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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 54
Gots: 778 | 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 projectflam86
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours clear golden yellow with thin foamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Malty sweet nose with hints of hops and spices.

T- Light malt flavor with some spice and biscuit tastes developing into a slightly hop bite in the finish.

M- Ok carbonation, fairly smooth and light bodied.

D- Stella is a pretty good brew that is drinkable but not the best one out there.

Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid lager. Pours pale yellow with virtually no head. No distinct smell.

Taste is clean, but not crisp - something lingering at the back that I can't quite place.

Here in the US, this beer is no longer a novelty - you can find it everywhere - and maybe thats not a bad thing. Beats the hell out of BMC anyday.

Photo of drink1121
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- NO HEAD!!! I highly doubt it is all the beers fault because I got it at a sports bar. Discgrce

S- Smelled like the soap used to clean the glass

T- Also like the soaap. No different than a Macro American

M - Slightly too high carbonation

D - Beer pong beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the best thing about this beer is the head and nice yellow color.

smell is almost non existent. no flaws, but nothing interesting either

taste is clean with hints if cooked vegetable. mild flaws but nothing off

crisp and clean. kind of boring though.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.27/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a Stella Artois chalice. Chalice rests on a glass Stella Artois coaster.

Appearance - golden straw colour with sudsy lacing up the sides. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Corn and straw dominate the bouquet here, with some grassy notes thrown in. A great partner for nosing some Scotch - brings back objectivity during an intermission.

Taste - much better from a can than the bottle. More depth to the straw-grassy malt flavours with less overt bitterness than the bottle version. Light waves of a slightly bitter finish continue.

Mouthfeel - peppery up front with smoothing effects along the sides of the mouth just seconds later.

Drinkability - a few cans like this in an evening is never a bad thing, just don't over-do it. The taste and refreshment doesn't go out on this great beer.

Photo of bonkers
3.37/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at a local restaraunt. It is a pale clear straw yellow with a medium white head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is sweet and bready. The flavor is light, sweet and has a pleasant bitter after taste. The beer is light bodied and fairly quaffable. I think this one is much better on draft than bottled.

Photo of Stunner97
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- A golden yellow with a decent white foam head, nice size bubbles stream beautifully up the glass, crystal clear lager,

Smell- grains, corn, lots of malt sweetness, slight hops, nothing over powering but nice smell

Taste- Slight grain and malts up front, with a hoppy bitter finish, its light yet kinda of nice for a lager with a medium complexity, good finish that lingers of malt and hops both mild in there own way,

MOuth- light with very high carbonation, nothing overwhelming here either way

Drinkability- Honestly I like this beer, its first time I tried it and I think its a nice session lager better then most macro beers, Its gotta alot more complexity to me while steal being very light crisp and refreshing then most american macros, not something i would get all the time but if given the option theres a lot I would certainly choose it over, one I believe I will visit occasionally when drinking with people who like the macros, highly drinkable no issues slamming one these down

Photo of jsanto
2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

s - on tap in a stella glass.

a - it does give a very good appearance.golden ans a off white head.

s - very little hints of lemon and alcohol, but not much.

t - this tasted like a beer, nothing special and nothing flavorful either that i remembered.

m - carbonation was the best part of this one, with just a little finish.

d - i would not get this again.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stella Artois "Leuven 1366", ABV=5.2%, cals=145p12os
Reviewed as a Euro Pale Lager, @ home 11/10/08, bottle>dimpled mug
A 3.5 - pale straw in color, 1 finger head, no retention
S 2.5 - subtle skunkiness, mild hop notes
T 3.5 more malty than some, hops on clean finish
MF 3.5 - thin body but more than some other Euros I have had, medium carbonation, interesting finish
D 3.5 - I gotta support it since it's Belgian, it's drinkable for sure, just not a huge standout for me.

Photo of ghebel
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Presented to me in a chalice type glass filled to the top with a few bubbles floating on the surface, but no head to speak of. Yellow to gold and clear.

S - Malty, with a touch of fruitiness and alcohol.

T - Taste follows the smell. Very similar to other pale lagers.

M - Smooth and thin.

D - Very drinkable and it complimented the hot wings I was eating well.

Overall- This is a good alternative to the American pale lagers. Seems a bit more flavorful and full.

Photo of johnnymoto
2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The appearance was a nice light golden hue.

I poured the beer into a pint glass and the head lasted for a few seconds before dissipating immediately right after. When I put my nose down to give it a good sniff, I got a slight note of hops and maybe a few earthy notes as well. I gave it a few sniffs and realized it was mediocre and wasn't as impressing as the bottle nor the hype.

The best thing is that it is quite drinkable, but might not ever be my first choice at a bar. I would definitely pick it over any budweiser or miller though.

Photo of LittleDon
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Draft in a 12 oz tulip shaped glass.

Crystall clearn yellow with little visable signs of carbonation. Thick white head that dissapates into intermittent lacing. Mass produced lager grain smell and taste. Grain in the finish with no noticable hopping. Light enough to drink a few more, but why bother.

At least it's better than Bud.

Photo of froghop
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at the outback in hong kong.

pour clear yellow with large white head that disapates quickly, lots of carbination, and okay loacing.

smell is grass, sweet, and pear.

taste is watery, sweet, corn, and some malts in the back.

overall ive always liked this beer, nothing special about it just always seems to hit the spot.

Photo of mtbbaboon
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a flute glass. Pours a clear, crisp golden yellow with lots of bubbles. A one finger thick white head that settles quickly. The first thing I smell is a bit of funk that I can't identify. Not real pleasant. Beyond that, it smells mildly malty and fruity. A bit of a sweet taste up front, followed by a bit of bitterness. Not a real complicated taste, but well balanced. Crisp, light mouthfeel. Very carbonated and burpy. Goes down easy though. It's drinkable when your options are limited. Not bad, not great, but drinkable.

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

Stella poured clear and gold with a one finger head that stuck nicely to the side of the glass. It's aroma was crisp and malty which was reflected in it's taste. I love carbonation and this one had plenty which complemented its smoothness. This is a very easy beer to drink.

Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 2-3 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles slowly leaving sticky, thick, lacing and littles craters and caverns in the receding head. Light carbonation continues to rise. Eventually leaves a bubbly layer of foam. The head never really fully leaves you. Thick sticky spider web lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Wheat, baked bread, and hay.

T: Light pale malt, a bit of hops, a dull lemon hint.

M: Light, but full. The hops coat the palette, and a tangy aftertaste remains.

D: Pretty solid here. Light feel, but full flavor. Easy (but good) drinkin'.

Really nice atmosphere on this one. Nice full flavor and feel, however a light palette. Really solid quaff.

Photo of schroederm
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In a stella chalice:

Great bleach-white head and decent lacing over pale yellow. Carbonation is visible on the sides of the glass. Smells: farm, citrus, skunky. Starts a little bitter, which I was not expecting. Not pleasant. Again, citrus in there. Highly, highly carbonated. Good body.

Overall: I was not into Stella at first, but it grew on me by the bottom of the glass. It holds its own, but I won't seek it out.

Photo of chaunur
3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice clear golden amber with a white frothy head that dissolved to a cover, well carbonated. Little aroma but not unpleasant. Clean dry taste, mildly bitter. Easy to drink. Not usually my first choice, but drink it when its the alternative to BMC.

Photo of umtox
2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nothing to note in the appearance an big white uncomplicated head.

Smell is only of macro lager nothing more.

Taste is dry and skunky macro lager. I just don't like it. Hoegaarden by the same brewery is much better.

The mouthfeel has an admittedly nice dryness.

Drinkability is limited by taste.

Photo of macpapi
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of Beers of Belgium gift set. Poured from 11.2 oz green bottle.

Stella is a light yellow (straw) color, with a slight white head and little lacing.

Smell is crisp with a faint light malt aroma, along with slight hints of grain.

Taste is biscuity with light malt presence. Not terribly flavorful, but not unpleasant. Crisp and light in the mouth with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Not terribly notable, but does have a decent taste and is pretty inoffensive. Can see why it is so popular among those looking for an easy drinking lager.

Photo of coalcracker
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a decent amount of head and active carbonation. Actually laces a bit.
Smell: Mildly skunky; a little sweet with just a small bit of hop presence. Grainy aroma also notable.
Taste: Grainy and just a bit malty with a touch of sweetness. Hops balance out this presence, but not until the back end of the tasting. Once again, a mild 'skunky' quality pulls through. Not unusual for style and certainly not too obtrusive here. Finish is quite clean.
Mouthfeel: This beer enters in with a little carbonating tingle; feel is on the lighter side.
Drinkability: Drinkable based on the style and ABV. Those looking for the taste of a traditional American lager should expect something a little different.

Overall- average pale lager, clean and drinkable.

Photo of sliverX
3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

presented with a golden light amber lager with a thick foam like head became somewhat rocky and left a slight amount of lacing
smell was a nasty grainy grass smell it improved slightly when the head went away
taste was a light, semisweet, pear like, champagne like
mouthfeel is dry and crisp
Drinkability - its drinkable I'd rather drink this than most US macros but this is usually just a ritual beer at certain concert venues

Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - pale straw, light gold color. Half-inch head that dissipated quickly and left a thin layer of foam with a lot of lacing surprisingly.

S - some citrus hints and malt sweetness, the alcohol is also faintly present in the smell

T - Very light bodied and almost no taste at all. Some maltness to it with faint hints of hops almost non-existent. Initial sweetness and a faint aftertaste of bitterness. Reminds me of the Italian lager Peroni.

M -very light un-eventful

D - very drinkable and refreshing

Photo of John_M
2.33/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings the other day. Needed something to go with their hot wings and thought this might do the trick. In retrospect, probably should have just gotten water.

The beer pours a very pale gold color with minimal head retention and no lacing. I get very little aroma from this beer, just a hint of citrus and honey at best. The flavors generally replicate the nose, though there's a bit more citrusy honey flavor then there was with the aroma. The beer actually reminds me a bit of Heineken, though I don't get any of that underlying skunkiness. Otherwise, this is a very lightly flavored, watery beer, one I became increasingly tired of drinking the more I had. Mouthfeel is, of course, very light, and drinkability is not good, primarily because the beer itself is no fun to drink.

Another boring macro lager, though I guess it has a bit more flavor then your usual BMC product. Of course that's a very low bar, so that's hardly a recommendation.

This will probably be the last one of these I ever buy. There are a lot more interesting choices out there then this swill.

Photo of confer
3.64/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I like this beer better than most.
The color is a pale gold not much head, faint lacing and only a little carbonation.
The aroma is my least favorite thing about this beer. It is a little stale smelling.
The taste is crisp and citrusy, very light and refreshing.
This beer is probably well liked by folks enjoying lighter, easier drinking beers. I think is would be great on a hot summer day.

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