Stella Artois - Stella Artois
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2.8/5 rDev -9.1%
A- Poured a bright yellow, with lots of carbonation and a finger of white head, which quickly receded... leaving a touch of lacing behind.
S- Smells of stale, floral hops, lemongrass, and bit musty.
T- Pale malt is right up front with some spritzy bitter hop character. There is almost no finish to this beer... once it has been swallowed, the taste completely disappears, leaving a dry mouth unsatisfied.
M- A bit grainy and well-carbonated... light to medium body... nothing particularly noteworthy in the mouthfeel department.
D- This beer is refreshing on a hot day, and while it doesn't satisfy my palate, it is very drinkable nonetheless. I would take this over BMC any day, and could drink several in a sitting (if there were a lack of better options).
08-12-2009 01:14:31 | More by jgasparine
3/5 rDev -2.6%
Just like the MAD MEN who made Corona into the symbol of summer beer, you have got to hand it to the marketing dept. at the helms for Stella. Their ad blitz that is trying to instill Stella as the "classy" beer of choice - I have to admit the chalice is great idea, so much so that Sam Adams marketing guys quickly created their own novelty glass (somewhere I know Belgian beer fans are screaming).
On that note, as BeerAdvocate reviewer "biegaman" points out, "Even in its illustrious chalice, Stella Artois looks pretty run-of-the-mill. It's the everyday lager tone of yellow...without even a twinkle of radiance..."
Strictly speaking about the beer....Stella's aroma, mouthfeel, and aftertaste are in the same boat as other Euro lagers - Heineken, Grolsch, Moretti, and Harp. Nothing impressive here, just standard better than Bud lagers.
08-11-2009 19:09:19 | More by WCBCFrank
2.15/5 rDev -30.2%
Even in its illustrious chalice, Stella Artois looks pretty run-of-the-mill. It's the everyday lager tone of yellow and, despite its exemplary clarity, is without even a twinkle of radiance; against the light it seems to have almost no colour at all. Its many bubbles are no doubt stimulating but amount to nothing more than the standard stock of head (although lacing is a plus). Such elegant glassware deserves content with more character than this.
It's as if the aroma were the beer's built-in self-defense mechanism, a means of avoiding itself from being drunk. Just to lean in near it my facial expression becomes crumpled up from the stench of damp cardboard and high-fructose corn syrup. If you're going to insist the beer be served in the proper glassware (as oppose to drunk straight from the bottle) invest a little more in the aroma - people are going to be smelling this!
It is honestly hard to feel like drinking a beer when the smell of it is so terribly off-putting, but fortunately the taste is not quite as bad I had expected. This mostly by virtue of it tasting like nothing (at least as possible as it is for anything made with something to taste like nothing). There is a tinge of dry cracker and the customary shot of sweet corn syrup but anything other than those two would be the product of a most vivid imagination.
Why drink a beer that doesn't taste like beer? It's a question I ask myself every time I sit down to review a macro-lager like this. I suppose it is to get drunk? It must be that or your palate simply hasn't been introduced to real beer. Or perhaps it has and you found that real beer is too bitter, too heavy or too flavourful for you, and you prefer something like Stella. Fine. But don't say you like beer - you don't. You like a "beer-product".
Stella is a "beer product" in much the same way that processed cheese is a "food product". To say you like that bland, spongy, orange thing they put on fast food hamburgers is not to say you like artisanal Camembert or a veiny blue Stilton - you know, *real* cheeses. Real cheese offers diversity, not only in flavours but also in textures. They can be hard, soft, creamy, crumbly, salty, pungent, moist, dry, acidic, sharp, sour, so on.
Beer offers the same diversity. *Real* beer is made from a variety of sources - wheat, barley, different hops and yeasts - much like cheese can be the product of different animals (cow, sheep, goat), production methods and bacterium. Both are subject to science and art and are bound to taste different depending on style, artisan and country of origin.
That is of course the opposite of "food products", whose aim it is to be consistent and standard, taste the same every time and everywhere. This is why you might note, as I will here, that this Belgian beer tastes just about the same as the Cuban, Kenyan and Australian ones I recently tried. That's the idea - make something bland, fizzy, light-bodied, unimpressionable and let big-money marketing do the rest...
Belgium has unarguably the richest terroir when it comes to beers. It is home to some of the oldest and most unique styles and possibly the largest catalog of brands as well. It shares a most intimate history with ale and houses some of the most celebrated breweries and time-honored beers - Belgium's culture is inextricably knotted with the drink. But apparently not even all that exempts it from the plague of shitty, macro-produced lagers.
08-11-2009 02:49:52 | More by biegaman
2.55/5 rDev -17.2%
12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best before 04/11/09 (yikes) indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a two inch frothy, bright white head that left behind a thick band of lacing as it collapsed. Copious tiny bubbles present in solution. Nose was somewhat skunky - that's it. Taste was primarily cereal grains (very light) and wet cardboard with a little bit of corn syrup sweetness lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and lightly carbonated; probably the best feature of this brew. Not terrible, but not great either. The more I drank this, the less appealing it was.
08-11-2009 01:15:26 | More by Jwale73
2.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours blonde with an unremarkable head. Stella has a skunky smell, and I know that is sometime a characteristic not spoilage, but I don't have to like it. The taste is lagerish, in other words, plain, bland, common. Mouth feel is what you would expect in a lager. Good drinkability. I like this a better on tap, but that's not unusual when properly carbonated.
08-08-2009 21:18:35 | More by kegger22
1.85/5 rDev -39.9%
Pours up a nice brilliant gold with a big frothy bone white head. The way it looks in the glass is probably it's best attribute. The smell is faintly flowery with some yeast and distant honey notes. The taste is a little lemony, maybe a little bit of pills malt, and some mild hops in the finish. Leaves the mouth quickly. Slightly better than your average Big 5 breweries mass lager offering, but only slightly.
08-06-2009 21:57:08 | More by ChuckVee
2.68/5 rDev -13%
Pours a pale gold color with a slight head. The smell is very faint, there is a slight hop aroma but it is more of an adjunct corn smell. The taste is very crips with some hop bitterness, but the taste of hops is very faint as well. Mouthfeel is a moderate to high amount of carbonation but it is very crisp and clean. Drinkability is okay nothing to write home about, but nothing to make you run away either.
08-06-2009 18:55:45 | More by goblue3509
2.53/5 rDev -17.9%
Presentation: Bottled poured into pint glass.
A: The body is very reminiscent of a champagne with columns of tiny bubbles. It's clear and golden in color. Very little head forms, but it may have been due to how I poured it. It didn't stick around much either.
S: Smells very ordinary like any other lager. Nothing stands out besides a very mild meat undertone.
T: The billboards and commercials advertise it as "perfection has its price" but this doesn't really stand out compared to other lagers at all. It is crisp, but other than that, no other characteristics warrant this beer a higher rating. The hops are there, which are backed by a moderate bitterness.
M: Bitter at first, it washes down with a hop aftertaste. The malts are not exactly significant enough to mention.
D: If I was at a bar which had the basic domestic offerings and then Stella Artois, I would pick Stella. However, for any other situation at a bar, I would never buy it. I'd stick to microbrews and such. I wasn't thrilled by the beer; however, I wasn't exactly dissappointed either. I'm in limbo.
08-06-2009 00:57:27 | More by MLasoski
District of Columbia
3.4/5 rDev +10.4%
A: Pours a clear, pale gold, with some tiny carbonation bubbles visible. The white head is tall, dense, and frothy. Retention is solid, with some attractive, ringlike lacing.
S: Some moderate graininess. Standard noble/herbal hop aroma, with a faint touch of lemon zest. Somewhat musty and only slightly vegetal.
T: Fairly firm pale malt backbone provides some basic graininess. Noble hops are prominent, providing some moderate flavor and a touch more bitterness than many of its brethren. A mild cooked vegetable character stays mostly hidden where it belongs.
M: Slightly fuller than many other Euro lagers. Carbonation is on the crisp side. A definite dryness lends to the overall crispness.
D: A bit of character, if you can manage a fresh, un-skunked sampling. A bit overrated by many, and not usually worth the premium price, but I found this fairly cheap and it drinks reasonably well.
08-04-2009 02:08:52 | More by Clydesdale
3.63/5 rDev +17.9%
One of my fav mainstream Lager's and probably the best of the European offerings from that group. In my pre-BA days, this was one of my go-to's so I've still got a fondness for it which I'm sure will pump up my ranking (but who cares, isn't irrational love part of the process, ha).
A: Crisp golden color, with a snow-white head of foam.
S: Slightly hoppy, with a nice dry, clean lager smell.
T: Crisp, tidy hop bite up front, slowly fading off, but returning with each sip. Very smooth and refreshing. A sweetish taste emerges which gets to be a bit too much after a while.
M: Smooth brew with a decent aftertaste.
D: Not a bad option when you're out on the town and no craft options are available. Solid reliable Euro Lager which prob gets a nice bump from a lot of great beer drinking memories together. Don't be scared of this brew, as much as any mainstream Lager, it's your friend.
07-28-2009 01:36:55 | More by jdg204
3.13/5 rDev +1.6%
I've had this beer several times when splitting a pitcher at local establishments.
A - Pours clear, Golden in color. Not much head if any. No lacing.
S - Almost no smell to it. Hints of a pilsner malt, maybe a touch of hop smell.
T - Very light taste. It closer to a pilsner then any other mass produced beer I've had. You can almost taste the hops. Doesn't leave any taste behind.
M - Its a medium to low mouthfeel beer. Good carbonation. Finished dry.
O - Its not bad, not amazing, but I'll drink it is its all that's available.
07-27-2009 22:11:45 | More by DwnTwnBwn
3.15/5 rDev +2.3%
This is the beer that I drink when the beer selection is fairly limited and it is on tap. Good ingredients. A very subtle licorice taste to it. To me it's all of the good things of Heineken without being skunked...
So, if you want a solid beer while kicking it at the bar. Here you go.
07-26-2009 02:36:56 | More by OttoPeeWee
3.98/5 rDev +29.2%
I tried this beer tonight at a local restaurant. Overall I was rather impressed...
A: Light, golden appearance, decent head, decent head retention (For a lager at least). Maybe a little too light, but for a lager it beats the mainstream American lagers hands down.
S: Light, almost non-existent. If you get close enough to the brew a delightful scent of sweetness enters the nostrils. The smell is not very profound, but if you really get close it's certainly there.
T: Surprising. Delightful. Refreshing. A bit sweet with a distinct hoppyness. Not too bitter, then again this is why this beer is so refreshing. Seems finer than American lagers. If one who were used to drinking American lagers were to drink this beer regularly or with every meal he would probably tire of it quickly, but on special occasions/outings it is a refreshing delight. Certainly better than the next comparable American lager.
M: Smooth, sweet, and refreshing. Hoppy flavor makes this beer enjoyable. Not too heavy, not too light, If anything it seems a tad too light though.
D: Very good drinkability. Goes down smooth and easy. The sweetness lets this beer go down easier than other lagers. After a couple meals with this beer one would probably seek a more bitter brew, however.
07-24-2009 04:05:25 | More by Platinum88
3.05/5 rDev -1%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass...closest to what I remember a Stella Glass looking like. Best by end of 09.2009
A - Clear golden yellow pour. Very brilliant color with a thin effervescent loosely compacted white head with little retention and no lacing.
S - Skunk-ass poured out as soon as I cracked the bottle open. Beyond that I'm getting whiffs of light grains and crisp hops.
T - Light malts and grains provide a slight body to this light beer that finishes with a hop dryness.
M - Good body for a light beer such as this. Round and present, not just slick and overly water. Dry mouthfeel at the end.
D - Good drinkability for the brew.
07-23-2009 03:37:10 | More by BeerFMAndy
2.3/5 rDev -25.3%
Pours a golden amber colour with modest white head that sinks immediately to a film of big bubbles. Lacing is sticky and thick like in many other lagers, but it's the only thing here that isn't pathetic.
Reasonably fruity nose with a light citrus hint and a bit of apple. Maybe a very slight hop hit but very little else. Better than I expected, but still pretty weak and simple.
Taste - unpleasant. Very simple and a bit watery on the front with a big lingering kick of hops that comes in off the wave and crashes in a horrible bitter wipeout on my tongue. Not much adjunct character, but also very little of anything else. Just a slightly yeasty and dirty hop flavour that lasts throughout the palate.
Mouthfeel is atrociously thin and watery. No carbonation sparkle at all, no body. Just bad.
Overall it's pretty inoffensive, but far too simple and pretty poor for the most part.
07-15-2009 01:49:24 | More by laituegonflable
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Not a horrible Euro lager but not a good Belgian beer either.
06-24-2009 08:00:48 | More by Macca
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
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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