Stella Artois | Stella Artois

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Stella ArtoisStella Artois
5,594 Ratings
Stella ArtoisStella Artois

Brewed by:
Stella Artois

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2000

View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,594 |  Reviews: 1,547
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.

 389 characters

Photo of steinlifter
3.99/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear light golden, not much head to speak of and slight sudsy retention
had a rather pleasant sweet smell, bit of hops and citrus, smelled better than most lagers I've had.
taste was light hops bit of citrus and malt, very smooth and pleasant.
mouthfeel was well carbonated, light and crisp, slight bit of creaminess as well.
Drinkability is high, good easy drinking lager that is better than a lot of the euro-lagers I've had, very smooth, and no unpleasant tastes in here!

 488 characters

Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Based on what I have come to know and expect of beers from Belgium, about the only thing this beer has in common is geography. Really did not strike me as a Euro lager and seemed more in line with some lagers produced in Canada, and even then not one of the better ones. Somewhat thin, with a grapey note to the hops. Perhaps this was a better beer in the past before becoming megaopolized, but right now it hits the lower side of average on my scale.

 451 characters

Photo of fdrich29
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first time trying this beer and oddly enough, my last.

This beer was horrendous. It never appealed to me enough to try, but I was out with a good friend and they didn't have much of a selection so I gave it a shot.

The beer was so bad I immediately thought there was a problem with the lines at the bar. That may have contributed to the off taste, but I strongly believe I wouldn't have enjoyed this beer fresh from a keg with clean lines either. I put this in the same league as Corona Light or Bud. In the future, in that same situation I would go for the Bud without hesitation.

I see so many people order this beer where I work and I have no idea why they would ever chose it. Advertising? Uneducated? Scalded taste buds? I don't know but I don't feel the need to ever drink this beer again.

 808 characters

Photo of canucklehead
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is overrated by most regular beer drinkers but undervalued by the beer snobs. It is quite drinkable with a pleasant hoppy nose. I prefer it over Heineken and Becks and most definetely over Canadian. Not a great beer but not the crap some would have you believe.

 271 characters

Photo of slitherySOB
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the can into the Stella Artois glass that came with the can. It's a nice glass. Anyways, the head is rather small. Goes up to about 3/4 of a finger, and disipates to maybe 1/4 of a finger after about 7 minutes. Though a pale yellow, it's not transparent. I put my fingers on the other side of the glass, and all I see are the shadows. Hazy as well. As if their is a bit of a thick cloud inside the glass. Lace sticks magnificently well. Smells like a typical pilzner. Bit of cracked corn, grain husks and saaz hops. Lightly skunky, but I think that's how it is supposed to be. Tastes incredibly malty. The first sip makes me crave a sandwich on pumpernickel. And at the moment, it 'hits the spot.' Aftertaste is slightly grassy. Not very bitter, but grassy. Smooth, full bodies mouthfeel. Not heavy, but above medium. Certainly a drinkable lager, and definitely a session beer.

 891 characters

Photo of beertaster13
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice pale yellow with a nice creamy white head. The smell is of grains and lemon zest. The taste is smooth and clean, hints of spice and citrus zest with a floral hop, grains balance out the beer, very clean, goes great with clams or other seafood, light and great on tap.

 280 characters

Photo of santoslhalper
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Wow. This is one average ass beer. Looks like your typical mass-produced belgium lager, with hardly any head or lacing. Smells like sour malts and a bit of unfresh hops. Tastes a little above average, but not enough ot make it anything special. Once I got down to the bottom, I could definitly taste the "green." I was really dissapointed by the mouthfeel. Felt like I was drinking a warm, flat sprite on a cold winters day. And finally, this is a drinkable beer if you can stand it. All in all, an average ass beer.

 516 characters

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

I had this out of a 12 oz green bottle. Freshness date labeled on the back for 07.2005.

Appearance is a pale yellow with intense carbonation. White head that disappears rather quickly.

Aroma is grainy, metallic and that green bottle skunk scent.

Taste is on par for that Euro-lager taste. Grainy, grassy, husky, sweet and a slight hop bite finish.

An average beer to me.

 382 characters

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

Clear yellow body, small head tops it off. Classic crisp pils hop aroma. Mild beginning to the taste with the standard pils hop finish. Pils is not my favorite style, but I can appreciate it. Light carbonation mouth feel, crisp finish, and no after taste.

 255 characters

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.

 320 characters

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.

 293 characters

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.

 641 characters

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.

 270 characters

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.

 403 characters

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.

 376 characters

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.

 824 characters

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

 298 characters

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.

 308 characters

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.

 594 characters

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.

 285 characters

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.

 926 characters

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.

 385 characters

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.

 388 characters

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.

 511 characters

Stella Artois from Stella Artois
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 5,594 ratings