Stella Artois
Stella Artois

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #160
ABV:
5%
Score:
72
Ranked #50,509
Avg:
3.11 | pDev: 20.26%
Reviews:
1,631
Ratings:
5,920
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Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
  100
Gots
  1,902
SCORE
72
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Notes: With its wonderful floral aroma, well-balanced malt sweetness, crisp hop bitterness, and a soft dry finish, Stella Artois is the perfect beer to pair with food and friends. Winner of the 2019 World Beer Award for World’s Best International Lager.
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riverlen from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a Spiegelau beer stemmed Pilsner glass, a respectable white head of foam quickly disappeared. I enjoyed the smell and initial taste, reminds me of European lagers. With subsequent sips I soon realized the flavor is somewhat thin.
This beer was brewed in St. Louis "under the strict supervision of the brewmasters from Leuven, Belgium..." and is bottled in 11.2 ounce bottles. So, a beer with thin flavor, brewed in St. Louis and packaged in an 11.2 ounce bottle at an imported price leaves room for improvement. Overall, not bad, just not great.

Tuesday at 03:11 AM
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BroBobby70 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19.2 oz. Poured into Imperial pint glass
Look: Straw color, 5 finger creamy head, good retention, nice lacing
Smell: Cereal, sweetness on back end
Taste: Malty, low to medium bitterness, complex
Feel: Nice mouthfeel, a little chewy, flavor stays after swallowing
Overall: A good brew, worth buying again.
Pair with grilled food, pizza, spicy foods and cheddar.

Oct 14, 2021
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hemmster

2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am a fan of the imported Belgium Stella Artois. I rate it a 5. I just bought some that were brewed in the USA. To me it tastes like Miller Lite now. Anyone else notice this?

Sep 29, 2021
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Greysin_Full_Bustin

4.22/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic, moderately refined, and slightly skunky on the finish - much like a Belgian whore, which apparently is what this medieval lager was modeled after. When production moved stateside after their buyout by Anheuser-Busch, the quality dropped slightly, but not dramatically. Anno 1366 my friends.

Sep 23, 2021
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Seinfeldfan from Ohio

1.95/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

One of the worst big name beers I have tasted, or not tasted, because it didn't have much. Despite a being a good looking beer, the smell is skunky , like Heineken. Not much flavor to speak of, maybe some weak hops. Mouthfeel is a thin, so it could be refreshing is served very cold on a hot day, but you could have a Natty Light and save money

Aug 25, 2021
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hankp59 from New York

2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint can. This is a European lager that is straw colored, light and refreshing. There is a hint of malt, hops and it is light. Nice for a basic lager.

Aug 23, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - Nice clear clearn golden color with a nice white head and rimming
Smell - light and grainy
Taste - Sweet light and grainy
Feel - Light smooth clean
Overall - not bad

Aug 23, 2021
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LongIslandBrews from New York

3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think the bottles of this beer are usually skunked. I got a 12 pack of cans on Friday, and the taste was much better than the bottles, and I drank it straight from the can. It was a nice crisp, smooth, tasty lager. Nothing wrong with it. But much like Heineken, the green bottles tend to end up skunked. But when it's not skunked it's great. Try the cans instead.

Aug 22, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shimmeringly burnt gold with a classically level white foam head.

It's been a loooong time since I've had one of these, but I'm surprised to find that this is actually a little skunky, making it somewhat reminiscent of a Heine. There's also a lightly bready, corny quality within the medium body's firm froth, which finishes semi-dry.

I'm not sure how or why beer like this ever gained such wide appeal, aside from being the only option for humans for entire generations, but that must have created a lingering nostalgia for skatolic qualities within us. Poor suckers, we are.

Aug 17, 2021
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It was the skunk in the aroma and taste which was by far the most dominant factor that made this unenjoyable. The malt,grain, and earthy hops were okay in the aroma as well as the taste and the body was fine. But the skunkiness was a total buzz kill for me.

Jul 25, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The big thing about this beer is the overall dull, malty taste. I didn't get much hop presence. It is close to what I would consider a "skunked" beer.

I drank this one straight from the bottle, so I'll have to scare up either a draft pour or another bottle poured into a drinking glass to revisit this one.

Jul 12, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orginal Stella Artois from Belgium
classic beer and great pilsner
very easy drinking beer
taste is very enjoyable and refreshing. leaving a lace as you drink all around the glass
cheers.

Jul 07, 2021
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BJB13 from Maryland

2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler.

Looks nice, crystal clear pale gold topped with two inches of stark white foam. Skunk dominates the aroma but some grainy malt aroma gets through. Tastes malty, grainy and sweet with some mineral and yeast. Light and refreshing with a crisp dry finish. Drinks just fine when working a hot grill on a 90 degree day.

May 24, 2021
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lagrluvr

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

NIce golden clear beer, looks decent. Head dissolves quickly, as expected for mass produced swill.
Smells kinda unique and funky, even from can. Used to sell better a few years ago.
Taste is barley malt, kinda sweet, and not as clean as it used to be....
Feel is a little medium heavy for what I want in this style (euro-pale lager)
Overall, not terrible but not nearly as good as it was, and not good enough for the wal-mart 12 pack price.

May 08, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rating from 2002: "Among commercial pilseners from giant breweries, this is one of the best. Very drinkable." Well, my beer preferences have developed considerably since then, but I am still able to down a Stella as a thirstquencher now and then.

Apr 14, 2021
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alexaedita from Utah

2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

It is worth mentioning that this was a lot better beer back in the day. It has lost whatever it have had. The flavor is not there anymore. Traces of it, yes, but nowhere the flavor of what it was. Since it's reaching a 10$ six pack price point , it is easily an average beer, you can do a lot better at 10$. Another couple of brews I can name that fall victims to it's overhyped markets are Heineken and Grolsch. All three of these beers could be easily avoided.

Mar 06, 2021
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Jesot128 from Venezuela

4.59/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had heard and read some reviews of this Birra, Belgium Beer. I really liked it. Soon I could try Duvel...the strong ones. Another popular Belgium bier. For me is a beer for special time or to celebrating.

Mar 05, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

19.2oz can stamped 12/10/21 poured into a signature Stella Artois chalice at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer brilliantly bright golden yellow with nearly white head. The head builds quickly then recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Slight lacing. The aroma is faint with barley malt and yeast. The taste is also subdued with pils type malt sweetness up front and a slightly metallic, slightly watery, skunk and floral hop finish. That all probably sounds bad, but it's not. It all mostly works. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a dry finish. Cleanly lagered. Overall, good. I have to say this is better cold, so if you go for the 19.2, you need to be quick about it. This can was brewed in Belgium BTW, not sure how much longer that will be the case.

Feb 25, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass. Purchased as a six-pack at Kroger for $7.

L - Straw yellow with a one-finger bright eggshell head.
S - A very mild fruitiness hit my nose first, followed by a pretty tame barley. Uncooked steel cut oats.
T - Honey Nut Cheerios. A slight hoppiness, along with a base note of bread yeast. A ghost of citrus. Sort of sweet. Not exactly complex, though.
F - Very crisp and refreshing. Nice and bubbly.
O - Probably one of the more inoffensive beers I've had. It doesn't really make a lasting impression, nor is it cheap enough to warrant it a "party beer". I'd say Stella is a great thing to bring to a neighbors' BBQ, or as a sort of "hair of the dog" beverage. It's okay, but not much else.

Feb 15, 2021
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dingers from England

5/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a juicy fruity delight no craft nonce could manage - distinguished belgian taste with heavy council house undertones. would heavily recommend to any man woman or child!

Feb 12, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So, from this a Beer Empire that conquered the world. Poured into a clear glass pint mug, it shows itself as a translucent, bright and light amber. It has that European smell that's close to skunkiness, but it's not. Although there's not much head, it's well carbonated and leaves a little lacing. Breadlike sweet, lightly smooth, a bit yeasty and a nice pilsner hop finish runs the taste from front to back. Not outstanding in any way, but better than mass produced commercial beers.

Feb 09, 2021
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Bilch from California

3.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz green bottle. bbd 14/10/21. into 24 oz kitchen glass

look: straw yellow, classic beer look. 2 inch head fades quickly l. no lacing.

smell: slight malty biscuit and faint citrus or grass.

taste: slight malty biscuit. slight sweetness, with trace of hoppy bitter citrus.

feel: medium carbonation, malty wateriness, crisp and refreshing.

overall: its not my go to style or brand, but it is a well crafted lager. not a bad find at a party

Feb 07, 2021
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HopMaester from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good european lager. Lovely in the fall.
You dont want to always have extra hoppy, strong beers. Sometimes a nice lager is all you need.

I remember the 1st time i had this, i thought it was the best beer in the world

Jan 31, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

You think this is quality because you’ve been told that by the old breed. It's a high(er) level Euro lager. Sweet and very skunked. A drinkable beer for sure that has been the staple of holiday parties and gatherings for years. It is what it is. If it’s there I’ll drink it. Won’t go out of my way to buy it, but if people are drinking them I will surly join in.

Dec 25, 2020
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JRybacki from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Two-finger head easily poured, but dissipated within a minute, with little or no lacing left on the glass.
Aroma is very mild and malty.
Taste is what you want out of the 'Belgian Miller'; little bit of malt and tiny bit of hops but mostly neutral.
Mouthfeel is crisp up front with maltiness throughout.
Overall, this is a very drinkable beer that honestly reminds one of Miller beer, but a better beer overall. I buy this from time to time as my easy drinking 'base' beer to keep around the house and am never disappointed.

Nov 15, 2020
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