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Stella - Al Ahram Beverages Company

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BA SCORE
65
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 thielges
2.93/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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 friendofthedevil
2.9/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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 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.

scalffd, Jun 02, 2007
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 JershJershowitz
3.33/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 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 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 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
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Stella from Al Ahram Beverages Company
65 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.