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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,101
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 30
Gots: 459 | 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 GimmeAles
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear straw-gold, with a 2-finger white head from a hard pour. Fizzles to a thin cap and drops light lace down the glass.

Initial aroma of pugent, spicy hop, faint grain in the background.
Grassy, pugent hops upon first sip, with soft, pils malt coming quickly from behind providing some sweetness and bready character with a hay-like quality woven in. A gentle herbal bitterness comes through in the finish giving a nice balance and pleasant dryness in the finish.

Refreshing and very euro in character, could drink a fair amount of this but for the import price premium. Plenty of other crisp, refreshing, domestic lagers at a better price point to sate one's thirst

GimmeAles, May 18, 2010
Photo of GENNER
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stella chalice
A-Nice golden yellow with a thick 1.5" whitehead.
S-Hoppy and spicy
T-Crisp, some hop, lite buscuity malt, and a hint corriander. Citrusy on the after breath.
M-Really enjoyed the level of carbonation. Nice taste a bit complex.
D-Very refreshing very drinkable.
I would keep this in my fridge for those hot summer days.

GENNER, May 18, 2010
Photo of DJSteadman
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = lightly golden looks as if it could be a wattery beer.

S= smells good once the bottle is opened has a nice crisp smell to it.

T= After looking at it you are surprised that it has a nice crisp bite and good taste and is not watered down at all. very good taste.

MF= good nice and bubbly

D= i wouldnt have more than one or two of these in a night they seem pretty filling.

DJSteadman, May 17, 2010
Photo of wingman14
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 12/2010

Pours a dark straw yellow with a white head that fades quickly. The smell is grainy, maltly, and a hit of skunk. The taste is somewhat grainy with some sweet notes, but luckily the skunk doesn't come through. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, with good carbonation, a smooth beer. The mouthfeel is easily the best part of this beer. This isn't the best pale lager, but is an easy drinker, a usual lager with some odd notes, could be a past prime bottle. I could try this again on tap to see the difference, and see if my bad marks were due to freshness.

wingman14, May 15, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. Had a best by date of 1/11 on the back label. Was a pale yellow color with some carb streams. It had an average sized white head that settled into a thin collar. Slight sheeting but none sticking.

The aroma was skunky grainy malt with corn and some hops. Typical aroma for the style. The taste follows the aroma and again fits with the style. Very skunky. Not very good. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit watery. Needs more carb.

Overall, a typical pale lager that typically fails to satisfy. This one has such huge hype right now and I just don't get it. Much better beers out there. This one was left over from my father-in-law when he visited so I finally gave it another shot. Available here in TX but no more for me. [N;N]

TexIndy, May 13, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a transparent golden yelllow color with spare to no head and spare to no lacing. very dull flavor that tasted like sour water. i did not enjoy any part of this beer. used to think this was more of a high class brew when i was a miller light/pbr drinker. don't mean to "bash" the beer but this was just terrible.

berpwillie, May 12, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500mL green glass bottle into a glass much like the Stella glass... a flute-chalice sort of hybrid.

A: The beer is a light golden color with a good amount of carbonation rising within. Head is pure white and 2 fingers thick with good retention and a lot of craters in the foam.

S: A touch of grass and lemon over a grainy character.

T: Intro is a bit watery with a bit of grain. A sourish twinge in there somewhere perhaps of veggies. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness in the back. This beer is very BMC and seems just tailor made for mass consumption.

F: Light body and watery texture to a mildly carbonated beverage. Unoffensive.

D: This is a good summer beer, as many other people have said. Not much to think about. Better than a Bud, but not by much. The taste in this one is very very very light. I suppose this ups the drinkability in some people's eyes, but for the price I would rather go elsewhere.

BucBasil, May 12, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A quite enjoyable pale lager. A little more yellow than the adjuncts in this style. Aroma is nil.

Good prickly zest, not lemon, but maybe faint lime, hops are not really citrus, but grassier, far from prevalent, but an almost non existant malt accompaniment means you'll still feel the hops. Great hot weather beer, drinkable, but the price will sometimes get you.

I'll always love me some Stella.

Beerandraiderfan, May 10, 2010
Photo of Fnerk
2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - pale gold with a rocky three-finger head that settles slowly to a thin cap, and leaving minimal coarse lace.

Aroma - mostly pale malt, not much of a hop odor..

Taste - Blland but well balanced. Slightly on the dry side. At this point, there's not much I could say to recommend this beer. It's kind of like the "(American) Budweiser from Beligium." I would imagine that the yuppie crowd would consume this by the vat because of the "French-sounding bourgeoisie name." Maybe they think it looks cool to be drinking one at the club, but truth be told, I'd rather have a Heineken. :p

Also, I can't really tell, but it seems that the flavor profile is smoothed out by either a corn or rice adjunct, though I could be quite wrong on this point.

Mouthfeel - meh, who cares given the comments above.

Drinkability - see "mouthfeel."

I wonder who in Belgium would actually drink this crap, unless they give it away to the folks in the Belgian equivalent of the Salvation Army. :)

Fnerk, May 10, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a christmas present from my fiance's parents.

Appearance- yellow color, thin head

Smell- malt

Taste- light malt flavor

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok definitely more of a summer beer, extremely light especially for me, would drink a cold one in the summer

jeffjeff1, May 09, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is a clear and clean pale straw yellow. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated to leave a foamy lacing and ring around the outside. The beer also leaves a nice coat of Brussels lacing on the glass

Smell: Weak adjunct corn aroma, though it becomes more noticeable when the beer warms slightly.

Taste: Refreshing and crisp barnyard malts (which is probably just higher quality adjunct corn), much like a German helles.

Drinkability: It's very drinkable, but not "reassuringly expensive." More like Stella Artois found a way to sucker yuppies into drinking something unspectacular.

TheQuietMan22, May 09, 2010
Photo of mmielnik
4.03/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow color with a white head that disappears in a few seconds.

S- Malty almost corn like smell

T- Good malty taste with a hint of corn.

M- Good mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated and smooth.

D- Very easy to drink and great with a meal. Goes very well with fish or pork.

mmielnik, May 08, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap poured into q pint glass... On a boat!

Pours a very light bmc yellow very pale and boring with no head or lacing. Nose is also pretty mild and bland as well.

Taste is sharp and biscuity. It's fairly tasty but a bit over carbonate and sharp. It's a good beer but surprisingly better in a bottle.

kingcrowing, May 02, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes of sample tasted yesterday at the local Old Chicago.

Straw gold pour with a small head of foam and pretty good lacing.

Grain and corn in the nose with a light bitterness. Like so many others..

Grain and corn in the taste, some not so tasty sweetness builds during the session that is offset somewhat by a bitterness that does not smack of grapefruit-pine-grass, the usual and more appreciated suspects.

Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability? 1 pint was all that I could handle. Weird how Old Chicago carries this in WY when there are so many better regional brews around to be had. I actually liked this a smidgeon more from the bottle..

Bitterbill, May 01, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my pint glass the beer is pale golden yellow. A tiny bit of head attempts to form before failing. No lace. Lot of bubbles can be seen rising quickly to the top of the glass.

The aroma is straight up tortilla chips. That's about all I get with this beer. Corn and more corn. Grass clippings might be in there as well.

The flavor is muted but what is there is tortilla chips. Hints of green veggies as well.

Light thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall it is what it is. Drinkable only if it's a last resort.

beerwolf77, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of John1985
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this aboard a cruise ship, it was the only beer on tap.

This was in the pool area so I had to drink out of a clear plastic cup.

A - Golden color with non-descript head.

S - Very faint aroma of malt & hops.

T - Decently crisp bitter flavor upfront with a backbone of grainy malt. Mild bitters on the aftertaste

M - medium bodied- nothing special

D - Very quaff-able on a hot day at the pool. Pleasant, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

John1985, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: its pale gold color with a soapy head that did not last.

S: it smells grainy there are no hops that I can detect it has sort of a clean smell but this beer is not skunked I have had others that have been

T: taste is slightly bitter but not much taste here very watery nothing offensive here you can drink it and its better then say malt liquor but there is 1000 beers I would rather have then this including some other macros

M: watery mouth feel lighter then light

D: yep you could drink these all night but I certainly wouldnt

overall: I prefer ales but there are several Pills and Lagers I would rather have.

JamisonM, Apr 19, 2010
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
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