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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,967
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 28
Gots: 401 | 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 taigor
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured clear yellow color with medium white head that dissipated slowly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly grains with some hint of alcohol.

T - Slightly sweet due to grains with slight bitter hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Easy to drink but very plain and skunky.

taigor, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of 1fastz28
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Has a very straw colored pal yellow color to it, it doesn't look like much really. Smell is kinda weak has a light malty aroma with some slight hop note. Taste it your generic macro lager, overall boring, but atleast it is refresshing, it's no better than budweiser or coors but whatever, it isn't terrible

1fastz28, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Pittsburgh
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stella, was an old stand-by to order at bars when I was younger.

There is nothing special about this beer, it tastes like beer, it is light, golden, goes down easy, and isn't bad. It has a crisp, sharp taste, like most European Lagers, which now I don't like as much because I prefer dark beer. But if you like that sort of thing, you will like this.

Not worth the high price in my opinion though.

Pittsburgh, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
2.33/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear, straw color with a slight green tint. Puffy, finger-sized white head disappears in a couple minutes, leaving trails of fine lace. Steady stream of bubbles up the side.

S - Strong pale malt smell, along with yeast and grassy hop smells. As it warms, the smell of cat urine emerges and then overtakes everything else. I have a lot of experience cleaning cat litter, and the smell is unmistakable.

It is my understanding that cat urine is acceptable for the style, so I won't rate it less than 3, although I don't appreciate it.

T - Dry, pale malt up front, followed by slight grassy hops, finishing with a funky metallic aftertaste. The aftertaste is what drops my rating.

M - Light bodied with strong, fizzy carbonation. The carbonation provides a frothy mouthfeel. There is a crisp, dry finish.

D - The crispness and dryness are two positive notes for drinkability. The metallic finish, funky aroma, and unpleasant fizziness make it less so. I don't need to drink this again. I barely finished the one I had.

jwillcourt, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold straw color. Super clarity. White frothy foam that dies out pretty quick leaving some stick lacing.

S: Very faint sweet maltiness. A touch of hops

T: Taste is a lot like it smells. Nothing offensive, but nothing stands out either. Nice crisp finish with a touch of hop bitterness.

M/D: Pretty thin, light body. Very average mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation for this type of euro beer. Decent drinkability. Refreshing.

herman77, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle is a longnecked 33 cl brown with a white label with golden and red parts. Some goldmedals in the bottom.

A: The color is golden with a mediumlarge white light foamy head that dissipates into nice lacings.

S: Nice pilsenermalt, with bitterhops. Some citric and grainy notes.

T: Sweet pilsenermalt, some faint bitterhops.

M: Smooth and mediumbodied beer with balanced carbonation. Short aftertaste, that is both sweet and bitter.

D: Could you call a beer a regular - this would be it. Nothing to be upset about but nothing to be very glad about either.

Evil_Pidde, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In all ways Stella is Duvel's unmentionable (lager) cousin, as well as Heineken's haughty pal.

A - It pours a very brilliant golden hue with a head that lasts about 3 seconds, leaving only bubbles and a wisp of foam residue floating about like a nucleus in a membrane. The beer is exceptionally clear. It must be all of the fish bladders that they used to filter it (Isinglass is the name of the product.)

S - The aroma is of vague pilsener grain and slightly skunky hop.

T - Really, it tastes like a mediocre Belgian pilsener. It has the hallmarks of pilsener/pale lager, but with a slightly tart impression, also found in Duvel, Orval etc., and a bit of estery Belgian yeast found in everything from La Fin du Monde on down the line... [An important caveat: Orval and Duvel should not be considered in any way comparable or even mentionable in this review; I am now ashamed of myself.]

M - Well-carbonated, light-bodied.

D - It is certainly unspectacular, and it tastes horrendous if it isn't cold, but it is a decent option overall.

ktrillionaire, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of hehndogg
4.25/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you are not served this Belgian lager in the appropriate Stella glass, you will get an entirely different drinking experience. This is a very good mass produced lager. Crisp with a slightly skunky aroma, which is something that true lager/pilsner lovers should appreciate. If you know what to expect from this style of lager, it is a very pleasing and easy to drink beer.

The bottle serving is also good, but do pay attention to bottling dates.

hehndogg, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of gecasa
3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden color with a 1" thick head sweet aroma with a faint amount of hops. feels good on the mouth and is surprisingly frothy with medium carbonation. If i am going to drink a non micro brew, and i am very thirsty, this is the beer of chose for me.ry beer. Even so this beer is quite dull.

gecasa, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light straw color with a good sized white head.

S - Light and clean with most of the smell being the grainy and grassy slightly sweet Euro Pale Lager smell.

T - Mostly a grainy sweetness along with a bit of grassy flavor. Has a slight hint of tea like bitterness.

M - Light body with decent carbonation. Fairly smooth.

D - Light and easy to drink, like most of the style. Taste isn't great, but compared to other beers like it not bad.

Notes: It is like other Euro Pale Lagers, made for mass consumption so easy to drink and pretty inoffensive flavor. Compared to other beers like this one, it probably has a slight edge.

FreshHawk, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of david18
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think the difference between Stella draft and Stella bottles is similar to the difference between Heineken bottles and draft. The draft is easier to keep from getting light struck so it tastes better. It's still not the best "pale lager" out there but not bad if the choices are low.

Very light pale color, quite fizzy but can be very refreshing on a hot day. I'm just not sure they should charge a premium over domestic swill. It's just not that much different.

david18, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of franktheman
1.88/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Store bought at LCBO;
This beer was not great, would not recommend it to a friend. Taste is strange, stingy, does not go down easy. The taste is almost awkward. I would not buy this beer again, put your money on a different Lager. Good looking bottle. 2 finger head.

franktheman, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of tomahawk576
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer when I was visiting Toronto. It was recommended to me by a friend, who was also the waitress at the bar I was eating at. It was on tap and I liked it initially. It had a good flavor and carbonation although it had a watery aftertaste...but when my food came, it lost all of its appeal. With any taste on my pallet it became bitter and almost intolerable, but with beer being very expensive in Canada I drank it down regardless. I don't recommend this beer with a big plate of poutine.

tomahawk576, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of EagleTalon
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a thin white head tht has little retention (could be a dirty glass?) and pale golden color. Aroma is noble hops and grainy malt. Flavor is a more refined version of the typical continental lager: grains, light noble hops, not much else. OK mouthfeel. Overall, It is easy to drink and inoffensive. Being on tap ensures quality. I could drink this all day if the alternatives were Bud, Miller and Coors. Otherwise it is a waste of time and money.

EagleTalon, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
1.5/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Stella Artois is a very clear, pale golden lager with a foamy white head that has decent retention and lacing. It has a skunky aroma with notes of grass and lemon. Yeah, it has the green bottle whiff. It's light bodied, pretty watery, prickly and not very smooth. It leaves the palate a little gritty. It has a skunky, green bottle flavor. The best part of the flavor is my burps, which taste a little like noble hops-- maybe Saaz? Now I remember why I don't buy this.

yesyouam, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of tjd112
1.3/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Remember one cardinal rule of beer bottles. If it's brown, I'm down, if its green, flush it down the latrine, if its transparent, skunking is apparent. I wanted to flush this beer down the latrine so bad. Very watery, generic hoppiness and generic maltiness, only average looks. I'm just not impressed by this beer.

tjd112, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
4.75/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is truly a premium lager. It has a light gold color and pours into a rather nice head that sticks to the glass. The smell is really nice with a rather sweet smell followed by hops. The mouthfeel is good nice though a little lighter that I suspected. The drinkablility is great it goes down super smooth and it is rather refreshing!! I really like this lager!!

kdawg105, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I had Stella, it was bad...skunk to be specific. So I decided to give it another chance...it was a lot better. Not great by any means...but better.

From tap into pint glass. Pours a pale/light golden color with very little fizzy head. Only slightly hazy due to it being ice cold. Head dissapates quickly and leaves very little to no lacing...mostly just quick sliding fizz.

Aroma is light, but slightly sweet, and faint Belgian yeasts. Not much more than that, just simple and pilsner like.

Flavor was decent, mild...and thin. A little more flavor than the aroma presented. Slightly sweet, wheat, carbonated, and very faint maltiness. Drinkability is up due to it's non-complexity and light mouthfeel. So, not great by any means, but glad I gave this another go...it's not bad. A good fall-back beer if nothing else is on-tap somewhere.

ShadesOfGray, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. On-tap in a Stella Artois glass of course.

A- pale golden. One finger of white head down to a film and ring in a couple of minutes. Shy lacing.

S- sweet adjunct aroma. Grain. Faint hoppiness. Alcohol.

T- pretty sweet. Some malty grain. Some hops.

M- good, close to being full. Surprisingly frothy. High carbonation.

D- High. This doesn't taste like much, but unlike a lot of macros, the chemical-like taste isn't sickening to me.

This is a pretty ordinary beer. I guess their marketing division is doing a real good job at making us think we're drinking something special or fancy. It's actually very boring.

Yoonisaykul, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BeerMasterD
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 OZ. green bottle, looks fancy. Poured a super clear pale straw color with little head but large bubbles. Smells pretty clean, a bit skunky at first, and some faint hops, perfumey as it warms a bit. Taste up front is of intense popcorn, almost no hop/bitter presence, maybe light sweet corn. Feels very thin/watery, balanced clean and smooth. Nothing spectacular here but i could drink plenty of it. This is a good clean beer, that maybe presents itself as more top-shelf than it actually is though. Price might be alittle high for what it is, however as a refreshing pale lager i think it does just fine.

BeerMasterD, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of VWBuggirl
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my "go to" beer when I go out with friends. It isn't anything particularly outstanding, but it is old faithful because most places seem to have it on tap. It is easy to drink and I don't have to think about it. I know what to expect and have yet to be let down.

It is a light straw color with a slight scent that is not offensive. It is an easy drinker so the mouthfeel and taste.

VWBuggirl, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL tall can into a pint glass. Pale golden color with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is grainy/grassy and a little bit bready. Nice clean taste with spicy hops. Thin body and a bit over-carbonated, with a dry finish. Overall this is an above-average macro lager.

chickenm, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Stella Artois tulip glass.

A- Produced a pale, golden color. Crystal clear. A thin fingers width of head formed and dissipated rather quickly. Left a thin ring on the outside of the glass.

S- Not picking up much in the aroma. Little hints of wheat and some pilsener type malts. Detecting trace amount of bitter hops in the background along with a little bit of spice. Very one dimensional and non-distinct.

T- Judging by the smell I thought I was in for a bad day. However, to my surprise, this was not that bad. Much like the aroma, except amplified with a good amount of sweetness. Upfront wheat and pilsener malts give off a flavor very similar to the aroma. However, half way through a sweetness builds right before it ends with a slight bitterness.

M- Very thin and too carbonated.

D- Given the average taste, it made this a lot more drinkable. Literally like water. I could easily put down a couple bombers if I had no other option.

Overall, if I had to choose between various American and Euro macros, this would probably be my choice. It's average at best, but when compared to others in the same style it's not too shabby.

rhinos00, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a small, white head.

Aroma isn't too bad, though a little skunky. It has a honeyish malt character with a hint of herbal hops.

Taste is malty, slightly grainy with a kiss of lemon, making for a pleasant note.

Not great but it has enough flavor and body to justify its exsistance. I imagine this could be better on-tap.

brownbeer, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of gcpxavier
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best of average beers in the market.

Has a fine taste but with a poor white head.

Mouthfeel is very good for a larger. The color is not so pale and is more like a pils.

I think this is the right choise for a summer night and to enjoy with friends.

If you find a beer with a good taste and easy to drink, that's the beer.

gcpxavier, Jan 22, 2010
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