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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,894 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,894
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 27
Gots: 362 | 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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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

California

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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HalfFull

California

2.42/5  rDev -21.4%

Served on tap in a Stella branded glass, this beer pours a deep straw in color with a thin and short lived head. Appearance is similar to the bottled version.

A little dumber on the nose however, even after warming(noting that the beer was served a bit too cold). Some hops were present but a bit hard to find.

Taste is likewise a bit reduced, and downright watery in the end, thus negatively impacting the feel and drinkability of this brew. If you wish to consume this beer, and I can't really recommend it, then you should purchase the bottle.

01-09-2009 07:13:54 | More by HalfFull
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cpn920

New York

2.48/5  rDev -19.5%

Poured a clear straw color with a thin head. It left decent lacing on the glass.
Smell was the skunky smell that does not invite your taste buds to a great experience.

Taste was a bitterness that isn't very appealing. Slight hop detection.

Mouthfeel was ok with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Not a drinkable beer in my opinion. So many great beers out there I wouldn't waste my time with this. Quite honestly if this was the best beer offered at a bar I'd rather drink water or a coke.

01-09-2009 03:17:13 | More by cpn920
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

1.3/5  rDev -57.8%

Only thing on top that seemed interesting and worth a try. Wrong move by me

Pale fizzy yellow with small head that goes away fast.

Funny fruity smell to it is all I can say

This starts off as any other typical lager except that it leaves an awful overly sweet bitter taste in your mouth that your just dying to get rid of.

Very watery.

I could not manage to drink the whole beer and gave up after half.

01-09-2009 03:06:04 | More by tr4nc3d
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -1%

330ml bottle, a leftover from our New Year's Eve party.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and fairly bubbly eggshell white head, which melts away at a rather lazy pace, leaving some decent pockmarked walls of fuzzy lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet grainy, somewhat biscuity, bready malt, a hint of overripe lemon, and mild grassy, weedy hops. The taste is muddled grainy malt, lightly toasted cereals, a bit of that ol' adjuncts' corniness, some mild apple core grittiness, and kind of dirty, grassy, dead leaf hops.

The carbonation is a little on the high side, but in a pleasant enough frothy manner, the body medium-light in weight, and with a pithy, even edgy mouthfeel, that doesn't exactly scream out abject smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with a certain strange grainy sweetness, one likely borne of corn or rice, complemented accordingly with the lingering grassy, proto-skunky hop - sort of the 'bitter beer' phenomenon railed at by Keystone and the like, I imagine.

To think that I used to drink this while at, um, places that involved consuming a formidable amount of mixed drinks (Power Hour!) before nursing beers the remainder of the evening, and this was the best option, really. Now, while not blatantly off-putting, it's not particularly enjoyable when put to this particular litmus test. I'll still finish this, in deference to those heady days where beer-tubs were a going concern for me.

01-03-2009 02:22:45 | More by biboergosum
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Clear golden yellow straw color. Thin and clean white head. No retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Very earthy hop aroma mixed with a sweet graininess. Better smell than expected from mainstream Euro lagers.

T - Crisp spiciness initially. A pleasant sweetness backing the beer. Finishes with a nice earthy bitterness.

M/D - Very light bodied and crisp. A touch thin on the feel but a very quaffable lager. Nothing spectacular but a decent beer none the less

12-31-2008 17:16:56 | More by ckeegan04
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Bagman007

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -14%

Served on tap in a pilsener glass.

A- Very clear yellow filtered coloring with a finger length head.

S- Has a skunky, fruit scent to it. Hard to describe because I haven't really smelled anything like this beer before.

T- I think the best way to describe the taste is a watery version of Bud Light. Starts off watery and has a slightly fruity finish.

M - A well carbonated beer that goes down very smoothly.

D - It's kind of a watery beer so it is definitely drinkable. Probably chugable too.

Overall I was disappointed. This was recommended to me by several people and I ended up being very disappointed. This just seems like an upgraded of Bud or Bud Light.

12-30-2008 04:25:56 | More by Bagman007
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merlin48

Kentucky

1.9/5  rDev -38.3%

From a "create your own sixpack" at a local grocery, I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this one before. Pours a clear, straw yellow body with a tall and creamy vanilla head. Lavish lacing is left on the glass. Nice looker!

Aroma is fetid and sulphuric skunky hops. Maybe a hint of grass and lemon underneath.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied and well carbonated.

Taste is dominated by the skunky sulphuric hop bitterness. Seems to have a nasty metallic twang. Malt lends a subtle sweetness.

Not at all enjoyable. Stella was ubiquitous when I was in Belgium several years ago and I didn't like it then even when very fresh. I like it less now.

12-27-2008 17:39:17 | More by merlin48
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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +13%

A- clear golden with a puffy white head. good retention and nice wispy lace.

S- mineral water, grassy floral, with a good noble hop aroma and pale malt. a lil skunky at first but airs out into a nice n easy german pils aroma with some apple and pear.

T- sweet and grassy hops and untoasted grains, crisp flavor, clorophyl, green apple, pear, peach, banana.

MF- light crisp and effervescent, refreshing with medium high carbonation.

D- a good light easy beer for thirsty drinking.

12-23-2008 19:54:48 | More by hustlesworth
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cvfish

Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

Had this on tap at the Aranyhomok in Keskemet, Hungary

A - pours a light golden color that produced a foamy white head that disappears and leaves no lacing around the glass

S - no real scents, i guess because i had on tap in europe there was no skunk, but i guess sutle malts was all

T - not a complex beer, but then again wasn't supposed to be. clean, refreshing, some malts and grains

M - light bodied with moderate carbonation

D - good beer, never had in the bottle in the states, but enjoyed it over there

12-23-2008 00:42:04 | More by cvfish
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.15/5  rDev -30.2%

Reviewed on 6/15/08. On tap. Pours a golden yellow with a small head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits. Flavor of wheat, sweet malts, skunk. Not very good, tasted exactly like the Spaten Premium Lager I'd had prior. Wouldn't get again.
5/3/4/2/8 (2.2/5)

12-20-2008 15:52:45 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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pseudo

New York

3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

appears a very light golden straw color with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Looks pretty average for the style
the smell reminds me of a mix between Heineken and Hoeegarden. You get the citrusy skunkiness of Heineken with a spicy note in the very back. Not too bad a smell.
Tastes like a usual macro affair but with some more taste. Mostly skunked citrus and breadiness.
Mouthfeel is watery and quite carbonated. Needs more body.
Drinkability is high for me stilll because i found it a fun beer and the skunkiness isn't overpowering. Not bad.

12-19-2008 19:45:00 | More by pseudo
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Tone

Missouri

2.6/5  rDev -15.6%

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a bright white 1/2 inch head. Decent retention and only slight lacing. Smells of a lager with some sweet malt but mostly skunk. All of the Stella's I've ever had have this distinctive skunk aroma and taste. I hope this is just the shipping process and not the actual flavor. I wish to travel abroad and sample fresh examples of these European brews. Has a crisp feel with low carbonation and a little to watery. Definitely not strong enough for me to enjoy and the skunk aroma is also present in the taste. Overall, I only tried this again to make sure I get the rating correct. I have never enjoyed any skunky brews.

12-17-2008 17:59:51 | More by Tone
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Arbitrator

California

2.17/5  rDev -29.5%

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Golden yellow. Light head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Mostly malty and apple notes. Nothing exceptional.

T: Bready malts that give way to sweetness and apple tart/sourness. The taste simply ends there with no finish.

M: Thin bodied with light carbonation. Probably great to cool off with, but no substance for real appreciation.

D: Another of my favorite, dependable BBQ / summer beers. I don't buy it otherwise.

12-16-2008 04:42:22 | More by Arbitrator
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