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Ratings: 4,329
Reviews: 1,340
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 35
Gots: 578 | 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 Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best By Date September 2008; Sampled January 2008
Pours with a frothy, fat-one-finger thick, pale, actually nearly perfectly with colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color. Aromas of sweet grain, grassy malt, faintly lemon-like and slightly herbal hop notes as well as a faint note of stale soda crackers. The aroma is fairly light, but seems clean overall.

This was served at about 40°F (5°C), which causes this well carbonated beer to have a peppery carbonic acid bite to it up front. Crisp, and clean up front with a biting bitterness that easily cuts through the light malt character here. The hop bitterness picks up a bit of herbal hop character to it as it moves towards the finish. The malt character starts out pretty dry and really nonexistent, but picks up a soft grain-like sweetness and a touch of cracker-like malt by the time one gets to the finish. This is very clean and at this temperature has not off flavors. Quite crisp and refreshing actually, but I'll admit that when I am in need of crisp and refreshing I usually opt for water. This is certainly not a bad beer, if they had only used a quirky, Belgian yeast this might actually be quite tasty.

Photo of BDIMike
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is golden color. Lots of carbonation and no head.
Smell was of European hops. That's about it.
Taste was the usually skunk flavor of a European pale lager. Light malt flavor.
Carbonation hits the tongue first. Then a bit of a smoothness at the end.
Could drink a couple of these. Too much of a boring, pale taste to want to drink more than one. Much better offerings of this type of beer can be found anywhere. Don't know why this beer is popular.

Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden pour with white head. Light taste overall, and high carbonation. Some honey sweet, malt smell. Similar taste with a light quick bitterness and aftertaste. Simple and refreshing and easy to drink. Nothing to go wild over, but for the style, perhaps one of the better lagers.

Photo of marcpal
2.2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottled at a friends house poured into American pint glass. Had before, reluctantly had this one.

A: Pale and clear with little to no head and not really anything considered lacing.

S: Skunked lager with a scent of malts. No hop presence.

T: Watery and bud light like. Skunked taste was really overpowering. Light in texture and taste.

M: Extremely light and watery in all senses. Carbonation beyond whats needed. Macro.

D: Like sipping water in the taste and not at all enjoyable. Ive always wished Id liked this one because some really think its decent but just not happening.

Photo of xare
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured as a golden color with a barely-there head that dissipated pretty quickly but did lace a bit as I drank the beer.

Smell wasn't complex at all, basically smelled like malts and there was nothing else in the aroma that really set my detectors off. I couldn't discern anything else.

Taste was of light malt with a small kick to give it some appearance of flavor. Carbonation kinda let out during the bottom quarter and was strangely flat at the end.

There's a sort of creaminess to it that seems strangely out of place, but isn't off-turning. Almost no kick to this one.

Drinkability is average because while it's easy to drink one, it kinda blurs together after that first one and you don't really get flavors and it has quite a kick from the deceptively low ABV.

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was very clear and had a light amber tone. The head was a little too thick for my taste.

The smell was too pungent to be ignored. Rich in malts. Mind you, it wasn't as bad as some beers, but not great either.

This had a totally average taste. It runs from overly malty to not enough taste at all.

The mouthfeel was okay, with a decent amount of carbonation to keep you interested, though not throughout the night.

This is a fairly drinkable beer that's been picked up by quite a few bars (not a good sign). People seem to think because it has a a foreign name it's good. It's averageness is a hard thing to overcome.

Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle at Bone Fish Grill on Route 46 in Jersey... Good Pale Lager taste... decent appearance with typcial lager smell... taste was pleasant, went down smooth and easily and complimented my fish dish very well... an easily drinkable, good mouthfeel, enjoyable social brew... wouldn't definitely try this again if it was offered at a restaurant or pub... a European staple and popular brew for many obvious reasons... I liked this brew although it wasn't anything above-and-beyond...

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.17/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in Stella Artois glass at Quench Bar & Grille, Waterbury, Conn.

A: Poured a clean, pale straw yellow color with a rocky head of white foam that left some light lacing. Carbonation was average looking. Kinda like a Bud.

S: Smells kinda skunky; sweet, metallic corn and grains, a little hop sting in the nose.

T: Definitely has that macro imported taste to me, in the vein of Heineken, Corona, (P-Stock, haha). But honestly, not that great. Thin, watery, sweet grainy malt, with a similar thin, cold bitter hop twang.

M: Thin, crisp, and watery. The carbonation stings a bit, as it's probably overcarbonated for whatever reason.

D: I don't like much of anything about Stella, even the name irks me. There is no distinct malt or hop profile, the skunky Euro macro lager thing annoys me and it's just kinda tough for mee to down. So drinkability is pretty low, I think.

I really think Stella is quite crappy, and thus would not drink it again. However, there is a following among yuppies who see the tap, like holding the glass, and consider it a trendier beverage than Bud Light, it's lesser priced American twin.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, pale straw color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Clean malt aroma with a hint of hops. Pretty standard Euro-lager smell.

Fairly crisp pilsner malt taste with a mild bitterness and hint of noble hops. Finishes clean.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

This is the Budweiser of Belgium, albeit a better quality beer than a Bud. A pretty standard Euro-lager, refreshing and unoffensive. It bothers me a bit when someone says they like Belgian beer and are talking about Stella.

Photo of alysmith4
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Decent beer, remined me of Pilsner Urquell but maybe it's just the green bottle and pale color. I expected a skunky flavor because of the bottle, but was pleasantly surprised. No skunkiness at all. Mild in flavor, with a slight bitterness. High level of carbonation and poured an almost 2" head. Overall a good, light, drinkable brew that would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a pale golden color with a thin white head

S - Wasn't all that great pretty malty

T - Nothing that will make you say wow just some malt

M - There is a lot of carbonation in this beer

D - While its really nothing special I will say that its better than a macro

Photo of JamesS
2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was really not a good beer for me. Poured a decent straw color with some good head and lacing. Weak malty scent, with a slightly sour/skunk tint. Same for the taste, fairly weak, mostly sour. Went down all right, but beyond the sixer I have, I'll never get it again.

Photo of boogles
3.9/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is for the bottle version, which is not as good as the tap version. Still, Stella is my favorite of the widely distributed macro brews. I'm not sure how anyone could think this beer tastes the same as Becks, or how anyone could give it a drinkability score of 2 or lower. Simply put, it's a simple beer, and if there aren't any good or unusual beers available at a restaurant, I'll pay for one on tap. Or, for home drinking, I'll pay for a 12 of these at $12 or $13 if they're on sale. One could do much worse.

Photo of Gehrig
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this while doing research in Detroit, and it was a nice lunch accompaniment. This poured a fine light golden body with a finger of white froth. Not much for the nose, though--malt, certainly, but little else. The taste was nice, crisp, clean, and with good hopped flavor. Yet the carbonation was far too heavy, like bold ginger ale, and I just don't like to burp that much, that fast. All in all, not bad--not a typical Belgian style by a long shot--more like a decent German lager masquerading as a Belgian. Give it a shot.

Photo of stagman
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer poured a light gold with a fair amount of foam that quickly dissipated. It smells a bit sweet, and the flavor likewise. There's a bit of grassy hops flavor but not too much. It's basically a watered down pils that is supposed to be sexy because it's an import. I'd skip Stella next time and go with an actual beer.

Photo of brewcitybeerman
4.58/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like a good lager, this looks and tastes exactly like a good lager should. It has the distinct golden aura and smooth taste of many European lagers, but with that added bit of distinction that it has been brewed for over 600 years. This is by far my favorite beer to drink any time, with any fare.

Photo of altgeeky1
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium straw, gold, and with a foamy head, which settles after a short wait. Lacing around the rim with drifting islands of lace. Purchased cold at a supermarket, and consumed 5 months earlier than the 'Best Before' date.
S: faint malt, sweet corn sugars, and very faint hops aroma.
T: Lacking complexity, but still above average. Tastes light malt which is immediately eclipsed by corn sugar cider bite, and when that settles down the hops are noticed.
M: In the glass, the carbonation rises at a slow pace, but take a sip and it bursts quickly, then fizzes out. Not a lot of malt to roll around in the mouth, but it's not devoid of body.
D: Stella could use more malt and less corn, but still refreshing, easy to drink.

If you have never tried this beer, DO so. In the scores you will see a wide deviation of scores and reviews unexpectedly polarized. It's also worth noting that Euro Pale Lagers in general score very low among BA reviews (Sort this style by score, and try to find just TWO euro pales scoring over 4.00 points... see what I mean?). Stella is heavily advertised, hyped, and not-unexpectedly it suffers from a possible backlash.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer, it reminds me of Peroni in many ways, this would be a great beer to eat with Italian food. this is an old stand by beer, if there is nothing else to drink. I would Highly recommend this beer, but not to timid beer drinkers,I had about 3 of these beers and have heard that Budwieser bought out this beer in Oklahoma, and may not carry it anymore. Hope that is not true.

Photo of SargeC
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Light hops and malt.

Taste: Clean malt with minor hop character. Nice flavor for the style. Remains simple and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light body, clean finish.

Drinkability: Not a bad European lager. I am amazed at how quickly this brand has grown in the U.S. market during the last few years.

Photo of relapse
1.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's so similar to a heineken or even a becks that I won't even bother going into detail about its flavour, smell or appearance. If you've had a beer you've seen it before. It even looks dull. And it's a green bottle, so beware of skunkiness.

When you buy this beer you're paying for the hype. If you want something clean and clear that tastes like beer, don't pay more than you have to.

Photo of clayrock81
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My rating might be higher than most expected, or even deserved, but this a personal favorite of mine. Had this on draft at lunch and there was no head whatsoever when it arrived at my table. The body was light seethru gold. The smell is light and airy with strong pickups of malt hitting the nose. The taste is mostly malt, creating a somewhat dry effect. The beer overall is light and very enjoyable w/ a meal, not overpowering it all. I had it w/ a burger and it complemented the burger nicely.
I must note one thing: when I worked at a liquor store in Florida this was an immensley popular beer w/ the "expensive" beer crowd (that means the people who didn't buy Busch or Bud). This is a watered down version of a good Belgian, so if you are into Belgians alot you'll probably be better served spending the extra buck or two and buying the real deals.

Photo of thierrynantes
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière pilsener de fermentation basse, robe blond clair
Smell : nez discret
Taste and mouthfeel : amertume marquée, bouche souple et légère
Drinkability : bière sans grand caractère dans le style des pilsener de base

Photo of animal69
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i was inspired by a recent forum to try this beer ; pours a clear light golden straw color w/ a fluffy white head which dissapates quickly, good lacing ; a vinous, macro, adjunct smell, with a slight hop aroma ; crisp, good hop bite at first, then it just fizzles away to nothingness, almost watery, a very faint alcohol undertone, not as bad as i thought it'd be, but nothing spectacular ; a dry light bodied beer w/ good carbonation ; i consider this a very drinkable beer, if it was cheap i'd replace my Labatt ice w/ it...

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very unexceptional beer. Tastes like an American macrobrew. By unexceptional I don't mean bad but it is has nothing to distinguish it from the rest of the pack. Golden color with coarse carbonation. Smells kind of like Heineken, in fact I doubt many people could tell the difference in a blind taste test. Feels thin in the mouth with a slightly sour aftertaste. Average drinkability.

Photo of czfreeman
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Uggh. I should have ordered a glass of water instead. But, This is Belgian beer for the masses!! I got this on-tap at the restaurant at work. No head when I got it. Faint aromas, like an American Pils. Taste was watery, not predominate BEER! flavors in my face to speak of. I have to give the beer credit though for its easy drinkability. Its gone before you know it, (maybe due to the lack of taste). Anyway, ill drink as long as there giving it to me.

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