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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,089 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,089
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 30
Gots: 456 | 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 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.

cheers!

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
Photo of rjimlad
4.25/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love Stella. OK, there are no doubt better euros in terms of complexity and body but for drinkability Stella has no peer.
Pours crystal clear straw with coarse carbonation that gives a rich foamy white head. Grassy notes on the nose and a nice clean and crisp taste with a very slight yeastiness or breadiness and a slight bitter finish. This is the perfect beer for Australians and yet we drink astonishingly vile macro swill. So this is not my absolute favourite beer of all time but I love you Stella. Love you long time.

rjimlad, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of tim9887
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into stemmed Stella glass

Appearance: Pours brilliant clear gold. 1" of eggshell white foamy head.

Aroma: Slight hops, a touch of sweetness

Taste: Subtle hop bitterness, slight lemony tartness. Biscuity malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Soft, crisp carbonation. A great take on a Euro pale lager.

tim9887, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear yellow color with a medium white head that has ok retention and good solid lacing.

S-The aroma is very nice at first while the head lasts, it has a nice almost pungent bright floral hop aroma, but after a while, it turns to adjuct city. After a swirl in the glass, it comes back a little. But not much more to the aroma.

T-The flavor is a bit of a let down from the aroma. Just a lot of corny flavors with a hint of hops and green bottle funkiness.

M-Has a light body easy drinkin for a hot summer day but it's winter time. Think it's time to wash this down with an Old Ale from Great Divide! I just was entised by the holiday advertizements and it was 2.99 at the store and I've never tried it so I said "hey why not" so maybe, MAYYBE in the summer I might try it again.

D-It goes down very smoothly almost like drinking water.

hoplover82, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of bskrtz
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served cold to thin glass beer stein

A) Crystal clear yellow with lots of large bubbles racing up the side of the glass. White foam head quickly leaves lacy trail.

S) Ginger spice, caramel, sour mash & young hops. A complex lager

T) Creamy, slightly tart and very refreshing with a hint of coriander and ginger.

M) Nothing surprizing here. Large bubble type lager carbonation allows me to take my time and just keeps coming

D) I really enjoyed it though because of the large production expected much less. As a result, I had several.

bskrtz, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of heissebier
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer from the bottle.

Appearance. Pale and clear but with good head and lacing.

Smell- Smell is of floral hops and grain obscured by coppery notes. Sweet and fairly unique

Taste- I've had better and worse. A solid lager with a smooth taste. Not too flavorfull but has no glaring faults.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a sharp carbonation.

Drinkability- An extermely drinkable lager. I could drink these all night without any problem!

heissebier, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of TLove
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to mouth. Old school.

Appearance is decent, with a strong, golden yellow and moderate carbonation. Smell is non-existant. The taste is all in the feel and doesnt exude any particular flavors, save, perhaps for some light hops and a bit of graininess on the tongue.

For a Euro macro pale ale, this is about as smooth drinking as it gets. The consistency and drinkability are excellent, yet there is just not enough body, flavor, and substance to this beer to really rate it well.

TLove, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Molly Bloom's in Waterloo. Needed something light after a stout-filled evening. Haven't had Stella in ages.

The pour is actually fairly nice. Lovely golden, not too much visible carbonation. Good inch head, big sheets of lacing.

The smell is bland, but non-offensive. Hops, sweetness, muddy straw.

The taste is that of a typical, slightly better-than-average macro lager. Although it's very uninteresting, it's not foul or unpleasant. I can always drink this.

Mouthfeel is average, a bit stingy.

I can't really knock Stella too much, it's served me well as a solid pale lager. But then again, there's not much going on here. Just a run of the mill pale lager, but due to its ubiquitousness, it's one I will keep coming back to.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of irishking1977
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a case from a friend. Thanks a lot....

Mind you, Stella on tap is much different (and better) than in a bottle. Onto the review:

A: Pale, yellow gold with a slight head that disappears quickly. Since I can't draw a picture here, just imagine any basic macro lager/pale ale and you pretty much got it.

S: Ugh, I don't know how I can get this past my lips. Adjuncts dominate the smell, along with a mildly foul scent of sweat socks?I don't know, all I know is that it's not that appealing in bottle form.

T: Odd bitterness that does not feel like it comes directly from hops. Probably not a good thing.

M: Good carbonation and overall body. I bet if this were less carbonated, it could win honors as the worst beer ever. Since that's not the case, it feels pretty decent in comparison to other macros.

D: At a bar with Stella on tap is a whole different story than this putrid yellow liquid in the bottle. I know that on tap is supposed to be much more fresh and everything, but it's surprising to see such a disparity of quality between bottle and tap.

irishking1977, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Intelligentsia
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale star color with a white head that was quite fluffy. Sporadic but thick lacing that wouldn't disappear.
Nose couldn't find its place. Straw, malt, perhaps a bit of faint hops.
Taste of white bread with a light maltiness and a mild hop ifnish present throughout but that increased towards the end.
Very light mouthfeel with minimal carbonation that was quite unappealing.
All in all, a drinkable beer. Not sure that I'd want more than one or two of them, though. Belgium has much, much, much better to offer.

Intelligentsia, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a golden color with a decent head and some lacing.
Smells of a somewhat strong lager, but not unexpected from Belgium.
Tastes not like any lager I have had, but has a really nice taste anyhow. I really enjoyed this beer more on tap however.

I had this for Thanksgiving and will next year. Goes well with Turkey.

Spineypanda, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of MPLS
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I generally feel like the only beer I want to drink from a green bottle is a saison. Stella and Heineken dominate global sales with their EPLs, can't believe how many people think Stella is world-class beer.

A: If I were stranded on a desert island this would be the most delightful urine I would ever want to drink. This beer seems boring compared to the old ales, barleywines, and stouts I have been drinking. For it's style is more than exceptable, especially with a nice looking cap, very effervescent carbonation that will probably appear in the mouf.

S: It smells...? Not a large aroma to this EPL, but can pick up on some faint grain and a pin drop of floral hops.

T: This bottle surprisingly was not as bad as my previous experiences and I did not want to be labeled as the beer snob for refusing FREE beer. Remember people, there is a place and a time for every beer. This beer is acceptable when it is FREE. The taste is unexciting, but I would not say horrible. The beer tastes of overstored grain with hardly any hop component to the beer. Bubbly flavored water, yum.

M: Light, enjoy the bubbles on the tongue.

D: The legions of BAs are out against this beer and I'll say I won't turn it down when it's free. I am going to play Switzerland on this one, neutral, no hate and surely no love.

MPLS, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a golden straw color with a half inch of head that deosn't last.
the aroma is a little sweet and grainy. you get a little sulfur right out the bottle, but it fades. you'll find a touch of noble hoppiness too.
the taste starts sweet, transitions into graininess, and finally moves a bit of noble hop flavor and bitterness. finishes fariyl dry.
the mouthfeel is a touch thin, but nothing that you'd really notice without sepcifically paying attention to the body. active carbonation.
the dirnkability is good. for a macro lager it's really not bad. it's simple and thirst quenching.

kmo1030, Nov 23, 2009
Stella Artois from Stella Artois
71 out of 100 based on 4,089 ratings.