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Stella Artois | Stella Artois

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Stella ArtoisStella Artois

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Stella Artois
Belgium | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of beersarang
3.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a foamy and creamy had that stays for a while.

Slight grassy aroma with some corn on the side. Fairly typical Euro lager.

Very simple malt profile, on the verge of being thin though. Grassy hop character could be confused with skunkiness. Overall very one dimensional. Finishes a touch sweet.

Light bodied and crisply carbonated.

Easy to drink for sure, but the hype doesn't justify everyone drinking it. Belgium has so much more to offer, but I'm glad to see people drinking this instead of Bud.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.01/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was among the "premium beers" offered at a trendy nightclub. Served in a bottle that was nearly frozen. Even then, I must admit, there was a pleasant little hoppiness that even made itself felt through the cold. And there is something of a malt profile, perhaps like a watered down Duvel. Still, it’s a beer that’s trying to be the Belgian Heineken. And we need more beers that are "Belgian" and fewer that want to be Heinekens.

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Photo of palliko
2.8/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a cloudy pale yellow, with a very white foamy head that descends nicely into lace. Aroma is crisp and grainy, with some sweet malt. Initial taste is malty and then reveals bitter hops, leaving a dry memory of cooked broccoli. My local Old Chicago Pizza lists this as a ‘pilsner’ but it is a lager.

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Photo of thechaacster
2.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I wasn't particularly interested in reviewing this, but it was cheap, on tap, and I hadn't tried it, so what the hell. Pours a light gold with a fizzy, weak head. Funky hop aroma. Herbal hop bitterness up front, with a little bit of malt to help balance. Dry, bitter finish. Weird, slick, metallic mouthfeel doesn't help things. A decent representation of the style, it just happens to be a style that I don't care for at all. Average when fresh and on tap, I imagine that this would be pretty lousy in the bottle.

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Photo of riversider76
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Recommended by a friend at work who loves this beer! Lighter in color than I thought it would be. Taste was good,but didnt blow me away. Went down smooth. This beer is 7.99 a six pack! I would be more likely to drink it on a regular basis if it was less expensive. Nevertheless, I recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No overwelming head and golden beercolor. Nose is litle malty, litle hoppy but this one that's bb 1-09-05 was well over his best. Having it sice purchase in my fridge. Has butterscotch, creamyness and is overal not fresh.
Taste is better being moderate bitter, green and hoppy but again butter and oxidation good noticeable. Carbonisation and mouthfeel are OK but too tasteless and oxidated for me to enjoy.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-straw color. The head is tiny and thin, and disappears within seconds. The smell is mild and simple. The only thing I notice is sweet malt. The taste is as simple as the smell. Lightly sweet with mild bitterness to balance it out. The mouthfeel is medium-thin with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is smooth and balanced. The taste is too simple for my liking, but it is still bad. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of jimbotrost
2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased with free glass at LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Color is gold with slight haze. Head is full and white but lacks the lace on the side of the glass. Carbonation is full and quite fizzy. Nose is very weak except for slight grassy sweetness. Flavor is also light with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Finish seems to lean toward the sweet and syrupy side. Falls between drinkable and good. Curious as to the age and its effect on delicate hop balance.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal-clear straw gold color, with an ample head. Nose is sweet, grainy, with a tad bit of fresh hop aroma. Flavor is a pleasant mix of simple sweet malt and a fairly prominant bitterness. Hop flavor is fairly low, slightly floral. Moderate carbonation and a nice crisp mouthfeel. A fairly typical continental pils, well-brewed but not very exciting.

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Photo of Kulrak
2.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw golden colour with nice fluffy head with tight bubbles falling down to a thin layer. Smells slightly hoppy, slightly skunky. Could be light-struck, green bottle. It's got a pretty good balance, malty taste with nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel so-so. All in all I'd say it's a good beer to have with dinner but I wouldn't want to drink a bunch of them.

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

Appearance: Very clear plae golden color, with a large off-white head, which quickly fades to a paper-thin layer, and modest carbonation, some lacing.

Aroma: Lots of tart pale malt, lesser honey notes, slight alcohol, but no skunk whatsover.

Taste: Pleasant, refreshing, slightly tart malt throughout, with a mild herbal hop note, this becomes more pronounced at the finish, which is rather dry and bitter..

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant Euro-lager, nothing special, but decent and easy to drink.

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Photo of twi1609372
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do not know too much about euro "pale" lagers but none-the-less i do find this beer enjoyable. Tastes like a typical european beer would usually, bitter,hoppy, maybe though with a little less bite than some. Still this beer is flavorfull and overall good.

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Photo of rousee
3.39/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is better than I expect it to be. Clear gold color and healthy white froth on top. On smell, I cannot be nearly as complementary--it is skunky grassy and lousy--although it does mellow surprisingly as the beer warms.

As much as I don't like Stella as a rule, it ain't a bad beer at all. This is like the Coors light of Belgium and I no like Coors light--this is better..

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Photo of ski271
3.83/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, medium yellow lager with a medium-large, white, frothy head with good retention and excellent rings of lacing all the way down.

Smell: Well, it does have that typical euro pale lager stink, but it's not very bad at all. But there are pleasant malt & herbal hop aromas present that many of the euros lack.

Taste: Cookie-like malts, grain, soapy yeast, and a white-wine-like flavor. The finish is crisp and dry with a lingering maltiness that's medium in duration.

Mouthfeel: Thin body (but not too thin), watery texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: What can I say, I know I'll get bashed on by my friends for giving such high marks to a "European macro", but compared to the other euro pale lagers I've had, I think this is one of the better. Did I enjoy this beer? Yes. Highly drinkable, highly sessionable. Would I buy this beer again? No. Too pricey, especially for a style I don't really care for.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber straw with thick head and clingly lace.

Malty aroma with slight nuances of hops. Somewhat sweet creaminess from malt and cooked grain that is balanced somewhat by mild hop bitterness.

Finished dry and clean with slight astringent bitterness.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.47/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz green bottle with white paper crown.
Aroma: Very odd, but I got a whiff of pea soup. Go figure. Beyond that, a slightly sour edge with some aged hops.
Appearance: Painfully clear yellow glass with what started as a good head of white that dropped to a thin cover. Really very clear, looks watery.
Flavor: Your standard Euro Lager with a heavy bittering hop on a slightly sweet base. While the over all taste is clean there isn’t anything remarkable going on.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body with a bitter puckering finish
Overall Impression: Eh. Fairly easy to drink, but so is water. A bit bitter for the style, but I guess it gives it some character. Don’t think I’d cross the street to try it again, but wouldn’t refuse it if offered to me at a party.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.79/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a generic translucent gold color with a quick dissipating head. Smell is pretty homogeneous, smelling like hops and barley with wheat. The taste is pretty generic also for a lager... i would say the only redeeming thing about this beer is that if you are looking to have more than one of anything, this is a good place to start looking.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent session lager, probably recieves more crap than it deserves from BAs and the like, but also recieves too much attention and praise from people "not in the know". To many people, this is "Belgian Beer" which is unfortunate. With that being said, this is a decent session brew, not nearly as skunky as many other euro lagers of its style. Served out of a green bottle into a pilsner glass. Aroma is a little sweet, slighly hoppy. Taste is crisp, clean, a little sweet, a little hop bitterness in the end. Doesn't have the nasty adjunct taste stuff like Heineken has. I would say that this is an alternative to stuff like Bud, etc that is on tap everywhere, except that this beer is priced as a high-end brew, sometimes even ultra-highend. Not worth the extra price if you ask me, if it were cheaper I'd probably buy it more often.

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Photo of dragonbrew
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a tasty beer on a hot day on a recent trip to Florida. I don't feel that it was necessarily special in any one particular way, but just good. It reminded me of a Heinekin at first with a slightly skunky smell, some find that off-putting, but to me its just another unique character to certain beers. It had a nice pour with a head that disapated quickly, not the most desirable quality. I thought the taste was typical of a lager with that slight flowery hoppy-ness to it. I never really feel that mouthfeel applies much to this kind of beer, it should be light and go down easy and it did. I would consider this a very drinkable beer although a bit pricey in some locales. Although I didn' t have more than one on this occasion, I wouldn't rule it out as a sessions beer based on taste and quality alone.

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Photo of Vancer
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pint came out with a nice lite and clear yellow, white head. But again with the Euro lagers, that sulfur skunk peaked it’s head up in the aroma and slightly in the taste. Still a lightly hoppy brew with a grain base. Thin mouth of course, but I just can’t make a long go of Euro brews with the skunk – one or two, OK.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.9/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a underrated Euro Lager, but to each their own. It is head and shoulders above the rest of the macro Euro Lagers. It pours a nice light golden color and has a nice white head that sticks around for most of the glass. The aroma is a nice bready malt with a little bit of hops. The flavor is nice and clean... nothing spectacular, but then this is a Lager not a Barleywine. It has a decent hop bite that is missing from most macros. It tastes like Heineken used to taste before it was ruined. The only thing that holds this beer back is it's price. I could get a case of Bud and have change in my pocket for the price of two sixers of Stella.

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Photo of proc
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a light, golden color in the glass with an average sized head. Aroma is rather grassy, with a slight citrus in the background, albeit light. The taste is very "Euro lager'" tasting with an initial creaminess that belies a slight sweetness that finishes with a dose of light hops. Hoppier than American/Canadian lagers. Nothing outstanding, but a decent thirst quencher.

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Photo of alexgash
2.05/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The infamous Stella. Stella! Haha.
Pours an unsurprising light golden urine color with a fizzy, quickly-disappearing cloud white head. Smells of light, herbal cereal/cracker malts with a hint of sweetness that hides behind a large wall of skunked euro-skunk hops.
Stale Club cracker malt flavors up front. A little cardboard as well, along with some herbal sweetness. Hops are lightly skunked, but provide more bitterness than expected. Not awful, just very underwhelming. Light, spritzy mouthfeel. Meh...I think there are possibly one or two better beers from Belgium ;-)

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Photo of PorterLambic
1.22/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had had this brew several years ago and thought it a decent lager. Obviously my tastes and experience level have changed. Or maybe the beer got worse?
Pours a clear, pale yellow with a head full of big bubbles that drops like a rock.
Smell is strictly hops, huge and exclusively. Smells like any other megabrew lager.
Taste is hops and nothing else. This is Bud/Coors/Miller with slightly more flavor.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied and very fizzy. Not effervescent, just fizzy, like tonic water.
Drinkability: WHY? The aforementioned tonic water is higher on my list to drink than this dreck.Glad it was only a tasting. I poured this one on the ground. Alas, NOT a waste.

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Photo of Gavage
3.24/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived in a pint glass looking weak as it was yellow in color, had a spotty surface foam for a head, and very few carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The aroma is of grass and some hops are detectable. The flavor is simple and mellow, as grass tones and mild bitterness are the lone major flavors, but there is a slight hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel was surprising crisp at the start and finish (based on the flat appearance), and had a clean finish. Drinkability is fine, but overall this brew is slightly dull.

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