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Stella - Al Ahram Beverages Company

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65
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 26.4%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Al Ahram Beverages Company visit their website
Egypt

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-30-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev +40%

PaleAndBitter, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Brabander
3.35/5  rDev +34%

I brought this beercan home from the airport in Hurghada when i came back from my holidays. It stayed in my fridge for some months but tonoght Mrs. Brabander and i decided to drink this one.

Pouerd in a simple Dutch beerglass the beer looks good. Some carbonation and a decent head.

I drank the Sakara beer when i was in Egypt but this Stella is a bit better. Somewhat dry taste and i got some orange smell with it.

Brabander, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of JershJershowitz
3.33/5  rDev +33.2%

Ah, Stella. This beer was the only thing that kept us going during our excursion to Cairo.


While the beer lacks much of the character of its European and American competitors, the brew makes up for this deficit due to its availability. Seriously, beer is extremely hard to find in Egypt for a good price. At a restaurant in a non-touristy area (try Andrea's in Giza), the beer will run you about LE 6. At a hotel, cruise boat, or touristy restaurant, the damage is likely to be LE 20 or so.


The brew itself is a pale yellow color, light carbonation, little to no smell. Mouthfeel: well, the effect may have been exaggerated due to our thirst, but it was magnificent. The taste was typical of light lagers, with no significant unique flavors popping out.


Given the drinking atmosphere in Egypt, Stella deserves a drinkability rating of 4.0. One should enjoy every beer he comes across in Cairo, as availability is limited.

JershJershowitz, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of BJSmit
3.25/5  rDev +30%

BJSmit, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.1/5  rDev +24%

Had this sitting on a roof in Alexandria looking at the sea.

Also, this review may be a bit biased as I have not had a good beer (or much beer at all for that matter) in months...

A. Pours pretty nice white frothy head. The color is a pissy yellow, but what can you expect from a pale lager? It left good lacing on the glass, but the sun may have helped that.

S. There is a decent malt smell here, a little bit skunky and sour but not too bad. Actually, this is brewed by Heineken so.... haha it is not bad at all.

T. The taste is mostly a watery grainy flavour There is something slightly sweet about it and there is a hint of hops at the end. The hops are actually quite nice, not strong enough, but they lend a good flavour and rescue this beer from a much lower rating.

M/D. Bubbly medium light water. It is not great in the mouth and really not too drinkable. It comes in nice big 500ml bottles. I would only have 2, skunkyness and lack of flavour really turn me off... for this reason I don't usually drink pale euro lagers... or beers from Heineken (yuck) for that matter. But honestly, besides all of that, it is not a bad beer...

EwaldEichstaett, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev +20%

Pours yellow with some white head. Malt though a touch cheese in aroma. Some malt in taste, clean,a tad of bitterness lower than average mouthfeel.AVerage carbonation.I could drink this on a hot day in the dessert.Can from Egypt, thanks for sharing Radek.

Sammy, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of thielges
2.93/5  rDev +17.2%

This is in reference to the "Stella Local" in the large pint sized bomber bottles.

Before going to Egypt I had contacted a fellow homebrewer. He was an expat from England working at a Cairo bank for a few years. When I asked what the good beers were in Egypt he told me "You should try Stella. When you get tired of that, switch to Stella. And don't forget to try Stella and then you will have tried all of the beers in Egypt."

True enough I never saw any other local brand for sale anywhere except for the "Stella Export". Well it turns out that my local contact was more right than I could have imagined. You see the brewers of Stella have really poor quality control. So you can't judge this beer with just one try because it's actually several beers depending on how the batch fared at the brewery and how it was stored on the way.

At its worst, it was a stale skunked out beer that seemed like it must have spent a few days sitting in the hot sun (imagine that ... in Egypt ??). At its best it was something line a standard off-brand Eurolager.

My personal fave is a batch that I started calling "the Belgian". This batch was flawed in the sense that it was infected with a wild yeast giving it a sort-of Belgian flavor. Whenever I came across The Belgian, I'd always grab another.

This is one case where I was thankful for poor quality control : it restored variety in a monoculture !

thielges, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
2.9/5  rDev +16%

When your in Egypt there is really only two beers to pick from....and generally these are only at Hotels or main stream restaurants that cater to the West...so beggars really cant be choosers. Stella is the typical American Adjunct/Euro Pale beer. The color is clear crisp golden with great carbonation that keeps rejuvinating the white head. Smell is typical grain, malt, and hops. The taste mirrore the smell. Mouthfeel is fine its easy on the pallet and drinkable. Overall its ok.

WoodBrew, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of kwjd
2.9/5  rDev +16%

This is my first beer from Egypt, so I'm intrigued. It pours a straw-yellow with small white head and a little bit of lacing. The smell is faint, but I get a small amount of grassy hops. Taste again is pretty muted, but there is nothing off about it. Carbonation is pretty understated. This could work well for a hot day, which I guess happens frequently in Egypt. Nothing special, but I did prefer this to many macro lagers and even the other Stella.

kwjd, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of friendofthedevil
2.9/5  rDev +16%

it's not great but it's beer and sometimes you really just want a beer. i think that's the best way to look at it. i thought it tasted remarkably like corn but it was cold and egypt is often very, very hot. it doesn't smell like anything special and is a pale golden color.

friendofthedevil, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of jeranbrews
2.78/5  rDev +11.2%

A - A blue can with a white star inside a gold label. English and Arabic writing on the can. There was a lot of white foamy American adjunct style head. And good continued carbonation that continued for a few min. The head retained well too staying until the end of the party. The beer itself was very clear and lemonade yellow.

S - Foamy, straw, adjunct malts (although the ingredients on the can don't mention them). Surprisingly none of the normal can aluminum smell and just a fair amount of pale malt smell.

T - Pale malt flavor. Not bad but not complex. There was a sharp aftertaste. The balance from the begining to the end was not that great.

M - A bit thin in the middle and rough on the edges.

D - A beer for people who can't drink beer or even find beer. Not a bad average-ish flavor. It's a compromise, in a country where 99%+ of people don't drink alcohol this is a good enough substitute for the few that do.

jeranbrews, Jun 09, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev +10%

Rihup, May 26, 2013
Photo of MarkoNm
2.74/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a golden color with an average white head that soon settles down to a ring around the edge.
There is hoppy aroma of avergae strength.
The taste is sinitially slightly sweet followed by a decent bitternes for a lager. Finishes nicely with enough bitterness.
Extra refreshing on the hot Egyptian sun, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary really.

MarkoNm, Jan 28, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev +9.2%

I remember drinking this beer during a port call in Hurghada, Egypt in 1991 during Desert Storm. My carrier made a port call after over 110 days at sea nad this was the only beer available, so after all that time it was definitely welcome. There was a rumour passed by the military to avoid the non-export as it had formaldehyde. In retrospect it was pretty unremarkable. My most overwhelming memory is the ride back on the liberty boat. Whenever a sailor who had overimbibed ran for the rail to evacuate, we would all heartilly call out "Stella" (ala Brando). So, it wasn't all bad!!

MarkSCCOT, Mar 30, 2007
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2.65/5  rDev +6%

Very pale yellow-gold, with no head and lots of verry coarse carbonation. Looks pretty unpleasant - but here goes anyway...

Hmm... Not bad on the nose. Slightly tangy zesty citrus and metallic hops. A little bit of that soda water flavour, but apart from that, reasonable.

Extremely carbonated on the palate, very spritzy, and rather refreshing. The taste itself is a little less pleasant, however, quite sweet, with a yeastiness. It's drinkable, but there's this empty, airy sorta of flavour in there. Almost a dried fruit character, which makes it rather sweeter than it should be.

Not great, but not really that offensive.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from can into glass at as beach in Hurgada:

A - Pale yellow, mild head.

S - Smells like your classic euro lager, light malt & hop scents.

T - Not much taste, small malt backbone with grassy hop tastes.

M - Light bodied, this is the bud light of the Middle East.

D - Its almost like water, you could drink it all day!

BeerisfoodLLC, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Garrettshu
2.59/5  rDev +3.6%

Stella is the Egyptian version of Budweiser. Contrary to some other reviews on here, it has no relation to Belgium's Stella Artois, or to Heineken. It is brewed by Al-Ahram, a government conglomerate that also publishes the most widely-read newspaper in Egypt. Stella is macrobrewed by young men doing their government service, and therefore varies widely from batch to batch. You never really know which kind of Stella you're going to get. I've had many of them during my study abroad semester in Egypt. It's relatively widely available (and especially in a city the size of Cairo, bars are too). Around 11% of Egyptians are not Muslims (and even many of those who are continue to drink alcohol), so there's a considerable alcohol-drinking minority in Egypt, far more than given credit.

Taste-wise, Stella is mediocre. At best, it tastes similar to a Heineken, and is slightly more drinkable, thanks to what tastes like a higher carbonation. At worst, you are better off switching mid-bottle to Sakkara, the second-most popular beer in Egypt, which is slightly more expensive. Stella really isn't the worst beer in the world; if you're a beer snob, you probably won't be drinking in Egypt at all, but if you're having a few with some friends, Stella works just as well as any other mass-produced lager you could find. They are also (by Western standards) quite cheap; at most, you'll pay about USD 2 in the swanky Zamalek and New Cairo bars, and less than a dollar at the hole-in-the-wall, drink-behind-a-screen joints downtown.

Garrettshu, Jun 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev 0%

Had this beer regularly during travel in Egypt. Drinkable but very far from anything impressive. Here it goes...

A - Very pale, transparent, golden color with a minimal head that disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing.

S - Smells much like your average American pale ale macro, however much hoppier, with a stronger stale cereal smell.

T - Very bitter almost immediately and finishes the same way, all the way until the aftertaste.

M - Very watery and highly carbonated, but oddly enough the carbonation doesn't distract from the taste. It actually emboldens it and makes it seem more bitter.

D - Despite what I mentioned in this review, the beer is drinkable. I don't know if this is actually the case, or because of the severe lack of selection in alcoholic beverages in Egypt. Have a few and soon enough you won't even notice its bitterness and extreme amount of carbonation. Does the job, but not something to actually enjoy with a meal or as refreshment during a hot summer day in the desert.

mjw06, Jan 07, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev 0%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev 0%

LI_PO12, May 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev 0%

WMEugene, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Globetrotter
2.15/5  rDev -14%

Also referred to as "Stella Local," this is the Budweiser of Egypt. My sample, purchased and consumed in Sharm el Sheikh, came in a blue and gold can with a five-pointed star above the name in English and Arabic. Ingredients conform to the purity law (or, at least, the ingredients listed on the can do...). Best before 09/06, I tried it on 12/27/05.

Pours a clear light gold under a one finger white head that fades quickly to collar, leaving a few spots of lace. Metallic hops blend with sweet adjunct grain in the nose. The mouth is light and very prickly. The heavy carbonation overwhelms the tongue at first, making it impossible to taste anything. By the time the stinging clears, only metallic bitterness remains. A hint of espresso emerges briefly in the aftertaste. Overall, a bland macro product worthy of little respect.

Globetrotter, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of shivtim
2.13/5  rDev -14.8%

Had this quite a few times while in Cairo, due to it being much much cheaper than most other beers. It's a lager that tastes about as expected: not much to it. A bit of mild yeast strains over metal. Quite watery. Still, easy to drink quite a few in one setting, especially considering the low alcohol content and low price paired with the hot climate.
Goes well with hummus.

shivtim, Apr 14, 2006
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2.05/5  rDev -18%

Ah yes, as others have said - the Bud of Egypt. However, this Egyptianized Stella and Saqqara Gold are far more available and affordable while in Egypt - considering its a Muslim country and most of the time you can't get alcohol, I guess we were thankfull to have it. In Cairo, you can have it delivered right to your door via scooter, along with a couple of wines and some liquors as well.

The color is pale yellow. For the amount of carbonation in the bottle, it appears quite flat. Taste is watered down with a slight skunky smell. What can be said - this is the industrialized, mass produced, Marxist beer of Egypt. Its cheap, its available, but in the words of Dundee, you can drink it, but it tastes like shit. Other beer varieties are available at tourist restaurants and hotels, but you will pay for them.

scalffd, Jun 01, 2007
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Stella from Al Ahram Beverages Company
65 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.