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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 kindestcut
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There has been some discussion in the BA forum, and in some reviews I've seen, regarding location affecting beer reviews. I think this may be true. The only two times I have ever had Stella is first at the Dublinh Gate pub in Whistler, BC...a wonderful bar in an idyllic setting. The second was as I had lunch at the Brasserie de La Gare, right by the water at Marina Port la Royale in Marigot, St. Martin. I, of course, took notes secretly- don't want to look like a goof.

Having said that, I can say without bias (well, maybe a little) that this is a good beer. Its rating suffers because it's a pale lager...from unfortunate combination for lovers of strong, flavorful beers. My advice is, don't drink Stella expecting Westvleteren.

My Stella was poured a light gold with a stark white head from the tap by my friendly French waiter into a Stella glass.

The aroma was good, grassy and malty, this beer smells sweet and inviting. The Stella has a light sweetness, coupled with faint hop bitterness. It really isn't a very strong taste but it is nice. The mouthfeel is crisp and the drinkability is good.

Overall, this is a good beer. I would not buy it for a special occasion and I probably would never have it when I go out to a bar. But if I had access to it, I would have this in my fridge often, and that's the sign of an OK beer to me.

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Photo of Rumrunner
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

Pours a very univiting dull pale golden color. No head and barely any lacing.
The scent is rice, heavy malt grain and skunk. Many scents but the skunk hurts this beer.

The flavor is better than the smell. Malt is most present. A credible balance between hops and malt. There is also a grassy flavor(barley maybe) that seems odd here. An average flavor overall.

It has a nice feel to it and can be drunk with ease. Crisp and refreshing it would go very well with a meal. I will try this one on tap and see what transpires.

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

Now Quaffing: Stella Artois

Ahh sweet Stella, oh how I have avoided thee in thy green glass bottle, to avoid a skunky experience, but alas the time has come. Belgium is reknowned for their strong ales, but a belgian lager is rare. Pours an extremely clear yellow with a titanic head of fine bubbles. Lacing is consistent and covers the whole inside of the glass. Aromas are light, grassy, just a little "skunk"... Taste is very light and the mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Fairly balanced between hops and malts, but everything is subtle. This would be good on a hot day and definitely with food.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden, with some head. The smell was the malty pale lager, slightly sweet. The taste was a slightly skunked malt (though not nearly as badly as a Heineken), with a bit of sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel was slightly heavy. Drinkability-wise, could probably have one more.

I must admit that I dislike Stella for the way that it plays up being Belgian (to the point of its own glassware!) when it's nowhere even close to as interesting as most other Belgians. That said, this is not a terrible lager, and probably better than some other green bottle offerings.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

not a great brew (in fact, i rememebr it being better in the past), but along with peroni, it's probably my favourite amongst the imported lagers in a green bottle. pours a healthy golden colour with just the right amount of carbonation for a lager. a bit heavy on the grainy taste but nothing to complain terribly about. definitely an easy brew to drink and it's available in more places than i thought lately, so it's a nice alternative when your other choices aer bud, miller, heineken, etc.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.8/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a super beer for that person who is just getting into beer and is willing to try new things. I remember, years back tasting this beer at a local pub here in Chicago and thinking, hey this is a pretty nice beer. It is light and easy to drink and accompanies all manner of bar food with alacrity. I've had many a Stella with many a grilled chicken sandwich with jack cheese, roasted poblano pepper, and guacamole-don't forget the side of fries and a little mayonaise for dipping. The beer is mainly about refreshing, offering ample sweet malt/biscuit flavors and a splash of hop. If you can, try this one after a long day walking the streets of Paris, and you'll see why this beer is so popular there. Recommended highly for those who like the style.

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Photo of Mustard
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium to light gold with a tight, 1/8" snow-white head; very little lacing.

Aroma: Faintly hoppy; subtle green apple notes.

Taste: Light bready-maltiness upfront; moderate earthy-bitterness in the follow-through; well-balanced; trace amounts of clove-like spices.

Mouthfeel: Unusually chewy for the style -- I sorta liked it.

Notes: A tasty little quaff. Worth a go every now and then, at least on tap.

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

The first person to ever recommend this to me years ago raved about it being her favorite beer to drink while travelling in Europe. I bought a 6 back then and it failed to impress me, and still does. Perhaps it was better back in Europe years ago, or perhaps I simply don't agree with her tastes. One thing is for sure, it's caught on in North America recently like a wild fire.

This sampling was a from a green 660ml bottle with a freshness date on the back. Poured out with a decent sized chunky white head, but it faded fast. Clear straw coloured appearance. Left a small ring and some small traces of lace. Nose possesses malty sweetness, mild flowery hops, a bit watery. Flavour is some what skunky, the malt and hops jump in to get to you first, but neither seems to win. It's fairly drinkable, but disappointing for a Belgian beer. The Bud of Belgium is how I have it pegged.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Whistle's in downtown Scranton, PA. Served in a gold-rimmed Stella Artois chalice (very surprising, given the extreme "sports-bar" appearance of the pub).

I think it's a good thing that I knew going in that this wasn't a typical Belgian beer. This is a good thing, for SA certainly couldn't handle the jock of other Belgian beers I've tasted (not a good visualization, but you get my point...).

A very pedestrian "lager" appearance: pale yellow with just a slight fizzy, white head. Good lacing of the glass and the head is quite long-lasting. Aromas are slightly "fruity-tart" and sweet. Taste, while better than US macro-swill, is still sub-par. Flavor is mostly a slight metallic-bitter. Crisp, rather dry finish. Mouthfeel was tolerable, and not as thin as I'd expected. Pretty good drinkability, too (perhaps this was because I'd been outside at Steamtown walking around for 3+ hours....).

Overall, better than what the giants in the US spew out, but definitely not what you'd want in a Belgian beer.

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

The beer pours a pale yellow color, and it is a little fizzy. Not a whole lot of aroma. A much lighter bodied Belgian beer than many of the countries offerings. It has a fairly nice taste and is quite refreshing. Missing some of that lager after-tatse. Better than your average macro brew. A very good session beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Sunset Cantina.... Color was light golden, or perhaps pale straw is more accurate. Clear through and through, with a very tiny, thin bead of bubbles. No lacing, though.... I could only pick up the faintest whiff of hops...verrry hard to discern the aroma. Body was more on the downside of medium, but not quite thin. Still, it passed fairly over the tongue. Flavor starts with some light, bready malt (very light) and goes headfirst into a grassy, bitter hop mode. Not really a bier I'd seek out. Better than the US macro-swill, but not impressive, in general.

overall: 3.25
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3


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Photo of Maestro
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was quite deceiving to me. It is Belgian and therefore I feel like I should expect something great. The beer was a decent lager and was quite drinkable. This beer may serve as a benchmark for american lagers and for that reason makes me appreciate them more. The overall appearance is that of a pale lager or a pilsner. The beer refreshes throughout and remains quite uniform as you drink the beer. The hops are what separates it from the average pale lager. Definitely chosen with taste in mind. I think this beer is a great representation of the style.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving : On Draft at Spaceland

Ah Stella, the increasingly favorite beer for the everyday drink in Belgium.

It's exactly what one would expect from a large lager brewery. It's a clean crisp beer with relative few flaws except a lack of interesting character.

Good hop aroma with just a touch of contential malt in the nose. Hops continue into the flavor with the spiciness of the hops appearing in the finish which dries out and makes you ready for the next sip.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Searching for a good non-German lager is like walking up and down the beach with a metal detector; you get frequent false alarms and you rarely find treasure. I wouldn't say Stella Artois is a false alarm but I certainly wouldn't say it's a treasure. This is one of those beers where you'd buy it all the time if it were a little cheaper but for the price you realize it's just too bland. I say, if it comes from Belgium, it had better be god damn good, and Stella Artois is just... "eh."

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Photo of BierReise
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught: Looks like your average Pils clear light gold with snow white head. Tastes just like a German Pils in every way. Crisp clean light body with high effervescence. Subtle malt flavor and ever so slightly bitter.Very refreshing but not a great Pils. More recently I've had Pils from Ayinger and Pinkus which were both far better.

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

At the place I went and had this the yuppie folk were buying this up left and right,I guess its the sheek beer around here.Poured into a fancy glass a straw yellow color with pretty nice head,smell was nothing in particular maybe a little hop?Taste was nothing spectacular a little malty with some thrown in at the end.Belgian Budweiser maybe?Anyways not offended by it but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of scottum
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhh... the Belgium macro swill. Not swill compaired to US macros, but not a great beer by any means. The fact that this beer hails from Belgium is shameful. Pours a clear light yellow with a small quickly fading head. Taste is quite light. Not bad, but nothing special. This beer is not worth the time or the money.

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Photo of Wildman
3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark straw color and formed a nice bubbly white head that didn't leave much lace as it subsided. The aroma was of green apples and had a slight skunkiness to it, which couldn't have been from the store since Columbus just got this stuff in a few weeks ago. A medium amount of carbonation was present. The flavor was of hops and grain. For a lager, it had a surprising amount of taste to it and the finish actually had a bit of body to it. I can see where people would compare this more to something like a Heineken.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in Venice, and drank it in Vienna, Austria. Brilliantly clear, straw golden, forming a white sea-foam head atop small to medium sized bubbles. Retention and lacing are excellent if not exceptional. Aroma is skunked (owing to the green bottle), but I can still detect a smidge of belgian funk...dusty and dry with a note of sour green apples, toast and peanuts. Carbonation is moderately-strong. Mouthfeel is champagne-like with a light, crisp body. Taste begins with subdued flavor hops, followed by a dry bitterness, a hint of sourness and metals, with a crisp, prolonged moderately bitter finish, more so than the draught version. The malts seem to hang in the background, never becoming as dominant as I would have liked, and the bitterness is unbalanced, making it difficult to drink as it warms. The finish starts wet and crisp and ends soft with hints of peanut butter on toast. This beer has alot of potential, but I just keep wanting alot more funk-n-malt.

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Photo of Scooter77
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer’s Belgian??? It was definitely a huge let down for me. It reminded me too much of Heineken or Grölsch (I personally don’t like either of them.) Pours a clear yellow color with a small white head. The froth dies down quickly leaving a no lace. The aroma is very similar to the tail end of an angry skunk, horrible. The taste was just a hint better than the smell. I did, however, taste a little bit of hops amidst the pungent flavor. Mouthfeel was dry and the finish was quite sour. For a country that is so well known for it’s excellent beers, this is an insult to their reputation.

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

A friend of mine left one of these in my fridge. Pours a golden yellow with a thin head that's quick to disappear. No lacing going on here. Smell is fairly clean. Lively carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet, crisp, with a dry finish. A good beer to have with spicy food, but really nothing special about it.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.59/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've heard this beer referred to as the "Budweiser of Belgium", and now I can understand why. Pretty bottle, pretty beer, but after that, it's American lager, all the way. Sweet, weak, tastes liked adjuncts are there. My first and last time trying this. If I want Miller High Life, I can get it much cheaper than this (I don't want it, anyways!). This beer pales in comparison to almost any imported lager I've ever had (even Heinekin or Beck's).

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Photo of GreenCard
2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A run-of-the-mill "Euro-lager". Very bland looking, average tasting, average smelling. It's definitely better than any of the American macro-lagers, but certainly is NOT justifiably ranked as one of the finest beers Europe has to offer.

I have a hard time even reviewing it because it was bland across the board. Very average. Straw-colored, thin head. It's like cafeteria food, made without too much salt or pepper so it has a better chance of pleasing the masses. But, hey, since it was a draft-beer I tried, it wasn't skunky!

Then again, maybe I'm being too hard on it because I tried it after a long day of tasting many flavorful Belgian ales and a super-tasty special IPA from BJs.

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

It's a little hoppy and slightly dry. Not a whole lot going on inside, but this is a pretty beer. Has a very nice head, and a clean, clear golden color. Continental hop aroma and expectedly bitter. Not much beyond that, however. Average drinkability. Middle of the road, and probably not worth the price.

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Photo of cncbofh
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very "run of the mill" beer. Poured clear and golden, with plenty of carbonation. Went down bit bland and did not offer a lot in the mouthfeel category.

The taste was average. A bit dry and hoppy, reminiscent of a Becks. It left a bit of a bitter aftertaste on the palette. Probably not something I would try again.

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