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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,661
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 19.87%
Wants: 20
Gots: 243 | 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 EvilKeith


3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes of 08/09/06 visit to Lonie Walker's Underground Wonder Bar, Chicago IL.

Poured a pale golden color with very good clarity. The head was a fluffy sudsy white foam that fell to a mottled cap. Lace was thick and sticky.
The smell was solidly malty, light sulphur, and an underlying graininess.
The taste was sweet malt, mild perfumy hops, and a lingering bitter aftertaste.
I'm not a big fan of Euro Pale Lagers, but this I found less offensive than say a Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 18:05:53 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of acrawf6


3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark straw with decent thick white head that goes down to rest just around the edges of the glass.

Smell. Sweet maltiness with an oaty barley aroma. not bad, not great.

Taste. A bit sweeter than i remember. There is the malts coming through, but is very mild and even creamy. As it warms up in my mouth i get a small cooked vegetable taste with a small bit of peppery spices. Finishes a little sweet.

Mouthfeel. I think this is the best aspect of this beer. Has a nice creaminess that fills my mouth and gives it a fuller mouthfeel than others in its style. Carbonation is good and the balance seems about right.

Overall i think the taste isnt really anything great, but with the mouthfeel, it gives this beer a very drinkable aspect. I think without the mouthfeel, this beer would be kinda forgetable. But it beats the crap outta heineken and all the likes. As far as Belgium's stardards, this sucks (i think most of us will agree).

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 05:03:25 | More by acrawf6
Photo of alankwak


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

A: Clear and golden. Medium head, head retention and a bit of lacing.
S. Grassy smell.
T. Low hop bitterness. OK
M. Very light mouthfell.
D. Good. Goes down very easy.

Although marketed as a premium beer I saw on their web site that they use corn and rice as adjuncts. Likely in very small amounts but that puts this beer on the macrobrew class. Not a bad beer, just a decent macrobrew. I prefer Heinenken or Grolsch for a Pale Euro lager big time.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 13:09:47 | More by alankwak
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.08/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear yellow with a small but persistent head. The smell was faint but slightly hoppy. It has a mild taste that isn’t outstanding or offensive. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a carbonation bite. This is a nice beer that I would definitely consider when in the mood for a pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 06:14:48 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of MusicmanSD


4.18/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Stella has always been my favorite lager without going into the ambers, and Vienna’s, and blah blah blah. This beer is sweet and easy to drink, and I like that. Poured into the Stella Artois Chalice and actually looks damn good inside it for how yellow it looks. Champagne-esque with a respectably flowing white head that you’re supposed to "cut" with the provided Stella Artois bar-knife (they are really reaching for image here). Bottle and carriage has always been eye catching to me with the classy white. Smell is average, lots of malt and very floral. That’s where the taste comes in. Sweet and floral with no offensiveness. The perfectly crafted lager in my opinion. The sweetness is just amazing for a mass produced beer. Have one of these after a Pilsner Urquell and its heaven. The mouthfeel is slightly above average, lots of bubbles, and brings up the champagne reference again. Drinkability is damn good, like I've been saying, definitely my favorite lager, albeit too expensive sometimes and they screw you with that little 11.2 oz bottle. Oh well, highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 20:06:51 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of boblog


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

A- Golden with little head and very little retention.
S- Skunky, hints of hops and bitterness.
T- Pretty typical European Pale Lager taste. Bitter, skunky, watery and a bit of hop taste.
M- Strong carbonation and watery. Overall a pretty bland beer.To watery among other problems.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 05:24:20 | More by boblog
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog


3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's gold with decent lacing and a mimimal head.

Smell: Grainy and slightly sweet

Taste: Damn good MGD without corn.

Mouthfeel: light

Drinkability: Easy drinker by far. Seems though not worth it at all. It's just such a bland beer really. I think it might be a good beer for someone to be introduced to beer with.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 17:14:23 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now as a rule I don’t like Euro light lagers, but I saw the fancy Stella Artois goblets at CW’s Tap Room and realized that I just HAD to have one. So up comes the glass, filled with altogether too cold Stella. Let’s see….

Stella is your basic gold lager with an appealing frothy head that hugs the rim of the glass.

Mine was served far too cold, but there’s really very little smell even after it warms. Sweet light malts and basic lager hops – which is to say, next to none.

Not much taste here either. Stella is a crisp, watery lager with basic light malt flavor and a mild skunk character. The faintest of hops are nearly hidden by the biting carbonation. There’s a mild bitter, dry aftertaste. Very little going on here. It’s cold and carbonated, but quite light. Can’t get into it.

The mouthfeel is quite fizzy, and tends to hide what little beer flavor is in here.

Stella Artois is rather mediocre, but it’s certainly superior to Bud/Miller/Coors, and for the beer drinker who is trying to get away from those, it’s a step up. I’ll likely not buy it again, but I did get a cool glass so I’m not going to whine. Bottom line: Stella Artois is not offensive, but it’s not my beer either.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 04:23:09 | More by kkipple
Photo of BrSpiritus


3.55/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this because I wanted something different. Poured a simple pale yellow colour with ample head (may have been a bit warm from the ride home.) Initial Euro-Lager smell gave way to sweet malt and hops. Taste was... well pretty darn good. Good sweet malt taste with a floral finish no real bitterness detected. I think I would buy this beer again as it is pretty good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 21:48:55 | More by BrSpiritus
Photo of Hap


1.5/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this beer on a night when a buddy of mine and I were trying what was new on tap in Carbondale, Illinois. I had about 3 or 4 beers prior to this one and was on the road to having a pretty decent night. Then I ordered a Stella at Buffalo Wild Wings. It looked like a standard lager, and smelled about standard but when it hit my tongue it tasted unpleasantly skunky. Keep in mind, this was on tap; otherwise, I would just have written it off as some bottles left in the sun. I let my buddy take a sip (he's a bigger beer advocate than me) and he quickly passed it back over, making note of its unpleasant flavor. Kind of like a uber-skunky Heineken, I suppose. The worst part about the flavor is that it seemed to intensify in the aftertaste. Ugh. I didn't even finish it. I had about two more beers after that and could never seem to get rid of that awful taste on my tongue. Later that night, I awoke from my sleep to rush to the toilet, (something I haven't done since having way too many mixed drinks on New Years Eve) to purge my system of the awful stuff. Needless to say, I definately don't get the hype surrounding this awful lager... stay away from it. Stay far, far away...

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2006 16:39:53 | More by Hap
Photo of veech


3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that has become available in my local area very recently, and it seems to have a big following nationwide. That in itself leads one to assume the beer's mildness of flavor is behind its popularity since the general beer drinking public considers it palatable. Don't get me started on the sales of the urine sample labeled Bud light. That being said, fellow BAs seemed to have ripped Stella a new one(Stanley Kowalski not withstanding). I prefer porters, stouts and ales in general, but have tried to review this lager with the reference of the beer style in mind. It is very mild across the board. It has a mild hoppy finish and is very easy drinking, especially when it's hot outside. I had several while visiting my brother in Charleston SC, and it was hot as hell. I would consider this an upgrade from most macrobrewed domestics with the exception of Yuengling. Look for big beer taste elsewhere, but when a lake trip requires a better than U.S macro talk to Stella. Unlike many of my brethren BAs I enjoy a walk on the mild side occasionally and Stella certainly fit the bill.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 05:39:58 | More by veech
Photo of belias

Trinidad & Tobago

2.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stella glass, pale yellow with a nice 3/4 - 1 inch head which lasted a short while and left some nice lacing. The smell was nothing special, typical lager maltiness, with nothing else really discernable, to me anyway. Taste was average as well, started off sweet & malty and ended with a slight hint of hops, nothing special, but nowhere near disgusting. However, it goes down very smooth and is light bodied and very refreshing, something i could drink a lot of given the right conditions. I found the carbination to be just right, and what it lacks in complex flavours i think it makes up in mouthfeel and drinkability. I know this beer gets a bad rap for being overrated, but as far as i'm concerned it's one of the better popular lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 00:12:24 | More by belias
Photo of RBorsato


3.85/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on-tap 04/21/06 at TGIFriday's in the Newark, NJ Airport.

Typical pale yellow pilsner appearance and body with nice carbonation. A well made lager/pilsner as far as I'm concerned with the right amount of Saaz (?) hops and a very slight Belgian character. Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

Certainly not the best Belgian beer I've ever tried but it certainly does the trick when you are looking for something light and refreshing.

I'll have to try some bottles...

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2006 21:04:00 | More by RBorsato
Photo of bigdeuce


1.4/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I still cannot figure out what style of beer this is or is trying to be. Is it a belgian blonde? No..er, let's hope not. A belgian lager..what is that anyway? This is one of the 10 worst beers ever. No head whatsoever, no lacing. Barely any taste except some foul skunky aftertaste. Just the way it smells is appalling. Very skunky. No sugary belgian candies...nothing. I've had this a couple times, but this is finally the last time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2006 17:50:53 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours pale golden straw yellow with a frothy, soapy head with good retention and noteworthy lacing. Head stays viable in the form of a nice mat throughout the beer, and lacing remains quite impressive.

S - Sweet, corny maltiness (not sure if there is corn in this or not) and trace notes of European hops. Nothing very good here.

T - Initial notes of metallic sweetness followed by flavors of paper mache and popcorn. Swallow brings weak notes of semi-drying hops, but not in any caliber that can make up for the other shortcomings in the taste.

M - Bright and watery going in, rising to a pleasing foam in the mouth. Swallow is full and satisfying.

D - Although it looks good and feels good, thi is just another beer to chuck into the "drink these on a warm day" bin that contains all of the other low-taste mass-market Euro-pale lagers. Can you drink a few of these at a backyard BBQ? Absolutely. But only if there were no other craft-brew options available.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 20:25:54 | More by EPseja
Photo of SteveO1231


2.05/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pale golden yellow, foamy white head after a violent pour that melted away. Plenty of carbonation.

A - Very mild fruity aroma drowned buy a skunky aroma commonly found in green bottle beers.

M - Light and watery.

T - Some mild sweet/tart flavors in there with a light crisp hop finish.

O - Tastes like Heineken to me. Bland and boring, maybe it's good fresh from the source.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 14:08:51 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of spaceranger


2.42/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is just very run of the mill. Light in appearance, flavor and body. Watered down. Full of corn. It did have a decent head but it evaporated quickly. Highly carbonated and fizzy. I don't know, seems like somebody wanted to import a beer, any beer, and make some dough. I wouldn't buy this product again. It is better than Heine Light, Beck's Light and all the Mich's. Other than that...PASS...

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 04:01:58 | More by spaceranger
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

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

Very pale yellow with golden spark, crystal clear appearance, medium level of carbonation, modest white head, a bit of lace.

Smell appetizing, hoppy, with notes of bitter herbs and new-mown hay.

Start fresh, malty with a hint of fruity yeast, body slender and firm, more hops in the finish, mouthfeel crisp and pleasant, aftertaste long, hoppy, on the bitter side.

Well-balanced beer. One of the best European Macro-Lagers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2006 21:39:28 | More by ernie
Photo of zeff80


3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
It has a clear golden yellow color with lots of bubbles and little head. It smelled of corn. There was also a faint skunky smell which seems typical of most green bottled European brews. The corn flavor comes out as you drink it. I also noted a vanilla-like taste, as well. It had a crisp mouthfeel and was quite drinkable. I would've had more but I only had one on hand.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 19:18:46 | More by zeff80
Photo of semihobo


2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Fresh 12 oz best before 04.2007, came out of a covered case so I can guarantee it's not light struck (always a worry). Oh it's hot tonight, passed up a porter for this.

Straw colored, decent head for the style though. I like the paper wrap on the bottle cap ... so many of these beers look the same in the glass that the bottle counts for something.

Adjunct grain smell, with some pale malt and light hop presence. The hops that are so frequently gone bad in these green bottle euro lagers are at the fragile good stage at which they start, pleasant.

Blah. Adjunct grains and offtastes dominate. Lots of corn. Big metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is kind of grimy, syrupy on the tongue. Thick for the style with light carbonation.

Eh. I usually drink them in the bottle and I think it surpresses the worst flavors, this is not the beer you want to probe deeply for nuances. Way expensive considering its lackluster qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2006 06:48:24 | More by semihobo
Photo of Hollenbeck2


2.45/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had heard of this beer through new ads in magazine's and television, did not know it existed, especially since 1366, as marked on the bottle, purchased a six pack, poured into frosty cold pint glass, tasted almost the same as Heineken, same body and smell. average, but very drinkable, a good hot weather outdoor pilsner, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 18:00:45 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer looks like a classic pilsner with a head that is very thin but hangs on for the long haul. It gives a musty bread and soap aroma. The taste is a light bodied cracker-tasting malt base and opening lemon-lime sensations have light berry notes that grow to an overall impression of a mouthfull of cheap gummy bears before they are all drowned in a forcefull metallic bitter. In other words, this shit is funky. It has none of the clean, crisp characteristics I look for in this style. I syrupy mouthfeel with stingy carbonation don't help matters, but this is a refreshing brew inspite of itself.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 04:56:38 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of spacholl


4.75/5  rDev +54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a perfect example of a lager style beer. the only thing i don't like about this beer is the price ($8.50 a sixer). this beer could only be improved if it where to be made right in minnesota in a brewpub run by german brewmasters.it has the right color the right mouth feel and smells of hops and grains. very fresh. the flavor is brought out to its peak if you let it slightly warm out of the fridge to about 45 0r 50 degrees.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 20:23:58 | More by spacholl
Photo of maek228


3.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Savor a Chalice Today"?

Appearance: straw yellow with spotty carbonation. decent lacing

Smell: husky and grainy

Taste: light malts....with an odd cooked veggie/hop/husk things going for it at the end....seems like a euro lager but a bit funky. taste has a skunky thing going on...i dont know if this is the kinda beer id pour into a chalice

Mouthfeel: for the most part it's tight

Drinkability: drinkable....but that skunked thing hurts it

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 03:59:10 | More by maek228
Photo of beakerboy


2.4/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of the selections in Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew: May '06

A:Pale gold with a thin head. Minor lacing on the glass

S:Very promantent yeast smell. Thats the only characteristic smell I could pick out.

T: A yeasty flavor with some finishing bitterness.

M:Fairly thin

D: I'd never buy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 23:32:55 | More by beakerboy
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