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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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3,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,974
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 20.13%
Wants: 28
Gots: 406 | 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 cptnjck101
1.3/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

What's up with the hype behind this brew? Looks like dishwater runoff and doesn't taste any better. Had it on tap at the Irish Pub, Atlantic City. It did come in a cool goblet that I took the liberty of keeping. Save your money and have a coke, I wouldn't drink this stuff it was free.

cptnjck101, Jun 08, 2004
Photo of sardonic
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank a few of these while watching the Tampa Bay Lightning extend the Stanley Cup finals to Game 7. Typical pale lager color, large head that doesn't go away. Went well with barbeque chips. As I learned on the BA forum awhile ago, Stella Artois is the beer of the Belgian Joe Sixpack, and it closely resembles the beer of the Canadian Joe Sixpack. But that doesn' t bother me, it just doesn't make me excited to drop extra money on it. I'll take it if someone else is buying. Interesting how the label says something like "Beer is to Belgium what wine is to France, and Stella Artois is the most acclaimed of Belgium beers". I guess it's the same way shit beer is always made with "the finest of ingredients".

As an aside, I really have to hand it to them for those commercials on English TV that are in French with no subtitles, makes them seem really artsy...except to people who can actually speak French like myself.

sardonic, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of MattFrenzy
1.75/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Uggh... gave a try after a buddy with decent taste offered. Wont ever drink again. Very bland and boring, nothing unique, average, by the end of the bottle it just tasted like overly carbonated water with a weird taste that I couldn't place, definitely not hops or malt. I don't like to be able to see through my beer. Maybe if it wasn't so carbonated it wouldn't be half bad.... nope.

MattFrenzy, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tap: Poured a golden colored beer with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is mostly light floral with some malt. Taste is very light and refreshing with again some malt and floral aspect coming through. Medium carbonation with light body. Very little else to mention for this beer apart from the fact that it seems to be better on tap then in bottle. Overall, a refreshing session-type lager.

Phyl21ca, May 27, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat long-lasting, if small, chalky, cream top. Pale gold color body. The smell is light malts and hops, mild and breezy. Taste is euro-lagerish, bready and on the the light side for malt flavor. Faint citrus notes, lemon.

The sharp, impacting carbonation felt in the mouth and throat--which then disappears--adds a nice element of uniqueness I find to this beer--and also makes it quite drinkable, excellent with a meal. Medium body adds some umph. A good mediocre beer with some character of its own.

donnebaby, May 18, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the Budweiser of Belgium. Okay, that might be a little harsh. To be honest, I would only go as far as calling this average in every way. It reminds me very much of Molson Canadian. It's more malty than anything. There was a mild floral scent and taste along with the malty sweetness of it, but that was about it. I'm not impressed, but not totally disappointed by it. I don't think the price was fair. $5.00 for a pint. I should have stuck with something better for 3.50 a pint. That's what killed the drinkability factor

CBFanWish, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a bright and light gold with a big fluffy head. It shrank but stuck around, and left some lacing behind as well.

I wasn't a smell that I was very fond of, reminding me of Heineken and other relatively crummy lagers. Still, I won't rail on it too much. The taste is fine, in my opinion. Nothing special, but it's a decent plain lager.

It's definitely easy to drink.

watermelonman, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a pale gold color with a decent head on it. Some hop aroma in there but it was mostly a clean smell to this beer. This was a light mixture of some malts and hops. They were balanced quite well I should add, but it was just a little too light for a pale lager. If there was a little more flavor to it then it would be quite a decent beer. Granted this is much better than macros, but the price is quite hefty on for a sixer. Maybe I'll revisit this one down in the future.

necoadam, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll admit I'm more of a sucker for lighter lagers than most.

Slightly sweet malt fresh aroma.
Can be poured with a huge white fizzy bubbly head. Gold yellow and clear as water.
Decent balance of malt and hops for style. Hop dominates middle to finish and presents with ever increasing bitterness as warms.
Decent refreshing quality. Carbonation notable in fizziness.
Good enough. Easy to drink.

garymuchow, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of hustlemuscle
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian answer to Bud, perhaps aimed at the hipster green bottle crowd.

A very light yellow with decent carbonation. Ok lacing, but no head to speak of.

Nearly acidic in scent, like Bud.

Lightly hopped-very lightly. Corn and wheat make an appearance.

Kind of like drinking water, with a very mild bitterness, but you could drink it for days, because, well, it is like drinking water with mild bitterness.

I was disappointed. Not much body, not much soul.

hustlemuscle, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of ism
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

7 months until the "best before" date, at room temperature from a 12oz.

Pours with a voluminous head that shrinks to a near-nothing lace. Pale but saturated golden color, pure in intensity. Faint aroma that says "standard lager," nothing exciting. Smooth going down, malts and hops are balanced yet predictable for this brew, with very light carbonation. Finishes cleanly, as if your mouth touched nothing, but refreshed.

Not much to look at, but very drinkable. Not filling or satisfying, but does fill a need for refreshment. Not much of a lager fan but this is something I would go back to, and would drink a lot of, compared to domestic lagers, save for the price point.

ism, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold, bubbly head, really looks like Budweiser to me.

Weak aroma, slight crispness and a touch of grain.

Malty taste up front with a strange kind of sweetness. Moves to a light bitterness and finishes slightly dry.

An easy drinking lager, better than most but nothing I'd run out to buy.

Southernbrew, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a decent amount of head. Not much to the smell here, smells like a typical lager. Tastes good, but again, pretty average. The best quality about this beer is its drinkability. Good session beer. Overall, an average tasting brew, but i would probably get it again some time.

Jacobob10, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago

As I bash lagers and pilsners quite a bit, I must say this beer hit the “B” spot as its like 85 degrees Fahrenheit today. The color on the pour is a crystalline gold with a prosperous white head that is also creamy in texture, with the lace a fine veil to conceal the glass. Nose is prototypical lager fresh and sweet, nicely malted with the start sweet and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a pleasant acidity with the hops apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste and a quite drinkable lager that I’ve not sampled in years, a great session beer for the hot summer days in Arizona that are just around the corner.

Gusler, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of belgianbeerlover
3.48/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle

Vigorous pour left a bright white 1-finger head that dissipated quickly with a small amount of lacing. Clear, bright gold in color, with constant carbonation. A faint malty aroma that I had to strain to pick up. Basically your standard mass produced lager. Well balanced in flavor, with a crisp maltiness that hangs around. Don't expect too much from this beer and it won't disappoint you. This a pale lager, and even a belgian pale lager can only do so much. It is very drinkable (I drank untold gallons of this stuff when I lived in Belgian), but probably not worth the premium price you would pay for it in the US. That said, it is much better in my opinion than your average american macros.

belgianbeerlover, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of Billolick
2.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best before date of 06,2004. Fresh. I tried to buy a single, for sampling purposes, but was told that was "against the law" oh well. Light, straw color, some sulpher in the nose and perhaps some cabbbage. Very little malt flavor. Very moderate hopping. Fairly watery. Medium body. Not much flavor in the finish. I wouldnt bother again. Very hot day beer, or with a salad. Try to find something better to spend your money on.

Billolick, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

A skunked aroma wafts out of the bottle as soon as I take the cap off.

Pours translucent yellow-gold with a foamy pillow of a head that is sticking around longer than expected, a good inch -- descends gradually. Thin mosaic of lace left on the glass.

Smell is a skunked sour grassiness -- so skunky it's almost pleasant! This beer isn't trying to disguise its funk. Have to give it props for at least being honest with me.

Taste opens with some tangy lemony hop notes encompassed by a muted malt sweetness. In the middle the flavors balance out into a steady bitterness and fall off into a very underscored alcohol buzz.

Mouthfeel is a few solid steps above watery -- just right.

I'll take this over a Heineken any day! And I bet it's much better on tap than from the green bottle.

RootedFool, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
2.65/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought I would give Stella a chance on tap, figuring that it would be better than the bottled version. I must be missing something, because this has no relationship to good Belgian brews. It doesn't even compare with mass-produced German brews like Beck's or Lowenbrau. It looks okay, but mundane. It looks about like a Michelob on tap. There is very little head, no discernible lacing, and no aroma. The taste is also curiously subdued (that's a nice word for no taste). It is thin in the mouth, but does go down easy, and it was cheap on tap. I talked to the manager about putting a good local beer on tap in its place.

rdrummer, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a pale, unassuming straw yellow, topped with a thick white froth. Evenly bubbled head, fueled by huge amounts of rapidly rising carbonation bubbles. Great head retention, keeping about half an inch through most of the glass, finally settling into a thick haze on the last third of the pint. Lots of sticky belgian lace form rings all the way down.
The aroma is very clean, rather simple, but gets it done where it needs to. Slightly bready pils malt balances spicy, slightly soapy saaz hops. A touch of lemon. The hopping is nice and fresh, which I'm sure helps my experience versus what others have said.
The flavor starts with a clean, polished pils malt, a touch bready, leading into a vague lemony sweetness. The malt gives way to a pleasant spicy saaz hoppiness. Perhaps another hop variety, but I can't place what it is. The hopping is mild, allowing the malt to come through with a bit of snappy dryness that finishes the beer with a punctuation, leaving no aftertaste aside from a dryish feel on the tongue. Lightish bodied, supported by moderate, bubbly carbonation.
Very easy drinking stuff. It's typical european continental lager, but I don't have a problem with that. Not too different from any of the other dozen or so varieties we get here in the US, but it's an enjoyable pint when fresh. Much, much better than the bottle, where the carbonation has always been too fizzy for me.

UnionMade, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple at an Indian pub called the Curry Pot right on the South China Sea in Stanley, Hong Kong, while enjoying Thai curry and watching English Premier League football on the big-screen telly! It was a heavy-duty cultural mellange that rendered Stella Artois a bit thin by contrast. But then, the papadums and curry were spicy, so the lightness and drinkability were helpful. It took TWO 600 ml glasses to cool my tongue, and it was a pretty nice way to do it. My son had a less spicy meal (bad choice -- don't order a hamburger at an Indian pub in Hong Kong!) and a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (excellent choice anywhere on the planet!). He made both the worse and better selection than I.

Stella's not a very powerful beer in terms of taste, but it had a nice head and a cool refreshing taste. This is not something to drink on its own -- it does well with spicy, hot foods, or with pizza.

I can't, however, understand why some call this beer "the wife beater." It's very drinkable, so I suppose you could put several away in short order, but the alcohol is not THAT high! Besides, everybody knows that if you're drinking for the alcohol, you'll go for vodka, not beer, right?

Riiight! [;-)

ColoradoBobs, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap in Rochester, NY.

The beer was a bright yellow with a fluffy white head. Classic looking pour by the bartender in a nice pilsner glass.

Not a ton of smell, I get definite sweet aroma that I presume is from the malt. Just a bit of delicate hops/flowers.

Taste is decent if slightly tilted towards the sweet side of the spectrum. I would prefer a bit more hop bite to balance the beer, but it was still tasty in a non-threatening way. No off or adjunct tastes at all. This is an easy beer to team with nonspicy food.

Beer was very soft and creamy and extremely easy to drink. I had several as it was the best beer the bar offered. I liked this beer more than I thought I would and I don’t think it deserves all the bashing it gets.

Redrover, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal-clear light gold with a small white head that leaves a lot of lacing down the glass. Smell is big, but not that great - a little too grainy and reminiscent of cornmeal. Flavor is fine, feel could be smoother with the carbonation. A step above most pale lagers, but nothing too special.

waughbrew, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.35/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stella Artois was served to me in a very fancy glass but that's about all I can say thats good with this beer.

Appearance- piss yellow with a decent head.
Smell- malt and skunkiness. No surprise!
Tatse- Malty like a Michalob Ultra (not a compliment) with your typical skunk taste. Watery and yet sweet. too sweet.

Overall, typical yuk green bottle laber, Wasn't any better from tap.
Tasted like Magic Hat's- Mother Lager.
-won't drink again.

NJpadreFan, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden beer.

Smells a bit sweet and of grain, a lot like a clean Lager.

Taste a little sweet with a mild bit of hops. Clean lager taste. I had this before and remember it to be better than this.

Mouthfeel is about right for a lager.

Certainly drinkable, no match for a Czech Pilsner though.

Zorro, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at D's (thanks for the glass, Dino!)

Appearance: Pale golden, scant head, no lacing. Beer is clear.

Smell: Malty, faint aromas of hops and grain.

Taste: Mostly a malty sweetness, nothing much else going on taste-wise.

Mouthfeel: Crisp&clean, dry finish, no real feel of the alcohol.

Drinkability: Tastes like a well crafted macro. Nothing special. Good, but not noteworthy.

JackTheRipper, Feb 07, 2004
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