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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
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Photo of tjd112
1.3/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Remember one cardinal rule of beer bottles. If it's brown, I'm down, if its green, flush it down the latrine, if its transparent, skunking is apparent. I wanted to flush this beer down the latrine so bad. Very watery, generic hoppiness and generic maltiness, only average looks. I'm just not impressed by this beer.

tjd112, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
4.75/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is truly a premium lager. It has a light gold color and pours into a rather nice head that sticks to the glass. The smell is really nice with a rather sweet smell followed by hops. The mouthfeel is good nice though a little lighter that I suspected. The drinkablility is great it goes down super smooth and it is rather refreshing!! I really like this lager!!

kdawg105, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I had Stella, it was bad...skunk to be specific. So I decided to give it another chance...it was a lot better. Not great by any means...but better.

From tap into pint glass. Pours a pale/light golden color with very little fizzy head. Only slightly hazy due to it being ice cold. Head dissapates quickly and leaves very little to no lacing...mostly just quick sliding fizz.

Aroma is light, but slightly sweet, and faint Belgian yeasts. Not much more than that, just simple and pilsner like.

Flavor was decent, mild...and thin. A little more flavor than the aroma presented. Slightly sweet, wheat, carbonated, and very faint maltiness. Drinkability is up due to it's non-complexity and light mouthfeel. So, not great by any means, but glad I gave this another go...it's not bad. A good fall-back beer if nothing else is on-tap somewhere.

ShadesOfGray, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. On-tap in a Stella Artois glass of course.

A- pale golden. One finger of white head down to a film and ring in a couple of minutes. Shy lacing.

S- sweet adjunct aroma. Grain. Faint hoppiness. Alcohol.

T- pretty sweet. Some malty grain. Some hops.

M- good, close to being full. Surprisingly frothy. High carbonation.

D- High. This doesn't taste like much, but unlike a lot of macros, the chemical-like taste isn't sickening to me.

This is a pretty ordinary beer. I guess their marketing division is doing a real good job at making us think we're drinking something special or fancy. It's actually very boring.

Yoonisaykul, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BeerMasterD
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 OZ. green bottle, looks fancy. Poured a super clear pale straw color with little head but large bubbles. Smells pretty clean, a bit skunky at first, and some faint hops, perfumey as it warms a bit. Taste up front is of intense popcorn, almost no hop/bitter presence, maybe light sweet corn. Feels very thin/watery, balanced clean and smooth. Nothing spectacular here but i could drink plenty of it. This is a good clean beer, that maybe presents itself as more top-shelf than it actually is though. Price might be alittle high for what it is, however as a refreshing pale lager i think it does just fine.

BeerMasterD, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of VWBuggirl
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my "go to" beer when I go out with friends. It isn't anything particularly outstanding, but it is old faithful because most places seem to have it on tap. It is easy to drink and I don't have to think about it. I know what to expect and have yet to be let down.

It is a light straw color with a slight scent that is not offensive. It is an easy drinker so the mouthfeel and taste.

VWBuggirl, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL tall can into a pint glass. Pale golden color with a white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is grainy/grassy and a little bit bready. Nice clean taste with spicy hops. Thin body and a bit over-carbonated, with a dry finish. Overall this is an above-average macro lager.

chickenm, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Stella Artois tulip glass.

A- Produced a pale, golden color. Crystal clear. A thin fingers width of head formed and dissipated rather quickly. Left a thin ring on the outside of the glass.

S- Not picking up much in the aroma. Little hints of wheat and some pilsener type malts. Detecting trace amount of bitter hops in the background along with a little bit of spice. Very one dimensional and non-distinct.

T- Judging by the smell I thought I was in for a bad day. However, to my surprise, this was not that bad. Much like the aroma, except amplified with a good amount of sweetness. Upfront wheat and pilsener malts give off a flavor very similar to the aroma. However, half way through a sweetness builds right before it ends with a slight bitterness.

M- Very thin and too carbonated.

D- Given the average taste, it made this a lot more drinkable. Literally like water. I could easily put down a couple bombers if I had no other option.

Overall, if I had to choose between various American and Euro macros, this would probably be my choice. It's average at best, but when compared to others in the same style it's not too shabby.

rhinos00, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a small, white head.

Aroma isn't too bad, though a little skunky. It has a honeyish malt character with a hint of herbal hops.

Taste is malty, slightly grainy with a kiss of lemon, making for a pleasant note.

Not great but it has enough flavor and body to justify its exsistance. I imagine this could be better on-tap.

brownbeer, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of gcpxavier
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best of average beers in the market.

Has a fine taste but with a poor white head.

Mouthfeel is very good for a larger. The color is not so pale and is more like a pils.

I think this is the right choise for a summer night and to enjoy with friends.

If you find a beer with a good taste and easy to drink, that's the beer.

gcpxavier, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of likethetaste
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am revising an earlier review I wrote of this.

I do like this beer for what it is a Macro Euro Lager. It taste better than the American versions and pours with long lasting head. I certainly would pick this one over a American Macro lager any day!

likethetaste, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of sitarist
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost clear, golden, slight head, steady bubbles.

S- Yeasty dough, grass, a skunk in the distance.

T- Yeasty dough, ginger ale, slight citrus hint.

M- Carbonation at first is too much, very light bodied.

D- The lack of flavor and body plus the use of quality yeast make this very drinkable. Most beers this light have a nasty after taste; somehow this one doesnt.

This would be my go to beer if not for the price, but at over $8.00 a sixer Ill look for something with more flavor.

sitarist, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

All these years, all these beers and I had never had a Stella. I fixed that recently at the Temple Bar in Bellingham.

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured the clean, clear yellow I had seen countless times over the years. There was just a thin cap of white head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was almost non-existent, just a faint hint of grain. At least it wasn't skunky. The flavors, while also subdued and bland, were at least clean and well balanced.

The body was very weak and insubstantial. This beer is very drinkable, but so is water. It would be easy to have several of these, but why would you? Overall, not a beer that I'm likely to try again, but those who enjoy it can keep pouring them down.

beertunes, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.68/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz. glass on tap: poured a clear, almost golden color with a white, fluffy sustained head. The head was very impressive for the style.

Sweet malty, bread like aromas with some grassy odors.

The lager starts softly malty with tastes of dough. It does lack complexity and tends to become somewhat one-dimensional after drinking half the glass. The finish does have some sharp hoppiness to keep it interesting.

Light in body and moderately carbonated for the style. Leaves a clean refreshing taste on the palate.

The lager is fairly derided on most of these reviews: my review may not be as high if tried from the green bottle. It is a refreshing lager, but there are a lot better choices available.

jkrich, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Newer 50 cL can (best by date was one day later than the rest on the shelf) with a different motif. Pours a light clear yellowish-gold w/bit of head that doesn't stick around long, but leaves a thin lacing.

S-Faint pale malt, unidentifiable but undeniable light fruit notes, bits of grassy hops and slight skunky aroma, probably from the hops. I think this is the first time I've ever written this, but the aroma seriously reminds me of urine.

T&M-Slightly sweet upfront w/bits of pale malt, and a slightly dry grassy/herbal finish. Aftertaste is balanced w/faint residual sweetness lingering. Carbonation is moderate and balance is good. Light-bodied.

D-Fine, but this is the first time I've had a beer that tasted okay, but smelled foul.

BoitSansSoif, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of seand
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the official Stella glass that came with the tasting set.

A: Pours a clear pale straw color with an medium amount of foamy head. The head does dissipate pretty quickly, but leaves a film over the surface.

S: Fairly weak, lightly sweet with a very slight hint of Belgian style spices.

T: Also very mildly sweet with a very small touch of Belgian spices. Clean and light.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly light body.

D: Of course it drinks easy - light flavor, light body.

It's clean, light, drinkable, mediocre. At restaurants and bars with a poor beer selection it can be a reasonable fallback, but I certainly wouldn't seek it out.

seand, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of fartkowski
3.83/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 330ml green bottle, bought at the LCBO.

Pours a gold color, with about a one inch foam head.
I find this beer to be very smooth, it goes down very easy. I've had this beer a few times, and have always enjoyed it. I was a bit hesitant with this one because of the green bottle, but it came in a set with a pretty cool glass.
I find this to be a great beer on a hot summer day. I could drink a few of these in a row no problem.

fartkowski, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Whiteweasel
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: A clear amber colour with a nice frothy white head that sticks around. Small amount of carbonation still coming up

Smell: Hoppy and strongly of grain. Sweet and a little like grape. Not a very complex taste

Taste: Pretty good. Yeasty for sure. Good balance of maltyness and hoppyness. Something of a cornyness or another grain in there. Not terribly complicated but sweet and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: A little skunky and not the greatest aftertaste. Almost feels corny and astringent afterwards. Otherwise the carbonation is good.

Drinkability: Not bad tasting, but a little too simple to stay interesting for long. And not quite good enough to be satisfyingly simple.

Whiteweasel, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of SushiSquid
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: When poured, it bubbles up for a short while, then the tiny head dies and it continues to bubble from underneath strongly.

S: UPDATE: The smell on this seems hit or miss. The first bottle I opened had the disgusting scent of a skunk's ass hole. Now several days later I worked up the courage to attempt another of the remaining five bottles, and it smells of citrus. Without the intolerable skunk smell, this beer is actually not bad. Unfortunately, if the other reviews are any indication, getting a skunk or a citrus seems random.

T: Very little taste was present here. Stella Artois mostly just tastes like watered-down malt and toasted nuts. It isn't bad tasting, but there's just not much going on here.

M: The mouthfeel is bubbly and active, keeping the beer interesting.

D: Even when it smells like skunk, I can drink this stuff. It doesn't taste bad and goes down as easily as any other beer with so little taste. However, playing roulette with the smell seems a bit odd. Hope for a nice citrus scent and you'll enjoy this beer. Otherwise, you may just clear a room.

SushiSquid, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very good. Very tastes very good, but it's very light. This beer has a decent smell, with a hint of skunk. This beer is very drinkable, and a fine addition to any beer selection or collection. Stella Artois is a good beer to experiment with if your exploring Belgian Beers. This is a very good beer.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of mrcarterxxl
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

stella artois

p= pours a gold hue in to a pub glass with 2 1/4 finger head

S= super skunky

T=a full bodied lager taste but otherwise nothing special.

MF= great carbonation semi fullness in the mouth

A good beer for a night out with the fellas, an alternative to heineken.


mrcarterxxl, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of wolfpack87
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely one of my favorite beers to drink in the summer. Not a lot of smell but the taste is good and has a nice cold feel to it. Not a great beer, I'm not typically a huge fan of the European pale brews but this is one of the few I will drink. Love drinking it will Italian meals.

wolfpack87, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of atis
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with white head that very fast fades to thin patchy layer, small bits of lacing are formed on the sides of the glass. Aroma is spicy floral hops, but it fades away much faster than the head.

Taste is thin bittery hops with some citrus, not much else to it. Thin mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very, very drinkable Pils, not the best taste, of course, but certainly not as bad as many people portray it.

atis, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pale yellow with a big white head that dissipates and laces nicely. Carbonation kickin

S: Earthy grass...thats about it. Not an explosion of adjunct indgredients like other euro pale lagers.

T: Bitter and sweet at the same time. Very safe taste.

M: Nice coating, good carbonation, decent flow.

D: Easy to drink lager. One of the better choices if I were going to a bar that favored macros

cagocubs, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw-golden color; completely translucent with two fingers of rocky white head.

Smell: mostly grain and a little sweet malt; it is pretty average.

Taste: not particularly exciting; hop content is low but I like the character of what is there -- a little herby/spicy. There's a little graininess but overall it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body, not bad for a pale lager, but relatively little carbonation, even for the style. I would have preferred it a bit more lively.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable, though one-dimensional enough that I see little reason to go back to this well unless it were a hot day and I happened to have a sixer.

flagmantho, Dec 28, 2009
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