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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,707
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 22
Gots: 273 | 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 MrMcGibblets


3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is very light straw colored in the glass and clear enough that i could watch tv through it were it not for the contour of the glass. a snow white head that was creamy with decent lacing, suggesting that it was not force-carbonated like most macros. hay, vegetal, and musty belgian notes in the nose. taste is a mixture of light malt sweetness and light hops in the background. mouthfeel is light in body but without the fake feeling carbonation in the mouth of most macros. light, light, light...i can see why this beer is so ubiquitous. it does have more going on than mast macro lagers, however, and i detected no adjuncts. drinkability is fine, but not enough going on to make you want to keep drinking. maybe a good thirst quencher on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 04:32:14 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of zymurgy4all

New York

2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a nice clear golden color and has a nice long lasting head with good lacing. Unfortunately it is very skunky, probably because of the green bottle letting UV rays in. It tastes slightly skunky, but is crisp and clean. Tastes crisp and bitter, kind of like a cross between Czechvar and Heineken. Average pils, better than an American Pils, since it does have flavor, but not overly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 22:56:19 | More by zymurgy4all
Photo of HotterThanHell


3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer seems to be getting smacked around a bit, but it is a much better than average lager. It is light in flavor and color and mouthfeel when compared to most Belgium beers but when compared to beers like it from the U.S. (especially macros) I find it to be one of my favorite beers when it comes to refreshing, light, and satisfying beers on a warm spring or summer day. Solid head for the style and some lacing. The flavor is slightly sweet that goes well with grilled fish, or chicken. The aroma is light with a hint of hops but nothing to write home about. I had four last night while grilling out and listening to Got The Green Grass by Ian Moore and watching my kids swim. I tell ya, it doesn't get any better than that.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 18:49:49 | More by HotterThanHell
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the most popular Belgians out there, but I guess for the masses it is a good bridge to get you there. Looking a standard pilsner, very clarified and clean. A nice bite, and ends just like a standard pils. It is a little sweeter than pils from Germany and the Czech Republic.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2007 20:39:30 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of goochpunch


3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale gold with a thick, full head that leaves tightly wound lacing on the glass. In the nose I get a mix of pale grain, spicy hops, and a touch of booze. Flavor is about the same as in the nose but without the alcohol character. Malts come out in full and end kind of sweet. The hops make a decent showing giving some tea and floral flavors. Mouthfeel is a little slick and needs a little oomph in the carbonation. Overall a decent drinker, and I don't know why people want to knock this. Nothing offensive and certainly steps above corn and rice-laden macros.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 03:28:37 | More by goochpunch
Photo of BretSikkink


3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, light colored brew from the bottle. White head froths about for a bit before descending, slight haze that clears up.

Grain husk, sweet aroma. Tiny amount of herbal hop.

Very light flavor with some earthy hop. Not a lot going on, some dextrin/medicinal flavor that's not too welcome, but otherwise clean (and boring).

It's a pale Euro lager, nothing to write home about but almost always 'there'. Not really better or worse than others, but certainly not offensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 03:04:02 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of prototypic


3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a light golden color with a foamy one finger head. Dissipation was quick and lacing was very, very light.

Smell: Much like many other lagers, it has a strong grainy smell. It's malty and smells a bit sweet. A faint aroma of hops is present. Nothing flashy.

Taste: It has a grainy, earthy taste to it. Malty sweetness really picks it up and adds a lot to the flavor. Hops are light and it is not very bitter. A faint citrus taste is there (perhaps a bit of lemon) on the tail end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, pretty well carbonated, and goes down easy enough. Not a terrible beer for a hot day. If I liked it better I'd call it a session, but I don't think I'd want more than two. Overall, it's an okay beer. I certainly prefer it over an American macro.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 02:25:50 | More by prototypic
Photo of mortarit

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 2007
I purchased this beer way back when, don't remember. The exp. date 8/2006. So it's pass due. It came in a six pak and here's what's left.

Pale yellow, with just a touch of gold to darken it up a bit. Head poured large and bubbly. Big bubble and lots of carbonation. It settled down to a thin layer.

The smell was faint but noticable. Dry, a bit sour (in the right way), hoppy.

Nothing stands out about the mouthfeel. No way it qualifies as anything substantial, but I wouldn’t call it thin either. Feels nice and fizzy.

After the intense aroma I was surprised at how mild and almost bland the taste was. It was disappointing. It’s still a good dry lager, but it just doesn’t hold up to the promise of the aroma. That was my first reaction, but I liked it more the more I drank. The aroma is still the best thing about the beer.

This was my first experience with this beer was at a movie theater, believe that. I had a couple and thought well maybe I should get some later. I did and their OK. I really don't drink alot of Lagers but I like to have a couple now and then. Stella Artois would be the one I pick out of the many Euro Pale Lager.
The exp. date didn't effect the beer any I think. If it did, it was very slightly alter. Does a beer made since 1366 need to have a born on date?

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 19:29:55 | More by mortarit
Photo of geexploitation


2.63/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very yellow and clear, with a small head that fades to just a collar very quickly. Little in the way of active carbonation. The nose betrays some salty, slightly rubbery hops and a light toast (as in heated bread) malt note. It's a decent aroma as macros go. On the palate, initial sweetness gives way to a cardboardish bitterness that's a bit unpleasant. No depth to the malt. Very bland at the finish. Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and light in body, with no distinguishing features. Overall, this is not very good. The aroma is pretty promising, but it falls apart on the palate, with low-quality malt and hop flavors that don't stand out in any way... nor do they please the tongue. Gotta love marketing.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 01:08:45 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Glad this wasn't the first Belgian I ever tried, because it sure as hell wouldn't have led me to dig any deeper (like the lovely Corsendonk did). But, to be fair, it cannot be judged by Belgium's super-high standards. This is simply a lager, nothing more, nothing less. A drinkable but average specimen. Just unfortunate that, if the average American beer drinker knows of only one Belgian, it's usually this one.

Looks like the essence of the textbook-definition lager, with a big foamy head that settles slowly, leaving delicate bits of lace all around, and the color being a gold-laced straw-yellow.

Aroma is light and fruity, some lemon sneaking in; a little bit of the sweet/salt grain smell that reminds some people of corn, others of urine. I just think it smells like your average everyday lager.

Flavor shows a citric bite prevailing, ending in a sweet finish that is even a bit puckery. I didn't think this would taste that good after so many years of refining the ol' palate, but it's not bad at all.

Something sort of funny about the mouthfeel, in a bad way. Lots of carbonation, fine, that's expected, but the weird puckeriness carries into the aftertaste, and it's not pleasant.

This isn't quite as bad as the snobs would have you believe. But still, I wouldn't drink it unless it came to me unsolicited. Which this one did. Time for a Scaldis.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 21:57:48 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of albern


2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can you say about a Stella that the last 500 people haven't. It is pale, doesn't have much of a head, has lots of good carbonation. This is a typical euro lager but with a sharpness that compromises its quality. Slight hoppy flavor, cooked vegetables, a dry beer, not all that interesting but not bad either. It is a shame this comes out of Belgium, a country with the finest beers available, and Stella and Maes being the two worst representatives from the country.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 23:02:10 | More by albern
Photo of diego


3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just cracked open at 11.2oz bottle.
I know this beer by heart.
Hands down pick for my favorite everyday beer. It’s got that light, almost non-existent hops smell, light carbonation and blond color that says BEER. It won’t change your life but it has just a little more than your average pale lager. Bitter but with some fruit.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:54:36 | More by diego
Photo of RobertTaylor

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It is a 33cl bottle drank out of a pint glass.

A:Ok,not the best that i have seen but above standard.

S:Kinda like wet paper,Overall I nice smell to go with the beer.

T:The taste is just like what i was looking from a lager.I mean thin and refreshing,Very nice

M:I little better then what I was thinking.Like I said before very refreshing.

D:I very drinkable beer and nice on a hot day.I dont think this beer would go good with a big meal.

If I see another I think I will pick it up,but not going to go out of my way to pick some up.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 18:27:42 | More by RobertTaylor
Photo of muffguy4beer


2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Free 12 pack courtesy of the vineyard. Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow in color. Thick white head which hangs around for the most part.

Smell: Pretty un-enticing aroma. Sweet malt notes dominate the smell with a hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Very sugary and appley. Slightly hoppy and a little bitter. I can pick up a very faint hint of belgian yeast flavor.

Moutfeel: Thin in body almost waterlike. Amply carbonated.

Drinkability: I am sure this beer was much better in the past but as it stands right now it is a slight step over the heinekins, becks, buds, etcs of the world. I could probably drink 3 or 4 of these on a hot summer day but thats about it. The price is slightly outrageous, if I were to actually purchase this beer in a 12 pack its almost 15 dollars which to me is crazy. I do not see myself visiting this beer again after my free 12 pack is history.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 13:42:33 | More by muffguy4beer
Photo of vancurly


3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just voted the best Victorian beer in the Australian International Beer Awares. Sounds ridiculous, of course.... yet it is brewed in Melbourne under license from InBev.

A: Pale honey colour, light bubbling. Rocky white head, which holds well.
S: Fresh, flinty green hop. Light malt note, with grain/straw notes.
F: Flavours of pale malt, green apple flesh, fruity/herbal hop notes. Nice Euro lager, without any of the skanky, sulfur notes often associated with other Europeans.
M: Good, full mouth-feel, no palate "gaps". Body is light to medium, and finishes crisply, with medium bitterness. Refreshing, & certainly able to have more than one.
O: A good session beer. Not challenging, nor terribly interesting, but very reliable, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 04:16:10 | More by vancurly
Photo of tykechandler


2.2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

solid all-around brew. to my unrefined palette, it felt and tasted halfway between a miller light and a heineken. very drinkable without being too watery. the head was pretty nice for this style of beer, and the color was a nice golden brown. i approve!

edit: wtf was i thinking? garbage.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2007 18:04:56 | More by tykechandler
Photo of stevehagy

New York

3.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stella is actually somewhat mainstream and one of the better mainstream beers. Theres nothing surprising or unique about it its just a golden/amber beer that has good taste and is incredibly smooth. The smoothness makes it extremely drinkable.
Plus, the wrapping around the bottle cap makes it seem fancy.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 23:46:52 | More by stevehagy
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. Golden and transparent, with a moderate head. Aroma is decidedly beery. Taste is malty, no bitterness, no complexity. Not spectacular, but smooth and drinkable, a nice accompaniment for dinner, lively conversation, or a sports event on TV. This is a good party drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2007 00:52:42 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of meadhead


3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very mild
nut malt
with just a hint of
hop bitter

a little green glass skunk;
and I'm sure you've had better

a bit of watered down feel
without over-carbonation
a quality lager
for most situations

pouring the light clear yellow

taste - mouthfeel,
and the rest

average to good
easily consumed
without regret.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 06:45:48 | More by meadhead
Photo of notoriousdav


2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow, what I would expect from a lager. Smells like skunk and hemp. Taste is refreshing, light, dry and maybe a little citrus. Lot's of carbonation. This is a mass produced eauro lager that I suppose one could drink all night with the intention of becoming totally inebriated, but trying to look more sophisticated than a guy doing the same thing with a bud light.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 17:06:28 | More by notoriousdav
Photo of beeragent


2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend of mine kept raving about how great this beer was, so naturally I wanted to try it. He was nice enough to actually buy me one, and bring it over for me to try. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear straw, forming a thin 1/4 inch head, that left light lacing on the glass. The aroma is almost all skunky, with a hint of hop sweetness. I expected it to taste as bad as it smelled, but was suprised to find that it wasnt that bad. Very smooth clean hop flavor, with a good balance of malt thickness. Light mouthfeel. Aside from the smell, I could see having one or two of these in a session. Not as bad as I thought it would be. It reminds me of St. Pauli Girl. Once you get past the smell, its not a bad beer. Take a chance, and give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 05:03:47 | More by beeragent
Photo of leechungsr


3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden with fair about of white head that takes its time. bubbles slowly rise up glass.
S: light malty, lesser grassy, maybe yeasty.
T: was a bit stronger than the smell indicates. initially malty, but the hops bite quickly and go away almost immediately.
M: good amount of carbonation.
D: really pretty good! I like. It's more interesting I than other euro pale lagers I've had...I think.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 04:33:24 | More by leechungsr
Photo of BeerBob


4.33/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as gold as gold can be from a light green glass 11.2 FL. OZ bottle. Creamy white foam head went to over three fingers.

Nose is of damp grains and sweet barley malts. Pallet is a smooth combination of malts and alcohol.

This one goes down with the best of them. I can through Stella Artois down 24/7/365 and not regret it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 07:38:37 | More by BeerBob
Photo of JWFokker

New York

2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle, it's a standard looking pale yellow lager. Plenty of carbonation. The nose is a mix of yeast, malt and grass. The flavor is where it all falls down though. It's like a mix of bad Grolsch and Heineken. It's predominantly watery bitter malt with a dry finish, but lacking the metallic astringency of Grolsch and with a particularly poor aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin, but standard for the variety. Because the flavor is so bad, drinkability is quite low.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 23:43:13 | More by JWFokker
Photo of baxterbrew


2.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. The head is fair and stays around for a long time. Very effervescent, the bubbles just keep coming. Color is a light straw color, clear as a bell - no detectable chill haze.

S: The smell is sweet and malty with a strong skunk overtone.

T: Not impressed here. I expected more and got pretty much Heineken. A little more bitter than most lagers. A lot of DMS here - I think the green bottles had a huge effect.

M: Very nice mothfeel, not overly carbonated as expected by the appearance. It has a nice thick feel, almost buttery.

D: I could drink a bunch but I don't think it's worth the extra $. Kind of boring actually.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 22:44:00 | More by baxterbrew
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