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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,085
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 30
Gots: 454 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
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Photo of emmasdad
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking at the Skylark Lounge with my wife last night, feeling bogged down by the heavy beers I'd been consuming all evening, I saw the Stella tap and figured why not? After all, I'd never had it. Having had it once now, I doubt I'll ever have it again. It was just short of decent, well carbonated, clear yellow with a nice white head. Crisp and clean, drinkable, with a hint of hops, some biscuit and a touch of sweet malt.

emmasdad, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Adamthome1
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For me I was a bit pleasantly surprised when my friends convinced me to try their favorite beer...It has better characteristics that I remembered the last time I tried it several years back.

Pours golden, with mild carbonation, little head that does not reatin

Smell is grainy, husky, malty with some hoppy scents..definitely a unique smell and flavor compared with other lagers.

Taste is very sweet both up front and aftertaste...malty...corn perhaps, but its very sweet, unique flavor...so sweet in the aftertaste. I think it lacks real character and is one dimensional but if you like lagers that are easy drinking give it a try.

Adamthome1, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of jlandis
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perfectly crystal clear pale yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is light sweet grain with that ever present green-bottle skunk. The flavor is very fresh light grains with just subtle hop bitterness and light skunk. The body is watery thin with solid carbonation.

This is one of those beers that would be just fine watching a game or pounding a 6 pack with friends. Although even in those cases I would probably just buy some yuengling.

jlandis, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of TheDTrain
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a Stella glass.

I've never had Stella on tap and I got what I was expecting, not much. Little carbonation with no head. With light hop, yeast, and earthy tones, the aroma is lacking. Light, watery body with fruit and hop tones. I'm still upset I paid $5 for this. D-Train should have ordered a High Life instead.

TheDTrain, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass. On second thought after pouring, this beer would have looked better in a tall, narrow pilsener glass, oh well.
Pale yellow in color, with a bright white but quickly fading head of foam.
Aroma-Faint green-bottle skunkiness, plain grain
Taste-Grain, faint biscuit, crisp and clean with a small hop note in the finish. Easy to drink, but nothing special going on here.

hosehead83, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Samp01
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at barbeque, pours a straw yellow, with very thin head. Aroma of light malt, some cereal, light hops. Taste is similar to aroma. Palate is light body, and light watery carbonation. Finish is light malty and cereal, very little hops. Overall good served very cold on a summer day.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Otterburn
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bottle. poured into st-ambroise glass

golden color, low carbonation, little white head, laces

fresh cereals,malt

taste is fresh and crisp, little bit malty, slighty hoppy

mf; little watery dry and crisp, light after-taste, low carbonation

drinkability: very easy to drink, not so tasty in any way. good with food,bbq..

Otterburn, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
2.1/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Thin light yellow with a slight white head and minimal lace.

S- Bright hops, earthy hay, hints of lemon-grass. Floral with a good dose of skunk overpowering it.

T- Floral, bright and bitter. Skunk with a sweet corn and honey underneath.

M- Thin, watery, crisp, fizzy with a dry finish.

D- Not impressive. Easy enough to swallow if you can get past the skunk.

JayS2629, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of nniicckkww
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into Stella Artois glass with gold rim. Nice 1/2 inch head initially that quickly dissipated. Not much aroma other than a yeasty, bready scent. No skunk aroma or flavor, probably because this was from a keg.

Fizzy with a moderate hop bite. Good accompaniment to my bacon cheeseburger. Drinkable euro macro lager. MUCH better that from a green bottle! A good bet when it's on tap and you're looking for an easy drinking lager with more flavor than a BMC. Not bad.

nniicckkww, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
2.17/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

The pour is a very light golden color with a slight white head and not very much lacing. The nose is some really light grain husks plus a touch of light hopping. The taste is some very light floral and earthy hops plus some mild grain. The feel is ever-so-slightly bitter with a pretty good dose of carbonation and is certainly light. Decent body, but doesn't taste very good.

Thorpe429, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of micmillon18
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into Stella's own tulip glass.

A - Pours a straw yellow thin color, very easily see through; though one shouldn't be surprised by this considering the type of beer we're drinking here. The head was very thin and dissipated quickly after I emptied the bottle into the glass.

S - Pale, hoppiness. Slight sweetness. Pretty much that's it, very thin on the nose.

T - Pale with slight hoppiness. Ends on a sweet note that is good on the pallet. Grainy. Simple and tasty. Seems like it's something thats become diminished and watered down, for lack of a better term, considering its such an old brewery.

M - Crisp and smooth. Very pleasant. Incredibly drinkable and enjoyable.

O - Nothing overly special here though its tasty and drinkable and I will admit it's one of my preferred beers for social occasions. Unfortunately it can be expensive for what your getting and there are others similar to it that are probably cheaper. Overall a solid euro pale lager.

micmillon18, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw yellow color. Poured a 1 finger bubbly white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Decanted continually. Laced thin, wavy, broken rings.

A: Wet bread and biscuits. Hay and grass. Overall, very mild.

T: Consistent with the nose. More bitter than sweet though. Malt and hop notes linger in the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Fizzy on the tongue. Finishes dry.

D: Easily drinkable. A bit more flavorful than many EPL's.

Haybeerman, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Kromes
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very clear pale straw color with a soda like white head and large carbonation bubbles.

S: Some grainy malt and floral hop with a tiny bit of skunkiness.

T: Sweet grainy and mealy honey malts with some floral hop taste and bitterness. The finish is still very sweet and sort of disappears. Not too much flavor in this beer.

M: It's light and bubbly...not too bad.

D: Easy drinking and the flavor is ok when it's there.

Kromes, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.88/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a ugly thin yellow straw color with a thick white head and some slimy looking lacing. Smells of grain and some sweet corn. Tastes of creamed corn and some simple grain and simple syrup. Pretty sweet. Nasty taste, very one note. Mouthfeel is really thin and drinkability is poor.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kwjd
2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I haven't had this in a year or so, so I decided to give this another try since there was nothing good on tap. Pours a straw yellow colour with thin white head. Almost no lacing. Smells quite metallic with some grains. Taste is pretty bland, a bit sweet with no real bitterness. Ok carbonation. I know people say this is better than typical North American macros, but I don't see it.

kwjd, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received an 18-pack Best of Belgium Beers as a Boss' Day gift. Included this, Hoegaarden, and Leffe. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 13/07/11.

A-Pours a clear, golden-yellow color with a two finger bright white foamy head that slowly recedes into a modest lacing. Very effervescent, almost like champagne.

S-Grainy and biscuity malts, and slight lemony hops.

T-Toasted malt sweetness and some bitterness. Satisfactory.

M-Smooth, well balanced, crisp, and refreshing.

D-Very easy drinking, just not anything to get real excited about, which has more to do with the style than this particular beer. I had low expectations and this was better than I hoped for.

velosuds, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of A380
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a very fine white head. fine bubbles, and smells pretty grainy and kinda sweet but bitter aftertasting.. not a super beer but its not too bad either. im gonna try this one on tap somewhere and see if its the same. cause i think this one may be slightly skunked. not a super beer like everyone says. but i think the rating on this site says it all. not that good

A380, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of beersensei305
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this beer in both a bottle and on-tap, I perfer it on tap. The aroma is slightly hopy and grainy. Clear pale yellow in color with a white head that disaptes evenly with some lacing. Crisp, clean flavor filled with malt and light hoppyness. Drinks easy better than any of the big threes lagers.

beersensei305, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Gmann
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a frothy white head that quickly settles into a light ring. The aroma is slightly grainy with a bit of a peppery hop spice, typical euro lager aroma. The taste is of carbonated water, some light grain and light peppery spice. I always thought that Stella had at least a very slight Belgian yeast flavor but I do not find that now. Again, pretty standard euro lager, though cleaner flavors. The feel is watery with very crisp carbonation; finishes like water. Not much substance to this beer; some light beer flavor but that is about it. However, it doesn't have any real negative flavors its just blah. I guess this beer is good to quench a thirst but that is about it, not much flavor going on.

Gmann, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4.25/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is a pretty clean one...some Euro hops and grainy sweetness.

Taste is has a bit of a crisp bite upfront....the body of the beer is predominantly of a grain sweetness, not surprising for style. On the back, there's a small Euro pils hop bite along with some grassiness and hay. A good bit of grainy sweetness hangs around after the swallow...definitely one of the sweeter beers of the style that I've had.

It's imminently drinkable and one of the best beers I have had in this style. It's smooth all the way, and even though it is quite sweet, it's really a delicious beer.

NODAK, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour into plastic cup at the OC fairgrounds.

Clear & Pale yellow, lots of carbonation. head cannot say, they don't know how to pour a beer at the fair! But, I've had it out of the bottle and head breaks up fast with very little lacing.

Smells are a mild/medium blend of bitter hops, barley malt mild sweetness, doughy yeast.

Tastes pretty much the same - hops, malts, doughy yeast...more bitterness than sweetness. nothing overwhelming. A medium amount of flavors blend fine.

Lite body and good amount of carbonation hit your tongue. finishes a little dry.

Drinks easily...A bit bolder than others in this class like heineken , harp, becks. Given the choice I'll go with a Stella.

fourplayed, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Stella Artois balloon glass at Finn McCool's.

Honestly, I just wanted to look fancy during Quizzo, so I ordered this, knowing full well the glass it would come in. Pinky up! It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises corn syrup, wheat, rice, and flowers. The taste doesn't deviate much from this formula, though the rice isn't really that prevalent here. Some very light sweetgrass notes pop up as well. The body is quite light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat watery feel. Overall, a very OK brew, nothing close to Earth-shattering, but drinkable enough, especially when just hanging out at a normal bar while trying not to get destroyed in pub trivia. (I hate losing...)

TMoney2591, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of TheMadJack
2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 11.2 oz. Bottle into Pilsner glass.

A: Frothy white head on a dark straw-colored beer. Extremely clear and bubbling like a champagne. Unimpressive head retention and spotty lacing.

S: Sweet base, smelling slightly floral and just a little sour with an aroma evoking artificial grape. Something in the nose reminds me of Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red. Also readily detected the not-quite pine scent of noble hops. There's a strange sort of menthol coolness to the nose, too. Weird.

T: Not really a whole lot here. Noble hops and a hint of those funky Belgian yeasts which give it a light, ephemeral fruity and floral aspect that's actually kind of funky. The beer is rather neutral to the point of being boring, with a big flat spot where the malts should be, a small bump of hops and a tinny finish.

M: Well, it's got some dryness to it, but for all its show in the glass, it's not even that bubbly.

D: Honestly, I'm not sure what the big deal is about this beer. I think people drink it so they can be seen drinking something exotic without having to explore new territory. I mean, the beer is actually more palatable if I hold my nose to drink it. It's not even as good as Chang or Singha or TsingTao or Heineken, and at the price they're asking - and for giving you almost a full ounce less per bottle - I'd go with any of those other beers. Yes, even the Chang.

TheMadJack, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear gold, with no head or lacing.

S-I couldn't really detect much of anything except some faint noble hops and some malt.

T-Noble hops balanced with some malt, but it also had a very refreshing sauvignon blanc flavor which I have never noticed before when drinking this beer. It was much more complex than when I had drank it before. It tasted very fresh and refreshing.

M-Thin and somewhat watery.

D-No question I could drink this all night long. It was refreshing and complex, without destroying my palate.

Overall, I highly recommend drinking Stella Artois on tap. Its much more flavorful and refreshing than in bottle form.

thegodfather2701, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden yellow color with a small white foam head that quickly dissipates.

S: A little on the skunk side with a small about of bready malt.

T: Not much going on here, some hops character and a little bready malt. The taste is pretty even throughout.

M: Light and crisp. Good carbonation.

D: This is pretty much a standard green bottle type Euro beer. They go down easy, but not something you really reach for.

IronCitySteve, Oct 12, 2010
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71 out of 100 based on 4,085 ratings.