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4,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,385
Reviews: 1,363
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 46
Gots: 653 | 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 tbeck
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a light golden in color with a white head. Head stayed throughout with a good collar that turned in slight lacing.

S - As soon as I opened the bottle I caught a hint of skunk. Eventually as I became immune to the odor, I was able to catch a hint of hops.

T - The very first taste was skunky, mainly because of the nose. There was a slight bitterness and a hint of hops, especially in the aftertaste.

M - It was a little watery, but a little more viscous.

D - Not especially, I do not enjoy skunky beers so after the first one I would switch to another. The more I drink it wasn't to bad, it had a light taste to it.

Photo of jwinship83
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright, clear, pale gold with a thick foamy head and a never ending stream of tiny bubbles.

S- Faint odor of alcohol and a generic skunky scent of common euro lagers

T- Kind of bland and skunky, just the way that it smells.

M- light watery and clean

D- I can see how fans of this style could have several of these. personally, im not a big fan. however it is pretty nice for a "grocery store" beer.

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

if you take it for what it is worth, this is a nice beer. It pours brilliant golden, with a fluffy head and surprising lacing. The aroma is strong and honey-like. The flavor is bright, lemony and grainy with a subtle bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is light and pleasant. The beer is best drunk cold, however - as it warms, it develops a slightly sour, cardboard character, which hurts its overall drinkability.

Photo of boothy443
3.42/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Lite golden in color, starts off with a slightly think head that dissipates quickly, lacing present but not for the total drink. Heavy effervesce present in the initial pour that thins out over time.

S- Heavy on the malt smell with some citrus tones.

T- Malty with a sweet taste, not exceptionally carbonated, minimal aftertaste.

M- Lite feel with a smooth wash over the pallet.

D- Initially was not expecting much prior to drinking, considering a macro brew, but came away surprised, would easily select among the better of the macro brews, in a lager area, that i have had.

Photo of bacabuck
1.73/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Came to the table in one of those stupid looking Stella glasses from the print ads. The tulip shaped bulb should have kept the head tighter, but all that was present was a pond scum of lace on top. Light straw in color

S- Slightly antesptic. Not certain if it was the beer or soap residue from the glass.

T- Just nothing special. More like any other macro brew that you can buy a whole lot cheaper.

M- Horrible. Like 7-Up only made with hops instead of Limon (ya man!)

D- Overall this was a terrible beer. I'd drink it before another Peroni, but that's not saying much.

Photo of erosier
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized and light bodied white head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: The smell is of bready malts and some hops in there as well.
T: Pretty close to the nose. Some sweet bready malts and some hints of light hops.
M: Really light feeling with the right amount of carbonation.
D: OK. None of the flavors are overpowering but if it was a bit fresher tasting it might be better.

Photo of orcasteve
4.73/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this one is great, the grain is smouth and the hops roll in niceley, this is what a lager is suposta taste like. this pours a nice golden color with a big head that quickley disapers. this is the pinical of what green glass skunkey beer can be. this one always is in my beer rotation. try two or three you wont be disapointed.

Photo of number1bum
2.02/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had my brother who lives in OH get me a 6er of Great Lakes Moondog ESB, and he stole one and replaced it with a Stella. What a bullshit swap, but I've never reviewed one so what the hell...

Pours a pale yellow color with about two fingers of near white head. Has a slightly green tint to it almost. Does leave a pretty good lace and a good amount of stick.

Smell is skunky, grainy, pissy macro lager yuck...bleh.

Taste is bland and watery but is at least absent of any skunk or off flavors. There is some grain, light sweetness, bit of grassy hops maybe.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and pretty smooth. It just lacks any real flavor whatsoever. I really did not enjoy this at all. I dumped half of it out, in fact. An incredible waste of money for what it costs...not sure why anyone would buy this with better, cheaper options available.

Photo of bort11
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner flute. Mild white head that quickly recedes to a thin film. Minimal spots of lacing. Color is a pale straw yellow. A single stream of carbonation rises from the nucleation spot.

Smell is faintly sulfur and grainy. Taste is also mildly grainy. Hints of pepper.

Mouthfeel is on the oily side, but still fairly thin. Not very memorable.

Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a slightly dark gold appearance. No real lacing. Head was a bit patchy and bubbly. Slightly sweet aromas of honey, malt and hops. The sweet taste was maintained throughout the drink wrapped around a bready texture. Mouthfeel stabilized its sweetness but it is was pretty average. Overall, a decent drink.

Photo of Kyle987
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly light head, good lacing. Pale yellow color, like weak tea. Very high carbonation, and overall a pleasant and interesting flavor, with a touch of skunkiness. Good mouthfeel, and drinkable enough; overall a solid beer, but nothing special, particularly among the Belgians.

Photo of Getinthevan
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Stella. This is a good Belgian brew to have with chicken and salads. No really, this stuff is pretty delicious with a good dinner.

Appearance was a pale yellow, with a minute hint of green to it with almost no head. Either way, it was average at best.

Smell was decent with a hint of corn, but nothing too aromatic rousing up the nostrils.

Taste however is pretty awesome coming from this Belgian Brew. The aftertaste is what's the best part, as it possesses a very buttery/puddinglike finish that's great to smack lips over. A very tasty lager without a doubt.

Mouthfeel was a bit above average, as it retained a lot of its flavor inside the mouth before it went down cold. For a pale lager, Stella is a good beer that retains it's flavor inside and out.

Drinkability is pretty top notch. Six packs of this can be polished off pretty quickly, and don't be surprised to order more of this stuff while eating a great chicken dinner!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22.4 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a small soapy white head, fair retention, no lacing.

S: Medium scent of bread malt, light acidity.

T: Light sourdough bread balances a surprisingly strong noble hop element, very earthy. A bit of sugary sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Crsip biting carbonation, light but has a stronger overall flavour and aftertaste than most Euro lagers.

D: One of the better mainstream European lagers out there. The flavour can get boring at times, but overall still pretty good.

Photo of jamiejohnson
3.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traveling around Belgium I rarely drank this due to the abundance of superstar brews. I think being a mass lager in the land of giants puts this beer in a precarious position--Imagine a baseball player with two brothers who went to the major leagues and he only advances to the minors. Actually this brew can grow on you. It's got the typical European lager characteristics. There's a lot worse lagers on the continent, that's for sure. Like Sam Adams, it's the only decent beer in a crunch in many locations. I say let's keep it around.

It's not great,
That's for sure.
But in a pinch
It's the cure

Photo of Onenote81
3.82/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a conical. Not much head, but what was there stayed there. Excellent lacing. Poured a light-medium golden color. Smelled of hops, corn and slight buttery scent.

Had a crisp clean mouthfeel to it. Very smooth. Tasted of hops, mild fruitiness, finished almost a maple taste? Left a bitter aftertaste, not enough to chase me away though.

I enjoyed this beer. Very refreshing. Will definitely drink this again.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Max McQ's in Akron OH.

A - Golden yellow with a thin white head that stays forever.

S - Not much there.

T - Smooth going down, a little sweet with a slight bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Ok beer, it has a little too much bitterness in the finish for me.

Photo of baos
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fluid ounce into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Nice golden color with 2 finger head on the get go that dissipates down to a thin film with a sloth of froth in the middle and a decent collar.

S: Smell like most lagers from Europa. That skunky-kind-buddy aroma, with a bit of lemon rind.

T: Bitter-sweet and very dry ending. Not a bad beer at all.

M: Pretty good for this type of beer.

D: Good

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pale clear yellow with lots of bubbles, champain-like. Nice white frothy head, about 2 fingers. Settles in a couple minutes and leaves a thing lace on top.

S - Just like most pale lagers. Light malt and a slight lemon zest.

T - Crisp light hops and malt with a bitterness at the end that is actually a nice kind of skunky.

M - Drying carbonation, nice and bubbly.

A descent pale lager that is always a good go-to when other better beers aren't available. Pretty smooth and tasty.

Photo of Antilochus
2.47/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a green Stella bottle. Fridge temp.

Golden body with a white foam head. Looks great.

I can instantly tell that this is skunked. Bilious notes. Noble hops are subdued. Sweet malt. Clean.

Good feel, but carbonation is a bit too edgy for my taste. Spice comes back but skunk is ever-present in this bottle. I have reviewed the can and it was much better. Not too sweet, thankfully.

Too alcoholic anyway.

Photo of Hoagie1973
1.71/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer should apologize to the country of Belgium. Belgium should make this brewery pack up and move to another country... like France.
Ordered on tap at TGIFriday's. Came in a tall weizen glass with no head.
Smelled like your typical macro lager and a skunk. My first experience with draft beer being skunked. That's not supposed to happen.
Tasted like weak malt with a strange bitterness in the finish; not a good hop bitterness, just a weird oily bitter flavor. Unpleasant.
At $5.69 for a 20oz draft, this is not something I'll ever do again.
Avoid this swill. A black mark on the reputation of a country that brews some of the finest beer in the world.

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

Got this on tap at an Outback Steakhouse. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Came out a golden yellow. Got a perfect pour as far as head goes, nice foamy head. Decent head retention but very little stickiness to the lace.

S: A bit metallic and smells of bitter hops.

T: Has a metallic taste that hits me first and foremost. You can taste the hops and grains after the metallic flavor deminishes. Maybe a touch of malt sweetness there, but I am stretching.

M: A bit thin, but does finish clean and is refreshing.

D: Not THE brew for me, but I will drink it to break up the monotony in a macro heavy bar. Not bad, not great. Its ok.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Poured a light yellow/goldenrod with some nice bubbly effervescence and a small white head that receded quickly. Zero lacing.

S: Sweet grain malts and not much else--maybe some faint earthy hop aromas? Fairly weak, but it wasn't skunked or off-putting like many other European pale lagers.

T&M: Sweet grains with a slight earthy hop finish. Somewhat bland, but it's got more flavor than other offerings in the style. It has a lighter body with a crisp feel and a very short finish.

D: In the end this is just an above-average Euro pale lager, but nothing special. It goes down easily, but would be more drinkable if it had more flavor.

Photo of AlexJ
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow pour with a very nice pure white head that leaves scant trails of lace.

Aroma is faint and grainy with some malt sweetness and a slight hint of metallic.

Flavor similar, very similkar to Heineken, but less skunky and a bit sweeter.

Body and mouthfeel very average, basically fizzy yellow beer.

Photo of rye726
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Belgians brew some fine beer, even their lagers are half decent. This pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. The nose is grainy with some fairly fresh hops. The taste has light hops and grainy malts, but no significant off flavors. A light crisp body. One of the better lagers around.

Photo of Beerislife652854
3.32/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one on tap at the Coal Hole Pub in London.

A - Pours a very pale yellowish-amber with very good clarity and carbonation into a standard pint glass. 1 - finger head fades after a while and laces the inside of the glass slightly.

S - Bitter hops with a malty aftertaste. Some florals.

T - More bitter than sweet, very hoppish and crisp.

D - Very drinkable, very similar to a light beer without a watered-down taste.

A side note - During my visit to London and trying many different pubs around the downtown Westminster area, I found that this beer was served at about 80% of the pubs. Perhaps this is Europe's "Anheiser-Busch?"

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