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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,857 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,857
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 27
Gots: 345 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +39.6%

Poured a 500-ml can into a Stella Artois chalice. Chalice rests on a glass Stella Artois coaster.

Appearance - golden straw colour with sudsy lacing up the sides. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Corn and straw dominate the bouquet here, with some grassy notes thrown in. A great partner for nosing some Scotch - brings back objectivity during an intermission.

Taste - much better from a can than the bottle. More depth to the straw-grassy malt flavours with less overt bitterness than the bottle version. Light waves of a slightly bitter finish continue.

Mouthfeel - peppery up front with smoothing effects along the sides of the mouth just seconds later.

Drinkability - a few cans like this in an evening is never a bad thing, just don't over-do it. The taste and refreshment doesn't go out on this great beer.

03-21-2009 01:35:37 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

I had this on tap at a local restaraunt. It is a pale clear straw yellow with a medium white head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet and bready. The flavor is light, sweet and has a pleasant bitter after taste. The beer is light bodied and fairly quaffable. I think this one is much better on draft than bottled.

03-20-2009 01:18:55 | More by bonkers
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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +26.6%

Appearance- A golden yellow with a decent white foam head, nice size bubbles stream beautifully up the glass, crystal clear lager,

Smell- grains, corn, lots of malt sweetness, slight hops, nothing over powering but nice smell

Taste- Slight grain and malts up front, with a hoppy bitter finish, its light yet kinda of nice for a lager with a medium complexity, good finish that lingers of malt and hops both mild in there own way,

MOuth- light with very high carbonation, nothing overwhelming here either way

Drinkability- Honestly I like this beer, its first time I tried it and I think its a nice session lager better then most macro beers, Its gotta alot more complexity to me while steal being very light crisp and refreshing then most american macros, not something i would get all the time but if given the option theres a lot I would certainly choose it over, one I believe I will visit occasionally when drinking with people who like the macros, highly drinkable no issues slamming one these down

03-09-2009 00:41:25 | More by Stunner97
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jsanto

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -17.2%

s - on tap in a stella glass.

a - it does give a very good appearance.golden ans a off white head.

s - very little hints of lemon and alcohol, but not much.

t - this tasted like a beer, nothing special and nothing flavorful either that i remembered.

m - carbonation was the best part of this one, with just a little finish.

d - i would not get this again.

03-08-2009 21:58:52 | More by jsanto
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.3/5  rDev +7.1%

Stella Artois "Leuven 1366", ABV=5.2%, cals=145p12os
Reviewed as a Euro Pale Lager, @ home 11/10/08, bottle>dimpled mug
A 3.5 - pale straw in color, 1 finger head, no retention
S 2.5 - subtle skunkiness, mild hop notes
T 3.5 more malty than some, hops on clean finish
MF 3.5 - thin body but more than some other Euros I have had, medium carbonation, interesting finish
D 3.5 - I gotta support it since it's Belgian, it's drinkable for sure, just not a huge standout for me.

03-01-2009 18:54:53 | More by unclejimbay
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ghebel

Iowa

3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Presented to me in a chalice type glass filled to the top with a few bubbles floating on the surface, but no head to speak of. Yellow to gold and clear.

S - Malty, with a touch of fruitiness and alcohol.

T - Taste follows the smell. Very similar to other pale lagers.

M - Smooth and thin.

D - Very drinkable and it complimented the hot wings I was eating well.

Overall- This is a good alternative to the American pale lagers. Seems a bit more flavorful and full.

02-26-2009 22:53:03 | More by ghebel
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johnnymoto

California

2.65/5  rDev -14%

The appearance was a nice light golden hue.

I poured the beer into a pint glass and the head lasted for a few seconds before dissipating immediately right after. When I put my nose down to give it a good sniff, I got a slight note of hops and maybe a few earthy notes as well. I gave it a few sniffs and realized it was mediocre and wasn't as impressing as the bottle nor the hype.

The best thing is that it is quite drinkable, but might not ever be my first choice at a bar. I would definitely pick it over any budweiser or miller though.

02-26-2009 19:14:28 | More by johnnymoto
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LittleDon

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -15.6%

Draft in a 12 oz tulip shaped glass.

Crystall clearn yellow with little visable signs of carbonation. Thick white head that dissapates into intermittent lacing. Mass produced lager grain smell and taste. Grain in the finish with no noticable hopping. Light enough to drink a few more, but why bother.

At least it's better than Bud.

02-24-2009 03:52:08 | More by LittleDon
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froghop

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%

on tap at the outback in hong kong.

pour clear yellow with large white head that disapates quickly, lots of carbination, and okay loacing.

smell is grass, sweet, and pear.

taste is watery, sweet, corn, and some malts in the back.

overall ive always liked this beer, nothing special about it just always seems to hit the spot.

02-20-2009 08:17:35 | More by froghop
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a flute glass. Pours a clear, crisp golden yellow with lots of bubbles. A one finger thick white head that settles quickly. The first thing I smell is a bit of funk that I can't identify. Not real pleasant. Beyond that, it smells mildly malty and fruity. A bit of a sweet taste up front, followed by a bit of bitterness. Not a real complicated taste, but well balanced. Crisp, light mouthfeel. Very carbonated and burpy. Goes down easy though. It's drinkable when your options are limited. Not bad, not great, but drinkable.

02-16-2009 16:18:49 | More by mtbbaboon
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aletales

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +24.4%

Stella poured clear and gold with a one finger head that stuck nicely to the side of the glass. It's aroma was crisp and malty which was reflected in it's taste. I love carbonation and this one had plenty which complemented its smoothness. This is a very easy beer to drink.

02-16-2009 01:05:32 | More by aletales
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 2-3 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles slowly leaving sticky, thick, lacing and littles craters and caverns in the receding head. Light carbonation continues to rise. Eventually leaves a bubbly layer of foam. The head never really fully leaves you. Thick sticky spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Wheat, baked bread, and hay.

T: Light pale malt, a bit of hops, a dull lemon hint.

M: Light, but full. The hops coat the palette, and a tangy aftertaste remains.

D: Pretty solid here. Light feel, but full flavor. Easy (but good) drinkin'.

Really nice atmosphere on this one. Nice full flavor and feel, however a light palette. Really solid quaff.

02-14-2009 04:32:00 | More by bmwats
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schroederm

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%

In a stella chalice:

Great bleach-white head and decent lacing over pale yellow. Carbonation is visible on the sides of the glass. Smells: farm, citrus, skunky. Starts a little bitter, which I was not expecting. Not pleasant. Again, citrus in there. Highly, highly carbonated. Good body.

Overall: I was not into Stella at first, but it grew on me by the bottom of the glass. It holds its own, but I won't seek it out.

02-12-2009 20:12:22 | More by schroederm
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chaunur

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured a nice clear golden amber with a white frothy head that dissolved to a cover, well carbonated. Little aroma but not unpleasant. Clean dry taste, mildly bitter. Easy to drink. Not usually my first choice, but drink it when its the alternative to BMC.

02-07-2009 16:01:04 | More by chaunur
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umtox

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -14.6%

Nothing to note in the appearance an big white uncomplicated head.

Smell is only of macro lager nothing more.

Taste is dry and skunky macro lager. I just don't like it. Hoegaarden by the same brewery is much better.

The mouthfeel has an admittedly nice dryness.

Drinkability is limited by taste.

02-06-2009 01:40:26 | More by umtox
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macpapi

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev 0%

Received as part of Beers of Belgium gift set. Poured from 11.2 oz green bottle.

Stella is a light yellow (straw) color, with a slight white head and little lacing.

Smell is crisp with a faint light malt aroma, along with slight hints of grain.

Taste is biscuity with light malt presence. Not terribly flavorful, but not unpleasant. Crisp and light in the mouth with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Not terribly notable, but does have a decent taste and is pretty inoffensive. Can see why it is so popular among those looking for an easy drinking lager.

01-24-2009 14:53:49 | More by macpapi
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a decent amount of head and active carbonation. Actually laces a bit.
Smell: Mildly skunky; a little sweet with just a small bit of hop presence. Grainy aroma also notable.
Taste: Grainy and just a bit malty with a touch of sweetness. Hops balance out this presence, but not until the back end of the tasting. Once again, a mild 'skunky' quality pulls through. Not unusual for style and certainly not too obtrusive here. Finish is quite clean.
Mouthfeel: This beer enters in with a little carbonating tingle; feel is on the lighter side.
Drinkability: Drinkable based on the style and ABV. Those looking for the taste of a traditional American lager should expect something a little different.

Overall- average pale lager, clean and drinkable.

01-24-2009 02:12:40 | More by coalcracker
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.08/5  rDev 0%

presented with a golden light amber lager with a thick foam like head became somewhat rocky and left a slight amount of lacing
smell was a nasty grainy grass smell it improved slightly when the head went away
taste was a light, semisweet, pear like, champagne like
mouthfeel is dry and crisp
Drinkability - its drinkable I'd rather drink this than most US macros but this is usually just a ritual beer at certain concert venues

01-23-2009 17:52:38 | More by sliverX
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -5.8%

A - pale straw, light gold color. Half-inch head that dissipated quickly and left a thin layer of foam with a lot of lacing surprisingly.

S - some citrus hints and malt sweetness, the alcohol is also faintly present in the smell

T - Very light bodied and almost no taste at all. Some maltness to it with faint hints of hops almost non-existent. Initial sweetness and a faint aftertaste of bitterness. Reminds me of the Italian lager Peroni.

M -very light un-eventful

D - very drinkable and refreshing

01-21-2009 23:47:35 | More by JoEBoBpr
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John_M

Oregon

2.35/5  rDev -23.7%

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings the other day. Needed something to go with their hot wings and thought this might do the trick. In retrospect, probably should have just gotten water.

The beer pours a very pale gold color with minimal head retention and no lacing. I get very little aroma from this beer, just a hint of citrus and honey at best. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though there's a bit more citrusy honey flavor then there was with the aroma. The beer actually reminds me a bit of Heineken, though I don't get any of that underlying skunkiness. Otherwise, this is a very lightly flavored, watery beer, one I became increasingly tired of drinking the more I had. Mouthfeel is, of course, very light, and drinkability is not good, primarily because the beer itself is no fun to drink.

Another boring macro lager, though I guess it has a bit more flavor then your usual BMC product. Of course that's a very low bar, so that's hardly a recommendation.

This will probably be the last one of these I ever buy. There are a lot more interesting choices out there then this swill.

01-20-2009 14:17:03 | More by John_M
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +20.1%

I guess I like this beer better than most.
The color is a pale gold not much head, faint lacing and only a little carbonation.
The aroma is my least favorite thing about this beer. It is a little stale smelling.
The taste is crisp and citrusy, very light and refreshing.
This beer is probably well liked by folks enjoying lighter, easier drinking beers. I think is would be great on a hot summer day.

01-17-2009 22:44:36 | More by confer
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

500mL can with best before on bottom poured into pokal.

Pours a bright, clear yellow with a medium-sized bone-white head that leaves lacing as I drink.

Nose is distinct noble hops, earthy and spicy, with some doughy, bready malt in the background.

Taste is a mild blend of spicy and earthy hops with doughy sweet malt. Neither side dominates, resulting in a nice, if unimpressive, balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, some carbonation felt, with clean and crisp finish.

Drinkability is fairly high on this one; it's nice, refreshing and clean. Not something I'm clamouring to get more of, but decent.

01-14-2009 19:42:23 | More by nighthawk
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PatronWizard

California

1.9/5  rDev -38.3%

So I thought this was gonna be a good beer. Fancy name, decent bottle.

Pours pretty ugly. Looks like a cheap macro in color but the head is surprisingly better; lasting longer and leaving some lacing.

Smell is very bland and unimpressive. Almost non-existent.

This beer tastes like corn flakes. I mean exactly like corn flakes. Not even Frosted Flakes. We're talkin brown label 3-for-$1 corn flakes. Put some water in a bowl of corn flakes, let it ferment (you figure that out) and there you have Stella Artwaaaa.

Overall: I can't see myself ever getting this again

01-12-2009 04:51:07 | More by PatronWizard
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Clear yellow with a crispy white head that stands at about a finger before dropping to a little haze and a collar.

S - Peppery, crisp, and clean. Smells a tad bit salty too. Fresh linen and crispy crackers.

T - This tastes like hard white bread or baguettes, with a gentle spicy funk from the hops.

M - Light bodied, crisply carbonated, and clean at the finish.

D - Not bad. I named my dog after this beer, so people always ask me if it's one of my favorites but it's actually just halfway decent and nothing special. I just liked the name since it is beer-related and I'm a big beer geek. It was my wife's idea actually.

01-12-2009 02:18:24 | More by pmcadamis
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

2.78/5  rDev -9.7%

Color is a light pale yellow/gold with an off-white head.

The smell is malty with some fruity flavor in the background. Is not very strong due to the very small head on the beer.

The taste is light and a bit tangy at first. The malt in the background brings out a slight bitterness.

I was surprised that this beer was not as bad as expected. Being a macro beer it is expected to be alittle less then they hype. Not too bad. I would consider putting this on my list of session beers.

01-10-2009 13:52:07 | More by Duhast500
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