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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,702 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,702
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 21
Gots: 269 | 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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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a slightly dark gold appearance. No real lacing. Head was a bit patchy and bubbly. Slightly sweet aromas of honey, malt and hops. The sweet taste was maintained throughout the drink wrapped around a bready texture. Mouthfeel stabilized its sweetness but it is was pretty average. Overall, a decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:52:03 | More by fitzy84
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Kyle987

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly light head, good lacing. Pale yellow color, like weak tea. Very high carbonation, and overall a pleasant and interesting flavor, with a touch of skunkiness. Good mouthfeel, and drinkable enough; overall a solid beer, but nothing special, particularly among the Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 03:31:03 | More by Kyle987
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Getinthevan

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Stella. This is a good Belgian brew to have with chicken and salads. No really, this stuff is pretty delicious with a good dinner.

Appearance was a pale yellow, with a minute hint of green to it with almost no head. Either way, it was average at best.

Smell was decent with a hint of corn, but nothing too aromatic rousing up the nostrils.

Taste however is pretty awesome coming from this Belgian Brew. The aftertaste is what's the best part, as it possesses a very buttery/puddinglike finish that's great to smack lips over. A very tasty lager without a doubt.

Mouthfeel was a bit above average, as it retained a lot of its flavor inside the mouth before it went down cold. For a pale lager, Stella is a good beer that retains it's flavor inside and out.

Drinkability is pretty top notch. Six packs of this can be polished off pretty quickly, and don't be surprised to order more of this stuff while eating a great chicken dinner!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 01:18:08 | More by Getinthevan
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Halcyondays

California

3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22.4 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a small soapy white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S: Medium scent of bread malt, light acidity.

T: Light sourdough bread balances a surprisingly strong noble hop element, very earthy. A bit of sugary sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Crsip biting carbonation, light but has a stronger overall flavour and aftertaste than most Euro lagers.

D: One of the better mainstream European lagers out there. The flavour can get boring at times, but overall still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 02:01:07 | More by Halcyondays
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jamiejohnson

California

3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traveling around Belgium I rarely drank this due to the abundance of superstar brews. I think being a mass lager in the land of giants puts this beer in a precarious position--Imagine a baseball player with two brothers who went to the major leagues and he only advances to the minors. Actually this brew can grow on you. It's got the typical European lager characteristics. There's a lot worse lagers on the continent, that's for sure. Like Sam Adams, it's the only decent beer in a crunch in many locations. I say let's keep it around.

It's not great,
That's for sure.
But in a pinch
It's the cure

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 22:36:26 | More by jamiejohnson
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a conical. Not much head, but what was there stayed there. Excellent lacing. Poured a light-medium golden color. Smelled of hops, corn and slight buttery scent.

Had a crisp clean mouthfeel to it. Very smooth. Tasted of hops, mild fruitiness, finished almost a maple taste? Left a bitter aftertaste, not enough to chase me away though.

I enjoyed this beer. Very refreshing. Will definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 13:46:54 | More by Onenote81
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

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

On tap in a pint glass at Max McQ's in Akron OH.

A - Golden yellow with a thin white head that stays forever.

S - Not much there.

T - Smooth going down, a little sweet with a slight bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok beer, it has a little too much bitterness in the finish for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2008 03:21:23 | More by jeffmonarch
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baos

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fluid ounce into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Nice golden color with 2 finger head on the get go that dissipates down to a thin film with a sloth of froth in the middle and a decent collar.

S: Smell like most lagers from Europa. That skunky-kind-buddy aroma, with a bit of lemon rind.

T: Bitter-sweet and very dry ending. Not a bad beer at all.

M: Pretty good for this type of beer.

D: Good

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 20:07:26 | More by baos
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MrIncognito

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pale clear yellow with lots of bubbles, champain-like. Nice white frothy head, about 2 fingers. Settles in a couple minutes and leaves a thing lace on top.

S - Just like most pale lagers. Light malt and a slight lemon zest.

T - Crisp light hops and malt with a bitterness at the end that is actually a nice kind of skunky.

M - Drying carbonation, nice and bubbly.

A descent pale lager that is always a good go-to when other better beers aren't available. Pretty smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 14:25:22 | More by MrIncognito
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a green Stella bottle. Fridge temp.

Golden body with a white foam head. Looks great.

I can instantly tell that this is skunked. Bilious notes. Noble hops are subdued. Sweet malt. Clean.

Good feel, but carbonation is a bit too edgy for my taste. Spice comes back but skunk is ever-present in this bottle. I have reviewed the can and it was much better. Not too sweet, thankfully.

Too alcoholic anyway.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 23:10:42 | More by Antilochus
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Hoagie1973

New York

1.7/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer should apologize to the country of Belgium. Belgium should make this brewery pack up and move to another country... like France.
Ordered on tap at TGIFriday's. Came in a tall weizen glass with no head.
Smelled like your typical macro lager and a skunk. My first experience with draft beer being skunked. That's not supposed to happen.
Tasted like weak malt with a strange bitterness in the finish; not a good hop bitterness, just a weird oily bitter flavor. Unpleasant.
At $5.69 for a 20oz draft, this is not something I'll ever do again.
Avoid this swill. A black mark on the reputation of a country that brews some of the finest beer in the world.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 04:38:47 | More by Hoagie1973
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everetends

Alabama

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

Got this on tap at an Outback Steakhouse. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Came out a golden yellow. Got a perfect pour as far as head goes, nice foamy head. Decent head retention but very little stickiness to the lace.

S: A bit metallic and smells of bitter hops.

T: Has a metallic taste that hits me first and foremost. You can taste the hops and grains after the metallic flavor deminishes. Maybe a touch of malt sweetness there, but I am stretching.

M: A bit thin, but does finish clean and is refreshing.

D: Not THE brew for me, but I will drink it to break up the monotony in a macro heavy bar. Not bad, not great. Its ok.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 23:52:44 | More by everetends
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Poured a light yellow/goldenrod with some nice bubbly effervescence and a small white head that receded quickly. Zero lacing.

S: Sweet grain malts and not much else--maybe some faint earthy hop aromas? Fairly weak, but it wasn't skunked or off-putting like many other European pale lagers.

T&M: Sweet grains with a slight earthy hop finish. Somewhat bland, but it's got more flavor than other offerings in the style. It has a lighter body with a crisp feel and a very short finish.

D: In the end this is just an above-average Euro pale lager, but nothing special. It goes down easily, but would be more drinkable if it had more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 20:59:06 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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AlexJ

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow pour with a very nice pure white head that leaves scant trails of lace.

Aroma is faint and grainy with some malt sweetness and a slight hint of metallic.

Flavor similar, very similkar to Heineken, but less skunky and a bit sweeter.

Body and mouthfeel very average, basically fizzy yellow beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2008 14:49:47 | More by AlexJ
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rye726

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Belgians brew some fine beer, even their lagers are half decent. This pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. The nose is grainy with some fairly fresh hops. The taste has light hops and grainy malts, but no significant off flavors. A light crisp body. One of the better lagers around.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 04:02:06 | More by rye726
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Beerislife652854

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one on tap at the Coal Hole Pub in London.

A - Pours a very pale yellowish-amber with very good clarity and carbonation into a standard pint glass. 1 - finger head fades after a while and laces the inside of the glass slightly.

S - Bitter hops with a malty aftertaste. Some florals.

T - More bitter than sweet, very hoppish and crisp.

D - Very drinkable, very similar to a light beer without a watered-down taste.

A side note - During my visit to London and trying many different pubs around the downtown Westminster area, I found that this beer was served at about 80% of the pubs. Perhaps this is Europe's "Anheiser-Busch?"

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 16:51:55 | More by Beerislife652854
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Leebo2007

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a really sweet beer to my taste buds. It does have the crisp lager taste of a St Pauli Girl but has a aftertaste that makes it seem bitter. I have had this on draft and it makes some difference. It leaves the bitterness in the keg.

My wife likes this beer...which is not a good sign for many beers! (just kidding, huney!...love ya!)

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 14:30:05 | More by Leebo2007
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cbros

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- on-tap

Appearance- light and pale with little to no head

Smell- No particular smell or aroma, bland

Taste- Light with a little hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel- Drinkable lager that serves better than comparable abundant versions.

Drinkability- Not my first choice but a good substitute to other Macrobrews.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2008 18:33:10 | More by cbros
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Strix

Wisconsin

2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pale yellow with some head

smell catches a bit of green bottle skunk, otherwise generally grainy, corn?

taste is typical green bottle for me on this. grainy and somewhat sweet perhaps a touch of hops in there somewhere, but not enough to save it for me.

mouthfeel a bit thin

Not worth it for me, another green bottle disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 22:04:09 | More by Strix
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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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