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Stella - Al Ahram Beverages Company

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BA SCORE
65
poor

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-30-2005)
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Photo of BlackHaddock
1.48/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Brought back from a world cruise by my parents: green 330ml bottle poured into a 'Duvel' glass on a cold and wet May evening in Shropshire.

Oh dear: this is one bland brew and it doesn't hold it's looks for long either.

Clear body of very pale straw coloured liquid: the head that appeared disappeared just as quickly to leave a mini wisp and thin collar around the glass.

Wet cardboard aroma, dry and metallic taste: this isn't good. Wish I had someone to share it with (this is a live tasting).

Photo of ernie
1.63/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Imagine you put an additional amount of carbon oxide into your (hopefully someone else's) glass of all-American lager. That will make a Stella.

This is a poor excuse for a beer, almost colorless, with a very weak aroma and practically no taste. Level of carbonation is very high, but beer isn't brewed to compete with soda pop (am I wrong?). Faint bitterness, a hint of malts, some herbs... That's it.

I have not the slightest intention to slam this or any other beer, I just want to warn my fellow beer-lovers: don't spend your hard-earned Lira on it when in Egypt and don't tept yourself to buy it when at home.

Photo of aforbes10
1.9/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to shivtim for the little can. Very clear, sparkling apple juice look, with a puffy white head that shortens up quickly. Very little odor..hint of alcohol, mild hops. Crisp, strangely grainy tasting. Basic barley-malt, notes of apple, butter, ethanol. Crisp, bitter bite. Thin bodied, not much to it. Eh. Stella re-brewed for an Egyptian audience. Who cares (besides the awesome can)

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2/5  rDev -20%

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2/5  rDev -20%

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2/5  rDev -20%

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2/5  rDev -20%

Photo of genaro
2.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Once poured from its green bottle one has a light gold lager, with slight lacing and.
a small head that quickly dissipates.
Its appearance is pretty good lit by candlelight, and that's its best point.
The aroma was slightly skunky and the taste grainy. There was little carbonation.
The finish was kind of flat and dry.
Overall, not pretentious or very good. Yet this seemed to be the beer everyone was drinking, albeit the choices were very limited.
It was thirst quenching and maybe that was the real reason why I never finished a bottle.

Photo of scalffd
2.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of shivtim
2.13/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.15/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of mjw06
2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Garrettshu
2.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.65/5  rDev +6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
2.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!!

Photo of MarkoNm
2.74/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev +10%

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2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jeranbrews
2.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Stella from Al Ahram Beverages Company
65 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.