Stella Artois
Stella Artois

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #129
ABV:
5%
Score:
72
Ranked #48,380
Avg:
3.11 | pDev: 20.26%
Reviews:
1,592
Ratings:
5,784
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Belgium
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Year-round
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Photo of Sharkbite20
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

For comparison, this followed the very good Paulaner Muncher Hell. Poured from a can as suggested by a reviewer, onto a stella glass. I had to drink this a little warmer to get some smell and flavors.

A - Light Gold Yellow. Generous foam that overflows the Stella Glass, reduced to patchy cap and lacing. moderate carbonation visible through the clear liquid. looks refreshing.

S - Out of the can thankfully no skunk because of the reviewer tip to avoid the green bottles. Sweet grains and bread, light hops. Light lager smell. Somehow muted?

T - Follows the nose. Light toasted grains, sweet, a very light spice and hops, some alcohol as you exhale in the end, before finishing with a lingering very light malt taste. Very clean lager taste but no depth at all.

F - It starts off a little gritty but becomes light and turns smooth and almost watery. This is a very easy drink.

O - How could you not like this (the canned one)? It's very pleasant and without any offensive character. In short it’s boring but nice. It delivers that textbook light lager taste without the common issues.

I've read this was made for Christmas but it's more for a Summer day with barbecue or a party. A refined lager that stands out among the grocery brands.

Note how many times i wrote light :)

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Photo of joebrazil3
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My brother loves IPAs but will buy a grocery store lager from time to time; he recommended this to me. I buy beer in the can, so I was relieved to find Stella in the can. We taste-tested it against Beck's, another now-ImBev brand seemingly brewed everywhere (as is Stella). Stella is, um, a pretty beer. Pleasing can, pleasing colour, pleasing smooth taste. Having tasted it again I can aver that there's a bit of complexity here, too. It isn't Bud, though I mean no actual malice to the King. Would I buy it again? Sure. Would I elevate it into the thrid or fourth rank in my hierarchy of beers? Not yet. That said, if you want a European-style lager that doesn't have that slightly skunky smell and slightly bitter taste (hello Heineken), get yourself a 12 of Stella for $15 to $18. I happen to like the taste of Heineken, though.

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Photo of KSE-BRIGUY
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty easy drinking beer for sure. I do like it and I have it in my fridge somewhat regularly. But a part of the reason I have it a lot is due to its availability in my area. For example I need a sixer and gas so I hit up a gas station. Inside is the normal low end stuff with the exception of Stella. Seems very common around my area to find the normal stuff from the big 3 and nothing else...except this lol. But it is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer in my opinion with all that being said

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Photo of lflotron
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very filling, pretty tasteless and seems like it appeals to a lot of people. There is a rich history around the beer and in my opinion it is the best beer for a large get together. It has a light carbonation with a refreshing feeling and not too offensive taste.

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Photo of Mach10
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is by far my go-to beer for parties, dinners and events. People think it's classy, and it looks appealing. And when it comes down to it, this stuff fills me up to the point where after one or two, I no longer feel like drinking. Easy to nurse beer, for when you are someone who normally drinks a lot of beer - but really need to keep it to one or two for certain occasions.

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Photo of OK_Denise
3.72/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I probably like this beer more than most people, but I find it to be a great choice in most cases. Not too heavy, not too smelly, it is just a good tasting beer for most occasions. I tend to order this when my other favs are not available.

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Photo of realJohnnyHobo
3.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stella or Star of Artois is one of the classic beer brands everyone must try once in their life. I am not saying this is a magical experience, but to know a little bit about every beer style I'd recommend trying. Originally designed as a Christmas gift to the people of Leuven, BE this beer has a rich storied history around its brand. Today it is a product of joint venture AB-InBev made to the highest quality standards today and is still using the same recipe from its inception.

Recommended glassware - a chalice, by brand but I chose a pint glass instead.

Pouring from a 19.2 FL stovepipe can, this beir is light gold in color with a solid creamy white head. The mild carbonation takes this from a 2 fingered head to a retaining lacing in 3 minutes.

The smell is of sweet grassy hops, with a mild funk along with it. Front tasting notes are a sweet malt, mid's rush of intensified yeasty sweetness, and the finish is a mellow hop.

As for the taste, you get a rush of sweetness (think dried fruit) and a lively yeast finished by earthy hops. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and the palate is left with really a clean finish and a lingering sweetness.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle best by 10/30/20. Golden color with a little white head that quickly vanishes. Smells skunky opening the bottle, straw in the glass. Light feel. Light sweet malt flavors with some floral hops. Decent, would be better in dark glass or a can.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is a perfectly acceptable mass produced beer that is better than the average fare and is pretty consistent. Has a pilsner character that I like.

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Photo of gothamcity
3.71/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour: 19.2 oz. can poured into a wine glass.
Head: 1/2 inch foamy head with tiny pillowy bubbles. Good retention.
Color: Beautiful clear golden yellow.
Smell: Mild earthy, skunky aroma reminds me of walking into a damp dusty room in the rainy season. Some metallic smell. Fragrance of honey and jasmines come through the beer warms up, but the beer is so light that one might never wait long enough for the beer to warm up.
Taste and Feel: Slightly nutty and spicy with mild sweetness in the beginning. The nutty texture uniformly coats the mouth giving a good feel. The taste vanishes for a few seconds and slight bitterness comes back and then leads to an almost a clean finish.
Carbonation: High, very tingly, refreshing.
Would drink again? No.

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Photo of gjpgoodwin
4.67/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is currently my go to beer, when i have not drank the local beer out of stock.

Nice clear look, good smell without an aftertaste. Feels best in an iced mug.

Did not give this beer 5's across the board as i have had the rare skunky bottle.

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Photo of Tartasky
4.85/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’ve never had a bad bottle of Stella. It’s consistently good and definitely drinkable. Been on a best beer hunt forever. Been looking for a brew to knock my socks off. Some have come close. Thought I was in love a few times. But, Stella stands out. Good taste, anytime. You know what you’re getting and it’s always enjoyable. This is my forever beer. No more disappointments.

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Photo of jwp777
3.36/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught (I do NOT recommend this one from the bottle or can... it has a different taste to me more so than any other beer I have tried):

Bright gold color with a white head that disappears quickly. Some lacing. Not super impressive but not unappealing either.

Aroma is a tad malty, a tad earthy. Not powerful. Taste follows, but hops are a little more present in the taste than the aroma. Aftertaste lingers for a while - it is mainly sweetness and wheat at the end.

Feel is light and refreshing. Good carbonation.

Overall, a good beer and easily drinkable.

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Photo of Wattie83
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes:
Golden color, white head, some lacing. Smell and taste is fairly neutral; some malt, some grass, some earthy hops, not much by way of flavor. Feel is light and fizzy. Nothing offensive. Overall, smooth drinker, fairly light, easy to throw back with friends sitting on the deck!

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice clear yellow with quickly dissipating white head. Nose is grass, wheat, orange peel, and maybe a bit of hops. The taste is mild. Light fruitiness with wheat and grass. Some bread. A slight sweetness on the aftertaste. Overall, a really nice light drinkable beer.

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Photo of LibationsNurd
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure if I've ever had this, so I bought a pint to see what all the hoopla is about. Now I understand some of it (but definitely not all of it).

Color: Somewhat nice light golden straw color. The head was very airy and disappeared rather quickly.
Aroma: Cracker and very light toast with hints of lemon peel and faint floral and herb notes.
Palate: Definite flavors of lightly toasted biscuits, touches of citrus peels
Mouthfeel: Light body, medium finish with more bread and hints of citrus in the finish. Seems to be slightly more hopped than your average mass produced pilsner. Clean finish that is accentuated by definite notes of lemon and orange peels.

Overall: Not a bad mass produced beer. I think it helps that this beer does not use corn or rice in the malt bill and instead uses pilsner malt. It's definitely not a pilsner I'd drink on regular basis. I'd much rather have Pilsner Urquell, Ayinger's Bavarian Pils, Terrapin's Sound Czech, or Wiseacre's Tiny Bomb any day over this. But if nothing of that caliber is available, then I'd probably have a Stella. I do wish the hop profile was more prominent and complex.
But I understand the mass appeal of this beer. It is still interesting enough to draw in beer nurds to a certain extent and not so over-the-top to scare away your average beer drinker.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is biscuity, bready, nutty malts with a little bready yeast. Flavor profile is nutty, biscuity and bready malts with a little wafery, crackery malt and herbal hops. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a crisp texture. Overall, refreshing and crisp with an acute and full flavor profile.

Served in a Stella glass from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of SmokySignals
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The dreaded green bottle, but from an enclosed 12 pack box, best by date 18/07/2020.
Poured into a pilsner glass -Clear as a bell, and a faint straw color, with airy white head that dies faster than any other.
Faint aromas are free of skunk, but full of corn flakes! Light perfumes of floral hop powders? Or corn blossom?
Factory inspired light corn beer flavors are quickly balanced with the lightest touch of industrial hop carbonation. Nice smooth/flat feel and a generic beer that feels great to chug, just like a free holiday office party beer should. This is basically overpriced bud light, very little difference, but this is better somehow. Euro bud light that might've been exciting to an 18 year old who knew nothing of real beer. Party Like it's 1986!

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Photo of Markstrapp83
4.36/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the first sip to the last this is an incredibly smooth beer with a light champagne citrus taste and an amazing clean finish. Worth the price even though it's a bit expensive.

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Photo of entheos
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Better than a Budweiser, but a little harsh in its taste. The buttery flavors get lost in the sting, but it’s not a bad beer. It’s just that there are better Belgian alternatives that do wonders in the monastery!

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Photo of Parmesan
3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L:. Pours a pale straw yelloW with a fizzy white head and some lacing.

S:. Pale malt, sweet malt, sweet apple, grain, a touch of hop.

T:. Grain sweet apple, pale malt, a touch of floral hop.

F:. Crisp and clean

O:. For a cheaper beer this is a not terrible

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Photo of Nofoba
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a clear, golden body with a white foamy head.

It has an aroma of pale malts, with a hint of raisins and citrus. Slightly skunky.

The taste is mild; pale malts, with citrusy sweetness. A slightly bitter aftertaste.

It's average.

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Photo of Lanas
3.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Many years i see this beer everywhere but somehow i'm scared to take it because i always thinking was the "Heineken" of "Belgium".. But the truth is "Belgium" hasen't beers like "Heineken" and there was my mistake.
So one day i decide to give a try to this outside in some bar and was one of my greatest surprise for me.. This beer has nothing common from the other "Lager" beers i have drink until now.. Is on a different level..
First of all the beer is so smooth and very drinkable.. Nothing can't distract you here.. The taste is bitter/sweet but in more sweet direction and that make this beer great.. Hasen't the ordinary bitter taste and aftertaste like some other "Lager" beers.. The taste is great and smooth but the aftertaste is even better and remind you a classic "Belgium" beer there..
Overall this beer is great and good all around if consider the low price.. Is refreshing, it has decent taste and great aftertaste and over the time if get little hot still is very drinkable and that is a big benefit.. The only bad here is the aroma that it smell like a ordinary "Lager" beer and only from there lose points for me.. Lastly i believe "Belgium" hasen't bad beers.. The people there are masterminds on that matter.. Any beer from "Belgium" i have try was at least great.. Respect to them!

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Photo of elnachooo
2.19/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cerveza popular, dorada, con carbonatación media y cuerpo ligero. Aroma herbáceo, con notas de pan. En boca tiene un buen equilibrio entre el dulzor y el amargor, y además del sabor herbáceo y pan, también tiene pequeño sabor a cereales. Dentro de la gama de las populares, es una buena opción.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had a can at the New England Revolution match at Gillette Stadium. They have improved their game on & off the field. Grabbed a can of Stella before discovering there craft beer abr a tGillette: Alchemist Focal Banger, Trillium Melcher Street and several other quality brews.

Clear gold liquid , whispered hop aroma, light carbonation, hop nibble on teh finish.

Nice beer

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