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Stella Artois | Stella Artois

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3.06
pDev:
38.56%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stella Artois
Belgium | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

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Reviews: 1,437 | Ratings: 5,072
Photo of wisebier
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a beer you want to smell before drinking. It smells horrible, however it does not taste like it smells. I like the taste a lot for a lighter beer. It's better then American light beer but it's not a great beer by any means. It's just drinkable and low cal. If you're at a tailgate it's a good beer.

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Photo of DeFaz
2.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Totally inoffensive beer that is somewhat more drinkable than the most popular macro lagers, but it still suffers from having primary flavors of grain and just a touch of hops. A little bit skunky, but again, there's not much going on. The mouthfeel is the best part, as this does manage to be crisp and quite drinkable. However, it's certainly not worth the somewhat higher price. As craft beers become more accessible, this beer should continue to become less popular (I hope).

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into some wine-looking drinking glass, since it shows it wants to be a special beer, I got it a special glass.
Pours this pale gold color. Minor foam head.
Smells like the type of beer it is, someone mentioned skunky, but milder compared to others of its kind..
Taste is the same, milder taste, not as strong or bitter in flavor as others of its kind.
Drinks smooth, mild to moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.
Overall: it reminds me of a milder Heineken. Would be easier to start with if these kinds of beers aren't to your taste.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd give it a 4 straight across. One of the better Euro Pale Lagers I've had. Not as sophisticated as it's hyped up to be. Not bad tasting either. Kinda pricey. I'll grab a domestic Busch Beer when I want something light but would still drink this.

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Photo of Spikester
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear Pale gold one chubby bone white finger of head. Lasts about ten minutes and leaves some decent amount of lace in its wake. Smell is sweet malts with some herbal hop notes.
Taste is mild white bread malt with just enough herbal grassy hops to balance. Crisp clean mouthfeel with high carbonation. It has a mildly bitter drying finish. A very light bodied beer that is almost like drinking a sparkling wine.
Overall a well constructed brew for those folks that don't want any bold flavors. Of course my bottle was very fresh and did not get a visit by the dreaded "skunk".

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Ricardo!

A clear green as I drink this out of the bottle, this looks OK, I guess. The nose is mildly skunky with little else. Extremely inoffensive otherwise, this beer is crisp on the palate, a little bitter and outside of some skunk, there's little else going on. An adequate replacement for seltzer water, maybe?

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Photo of Johnor3
1.38/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A nice golden color with a frothy head that fades quickly. Smells awful, skunk, sour smelling I almost did not taste it because of the off putting odor. I tastes poor at first, and then just lain bad. had to pour it down the stink, ohh I mean sink. I have to wonder if this bottle got warm and then cold again because I smelled and tasted so much SKUNK! I really had higher hopes of this beer being good. I heard of it years ago and always wanted to try it. I really would have liked to have had an American Lager after tasting this. Feels kind of light in my mouth.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle at MS dinner open bar. Stange.

A: bright gold with 1/4 finger white head that turns to very thin white ring. Moderate carbonation. Barely any lacing, but there is some.

S: smell like beer. Nothing offensive. No hops to speak of. Not really malty; just a plain, grainy beer smell.

T: mild, beery, clean very dry and ever so slightly bitter arrival. Light and dry maltiness mid palate, followed by a clean bittering. Very refreshing.

M: fizzy, and more carbonated than it appears. Clean finish.

O: this is beer. Nothing wrong with it, I guess, but I'd sooner buy Budweiser. At least it tastes like something.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow this iconic beer passed me and this is my first time trying it so here it goes.

Presentation - Green bottle (yuck) with the setlla logos and a paper cover around the cap

Appearance - Pours an extremely clear straw color 2 fingers foamy head which lasts a few minutes. decent carbonation seen right away.

Aroma - not much smell here common of macro lagers, what I can smell is some malted grains and light floral hops.

Taste - first I taste light hops and a very subtle bitterness followed by some Grainy malts, it is a bit watery for my taste.

Mouth feel - very light body perfect for a hot day on a terrasse. good amount of carbonation, almost prickly on the tongue.

Overall - There are still plenty of beers I would choose before this but that being said if I was in a grocery store full of macros this would make the list of things id buy.

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Photo of ChazEr
4.6/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh Stella I feel you've been my friend through the thick and thin of drinkhood. One of my first and hopefully one of my last you'll be the friend that catches me in your soft yet supple breasts of deliciousness.

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Photo of CMIKEHUNT
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like Heinekens better looking sister.
Yeah its drinkable.
Golden.
Slight skunky . Head that fades fast.
Small hint of hops. Wheat eurotrash mass produced drink for the masses who are out to dinner and want something better than Heineken. It's not better by much. .
Forgettable.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.82/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear golden straw color, 1/2 white head that fades to a thin layer on top, lively carbonation coming up from the bottom, good lacing

S: Biscuity malts, slight smell of hops in the background

T: Sweet biscuity malts right up front, some yeast skunkyness and a little hop bitterness at the end.

M: Really effervescent from those bubbles I mentioned before, dry crispness usually characteristic of a lager

O: A really excellent lager. In my opinion one of the best widely available lagers on the market.

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Photo of JordanSchuetz
2.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I really dislike this beer, but may just be my hate for european lagers. In terms of the taste, it's not horrible but it lacks flavor. It reminds me of sipping on pellegrino water. The smell is the most unpleasant part since it smells bitter and sour. It feels like I'm drinking carbonated water and doesn't have much taste. This beer is very similar to a Dos Equis in my opinion, and couldn't justify paying more for this in comparison to a cerveza.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green bottles sell a lot of beer but this one was skunky with a corn taste, flabby, oxidized, papery and somewhat thin. It has more malt and hops than a Bud, Millers or Coors and is a refreshing drink when not abused but still somewhat insipid. Lately too many of these have been light struck.

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Photo of mudROCK
1.84/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a beer that I really expected to be, and tried to make, better. A bunch of my friends love and swear by this brew... not sure why. It resembles Busch Light bought cold, then laid out on a beach in Saudi Arabia to warm, then cooled again. Skunky smell, fleeting (luckily) unpleasant taste, and just an overall bad feeling beer. Go out and grab a Hoegaarden instead, you will be much happier with that Belgium throat coater.

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Photo of JeffBlue
1.5/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

(bottle, revisited) haven't had this one in a while and probably won't ever have again. could hardly taste anything. Had on tap a few years back and it wasn't any better.

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Photo of Madbum101214
3.97/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you've never had beer, this is a great choice. Smooth and it doesn't have a strong bitter taste. Sadly, once you like IPA's, this will taste really weak. Nevertheless, it's a good beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pale yellow colour, small white head. Aroma of malt, grain and hops. Dry sweet taste with lightly bitter hoppy finish and aftertaste. Thin body and average carbonation. Decent pale lager.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
2.67/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: That unfortunate depth of straw color that looks exactly like urine. Thin head that dissipates very fast.

Smell: Like a roadkilled skunk. Absolutely terrible. I was about ready to give up on it after that first whiff.

Taste: BUT if do overlook those two aspects, it actually tastes just fine. A pretty solid lager, maybe the quality of Yuengling . Moderately hopped, not much other flavors going on.

Feel: And it falls apart again. feels really slick and thick. Lack of carbonation here.

Overall: I'd have it if you gave it to me. But I'd never buy it again.

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Photo of CMG-PSU
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good enough. When faced with this or Heineken as my only two options, I chose this over and over. Meaning it tastes better and it also drinkable, over and over.

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Photo of NatAttack
3.98/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

It was my first beer that I actually liked so It will always be my favorite, even though it isn't necessarily "the best". But I'd recommend it to anyone!

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Photo of Lahoi
2.32/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very hyped beer for some reason. Price it like it tastes and it's just fine, but for some reason it's often priced like a premiu beer, which it isn't. At all.

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Photo of hophead723
3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to see if this beer's reputation and price matched it's quality. I poured this into a pint glass, vigorously so as to evoke the fluffy white head.

Look: The head was fluffy and pure white, which was not only pleasing to the eye but a pleasure to dip my upper lip in. The appearance was a light golden-straw color, rich in carbonation which clung to all sides of the glass.

Smell: The smell is delightful for a cannabis enthusiast like me with a potent musky-skunk aroma that gave way to milled grain and sweet malt. The dank facet of the aroma is likely due to the light green glass of the bottle which allows light to permeate the beer.

Taste: Mild and thirst quenching taste that reminds me of corn husks, dry grains, and the delicate flavor of green tea. The minuscule hop profile is grassy, sharp, and sweet.

Feel: Light-bodied, crisp and dry with thirst quenching properties. It is definitely a good beer for a hot day.

Overall: This beer tastes too much like Heineken for me to call it craft quality, but does have a lot going for it in terms of drinkability and some depth of character. If I had the choice, however, I would go for a Saison like Colette by Great Divide. Not worth the price for me.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad when it's on tap, without the bottle skunk. Pale golden yellow color. Slight malt taste, grassy hops. Light, watery and refreshing. Overrated, yes, but still OK.

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Photo of TheFactorsEqual
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

This is the most over hyped beer on the market. Not sure why I'm wasting my time reviewing this beer because it is what it is. Just bugs me how many incredible beers there are right now and people drink this swill because of the name.

Look, we are in a beer renaissance and this needs to be sent back to 1999. Harsh, maybe.

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