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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,010
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 30
Gots: 422 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dvb
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After seeing this beer featured in many photos of happy yuppies in cafes and bistros, I thought, "Hey, if they like it, it must be at least drinkable." Wrong. There was nothing here to like. Stella Artois is weak, watery and skunky. Not at all what I like in a beer. 12-ounce bottle, served at Red Lobster.

dvb, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of miket163
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a straw gold into a pint glass, with a half inch white head. Very grassy and fresh taste, nice hoppyness, with a light citrus note. This beer is actually nice on tap, unlike the somewhat skunky bottles. There was also some really great lacing and a pleasant floral nose. Good session lager.

miket163, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of unHipHopHead
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A pale straw color, very clear with decent carbonation and a half inch head that dissipates quickly leaving very thin lacing behind.

S: Smells skunky with a little bit of grass.

T: Very light and a little sweet. Mild hops and malt flavors.

M: feels very thin with a minimal amount of hop resin left behind.

D: Pretty decent drinkability especially since its a lower ABV and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall I would choose this beer over most mass produced stuff out there, it's much better than any miller or bud products and I'd say it certainly beats out Heineken.

side note: I just wanted to add that I had a mirror pond pale ale after drinking a stella and it was night and day. For the same price (or in this case cheaper) I'd highly recommend the Mirror Pond. Wow, so much more flavor and well balanced.

unHipHopHead, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of honeybrewer
2.03/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.
As soon as I opened the bottle I got a huge waft of skunky hop smell.
Pours a pale straw color with a bubbly white head, looks and smells kinda like piss.
I let it set for a couple minutes, and the skunky flavor mostly went away.
Tastes kinda like skunky old hoppy malt water, not really very good, very weak.
Moderate carbontaion does little for this beer, feels very thin and watery.
On par with the cheapest American lagers, only more expensive. Don't buy this beer.

honeybrewer, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of NeutroMan
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear pale straw color with an initially-robust-but-not-long-lasting frothy white head that left sticky lacing.

S: Faint grainy malt sweetness.

T: Initial malt sweetness is crisp and dry, transitioning to some minimal hop bitterness. Malts and hops are fairly well balanced.

M: Medium-light bodied, probably from the adjunct materials (especially noticeable as the beer warms). Not as carbonated as some other euro lagers.

D: Does its job well enough, if you can avoid the skunk.

NeutroMan, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of brfbeerdrinker
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Beautiful amber red

Smell: Floral slightly hoppy

Taste/Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, great sweetness upfront but that after taste is so bitter it's almost like bile.

Drinkability: ehh its ok but not my favorite.

Overall: I prolly wont get this again.

Serving type: bottle

brfbeerdrinker, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Above average look based on foam and being displayed in glass goblet gives it some class, although this is superficial.

Smell: Stella Artois really doesnt have much of a smell, something I don't understand with these so-called "Euro Pale Lagers." Smells a bit like neutral grass, giving it some crispness and freshness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty malty, especially compared to similar beers. Also a bit skunky, but that might just be the fact that it...pretty much tastes like corn, a taste that goes well with fish, something that probably inflates my taste rating a bit.

Drinkability: Strong points here. Another good meal beer, so it's possible to drink this for a while but nice to enjoy. Versatile

Overall: Another beer that probably doesn't live up to its (good) reputation, but I like it anway. Not luxurious, but it doesn't have to be.

tjsdomer2, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Stella glass.

A - Thin layer of head that dissipated quite quickly and left a little bit of lacing.

S - Not a strong scent, but a bit skunky. No overwhelming scent that stands out, typical light lager.

T - Almost a corn flavour to it. Definitely more malt than hops.

M - Very light, almost a little too light on the palette. It fills the mouth up, yet when in the glass it is deceivingly uncarbonated.

D - Delicious if you're looking for something light. I find this beer very drinkable, not heavy, not overly strong on the flavours, and complements a lot of different foods.

andrenaline, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stella Artois isn't a bad beer, but it is pretty average. The smell is definitely skunky, and the taste is slightly similar. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste, but nothing terrible. There isn't a great deal of flavor with this beer. As I said before it is very average.

Cubsfan1087, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of dakeynr
4.7/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Something about the aroma of this beer puts me in mind of wine. That's the first thing that I love about Stella Artois...when that aroma hits your nose.
Light, refreshing taste...a bit more complex than American Macro light lagers. Stella has a pleasant crisp finish with a slight hint of astringency. Pours from the bottle with a nice head that fades very slowly, with nice lacing.
The more I drink this beer, the more I enjoy it. I find it to be a great session beer. It goes great with anything from a steak to a simple salad. Some darker beers are great for having one or two and then, they get to be too much...they're too rich. (Not that that's a bad thing, but it's like eating cheesecake - a little goes a long way). With Stella, you can keep on drinking, and your palate never tires of the crisp refreshing taste.
Note, though, that it is a full 5% ABV. When I say it's a good session beer, still you will find yourself inebriated if you don't pace yourself accordingly. On the other hand, if you have a DD or you're at home...drink on!

dakeynr, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours pale straw yellow. Absolutely transparent. Thin layer of white head with spotty lacing. Not particularly attractive looking. Looks like a Keystone in a glass.

S - Not a very appetizing smell either. Almost smells like urine to be honest. Strong smell.

T - Good bite to the taste. A little lemony. Sweet, malty taste. Very little hop bitterness.

MF - Light and crisp. A little syrupy too. Not offensive at all.

D - Good drinkability. Makes a very expensive session beer.

MikeBrandman, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of JerseyPaul
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, golden yellow w/ nice carbonation; big, frothy white head dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing

Smell: Light & fresh; slight grain & grassy notes, as well as mild hops

Taste: Average Euro lager; light, grainy and refreshing; slight hop finish, but not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: Light body; good carbonation; smooth & light, but not watered down

Drinkability: Easy to drink, goes down nice; wouldn't pursue this, but wouldn't turn it down if it was offered

Overall, Stella Artois is your typical European macro lager. It's clean, crisp & light and goes down nice & easy. Average taste, smell and appearance, but it definitely rates higher than the American macro lagers.

JerseyPaul, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle to pilsner glass.
Pours a goldish yellow with a more than respectable head. Good retention and outstanding lacing. Looks better than most pale lagers. Smell is another story however. Stale, skunky, musty corn husk smell. Not an appetizing smell, yet very comforting as it brings back memories of younger years when I viewed Stella as top shelf. Taste is still enjoyable but not nearly as complex as I thought it was when my palate was much less mature. Has a sweet honey malt forward taste with grassy hop flavoring. Finishes with a small sharp bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkable and enjoyable. When faced with a weak beer list full of macro lagers, Stella is still a fine choice.

JunkYardJake, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours clear yellow with a 1/2 inch frothy white head; looks like a solid Belgian if you get a great pour into a Stella glass or tulip glass.

Smells of malt, lemon, light hops and grains. Very mild nose, and weak for a Belgian brew.

Tastes of light floral hops, lemon, malt, grains, yeast and grass. The taste is always consistent and good, and while not the most exciting or flavorful, it is a steady and regular part of my rotation.

The mouthfeel is on the smooth side and yet crisp, the body is light/medium with a light crisp overall feel and grainy/malty finish.

Solid beer that can best be described as dependable. One of my all time favorite mass consumed beers, it always goes down smooth and easy, is always refreshing and highly drinkable.

This will disappoint anyone expecting the taste complexities normally associated with Belgian beers. Basically this is the mass produced Belgian beer which is embraced worldwide as a good beer, just not on the same level as a Chimay or Duvel regarding flavor. I always liked Stella's and will always use this as a fall back option when a bar has nothing but macro's to choose from.

CHickman, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of al3
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - light golden yellow, frothy top, nice lacing.

S - Clean sweet, not much going on here, but I would not expect a strong aroma

T&M - sweet grains, with a slightly bitter, dry finish. Well carbonated, light feel

D - Could drink more than a few and have in the past

Overall, this is a great summer BBQ beer, not complex or challenging, but not meant to be. An easy drinker and perfect for warm weather. Not sure if this is still the case, but we were in London about 5 years ago and it was literally everywhere. On tap in every pub and bottles and cans littered the streets on Saturday morning.

al3, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap as a taster from the Crown Pub, from jotted notes.

A- Pale, pale, pale. Clear, a light yellow color, no head whatsoever.

S- Rice and cheap floral hops. Slightly sour smelling.

T- Sweeter fruits, herbal hops. Mild and subdued, slightly adjunct but easy to sip on and easy of flavor, nothing outrageous here.

M- Spritzy. Bubbly. Soda like.

D- Eh, not bad. Pair with food. I'd like this with a creamy alfredo, something rich to contrast with it's light flavors and body.

SamN, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of NatetheGreat
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pale straw color with fair head. aroma is musky with light grain and corn. taste isn't great but not poor either. Pretty basic skinny malt with vapid hops. a bit of a veggie taste that gets in the way, but otherwise solid lager.

the mouthfeel is smooth if a bit thin. drinkable for the lower ABV and fair taste. Not bad, but nothing special.

NatetheGreat, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of nokes
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very pale straw colour with a deep frothy head that had good retention and left very nice lacing all down the glass. Crystal clear with some bubbles. I know it's a pale lager, but I think it could use a little more heft. I don't know the style very well, but it looks pretty good, apart from the very pale colour. Gotta think this is better than average.

Smells fine, a fresh grassy tang with malty backbone.

Taste is unremarkable, but entirely inoffensive. Slight sweetness with a very mild bitter backdrop, went well with the burgers we had for supper.

Mouthfeel is quite fine. Reasonable in almost every way. Could definitely use some more body, but the medium carbonation works just fine for the style, and the dry, crisp finish is probably about what it should be.

This is quite drinkable. You could drink these incessantly. It might be a bit boring to do so, but who am I to complain? It' s beer, and it doesn't suck. I've had beer that sucks. This isn't it.

nokes, Mar 20, 2010
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
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