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Stella - Al Ahram Beverages Company

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BA SCORE
63
poor

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 26.4%
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 Sammy
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 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).

BlackHaddock, May 18, 2012
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev 0%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
2.9/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 strongaf
2/5  rDev -20%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of kwjd
2.9/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 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.

Globetrotter, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of Brabander
3.35/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 MN_Beerticker
1/5  rDev -60%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 13, 2012
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)

aforbes10, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2/5  rDev -20%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Rihup
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Rihup, May 26, 2013
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.

shivtim, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of BJSmit
3.25/5  rDev +30%

BJSmit, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of fizzyted
2/5  rDev -20%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
2.5/5  rDev 0%

WMEugene, Dec 18, 2011
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.

jeranbrews, Jun 09, 2010
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.

MarkoNm, Jan 28, 2014
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.

ernie, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of nleaders
1/5  rDev -60%

nleaders, Jul 02, 2014
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!!

MarkSCCOT, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 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.

mjw06, Jan 07, 2009
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Stella from Al Ahram Beverages Company
63 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.