Stella Artois | Stella Artois

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Stella Artois

Style: European 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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Ratings: 5,559 |  Reviews: 1,540
Photo of flaminghomer
3.26/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

guess what, this is a typical euro lager. but it seems to be a few times better than heineken. smell is crisp and dry hops and grain. head is a little creamy and sticks to the sides. taste is clean, crisp, some hops going on, not to well balanced. if you are going to drink a euro lager you might as well drink this one.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unerrated, this is a fine brew. Crystal clear, firm,sturdy head that lingered. Smell was forcefully hoppy. Taste followed suit will a nice malt sweetness and a somewhat smoky hop whack. Really good! Competes well with the finest pilsners. This beer is too hip to score well with BA's. Too bad.

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Photo of TagoMago
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.5 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clean, transparent straw color. Head is initially strong, then fades to a fine, white lace which coats the glass. Vibrant carbonation.

Smell: Husky malts. There is also a sweetness to this beer. Some earthy hops as well. A green bottle shunk aroma is also very noticeable.

Taste: Crisp & clean. Light bodied, yet smooth. Sweet malts upfront with some fruity, esthery notes and some grassy hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall: This is one of the better mainstream Euro-lagers. This is a clean, refreshing and flavorful lager, great for hot weather drinking.

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Photo of Sammy
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rating it again because the can was about as good as the bottle. So if youa re stuck, at least you will get a mediocre OK interbrew that's not metallic tasting. Had a pint on the patio at end of a hot afternoon and could cope. Malt lager that is pale and on bitter side.

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Photo of DrJay
2.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear yellow with a bright white head. Decent head retention and lacing. Some sweetness and corn in the aroma, with a light floral hop character. Starts out sweet with a weak underlying bitterness that builds a little through the finish. Corn is also evident in the flavour. Light body with a dextrinous smooth quality and high carbonation.

500mL can with best before date stamped on the bottom.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear pale piss yellow. Not golden, just a blah kind of macro light yellow. Thin white head with a little stickiness to it. Slight maltiness, grassy hops and a little of that green bottle skunk on the nose. Dry feel in the mouth. A little spicy. A little more of that skunk. Pretty bland flavor. Mouthfeel is a little low on CO2. Body about medium. This one's average at best.

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Photo of pootz
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really can’t tell if there is anything truly destinctive about this Euro macro’s like so many others in shared character. If I was pressed for aa answer, I would say the malt body is a tad heavier than most macro light lagers and the hop delivery is late (perhaps over stated) and bites too hard in the finish leaving the tongue very dry. Poured a light gold with a smallish white cap that dissipated quickly. Aromas of boiled grian hulls with slight sweetness and a mild floral tone from the long boil of the hops. Very carbonated...slightly thin in the upfront mouth feel then mellows a bit as the malt sweetness and bready taste is departed then the finish is crashingly dry. Not bad but hyped too much. A standard Euro-macro lager...the type of thing you would expect to see shamelessly marketed in cans.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap

Pours with a clear yellow body. Foamy head with decent retention, high level of lacing also

Smell, malty aromas, sweetness also coming through quite prominantly

Taste, sweet and malty

Not awful, but not great. A big seller over here even though theres soooo much better out there

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Photo of homersimpson
3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, very pale gold with a frothy white head.
Nose is faint and of a candylike malt sweetness.
Body is very light and thin.
Carbonation and malt is what it's about. Clears quickly with only the slightest hint of sweetness at the end.
Not what I'd expect from a Belgian beer, very bland and nondescript.

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Photo of taez555
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a white head with an extremely clear yellow body.

The nose a mix of skunk, malt and some soft spice.

The taste was a mix of corn, rice, yeast, garbage, skunk, and malt. Very light bodied and a small bubbled intense carbonation. It’s actually surprisingly bitter. A nice earthy hop. There’s really not a whole lot to this beer.

A belgian macro. It’s really not that bad of a beer. It actually tastes more like a german pilsner with some belgian overtones. Of course isn’t that what a lot of belgians are like anyway? It’s not to bad. I’d take it over bud any day.

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Photo of cptnjck101
1.28/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

What's up with the hype behind this brew? Looks like dishwater runoff and doesn't taste any better. Had it on tap at the Irish Pub, Atlantic City. It did come in a cool goblet that I took the liberty of keeping. Save your money and have a coke, I wouldn't drink this stuff it was free.

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Photo of sardonic
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank a few of these while watching the Tampa Bay Lightning extend the Stanley Cup finals to Game 7. Typical pale lager color, large head that doesn't go away. Went well with barbeque chips. As I learned on the BA forum awhile ago, Stella Artois is the beer of the Belgian Joe Sixpack, and it closely resembles the beer of the Canadian Joe Sixpack. But that doesn' t bother me, it just doesn't make me excited to drop extra money on it. I'll take it if someone else is buying. Interesting how the label says something like "Beer is to Belgium what wine is to France, and Stella Artois is the most acclaimed of Belgium beers". I guess it's the same way shit beer is always made with "the finest of ingredients".

As an aside, I really have to hand it to them for those commercials on English TV that are in French with no subtitles, makes them seem really artsy...except to people who can actually speak French like myself.

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Photo of MattFrenzy
1.77/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Uggh... gave a try after a buddy with decent taste offered. Wont ever drink again. Very bland and boring, nothing unique, average, by the end of the bottle it just tasted like overly carbonated water with a weird taste that I couldn't place, definitely not hops or malt. I don't like to be able to see through my beer. Maybe if it wasn't so carbonated it wouldn't be half bad.... nope.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tap: Poured a golden colored beer with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is mostly light floral with some malt. Taste is very light and refreshing with again some malt and floral aspect coming through. Medium carbonation with light body. Very little else to mention for this beer apart from the fact that it seems to be better on tap then in bottle. Overall, a refreshing session-type lager.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.41/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat long-lasting, if small, chalky, cream top. Pale gold color body. The smell is light malts and hops, mild and breezy. Taste is euro-lagerish, bready and on the the light side for malt flavor. Faint citrus notes, lemon.

The sharp, impacting carbonation felt in the mouth and throat--which then disappears--adds a nice element of uniqueness I find to this beer--and also makes it quite drinkable, excellent with a meal. Medium body adds some umph. A good mediocre beer with some character of its own.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the Budweiser of Belgium. Okay, that might be a little harsh. To be honest, I would only go as far as calling this average in every way. It reminds me very much of Molson Canadian. It's more malty than anything. There was a mild floral scent and taste along with the malty sweetness of it, but that was about it. I'm not impressed, but not totally disappointed by it. I don't think the price was fair. $5.00 for a pint. I should have stuck with something better for 3.50 a pint. That's what killed the drinkability factor

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Photo of watermelonman
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a bright and light gold with a big fluffy head. It shrank but stuck around, and left some lacing behind as well.

I wasn't a smell that I was very fond of, reminding me of Heineken and other relatively crummy lagers. Still, I won't rail on it too much. The taste is fine, in my opinion. Nothing special, but it's a decent plain lager.

It's definitely easy to drink.

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Photo of necoadam
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a pale gold color with a decent head on it. Some hop aroma in there but it was mostly a clean smell to this beer. This was a light mixture of some malts and hops. They were balanced quite well I should add, but it was just a little too light for a pale lager. If there was a little more flavor to it then it would be quite a decent beer. Granted this is much better than macros, but the price is quite hefty on for a sixer. Maybe I'll revisit this one down in the future.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll admit I'm more of a sucker for lighter lagers than most.

Slightly sweet malt fresh aroma.
Can be poured with a huge white fizzy bubbly head. Gold yellow and clear as water.
Decent balance of malt and hops for style. Hop dominates middle to finish and presents with ever increasing bitterness as warms.
Decent refreshing quality. Carbonation notable in fizziness.
Good enough. Easy to drink.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian answer to Bud, perhaps aimed at the hipster green bottle crowd.

A very light yellow with decent carbonation. Ok lacing, but no head to speak of.

Nearly acidic in scent, like Bud.

Lightly hopped-very lightly. Corn and wheat make an appearance.

Kind of like drinking water, with a very mild bitterness, but you could drink it for days, because, well, it is like drinking water with mild bitterness.

I was disappointed. Not much body, not much soul.

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Photo of ism
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

7 months until the "best before" date, at room temperature from a 12oz.

Pours with a voluminous head that shrinks to a near-nothing lace. Pale but saturated golden color, pure in intensity. Faint aroma that says "standard lager," nothing exciting. Smooth going down, malts and hops are balanced yet predictable for this brew, with very light carbonation. Finishes cleanly, as if your mouth touched nothing, but refreshed.

Not much to look at, but very drinkable. Not filling or satisfying, but does fill a need for refreshment. Not much of a lager fan but this is something I would go back to, and would drink a lot of, compared to domestic lagers, save for the price point.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold, bubbly head, really looks like Budweiser to me.

Weak aroma, slight crispness and a touch of grain.

Malty taste up front with a strange kind of sweetness. Moves to a light bitterness and finishes slightly dry.

An easy drinking lager, better than most but nothing I'd run out to buy.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a decent amount of head. Not much to the smell here, smells like a typical lager. Tastes good, but again, pretty average. The best quality about this beer is its drinkability. Good session beer. Overall, an average tasting brew, but i would probably get it again some time.

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Photo of Gusler
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago

As I bash lagers and pilsners quite a bit, I must say this beer hit the “B” spot as its like 85 degrees Fahrenheit today. The color on the pour is a crystalline gold with a prosperous white head that is also creamy in texture, with the lace a fine veil to conceal the glass. Nose is prototypical lager fresh and sweet, nicely malted with the start sweet and the top light to moderate in feel. Finish has a pleasant acidity with the hops apropos to the style, quite dry aftertaste and a quite drinkable lager that I’ve not sampled in years, a great session beer for the hot summer days in Arizona that are just around the corner.

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Photo of belgianbeerlover
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle

Vigorous pour left a bright white 1-finger head that dissipated quickly with a small amount of lacing. Clear, bright gold in color, with constant carbonation. A faint malty aroma that I had to strain to pick up. Basically your standard mass produced lager. Well balanced in flavor, with a crisp maltiness that hangs around. Don't expect too much from this beer and it won't disappoint you. This a pale lager, and even a belgian pale lager can only do so much. It is very drinkable (I drank untold gallons of this stuff when I lived in Belgian), but probably not worth the premium price you would pay for it in the US. That said, it is much better in my opinion than your average american macros.

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