Stella Artois | Stella Artois

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Stella ArtoisStella Artois

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Stella Artois

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

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Photo of BeerManShip
4.84/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I would have to say that this is the pinnacle of what a lager should be. Long, long before hasty American craft brewers were taking aggressive and over-the-top stabs at brewing, the European brewers had mastered these styles of beer. Over all, Stella Artois has one thing that most craft lagers lack, and that is balance. I would call it light, refreshing, flavorful and crisp. It is malty with accents of citrus and hops. It could go with just about any meal or on its own. If you can not find the flavor here, I'm afraid your palate has been burnt out by the "exploding with flavor" style of beer that most American craft brewers are turning out. I truly appreciate it subtlety.

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Photo of Ferretferret
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Average, drinkable, and from an extremely like-able company. Sure, there are better, but, it's the safe go-to at bars across the country. There isn't much of a taste beyond the carbonated water flavoring, but, what there is - a monotone light malt, unroasted - is inoffensive. Be careful, though - something about the green bottles and their inability to filter out light makes them a bit, er, skunky, sometimes.

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Photo of EdwardIV84
3.9/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got these refently in a can and have never really seen them before. They are 11.2 a can similar to a red bull, skinny.
Great beer for a cheap night! Its not th best but easy to find but cans are way better.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty good s--- ! Reminds of the days when imports were the rich man's brew. You youngsters never had to settle for imports to serve during special occasions. Now, these imports (for the most part) are blown away by American craft brews. I still like this one for the mellow/tart/malty flavor.

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Photo of RobertSanFrancisco
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer as its found at a lot of great places I enjoy eating at, and is an easy drinking beer with no frills. Not heavy on the taste, and I prefer a beer that has a good history or story behind it.

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Photo of Thy_Philosopher_King
2.99/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer of the gods in my personal opinion. Yes there are better beers than this, there are beers that taste, look, and feel better; but this beer has a sentimental value to it. it pours well, taste well, and i love the color. It is bright gold with the color like my first girlfriend. That's a great comparison to this beer as well. It is flirtatious, it has this aura to it that radiates through out the drink, the room is filled with its aroma as you pour it. Seducing you to drink it, and so you do. It runs down your taste buds and in to you throat, reassuring you that it was worth the wait. The white fluffy head eventually dies and deflates after you've taken your first drink, little traces of it still on the corners of your mouth. Just like your first girlfriend, you waited so long to get a taste and once you did you savored it. So you lick the little trace amounts of head left instead of wiping them away like you would with other beers. That's what this beer is, the perfect encapsulation of lust, having, and pushing it away.

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Photo of andrewh995
2.96/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad actually being a mass produced beer, but nothing great either. A tad skunky but the flavor was refreshing and very crisp. Probably one of my favorites of the more mass produced beers that I've tried.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
1.66/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a Stella chalice.
L- Golden, apple juice color with high carbonation and a small white head sitting atop. Completely clear which does not leave a good first impression.
S- Grass, barley, sugar, corn, lemon. Also has that unpleasant skunkiness although not as prominent as in Corona.
T- Same as smell but it has this odd rainwater taste with more of that skunky taste. Lemon pledge taste in finish helps smooth it out but tastes artificial (like cleaner).
F- Basically club soda with an odd chalkiness.
O- Holy man this beer is terrible. When I first started drinking beer I thought it was premium. In reality It just has a cool glass and fancy name with no other redeeming qualities. It literally comes skunky so I can't imagine how bad it tastes when it actually has skunked.

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Photo of Texter
3.39/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like Stella on tap when a restaurant doesn't have a good craft alternative, the bottled version has a good chance at skunky flavor due to those light green bottles....I only drink it on tap now.

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Photo of Schlitz74
2.54/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle it pours alight golden color, It smells like a typical Euro Lager and leaves a little lacing on the glass. This is just an average beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (5.0%) and there is clear date 10/09/2017. The beer is a super transparent pale gold color. Forms a 1/4 of finger of white head.

S: [3.75] Nice hearty crackery, baked bread malt smell. There is also a bit of a corn scent.

T: [3.75] Honey, lemon, lemon grass, corn, french bread crust.

M: [3.25] Under medium body with elevated carbonation.

O: [3.50] My expectations were low and they got blown away. This is a refreshing beer and has some depth of flavor. It blows away an American Adjuct Lager. I know that is not a high bar but that is what I was expecting and it was way better.

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Photo of Trailboss76
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mid range golden color. No pronounced aroma. Not a big head. Relatively mellow flavor, generally pleasant but on the approaching the border of weakness. Pleasant drinker overall but to an extent leaves me wanting a bit more of something.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Scent is grainy and slight hops. Taste has that "ever so slight' euro funk to it. Very crisp and gone in a second flavor. Good for a macro. Kinda the macro standard. Drinkable.

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Photo of IsaacCraft
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What is there to say about this beer that is not already known? Is it spectacular? No. Is it awful? No. It is good for when you just want something to sip on without thinking too much. It is the Chili's of beers.

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Photo of Hoosteez
3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Okay I,had to try this extremely well known brew so I grabbed one at the station one of the big bottles poured up 1 and a little over a half red solo cups(snifter was dirty in the sink) produced a big head left a good looking lacing very much so transparent beer the smell was like a more pleasant inviting version of typical budweiser the taste was like a better version of budweiser the hops were there but didn't come through strongly pretty good beer I'd take it over a cheap American lager for most part but definitely not competing with craft brew lagers I've tried

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Photo of CC93
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella Artois branded chalice glass, from the 20oz bottle.

Look: A bright yellow colour with a very small head, about less than half an inch high. Head quickly dissipates within a matter of 30 seconds or less. Lacing appears to be very minimal. In my book: any lager or beer without at least an inch (or a finger) thick of a head isn't ideal.

Smell: Skunky from the bottle. May be a turn-off to some. When poured, it smells of sweet corn. Slight hints of wheat or barley.

Taste: Wheat, wheat, and wheat, or barley, which is a wheat. Unaware of the hops. (There should be hops for a lager.) Also, some kind of syrupy type of sweetness. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Unknown to me, only smooth. There is not much to comment about this.

Overall: An okay beer that would probably taste like your typical or average lager. Good for one of those days where you feel like a decent lager or any tasty lager to your palate would be good to sip on. It seemed to be better on tap, however. I may have to keep trying it to compare the two.

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Photo of hreb
2.46/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Why is there Stella Artois in my house? Apparently so I can [be-]rate it on beeradvocate, of course. This particular 12oz green bottle is from a 6 pack purchased less than 2 weeks ago, but the best by date is only 01/09/17, just a few more weeks from now.

The color is alarmingly pale piss yellow. Completely transparent, this is piss from a well-hydrated Belgium (well, someone once saw a map of Belgium, anyway). Aroma is lagery and a little sweet, like corn syrup. No crisp/dry aroma of pilsner here. Flavor is extremely bland, but stays more neutral than sweet, and isn't too fizzy. If the aroma is mild and reveals only subtle defects, the flavor is just a bit less defective.

Would I rather drink this than Coors? Maybe. Budweiser? Not clear. A random Asian lager? Certainly not. I even have a misplaced fondness for Heineken which this beer benefits from none of.

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Photo of joeandsimonreviews
3.16/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Good but not great. Shame that Belgium doesn't import their better beers, this is probably the bud light over there. Taste is pretty decent and it feels pretty smooth going down. Looks decent, pours a golden color with little to no head. Smell is neutral, at least in this airport Stella glass I sip it in. A C beer which may be slightly overpriced; I'll only buy it on occasion.

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Photo of Holderness
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L -- Pours a pale gold, producing a one finger solid white head with a moderate pour. Head dissipates quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
S -- Grains, corn, pilsner malts, dough, faint leafy/floral notes
T -- Light malts, slight hop backbone, lime, corn, metallic aftertaste
F -- Mild body and medium astringency. Champagne-like carbonation

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stella Artois brewed by Stella Artois, with an ABV of 5.00% This Euro Pale Lager pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to Stella Artois . The smell is rich with grains and malts . You also pick up on some earthly hop bitterness in the smell. The look and smell of this brew is re inviting, puts you in the mind set of other Lagers on the market. So far so good. Now for the taste it is crisp with grains and malts. The hops tie it all together. Stella Artois has a super nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this lager brew. I like how smooth this brew goes down. Just the right amount of bitterness. There is a lot going on in this brew. The mouth feel of Stella Artois is Light, Crisp, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. This brew would go with just about anything. Overall I'm giving Stella Artois a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely buy this brew again. Stella Artois did a real nice job with this one. If you are looking for a smooth clean lager brew, look this one up.

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Photo of acmurphy696
3.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer that has a truly pleasant taste. While I tend to go for hoppier ales, this lager has enough definite character to earn my respect.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.27/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stella Artois | Stella Artois. Poured from a can into a Belgian chalice, this beer's head is three fingers thick with webbed lacing, and a clear medium gold body.

I smell grassy/funky malts with delicate floral hops.

Tastes like honey biscuit malts with some peach or peach jam flavor mid-palate. Hop bitterness is very unpronounced.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Stella Artois | Stella Artois a 4.25. A very clean Euro lager with mass appeal that most AAL regulars can dig.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.66/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is clear and a pale golden color. There is average amount of carbonation and the head is thin and lasted a good amount of time. The beer isn't skunky and actually smells fresh with mild sweetness and a minor hops aroma sorta grassy. The beer is less sweet than I thought it would be and had more of a bitter taste. There is a slight grainy malt taste at the end The beer is easy to drink and thin.

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Photo of farrago
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Fluffy head of close to two fingers, bright white, too whipped up to possess strong retention, the lacing is fairly broad though and clings well. The liquid is a pale yellow hue, not quite watery but close, broadly set fat bubbles lazily drift upwards. There’s a sweet grain to corn syrup nature to the nose, moderate leafiness and equal notes of bubblegum and iron flecks, intimation of apple or pear fruit, nothing flawed nor offputting about it, basically smells like beer when you first learned what beer smelled like. Medium-boded, dry without losing fullness, floral hops and a gentle herbal side. Some peppery spice but on the whole it’s sweet even if without much distinct fruit flavor, perhaps banana to apple. The carbonation has sufficient activity and churn to keep it moving so the sweetness does not become boring. Leaves behind a residue of corn meal and cereal grains along with a metallic tang. More enjoyable very well chilled than as it gets closer to room temperature.

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Photo of zshaft
2.48/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours straw clear no head and Lots of carb. nose is putrid grass and stank fart. mouthfeel is lighter than water. is that possible? taste is reminiscent of adjunct stuff but had a little more depth and travels through the palate better than say coors. has some end palate flavor though. overall not my thing. people who like this probably do because they think it's better than AAL. its not. ugg. this is hard to get down.

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