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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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Photo of proc
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a light, golden color in the glass with an average sized head. Aroma is rather grassy, with a slight citrus in the background, albeit light. The taste is very "Euro lager'" tasting with an initial creaminess that belies a slight sweetness that finishes with a dose of light hops. Hoppier than American/Canadian lagers. Nothing outstanding, but a decent thirst quencher.

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Photo of alexgash
2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The infamous Stella. Stella! Haha.
Pours an unsurprising light golden urine color with a fizzy, quickly-disappearing cloud white head. Smells of light, herbal cereal/cracker malts with a hint of sweetness that hides behind a large wall of skunked euro-skunk hops.
Stale Club cracker malt flavors up front. A little cardboard as well, along with some herbal sweetness. Hops are lightly skunked, but provide more bitterness than expected. Not awful, just very underwhelming. Light, spritzy mouthfeel. Meh...I think there are possibly one or two better beers from Belgium ;-)

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Photo of PorterLambic
1.22/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had had this brew several years ago and thought it a decent lager. Obviously my tastes and experience level have changed. Or maybe the beer got worse?
Pours a clear, pale yellow with a head full of big bubbles that drops like a rock.
Smell is strictly hops, huge and exclusively. Smells like any other megabrew lager.
Taste is hops and nothing else. This is Bud/Coors/Miller with slightly more flavor.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied and very fizzy. Not effervescent, just fizzy, like tonic water.
Drinkability: WHY? The aforementioned tonic water is higher on my list to drink than this dreck.Glad it was only a tasting. I poured this one on the ground. Alas, NOT a waste.

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Photo of Gavage
3.24/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived in a pint glass looking weak as it was yellow in color, had a spotty surface foam for a head, and very few carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The aroma is of grass and some hops are detectable. The flavor is simple and mellow, as grass tones and mild bitterness are the lone major flavors, but there is a slight hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel was surprising crisp at the start and finish (based on the flat appearance), and had a clean finish. Drinkability is fine, but overall this brew is slightly dull.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one always reminded me of the bad Euro Lagers I had when studying for a semester in Italy back in college. On draft, it's just as good as a Dinkle Acker or a Pilsner Urquell. Easy enough to drink but I feel they'll always be better options for the same price.

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Photo of BigBry
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 330 ml can, poured into my Stella stem glass.
Clear golden colour, with a few bubbles leaving a short bright white head. Looks pretty good, but obviously not as good as a true draft pour.
I smell wet hay or grass. It is not a strong smell, just typical lager.
No really strong flavour, mild sweetness, and some hop in the finish. Body is fuller then many lagers and the carbonation is what you expect. Drinkability is about average.

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Photo of mjc410
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Served in the Stella Artois goblet. Very classy.

Appearance: Virtually crystal clear, albeit yellow. An amazingly high, long-lived head, which filled the goblet. Must have been about 40 cl.

Smell: Malty-sweet, not much for the hops.

Taste: Medium carbonation. A malty experience (very light though), followed by hops. Not very interesting or complex.

Mouthfeel: Very light, doesn't coat well. Just middle of the road.

Drinkability: A little higher here, due to it being so inoffensive.

Notes: I bought this because I knew it was Belgian. Thinking this way, I expected a lot more. Now I know that this is swill for Belgians, so I feel a little better (maybe even jealous?) I'm looking forward to better Belgian beer, like the Chimay I'm saving for a special occasion.

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Photo of Hunter
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Coppery-golden in color, topped with that shock-white head typical of lagers. Head falls after a reasonable period, leaving behind some lacing effects. Scant carbonation.

Aroma: This isn't bad. Whether it's due to the green bottle of something else, this has the hoppy/grassy notes without the skunk. Clean, light, and promises of refreshment. Are you taking notes, Corona? Hello???

Taste: Again, it feels more like what's missing than what's there. As in, no strong adjunct flavors, no skunkiness. Very light mouthfeel with a lighter scouring sensation on the tongue. Tastes of fresh hay, spice. Totally refreshing. Its only drawback is that it seems insubstantial even for a lager.

One of the better lagers I've had. I'd love to have a 12-pack of this on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Lightish Gold coloured body with a cloud-white reasonably frothy head that stays around for a while.

Standard lager aromas. A little sweetness, some musty yeastiness; not much of a hop prescence. As it warms a little there are perhaps notes of caramel and some fruitiness.
Not the most complex of unique aromas, but reasonably pleasant.

The sweetness is dominant early in the taste, a slight amount of fruitiness. This changes to bitterness mid way through the piece (pleasantly so), before dipping to a dry clingy afterpalate, with a slight hint of that Belgian yeast. Very slight mind you.
Mouthfeel rather flat and uninteresting. Drinkability excellent. Smooth, easy to throw back.

I find this one's much better on tap than from the bottle (although certainly still drinkable in its bottled form). I certainly think this is one of the best (if not the best) widely available Euro lagers.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz single..good packaging.
The beer is a slightly deeper yellow than most American macros.Large frothy white head to start and lacing lasts all pint.
The aroma is pretty inoffensive and mainly of cereal for some reason.
again this is inoffensive on the taste buds,..bunch of sweet cereals..and very little hop.
pretty good in the mouth not too thin for the style.
Drinkability is this beers reason to be here and it does not dissapoint!

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Photo of elricorico
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden colour, with some bubbles making their way casually to the foamy white head. Looks pretty good, though I think the glass probably takes some of the credit.

Smell is not so pleasant. I smell wet grass and urine and mild soap all mixed up. It is not a strong smell, you have to hunt for it.

Taste is rather plain. No real strong flavours to speak of . There is a mild sugary sweetness to it, and some hop in the finish but nothing jumps out. Nothing bad, but nothing very good.

Mouthfeel is not bad for a lager. Fuller then many lagers and the carbonation is about right. Drinkability is about average. It's not a hard beer to drink, however it doesn't make you want for more.

Got the 500mL can with the glass gift set. Funny that the glass can't hold all the beer from the can. Still happy with the glass though.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really, I can't understand who couldn't subjectively appreciate this beer. It is, in my oppinion the ultimate pale euro lager. Not to be confused with other belgians in different catagories, but to be compared with other Dutch, German, Czech, etc. type Pilsner/Helles/Dortmund style lagers. I beleive this to be a fantastic euro brew & recommend this to many. Pale & clear in color, a slight grassy taste followed by a mild malt sweetness and finally a bit of hops shine through for the proper aftertaste. Becks who? Grolsh huh? What's Heineken? I'm not sure, as I have no need for them now.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.47/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one poured a bright yellow in color with a huge, foamy head that left clumps all over the inside of my glass.

Smell – This Belgian skunk has a bit of grain to it, but mostly it just reeks. I can hardly sit here and type with this thing two feet away from me.

Taste – The light grain, nasty hop grass, and dead skunk make up this flavor profile. The finish is vomitish in nature and literally made me gag.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with good carbonation.

Sinkability – I couldn’t finish this one if my life depended on it.

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

I never really understand why Stella Artois is a so popular beer, but I am giving it another try.

Appearance: Pale golden. Lots of foam neck. Lagers are pale, but this one could be darker.

Smell: It got the same watery skunk smell like Heineken does.

Taste: The taste is average. Similar to Heineken.

Mouthfeel: Good presence, but disseappears really too quickly.

Drinkability: Ok, if only one in an once, two bottles max. It is really not a beer to get loaded with.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many refer to Stella Artois as the "Budweiser of Belgium." This is supposedly the most popular brew in all of Belgium and it really doesn't offer any hints to the magnificent world of brewing that can be found there. Add in the fact that this is the crown jewel of the "evil" Interbrew/InBev empire (which is indeed downright imperical) and what you get is a much maligned brew. While this could be considered a "Heinie Class Euro Lager" I thought that this was a decent pils type of beer and slightly above the aforementioned class.

Stella Artois pours a golden color with a decent head that lasts for about a minute and a half. The aroma of the brew really didn't stand out. Some light skunk was present, along with some neutral light graininess/maltiness. The mouthfeel was crisp and moderately carbonated. The brew had some decent light malt flavors throughout the taste. There was some slight sweetness from the malt, but the hop presence was actually decent too lending some grassy, minty and citric qualities. Pretty crisp and clean tasting. A low-moderate dryness shows up in the finish, but gains a little more "oomph" as it lingers on. Some nice bready flavors show up in the aftertaste as well, and the brew concludes with very little alcoholic warmth.

I thought that this was an easy to drink beer, more like a "Euro-Pils" than a standard "Euro-Lager." I found it interesting that my first bottle was relatively free of skunk (some light notes of it), but another bottle in the 6-pack which my brother had reeked of it the minute he popped the cap. I've had two more bottles out of the 6-pack since and no skunk was encountered. It seems that this beer can really change depending on whether or not it's lightstruck. To finish, this beer is really not what Belgian beer is about, but it is decent enough to give it a try.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Right off the pour I can tell this is going to be green bottle brew at its finest. Clear pale straw color, pretty nice white head on the top. Nice lacing as well. Green bottle scent, sweet malt. Light malt in the front, some bitter hops. Fairly thin mouth. I guess you get what you expect from this standard Euro lager

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Photo of jvajda
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cheap euro lager look.
Smell: A little malt, and a lot of tap water smells.
Taste: Really not so bad for a cheap lager. Much better than it's American counterparts but it costs WAY more than it should.
Mouthfeel: Thin and easy.
Drinkabilty: Actually this is a good sessions beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of cjhofelt
2.24/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm very surprised how bad this beer is considering the average of it's reviews. I can't imagine it selling well in it's home country, where there are so many other choices.

Appearance- Exact same color as Miller High Life, but without the decent head. What little head there was dissipated quickly except for a few patches of foam that lasted a little while longer. No lace to speak of.

Smell- Slight hops aroma and, surprisingly, no skunk. This is doubly surprising considering I got this beer as part of a "Beers of the World" gift box for X-Mas. No telling how long it sat around before it came to me.

Taste- Dry and bitter, but without any hops flavor. A little bit of malt flavor at the end, but no more than a hint.

Mouthfeel- Very dry up front, but leaves you with a syrupy finish.

Drinkability- Poor. Doesn't quench your thirst, and not a very good flavor. I honestly had some difficulty finishing it. A pretty unappealing Euro-lager.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured this beer into a pint glass, it pours a nice golden color, there is a nice constant 1/2 inch head. The smell, I get good hops and balancing maltiness. Nothing to write home about, but better than average. The mouthfeel has a slightly creamier mouthfeel than most lager I am use to. This is a beer I could sit down and consume mass quantities if I was in a situation to do so.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I drink Stella periodically but this time it tastes really average. It is upsetting that a lager with a 650-year heritage has dwindled into mediocrity over the course of mere decades, due to its change from a beer at the forefront of Western European lager to one aimed at the masses with money in mind. It is still definitely potable but it has lost its je ne sais quoi that made the beer as popular as it has become. Cheaper beers that do the same job can be found, in particular (in Australia) with the Dutch lager Hollandia.

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

A lager from Belgium? And a relatively good one too. Pours a clear golden with a foamy white head with tons of lace and effervescence. Smell was Saaz hops and not much else, akin to a Pilsener, but a little funkier. Taste is some malts up front, with a pleasant liggering hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was quite crisp and light. This goes great with seafood, and although there are many Belgian beers that make this look like a glass of fizzy golden water, I still enjoy this very much.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, I'm not a lager fan. This lager is exceptional in that it tastes "clean." Its is not overly hopped, and it is not watered down. A good strong taste, nice sparkling gold colour. An overall solid beer, slightly above average. I wouldn't buy this for myself, but I would accept it if offered.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at a bar in Atlanta called Randevous. I expected to get it in a pint glass, but to my suprise they put it in an actual Stella glass. Thanks to them, I have another glass for my collection, hehehe. Anyways, not too impressive of a beer. Just like a light euro lager pretty much. Thin taste, light color, and nice head to it. The head retention was impressive, but that was the only good thing about this beer really. Oh, and ofcourse, it was friggin' expensive as well.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/03/04- On tap at Knuckles Sports Bar in Burlingame, CA

Appearance- Pours a yellowish sparkling water color with a tiny head and light lacing.

Smell- Typical lager scent. Very clean, maybe a little sweet. Nothing special, but not horrid.

Taste- Funny, the menu said this beer was an "Ale". WTF? Hardly. Tasted like a Moosehead to me, which isn't really a compliment. Tastes like your basic run of the mill lager. It's malt taste and maye a hint of spice and maybe a bit medicinal too.

Mouthfeel- A bit like setzer, but it went down OK.

Drinkability- I wouldn't seek this out again, but I would take it over other lagers. Would prefer something else though.

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Photo of baiser
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale straw colour, with a nice foamy head. Better than average lacing, quite impressive. Other than how it looked, it was just another average euro lager. Taste was crisp and clean. Good amount of hop bitterness. Light malt, but not much else. Way too over hyped. It's kinda like the beer for pretenders at beer bars who think they're drinking the premium stuff but aren't really.

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