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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A quite enjoyable pale lager. A little more yellow than the adjuncts in this style. Aroma is nil.

Good prickly zest, not lemon, but maybe faint lime, hops are not really citrus, but grassier, far from prevalent, but an almost non existant malt accompaniment means you'll still feel the hops. Great hot weather beer, drinkable, but the price will sometimes get you.

I'll always love me some Stella.

Beerandraiderfan, May 10, 2010
Photo of Fnerk
2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale gold with a rocky three-finger head that settles slowly to a thin cap, and leaving minimal coarse lace.

Aroma - mostly pale malt, not much of a hop odor..

Taste - Blland but well balanced. Slightly on the dry side. At this point, there's not much I could say to recommend this beer. It's kind of like the "(American) Budweiser from Beligium." I would imagine that the yuppie crowd would consume this by the vat because of the "French-sounding bourgeoisie name." Maybe they think it looks cool to be drinking one at the club, but truth be told, I'd rather have a Heineken. :p

Also, I can't really tell, but it seems that the flavor profile is smoothed out by either a corn or rice adjunct, though I could be quite wrong on this point.

Mouthfeel - meh, who cares given the comments above.

Drinkability - see "mouthfeel."

I wonder who in Belgium would actually drink this crap, unless they give it away to the folks in the Belgian equivalent of the Salvation Army. :)

Fnerk, May 10, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a christmas present from my fiance's parents.

Appearance- yellow color, thin head

Smell- malt

Taste- light malt flavor

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok definitely more of a summer beer, extremely light especially for me, would drink a cold one in the summer

jeffjeff1, May 09, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is a clear and clean pale straw yellow. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated to leave a foamy lacing and ring around the outside. The beer also leaves a nice coat of Brussels lacing on the glass

Smell: Weak adjunct corn aroma, though it becomes more noticeable when the beer warms slightly.

Taste: Refreshing and crisp barnyard malts (which is probably just higher quality adjunct corn), much like a German helles.

Drinkability: It's very drinkable, but not "reassuringly expensive." More like Stella Artois found a way to sucker yuppies into drinking something unspectacular.

TheQuietMan22, May 09, 2010
Photo of mmielnik
4.03/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mmielnik, May 08, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap poured into q pint glass... On a boat!

Pours a very light bmc yellow very pale and boring with no head or lacing. Nose is also pretty mild and bland as well.

Taste is sharp and biscuity. It's fairly tasty but a bit over carbonate and sharp. It's a good beer but surprisingly better in a bottle.

kingcrowing, May 02, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes of sample tasted yesterday at the local Old Chicago.

Straw gold pour with a small head of foam and pretty good lacing.

Grain and corn in the nose with a light bitterness. Like so many others..

Grain and corn in the taste, some not so tasty sweetness builds during the session that is offset somewhat by a bitterness that does not smack of grapefruit-pine-grass, the usual and more appreciated suspects.

Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability? 1 pint was all that I could handle. Weird how Old Chicago carries this in WY when there are so many better regional brews around to be had. I actually liked this a smidgeon more from the bottle..

Bitterbill, May 01, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pale golden yellow. A tiny bit of head attempts to form before failing. No lace. Lot of bubbles can be seen rising quickly to the top of the glass.

The aroma is straight up tortilla chips. That's about all I get with this beer. Corn and more corn. Grass clippings might be in there as well.

The flavor is muted but what is there is tortilla chips. Hints of green veggies as well.

Light thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall it is what it is. Drinkable only if it's a last resort.

beerwolf77, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of John1985
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this aboard a cruise ship, it was the only beer on tap.

This was in the pool area so I had to drink out of a clear plastic cup.

A - Golden color with non-descript head.

S - Very faint aroma of malt & hops.

T - Decently crisp bitter flavor upfront with a backbone of grainy malt. Mild bitters on the aftertaste

M - medium bodied- nothing special

D - Very quaff-able on a hot day at the pool. Pleasant, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

John1985, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: its pale gold color with a soapy head that did not last.

S: it smells grainy there are no hops that I can detect it has sort of a clean smell but this beer is not skunked I have had others that have been

T: taste is slightly bitter but not much taste here very watery nothing offensive here you can drink it and its better then say malt liquor but there is 1000 beers I would rather have then this including some other macros

M: watery mouth feel lighter then light

D: yep you could drink these all night but I certainly wouldnt

overall: I prefer ales but there are several Pills and Lagers I would rather have.

JamisonM, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of dvb
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After seeing this beer featured in many photos of happy yuppies in cafes and bistros, I thought, "Hey, if they like it, it must be at least drinkable." Wrong. There was nothing here to like. Stella Artois is weak, watery and skunky. Not at all what I like in a beer. 12-ounce bottle, served at Red Lobster.

dvb, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of miket163
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a straw gold into a pint glass, with a half inch white head. Very grassy and fresh taste, nice hoppyness, with a light citrus note. This beer is actually nice on tap, unlike the somewhat skunky bottles. There was also some really great lacing and a pleasant floral nose. Good session lager.

miket163, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of unHipHopHead
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A pale straw color, very clear with decent carbonation and a half inch head that dissipates quickly leaving very thin lacing behind.

S: Smells skunky with a little bit of grass.

T: Very light and a little sweet. Mild hops and malt flavors.

M: feels very thin with a minimal amount of hop resin left behind.

D: Pretty decent drinkability especially since its a lower ABV and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall I would choose this beer over most mass produced stuff out there, it's much better than any miller or bud products and I'd say it certainly beats out Heineken.

side note: I just wanted to add that I had a mirror pond pale ale after drinking a stella and it was night and day. For the same price (or in this case cheaper) I'd highly recommend the Mirror Pond. Wow, so much more flavor and well balanced.

unHipHopHead, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of honeybrewer
2.03/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.
As soon as I opened the bottle I got a huge waft of skunky hop smell.
Pours a pale straw color with a bubbly white head, looks and smells kinda like piss.
I let it set for a couple minutes, and the skunky flavor mostly went away.
Tastes kinda like skunky old hoppy malt water, not really very good, very weak.
Moderate carbontaion does little for this beer, feels very thin and watery.
On par with the cheapest American lagers, only more expensive. Don't buy this beer.

honeybrewer, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of NeutroMan
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear pale straw color with an initially-robust-but-not-long-lasting frothy white head that left sticky lacing.

S: Faint grainy malt sweetness.

T: Initial malt sweetness is crisp and dry, transitioning to some minimal hop bitterness. Malts and hops are fairly well balanced.

M: Medium-light bodied, probably from the adjunct materials (especially noticeable as the beer warms). Not as carbonated as some other euro lagers.

D: Does its job well enough, if you can avoid the skunk.

NeutroMan, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of brfbeerdrinker
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beautiful amber red

Smell: Floral slightly hoppy

Taste/Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, great sweetness upfront but that after taste is so bitter it's almost like bile.

Drinkability: ehh its ok but not my favorite.

Overall: I prolly wont get this again.

Serving type: bottle

brfbeerdrinker, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Above average look based on foam and being displayed in glass goblet gives it some class, although this is superficial.

Smell: Stella Artois really doesnt have much of a smell, something I don't understand with these so-called "Euro Pale Lagers." Smells a bit like neutral grass, giving it some crispness and freshness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty malty, especially compared to similar beers. Also a bit skunky, but that might just be the fact that it...pretty much tastes like corn, a taste that goes well with fish, something that probably inflates my taste rating a bit.

Drinkability: Strong points here. Another good meal beer, so it's possible to drink this for a while but nice to enjoy. Versatile

Overall: Another beer that probably doesn't live up to its (good) reputation, but I like it anway. Not luxurious, but it doesn't have to be.

tjsdomer2, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Stella glass.

A - Thin layer of head that dissipated quite quickly and left a little bit of lacing.

S - Not a strong scent, but a bit skunky. No overwhelming scent that stands out, typical light lager.

T - Almost a corn flavour to it. Definitely more malt than hops.

M - Very light, almost a little too light on the palette. It fills the mouth up, yet when in the glass it is deceivingly uncarbonated.

D - Delicious if you're looking for something light. I find this beer very drinkable, not heavy, not overly strong on the flavours, and complements a lot of different foods.

andrenaline, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stella Artois isn't a bad beer, but it is pretty average. The smell is definitely skunky, and the taste is slightly similar. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing terrible. There isn't a great deal of flavor with this beer. As I said before it is very average.

Cubsfan1087, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of dakeynr
4.7/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Something about the aroma of this beer puts me in mind of wine. That's the first thing that I love about Stella Artois...when that aroma hits your nose.
Light, refreshing taste...a bit more complex than American Macro light lagers. Stella has a pleasant crisp finish with a slight hint of astringency. Pours from the bottle with a nice head that fades very slowly, with nice lacing.
The more I drink this beer, the more I enjoy it. I find it to be a great session beer. It goes great with anything from a steak to a simple salad. Some darker beers are great for having one or two and then, they get to be too much...they're too rich. (Not that that's a bad thing, but it's like eating cheesecake - a little goes a long way). With Stella, you can keep on drinking, and your palate never tires of the crisp refreshing taste.
Note, though, that it is a full 5% ABV. When I say it's a good session beer, still you will find yourself inebriated if you don't pace yourself accordingly. On the other hand, if you have a DD or you're at home...drink on!

dakeynr, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours pale straw yellow. Absolutely transparent. Thin layer of white head with spotty lacing. Not particularly attractive looking. Looks like a Keystone in a glass.

S - Not a very appetizing smell either. Almost smells like urine to be honest. Strong smell.

T - Good bite to the taste. A little lemony. Sweet, malty taste. Very little hop bitterness.

MF - Light and crisp. A little syrupy too. Not offensive at all.

D - Good drinkability. Makes a very expensive session beer.

MikeBrandman, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of JerseyPaul
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow w/ nice carbonation; big, frothy white head dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing

Smell: Light & fresh; slight grain & grassy notes, as well as mild hops

Taste: Average Euro lager; light, grainy and refreshing; slight hop finish, but not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: Light body; good carbonation; smooth & light, but not watered down

Drinkability: Easy to drink, goes down nice; wouldn't pursue this, but wouldn't turn it down if it was offered

Overall, Stella Artois is your typical European macro lager. It's clean, crisp & light and goes down nice & easy. Average taste, smell and appearance, but it definitely rates higher than the American macro lagers.

JerseyPaul, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle to pilsner glass.
Pours a goldish yellow with a more than respectable head. Good retention and outstanding lacing. Looks better than most pale lagers. Smell is another story however. Stale, skunky, musty corn husk smell. Not an appetizing smell, yet very comforting as it brings back memories of younger years when I viewed Stella as top shelf. Taste is still enjoyable but not nearly as complex as I thought it was when my palate was much less mature. Has a sweet honey malt forward taste with grassy hop flavoring. Finishes with a small sharp bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkable and enjoyable. When faced with a weak beer list full of macro lagers, Stella is still a fine choice.

JunkYardJake, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear yellow with a 1/2 inch frothy white head; looks like a solid Belgian if you get a great pour into a Stella glass or tulip glass.

Smells of malt, lemon, light hops and grains. Very mild nose, and weak for a Belgian brew.

Tastes of light floral hops, lemon, malt, grains, yeast and grass. The taste is always consistent and good, and while not the most exciting or flavorful, it is a steady and regular part of my rotation.

The mouthfeel is on the smooth side and yet crisp, the body is light/medium with a light crisp overall feel and grainy/malty finish.

Solid beer that can best be described as dependable. One of my all time favorite mass consumed beers, it always goes down smooth and easy, is always refreshing and highly drinkable.

This will disappoint anyone expecting the taste complexities normally associated with Belgian beers. Basically this is the mass produced Belgian beer which is embraced worldwide as a good beer, just not on the same level as a Chimay or Duvel regarding flavor. I always liked Stella's and will always use this as a fall back option when a bar has nothing but macro's to choose from.

CHickman, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of al3
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - light golden yellow, frothy top, nice lacing.

S - Clean sweet, not much going on here, but I would not expect a strong aroma

T&M - sweet grains, with a slightly bitter, dry finish. Well carbonated, light feel

D - Could drink more than a few and have in the past

Overall, this is a great summer BBQ beer, not complex or challenging, but not meant to be. An easy drinker and perfect for warm weather. Not sure if this is still the case, but we were in London about 5 years ago and it was literally everywhere. On tap in every pub and bottles and cans littered the streets on Saturday morning.

al3, Mar 24, 2010
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71 out of 100 based on 3,970 ratings.