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 Josephkeene
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

11.2 FL oz can condition - 12 pack $17.85

Pours a clear yellow with large head and consistent lacing throughout the drink. Smells of euro skunk with more malt than anything. The euro skunk flavour becomes the main taste, followed by a bit of sweetness and a malty smooth finish. There is large bit of carbonation, subtle upfront, but really hits in the finish - leaving a syrupy hoppy flavour in the end. Sessionable and average at best and on par with Heineken - its neighbouring country's most known lager.

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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 dont 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 doesnt taste like much of anything.

feel is like slightly foamy water.

overall, not something i would order. doesnt taste bad per se, but really doesnt 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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Photo of lmaduells
1.83/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Where is the beer? A little taste, but too much alcohol for a short beer. This is a product I do not understand how you say beer, soda would say with a slight taste of beer.

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Photo of hennin55
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light in color, average head, good lacing
Aroma: light maltiness
Palate: light beer with good carbonation
Flavor: clean and crisp
Overall: light crisp beer that is drinkable with almost everything

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Photo of daweidavid
4.18/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden body color, medium-large white head. It has a little grass and malty aroma. The body taste light and smooth, with a hint of sweetness. Crisp and quick aftertaste.

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Photo of Sparty21
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great refreshing beer. It has a good head and the smell of any other mass produced lager. The beer is a off golden yellow color, but nonetheless it tastes great on a hot day.

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Photo of Edith0703
4.14/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Besides Budweiser, this is also my go to beer. I love wheat beer better than ale, because it doesn't really have the bitterness than ale does. Really good foams with crispy tasting.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.22/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Washing up looking head.

Aroma is good for a commercial lager.

Taste has a good balance of different elements. Great contrast between bitterness, sweetness, fruitiness. However there is a bit of a unpure taste happenning.

Much better than Carsberg.

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Photo of Squire123
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A Streetcar Named Desire.

Very popular Euro Lager with the light color, texture, mild malt and hops of that ilk. No better or worse than a number of others but this one has caught on in popularity. The fact the name is easy to pronounce might be helping. It is a consistent beer when fresh and not lightstruck. Otherwise suffers from the green bottle - long travel syndrome.

When it's on it's on and worth having.

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Photo of CATonFIRE76
2.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured in to a ice cold beer mug. My wife said it smelled like weed and it made her want a joint. She was able to contain herself. It tasted good enough for me to finish off the rest of the six pack. There are better beers l, but this ain't bad.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the "Limited Edition Stella Artois Holiday Gift" package 750 ml bottle (on clearance), it pours golden with a small head, quickly dissipating into a thin layer. Grain assaults the nose. The mouth is lightly tickled by the grain and malt. Easy to drink, enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Enough people have said enough bad things about this beer that I am best not to review it.

But I have a surprise for some: MJ reviewed this in his "Great Beers of Belgium" and said "Beers evolve and this has become higher-bodied and milder tasting over the years."
And in his 1999 "Guide", MJ also gave it 2 stars of 4. (Were he alive today, I'd like to think he would change that score.)

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Photo of cjgiant
3.24/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours exceptionally clear with a nice fluffy white head that is quite lasting; there's some decent lacing, as well.

Nose is quite grainy, reminding me of how the hose smells on a brew day, though lacking a bit of that wetness that comes with brew day. The grain is crisp on my nose. I am not sure if corn is used in this beer, but I seem to get a little in there as well. Later in the pour, I notice a light grassy note.

Opening taste is clean but watery. The grain notes from the nose don't come into the flavor as strongly as I would've thought, but are there. The beer isn't too sweet, but has a decent malt component. This is balanced against a grassy and spicy hop bitterness that doesn't really steal the flavor profile, but keeps it from being one-dimensional. A fair level of carbonation, maybe could use a tad more, but overall fine feel.

I was expecting, after so many reviews of "craft beer" that I would rate this beer fairly low even though I would grab it in a pinch in certain situations. But in trying to be objective, I found that I find this to be quite an ok beer, and wouldn't need a full pinch to grab again (but would need the right situation).

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Photo of jasadewi
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a light and clear yellow color with a decent sized head that quickly dissipates. It smells skunky. The mouth feel is very light, it feels like you're drinking water. It is very refreshing however. It tastes skunky throughout, but the aftertaste is a delicious malty alcohol taste. Overall, the taste is good, but not great. I would recommend this beer to fans of Euro Lagers, like Heineken, especially as a refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet (not a Stella one, though). Straw color, decent head. Head dissipates and leaves a film of lace and bubbles.

Smells a little skunky, mostly light malts and a hint of caramel.

Tastes a bit dank, that rusty green bottle taste often described as "skunky." Malt, corn, a brief bready sweet note.

Mouth is a little harsh. This thing is carbonated.

Comparable to Beck's and Heineken, as many have said. Lager has many enemies, but I find the dank attractive in this beer. Still superior to its American adjunct cousins. Drink from bottle for more skunk.

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Photo of thebeers
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light in color with a white head. Fairly crisp and clean smelling, with a little malt sweetness, some floral hops and a touch of skunkiness. Pretty similar flavor. Light bodied with the slightest creamy texture and good carbonation. Are we rating within style? I like it for what it is. A slightly lighter version of Heineken.

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Photo of rpilk
1.92/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

No matter what I like to drink it because of its Belgian heritage. It might be AB all the way but it logos and brands well, plus it gets me krunk, so SA is A-okay.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass
Look: Straw-yellow color typical for a lager. Head is of moderate amount (approximately 2 fingers)
Smell: Musty odor
Taste: Clean and crisp, which is, again, typical for a lager. Not much else
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Light-bodied.
Overall: As already mentioned, its essentially a typical lager. Nothing really special. IMO, no different than Coors, Bud, or Miller.

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