yet very refreshing

D - Very drinkable, Its easy to have quit a bit of these

07-08-2009 19:24:14 | More by VTaler
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +24.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Quite pale. Head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Typical lager aroma.

T: Pilsner malty sweetness with noble hop bitterness. Nothing earth-shattering, but well-done.

M: Light, some carbonation.

D: It's amazing how a sixer of PBR can make a typical Euro lager seem like the nectar of the gods. But this one stands on its own quite nicely. It won't make anyone forget Rochefort or any other of the fine offerings from Belgium, but it's a solid lager.

07-08-2009 03:49:28 | More by BarrelO
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Bricelyn

Idaho

2.95/5  rDev -4.2%

poured from a 24 oz bottle cuz right now i can't afford a sixer and good thing cuz it's not my bag.

Appearance is of multi vitamin piss light lacing that quickly disapears.

Smell I sense some grain right off the bat then an extremely light floral then alcohol piss...

Taste I can't get over the piss smell it's taking over the whole beer but I do taste some malty post ceareal shreded wheat in the after taste.

Mouth feel is light and watery kinda like a highlife!

I sesioned this beer in Qatar while on Rest and relaxation from the boredom of Iraq... I loved it best beer the USO offered! However now that I have been home and had other brews I have to say I wont be sessioning this beer.

07-07-2009 01:01:49 | More by Bricelyn
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Trigcove

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +19.5%

Poured from the tap into a 20oz glass.

It's a nice clear, golden color with about an inch of head that quickly vanishes, but leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

It smells very faintly skunky, which surprised me, being poured from a tap, but there was also the yummy odor of unmistakable yeast and light, sweet malt.

The taste was superb for the style. It's not a heavy beer, but even so it does have some character that it maintains throughout. It's all sweet malt up front, chased by just enough bitterness to balance it off.

It's pretty basic on the mouth, with a fair amount of carbonation to offer crispness. Very refreshing.

I could drink a lot of these while sitting around the barbeque, waiting for the ribs to get done.

07-05-2009 16:51:15 | More by Trigcove
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Misfit138

Tennessee

2.7/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured into a pint glass

A- Very light yellow with a nice two inch head that is very creamy

S- Sweet grain followed by a soft skunky citrus note

T- Initial grain malts that turn sweet then leads to some hop bitterness

M- Mostly light with some mild carbonation

D- To me this is just an average beer. I'm not real big on lagers so I wouldn't normally want too many of these in a sitting. However, it has to be one of the better lagers.

06-29-2009 01:20:00 | More by Misfit138
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Macca

Australia

3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

It pours a light honey gold colour with a generous white fluffy head. Some lacing.

Some nice fruit aromas. A bit of sweetness. Some florals. Pleasantly surprised.

A faint hint of the graininess that I was expecting on the palate but not too bad. Not a lot else to it. A nice lasting bitterness.

Light bodied.

Not a horrible Euro lager but not a good Belgian beer either.

06-24-2009 08:00:48 | More by Macca
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -1%

Received a pale yellow goblet with a frothy white head and a little lacing.

Smelled lightly of sweet grain and a little boiled veggie funk.

Light sweet grain, a little yeastiness and some tartness, but more of the vegetable type than citrus. A light bitterness at the end. Nothing off or horrific here, but nothing really all that special. The rating of 3.0 is generous at best.

Decent carbonation and medium-lighter body make this much more passable as a drink. It went down easy with the food (what can I say, airport beer choices just flat out suck ass, and this was the best available). I wouldn't pursue this unless you had no other choice. A fairly boring beer.

06-23-2009 11:39:47 | More by OtherShoe2
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3/5  rDev -2.6%

Tap. Pale amber pour with a small white head.
Bread aroma with some off-putting grainy malt. Very faint (lacking). Some light grassy hops.
Plain bready flavour, again with a tiny hint of grassy hops.
Light body. Reasonable.
Approachable but boring.

06-22-2009 23:45:04 | More by CrazyDavros
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

2.9/5  rDev -5.8%

This beer pours solid golden color with minimal head. A light aroma with a little grain and malt. In reality not much there. The flavor is typical Euro Lager. A little malt up front, almost sweet, leads to some off veggie flavors--approaching skunkiness--in the center. It recovers a bit toward the end with a quick spurt of bitterness.

Overall, I would say this beer is drinkable, but not great. It is definitely not what comes to mind when one thinks of Belgian Beer.

06-21-2009 00:57:41 | More by BeardedBoffin
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bkregel

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +25%

This is certainly a very good beer. I tend to be more into darker beers, but even for someone who is into a darker brew, it's still a nice and refreshing brew. It's a very light and extremely crisp taste. Probably good for serving someone if they are not much of a beer person.

06-20-2009 22:04:27 | More by bkregel
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

Beer the color of golden water and is much clearer then the windows on my house and car. The head is white, small and fluffy and the only interesting thing about the appearance.

Smell is sweet and malty with a hint of lemon. A slight hit of skunkiness (what do you expect from green bottles) but it is gone after a minute or two as the beer breaths.

The taste again has a hint of that skunky funk but it isn't bold enough to take away from the brew. Gritty malts and a touch of citrus as blah hops bitter the finish. Not great but I've had worse tasting beer (you should have tried my first homebrew.)

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and leaves a watered down chalk coating in my mouth. It's an add sensation of both wet feeling but dry tasting. Kind of interesting when it comes down to it.

I'd have to try this one on tap to truly put my mind to ease. I guess I am totally turned off by the green bottles. It's like playing a reverse lottery where everyone wins a skunky beer! Stella is an average beer at best and I just don't see the popularity with it at bars across the country. I guess having AB importing and distributing helps. I'll pass from now on.

06-19-2009 01:02:48 | More by jbphoto88
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

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

06-15-2009 03:01:20 | More by Slatetank
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Brenden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

I decided to try this one on tap and from the bottle since it's so commonly available regardless of the surrounding selection. As you can see, this is my draft review; the difference, mainly, is the clarity and appearance (improved on tap).

The color is a pale amber, not as clear as on tap. The pure white head is about one finger but dissipates much more quickly from the bottle and lacing is light.

The smell is light hops, more grainy than anything with a little malt sweetness, though muskier from the bottle.

Grains most evident up front then that light malty sweetness some through. Hops bite gently almost as an afterthought. Fairly clean and crisp. Well-balanced but not perfectly balanced. The musky hints mar this just a bit from the bottle.

The mouthfeel is crisp, light-bodied with decently lively carbonation and pretty smooth.

This is one to go with if it's on tap with little craft or macro selection.

06-08-2009 13:09:25 | More by Brenden
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +26%

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich golden color with a smallish head. Not much in the way of aroma. Has good delicious, slightly malty flavor with a mild aftertaste. Feels light in the mouth and is highly drinkable. This is very enjoyable brew.

06-07-2009 23:15:08 | More by tone77
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a light straw yellow with a one finger thin head and very good lacing on a pint glass

Smell is quite faint but is sweet and malty over anything else. I personally don't smell any adjuncts or anything offensive. I've never smelled skunk off of the tap version either

Taste: Following from the nose this beer is pretty straight forward as a euro pale lager but is slightly better than most in that category. The taste is turned way down, and what manages to come through is pure malt with a bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a sharp carbonation

06-05-2009 09:24:10 | More by EatsTacos
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dhd1491

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +26%

Pours clear pale yellow; a little watery and weak looking. Nice carbonation and bone white head that quickly lays down. A little of that sour Euro-lager aroma that sometimes hits me a little skunky, but not in this bottle. Taste is watery, but also crisp and refreshing. Sweet malts balanced nicely by sour hops. A little flint and grass, but not unpleasant. Clean, bitter finish. No off flavors. This is my favorite of the mega-produced Euro lagers.

05-29-2009 21:52:17 | More by dhd1491
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TubaManJack

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -11.4%

A chilled 12oz bottle into my mug. I am expecting a decent lager here but I was disappointed.

Appearance: A quick dissipating white head at top a pale yellow body. A clean clear body with a lot of carbonation.
Smell: A tight coil of white smoke carries up from the bottle carrying a musty smell to my nose. An standard nose follows of sterilized malt and a shadow of other Euro Lagers.
Taste: A slight funk to this bottle with light malt notes and a strong adjuct bitterness slap to the end. The back end taste could not even be quelled with some extra sharp cheese.
Mouthfeel: A light carbonated beverage. It was crisp and light bodied

Give me a mainstream adjunct lager instead. I don't see the hype or the quality.

05-29-2009 00:53:21 | More by TubaManJack
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wilofevil

Ontario (Canada)

1.98/5  rDev -35.7%

I tried this beer after hearing a lot of hype from people saying that it is "like, totally, the best beer ever."
Unfortunately, I have to disagree.

This beer poured a very standard gold, with a small, quickly dissipating head.

The nose was quite boring, a little sweet, a little hoppy, but nothing of interest.

I found the taste of this beer fairly unrefined at first: some hop bitterness, some sweetness, and not really a whole lot else. As the beer warmed a little, some of the flavour opened up, revealing mostly grassy notes.

Overall, I found this to be a ho-hum beer. Almost all other Belgian beers I have tried have been superior (although admittedly, this one isn't too pricey), and I would even go so far as to say that a lot of "Belgian-style" beers trump it. Not terrible to drink, but certainly falls into the class of beers I would consider about tier 2 out of five (with only things like Laker being lower).

05-28-2009 12:53:27 | More by wilofevil
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goblet

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%

poured this out into a pint glass from a 33 cl bottle .

appearance:i got a white frothy head that fades fast leaves a thin sheet the color is yellow straw and very clear .low to no carbonation.

smell: a lite lager malt and a bit of citrus and oily hops ,even some straw like quality to it.

taste:this has the average flavor of a lager lite malt and watery, although the hops improve the taste.

mouthfeel:a weak malty and oily hops feel on the palate with a slight bite to it .

drinkability:this has never been a favorite beer of mine but it`s an easy beer to drink .

05-21-2009 17:12:45 | More by goblet
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev +4.9%

appearance- a pale, clear, light beer with a white head. Head dissapated pretty quick, with little lacing

smell- simplistic smell with grains and malt. Not to much complexity.

taste/mouthfeel- a light lager with an uncomplex taste. mild citrus flavor and with bit of bitterness. lack of aftertaste. No lasting flavor.

drinkability - not a bad beer, i enjoy drinking it. Do not recommend it as a quality beer, but would enjoy drinking it on a nice day :)

05-21-2009 16:43:13 | More by Anthony1
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev +7.1%

A: light gold color with thin head and thin lacing looks kind of watery
S: has lager yeast and light malt smell with citrus squeezed in
T: a light lager tasting brew with citrus flavor but kind of bitter on the front of the tongue and it also lacks anything considered an aftertaste.
M/D: slightly bitter with a light feel easily drinkable.

05-20-2009 22:14:35 | More by Kemmerlin
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originalsin

California

3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

Stella has always been and will always be a great sessionable lager from Belgium. It's not necessarily a great beer but there's something about it that causes me to choose it over other more typical offerings at too many of the college parties I attend. There was a time when drinking Stella made me feel cultured and wordly: a Belgian beer! If only I had known what that really meant. But anyway, I do now and have gotten over hating Stella so it's time for a review.

It's a chilly pale lager on the pour. Straw in color with a decent cloudy head the settles into what I'm actually calling a crust right now. Odd.
Some sweet malts on the nose but for the most part it's just a clean smelling brew that begs for a sip as it bleeds precipitation on the glass.
It's got a stale bread like flavor that finishes far crisper than it starts off. I've never really been a fan of the skunky bitterness Stella leaves on the tongue but, looking on the bright side, the easiest way to get that taste out of my mouth is to chase it down with more tasty drinkable Stella.

The verdict is this: Stella is a sessionable Euro Lager. End of story.

05-18-2009 08:21:15 | More by originalsin
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a draft glass at a local dive bar.

A: Super light straw-golden body with a 1 finger thick, foamy white head. Very clear, clean body. Decent lacing.

S: A skunky, musty grain scent; faint sweet note peaks right after pouring but quickly fades. Really, Stella smells exactly like what you would expect from an ultra-commercialized Euro lager.

T: Light, musty wheat bread, stale with some light residual sweetness. There is a lingering skunkiness/bitterness on the back of the tongue (though I doubt you can fully attribute that bitterness to the hops).

M: Crisp, light bodied with enough carbonation to lend an edge to the mouthfeel to keep the beer from feeling too watery.

D: If you don't mind a bit of skunkiness, Stella is a decent session beer. Can easily drink 2-3 at a meal or chilling with friends without any problem. Definitely a good alternative at fraternity parties (at least in my experience).

Another one of the first Euro imports that got me on the path to better beer. Again, might not be the best Euro lager but it hits the spot on hot days when drinking with fraternity brothers. A good friend just got back from Belgium on spring break after spending a semester abroad studying in Leuven (where the brewery is located) and he says this beer is so much better fresh overseas. I can only imagine.

05-18-2009 02:25:53 | More by Buschyfor3
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