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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,338
Reviews: 1,343
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 36
Gots: 584 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000)
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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like a European Budweiser (a Budweiser wearing a Beret). Golden, great clarity with a slight white head. 3.0
S: Skunky, grassy malts. Somehow every beer that comes in a green bottle smells like this. 3.0
T: A little skunky. Some malt. Not much else.
M: Extremely thin-bodied. Lotta carbonation.
D: What can I say? I paid 8.99 for a six-pack of this? I will say that the green bottles and pretty labels look great.

Photo of dnichols
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured a 12 ounce capped green bottle into a mug.

A: It poured a yellowish colored body with a modest white head that receded fast and left a modest bit of lacing.

S: It had the aroma of uncooked grains, skunky malts, and wet grassy hops.

T: It hit me with a rotting wet grassy flavor that hid the malts and other flavors (assuming they were there...somewhere).

M: It was light bodied with healthy carbonation and a reasonably dry and clean finish.

D: It may be that his bottle was skunked. It sure tasted that way. I could barely finish the drink...but I did. Never Again!!

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

11.2oz, green bottle. Best before end 06.2008
Pours a very clear pale golden color with a thin white head. Even with a rough pour, the head is gone in an instant. Sweet, fruity aroma. Perhaps apricot. Taste follows suit with a subdued fruity sweetness. Aftertaste is nearly as non-existent as the hops. Very mild bitterness after the initial clean finish. As it warms, the hops come out a bit more. Better in the 50's. It is what it is- a macro lager.

Photo of PhageLab
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a Warsteiner tall glass.

A - Pale golden coloration, nice sticky head of froth, decent retention and nice lacing. Overall presentation is good.

S - Big grassy hop aroma, with a pleasant candy like sweetness near the end of the nose.

T - Grainy, grassy, and even a little spicy. The usual metallic tinge in the body is present. A bit one sided, but not too bad.

M - Light bodied, harsh carbonation level, odd, gritty texture.

D - Inoffensive and easy to drink. Most of us have had the old wifebeater at some point in our lives, but, if by chance, you haven't, it's certainly not a bad macro alternative.

Photo of mattster
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened 11.2 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Stella Artois goblet.

Forms small head, which dissipates as fast as it forms,leaving small lacy bubbles across top of brew. Color is a light gold with few bubbles rising inside.

Upon opening the Green Bottle Skunk monster was quite present, but it evacuated as I poured into drinking conveyance. Smell is mild, very mild hops. Taste is very similar to smell. Nothing outstanding, average at best. Bubbles are definitely present on taste palate which sort of messes with finish, otherwise, a decent beer and a good choice if nothing else is available.

Photo of Seru1
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a pilsner glass.

A- Staw gold with a thing white head

S- slighty hoppy, little else.

T- Lemony with abit of other citrus and a slight hoppy finish. Refereshing in that light but little depth

M- Thin and unlasting

D- Not as bad as alot of people say, I even like drinking them with a heavy meal. And sometimes I find myself really craving one. But not something I'd enjoy everyday.

Photo of pjblurton
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six pack of this last week. There are still two in the fridge which speaks volumes for me. It was recommended by a friend who said it was one of the best they ever had. I now have one less friend.

A - Light straw color, very attractive. Nice head to start but faded quickly. Light lacing early, also faded quckly.

S - Mild hoppy aroma.

T - Strong hop bitternes, somewhat watered down.

M - Carbonated water.

D - If I were hot and REALLY thirsty, I might have finished that 6 pack!

Photo of Schmidts
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have been drinking a case of this during the week and I am not impressed. Looks sort of bright yellow,smell light hops, taste not bad but not what I thought from what I was told it would be like. Small head, it is not much for refreshment in your mouth/ You can drink a couple easy enough but do you want to for me two is the max and one is better.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lot of people have recommended Stella to me, but I had yet to take them up on this until last night. I can't say I was overly impressed, but it certainly wasn't a bad brew.

Straw colored and clear, very little head.

Had a very light hoppy aroma.

Was a little bitter, but otherwise good.

Well balanced carb level and after taste.

Definately drinkable, I could have had a few more.

Photo of GeoffW
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass, clear amberish color. Head dissipated quickly.

Very mild smell, if any at all really.

Taste was mild (big surprise), a little hoppy with some sweet malt characteristics, felt a little watered down.

Mouthfeel was neutral, not really much of anything. I guess that's what I get for drinking dubbels and tripels all the time.

Drinkability was good, which is no surprise for such a mild brew. Maybe it's me but I'm just not that big of a fan. This beer didn't do anything wrong, it just didn't really do anything.

Photo of tayner
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a glass at a restaurant, had to ask for a non-frosted glass, ugh.

poured light pale straw colored with a small white wispy head. laced decently.

smell was mild, as expected.

Taste was okay although there were no strong flavors. it did not compete at all with my spicy chinese food. It did, however, make a very good beverage to wash down the food, i had no problem drinking this one very fast.

it was the best selection they had on the menu to choose from, and in that case it was very drinkable and i would order it again if that was the best choice, but if something else was available i would order that.

Photo of iceball585
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow color, clear, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered to a thin cover and lasted well, lots on tiny bubbles rising

S- Pale malts, straw, earthy, wheat, hint of citrus hops

T- Sweet, lemons, grains, pale malts, bitter hop bite near the end

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, starts smooth then dry yet oily finish

D- Decent session beer

I would consider this a fairly good euro pale lager. Decent flavors, but could use some work on the auroma.

Photo of GbVDave
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale and absolutely clear light yellow color. Small one finger head that disappears quickly and leaves a fair amount of lace in the glass.

S: Faint citrus-y aroma with some slightly sour grain and weak sweetness.

T: See above. A faint grassy hoppiness emerges as it warms but it's too little, too late. Also, noticed a toasted cracker flavor.

M: Decent enough. Dry and prickly, but a little on the thin side.

D: Pretty darn refreshing on a hot summer day, but I can think of 1,500 beers I'd look to first before I'd ever think of considering Stella...

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

Appearance - Pale, clear yellow; the quarter-inch of head has decent retention. Not a bad looking brew.

Smell - Husky grain and a bit of malty sweetness. Not much of an aroma to speak of.

Taste/mouthfeel - Semi-sweet pale malts make up the bulk of the flavor. A bit grassy toward the middle with a slight husky bitterness in the finish along with the faintest trace of hops. Overcarbonated, somewhat bloating despite the very light body. Not as clean as I would expect from a macro lager, but there are no major flaws either. Mediocre stuff, but drinkable.

Photo of csmiley
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Appears a very pale yellow and very clear. Head was average. Retention and lacing were both very good.

S - Mostly consisted of light malts and a touch of hops. That is all I could muster out of it.

T - The first flavors that jump out is a spice and grain. The grain takes on an earthy flavor as it goes down. In the background is a taste of caramel followed by some hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. There is a light dry finish.

D - Drinkability is good. It really is a lighter beer that goes down fairly easy. I'll probably end up getting it again.

Photo of Kadonny
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap at a local bar into a Stella glass.

A: A light golden color with not much of a trace of head. Minimal lacing.

S: Slight hops with malt, nothing to write home about.

T: Again, slighly hoppy with malt mixed in. This is a step above an American style lager and it was very refreshing to me. This beer is not a bold taster, but more of a all around drink it anytime anywhere beer. It does not try to live up to Belgians, it just sort of exists in it's own little niche.

M: Light with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: High, these go down smoothly.

Overall not a big beer, but it's not trying to be. This is a step above a Heineken or Becks, but a step below say a Pilsner Urquell. For what it's worth, I sort of enjoy this beer now and then.

Photo of adamette
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A Basic Lager. Head remained for about 90 seconds but it was only one finger, sort of weak.

S Very average. Nothing remarkable here.

T Moderately hoppy, a stronger version of Bud.

M Forgettable. A lot of water. Some carbonation.

D Not really. I bought this in a six pack. I will not be drinking the remaining 5.

I was hoping from more from this Belgian beer. It is better than Bud but not by much. It is a bit stronger but actually may be somewhat more bitter (not a good trait in my mind).

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as easy drinking lagers go, this is one of the best. It's not a world class beer, but it's not trying to be.

Pours a clear golden color. Smell is a little crisper than your average lager.

Taste is less corn and more grain than the big name macros. Grassy aftertaste hurts but not that bad. Very smooth, and a crisp finish. Hits with a hint of citrus in the end.

Very easy to drink and enjoy all night.

Photo of sjohansen
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very obviously overly processed and filtered clear, dull, yellow. It did get a nice thick two fingered rocky head that has some nice retention and leaves behind some sticky clumpy lacing. A slow steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass consistently throughout the session.

Fresh cut hay in the nose with a malt undertone.

It's crisp, clear. Nice hop bitterness. Dry finish with a sweet aftertaste.

The mouthfeel has some nice character to it for such a clear light brew. Maybe it's not the most complex beer in the world, but it's definitely drinkable.

Not a bad export lager. Better then a lot of the usual suspects.

Photo of djeffbee
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden yellow with fake, fluffy 2 finger head

Smell - Faint maltwith hint of bitterness

Taste - Light malt with a some hoppy bitterness,

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp.

Drinkability - Nice to drink after a long day out on the golf course.

Available everywhere so it's better than most of the ususal suspects. Easy to drink a few at a sitting.

Photo of osi
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light yellow with a clean appearance.

S - The smell was very light. Smelled of faint malts.

T - Although there was not that much taste I felt this is what made the beer unique. Not overwhelming but just enough to make you want to take another taste to try and figure it out.

M - Good feel, a little heavier than i expected. I consider it just be above a light mouthfeel..

D - This beer is good to enjoy while relaxing or paired with a light foot such as fish. I think they would compliment well.

I usually like a lot of flavor in my beer but this was quite the exception.

Photo of patsalvaggio
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce green bottle into a 16 oz pilsner glass. moderate head, some lacing. light hoppy aroma with a hint of skunkiness. feels light and thin in the mouth, very crisp in taste with nice balance. a very drinkable beer but nothing to write home about.

Photo of cokes
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to the archetypal lagered clear golden stacked with a healthy and sticky pile of ivory.
An initial light sulphuric vapor switches quickly to dry plant matter, and combines with a general white bread impression on the nose.
It flows through the mouth with a quick powdered sugar green apple sweet&sourness that is quickly washed out by the free flowing (or watery) lagered middle. The end features a slap of earthy, dried grass hops. The finish is wet, with almost no remainder.
Despite the paleness of flavors, and virtually invisible malts, the body carries a small amount of weight and an uppity but non obnoxious carbonation level. It's a great basic washer or quencher. But there is simply not enough flavor here to recommend it, even against many of its Euro lager peers. Especially with the "premium" image and price point it assumes.

Photo of pirates
4.33/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a golden hue.

S - Of hops an malts.

T - crisp and clean malt.

M - Ultra smooth and creamy, Stellar.

D - Highly drinkable on tap. Goes down with good company.

One of my fav beers. I found this one to be a tad better on tap than in the bottle.

Photo of Squelch
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Sparkling clear with white billowy head.

Smell: Smells of noble hops with a bit of skunkiness.

Taste: Hops upfront. Minor malt flavors come through in the finish. Slight caramel flavors present

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated. Could use more body.

Drinkability: Average drinkable beer. Good guzzler.

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