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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,308
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 36
Gots: 560 | 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear golden yellow color with a good sized white head that thinned out and left thin lacing.

S - slight skunk but mostly grainy.

T - sweet and grainy taste with light bittering on a dry finish.

F - light bodied with a crisp feel.

D - goes down easy.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 6.4oz green bottle

Stella Artois was pale gold in color with excellent clarity. It had a thick head with good retention and lacing. The smell was skunky right out of the bottle, but quickly faded leaving light malt and noble hops. The taste was light malt with some light hops and a little bitterness. The finish was dry and a touch bitter. The mouthfeel was average with a light body and plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it's a pretty good Euro Pale Lager that is thirst-quenching and refreshing.

Photo of bnes09
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color. White head with descent retention and lacing. Not a whole lot of visible bubbles.

Smell is mostly clean and grainy with a touch of skunk.

Skunk appears in the taste as well. Not too much else to say. Just some white bread grain and rice flavor. Very mild hop bitterness. Nothing special.

Pretty light feel, almost too light. Smooth, even texture. Undercarbonated.

Overall, it is about as average as average can get for a Euro pale lager. Nothing offensive but nothing interesting either. Don't understand why this one is so hyped up and carries a high price tag.

Photo of MetalandBeer
3.4/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a big bottle with a cork in it. Poured it into a Stella Artois glass.

White head. Light yellow body that looks highly carbonated.

Weak smell with a bit of skunk. reminded me of Lowenbrau.

Grain, bread, light hops. tastes like your standard American lagers such as Bud and Coors.

Light body.

High drinkability. goes down quick & easy...could make an entire night out of this beer.Good for a night out,a ball game or an afternoon cook-out.

If you enjoy beers like Bud, Coors, Miller etc. you'd like this one too. Nothing groundbreaking or earth shattering....just a very drinkable brew!

Photo of xnicknj
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a completely clear pale yellow with a bubbly white head. Fades fairly quickly into some thicker film with some rings of lacing.

Some lightly toasted grain with citrus and doughy malt in the nose and a bit of skunk.

A decent dose of bitter hops and bread crusty malt in the beginning. Toasted grains and a faint splash of lemony zest. A somewhat harsh bitterness with a light touch of skunkiness. Finishes long and dry with some hoppy bitterness.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, lingering dryness from unpleasant hop profile. Drinks well enough to throw one back when there's nothing else available or for a nightcap when you can't taste much anymore. Neither of these are good qualities.

Photo of bondjedi
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in brand-appropriate stemware. Just asking, but how much difference is there between the Stella glass and a water glass that most banquet rooms use? Other than the flat part of the stem, that is.

I've had two big go-rounds with this brew, both times on tap. Neither time was I impressed enough to feel the high price for a twelver at the supermarket ($14-16+) was justified. BeerAdvocate needs to add a "value" metric.

Smells okay, looks pretty good. Not a mellow taste or smooth going down. The fragrance of perfume, if not artificial, is not appetizing. Chanel No. 5 smells good, but would you drink it?

Sole redeeming quality is that it will get you hammered without next-day recriminations.

Photo of mnrider
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 ML. green limited edition bottle.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a large fluffy white head. Leaves minimal but noticeable lacing.

S: Grains and sweet malts. Pretty clean.

T/M: Like the smell this brew is pretty clean. Smooth goin' down with a hint of grains and malt sweetness. Bitter on the aftertaste, with something else I can't figure out.

D: Not the best Euro lager out today, but still pretty good. I think mass production has hurt this brew.


Photo of welldigger888
1.7/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750ml bottle into stella stemware. Nice fluffy white head with good lacing.Crystal clear golden straw color.
Smells a little skunked like hieniken skunked.A little bit of malt breadiness & some fruity lager yeast aromas.
A sweet lager yeasty flavor seems to dominate, with some biscuity malt kissed with a touch of hops.
A little carbonated for my taste but not offensive.

Photo of beershrine
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: clear straw gold

smell: mild alcohol smell

taste: skunky with very slight malt backup

mouthfeel: light bla

drinkability: could be drank in quantities exept for the price.

This was a fresh 12 pack bought from a fast moving supermart.

overmarketed, bland and to expensive for what you get.

Photo of flyingpig
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks pale yellow with a bubbly white head that doesn't last long.

Not much of a smell here to be hones, just grain & some light malts.

Tastes mildly bitter with grain & hops & malts & a light bitter finish.

It is light bodied with a slight fizz & generally quite smooth.

An average beer overall with no real negative aspects other than the look really. Very drinkable beer & goes down well.


Photo of 9InchNails
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a Christmas present from one of my friends.

A nice plain green one pint nine point three ounce bottle with a cork in it.

White as snow color head. Don't think I've ever seen a whiter head before. Light yellow body that looks decently carbonated.

In the bottle I smelled a sweet skunk smell. Is that even possible? I guess so. While in the glass it has a grainy bland smell like your typical macro beer. Not really impressed.

This is the most bland tasting beer I have ever tried! Grain, bread, very light hoppy taste. This tastes like a slightly better Club Soda with sweetener. I can't strongly dislike something with barely any taste.

Light body. Feels like carbonated water.

Drink ability is high because it's like carbonated water. Would I really want another? Only if you're paying.

Overall, it's a good BBQ session beer; something to drink a lot of. It's a nice looking Holiday bottle but not worth the effort to open it like a champagne or wine bottle. If I ever have this again, I hope it's in a regular twelve ounce bottle.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pale yellow, big head that escapes, very little lacing.

S- weak grainy, corn scent.

T- grain with bitterness

M- light/med. body with dry finish.

D- This is better than Bud or Miller but not by much. Why is this a hip beer? Very sessionable.

Photo of Duff27
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 12/15/10 notes:

A- White(!) one-fingered head with a light to mid pale golden color. Couple dozen carbonation stream throughout the beer. Some lacing. Some lacing.

S- Burnt. Kind of off-putting to tell you the truth.

T- Grainy. Grassiness turns to bitterness.

M- Decent enough mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

D/O- Well if you want to go there, drink a lot of these. At 5% it is very doable. Whether you'd want to is a different story. You see this in people's hands because they think they're "beer snobs", it's weird.

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

poured actually into SA glassware that was a gift a few years ago...why not? bright, light but deep buff color with a lively fluffy head that settles moderately slow...and laces in a rather cool architecture of gauziness.

nose is what's expected in a euro pale lager...a bit of cerealness, good but nothing spectacular

very clean, nearly sweet but immediately dry/bitter bite. nothing radical, but a really precise balance of malty sweetness immediately snipped with the slight hop snap. then it's gone. i'd session this over heineken any day. and plenty of other 'under the radar' but rather macro-euro brews. for that, i'll give it a push beyond simply 'good'...but not exceptional...much more like a 4.3. this would go great with almost any asian foods, esp. thai. even indian cuisine.

the mouthfeel is just right, neither thin nor thick. a slight creaminess makes this just right.

to be honest, as much as i am into extremely complex brews, i like to slip into something easy but not 'simple'...i find this drinkable enough and nice when the only choices at a holiday company function is Coors Light or Stella Artois...very good and better than 'decent'

remember, an "A" for one style isn't the same as an "A" for a more aggressive, master style (like the DIPA or stout or .... etc)

Photo of BeanBone
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear pale golden body capped by over two fingers of bubbly white head that fades slowly and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Grassy and lemony hops over a pale, grainy, and slightly sweet malt body. Very typical for the style.

Flavor: Again, the usual combination of neutered noble hops over a light, grainy, and honey-tinged malt backbone. It's crisp and balanced well, though generally forgettable. A flash of sweet grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a pretty clean finish.

Drinkability: If you dig it, this is a supremely easy drinker.

Verdict: Stella is the very definition of average beer. Nowhere near as hopeless as an American macro, but not terribly complex or unique either, this fits right in the middle of the quality spectrum. A worthy stepping-stone beer.

Photo of AleBlager
2.15/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The heavy amounts of head held the flavors in the beer for an extended period of time. However, it failed to hold onto any scents that Stella Artois may have had. Dipping our noses deep into the glass and using all of our nasal capacity brought the scent of faint malts and nothing else. The taste, on the other hand, did not match the faintness of the smell. Malts are the base of all flavors within the brew, almost masking the offensive tastes of tobacco and herbs. To complete the flavor spectrum, a hint of hop-pop was found on the tongue. This beer is bolder than the average domestic adjunct lager, however the unpleasant tobacco and herb flavors left a mild cringe to the face. A smooth texture across the tongue left a slightly bitter lingering afterthought. Knock-backablle, but this beer costs more than its taste.

Photo of Bogforce
1.98/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Might look good but the taste is just bad..

A: Clear golden color, with a small amount of head and a ton of lacing.
S: Corn
T: BAD. I can hardly stomach this beer, I would much prefer a PBR or Budweiser over this beer.
M: Nothing special.
D: Can't handle the taste to make this beer even drinkable

Photo of papat444
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I kind of fell for the advertising and bought the 750ml. bottle because i think it looks kind of cool. Used some for the fish in our fish n' chips and shared the rest with my wife.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle into my Stella glass. Best before 24-02-2011.

Appearance: 2-3 fingers worth of foam and holds steady at one. The body is very clear and pale yellow. Pretty decent lacing.

Smell: Soapy a bit, some citrus and a bit of skunkiness.

Taste: Very mild bitterness with some grainy aspects and not much citrus. Mild skunkiness but nothing distracting.

Mouthfeel: Sprightly a bit with a clean feel. Not particularly interesting.

Drinkability: Average but not inclined to get this regularly.

Overall: It had made a while that i had Stella and i know why. Boring with no depth though it isn't really offensive.

Photo of beyah
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Green bottle with a white paper on neck. Best before date 08.2011.

Very clear, pale with a nice, slight head, lace clinging to glass.

Mild malt smell, possibly some hops?

Let it warm up a bit, when its real cold it has almost no flavor at all. After it warms up a bit you can start to detect the hops. Mouthfeel is very much like Delirium tremens.

I saw made in Belgium on the label. I am sorry to say to say this is the Belgian equivelent of American Budweiser.

Photo of weizenbob
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of three draft choices at the Blue Moon in Ludington, MI. Served in a gold rimmed Stella glass. I didn't see the pour but I'm fairly certain that they skipped a few steps in the "9 step ritual". The glass was filled to the rim with headless beer of a maize hue.

The aroma was of wet straw with a lot of sweetness. The taste was more of the same. Stella Artois has a reputation for being a pretty average beer, but that doesn't have to carry a negative connotation. The flavor profile, simple as it may be, is actually fairly full-flavored. If macro lagers are your thing and you have yet to try this, you'd probably dig it. If you don't like mass produced lager beers this isn't going to change your mind. It is what it is, which is simply a solid Euro lager.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. It's medium bodied, even a bit heavy for the style, which is fine by me. It's inoffensive and goes down easy. You could do better for the price, but you could do much worse for the style.


The Two Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for this beer, which doesn't make it much of a value.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear, slightly pale straw color with decent lace in the head.
S: Clean, pale malt nose, slight sweetness
T: Pale malt, no bitterness, slight sweetness,watery, all around subdued and lacking in character
M: Crisp, light bodied
D: Dull and bland, fine for a session

Photo of alkemy
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear golden/straw yellow with an inch of fluffy white head out of a corked and caged 750. Smells a bit grainy, but it's not overtly sweet like an adjunct lager. There's also a grassy note with a hint of pepper. You can pick up a little noble hops. Taste is similar. The grainy sweetness is dominant, but there's a taste on the back end reminiscent of a german pils. The carbonation has some bite. Just a clean, crisp drinkable beer. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is probably my favorite.

Photo of nataku00
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a straight sided shaker glass. Pale yellow with slight haze and some light carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Initial finger of white fluffy head that quickly dissipated, leaving no lacing.

Nose is weak, pale malts, light citrus, light herbal hops.

Taste is pale malts and bare minimum bitterness. Biscuit like sweetness when you sip it, but it leaves no presence in your mouth after swallowing.

Light bodied beer is mildly carbonated and is fairly drinkable as a thirst quencher on a hot day.

Photo of Chizoad
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I remember having this one a long time ago and being unimpressed. Nothing's changed. They do do an effective job of advertising though.

Pale bubbly yellow beer, decent enough head. Doesn't look like it's going to impress with its flavor.

Vague beery aroma with a pronounced honey scent.

Flavor disappoints, comes off tasting like so many American macrolagers, only a little better. Sweet malts and some skunkiness to "balance" the sugar.

Good carbonation but pretty thin stuff. Goes down ok I guess, but I think Coors Light is cheaper.

Photo of emmasdad
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking at the Skylark Lounge with my wife last night, feeling bogged down by the heavy beers I'd been consuming all evening, I saw the Stella tap and figured why not? After all, I'd never had it. Having had it once now, I doubt I'll ever have it again. It was just short of decent, well carbonated, clear yellow with a nice white head. Crisp and clean, drinkable, with a hint of hops, some biscuit and a touch of sweet malt.

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