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 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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Photo of Jeremiah87
2.13/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Typical straw colored light lager with 2 fingers of foam that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is very faint but contains hints of must, skunk and sourdough bread. Tastes like saltine crackers with skunky notes that sneak up at the end. The high carbonation is fitting for this style of beer but doesn't completely mask its flaws.

Not a fan of this style in the first place but even if this is what you're after I think other beers have done it better.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
1.86/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 14.9 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date on bottom of can is 04/2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, pale yellow color with one finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, lower than average carbonation, there is some lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, crackers and that euro skunk smell.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, bread, crackers and euro skunk.

PALATE: light body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: I did not enjoy drinking this beer, this may be the worst lager I have ever had, it's hard to screw up this style but Stella Artois did just that, I will never have this again and will warn everyone I meet to avoid it.

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Photo of beersareonme
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, this beer confirmed everything I believe to be true: the more a beer is advertised on TV, the worse it is (ie: Bud, Coors, MGD etc). It's not that it was bad, just completely unremarkable and indistinguishable from a plethora of other similar beers. I would have a very difficult time picking this European lager out from any similar product.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
1/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is repulsive. It tastes like rusty, tin, dishwasher fluid. I can't bring myself to finish one bottle of this garbage because it tastes skunked and utterly repulsive. I also get a mouth-feel of rotten corn, rusty oil, and pissvomit. This beer is a failure of every conceivable brew I ever had.

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Photo of matcris
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LOOKS: Very light and golden with small bubbles rising in pilsner glass. Crystal clear beer with a white 2 inch fluffy head. The head sticks around a bit and leaves a thin layer on top of the beer. Leaves decent lacing on glass.
AROMA: First time having this. When I cracked the bottle, immediately I got a blast of grassy hops. Very much reminded me of Pilsner Urquell. This beer smells very grassy, grainy, with a corn like husk aroma.
TASTE: A slight bit of bitterness up front and then there is a lingering almost candy like sweetness on the finish. Again, grassy, corn husk, light malty breadiness.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium thin body, not watery, Smooth soft texture. Adaquate carbonation, not overdone.
OVERALL: I would like this beer quite a bit if it weren't for that cloying, sickly sweet finish. Kind of ruins what started out great. Not horrid, but because of it, wouldn't pick it up again.

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Photo of CommonSense
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a beer that sells itself as a top shelf product...... this is just about the worst value in the beer market.

For the same price, you can get craft brews.

For half the price, you can get the same thing in PBR or budweiser.

No, this is not fancy. No this is not a special beer. Overpriced for what it is.

First failing grade: 57/100

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Photo of Myotus
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured at 48°F from an 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 14Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers worth of dense, white foam. At 45 seconds, the foam head becomes rocky and porous. Well after 3 minutes, the head has yet to decrease in size. Straw yellow in color. There is a plethora of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of boiled cabbage and sweet bread are backed by subtle spicy and earthy hop aromas. Hints of bitter hops can also be detected.
TASTE: Mild sweet bread flavors enter first and are immediately followed by mild flavors of boiled cabbage. Mild earthy and spicy hop flavors along with subtle flavors of wheat (those came out of nowhere) and bitter hops enter lastly as cabbage flavors fade to subtle, but sweet bread flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down somewhat rough. Finishes crisp.
NOTE: If no craft beer is available and all that's available is other Macros, this is my go to beer.

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Photo of colbyjackcheese
3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Transparent golden. Lots of bubbles.
S: Slightly skunky and oxidized.
T: Slightly oxidized, wheat, honey, a wee bit malty.
F: Light, pleasantly carbonated, smooth, not overwhelming.
O: Inexpensive light lager. Not great, but not bad.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color, medium carbonation, light mouthfeel, sightly sweet taste, overall its ok for a macrobrew. It's better than Bud or Bud Light and for when you're drinking a lot and not paying attention to the taste like you would when drinking a micrbrew.If you drink Heineken then this is for you.

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Photo of chuckm
1.97/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Christmas is the time of year when well meaning friends give me beers that they think are good because they're expensive. I am sad to say Stella falls into this category. Pour is very pale but nice head, smell is acidic and is reminiscent of bathroom cleansers. Taste was slightly better than I feared but below average. I am looking forward to pawning off the rest of this 6 pack on my less discerning friends

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Photo of irrevjim
2.38/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

look; pours golden thin white head that disappears quickly thin lacing, small carbonation bubbles
smell; this is what gives it away, skunky cheap lager smell
taste; catch a hint of honey in the skunky taste, not as skunky as it smells, some smooth honey roll in the middle, skunky front and finish
feel; carbonated, not too harsh, very light,
overall; skunked beer ginger ale, if you're in a bar or function hall with alimited selection they'll probably have a sam adams product that's closer to beer, it's better than some cheap domestics in a pinch, really not very good, sadly sometimes this is the best you can do, i'm drinking one now :(

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Photo of vainosuomi
2.35/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Clear, pale yellow color. Frothy, off-white head. I immediately noticed it was skunked when I poured it. Smell is bad, mostly skunky, with a slight malt presence. Taste is a balance between light, slightly sweet malts and spicy hops. Lager yeast. Somewhat bitter overall. Fairly carbonated, dry, light-bodied.

I've had it not skunked before too; it's at best an easy-drinking, unimposing lager. But they chose to ship it in those green bottles, and when I decided to review it, I got a skunked one. Thus, I stand by this rating.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drank at a concert venue that only offered Bud/Bud Light or this. I chose this.

It's clear and yellow, not much smell, not much taste, and light bodied and drinkable. The little taste and smell that is there isn't bad, it's just not anything to write home about. Much much better from cans than those skunky green bottles. This beer basically just reminds me of American Budweiser, only better and less rice-y. So if you go in expecting nothing much better than that, your expectations will be met.

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Photo of beermakesmedrunk
2.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: its clear, and looks like piss

Smell: smells like piss

Taste: refreshing with the slight taste of cheap larger (piss)

its the beer of choice of someone who is already drunk, so its just your average cheap larger

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I honestly don't get what the big deal about Stella Artois. Based on the commercials and hype, you'd think it was this awesome beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent lager and far better than the swill that is called Budweiser. But I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

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

Stella Artois - Stella Artois. 5% ABV. Standard mug ordered at a restaurant.

Look: Bright golden body, arriving with a thin head of white foam.

Smell: Mostly wheat/grain, with some light hops, and a lot of sweet malts, however it had an off putting skunky aroma backing everything.

Feel: Very thin and light body, and smooth with some carbonation.

Taste: Strong grain/wheat taste, some light hop flavors, that is not bitter, and some cloying sweetness that lingers. Also has the same off-putting skunkyness in the taste as well.

Overall: This is pretty much a fancied up American Adjunct Lager, that is very similar in all categories. Not sure if it is supposed to smell and taste like it sat in the sun for a few days, but it is what it is.

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Photo of alwaysTomorrow
1.59/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

If Stella Artois was a $12-for-24 cheapo-lager in the Natty/Busch/Keystone category, it would merit a rating of "okay." But Stella Artois doesn't want to market as a frat party beer in the US, they want to market as a "premium" lager, so I'm going to review it as a premium lager.

Look: Yellow/Gold. Good clarity. Very pale. Fizzy white head that quickly recedes, leaving little to no lacing before disappearing almost entirely.

Smell: Skunk. Must. Faint mineral.

Taste/Feel: Mostly carbonation and cold. Hop presence is minimal, imparting a characterless bitterness. Malt flavors very muted. Like white bread. Barleywater. Noticeable off-flavors even when cold: skunk, cooked vegetable, sulfur. Don't let let this beer get warm. Seriously, don't.

Overall: I hate this beer. I don't hate many beers. I don't turn my nose up at adjunct-lagers; I enjoy some at the right time in the right place. I can appreciate a Budweiser (though I'd probably not have one unless offered) -- it's crisp and refreshing when cold on a hot day after hard work and it has no major flaws or off-flavors. Even the aforementioned, much-maligned Natty has redeeming qualities. Stella does not. Stella is bad. It has minimal flavor and the flavors it does have are bad. It is also expensive. It is a shitty, shitty, expensive shitty beer.

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

I grabbed a bottle of Stella Artois at an art gallery opening in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA/USA.

Look: Stella Artois was transparent.
Smell: Stella Artois had a light aroma of wheat.
Taste: Stella Artois had a vague flavour of wheat.
Feel: Stella Artois had a smooth feeling with medium carbonation.
Overall: Stella Artois is a beer that people should try to drink at art gallery openings.

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Photo of Catracho5
2.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can poured into a tulip

Appearance pours a golden straw color with a white head, clear and very thin looking, lots of carbonation, some head retention, some lacing, looks like watered down apple juice. Smell, wet cardboard, musty, smells really bad. Taste, first impression, it's not as bad as it smells, hay, honey, touch of hops, malts, it is actually pretty smooth and very easy drinking, it does have some crispness. Mouthfeel is light, good amount of carbonation, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Worst part of this beer is the smell, smells horrible like wet cardboard and must, best part is the taste, it's not that bad, it drinks easy, it's smooth but it doesn't have a whole lot of flavor, just enough to give it some slight quality. It's better than I expected.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid beer. It has a straw yellow color with a thick head that recedes quickly. It has a very strong smell of grains and hops. Has a nice taste of hops at first which then fades to a light fruity/wheat aftertaste. The mouthfeel isn't bad, this beer is very carbonated. Decently smooth finish.

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Photo of jamesroses
1.88/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark golden colour, bubbly and with more carbonation than a Heineken. Builds a creamy head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: as someone said before, it smells really bad, and I've drunk quite a few. They're always the same, like a roasted skunk, similar to the Heineken.

Taste: its stronger than a Heineken, a little bit better, but still too bitter, in a bad way, for my taste.

Mouthfeel: it's like drinking a "bread vinegar", that's the best way to describe it.

Overall: I've never liked this beer, I drink it only if there's no other choice at the local bars, which unfortunately, it's what usually happens.

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

Much like an American adjunct lager, this beer doesn't have much to offer. Rather watery, with some grain and grass character. super light body with ample carbonation and a poor aftertaste. No real substance here, just marketing. Take a pass.

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Photo of wisebier
3.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a beer you want to smell before drinking. It smells horrible, however it does not taste like it smells. I like the taste a lot for a lighter beer. It's better then American light beer but it's not a great beer by any means. It's just drinkable and low cal. If you're at a tailgate it's a good beer.

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Photo of DeFaz
2.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Totally inoffensive beer that is somewhat more drinkable than the most popular macro lagers, but it still suffers from having primary flavors of grain and just a touch of hops. A little bit skunky, but again, there's not much going on. The mouthfeel is the best part, as this does manage to be crisp and quite drinkable. However, it's certainly not worth the somewhat higher price. As craft beers become more accessible, this beer should continue to become less popular (I hope).

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