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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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Reviews: 1,453 | Ratings: 5,166
Photo of Xadoor
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a relatively new addition to the Texas beer market so its still a novelty around here, but its one that I drank from time to time in Canada. Its not a bad beer and I'll certainly drink it before any of the domestic macros, but its nothing spectacular. I find it to be mildly refreshing at best.

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Photo of putnam
2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't remember getting the same caramel/packaged-snack-food aroma from the tap version of this beer. It takes place after the hyper activated, mildly skunky hop extrakt flourish runs its course -- from obvious upon opening the cap, to hardly detectible as the beer sits in a tumbler. Roasted, dry sugar flavors are met with assertive, nutty bitterness. The "brown" flavors, nuts and caramel, don't seem to match the slick, light and temporary texture. It's like an ordinary lager with caramel flavoring added. There are hundreds better. Confected.

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Photo of granger10
2.24/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I figured I'd give this beer a try, maybe find a nice lager to drink a few of but unfortunately this was no it. It came in its own glass and I was at a bar that didn't serve appropriate glassware for anything else. Nice foamy white head, lots of bubbles, good lacing. Pale yellowish color. Aroma is nearly nothing. I get some barley but that's it. Flavor is weak as piss too. Very watery with just a bit of sweetness. Somewhat crisp finish. I had a pbr after this and it was a lot better.

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Photo of Brian700
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a straw yellow with a white head that stuck around for little and fizzled down to nothing.

The aroma was lacking. There was some mild floral hop notes.

The taste was of light malt and mild hops. This tasted like a slight upgrade of an american pilsner.

The mouthfeel was light bodied with medium/moderate carbonation.

I think this was an average beer with average drinkability.

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Photo of cubedbee
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden yellow with a finger of lasting foamy head. Smell is pretty muted---some pale malt and maybe a whiff of hops. Taste is lackluster---husky malt with an off DMS flavor, a fairly large dose of grassy hops, with a mildly unpleasant skunk-like aftertaste. Light body with a very crisp carbonation, this is an easy enough drinker on a hot day, but overall is an overpriced import not worth buying.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Uhhhh... for some reason this beer has managed to get in almost every bar in New York City. I don't understand it. In every other major city across the U.S., there is no sign of Stella. It's ubiquitous here.

My sample poured with a classic macro head. No foam, but a lot of tracing of foam. The kind where you can see spots of beer through the head with an arial view.

The aroma had a faint whiff of hops, but nothing you could detect. Are they noble hops? They seem so, but its too far in the background to know for sure.

The taste was actually a lot more bitter than I expected. However, with more and more sampling, this beer grows tiresome. It seems stale and uninspiring. What is it?...

then I realized what it is... it's the mouthfeel. It's very thin and watery, and there's no dexrin complexity to suppliment the hop bitterness.

It's a drinkable brew, but nothing that leaves you satisfied. Eh, I hope it's a fad.

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Photo of beermanbrian
2.21/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color with almost no head. Fizzy beer. Very light malt smell but nothing that is very noticable. Taste is blah too, maybe the slightest bit of spicyness but that could be wishfull thinking. I can't imagine anyone really thinking that this is a good beer. Not enough taste or body to even warrant being called beer. Fancy name, expensive image but nothing to back it up. Glad i didn't pay for this one.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stella Artois is many people's standard of strong lager on draught. It has been well advertised for years and has a slightly up-market image compared to many other lagers, maybe it's that Reassuringly Expensive thing. Stella Artois is a strong lager and has 6.5 alcohol content. The taste and is sharp and crisp. The foam stayed on top until I finished drinking the beer.

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Photo of KoG
3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pale bodied euro lager that has a fizzy head and doesn't lace well at all.

Smell had a slight skunk to it despite coming from a 12 pack (how did the light get in there?). Light malt and some hop, but not much.

Taste is pretty light. Slight malt flavor accompanies the rather decent bitterness that builds and is complemented nicely by the carbonation.

Went down smooth and suprisingly easy to drink. The 12 I had were gone pretty quick.

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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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