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4,431 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,431
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 51
Gots: 718 | 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 droomyster
2.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle expiration date reads June 16, 2009. I've always loved the Stella bottle, with it's fancy looking label and ring of conucopia's stamp into the base of the neck. I only wish the beer inside was befitting of such cool packaging.

Stella Artois pours a clear yellow with tons of carbonation rushing to the top and a clean white head that lasts a couple of minutes. All in all it looks quite beautiful. Unfortunately the smell is between ick and ordinary. There's just not much there: a faint, nameless hoppiness with the suggestion of an equally unidentifiable malt. Tastes slightly better than it smells, with distant honey sweetness and lemony hops. Reminiscent of camomille - and just as benign! The body is light and the carbonation gives it a nice feel. This beer is pretty drinkable but would be more so if only it had more character.

Photo of germanbeer1
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this in the traditional Stella Artois snifter, which probably didn't make much of a difference, even if I had drunk it straight from the bottle as I often have. The color is a sort of hazy gold with a light head. This beer doesn't have much taste to it at all, so it's hard to fault Stella on bad taste. But at the same time it's extraordinarily plain. An easier import to drink when there aren't any other imported lagers around.

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

In reality I can sum this up by saying it's Heineken, Becks, Grolsch, etc....brewed and bottled in Belgium. Rather typical of the European lagers that find their way to our stores. The pour was initially impressive with a fluffy cotton white head, but even that went away as time wore on. This is very drinkable and soft on the palate. Pretty basic and soon forgotten. Average lager.

Photo of humanawho
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - very very light yellow/gold color and a fair bone white head

S - hard to get past the skunkyness under there is a light sweet malty aroma

T - very light with a small sweet maltyness and a very very slight bitter finish

M - mouthfeel is about what i would expect from a beer this light with nice carbonation

D - good drinkablity if it wasn't skunked i might like to have a few

Photo of dippy
3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a big Stella Fan, but I think that I will give them a better shake than half the reviews out there.

POured a nice pee yellow with 2 fingers of pillowy white head. Left great lacing on the glass.

Smell is grainy. Light malt.

Taste follows suit with the smell. Grainy and light malt. Crisp beer.

This is a good session beer. If I want a refreshing beer, this would work well. Not my style at all, but do able. I will buy again (because my wife like them)

Photo of MP72
1.58/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A-pale straw into a tulip pint glass with a white thin head that did not last at all.

S- mostly of skunked euro swill or some of the other green bottled German lagers. Not sure if this is normal or if they just go bad in the green bottle from sun.

T- same as the smell , basically like drinking right behind a skunk that just sprayed.

M- Fizzy and boring nothing special , nothing horrible.

D- to me it was awful but it may have been a bad bottle.

I drank this on tap in England years ago and really enjoyed it. The bottle I reviewed was unimpressive and IMHO terrible for a highly touted Belgian.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of a friend - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an eerily clear, pale golden straw colored beer with a fast-fading one-finger white head that actually leaves some really nice, sticky, splotchy lacing, fingers and tendrils of which creep upwards and leave successively lower and lower rings marking the level of the beer following each sip.

Aroma: Sweet, crispy malts, husky and shallow in places. Very sweet.

Taste: Similar to the nose. A fair amount of cheap-tasting sweetness, corn-like perhaps, with a mild or perhaps sub-mild dose of spicy, grassy hops. It's a little too sweet, almost sickeningly-sweet after a while.

Mouthfeel: Uneven, smooth, puffy. Leaves a bit of a thin, powdery film. A little too much of a sweet film.

Drinkability: Not so hot, if only because it's almost cloyingly sweet, and not a complex sweetness, but a sticky, simple sweetness. Alcohol's fine, well-hidden, but it's just not pleasant enough to bring me back for much more - I ended up handing this one back to the friend!

Photo of PhillyStyle
1.95/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass. Once we started to drink this, we were unsure why we ordered it and why we thought we liked it. The beer was a clear very pale yellow with a thin white head. Left some decent lacing, but that alone will not improve its score. No real aroma to it. The taste was awful. Watered down, carbonation was ok, but it was very thin and had no character to it. We could not finish the pint. Enough said.

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

Poured this hay colored beer into a pint glass. It first showed with a minor amount of head then reduced to a good lacing. The smell of it is a wheat pale-ale beer. The taste followes closely with the aroma. However lingering aftertaste is that of a belguim style taste.
One of the summer hot day beers.

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my ever-so-handy Guinness tulip pint.

Appearance: Looks pretty plain. A golden color, but nothing outstanding, really. Leaves a nice lace behind- I'll give it that.

Smell: Grassy.

Taste: A weak taste that finishes somewhat grassy. Only a step above an American macro.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and just a step above macro.

Drinkability: Not terrible, but definitely not worth the price. I would drink it if it was around, but I don't think that this is anything I would go out of my way to buy again.

Photo of youngleo
3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a very light yellow and a two fingered head. Head was white in color. Left some lacing along the glass as it was consumed. Had the skunk smell as it was opened. Reminded me of Heineken. Also smelled of malt. Had a slightly skunk taste. Also some grain. Actually was very light tasting. Nothing strong at all. I expected a stronger taste than what it actualy had. Felt good in the mouth, very light. Carbonation was good. Overall I think this brew was good. Would like to try a session with it. Ill buy again.

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

The palest yellow color. Two finger white head that recedes rather quickly butleaving some nice lacing. I can't help but chuckle to myself that is was poured into a Bud Light pint glass. Aroma of skunk, pale malts, very dry and slightly hoppy. Grainy, husk malt flavor, a little skunk again, average hop bitterness, but for than the nose would lead you to believe. Crisp and clean on the tongue. This used to be my "expensive beer" before I got into the world of crafts. I enjoy it still, despite my quest for bigger and better beers. Easy to drink and I still like this one on a hot summer day in Wisconsin's countryside.

Photo of Proteus93
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly darker than an O'Doul's I just poured, but that is still leaning towards quite a pale yellow / straw. A little bit of a golden amber hue adds its mark. Head is rather sticky and recedes fairly reasonably.

S: Fairly faint, but I don't detect a lot of adjuncts in there as I often do with others. Primarily a sweet maltiness for what is there. Quite average in that sense. Nothing standing out at all to my nose, but what is there is inoffensive.

T: Sweet notes of malts / dextrins. Not detecting the grassiness or slightly 'skunky-like' off flavours I often find in others. A very simple, easy going flavour up front.

M + D: A reasonable, even somewhat rich carbonation which complements the body fairly well. It may not stand out against others, but it's very accessible and drinkability isn't an issue other than being a mood thing in terms of aroma/flavour (or lack thereof). I can do this one without complaints.

Photo of RickS95
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this out of a bottle at a restaurant. Hadn't had one in years, and looked forward to trying it again.

Didn't get a chance to pour it into a glass, so this review may not mean much. Smelled like a lot of other pilsners, nothing special, maybe a bit more hoppy that others.

Had a crisp, bitter mouthfeel, and about the same in the finish. Wasn't a bad beer, just nothing to write home about, particular for a "premium" beer.

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

Poured this 12 oz. green bottle into a pils glass. Best before 11 2008. The body was clear and pale golden. The head had some retention and left some clumps of lace.

Smell was grainy and richer than some Euro Lagers.

Taste was husky, grainy. Mild tart hops up front balanced with a light bready sweetness. Better than I remembered.

Mouthfeel was somewhat raspy, which I like. Medium/light body.

Photo of lynx1245
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow with a soapy white head that has some good lacing and medium retention. Good amount of bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell: Hops and a little wheat aroma. Not much to see here, move along.

Taste: Very light, sweet , and a touch of bitterness from the hops. I like the taste but it's nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Goes down pretty smooth with a little tingle from the carbonation. Perhaps a bit much tingle.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink a few of these to get a buzz. However, for the price tag I'd much rather just get something else.

Found a six pack of this on sale at the market for $8. I usually see it at around $12-$13 for a sixer so I thought I'd give it a shot. If you're looking for a beer with decent taste and pretty good drinkability, go ahead and pick some up if you can find it on sale. Otherwise, its not worth the price.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at FO and The Library Ale House in Santa Monica.
Poured a nice light gold with good carbonation. Nose is refreshing, a little grainy but not bad. Taste has good malts, slightly hopped with a very light sweet/citrus note(very light). Pretty good overall.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.57/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Deep yellow and golden

smell: slight hoppiness scent

taste: Slightly sweet flavor and very clean

mouthfeel: Light, crisp and refreshing

drinkability: Easy drinking beer that I contantly choose when out. It's starting to take over Heineken in populartity now.

Photo of PatrickJR
1.76/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Ham's in Kernersville.

A - Bright gold/yellow, completely clear, with about a finger's worth of head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin collar. No lace.

S - Not much smell at all. A faint cereal grain aroma mingles with some grassiness.

T - This is one of the worst tasting beers I've ever had. I don't remember it being so bad out of the bottle, but tonight, this was truly awful. There's a quick burst of graininess followed by a strange, medicinal sweetness; something like ethanol, artificial flavoring, and crushed aspirin. The faint, grassy hops make this taste much worse, and the beer finishes dry with a medicinal and metallic bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel was alright...carbonation was high and body was light.

D - Yuck. There haven't been many beers that I haven't finished because they were just that bad, but this was one of them. Maybe a tap problem? Who knows, but this was one of the worst things to hit my lips in awhile. Perhaps the flavors of the beer don't do well with an on-tap translation.

Photo of berserker256
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow lager with a sort of small white head that fizzles out rather quickly. Smells semi-sweet and grainy. A little malty. No hoppyness in the smell but a little bit of hop bitterness in the flavor. Pleasant and clean tasting lager. It tastes like it was brewed from quality ingredients but it's not worth the ten-dollar-per-six-pack price tag. No poor aftertaste. It's definitely better than Budweiser but not worth the price to me.

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

Appearance: Golden/yellow and clear. Decent head. Lots of carbonation can be seen here.

Aroma: Hops, some grassy scents, little grain I guess. Smells like the style. Pretty mild scent overall.

Taste: A little sweetness, that balances out with a mild amount of hops. Bitterness is minimal, and overall the taste is pretty subtle, and follows the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light. Crisp from the carbonation (which will probably lead to burping, I guarantee). Not bad, and its refreshing

Drinkability: Well, low ABV, crispness and lightness lend itself to excelling in this category. Not my main choice for a refreshing beer, but its not bad. Its a better version of Heineken, I'd say, the flavors in this are a little more balanced out.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good beer that is easy to drink in any situation

A- Very clear golden with hundreds of carbonation bubbles and an active, foamy head that poured to 2-fingers

S- Smell is skunky and grainy and Belgian

T- Tastes like it smells but the grains taste more malty

M- Fell is somewhat watery but with a decent level of carbonation that carries it over the tongue

D- Best thing about this beer. Easy to pound, but I've had better

Photo of rabsten
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No need to clog the forum with a lengthy review. This is a classic, Euro Pale Lager. Gold-yellow body, white, fluffy head that evaporates in about 3 minutes with no lacing. Plenty of carbonation making for a crisp mouthfeel and refreshing drink, but not a whole bunch of flavor. No aroma to speak of.

Just about the most over-rated beer in America. Is it bad? No. It it good? Again, no. It's just okay. And If I'm going to drink "just OK" I'm going to go American to get it.

It's the Budweiser of Premium Imports.

Photo of gerardoluna
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Eyes] Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.

[mouth] medium yellow, Goood carbonation the afther taste is large and bitter, Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, slightly husky, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

[Nouse] Aroma is lightly malty (grain), moderately hoppy (herbs), light note of solvent. Smells and tastes a bit industrial.

Photo of dbtoe
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in the Stella Artois chalice

Look a very good looking beer in its glass, golden body with a very nice white head.

Smell pretty mild some sweetness and flowers.

Taste pretty good subtle flavors. Flowery

Feel lively carbonation very clean

Drink goes down very easy. I could have a lot of these.

Comment a fairly easy drinking beer with some very mild flavors. A good beer.

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