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3,699 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,699
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 21
Gots: 269 | 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 Amalak

New York

3.9/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This time I am having it in a bottle and I like it a lot more. Nice ring from the head, very bubbly.

S: Nice but very light aroma. Lagery smell.

T: Very good and flavorful. It's refreshing and smooth.

M: It's smooth, but still has a nice bubblyness to it.

D: Weird, but I liked this a lot more in a bottle than in a tap. Went down very well.

This was a much better experience. It's still a little overhyped, but had a better experience with the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 01:59:11 | More by Amalak
Photo of Mryup


3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Classic golden yellow

S: The smell you'd expect from a lager.

T: That classic Belgium/German "metal bar" lager taste. Crisp, a little skunky and refreshing as expected.

M: Sorry I can't be more specific but it's harder for me with the macro lagers. All I can say is crisp, full, and a little dry.

D: Overall very drinkable. I'm on my forth and doing great.

Look, for what it is in my opinion this is a very good beer. A crisp, drinkable, light, refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 05:34:41 | More by Mryup
Photo of beerphilosopher


3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear light golden yellow color and displays a huge fluffy white head that just won't go away. This beer demonstrates active carbonation bubbles and spotty lacing inside the pint glass. The nose is virtually non-existent, as is characteristic of most light lagers, but some malt sweetness can be detected and there is no tell-tale skunkiness or other off notes here. Doesn't smell bad; it just doesn't smell like much of anything at all. The palate is much the same - very unchallenging, of course, but this beer is designed to be drinkable, right? Slightly sweet malt flavors are predominant and there is just enough hop backbone to keep it in balance. Finish is clean and dry with light acidity. Beer snobs love to slam this beer right along with the typical American-made light lagers, but I don't know that this is fair. While this beer is high on drinkability, and quite plain in almost every respect, it doesn't contain any of the off-flavors that characterize so many of the domestic macros. I can enjoy this beer with an appropriate meal and I'll select it over almost any domestic light lager if given the chance. I'm not saying this beer is great, but I am saying it is better and slightly more flavorful than it's American contemporaries.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2007 18:02:12 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of Oxymoron


3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steellllaaa! Pours a darker gold color. Not really yellow but not quite amber either. A limited head with limited retention.

The nose was limited overall but some grainy notes as well as some lager yeast characteristics. Very clean overall but if you really start looking you can pick out some lighter hop notes.

The taste has more of a malty presence than what the nose indicated. Some grainy tastes that blend well with a very light caramel flavor. The hops are basically non-existent leaving a sweet finish. The beer itself is rather wispy and tones down the sweeter flavors. Some lighter yeast finish but nothing too bad

The body is light but understandable for style. A clean taste but not as crisp for style either. A very easy drinking beer to say in the least.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 17:02:36 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of domtronzero


2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a fizzy short lived head. No lacing. Aroma is simple. A little grassy. Taste is rather lacking. Nothing special. A little hop bitternes is noticed late in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin, light and almost watery. Not what I expected. Don't let the Belgian name on the bottle fool you, this is nothing to go out of your way to get. On tap it is a little better, but still just like any macro-brewed lager around. The real pisser was that I just forked over $9.49 for a 6-pack tonight!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 02:40:55 | More by domtronzero
Photo of Reanimator


2.83/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like any macro lager upon opening. Pours crystal clear and the color reminds me of Mt. Dew. There is absolutely no head, and by now I'm already deeply disappointed. This cost 70 cents more than the same size bottle of Rogue Dead Guy Ale!

There is little going for mouthfeel except a prickly carbonation. Not much except some malt flavor which improves a bit as the beer warms. Also fairly dry.

I guess despite the lack of mouthfeel or taste it is pretty drinkable, but there are other beers I would definitely reach for before this Stella Artois.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 01:31:51 | More by Reanimator
Photo of Overlord


1.98/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's always irritating to go to a restaurant, and see a beer list that reads like this:

Domestic on-tap: Bud Light, Budweiser, Widmer Hefeweizen
Imported on-tap: Stella Artois, Heineken.

*vomit*. This is a champagne-ish yellow beer. Not much carbonation/head, but certainly not unattractive. I'd say it's appearance is the best thing about it. No smell to speak of, carbonation is reminiscent of tonic water, and the mouthfeel is, once again, carbonated water.

Taste has a hint of malt, and some sort of weird spice after-taste. Completely foul.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 07:09:41 | More by Overlord
Photo of SMark


3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this with friends at the newly opened Centro restaurant at Metropolis in Plainfield, Indiana.

Beer arrived in a 20 ounce glass and was a clear pale golden color. I did not notice any significant head or bubbling.

Smell was a bit of a junior Corona. It was crisp and gave off hints of noble hops.

Definitely better than macro lagers with the crisp taste and better marriage of hops and malt but I would not go overly crazy in assessing since this is not a macro.

Again this is crisp and clean but with a slightly better mouthfeel than I am used to with lagers. This was probably do to the company I was keeping and not paying more attention to the beer.

Overall this is an average to slightly above average effort. I would drink again but not go out of my way to purchase.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 13:58:24 | More by SMark
Photo of Brad007


3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium pale color with a minimal amount of head. Hey, it's another lager. I'm kind of really into lagers now. Anyway, The aroma is light and crisp with a mild sweetness. Taste is very sweet and somewhat bitter at the same time. Could that be the hops, possibly Saaz? Regardless, the taste is kind of heavy and strong, not what I was expecting. Still a decent, middle-of-the-road choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 01:56:54 | More by Brad007
Photo of Floydster


3.78/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at a bar near University of Southern California

Always see expensive six packs at supermarkets, so had to try one on draft when i saw it

Surprsingly good for a beer of its nature

Poured a nice light brownish golden color with a decent size head

Smell was good for a lager, even thought the taste faded fast

Could drink a whole lot of these

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2007 21:42:02 | More by Floydster
Photo of sudz42


4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going on reviews here at BA, I decided to give this one a try, after years of eluding my attention. First negative is that as a budget drinker, the 11.2 oz bottles make me feel robbed. Yes this is a trend with other beers and I don't approve. Plus, it's more expensive than say, Urquell.

Stella is a good beer, and better than its regional cousin, Grolsch. (Grolsch must have changed their recipe in the past 20 years. It's macro-bitter now.) Stella has malt, though it is somewhat dry. Some type of continental hops are here. Considering the price and small bottles, I'll opt for other beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 14:17:50 | More by sudz42
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Green bottle into a Stella Goblet,got the usual mild skunk aroma right off the bat.Nice clear golden yellow color with good size white head that didn't linger to long with absolutely no lacing,Skunk smell dissipated rather quickly and left a clean,fresh grain aroma.This beer goes down quite nicely,refreshing crisp and tangy with a little bitterness bite to it with a little heaviness to it and carbonation that leaves a dryness behind.Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 01:30:07 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of Durge


3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden brew with a decent white head and some average lacing. The aroma is all wheat/grass/bread, kind of dry. But the first taste comes out somewhat creamy for a lager, still bready with a somewhat tart, yeasty quality, a dry finish. I've always liked Stella on tap. it seems a bit less impressive by the bottle, more ordinary and less crisp, as one might expect. I don't pick up so much citrus as I recall from the tap. There is a little sweet malt here but it's well overrun by the yeast and bread flavors in the bottle. Easy enough to drink but it grows a bit worn out after a few.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 02:23:56 | More by Durge
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a favourite of mine some years ago, I'll try to be objective.

Poured a very pale, light golden with flashes of lime green in the glass. Bubbly white head with too-large bubbles that may not be a good sign. Solid white ring around the perimeter with a wispy, thin white clouds centre. The aroma is of dirty socks, a damp basement, somewhat skunky.

The taste is of an assertive euro-lager, sharp and with a thirst quenching mouthfeel but denser than most. There is a heaviness for the style of lager that I happen to like, but it can be overbearing. Despite the up-front and pointed presentation, there is a decent finish and aftertaste. As the glass is diminished, there remain a few strands of bubbles, smaller than previously observed, slow moving and lackadaisical ... but there nonetheless.

Although not overly complicated, I find this euro lager has substantial attitude but is perhaps a little overbearing if you plan to drink several in the same sitting. I think just one of these would take care of my needs, I'd enjoy it but likely move on to something else, if available.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 03:13:13 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of mdup8819


3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stella is the typical "premium beer" restaurants have on tap. It is a sessionable beer, I could easily down a few of these. But nothing really stands out about the beer, the hops are there- and there are more than a typical beer, and the flavor is OK. But for the price- 8-9, there are plenty of other good beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 01:56:34 | More by mdup8819
Photo of genog


2.53/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night at BDubs while eating a few wings. It was the special of the night.

Pours a light yellow color with minimal white head. Smell is not very strong, and I can kinda smell some malt and mostly grain. The taste is bittering and gives way to again more of the grainy taste. It leaves a tiny bit of sweetness that might be the reason people keep drinking these. The carbonation is crisp and made a nice compliment with the spicy dish.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 12:53:19 | More by genog
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light golden color with a thin, fizzy head. Smell is of light hops. Somewhat skunky also. Taste is light hops and honey-like malts. Very light and slightly bitter. Decent drinkability though this isn't a regular. I'd rather have it on-tap but can't complain about the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 00:03:47 | More by ncvbc
Photo of Taipans


2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at my BBQ last week. A friend brought some over and I was wanting to try it.

A- Touch of clouded Yellow, white foamy head, not much retention
S- Pretty boring smell, nothing notable, possibly some malty sweetness
T- Crisp light bite, maltyness, possibly a touch of hop finish
M- Very light bodied
D- Very easy to drink, possibly too high ABV for session, but doesn't bother me

Wasn't to much to say about this, It kind of reminded me of Warsteiner only snappier. Does not remind me at all of belgian style beers.It was near 95 that day the grill was going and I enjoyed the few I had. If I had no other options besides BMC I would pick this up in a heartbeat!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 20:07:22 | More by Taipans
Photo of Rainintheface


2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green 11.2oz green bottle best before 4/2008.
Tasting while waiting for my fried calimari plate.

A:Straw, crystal clear, minimal head with med carbonation

S: grassy mildly hoppy. not much happening

T: grainy, slight hop bitterness

M: crisp, again slightly bitter, nice fizz to the carbonation

D: light and easily quaffable on a summer day

Run of the mill lager, tasty but not up to it's hype. After it's appearance it's all slightly downhill.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 17:38:50 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of mdm46410


3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap, and poured into a shaker. This pale lager poured the typical clear, golden color, with a huge amount of dancing carbonation bubbles dancing up the sides of the glass. A very thin, white fizzy head quickly faded away. The aroma of this beer was sweet malts and some surprisingly strong (for a pale lager) hop notes. The flavor was much the same. Sweet maltiness followed by a nice noble hop presence. One of the better pale lagers that I have sampled.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2007 00:25:39 | More by mdm46410
Photo of VonSteinhoist


1.75/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Always anticipating but always disappointed. Looks refreshing, but the flavor is just plain mediocre, in my humble opinion- and I try everything. It has a slight acidity in the back of the throat when it goes down. I give it the benefit of the doubt time after time, but Mr. Stomach tells me to avoid it altogether now. My brother likes this golden lager, but I always get a sour gut from it. I cannot recommend a beer that consistently makes me sick after one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 03:12:05 | More by VonSteinhoist
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty sure this one isn't going to live up the hype, but it was on sale and I got a cool Stella stem glass with my case.

Aggressove pour yielded on a one finger head that quickly broke down and faded to a very thin white ring. Little gobs of lacing, Maybe a hue more towards amber than other lagers.

Aroma is fairly underwelming. Some graininess and some sweet malts, not much else.

Some bold, yet grainy malt battles some rather sharp hop, with neither one giving an inch. Some sweetness and even a hint of cooked cabbage.

Certainly more full-bodied than many Euro-Pale Lagers

Over-hyped and fairly average lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 19:22:02 | More by Shadman
Photo of AlexLMS


2.25/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: very clear with a light yellow colour. The head is white, fairly substantial, well formed and with a moderate retention.
Aroma: skunky with some citrus notes.
Taste: kind of sweet but not much else in there.
Mouthfeel: a little sweet, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength, very light body.
Finish: very slightly bitter and very short.
Overall: crisp and refreshing but very common. The lager style is definitely not a specialty in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 00:01:37 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of ccrida


2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on draft in the Stella goblet, the beer is a clear light gold with a small white head that leaves very nice foam rings from every sip.

The smell is pretty subdued, pils malt and a bit of noble hop spice.

The taste is more robust, very grainy, with a nice hop backbone that keeps it bitter and crisp. Overall, it comes of a bit too sharp and astringent.

The mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied for a pale lager.

This isn't a very a very good tasting euro pale lager, and it's a bit heavy, so I don't feel it's drinkable at all. The best part is the glass, which, along with Belgium's (well deserved) reputation for brewing the best beers, are probably the only reason it's popular.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2007 02:10:01 | More by ccrida
Photo of basica


3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had Stella Atois for a long long time. Since before I first had Hoegaarden Witbier to
now. Maybe my pellates have matured over this period or maybe it is just much better on tap; I
think I would believe the latter. The Stella Atois was served in a nice Stella Atois glass and
it looks a nice brown golden color with a medium head, fair retention. It smells mainly malty
and the taste was that of nice strong malts with some woodiness within the malts. I do not think
the woody taste is from the hops. My brother did not like this woody taste but I kind of liked
it. The stella finishes on a nice malty note leaving a lingering malty after taste and very light
hop bitterness. The mouthfeel reveals that the beer is about medium body and with average
carbonation; not bad. I definitely prefer this to the can version I think is a little too
metallic and seems a bit strong and "repulsive". Bitterness was also pretty high. On tap, these
properties are scaled down significantly and the malty taste is more pronounced and more
soothing and different. It is definitely a lot smoother in the mouth and down the throat as well.
This tasting changed my impression of the Stella Atois significantly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2007 14:19:44 | More by basica
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