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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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4,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,222
Reviews: 1,317
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 35
Gots: 516 | 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 Metalmonk
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Glad this wasn't the first Belgian I ever tried, because it sure as hell wouldn't have led me to dig any deeper (like the lovely Corsendonk did). But, to be fair, it cannot be judged by Belgium's super-high standards. This is simply a lager, nothing more, nothing less. A drinkable but average specimen. Just unfortunate that, if the average American beer drinker knows of only one Belgian, it's usually this one.

Looks like the essence of the textbook-definition lager, with a big foamy head that settles slowly, leaving delicate bits of lace all around, and the color being a gold-laced straw-yellow.

Aroma is light and fruity, some lemon sneaking in; a little bit of the sweet/salt grain smell that reminds some people of corn, others of urine. I just think it smells like your average everyday lager.

Flavor shows a citric bite prevailing, ending in a sweet finish that is even a bit puckery. I didn't think this would taste that good after so many years of refining the ol' palate, but it's not bad at all.

Something sort of funny about the mouthfeel, in a bad way. Lots of carbonation, fine, that's expected, but the weird puckeriness carries into the aftertaste, and it's not pleasant.

This isn't quite as bad as the snobs would have you believe. But still, I wouldn't drink it unless it came to me unsolicited. Which this one did. Time for a Scaldis.

Metalmonk, May 21, 2007
Photo of albern
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What can you say about a Stella that the last 500 people haven't. It is pale, doesn't have much of a head, has lots of good carbonation. This is a typical euro lager but with a sharpness that compromises its quality. Slight hoppy flavor, cooked vegetables, a dry beer, not all that interesting but not bad either. It is a shame this comes out of Belgium, a country with the finest beers available, and Stella and Maes being the two worst representatives from the country.

albern, May 21, 2007
Photo of diego
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just cracked open at 11.2oz bottle.
I know this beer by heart.
Hands down pick for my favorite everyday beer. It’s got that light, almost non-existent hops smell, light carbonation and blond color that says BEER. It won’t change your life but it has just a little more than your average pale lager. Bitter but with some fruit.

diego, May 11, 2007
Photo of RobertTaylor
4.3/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It is a 33cl bottle drank out of a pint glass.

A:Ok,not the best that i have seen but above standard.

S:Kinda like wet paper,Overall I nice smell to go with the beer.

T:The taste is just like what i was looking from a lager.I mean thin and refreshing,Very nice

M:I little better then what I was thinking.Like I said before very refreshing.

D:I very drinkable beer and nice on a hot day.I dont think this beer would go good with a big meal.

If I see another I think I will pick it up,but not going to go out of my way to pick some up.

RobertTaylor, May 05, 2007
Photo of muffguy4beer
2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Free 12 pack courtesy of the vineyard. Poured from 12 oz bottle into imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden yellow in color. Thick white head which hangs around for the most part.

Smell: Pretty un-enticing aroma. Sweet malt notes dominate the smell with a hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Very sugary and appley. Slightly hoppy and a little bitter. I can pick up a very faint hint of belgian yeast flavor.

Moutfeel: Thin in body almost waterlike. Amply carbonated.

Drinkability: I am sure this beer was much better in the past but as it stands right now it is a slight step over the heinekins, becks, buds, etcs of the world. I could probably drink 3 or 4 of these on a hot summer day but thats about it. The price is slightly outrageous, if I were to actually purchase this beer in a 12 pack its almost 15 dollars which to me is crazy. I do not see myself visiting this beer again after my free 12 pack is history.

muffguy4beer, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just voted the best Victorian beer in the Australian International Beer Awares. Sounds ridiculous, of course.... yet it is brewed in Melbourne under license from InBev.

A: Pale honey colour, light bubbling. Rocky white head, which holds well.
S: Fresh, flinty green hop. Light malt note, with grain/straw notes.
F: Flavours of pale malt, green apple flesh, fruity/herbal hop notes. Nice Euro lager, without any of the skanky, sulfur notes often associated with other Europeans.
M: Good, full mouth-feel, no palate "gaps". Body is light to medium, and finishes crisply, with medium bitterness. Refreshing, & certainly able to have more than one.
O: A good session beer. Not challenging, nor terribly interesting, but very reliable, and very drinkable.

vancurly, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of stevehagy
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stella is actually somewhat mainstream and one of the better mainstream beers. Theres nothing surprising or unique about it its just a golden/amber beer that has good taste and is incredibly smooth. The smoothness makes it extremely drinkable.
Plus, the wrapping around the bottle cap makes it seem fancy.

stevehagy, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer. Golden and transparent, with a moderate head. Aroma is decidedly beery. Taste is malty, no bitterness, no complexity. Not spectacular, but smooth and drinkable, a nice accompaniment for dinner, lively conversation, or a sports event on TV. This is a good party drink.

Cyberkedi, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of meadhead
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very mild
nut malt
with just a hint of
hop bitter

a little green glass skunk;
and I'm sure you've had better

a bit of watered down feel
without over-carbonation
a quality lager
for most situations

pouring the light clear yellow

taste - mouthfeel,
and the rest

average to good
easily consumed
without regret.

meadhead, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of notoriousdav
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow, what I would expect from a lager. Smells like skunk and hemp. Taste is refreshing, light, dry and maybe a little citrus. Lot's of carbonation. This is a mass produced eauro lager that I suppose one could drink all night with the intention of becoming totally inebriated, but trying to look more sophisticated than a guy doing the same thing with a bud light.

notoriousdav, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of beeragent
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend of mine kept raving about how great this beer was, so naturally I wanted to try it. He was nice enough to actually buy me one, and bring it over for me to try. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear straw, forming a thin 1/4 inch head, that left light lacing on the glass. The aroma is almost all skunky, with a hint of hop sweetness. I expected it to taste as bad as it smelled, but was suprised to find that it wasnt that bad. Very smooth clean hop flavor, with a good balance of malt thickness. Light mouthfeel. Aside from the smell, I could see having one or two of these in a session. Not as bad as I thought it would be. It reminds me of St. Pauli Girl. Once you get past the smell, its not a bad beer. Take a chance, and give it a shot.

beeragent, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of leechungsr
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden with fair about of white head that takes its time. bubbles slowly rise up glass.
S: light malty, lesser grassy, maybe yeasty.
T: was a bit stronger than the smell indicates. initially malty, but the hops bite quickly and go away almost immediately.
M: good amount of carbonation.
D: really pretty good! I like. It's more interesting I than other euro pale lagers I've had...I think.

leechungsr, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of BeerBob
4.33/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours as gold as gold can be from a light green glass 11.2 FL. OZ bottle. Creamy white foam head went to over three fingers.

Nose is of damp grains and sweet barley malts. Pallet is a smooth combination of malts and alcohol.

This one goes down with the best of them. I can through Stella Artois down 24/7/365 and not regret it.

BeerBob, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of JWFokker
2.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle, it's a standard looking pale yellow lager. Plenty of carbonation. The nose is a mix of yeast, malt and grass. The flavor is where it all falls down though. It's like a mix of bad Grolsch and Heineken. It's predominantly watery bitter malt with a dry finish, but lacking the metallic astringency of Grolsch and with a particularly poor aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin, but standard for the variety. Because the flavor is so bad, drinkability is quite low.

JWFokker, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of baxterbrew
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from bottle into a pilsner glass. The head is fair and stays around for a long time. Very effervescent, the bubbles just keep coming. Color is a light straw color, clear as a bell - no detectable chill haze.

S: The smell is sweet and malty with a strong skunk overtone.

T: Not impressed here. I expected more and got pretty much Heineken. A little more bitter than most lagers. A lot of DMS here - I think the green bottles had a huge effect.

M: Very nice mothfeel, not overly carbonated as expected by the appearance. It has a nice thick feel, almost buttery.

D: I could drink a bunch but I don't think it's worth the extra $. Kind of boring actually.

baxterbrew, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

golden yellow body with minimal white head
tatse is of hops and malt with a kick in the aftertaste-not bad though
very carbonated
Average drinkability. #1 belgian import lager

overall its an average beer but its not worth the high import cost that you pay for it.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on tap at the Triva Pub into a Stella Artois stemmed tulip glass.

Clear,golden color that has a deep hazy look. 1" white frothy head with good retention,leaving webbed lacing down the glass. Large bubbles attached to the sides of the glass with a couple of smaller bubbles surfacing.

Clean nose some grassiness,some light sweet malt,fruity with a bisquity/doughy/yeastness. A clean,subtle,faint delicate aroma.

The taste was delicate,grassy,fruity,doughy,a taste reminesent of grape leaves that finishes with a subtle sour tartness like unripened fruit.

A light mouthfeel,with a bit of grainyness and some slight cloying.
Very easy drinking,clean,refreshing,could drink a few of these,but would get bored after a while, not enough taste to keep me interested for a long time.

jcdiflorio, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of grub
2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

part of a gift set i got for xmas from my wife. thanks jenn!

330ml bottle

pours pale yellow with almost no head. the few white bubbles disappear almost instantly and leave no lace.

aroma is ok. bit of dms. light earthy hops. adjuncts.

taste is fairly unpleasant. medium-low bitterness. adjuncts and dms. bit of earthy hops. lingering unpleasant aftertaste.

mouthfeel is ok. average carbonation and very light body.

drinkability is ok. not my cup of tea, and certainly not the best example of the style.

grub, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Ultra clear hay colo with a thin fizzy white head that quickly turns into a thin cap.

Light sweet malt with a little bit of floral hop aroma.

Watery cracker-like malts with a light hop residue sitting on the tongue. Quick finish, very dry. Light bodied with high carbonation.

I am not impressed with this one. I would rather have a Michelob Ultra than this. Just another fizzy Euro import.

BeerSox, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of browner
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is heavily marketed and readily available in this area. This is a very clear yellow lager with a half inch of white head. Not particularly lacey for a Belgian but predictable for a light (underscore light). The taste has a bit of malt but more of a fast light bitter flavor that finishes quick. On tap or bottle this beer is best served cold. For those looking for a light lager and a new label try it out. This isn't rocket science just a light beer that should appeal to those who don't like Dark, Belgians, IPA's well pretty much not many beers.

browner, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of awester462
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had heard that i had to try this beer a lot. When i finially bought a sixer of it and tried one i wasn't initially impressed. Maybe because i am inclined to dark beers, but the second beer seemed much better than the first. The taste grew on me. Finially came to the conclusion that this is a good beer, not a standby, but good none the less.

awester462, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of 484dan
2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

the appearance of this beer is pale yellow w/about a half inch of head when pored into a mug... the smell is unimpressive w/a sort of "flat" smell... the taste isn't all bad- almost comparible to a light pilsner... mouthfeel is boring and the drikability... is crisp. the beer reminds me of something you might drink for a "quick beer" after working outside all day

484dan, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of Sconnie
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had Stella before, but i gave it a more thorough tasting last night, as a friend had a 12 pack. It had the appearance of a pilsner, very light. A slight hoppy nose but nothing strong. The taste was that of a light lager, with a decent ammout of hops and a slight malt aftertaste. Pretty good, very drinkable, but nothing that stood out as spectacular.

Sconnie, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden-straw color with a quarter-inch foamy white head.

Smell: Lightly grassy smell with a slight bit of hops. The grasses have a bit of sweetness to them.

Taste: Generally a fairly heavy grassy taste, but with a bit of spicyness. However, I can't tell if the spicyness comes from hops or from carbonation. The aftertaste is bitter and bit unsavory (and of unknown origin).

Mouthfeel: Dry and light-bodied with a bit of carbonation. It's almost a bit too dry, as it doesn't adhere to any surface in the mouth at all.

Drinkability: Strength-wise it's fine, taste-wise it's ok, but it's just a bit tedious overall.

Though a relatively popular (or at least well-known) beer, this isn't very impressive. Tastes like a generic Euro lager that borders on tasting skunky. Average at best, but I find that the mouthfeel is rather annoying -- goes beyond tasting "clean" to tasting excessively dry.

mithrascruor, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friends all got together to celebrate a couple birthdays among us (one of them MINE!). All of them know me and my taste for a good craft beer! They ALL ended up getting me some awesome beers that I haven't ever tried or that I hadn't tried in a long time! One of these was a sixer of Stella Artois that came package with two six packs of other Belgian offerings.

I selected the Stella Artois to try first and took the 11.2 oz green bottle and poured it into a 16 oz mug. The head was a crisp pure white and rather thin (big bubbles). The 1" head quickly dissipated to nothing in a matter of a minute or so. The color was a pale yellow with complete clarity.

The nose on this was a tiny bit fruity.

The taste was also somewhat fruity with a bit of citrus-like tang. Not like a weissbier... but still a tad fruity. No discernable hops.

This would be a great summer-time beer. Very refreshing and thin bodied... although, I wouldn't want to let this one get too warm.... might get a little skunky.

Overall, drinkability was nice. Again, I would reserve this for summer consumption on a blistering hot day, Stella Artois would quench a good beer thirst.

TheBierBand, Jan 29, 2007
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