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4,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 35
Gots: 571 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can served in a chalice.

A: Pours the traditional Lager golden-yellow color with a big bubbled fluffy head. Clear. Very few lacings left

S: Sweet grains (a bit bubblegum). Very biscuity. Yeasts. Floral and grassy hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet grains, biscuit and hops. Light citrus hops bitterness. It could be a bit less watery to be honest

M: Very light body. Medium carbonation

O: Really honest and decent Lager for a macro brewery. Probably the worst Belgians can do :p. Suitable for a hot sunny day...

Photo of Fenris244
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my stash IPA glass

Pours I light straw yellow, bit of fizz some actual head and retention, multiple strings of carbonation are apperant

Very clean in the nose, some grain bit not much else

Not bad, cooked grain, a little bubble gum like sweetness and some very faint cooked veggies.

Light in body, over carbonated if you ask me, could be that some knocked over the bottle in the fridge or something.

Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed but happy it's not trash, not a bad alternative to some of the american macros

Photo of marty21
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow with two fingers worth of fluffy foam. Settles to a bit of a cap and left tons of lacing.

S: Sweet grains with some grassy hops. It also has a bit of a musty/skunky aroma.

T: Sweet grains with grassy hops. None of that skunkiness that I got in the aroma which is a plus.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a light body.

O: You know what you’re getting when you drink Stella. It’s better then most macros so if you’re looking for something easy to drink you can’t go wrong with Stella.

Photo of sonicyouth45
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this is an all around good beer indeed. Its appearance is probably the most appealing to people because of all those billboards and hip commercials. The only problem with this beer is that it doesn't really have that good of a flavor to it. You can drink plenty but you simply don't get that much flavor like you would out of a Heineken or something. Decent beer for whenever but I'd rather take a Heineken.

Photo of brewballer
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oh Stella!, Meh well, its a decent brew. Really nothing special about this European Lager. Its a bit to bubbly for my tastes, and I've even had bottles that just seem beyond overcarbed at times. Had that musty smell that hits the nose as soon as the bottlecap pops off. While I don't think this beer is "special" by any means, its a good beer. I've spent many nights around a campfire with friends and a case of Stella...

Photo of ferrari29
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured into a conical shaped Pint glass; enjoyed at the Providence, Rhode Island airport.

A - Beer shows a moderate amount of lacing with some carbonation; golden colored clear body; beer was served with a one finger size foam and dissipated rather quickly

S - Grain and corn scents are prevalent in this beer; lager airiness to it; some fine notes of light grapefruit or champagne

T - Mild lager malt notes; grains and corn; has an acceptable;e about of hop notes to it for a macro; bitter aftertaste and sourness to it

M - Barely any carbonation felt on the tongue or palate; water consistency

D - I had this at an airport waiting for my flight, my choices were this or Bud/Bud Light; I think I chose wisely; I've always enjoyed this beer from the few macros I actually drink

Photo of HUXC
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type- Pored from a chilled 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Kind of bland, light bodied, yellow straw color with about two and a half fingers worth of white head that dissipates rapidly and leaves almost no lacing what so ever on the brim of the glass.

Smell- A mild hoppy aroma with undertones of malt and grains. If the beer becomes skunked it has an offensive stale, almost sour smell.

Taste- For a beer that claims itself to be Belgium's original, it isn't too impressive. It has a mild bitterness with a faint hop aftertaste. If the beer gets skunked it tastes just like it smells, stale and sour.

Mouthfeel- Almost no carbonation present. It has very little bite and goes down very easy, again, if not stale or skunked.

Overall- I personally think this beer is a little overrated for how much hype it gets. It's easy to drink and goes down smooth, but then again so does water. It might just be that I got a bad six pack, but from what I read I'm not too far off the norm.

Photo of rundocrun
2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bright, clear honey golden color. Crystalline bubbles float up almost champagne-like. A ruffled white head appears that fades quickly.

S - Grainy, slightly biscuity aroma. Just a touch skunky

T - Grainy, slight malt sweetness. Some metallic flavors are also present. Some slight hop bitterness.

M - Thinner, but quenching. A little over-carbonated. A good summer beer at least.

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is pretty generic. The color is a golden yellow a fizzy white head. The aroma smells like a traditional lager, it's kinda got a sour aroma. The flavor is kind of like a pilsner, it's a little grassy but it has some hops too. The mouthfeel is light enough to drink a few in a row if you want to. My thoughts on this beer overall is that this beer is indeed a generic lager made in Belgium. Not a whole lot more to really say about this one.

Photo of clayphilly
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this with Arnot Pepijn Steve and Fatim. After talking about the taste in the US, Pepijn tells us that its brewerd differently in Belgium. There version of "PBR" or "Yuengling Lager", they buy it cheap by the case. The taste is SIGNIFICANTLY better in Brussels. Definitely light, well-balanced and tasty, much better than any of the "standard" beers in the US.

-24 bottle case
-Beer Distributor, Brussels, Belgium

Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one after a long day in New York. Poured a light yellow color with white head building, but dissipating very fast, leaving little to no lacing.
Smelling the beer , all I could detect was grain, and some citrus.
The Taste was just as bland, grains dominating, little citrus, bread and a little hop in the back. Very light and bland, leaving a bitter aftertaste.
After a long day, the first sip was a welcome thirst quencher, but after that it was not of my taste. To me it is like the typical mass production beers. Not much to it.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle (green) into a pint glass

A: Big foamy head poured. Completely clear, pale yellow. Decent lace.

S: Sweet, honey. A little skunk. Grain.

T: Biscuit, a little alkalinity. Sweetness and a slight skunky touch.

M: A little richer than the average light lager.

D: Really don't like this stuff but it has its better qualities. Still don't understand the use of green bottles. I think Europeans secretly giggle every time an American pops open a skunked Stella, Heineken, Grolsch, or Pilsner Urquell and then goes on to extol its virtues. Sad.

Photo of mikeg67
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Standard European Macro green 12 oz bottle. Pours straw hue with a large, medium white head and lively, soda like carbonation.
Aroma is Standard European Macro grassy aroma. Light, very crisp body. Taste is light grassy hops and bready malt. High carbonation makes it difficult to drink. I poured a half of the bottle down the drain. I find it insulting to call this brew Belgian.

Photo of flyingspatula
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a nice head. Very, very pale beer. Not as good it's cracked up to be. I think I'd rather have a Carona. Is this made with corn? Seems to have a thicker mouthfeel than American adjunct lagers. Not much flavor to this beer. I can't detect any malt flavor, and the hops are low profile too. I have only tried this once before, and I remembered it being alot better. Probably won't try again unless it's Artois or Budweiser.

Photo of ghetto90007
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last beer I have to choke down from the Mediocre Beer in the Firm's Fridge series. Made it through them all and most I hope to never have to drink again. 12 ounce green bottle into pint glass.

Stella used to be the go-to before real beers started becoming readily available. It's still your best option in many bars where a craft brew may not be present.

Pours golden yellow, pinky finger thick white head, unreliable lacing. Head dismisses itself rather quickly, leaving only some residue behind.

Surprisingly no skunk. Fairly straight up smell. Just grains and some malty sweetness underneath.

Not too much going on, but drinkable and nothing offensive. We're talking faint hints of malt, sweetness. Very faint hints of spice. Some hops can be detected here giving this beer some depth that sets it apart from a lot of the American Adjunct Lager crap that this often gets lined up next to. Maybe a slight touch of dryness on the back end.

Fairly light bodied with appropriate levels of carbonation. Crisp, but not harsh.

It's a decent brew although nothing exciting and certainly on one of the bottom rungs for Belgians. You can do a heck of a lot worse and you can do a heck of a lot better. I'd put this one in the lower quartile of drinkable lagers.

Photo of chiccabeer
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a very light clear beer that pours with no head. When you smell it, it almost smells like it is a skunked beer. This is a very smooth light easy drinking beer. There is a basic layer of hops and spice flavor in this beer. None of the flavors are over powering, and this beer is a great thirst quencher. A good beer to have on a hot day. Cheers.

Photo of drinkofczars
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly darker beer than the regular lagers. Mellow golden.

S- A little skunky on the smell; some bottles smell amazing, some not so good. Slightly above average smelling beer at best.

T&M- Pow, crisp refreshing pale lager. Perfect bitter bite that a pale lager is suppose to have. Quenching taste and mouthfeel. Wonderful after a hot day, or after some hard work.

O- Stella is Stella, I've had a lot worse lagers and a few betta.

Good beer.

Photo of bigrzman
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Euro maco lagers. Pours out with a. Golden straw color and decent carbonation. Whispy head laces the glass. Smells of grass and graqins but overall very clean. Taste is of hop extract and pale malt sweetness. Despite the cheap hops it is refreshing and it tingles the palate. Not too drying not to wet. Overall this is a standard beer that is drinkable and moderate in price.

Photo of Japerrault
2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear pale straw colored with a thin white head, which dissipated quickly.

S: Light grain aroma present. No hops noticed.

T: Very light grain flavors. Light sweetness followed by a slight tartness.

M: crisp, thin, dry lager, light bodied, with good carbonation.

O: Overall, the beer is not offensive, but is just lacking in flavor and aroma.

Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rich golden, when and not when held up to light; minimal head that dissipates quickly; nice appearance among peers in mass produced lager arena

Smell: Light grain, but sharp

Taste: Predominantly basic malt, little hop presence, some biscuit, trace of sweetness

Mouthfeel: Crisp but not cutting, smooth

Overall: Strong within the mass produced class of lagers, good to offer visitors something decent who do not appreciate craft beer

Photo of dbaker61
2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow color. poured with a 1-finger soapy-looking head which died away leaving just a few scant bubbles around the glass. Left almost no lacing.

Smell: Smell? What smell? None here. Really, like none.

Taste: Seems like a one-note. Definitely some hops bitterness, but nothing more complex; no other hops flavors. Precious little malt flavor. Bit of a metallic bite on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Not too bad. The carbonation level is about right. Finishes crisp.

Overall: This beer would be okay with standard bar fare, such as wings, pizza, etc. By itself, it just doesn't have much appeal. I don't care to have another, but it isn't a terrible beer.

Photo of grittybrews
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear straw yellow into a pint glass with a finger of quick-receding bright white head. Slightly sweet aroma of bread and lemon.

Slightly low carbonation and a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Bland malty notes up front followed by slightly more interesting notes of grass and lemon.

Light and refreshing enough, but I'm not compelled to have this again.

Photo of JesteR14
2.1/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden wheat color, big bubbles comming from the bottom of my sam adams tumbler. Foamy 1 finger head that leaves quickly. Looks almost like champagne or soda..

S- Green bottle i already figured it would smell skunky.. Malts and no hop presance. Very bready smell.

T- The taste is interesting..Thank god its better than the smell, its got a taste of wheat, malts and funk. Its in ok taste but NOTHING i enjoy drinking..

M- Its very mellow on the mouth, i enjoy the bubbily carbonation. The aftertaste is a little bit of funk that i just do not enjoy..

O- i gave this an extra .5 because i could drink more than one, the taste is just not what i enjoy in a beer.

Photo of deebo
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-yep, looks like a lager, clear straw golden, this one retains the white head better than most.
S-malted barley, some alcohol aroma
T-typical of the style, light malt character, but more hoppy than most
M-A little creamier, better mouthfeel than most lagers
D-below average compared to many domestic lagers (Miller Genuine Draft for example) because it is not as smooth with a bitter (hoppy) aftertaste.

Overall-a fine lager but not worth the price premium you pay here in the US. Stick with a PBR, MGD, or another domestic lager and save your money for something else.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear body with a 2-finger head that doesn't last too long, but does leave a slight cap. Bubble keep on rising throughout the beer.

S- Very clean, sweet aroma. Light husky and bready smell.

T- Light malty flavors followed by a big hit of sweetness. A slight hop flavor is there, but balanced out from the graininess.

MF- Light and clean body that lets the flavor sit for awhile. Not saying they're great flavors, but they are there.

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