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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,838 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,838
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.81%
Wants: 27
Gots: 336 | 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 lawman834


3/5  rDev -2.6%

A-Light golden. Looks like a Bud or something. Thin head, decent lacing.

S-Floral. Balanced.

T-Suprisingly hoppy up front, but a sweet finish.

D-Quite drinkable. It's pretty light and tasty. Not entirely my style, but it's fairly easy to find, so when there is a somwhat limited selection, this would be a pretty decent choice.

02-08-2008 00:48:14 | More by lawman834
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow color with minimal head. Lacing hardly present. The smell gives hints of light malt but otherwise uneventful. The initial hit to the palate is an interesting hop bitterness that gives way rather quickly to something a touch sweeter, but still a bit on the dry side. Carbonation is relatively light and the finish is quick, leaving an interesting linger of just a touch of some sort of sweetness.

The body of this one a tad more than light but definitely not "medium". I found it mostly average but it has it's limited charm.

02-03-2008 03:26:45 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of seaoflament


3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to Floydster for the beer.

Pours a watery yellow with about half in of foam.

Skunky aroma right away then there are some sweet malt and earthy hops. A few notes of apple.

There is some citrus bitterness in the taste with some earthiness and a hint of pale malt.

Good amount of carbonation. Very light and easy to drink. Not a style I drink often, at least not anymore, but this one is a decent one.

01-31-2008 02:08:27 | More by seaoflament
Photo of morimech


2.8/5  rDev -9.1%

This is a pale beer that forms a dense two-fingered head that leaves some lacing. Settles to a thick cap. I suppose it looks good for a pale lager.

The smell is typical Euro skunk with some biscuit malt in the background.

The taste is bland. The only thing that sets this one apart is a slight pepper like taste on finish. Carbonation is active and lends a crisp, clean finish. Very easy drinking but if I am paying import prices I am getting something a little more exciting.

01-29-2008 23:42:06 | More by morimech
Photo of Greggy


4.08/5  rDev +32.5%

A- Pours a light yellow color with a rather thin head. Crystal clear body with some decent lacing.

S- I get a nice maltiness as well as a bit of hop oil. The balance seem to be there and isn't bad for a euro lager in a GREEN bottle. no skunkiness detected.

T- I intially get a bit of mineral content followed by some nice biscuity malt, and then a dryer hop oil finish. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation on the palate doesn't overwhelm the taste. Kudos.

Drinkability: This particular bottle was quite nice and I would enjoy it often if they all were like this. I have had my fair share of terrible stella's as well. The key, I think it to get 12 packs that aren't going to be exposed to light in storage the way that 6 packs would. Rating on this bottle, drinkability is great.

01-29-2008 00:08:01 | More by Greggy
Photo of KI9A


2.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours brilliant gold, with average head, nice lacing.

Smells of grass, and a bit of lemon. Almost sour.

High carbonation, not much, if any euro-skunk detected. Floral start, but not bitter. Near the end, I picked up a slight bit of graininess. Actually very refreshing, I could myself drinking a couple of these with no problem.

Not my favorite style, but, all in all, a nice macro-euro-lager.

01-28-2008 01:41:09 | More by KI9A
Photo of DoubleJ


3.23/5  rDev +4.9%

On draft, this beer takes a different personaility. It isn't skunky for starters, and the bitterness melds into the overall flavor better, but still pretty dull. The chilled glass and colder beer temperature might have helped. After all, the marketers of Stella Artois insist on serving it at 3 degrees Celcius. After drinking a bunch of ales recently, I found a mellow beer chill out on, courtesy of the bar near my school.

01-24-2008 02:19:06 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Dodo2step


3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

I had this beer at the Olive Garden as well in Harrisburg, Pa.

A-crisp golden brown color

S- nothing too noteworthy

T- def a lager taste but light like a pilsner

D- i thoroughly enjoy stella and sometimes purchase a case of this beer on occasion. i figured i would write about it this time.

01-22-2008 01:29:12 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

Best By Date September 2008; Sampled January 2008
Pours with a frothy, fat-one-finger thick, pale, actually nearly perfectly with colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color. Aromas of sweet grain, grassy malt, faintly lemon-like and slightly herbal hop notes as well as a faint note of stale soda crackers. The aroma is fairly light, but seems clean overall.

This was served at about 40°F (5°C), which causes this well carbonated beer to have a peppery carbonic acid bite to it up front. Crisp, and clean up front with a biting bitterness that easily cuts through the light malt character here. The hop bitterness picks up a bit of herbal hop character to it as it moves towards the finish. The malt character starts out pretty dry and really nonexistent, but picks up a soft grain-like sweetness and a touch of cracker-like malt by the time one gets to the finish. This is very clean and at this temperature has not off flavors. Quite crisp and refreshing actually, but I'll admit that when I am in need of crisp and refreshing I usually opt for water. This is certainly not a bad beer, if they had only used a quirky, Belgian yeast this might actually be quite tasty.

01-22-2008 01:22:38 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of BDIMike


3.1/5  rDev +0.6%

Pour is golden color. Lots of carbonation and no head.
Smell was of European hops. That's about it.
Taste was the usually skunk flavor of a European pale lager. Light malt flavor.
Carbonation hits the tongue first. Then a bit of a smoothness at the end.
Could drink a couple of these. Too much of a boring, pale taste to want to drink more than one. Much better offerings of this type of beer can be found anywhere. Don't know why this beer is popular.

01-21-2008 19:41:33 | More by BDIMike
Photo of JDV


2.88/5  rDev -6.5%

Light golden pour with white head. Light taste overall, and high carbonation. Some honey sweet, malt smell. Similar taste with a light quick bitterness and aftertaste. Simple and refreshing and easy to drink. Nothing to go wild over, but for the style, perhaps one of the better lagers.

01-15-2008 22:45:38 | More by JDV
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -28.6%

12oz bottled at a friends house poured into American pint glass. Had before, reluctantly had this one.

A: Pale and clear with little to no head and not really anything considered lacing.

S: Skunked lager with a scent of malts. No hop presence.

T: Watery and bud light like. Skunked taste was really overpowering. Light in texture and taste.

M: Extremely light and watery in all senses. Carbonation beyond whats needed. Macro.

D: Like sipping water in the taste and not at all enjoyable. Ive always wished Id liked this one because some really think its decent but just not happening.

01-13-2008 18:42:43 | More by marcpal
Photo of xare


2.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured as a golden color with a barely-there head that dissipated pretty quickly but did lace a bit as I drank the beer.

Smell wasn't complex at all, basically smelled like malts and there was nothing else in the aroma that really set my detectors off. I couldn't discern anything else.

Taste was of light malt with a small kick to give it some appearance of flavor. Carbonation kinda let out during the bottom quarter and was strangely flat at the end.

There's a sort of creaminess to it that seems strangely out of place, but isn't off-turning. Almost no kick to this one.

Drinkability is average because while it's easy to drink one, it kinda blurs together after that first one and you don't really get flavors and it has quite a kick from the deceptively low ABV.

01-12-2008 03:14:06 | More by xare
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev 0%

The appearance was very clear and had a light amber tone. The head was a little too thick for my taste.

The smell was too pungent to be ignored. Rich in malts. Mind you, it wasn't as bad as some beers, but not great either.

This had a totally average taste. It runs from overly malty to not enough taste at all.

The mouthfeel was okay, with a decent amount of carbonation to keep you interested, though not throughout the night.

This is a fairly drinkable beer that's been picked up by quite a few bars (not a good sign). People seem to think because it has a a foreign name it's good. It's averageness is a hard thing to overcome.

01-11-2008 15:37:02 | More by avalon07
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%

Had this in a bottle at Bone Fish Grill on Route 46 in Jersey... Good Pale Lager taste... decent appearance with typcial lager smell... taste was pleasant, went down smooth and easily and complimented my fish dish very well... an easily drinkable, good mouthfeel, enjoyable social brew... wouldn't definitely try this again if it was offered at a restaurant or pub... a European staple and popular brew for many obvious reasons... I liked this brew although it wasn't anything above-and-beyond...

01-07-2008 00:32:30 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Gambrinus1184


2.17/5  rDev -29.5%

Served in Stella Artois glass at Quench Bar & Grille, Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a clean, pale straw yellow color with a rocky head of white foam that left some light lacing. Carbonation was average looking. Kinda like a Bud.

S: Smells kinda skunky; sweet, metallic corn and grains, a little hop sting in the nose.

T: Definitely has that macro imported taste to me, in the vein of Heineken, Corona, (P-Stock, haha). But honestly, not that great. Thin, watery, sweet grainy malt, with a similar thin, cold bitter hop twang.

M: Thin, crisp, and watery. The carbonation stings a bit, as it's probably overcarbonated for whatever reason.

D: I don't like much of anything about Stella, even the name irks me. There is no distinct malt or hop profile, the skunky Euro macro lager thing annoys me and it's just kinda tough for mee to down. So drinkability is pretty low, I think.

I really think Stella is quite crappy, and thus would not drink it again. However, there is a following among yuppies who see the tap, like holding the glass, and consider it a trendier beverage than Bud Light, it's lesser priced American twin.

01-06-2008 23:00:42 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.03/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, pale straw color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Clean malt aroma with a hint of hops. Pretty standard Euro-lager smell.

Fairly crisp pilsner malt taste with a mild bitterness and hint of noble hops. Finishes clean.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

This is the Budweiser of Belgium, albeit a better quality beer than a Bud. A pretty standard Euro-lager, refreshing and unoffensive. It bothers me a bit when someone says they like Belgian beer and are talking about Stella.

01-04-2008 23:46:39 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.58/5  rDev -16.2%

Decent beer, remined me of Pilsner Urquell but maybe it's just the green bottle and pale color. I expected a skunky flavor because of the bottle, but was pleasantly surprised. No skunkiness at all. Mild in flavor, with a slight bitterness. High level of carbonation and poured an almost 2" head. Overall a good, light, drinkable brew that would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

01-04-2008 18:31:54 | More by alysmith4
Photo of armock

New York

3/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Poured a pale golden color with a thin white head

S - Wasn't all that great pretty malty

T - Nothing that will make you say wow just some malt

M - There is a lot of carbonation in this beer

D - While its really nothing special I will say that its better than a macro

01-03-2008 15:35:59 | More by armock
Photo of JamesS


2.35/5  rDev -23.7%

This was really not a good beer for me. Poured a decent straw color with some good head and lacing. Weak malty scent, with a slightly sour/skunk tint. Same for the taste, fairly weak, mostly sour. Went down all right, but beyond the sixer I have, I'll never get it again.

12-28-2007 21:38:13 | More by JamesS
Photo of boogles


3.9/5  rDev +26.6%

This review is for the bottle version, which is not as good as the tap version. Still, Stella is my favorite of the widely distributed macro brews. I'm not sure how anyone could think this beer tastes the same as Becks, or how anyone could give it a drinkability score of 2 or lower. Simply put, it's a simple beer, and if there aren't any good or unusual beers available at a restaurant, I'll pay for one on tap. Or, for home drinking, I'll pay for a 12 of these at $12 or $13 if they're on sale. One could do much worse.

12-23-2007 01:06:47 | More by boogles
Photo of Gehrig


3.28/5  rDev +6.5%

I first had this while doing research in Detroit, and it was a nice lunch accompaniment. This poured a fine light golden body with a finger of white froth. Not much for the nose, though--malt, certainly, but little else. The taste was nice, crisp, clean, and with good hopped flavor. Yet the carbonation was far too heavy, like bold ginger ale, and I just don't like to burp that much, that fast. All in all, not bad--not a typical Belgian style by a long shot--more like a decent German lager masquerading as a Belgian. Give it a shot.

12-18-2007 02:28:25 | More by Gehrig
Photo of stagman


2/5  rDev -35.1%

This beer poured a light gold with a fair amount of foam that quickly dissipated. It smells a bit sweet, and the flavor likewise. There's a bit of grassy hops flavor but not too much. It's basically a watered down pils that is supposed to be sexy because it's an import. I'd skip Stella next time and go with an actual beer.

12-17-2007 02:16:46 | More by stagman
Photo of brewcitybeerman


4.58/5  rDev +48.7%

If you like a good lager, this looks and tastes exactly like a good lager should. It has the distinct golden aura and smooth taste of many European lagers, but with that added bit of distinction that it has been brewed for over 600 years. This is by far my favorite beer to drink any time, with any fare.

12-15-2007 05:33:03 | More by brewcitybeerman
Photo of altgeeky1

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +17.9%

A: Pours a medium straw, gold, and with a foamy head, which settles after a short wait. Lacing around the rim with drifting islands of lace. Purchased cold at a supermarket, and consumed 5 months earlier than the 'Best Before' date.
S: faint malt, sweet corn sugars, and very faint hops aroma.
T: Lacking complexity, but still above average. Tastes light malt which is immediately eclipsed by corn sugar cider bite, and when that settles down the hops are noticed.
M: In the glass, the carbonation rises at a slow pace, but take a sip and it bursts quickly, then fizzes out. Not a lot of malt to roll around in the mouth, but it's not devoid of body.
D: Stella could use more malt and less corn, but still refreshing, easy to drink.

If you have never tried this beer, DO so. In the scores you will see a wide deviation of scores and reviews unexpectedly polarized. It's also worth noting that Euro Pale Lagers in general score very low among BA reviews (Sort this style by score, and try to find just TWO euro pales scoring over 4.00 points... see what I mean?). Stella is heavily advertised, hyped, and not-unexpectedly it suffers from a possible backlash.

12-13-2007 23:57:57 | More by altgeeky1
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