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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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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lots of clarity a straw yellow color through a green bottle. White head 4/5". Aroma of skunky grain.

Taste has a mild citrus edge, super carbonated. Skunk taste. Expensive for what it is. But its not a bad summer option. Light bodied, apparent lager yeast as well.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 (why leave out .8 oz?) oz bottle poured into pint glass. Don't have the Stella chalice handy for the full "experience."

L - Pours a very light, clear golden color with a couple inches of bubbly white foam. Dissipates and leaves a good ring of lacing throughout.

S - Skunky out of the bottle, skunky in the glass. Classic green bottle pilsner scent. Hoppy, metallic, but also some sweet floral and apple to balance it out/not overpower.

T - Crisp, bitter hoppy bite up front, malty sweet grain and cereal finish. Less syrupy-sweet like Heineken.

F - Light-bodied, watery, high carbonation, very drinkable. Everything I'd expect from a German/Belgian pilsner.

O - Like a classed-up Rolling Rock or Heineken, a good example of a skunky Euro pilsner. Fancied up with its own chalice, but good enough out of the bottle...if you're willing to do a little work for your beer (paper-peeling).

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I tried it because we sell a lot of it and I was told there was no aftertaste. I'll go one better than that - there is hardly any taste, period. It is just a very light lager.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle #4 from this six-pack I picked up on a whim. There is a date on the back, "04.2017," which I assume is a best-by with a one-year time frame (meaning that this beer is no more than 4 months old.) I'm actually a bit surprised considering that the six-packs seemed to have been marked down -- I had assumed they were fairly old, but 4 months is not a bad age at all for a European import!

The appearance is pretty standard for a European pale lager -- very pale yellow-golden color, very clear (pretty much perfectly clear actually), lots of rising bubbles throughout the glass. Actually forms a pretty nice-looking head of foam, which hangs around for a bit before shrinking. As I type now, there's a thicker ring around the outside with a thin coating over the top of the beer, with a single large thicker "island" in the middle. If I'm remembering right, most of the standard pale lagers (adjunct and otherwise) don't hold up their foam quite as well. Not a bad-looking beer at all.

Smell is a bit sulfurous at first whiff, but I don't believe this is truly a "skunked" beer as I was careful to get one that was tucked away out of the light (and the extra paper wrapping probably protects it pretty well, not a lot of the bottle is exposed between the six-pack holder and the paper wrapping on the neck.) After the initial pour, the "pseudo-skunky" thing dies down and what's left is more of a mild "standard lager-y" smell -- sort of a veggie-ish thing (from the hops?) and that lager-yeast smell, pretty much.

Taste is similar but stands out a bit more -- veggie-ish grassy hops, a bit of a pale malty flavor, and sweetness mixing in which lingers for a bit at the end and then pretty much vanishes. There's a sort of musty, dusty quality to the sweetness in this beer, kind of reminds me of cereal (the best comparison I can make is that it's a bit like the non-marshmallowy bits of Lucky Charms, but without that tiny bit of toastiness.) It's fairly light but not at all unpleasant, certainly a step up from actual "light/lite" beers but in my opinion falling short of the flavor of something like Heineken, which has much more of that grassy-spicy hop thing going on. Burps are almost all veggie-hops.

Feel is a positive on this one for sure -- it's light and crisp and easy to drink (my "sips" are certainly closer to gulps, especially on a hot night after a long day at work while waiting for my laundry to finish -- heck, I might go ahead and have a second afterward!) but doesn't feel watery AND doesn't feel too prickly. It's honestly pretty great mouthfeel-wise, especially looking at it in terms of a light refreshing easy-to-drink beer. I'm finding myself repeatedly comparing this beer to Heineken -- which I suppose makes a lot of sense as they're both green-bottle import pale lagers -- and in the area of mouthfeel I think Stella comes out on top.

Overall, not a bad beer -- more like a pretty average one. Despite all the fancy marketing, this is very much a simple pale lager that's good as a refreshing lighter beer on a hot day and goes well with food (I found that eating plain white French bread along with this beer made the grassy/veggie-ish hoppy flavors stand out more and prevented the sweetness from building up much, interestingly; it also went pretty well with the spicy-ish shrimp tacos that I made earlier in the week.)

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Photo of HeinrichSchallenberg
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Stella Artois....

Appearance: Green bottle, I like the paper on the neck. In the glass it's a pale straw gold, I had about a 3 finger head, which faded as I drank it. Mild lacing. carbonation is pretty on point.

Aroma: Kind of skunky. I smell something floral in it too, might be the hops. It smells like a summer afternoon or a spring evening.

Taste: As you take the lager in your mouth it's cool with kind of a snap. The carbonation hits you tongue and it's kind of bitter. the back of the tongue gets a burst of fruity sweetness as you swallow, and the alcohol flavor comes back as you breath out.

Drinkability: it's ok.... nothing amazing. It's kind of unpleasant in ways, but ok in others. It's a very light lager, good for summer afternoons and reading.

Overall: it's ok.

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

Look: clear yellow. Decent size head and lacing.
Smell: crisp, subtle bready malts with a bit of fruity hops.
Taste: again, crisp malt and a bit of Apple. Not near as mediocre for me as the current BA score would indicate.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yup, it looks like beer. Not much head.

Smells a little sweet.

Delivers a little sweet to the palate, then quickly morphs into mildly skunky lightly hop taste.

I nothing derogatory to say about the feel, but no praise either.

Unoffensive, in a good way. Tastes like an improved Bud Light. This would probably be a great session beer, deep-drinking and party beer. I would muh rather serve this than Bud Light or comparable macros. Very drinkable, Fancy, champagn-like packaging, a French-sounding name, what'snot to like here?

Check out user LennyOvies review. He has a much more sensitive palate than mine and does a much better job explaining the fine notes for people who have FAN-SAY palates.

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Photo of Bulabeers
2.48/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Golden brew with a giant stubborn two fingers of white frothy head.
S: sweet and skunky
T: sweet and skunky with a slight hop bitterness
F: watery and thin
O: light drinking here. not the best tasting beer but not horrible or undrinkable

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Photo of scootny
3.24/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Quite good looking. Pale clear gold with an impressive head and lacing. Light grain sweetness and mild floral hops. I'm guessing a noble variety. Mild honey like sweetness with a light grain presence. Light floral hops with mild Saaz bite. Crisp light feel with a somewhat fizzy but refreshing carbonation. I remember drinking this in the UK 30 years ago. I had this on my first tour of England as a sound engineer back in 1987. I drank a lot of it in the pubs there and feel in love with its sweet, malty, honeyed drinkability. It's lost a little over the years. It was so good then. It's suffered at the hands of Interbrew but surprisingly still a decent beer especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours golden and clear. It is topped with three inches of fluffy, white head that leaves rings of lacing as I drink it.

It has a sweet, grassy aroma. It is a little skunked as I expect with green bottles.

The taste matches the smell. It starts out sweet. Then I get some grassy notes and a little skunked flavor in the finish.

It has a little more body than American adjuncts.

I am not a fan of this beer, but it is better than Heineken.

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Photo of SGT_Gump
1/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Don't know about the look, I drink it out of the bottle. I didn't like the smell, taste or feel. One sip was enough for me. I thought it tasted horrible.

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Photo of LennyOvies
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

L- The strong aspect of this beer because of the head. Body is a light golden color with good amount of visible carbonation. The head is big, fluffy, white, tight and veeery long lasting. Looks great.
S- The aroma has bread, lemon, spices and sweet corn. The good thing is that the aroma is fairly strong.
T- Like a washed out belgian blonde. Bread, spices, grainy malts, corn. But everything is weak.
F- Watery, a bit fizzy.
O- Just ok, much better than the common BMCs but still far away from good craft.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

quite a good looking beer. sparking golden color, tight white head that leaves nice lace on the glass. nose is sweet corn, grainy malt. very skunky taste - grainy sweetness a bit much a times. thought the feel was decent - a marginal improvement on the super watery adjuncts from the US. overall refreshing and somewhat enjoyable, although there are plenty of beers that are both enjoyable and refreshing and have the added benefit of offering an interesting flavor. If your drinking beer just to get drunk, maybe this would be an ok option, but for the rest of us who drink beer mainly for its flavor ... no good reason to purchase this.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a couple of their holiday gift packs on clearance at Lukas Liquor in Kansas City... a bargain at just $3.99 for a 750ml bottle and a very nice holiday glass printed with gold streamers and stars. This is sure to become my New Year's Eve beer glass! Very festive! Since it was packaged in an opaque box, I avoided the dreaded "green bottle" skunking.

Poured a clear, bright straw color with fine carbonation and a decent white head. Aroma is of mild grain and not much else. Taste is lightly sweet grain and just a hint of hops. Light mouthfeel with lovely carbonation. This is a really easy-drinking beer.

This is really not a bad beer... but it's not a really great beer, either. I'd say it's a step up from most light American or Euro lagers. But, when I buy a Belgian import beer, I usually expect much more in terms of flavor! And, this is not what I have in mind!

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Photo of q33jeff
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle to glass.

AROMA Hops, Beer
LOOK: Light Yellow, Pilsner.
TASTE: Crisp light beer. Easy to drink with a meal.
A notch above the typical American Pilsner.

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Photo of MikeWard
2.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

part of a flight at champs sports bar in Altoona pa. freely admit that i only ordered this because i don't have a euro pale lager on my BA list and its been bugging me. but i'll try and be objective.

pours a pale not really any color body with a white head. carbonation is good, leaves some lacing.

just a faint grainy smell

taste is light, inoffensive, but to be honest, this doesn't taste like much of anything.

feel is like slightly foamy water.

overall, not something i would order. doesn't taste bad per se, but really doesn't taste of anything. the nicest thing i can say is that it would be a good palate cleanser between beers. sorry.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Per capita, Belgium has a huge number of excellent breweries: Chimay, Cantillon, Duvel, Rochefort, etc. But sadly, the beer they export the most is crappy Stella Artois (Belgium's don't drink it much themselves). It's nicely carbonated, but really, just get Heineken.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.01/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Look: Pours a completely translucent straw hue with a half finger, white colored head.

Smell: Nothing really. Just the faintest notion of grassy hops and apples.

Taste: I'm getting almost nothing as for flavor too. Upfront very very slightly sweet. Watery. Finishes with a grassy, sour apple funk. I'll admit it's a very inoffensive taste akin to sweetened water - but I don't necessarily consider "lack flavor" a positive attribute.

Feel: Thin and undercarbonated.

Overall: Very bland and boring. It almost tastes like nothing at all. I used to think this was one of the most prestigious and delicious beers in the world when I wasn't into craft beer.

Looking back, I understand now the only reason I used to buy this is because it tastes slightly less terrible than everything else mainstream beer has to offer.

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Photo of dcjones82
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on draft recently, and afterwards bought a 6 pack. The 6 pack was a tad bit skunky, but not too bad. Here's my review of this euro pale lager.

L- On draft this beer didn't look that special, light golden color, thin soapy head, little to no lacing. From the 6 pack, I poured the bottle into a 16 oz. pilsner glass and it looked much better. Still has a light golden yellow color, 2 finger bright white head that stuck around awhile, small thin head that lasted throughout. Some nice lacing on glass, good carbonation.
S- Malt with a wet grain type smell. Lighter smelling than Heineken, nothing that stands out really. 12 oz. bottle was a little skunky at first, but faded after awhile.
T- On draft this tasted almost like an adjunct lager, but from the bottle it has a nice crisp euro lager flavor. Sweet malt, with a faint touch of hops. Really enjoyed this from the bottle, draft was ok.
F- Excellent light mouthfeel. Crisp, refreshing, and a nice light to medium body.
O- On draft this was just ok, pretty flat tasting, but still better than any of the light beers they had. Out of the bottle, I really enjoyed this. The look was nice, taste was not as heavy or strong as Heineken. Very crisp and refreshing beer. I would recommend this to anyone interested in euro pale lagers, or if your looking for a good summer beer, this would be a great choice!

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.34/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Does what I expect a mass-produced, mainstream lager, or any lager, for that matter, to do and that's be crisp, refreshing, with a nice and consistent mouthfeel and a pleasant amount of bitterness to compliment. Can see this being like Miller High Life for me, where it goes down so easy that, before I know it, I've drank four bottles.

Also see this being a huge stepup from other similar category beers like Grolsch and Heineken, which are usually disturbed by skunkiness.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

At least it doesn't have the skunky smell and taste that some lagers have like Heineken. Looks like a lager, not much head or lace. Light carbonation and mouth feel. I just don't care for lagers but this is at least drinkable. It was a gift, I would never buy it.

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