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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,957 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,957
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 28
Gots: 394 | 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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Photo of lester619
2.05/5  rDev -33.4%

Poured a pale golden yellow. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom into an imrpessive thick rocky head. Yeasty, musty on the nose gives way a little fruity rasin smell. Yes there is a skunk that lives in there. Not as bad as some, but enough to make it unpleasant. Taste is clean up front with a dry grainy thin malty flavor. A little sweet, sour, fruity apple notes show up. Mild, understated hop bitterness, then the skunk comes out to play again. The other flavors put up a better fight than some, but in the end the skunk wins out. I didn't like it. I was able to finnish the bottle, but I had no interest in another one. Over-rated and expensive. Give me a Keystone Light and I would be just as impressed.

lester619, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of JTahoe
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Over the past decade this beer has become ubiquitous, taking the place of Heineken as the import of choice amongst those who favor big brewer lagers, but want that European cache. "It's Belgian, so of course it's good." Except that Stella Artois shares as much in common with most Belgian brews as Heineken... really nothing. All that aside, Stella is probably the best of the macro lagers to my palate with a decent crispness, slightly rounder flavor than most, and a dry ever-so-slightly bitter finish. Sparkly and "refreshing" the way big lagers are--very easy to drink for hour after hour, but nothing special.

JTahoe, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of thistle3189
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%

This is the first time that I have thought about Euro pale lagers. So I read the list of other and have a handle on it and the style. This beer is every where now. And is being heavily marketed, I decided that I needed to try it to see.

I had it on Draft at a big chain sports bar.

A: very light color with a good head, solid lacing.

S: very little smell, not much hops or malt here.

T: This followed the smell not a lot there, if I did a blind taste test with this and a bunch of America Light beers I might have a hard time.

M: not bad this is where it is separated for the American Macros.

D: Very drinkable they could go down fast if you were in of a mind to. A little pricy for what it is.

thistle3189, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
1.9/5  rDev -38.3%

Has it come to this? Am I really reviewing a Stella Artois? I must be desperate.

This is a very textbook generic pour. Golden yellow with a thin ring of foam, slightly hazy. Even poured into its own branded glassware it soon fades down to a lifeless, headless boring flat beer in the end.

The aroma is slightly sweet pale malt, bread and floral/herbal hops and corn. It smells like a wet tortilla. Not appealing in the least.

The taste follows, a little sweet, a lot bready. The hops are floral, metallic, herbal and horrible. Somewhat dry and tannic, and again, it tastes like a wet tortilla with hints of corn.

Decent mouthfeel and carbonation. Or whatever. Who cares?

I've drank this innumerable times due to its ubiquity and the fact that it usually edges out what else is available alongside it by just a gnat's bollock, sitting there as it does alongside Heineken and Corona on the "imports" list so often, at least in the restaurants I have the misfortune to be dragged to on occasion. But why? Why is it always on menus? Really. I can't explain this beer's prevalence on restaurant menus other than the marketing, the name and the bottle lend an air of sophistication to it which makes people perceive it as high end, but the beer itself leaves much to be desired.

MeisterBurger, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Has a very light gold color that is crystal clear. It has a fair head, but it doesn't give the appearance of a beer packed with flavor.

Smell: Has a bit of a sweet smell, perhaps from the malt, but it's a little bland. Pretty average for a beer this light.

Taste: Not bad. It had a stronger flavor than I expected with some hop kick to it. With that said, though, I'm still not blown away.

Mouthfeel: It has a fair body for such a light beer.

Drinkability: Not bad. This is something I could drink again, but it's not going to make my shortlist of "must have" beers.

civilizedpsycho, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Beast35
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%

This is my go to brew at chain restaurants that don't carry craft brews but do have a few imports. The best big beer lager on the market. It is very drinkable and about as consistent of a beer as i have tasted. It is if you have it on tap but the bottle is very good for what it is as well. Always welcome in my fridge as a taste bud recuperation beer.

Beast35, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of RJay
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Appearance: A clear golden yellow with sparse bubbles, a little over 1 finger of head when poured into a Stella glass and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet malty smell to it, maybe a touch of citrus

Taste: Sweet on initial intake with a very subtle bitterness left afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Very light and bubbly which makes it very smooth, reminds me almost of sparkling water.

Drinkability: Being so smooth and light this is a very sessionable beer.

RJay, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Fizzlybear
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%

L - Pours a pale gold, with plenty of carbonation, a large head that disappeared almost straight away,

S - Smell is quite sweet with hints of wheat and hops, not great but neither is it offensive.

T - Taste is similar to the smell, wheat and hops, but with a hint of lemon in it.

M&D - The level of carbonation makes it nice in the mouth, and also makes it easy to drink.

Overall maybe I am slightly harsh on this beer as I was thinking Belgium beer when I reviewed it.

Fizzlybear, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev +13%

Stella pours a light gold in color with a small bone white head.

Very light in the aroma, just euro hops lending a grassy aroma and malt sweetness underneath.

Flavor follows the nose, cracker like yeast accompanied by noble euro hops. Crystal malt is in there too to balance.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a clean finish.

A quenching beer with nothing out of place. Standard euro lager here, but worthy nonetheess.

Stinkypuss, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of jeranbrews
1.95/5  rDev -36.7%

A - This came is nice EU friendly can. It had a boring 1 digit of head. And the bubbles in this beer faded quickly. But there was surprisingly strong lacing for a beer of this mediocre reputation. It also has a pretty golden wheat color that some will appreciate.

S - Smells like compressed air. Think of the spray-on-starch people use for ironing dress shirts. There is no detectable yeast smell and only a lingering cheap hop smell.

T - First flavor your tongue feels is that of a bitter, starchy, stale bread. Finished with a bland undefined hop flavor. The balance is very poor. I'm almost certain that no matter what yeast they put in they probably only used one type of malt and one flavor of hop. There aren't many surprises here. The aftertaste is that of the same aforementioned hop. It only lasts about 45 seconds. (*note* the can I bought in Japan lists the ingredients of malted barley, hops, corn)

M - Thin watery low carbonation.

D - Fine for a bar. This is a beer that I could drink without making a face, but I'd never ever feel guilty about leaving some behind. In fact after I got to this point in the review I dumped the bottom finger's worth out of the glass.

jeranbrews, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of JeremyBrews
2.17/5  rDev -29.5%

A- 1 finger of head, brief lacing. Golden wheat color, typical to pale lager.

S- Wet dog that's been rolling around in cheap hop leaves. Notable, uninviting cornstarch scent.

T- Initial hop zing with carbonation fades to water. Cornstarch. ZERO aftertaste.

M- Slightly more viscous than water.

D- Reminds me of a hundred other cheap macro-, simple pale lagers. However, simplicity and affordability makes it easy to drink at frat parties.

Noteworthy: I resolutely threw out the remainder of the beer after sampling enough to write this review.

JeremyBrews, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.45/5  rDev +12%

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright yellow, with a half inch pure white head. Leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Head holds up pretty nicely but dissipates to a small frothy ring in about 3 or 4 minutes.

Smells of cereal, some malts, and a touch of hops. maye some spice. Smells pretty mild, not bad tho.

Tastes of cereal and grains, fairly mild. Has some malts up front with a touch of hops in towards the back of the flavor. The hops bring some spice. The carbonation and hoppy spiciness make me want some more even tho the taste is fairly subdued. I would consider it thoroughly drinkable.

HURTemHIZZY, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%

This was sitting in my fridge and I felt like something different so I decided to give it a go. I forgot how drinkable this is. Hands down one of the best macro lagers out there.

Pours a bright clear yellow with a thick and fluffy white head that retains quite well. Lots of spotty lacing on the glass, very attractive. Smell and taste are corn, light cereal grains, sweet pale malt, mildly grassy hops, and a spicy bitterness to finish. All of the flavours could be turned up a notch (or ten), but the subtlety is what gives Stella its mass appeal. Crisp and clean mouthfeel with a smooth body and plenty of bite from the carbonation and hops. Surprisingly good. Huge drinkability as I finished a 500ml can in no time. Having said that, there is no aspect of this beer that deserves a "4" because it is simply too mild and indistinct. Stella is a solid drinker no doubt, but its not as flavourful, complex, and interesting as many well-made craft lagers.

cratez, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +29.9%

pours a clear bright yellow with a 1 finger white head that left some spotted lacing

smells - has some hop spice and light cereal grains

taste is good - i taste no adjunts just light cereal grains with a nice spice with the hops and maybe a little lemon - alot like a pils

mouthfeel is light with plenty of carbonation nice and crisp

drinkability is good - one of the better macros

jsh420, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of chetripley
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

A Euro Pale Lager makes for a good Extended Beer, although not a specialty one by any means. Beats the American Adjuncts easily, and is consistent throughout.

Flavor is similar to Euro pilsners thanks to the heavy hop presence, which to me, differs it from the Heinekens and the Carlsbergs.

Pale golden color, medium amount of carbonation, no head or lacing, makes for quick drinking and enjoyable balance.

chetripley, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of feelmefoam
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Finished off the last one in my roommate's six pack with dinner tonight. Had a pretty standard lager appearance, not too bad, not too good. Smells pretty standard, definitely some corn/grain in there. I wasn't a huge fan of the taste, it tasted a lot like a budweiser to me. Decent mouthfeel, it was pretty light with a lot of carbonation, but it went down smooth. Overall, I wouldn't drink more of 2 of these in a night, just b/c I'm not huge on the taste.

feelmefoam, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from some cans into my nonic pint glass.

Incredibly better than other Euro Pale Lagers. I hadn't been terribly impressed by Stella before, but that was before I had a frame of reference.

exceptionally clear, colored like golden wheat, nice rocky head, but minimal stick or lacing.

Smell is fairly bland overall, but again, better than the traditional skunky smell that accompanies most beers of the category.

The taste is largely comparable to a Heineken, but more refined, more bite at the end, less skunky.

Overall, the best I've had of Euro Pale lagers.

AmberMan22, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.45/5  rDev +12%

This is a decent, fairly flavourful lager if not too cold. Too cold, as I've had it on tap, makes it utterly bland and impossible to taste just about anything. When a little warmer, it has some definite character coming through, and is on the hoppier side for basic lagers, even if it is rather thin and not great by any means.

Golden, it has a medium-to-large white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some weak lace.

The aroma is a pleasant, perfumy lager, definitely of a Eurpo character, with grain, light flowery juniper, and a hint of sulphur.

The taste is light grain, herbs and juniper with a definite light bitterness. It is slightly more bitter than Grolsch or Heineken. It is slightly tingly and has a lightly bitter the finish. A light soapy quality is noticeable but it's very light.

Offa, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%

Had it on tap into a pils glass at Counters in Reston.

A : Pale yellow with 1/2" head and little lacing.

S : Biscuit like with faint hops

T : Slight malt and sweetness upfront finishing with a smooth bitter note

M : Light body, average carbonation

D : Easy drinking, not bad at all for a macro, though below average for being a Belgian

BeerSingh, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

had this at my next door neighbors house while watching football..it poured a medium yellow color with an ok head..the smell was bread and malt faint hops the taste was bready with faint sweet malts and a few hops,,,its very weak and watery but not a bad lager it is drinkable if that what you want... ive had this many times and its not bad its just not one i think about ever buying..but if its in the cooler ill grab one

gatornation, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%

Had this on tap in a pint glass.

I gotta say, I was fairly impressed. I'd had Stella a couple years ago and didn't like it at all, but in the interest of my quest for beer, I decided to give it a second try. And I'm glad I did.

The appearance is a bright, pale yellow color with a nice white head. Very easy to drink with a mild, malty flavor. Hardly any bitterness. I felt like it tasted a bit "darker" than it actually is, if that makes any sense (I'm sure the beer snobs will love that description). It wasn't as watery as I've come to expect from this type of beer. Very crisp and refreshing.

When I tried Stella previously, it was from a bottle. I don't think I'd be inclined to ever get it from a bottle again, but it's a reasonable brew on tap. Definitely worth ordering at a pizza joint with a limited selection.

Mavajo, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

Had this beer on tap in the European Union Area of Brussels. The beer looks like a typical pilsner, with a nice white head. The smell is nothing special. Had this one after the Jupiler, and this beer is so much better for the style. This is not sweet in the after taste, what a relief. Also this pilsner is a good beer for a hot summer day. But from/in Belgium, one should basically only buy/drink the special treats, not the lager beers....

rvdoorn, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of adarby
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%

Pours crystal clear with a very thick head which slowly settles to a fine layer of foam. Only slight carbonation is present, a wonderful looking beer indeed.

Slight malt scent, leaves much to be desired. Not a bad smell, just very neutral, very typical.

Slightly sweet taste, the presence of pale malts is very noticeable. A small amount of hops is definitely present. You can tell this beer is only to be served very slightly chilled. A very pleasant flavor indeed.

No foul aftertastes, a very crisp and light feeling beer, and a flavor that leaves you wanting more makes this beer very drinkable. I am quite impressed so far.

adarby, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
3.45/5  rDev +12%

Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow color, with good fluffy head and some lacing.

Not much of a scent, mostly of grains.

The taste is mostly of grains and some sweet malts.

Light bodied, very crisp and refreshing, good carbonation

This was a drinkable beer. Though it was not very interesting, just a basic euro lager.

BeerCon5, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

Serving glass: Poured from tap into tall glass.

Appearance: Very pale yellow with medium head and slight lacing.

Smell: Mostly sweet grains, almost like corn (even though there is no corn). Some notes of apple and slight hops.

Taste: Sweet and grainy malts in the forefront. Nice noble hops provide counterbalance and provide a spicy, somewhat bitter finish. Too bad the malts are so weak.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, which is complemented by the nice hops. However, those sweet grainy (almost corn-like) malts really are a detriment.

Definitely sells more because of its status instead of its taste - the new Heineken. While a decent beer, it amazes me that people think drinking this beer proves they have discerning taste. Typical lager for snobs.

bsp77, Sep 25, 2009
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