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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,069 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,069
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 30
Gots: 446 | 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 AleBlager
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

AleBlager, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Bogforce
1.98/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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

Bogforce, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of papat444
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I kind of fell for the advertising and bought the 750ml. bottle because i think it looks kind of cool. Used some for the fish in our fish n' chips and shared the rest with my wife.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into my Stella glass. Best before 24-02-2011.

Appearance: 2-3 fingers worth of foam and holds steady at one. The body is very clear and pale yellow. Pretty decent lacing.

Smell: Soapy a bit, some citrus and a bit of skunkiness.

Taste: Very mild bitterness with some grainy aspects and not much citrus. Mild skunkiness but nothing distracting.

Mouthfeel: Sprightly a bit with a clean feel. Not particularly interesting.

Drinkability: Average but not inclined to get this regularly.

Overall: It had made a while that i had Stella and i know why. Boring with no depth though it isn't really offensive.

papat444, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of beyah
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Green bottle with a white paper on neck. Best before date 08.2011.

Very clear, pale with a nice, slight head, lace clinging to glass.

Mild malt smell, possibly some hops?

Let it warm up a bit, when its real cold it has almost no flavor at all. After it warms up a bit you can start to detect the hops. Mouthfeel is very much like Delirium tremens.

I saw made in Belgium on the label. I am sorry to say to say this is the Belgian equivelent of American Budweiser.

beyah, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of weizenbob
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of three draft choices at the Blue Moon in Ludington, MI. Served in a gold rimmed Stella glass. I didn't see the pour but I'm fairly certain that they skipped a few steps in the "9 step ritual". The glass was filled to the rim with headless beer of a maize hue.

The aroma was of wet straw with a lot of sweetness. The taste was more of the same. Stella Artois has a reputation for being a pretty average beer, but that doesn't have to carry a negative connotation. The flavor profile, simple as it may be, is actually fairly full-flavored. If macro lagers are your thing and you have yet to try this, you'd probably dig it. If you don't like mass produced lager beers this isn't going to change your mind. It is what it is, which is simply a solid Euro lager.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. It's medium bodied, even a bit heavy for the style, which is fine by me. It's inoffensive and goes down easy. You could do better for the price, but you could do much worse for the style.


The Two Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for this beer, which doesn't make it much of a value.

weizenbob, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear, slightly pale straw color with decent lace in the head.
S: Clean, pale malt nose, slight sweetness
T: Pale malt, no bitterness, slight sweetness,watery, all around subdued and lacking in character
M: Crisp, light bodied
D: Dull and bland, fine for a session

ozzyCobblepot, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of alkemy
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear golden/straw yellow with an inch of fluffy white head out of a corked and caged 750. Smells a bit grainy, but it's not overtly sweet like an adjunct lager. There's also a grassy note with a hint of pepper. You can pick up a little noble hops. Taste is similar. The grainy sweetness is dominant, but there's a taste on the back end reminiscent of a german pils. The carbonation has some bite. Just a clean, crisp drinkable beer. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is probably my favorite.

alkemy, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of nataku00
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a straight sided shaker glass. Pale yellow with slight haze and some light carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Initial finger of white fluffy head that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing.

Nose is weak, pale malts, light citrus, light herbal hops.

Taste is pale malts and bare minimum bitterness. Biscuit like sweetness when you sip it, but it leaves no presence in your mouth after swallowing.

Light bodied beer is mildly carbonated and is fairly drinkable as a thirst quencher on a hot day.

nataku00, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I remember having this one a long time ago and being unimpressed. Nothing's changed. They do do an effective job of advertising though.

Pale bubbly yellow beer, decent enough head. Doesn't look like it's going to impress with its flavor.

Vague beery aroma with a pronounced honey scent.

Flavor disappoints, comes off tasting like so many American macrolagers, only a little better. Sweet malts and some skunkiness to "balance" the sugar.

Good carbonation but pretty thin stuff. Goes down ok I guess, but I think Coors Light is cheaper.

Chizoad, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking at the Skylark Lounge with my wife last night, feeling bogged down by the heavy beers I'd been consuming all evening, I saw the Stella tap and figured why not? After all, I'd never had it. Having had it once now, I doubt I'll ever have it again. It was just short of decent, well carbonated, clear yellow with a nice white head. Crisp and clean, drinkable, with a hint of hops, some biscuit and a touch of sweet malt.

emmasdad, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Adamthome1
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For me I was a bit pleasantly surprised when my friends convinced me to try their favorite beer...It has better characteristics that I remembered the last time I tried it several years back.

Pours golden, with mild carbonation, little head that does not reatin

Smell is grainy, husky, malty with some hoppy scents..definitely a unique smell and flavor compared with other lagers.

Taste is very sweet both up front and aftertaste...malty...corn perhaps, but its very sweet, unique flavor...so sweet in the aftertaste. I think it lacks real character and is one dimensional but if you like lagers that are easy drinking give it a try.

Adamthome1, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of jlandis
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perfectly crystal clear pale yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is light sweet grain with that ever present green-bottle skunk. The flavor is very fresh light grains with just subtle hop bitterness and light skunk. The body is watery thin with solid carbonation.

This is one of those beers that would be just fine watching a game or pounding a 6 pack with friends. Although even in those cases I would probably just buy some yuengling.

jlandis, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of TheDTrain
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a Stella glass.

I've never had Stella on tap and I got what I was expecting, not much. Little carbonation with no head. With light hop, yeast, and earthy tones, the aroma is lacking. Light, watery body with fruit and hop tones. I'm still upset I paid $5 for this. D-Train should have ordered a High Life instead.

TheDTrain, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass. On second thought after pouring, this beer would have looked better in a tall, narrow pilsener glass, oh well.
Pale yellow in color, with a bright white but quickly fading head of foam.
Aroma-Faint green-bottle skunkiness, plain grain
Taste-Grain, faint biscuit, crisp and clean with a small hop note in the finish. Easy to drink, but nothing special going on here.

hosehead83, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Samp01
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at barbeque, pours a straw yellow, with very thin head. Aroma of light malt, some cereal, light hops. Taste is similar to aroma. Palate is light body, and light watery carbonation. Finish is light malty and cereal, very little hops. Overall good served very cold on a summer day.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Otterburn
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bottle. poured into st-ambroise glass

golden color, low carbonation, little white head, laces

fresh cereals,malt

taste is fresh and crisp, little bit malty, slighty hoppy

mf; little watery dry and crisp, light after-taste, low carbonation

drinkability: very easy to drink, not so tasty in any way. good with food,bbq..

Otterburn, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
2.1/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Thin light yellow with a slight white head and minimal lace.

S- Bright hops, earthy hay, hints of lemon-grass. Floral with a good dose of skunk overpowering it.

T- Floral, bright and bitter. Skunk with a sweet corn and honey underneath.

M- Thin, watery, crisp, fizzy with a dry finish.

D- Not impressive. Easy enough to swallow if you can get past the skunk.

JayS2629, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of nniicckkww
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into Stella Artois glass with gold rim. Nice 1/2 inch head initially that quickly dissipated. Not much aroma other than a yeasty, bready scent. No skunk aroma or flavor, probably because this was from a keg.

Fizzy with a moderate hop bite. Good accompaniment to my bacon cheeseburger. Drinkable euro macro lager. MUCH better that from a green bottle! A good bet when it's on tap and you're looking for an easy drinking lager with more flavor than a BMC. Not bad.

nniicckkww, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
2.17/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of micmillon18
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into Stella's own tulip glass.

A - Pours a straw yellow thin color, very easily see through; though one shouldn't be surprised by this considering the type of beer we're drinking here. The head was very thin and dissipated quickly after I emptied the bottle into the glass.

S - Pale, hoppiness. Slight sweetness. Pretty much that's it, very thin on the nose.

T - Pale with slight hoppiness. Ends on a sweet note that is good on the pallet. Grainy. Simple and tasty. Seems like it's something thats become diminished and watered down, for lack of a better term, considering its such an old brewery.

M - Crisp and smooth. Very pleasant. Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable.

O - Nothing overly special here though its tasty and drinkable and I will admit it's one of my preferred beers for social occasions. Unfortunately it can be expensive for what your getting and there are others similar to it that are probably cheaper. Overall a solid euro pale lager.

micmillon18, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw yellow color. Poured a 1 finger bubbly white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Decanted continually. Laced thin, wavy, broken rings.

A: Wet bread and biscuits. Hay and grass. Overall, very mild.

T: Consistent with the nose. More bitter than sweet though. Malt and hop notes linger in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Fizzy on the tongue. Finishes dry.

D: Easily drinkable. A bit more flavorful than many EPL's.

Haybeerman, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Kromes
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very clear pale straw color with a soda like white head and large carbonation bubbles.

S: Some grainy malt and floral hop with a tiny bit of skunkiness.

T: Sweet grainy and mealy honey malts with some floral hop taste and bitterness. The finish is still very sweet and sort of disappears. Not too much flavor in this beer.

M: It's light and bubbly...not too bad.

D: Easy drinking and the flavor is ok when it's there.

Kromes, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.88/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a ugly thin yellow straw color with a thick white head and some slimy looking lacing. Smells of grain and some sweet corn. Tastes of creamed corn and some simple grain and simple syrup. Pretty sweet. Nasty taste, very one note. Mouthfeel is really thin and drinkability is poor.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kwjd
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I haven't had this in a year or so, so I decided to give this another try since there was nothing good on tap. Pours a straw yellow colour with thin white head. Almost no lacing. Smells quite metallic with some grains. Taste is pretty bland, a bit sweet with no real bitterness. Ok carbonation. I know people say this is better than typical North American macros, but I don't see it.

kwjd, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received an 18-pack Best of Belgium Beers as a Boss' Day gift. Included this, Hoegaarden, and Leffe. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 13/07/11.

A-Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a two finger bright white foamy head that slowly recedes into a modest lacing. Very effervescent, almost like champagne.

S-Grainy and biscuity malts, and slight lemony hops.

T-Toasted malt sweetness and some bitterness. Satisfactory.

M-Smooth, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

D-Very easy drinking, just not anything to get real excited about, which has more to do with the style than this particular beer. I had low expectations and this was better than I hoped for.

velosuds, Oct 21, 2010
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