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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,683 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,683
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 20
Gots: 255 | 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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mashedpotatoes

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can I say other than I'm thoroughly unimpressed with Stella Artois. The white foil top and fancy label hint at quality but this beer can't fool the palate of a seasoned beer drinker.

The appearance is typical of lagers but leans a bit towards the weaker side of a golden pilsner. The head comes about huge but dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing. The smell is a bit funky and the taste is quite skunky (rhyme unintended). Mouthfeel is a tad flat and uninteresting. Drinkability is just average, I would equate this to a flat Heineken without the kick. Go for a Grolsch instead, you'd be much more pleased with the result.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:59:43 | More by mashedpotatoes
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Exner83

California

3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad!

The smell's a subtle and malty affair, and the flavor's a nice, benign compromise... milk-toast malt and split-the-difference hops. And there's a slight dextrin sweetness, too. It's a bit of a Goldie Locks brew: There's a good betweenness about it.

And certainly no off-notes. An above-average drink, indeed... and how quaffable!

Thanks, Belgium!

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2008 10:16:59 | More by Exner83
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eberkman

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Considering that this is the Bud of Belgium, the choice of legions of heavily tattooed lager louts on holiday in Albufeira, and the beverage that people who know nothing about beer so aggravatingly consider to be the pinnacle of premium brew, Stella quite honestly does not suck. It's actually a pretty decent, drinkable beer that is a reasonably satisfying option when in an establishment with an overall poor selection.

It presents as your typical macro lager -- a clear, pale gold with a thin white head barely covering the surface. Nothing special, nothing appalling.

The aroma presents a lot more than other macros -- some malts, a tinge of hops, and a bit of the skunkiness you'd associate with most cheap pilsners, but that goes away pretty quickly.

There's a lot more presence in the taste than you would expect. Big, sweet malty flavors that don't smack of cheap adjuncts (though you can detect a little bit of cornflake sensation) balanced out by a little bit of a hop presence.

Mouthfeel is thin, fizzy and -- on tap -- a little bit sticky/syrupy. No better or worse than others of the style.

Drinkability is actually quite good -- there's a hell of a lot more here than in a Bud, Miller, Corona or Heineken -- definitely a big step above others of its style in that it actually tastes like beer. Quite refreshing, and I could have a few of these without feeling overly disappointed when there's nothing else around.

I still snicker a little bit when people categorize this as one of the world's great beers. In the craft brew realm, it would be the height of lazy mediocrity. But everything's relative, and in the arena of mass-produced macro lagers, it actually is a great beer.

Much more flavorful from the tap than the bottle, but even from the bottle, it stands out among its ilk.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2008 00:40:09 | More by eberkman
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Portertime

Florida

3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess this fall under what I have dubbed the "Bud" of a country which is any beer that is mass produced and mass consumed. This beer is the Bud of Belgium. I had it chilled in a pilsener glass. It poured a bright golden color with an OK white head. The nose was pathetic. Only a mild maltiness was dicernable with my nostrils right up to it. The taste was what I expected, a thin, slighty malty brew with a fizzyness on the tongue. I guess it you are a novice at beer and are used to the tasteless lagers, with this you can say you have had something foriegn besides Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 20:30:17 | More by Portertime
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LouieF

New York

3.8/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a golden straw color with a small foamy white head that dissipated quickly. Almost no lacing.

Smell: very vague, almost non existent sweet smell

Taste: Very sweet tasting, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a beer I could imagine having again but also definitely over hyped. Some European guys I met over the summer made this sound like the holy grail of all beers going on and on about how "fohkin stella is the best fohkin beer there is". I could definitely see where they were coming from however I'd say it is a far cry from the best "fohkin" beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 19:46:44 | More by LouieF
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber color.
Aroma indicates malts with some floral notes.It has a decent smell with a small head.The flavor is a grainy taste with sweet malts. The feel is clean,crisp and grains. Medium carbonation with a smooth dry finish. I can have one or two ,but after that they just bore me.

Notes: Better on tap in my opinion. Typical taste and really nothing to complain about except that the brand is heavily marketed as some kind of wonder brew,nothing of a sort.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 15:48:52 | More by Lexluthor33
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biggred1

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pale straw color with a slight head,some lace,sticks to the glass.

S- Grainy husk smell with a little bit of bitter hops.

T/M-Light,decent mild flavor typical of most european lagers.Smooth,creamy mouthfeel slight metallic aftertase.

D- Not bad but not great either.This beer is okay but not the great belgian masterpiece it is hyped up to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 22:51:03 | More by biggred1
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dill

California

3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on draught into a sampling glass.

A - golden yellow with a foamy white head.

S - mostly malts.

T - surprisingly clean and crisp.

M - light with medium carbonation.

D - i have had this beer numerous times and this is the first time i felt like reviewing it. it was rather enjoyable and i would order it at a bar with limited selections.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 16:29:30 | More by dill
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Rayek

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Maggiano's in Denver.

A: Nice golden colored beer. Rocky white head was small, but left nice lace.

S: Not much going on. Subtle malt sweetness with a hint of grassy hops.

T: Malt upfront is dry and has a husky character. Hops come on the middle with a spicy rather than floral bitterness. There's a hint of grass and metal there as well. Finishes somewhat dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body has the right amount of carbonation.

D: A nice beer to pair with food. Not interesting enough to be consumed by itself.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 14:41:36 | More by Rayek
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The beer came to me with no foamy head and was a light golden color. No lacing on the glass.

Smell - Very light sweet aroma with some malt.

Taste - Sweet and mild with light malt.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and sweet.

Drinkability - Drinkable, and was decent with a steak sandwich.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 02:15:36 | More by hardy008
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours straw yellow with a rocky white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of grain and a hint of skunky funk.

Taste is not as clean as it could be. Some grain and lemon grass flavors. Slight hop presence.

Overall, this is a decent euro-lager. Easy drinking and quite a bit tastier than some other choices in the style. Still, muddled, green-bottle skunk is haunting it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 01:21:39 | More by bluegrassbrew
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janubio

Spain

3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 330 ml. Golden colour, head is not too big but has a good retention and lace. Nose is grain and herbs, not too much mention here. Light body, taste is clean, again grain, herbs and some unexpected sweetness. Very refreshing. I've tried this one many times, on tap too. Maybe Interbrew is doing a more massmarket beer of it, but it's still good, maybe without the whole character it use to had years ago, but enjoyable yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 20:49:06 | More by janubio
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babaracas

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with frothy white head, ok retention and decent lacing. Smell: muted grain and noble hops, euro lager import character. Taste: husky grain, pale malt, light noble hops. Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation. Nothing special, but decent for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 01:49:03 | More by babaracas
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diamondc

Texas

1.73/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Never bothered to get into European pilsner 'til recently. I've had some good ones that right up there with the best Belgian ales & American IPA's in my book. Picked up this single 12 oz (green) bottle for $1.59.

First off .. the smell .. on man .. awful. This is the first time I've had skunk (I avoid green bottles like the plague unless they've been in a box the whole time) attack my nose.

It looked OK .. nice pale golden color .. a little bit of head on there. Steady carbonation.

The taste was like sweat and day old limes. Still... I managed to finished the bottle cause I needed some liquid refreshment close to water to cool down.

Avoid if possible.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:15:12 | More by diamondc
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a crystal clear, bright gold with a two-finger frothy head that leaves quite an impressive amount of lacing on my pilsner glass.

S: grainy, grassy hops with a subtle bready, brown sugar sweetness.

T: grassy hops up front that give way to a subtly sweet breadiness and a bit of spice on the finish.

M: light and quite creamy, decent carbonation and a smooth crisp finish.

D: Nothing special but a good all-around euro-lager that is very easy to throw back and had a nice grassy flavour as well. I pity the person who drinks this beer and thinks it's the best Belgium has to offer. Nevertheless, I definitely see this beer in my future for a long time coming.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 02:21:48 | More by Graham5161986
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daledeee

Iowa

2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I continue to break my own rules. A green or clear bottle is usually bad.

This beer pours and the skunk arises.

The appearance is not bad but basically a macro color and a decent white head.

Taste is medium carbonation with larger taste and is pretty clean tasting despite the skunk smell.

Drinkability is OK but I just don't like skunk. I apologize, I know we are not supposed to review bad beer but I am going to guess that a majority of these are the same. Therevfore, this is normal for these beers and thus the rating. I tried one, not again unless I am closer to the origin.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 04:24:19 | More by daledeee
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap and served in the Stella glass.

This beer actually has hops character and given what I've heard, that surprised me. It's very mild, but there's an undeniably grassy and herbal taste in the back of this otherwise clean and rather plain beer. The malt is just sweet and bready and there's a slight mineral taste to the water. This could pass as an uninspired German pilsner, instead it makes for a decent pale lager.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 18:03:38 | More by tempest
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MTNboy

Germany

2.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I know a lot of people rave about this beer but personally I do not see what is so great about it.

Appearance: Gold with average head but the lace has a lot of staying power.

Smell: I always find it to be a little skunk.

Taste: I am glad it does not taste as bad as it smells. Fresh crisp hops taste. Bread like and not super bitter but somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: Super carbonated.

Drinkability: Average and a bit refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 06:34:38 | More by MTNboy
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.3/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Half pint at local wetherspoons.

A- Pale blonde, crown head that leaves little lacing.

S- Very faint musty hop aroma, grassy

T- Bland, a watery hoppiness in the finish, but it finishes so fast, you couldnt detect any real hop or malt qualities

M- Horribly overly carbonated, abrasive even. Assaults the tongue and uncomfortable sitting in the stomach.

D- Had 2 mouthfuls and couldnt stand it any more, an insult to beer in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 13:32:36 | More by seanyfo
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PaleAlien2

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a European Budweiser (a Budweiser wearing a Beret). Golden, great clarity with a slight white head. 3.0
S: Skunky, grassy malts. Somehow every beer that comes in a green bottle smells like this. 3.0
T: A little skunky. Some malt. Not much else.
M: Extremely thin-bodied. Lotta carbonation.
D: What can I say? I paid 8.99 for a six-pack of this? I will say that the green bottles and pretty labels look great.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 03:53:41 | More by PaleAlien2
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dnichols

Washington

2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12 ounce capped green bottle into a mug.

A: It poured a yellowish colored body with a modest white head that receded fast and left a modest bit of lacing.

S: It had the aroma of uncooked grains, skunky malts, and wet grassy hops.

T: It hit me with a rotting wet grassy flavor that hid the malts and other flavors (assuming they were there...somewhere).

M: It was light bodied with healthy carbonation and a reasonably dry and clean finish.

D: It may be that his bottle was skunked. It sure tasted that way. I could barely finish the drink...but I did. Never Again!!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 06:13:16 | More by dnichols
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sacfly

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz, green bottle. Best before end 06.2008
Pours a very clear pale golden color with a thin white head. Even with a rough pour, the head is gone in an instant. Sweet, fruity aroma. Perhaps apricot. Taste follows suit with a subdued fruity sweetness. Aftertaste is nearly as non-existent as the hops. Very mild bitterness after the initial clean finish. As it warms, the hops come out a bit more. Better in the 50's. It is what it is- a macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 17:22:02 | More by sacfly
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a Warsteiner tall glass.

A - Pale golden coloration, nice sticky head of froth, decent retention and nice lacing. Overall presentation is good.

S - Big grassy hop aroma, with a pleasant candy like sweetness near the end of the nose.

T - Grainy, grassy, and even a little spicy. The usual metallic tinge in the body is present. A bit one sided, but not too bad.

M - Light bodied, harsh carbonation level, odd, gritty texture.

D - Inoffensive and easy to drink. Most of us have had the old wifebeater at some point in our lives, but, if by chance, you haven't, it's certainly not a bad macro alternative.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 01:12:26 | More by PhageLab
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mattster

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened 11.2 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Stella Artois goblet.

Forms small head, which dissipates as fast as it forms,leaving small lacy bubbles across top of brew. Color is a light gold with few bubbles rising inside.

Upon opening the Green Bottle Skunk monster was quite present, but it evacuated as I poured into drinking conveyance. Smell is mild, very mild hops. Taste is very similar to smell. Nothing outstanding, average at best. Bubbles are definitely present on taste palate which sort of messes with finish, otherwise, a decent beer and a good choice if nothing else is available.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 10:09:16 | More by mattster
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Seru1

Alabama

3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a pilsner glass.

A- Staw gold with a thing white head

S- slighty hoppy, little else.

T- Lemony with abit of other citrus and a slight hoppy finish. Refereshing in that light but little depth

M- Thin and unlasting

D- Not as bad as alot of people say, I even like drinking them with a heavy meal. And sometimes I find myself really craving one. But not something I'd enjoy everyday.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 23:57:37 | More by Seru1
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