Stella Artois - Stella Artois
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3.18/5 rDev +3.2%
I have a friend from Belgium who stated I just have to try Stella...of course you have to say it correctly...Schella...anyway...he told me how great it was so I said if you're buying, I'm trying.
What a let down...As it has been stated before, this would be an "OK" summer beer that you could rip and tear and drink down, but for the price, there are far better brews.
At the first pour it pumps up a nice white head, and cascades to nothing, leaving behind little if any lacing. I have picked up the hint of skunk but I don't taste it. The taste is light, a little bitter on the back end.
I was able to pound three down rather quickly, but that isn't the point. Save your money and buy something else...unless of course your friend is willing to shell out the coin for you to drink this "wonderful drink from my homeland".
08-28-2008 00:57:31 | More by Irishdagger
1.98/5 rDev -35.7%
Stella Artois is one of the most successful products of brewing giant Inbev. It is marketed here in Canada as a sophisticated man's drink, but I understand that in the UK it's routinely known as "wife beater" after the market segment that drinks it. My bottle is marked for expiration in 8 months and I'm wondering if I should let the remaining 5 bottles reach that day.
This beer's Belgian heritage is about all it really has going for it. There is next to no head off the pour and in a few minutes - no head at all, period. Even Coors and Budweiser have done better in this area. The colour is pale and gives you a warm up of what to expect next..
Which is almost nothing! :) There is hardly any smell at all. Perhaps some hay or grass with a hint of honey.. but that's probably just my imagination trying to come up with something. The taste is not any better - one dimensional, overly hoppy and a metallic aftertaste that will have you wondering if someone dropped a roll of quarters in your drink.
Drinkability is average but the hangover is even higher. In North America, if you're going to spend this amount of money, you can do much better.
08-25-2008 23:08:53 | More by Ralphus
2.9/5 rDev -5.8%
I like Stella for what it is. It's an easy to find solid session beer. Golden colored, light-bodied, this beer goes down very smooth with very little aftertaste. Refreshing. Slightly grainy and sweet tasting. I'd say this one is ideal for sitting out in the sun and again, not a bad session lager.
08-23-2008 19:02:19 | More by changeup45
3/5 rDev -2.6%
This beer is sold in just about every pub/tavern in the area. I never felt motivated to drink it until yesterday. The best that I can say about this beer is that it is unremarkable and unoffensive. I don't even think it is as complex as Heineken, which isn't saying very much. The best I can say about this beer is that if I wanted to drink a ton of mass produced lager it could be this. It may be a good cross-over beer from people looking to finally mature enough to step away from the Miller Lite / Bud Lite crowd.
08-20-2008 14:51:03 | More by DownDaHatch
District of Columbia
2.85/5 rDev -7.5%
So I decided to try Stella again. Through my many past sips, I always deemed it a failure of massive, well-marketed proportions, and I haven't touched it since my first BA review of the stuff. But after many a friend argued of it's euro lager superiority over, say, Grolsch, I figured I'd give it a shot. And it was mediocre, which is a huge step up from the atrocity that it was the last time I checked (maybe some of them actually are skunked, and it's not just the flavor!). In any case, it's an okay beer, fairly smooth, with some mild skunkiness. Body's thin and not too interesting, and the carbonation's pretty high. Crisp, and none-too-terrible if you're feeling thirsty but also wanna get drunk.
08-19-2008 23:44:19 | More by soupyman10
2.15/5 rDev -30.2%
All that was in my Dad's fridge, so I left him a Sierra Nevada Anniversary in trade...
A - Clear golden in color with small head and minimal lacing.
S - Some corn and wheat scents with a little alcohol.
T - Kind of skunky water. Not as bad as Bud or anything but Ughh.
M - Watery and almost flat feeling despite seeing bubbles?
D - For me, pretty low. For those you're trying to ween of Bud Light, high...
08-17-2008 23:41:11 | More by ectomorph
3.28/5 rDev +6.5%
Lager taster from beer club
A - Yellow in color, no head, moderate carbonation.
S - Bitey malts, light honey.
T - Very malty, sweet, light honey.
M - Dry maltiness, very nice. The spicy malts give the finish a sour flavor though.
D - Most people would not like, but a nice euro take on a lager style.
08-16-2008 22:25:59 | More by MisterClean
3.28/5 rDev +6.5%
The brew is a very pale gold - it almost looks like a slightly-less-dark carbonated glass of apple juice. Head formation is ok but looks frail (i.e. not very "thick"); retention and lacing are relatively poor. Carbonation seems abundant at first; this seems to contribute to the quick head formation.
I really can't detect much of anything. There seems to be a bit of bitterness from the hops, but other than that it's pretty "clean" as far as I'm concerned. There might be a very, very slight hint of apple but I can't even be sure of that. It's not a bad smell - there's just not much there.
It's quite a bit sweeter tasting than it smells. There seems to be some moderate hop bitterness but not too much else. I can't quite figure out where the sweetness comes from; perhaps it's just the fact that the hops don't add nearly as much bitterness to the palate as they do to the nose. Again - not bad, it's just not really that special.
In addition to drying my mouth a bit, this beer is very light. This seems to be the case with some of the "Euro lagers" that I've had. It's not a THAT bad of a quality, since it helps with the...
Yeah - it's really, really light and there's not a whole lot of distinct flavor. This is a beer to pound. Unfortunately, it's a bit too steeply priced for someone such as myself to consider doing that.
I think what I said in the drinkability section describes it best; it goes down great but it's too expensive to justify doing that. I really didn't think there was a whole lot of "character" to it. It seems to be just a pretty "clean" beer overall. I'm not too disappointed, but I'm not really impressed by it either. However, it's not nearly as God-awful as that Kronenbourg 1664 (which I believe is of a similar style), so my rating should reflect that.
08-14-2008 02:21:24 | More by diabecktic
3.05/5 rDev -1%
I hate lagers, but with all it's hype I decided to pick up a single bottle of this.
appearance - yay, another lager... resembles carbonated applejuice and a thin white head quickly dissipates to just a couple bubbles.
smell - Smells like cooked vegetables and a small alcohol smell comes through too. and a hint of the typical lager smell.
taste - Quite different than I expected. I do taste a bit of Belgium craftsmanship in this. Dare I say a bit sweet wheatlike taste and thats about it, no complexity at all. a little bready too.
mouthfeel - The real taste comes through at the end, it's somewhat smooth and not as 'crispy' as other lagers, which is good.
Drinkability - Is actually quite high on these for me. It's light, smooth, and goes down easily. I could session these, but they're too overpriced for me.
08-08-2008 00:06:41 | More by eweneek83
3.33/5 rDev +8.1%
I have always assumed that this beer isn't very good, but I thought that I would sit down and try one and give an honest assessment.
a: Clear yellow body, fluffy white head. good lacing and retention.
s: sweet grainy malt and a floral note.
t: light pale malt sweetness upfront and moderate bitterness from stale tasting noble hops. surprised that no big off flavors are present. more bitterness than I expected. Not bad, just plain.
m: appropriate carbonation medium body for a pale lager. finish is crisp and short.
d: even if you don't want to think about or taste your beer, I would suggest something else. this stuff tends to be a bit pricey. why on earth is this beer so popular? The flavor isn't particularly good and it isnt any more refreshing than a say...a Session lager. Whatever, to each his own.
08-06-2008 19:42:25 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.53/5 rDev +14.6%
This is a fine lager.It has a golden yellow color. A yeasty, slight hop aroma. Nice head. The taste is a nice light crisp lager with a mild hop flavor. great with food. It has excellent effervesence with a light, inviting mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer.
08-04-2008 21:15:46 | More by NoahSYGG
2.83/5 rDev -8.1%
A: Pours a straw gold, clear with a white head that struggles to stay around a few minutes. Lots of rising carbonation.
S: Bready, some straw aroma, canned corn, and a lingering pale malt. Some earthy hops seem to be weak and or not fresh.
T: Loads of dry pale malt and some dry grassy characters. Hops are adding some bitterness but no flavor. Ends slightly astringent.
Not a complex malt profile.
M: Crisp not smooth, moderate body with a dry finish.
D: It is a bit overrated by the main stream but you could serve much worse at a picnic or bbq. Will go with any kind of BBQ and has some flavor qualities.
08-04-2008 15:37:15 | More by scottbrew4u
2.28/5 rDev -26%
Hotel bar before the Dodgers game.
A- Clear light golden coler. 3/4" white dense wet head. Fades quickly. Wetly clinging on the sides. Occasional bubble stremer.
S- Metallic astringency. Smells like the keg it was delivered in.
T- Bitter skunkiness. Metallic graininess.
M- Thin & watery. Cold & crisp.
D- This is not a beer snob's beer for sure. Easy to drink but just not that good.
08-03-2008 00:17:02 | More by m1ked
2.98/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance was crystal clear straw color or a light gold. Not that much visible carbonation. There was a nice creamy 3 finger head that formed then settled to an 1/8th in settled cream across the top of the beer. I was pleasantly surprised by the lacing that formed in the glass.
Aroma was fresh and grassy. Also a bit like wet grass.
Taste was light and clean. A touch too sweet for me on the finish. This is certainly not a bad beer, but not much character. Starts crisp, hits a little light grain taste, then goes sweet.
Mouth feel is extremely light and there is a decent amount of carbonation. A higher priced lawnmower beer.
Not a bad choice, but I'm not sure it's worth the premium price vs. American Macro's
08-03-2008 00:16:14 | More by Reagan1984
2.58/5 rDev -16.2%
Appearance: Pours a plain-looking, clear, yellow body with a tall, foamy, white head.
Smell: Grainy pale malts blended with corn kernels and vague floral notes.
Taste: Again, it's grainy pale maltiness with maize and a slight sweetness. Touch of floral hops but no real bitterness. Just a touch of sour yeastiness. Finishes squeaky clean.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not quite reprehensible, but notable for it's blandness and lack of character.
08-01-2008 02:04:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
British Columbia (Canada)
2.88/5 rDev -6.5%
Trying it for the first time tonight.
Pours a pale amber. With a vigorous pour toward the end, one finger of head developed and quickly dissipated, leaving sparse lacing on the glass. Nose is faint, with malt predominating.
Flavour is initially malty sweet but light on the tongue with mild hop bitterness lingering afterwards. There's a tingle of carbonation but not overdone.
It's very easy to drink. This is a very inoffensive, non-challenging beer. It's nice but, for my taste, a bit ordinary. It's not a bad beer by any means and it's well worth your while to try it if you're accustomed to mass-market lagers and you want something just slightly different.
07-28-2008 08:17:03 | More by NoDeity
3.13/5 rDev +1.6%
Pint draft in its own gold-rimmed goblet arrives with a straw-amber body and a thin white head that fizzles away to a ring and leaves a few specks of lacing on the glass.
Smell? What smell? Any aromas wafting from this beer are from somewhere between 'water' and 'nothing'.
Taste is crisp, dry and bitter atop a faint malt backbone. That's pretty much it.
Feel and drinkability commensurate with that of water.
07-18-2008 19:23:24 | More by cvstrickland
2.9/5 rDev -5.8%
A - Poured a light golden in color with a white head. Head stayed throughout with a good collar that turned in slight lacing.
S - As soon as I opened the bottle I caught a hint of skunk. Eventually as I became immune to the odor, I was able to catch a hint of hops.
T - The very first taste was skunky, mainly because of the nose. There was a slight bitterness and a hint of hops, especially in the aftertaste.
M - It was a little watery, but a little more viscous.
D - Not especially, I do not enjoy skunky beers so after the first one I would switch to another. The more I drink it wasn't to bad, it had a light taste to it.
07-18-2008 01:49:44 | More by tbeck
2.95/5 rDev -4.2%
A- Bright, clear, pale gold with a thick foamy head and a never ending stream of tiny bubbles.
S- Faint odor of alcohol and a generic skunky scent of common euro lagers
T- Kind of bland and skunky, just the way that it smells.
M- light watery and clean
D- I can see how fans of this style could have several of these. personally, im not a big fan. however it is pretty nice for a "grocery store" beer.
07-16-2008 00:02:07 | More by jwinship83
3.1/5 rDev +0.6%
if you take it for what it is worth, this is a nice beer. It pours brilliant golden, with a fluffy head and surprising lacing. The aroma is strong and honey-like. The flavor is bright, lemony and grainy with a subtle bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is light and pleasant. The beer is best drunk cold, however - as it warms, it develops a slightly sour, cardboard character, which hurts its overall drinkability.
07-15-2008 20:23:16 | More by Seanibus
3.43/5 rDev +11.4%
A- Lite golden in color, starts off with a slightly think head that dissipates quickly, lacing present but not for the total drink. Heavy effervesce present in the initial pour that thins out over time.
S- Heavy on the malt smell with some citrus tones.
T- Malty with a sweet taste, not exceptionally carbonated, minimal aftertaste.
M- Lite feel with a smooth wash over the pallet.
D- Initially was not expecting much prior to drinking, considering a macro brew, but came away surprised, would easily select among the better of the macro brews, in a lager area, that i have had.
07-14-2008 04:22:22 | More by boothy443
1.75/5 rDev -43.2%
A- Came to the table in one of those stupid looking Stella glasses from the print ads. The tulip shaped bulb should have kept the head tighter, but all that was present was a pond scum of lace on top. Light straw in color
S- Slightly antesptic. Not certain if it was the beer or soap residue from the glass.
T- Just nothing special. More like any other macro brew that you can buy a whole lot cheaper.
M- Horrible. Like 7-Up only made with hops instead of Limon (ya man!)
D- Overall this was a terrible beer. I'd drink it before another Peroni, but that's not saying much.
07-12-2008 04:17:08 | More by bacabuck
2.78/5 rDev -9.7%
L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized and light bodied white head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: The smell is of bready malts and some hops in there as well.
T: Pretty close to the nose. Some sweet bready malts and some hints of light hops.
M: Really light feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: OK. None of the flavors are overpowering but if it was a bit fresher tasting it might be better.
07-08-2008 10:21:27 | More by erosier
4.78/5 rDev +55.2%
this one is great, the grain is smouth and the hops roll in niceley, this is what a lager is suposta taste like. this pours a nice golden color with a big head that quickley disapers. this is the pinical of what green glass skunkey beer can be. this one always is in my beer rotation. try two or three you wont be disapointed.
07-05-2008 12:10:52 | More by orcasteve
2.03/5 rDev -34.1%
I had my brother who lives in OH get me a 6er of Great Lakes Moondog ESB, and he stole one and replaced it with a Stella. What a bullshit swap, but I've never reviewed one so what the hell...
Pours a pale yellow color with about two fingers of near white head. Has a slightly green tint to it almost. Does leave a pretty good lace and a good amount of stick.
Smell is skunky, grainy, pissy macro lager yuck...bleh.
Taste is bland and watery but is at least absent of any skunk or off flavors. There is some grain, light sweetness, bit of grassy hops maybe.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp and pretty smooth. It just lacks any real flavor whatsoever. I really did not enjoy this at all. I dumped half of it out, in fact. An incredible waste of money for what it costs...not sure why anyone would buy this with better, cheaper options available.
07-02-2008 17:08:26 | More by number1bum
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