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Stella Artois - Stella Artois

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Reviews: 1,408
Hads: 4,934
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 38.24%
Wants: 67
Gots: 1,229 | FT: 0
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Stella Artois
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

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Reviews: 1,408 | Hads: 4,934
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance : the head on this beer is enormous, porous, and gorgeous. Very fluffy stark white head about three fingers tall, and it stays a lonnnnng time. The lacing left behind is nothing short of beautiful. Rings, shelves even. The body is crystal, pale straw color, 95% opaque.

Aroma : barley malt is up front with mostly vegetal aromas - peas, celery, cilantro, corn, succotash, with straw and grass. Faint grassy hop as well. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste : a bit bitter on the front, with a biting hop profile and stenchy malts. Not really my thing, but it's trademark of some euro pale beers. Definitely different than anything american. Very grassy, very stenchy...hoppy profile.

Mouthfeel : light, carbonated with stinging buzz, ends chalky and dry.

Overall : not one of my favorites. A solid lager nonetheless.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold; 1 finger moussy white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: malt sweetness; some corn; a little grainy; a little DMS;

T: corn sweetness for a moment, then pilsner malt mixes in; corn sweetness and light bitterness on the finish;

M; light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; moderately dry finish;

O: thirst quenching; for what it is, it's good;

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Photo of barnzy78
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz green bottle
A - creamy & rocky white head holds good retention atop a pale golden body
S - grass, pilsner malt, lager yeast
T - grassy & spicy hops, biscuity grain, slightly tart, yeast
M - creamy and smooth, crisp finish
O - I've had this many times, but never reviewed it. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's nothing special.

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Photo of m_hall
2.65/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour from a green 12 oz bottle into a pilsner. Clear, very light yellow-gold, topped by a quite substantial pillowy-white head that falls slowly, leaving filmy lacing.

Aroma is slightly musty hops and fermented malts. For want of a more eloquent term, it smells like beer. Nothing fancy but not terribly offensive either.

Flavor is crisp, well-fermented malts (very mildly sweet) with grassy-funky hops and a bit of a sulfur-like tang leading towards a fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light, well-carbonated, with little alcohol. Prototypical euro-lager.

This could be called the Euro-Budweiser, I guess? That being said, I think the best way to take this beer is as a slightly better version of Heineken. It's certainly not amazing, but it's easy to get, gets along easy with most food (a classic "beer and pizza" beer, which is how I'm currently partaking of it) easy to drink... easy in general. It's not great but it's not bad either, even if it's becoming kind of hip to hate on it right now. Hopefully the mass-marketing of this won't lead to it becoming absolutely horrible, a la Bass Ale.

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Photo of dditto2
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Still 8 mos. until the expiration date but already mildly skunked, as with many low hop imports. Idk. It is light and crisp. Not too bad for a warm day. Foamy head. This is a hard beer to review...it has a mild smell and taste...a little skunky...light on the pallette. Hardly any hops. Hard to review a skunky beer. I'd like to try it fresh. It is not too bad but is noticeably skunky, it has to be the green bottle....

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Photo of StretchZep
3.94/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had it on tab. Fancy Schmancy glass and featured beer at Damons. I found it tobe very smooth and sweet. No bitterness at all like other have noted. I actually found it to have somewhat of a "perfumey" taste? Is that even possible? I liked it but will not seek it out.

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Photo of Azaitouna
4.8/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The look of Stella was gold. The smell was of oak and a refreshing smell. The taste was light and very smooth. I would definitely recommend as I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Maiora13
4.26/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful packaging and marketing scheme. Probably why it is so expensive. It is tasty and smooth. Goes down easy. It is kind of bitter. Almost pallet cleansing... or as much as a beer can be

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a really light golden yellow, when poured it looks crisp and refreshing. It has a strong yeasty and wheaty smell and is bitter to the taste giving it almost a hopsy taste to it. Overall not a bad beer but not one of my favorites either.

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Photo of Sydney10
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Golden color with a lot of carbonation.
Smell: Cornstarch and grassy notes. Herb and floral scents.
Taste: Light caramel and sweetness. Yeasty taste.
Overall: Decent beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of fredward93
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Stella's first impression is its light yellow, nearly wheat like, color. It pours with a clear carbonation and foams slightly into a small cap. The smell of leaves and corn is apparent along with a very slight wood odor. The taste is very mild and non-offensive. Very light feel with slight carbonation and smooth texture.

Stella is a good beginner's beer and a good casual drink. It is not the most flavorful beer, but it is satisfying enough. Very light with a good, smooth finish.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a dark yellow. The aroma you get is a little leafy smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is very bland and has a light, feathery texture.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/16/15 (Draft - Finley Dunnes Chicago) - Nice golden pour, generous carbonation and head. Pleasant hops and malt scent. Enjoyed the taste, crisp and clean texture, easy going down, good mix of hops and lemon / floral taste. Overall good offering.

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Photo of Austin32
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I understand in the pantheon of great beer this does not rate....but that being said with a plate full of fresh seafood, specifically oysters....a ice cold tap stella is pretty amazing.

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Photo of BubblyTime
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A perfect simple lager -- light but not unrefined, a great go-to drink with any meal. My only problem with Stella is that the bottle is small and it's easily drinkable -- meaning it goes too fast. The only beer I need to of to finish a meal. Otherwise, a great drink.

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Photo of RonJensen
1.43/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is overrated and way overpriced, there's nothing special here. For about the same price you can buy much better beers, like Heineken, Carlsberg, Samuel Adams, Beck's or for an even lower price, you can buy some American pale lagers, like Schlitz and others like it.

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Photo of Michelleluw
3.84/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stella is a great beer to start off with in life. It's light, approachable, you can drink a handful of them. I love Stella because it's great with everything and it's hard for people not to like. If you're looking for a mind-blowing beer, don't buy Stella. But I like it!

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Photo of priwen
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, light straw appearance. Foamy white head that dissipates slowly. Shows good carbonation. Aroma of grassy hops and bready malt with some corn in the background. The flavor is much like the aroma - i.e., hops, malt and some corn. Mild flavor overall. Light - medium mouthfeel. Clean and crisp finish. Semi-sweet. Overall, a solid beer. Nothing really stands out about this beer good or bad.

11.2 oz bottle
Best Before End: 01.2016
Served in a Pilsner glass

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Photo of DevAJ
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer because most places have it on tap and it's usually the best thing on tap. This is one of the first beers that actually allowed me to start to appreciate beer (along with Heineken). I tend to lean more toward the European beers though, so to each their own.

I would say that Stella and Heineken are both very good entry level beers for people who think they don't like beer. I started with those two just a year or so ago and now I'm learning to appreciate the Gulden Draaks, the Pauwel Kwaks, the EKU 28s, and the Samichlaus type beers. This is why I still like it a lot and it's my go to because most places aren't going to have the previously mentioned beers.

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Photo of SenorElRaz
2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This stuff isn't bad, but it is not nearly as good as it needs to be to justify its high price. I'd honestly rather drink Pabst than this, and it'd cost me much less. Overall, it's ok but WAY overpriced.

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Photo of predikit
2.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear yellow. Left a fizzy white head that dissipated quickly, no lacing left on the glass.

This bottled was skunked, may re-review with a better batch.

Beer had no particular scents or flavor to distinguish itself.

Light bodied, light carbonation.

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Photo of bwood06
3.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Clear, pale straw in color. Frothy and bubbly white head that is very thick even with a slow pour. Head dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation. 4/5

S - Corn. White bread. Grassy hops. Skunk. Slight spiciness. 3.25/5

T - Main tasting notes are white bread and grassy hops. Not a whole lot going on but a decent session beer. Ever so slight sweet note. 3.25/5

M - Very light and crisp. Finishes very clean. Carbonation is not over the top. 3.5/5

O - This is a beer that would go well with anything and nothing at all. If not pairing with anything, then it becomes more of a summer beer in my opinion. Very light and will not fill you up. 3.25/5

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Photo of supervike
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easy to find lager. It's a clear golden color, and has a slight skunk smell. It's a crisp light beer with a good hoppy taste upfront. There is a clean finish at the end. It's a solid beer in the style that I like.

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Photo of vikinggary28
2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the go to light pale euro lager, although I will only purchase it on sale, a little too pricey if not on sale. Look is pale amber with a white head and a little lacing. Smell is a pleasant hopped aroma. Taste is similar, very light. Good mouthfeel, not heavy at all. A good dinner beer, goes with most everything, without the aftertaste you get with some American pilsners. Not the best, but when your unsure of which euro light lager to pick up, you can't go wrong with it.

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Photo of Mtcarini
2.56/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

When Marlon Brando famously exclaimed "Stellaaaaaa!!!!!" In the classic film On The Waterfront, he was almost certainly NOT talking about this beer. Stella the woman is classy, sexy, playful, firm. Stella the beer is...not. She's gassy, she's tasteless, she's haughty for her age and level of sophistication. I get it - she's foreign, but if she's bad in the (hop) sack I don't see the point of coming back for seconds. At the end of the day, Stella is eminently forgettable and doesn't hold a candle to a nice American girl of a similar price.

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