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

The beer poured a light gold color with a white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a clean and refreshing scent. It smells of pale malts and lager yeast. The taste is rather good. It goes down smooth and easy. It's simple; pale malts, water, hops, and yeast. It also has that skunky green bottle taste to it. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good lager. Id drink this again and I typically hate lagers.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold color, huge white head. Gigantic smell of grass clippings and grain. Has a very mellow flavor, not like a watered down macro, but it is more subtle. Has a very euro lager flavor, with a nice balance of hops. Not my favorite style, you can keep your euro lagers...

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

This beer poured with a very large and creamy head that lasted till the last drop. The color was a very light gold. Nice and clear and crisp looking. The smell as best I could describe was a sweet skunky smell. The taste was good. I have to admit I was surprised. It has a very crisp taste. A slight sweetness and a nice dryness to the aftertaste that I enjoyed.

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

Pours out a light yellow color with a good size head. The bottle contains 11.2 fl oz and is slender and green. One cool note is on the bottle it states that this beer has been brewed in Belgium in the same tradition since 1366. That is a long ass time. Of all the wonderful belgian beers, this is probably one of my least favorites.

Smell is a touch malty and very sweet smelling. The flavor is more solid than I remembered. Even has a nice hint of hops in there. I must say that I prefer this beer in the bottle over the draft. Much more clean and crisp.

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stella Artois is a nice looking beer and presents a pleasant frothy and creamy head with lots of sticky lace. Stella Artois has a strong aroma and may be labelled 'skunky' by some drinkers. A malty initial taste with an extremely sharp and dry aftertaste. I wasn't expecting Stella Artois to have this much flavour.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear golden pour. Frothy white meringue head that slowly fades leaving creamy lace.
Smell: Crisp clean lager nose with a slight malt sweetness, slight musky/earthy notes.
Taste: Clean semi-dry malt start, tingly/slightly sour at the top, then a quick hop-dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Lager-light malt, crisp/tight carbonation
Drinkability: A somewhat better than average lager... would certainly pick it over any American macro.

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

Pours a light yellow urinal colour that has a thick head that is scraped down by the bartender to an acceptable level. Head quits quickly. Lwo carbonation.

Clean refreshing aromas of floral hops and spicy malt that doesn't pack the greatest of punches but is nice enough.

Palate is on the fruity side with some hints of tropical fruits on top of a malty base. Good length, slightly drying. Funky little aftertaste that is odd, but acceptable.

One of the better mass produced beers. They are taking advantage of this in Australia and charging a hell of alot for it, and suckers like me fall for it because there are no better options at some bars (beer wise that is - there's always spirits!).

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Photo of DESTRO
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

average bar without many choices, never had it, bar tender swore it was great, what the hell. pours yellow, but not as pale as macro american lagers, dinky white bubbly head tops its off. served pretty damn cold, not much of a nose...slighty grainy and a bit floral is all i can pull off it. taste wise, pretty close to the standard "import" lager (save the few greats). lighty grainy, semi sweet, wth a light clean hop twang. crisp and well carbonated, its a plain lager. nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Foxman
2.03/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours a true gold, wheat-colored actually, with a head that hangs tough, but leaved no trace on the glass as it recedes. Very clear, carbonated, the head's white.

Little aroma, with sparse malt and hops traits, nothing to recommend.

The flavor is malt first, hops way back in the mix. But that's not to say even the malt has all that much presence. You can taste an adjunct, like rice,with no balance to speak of simply because there's little discernible flavor to speak of.

It's very light bodied, basically yellow water, leaving a pseudo-hop bitterness which is no compensation for the lack of flavor.

The fact that the look is the high point of this beer does not bode well. You can drink as many of these as you'd like, but why would you? It's not vile, I don't want to imply that, but I had one, and immediately switched to Yuengling at half the price, and believe in my heart of hearts that I'd be getting the best deal even if the Lager were the more expensive beer. They say it sells well to the ladies, but I don't want to believe the fairer sex has been duped so utterly. Apparently Stella is Belgian for medicore, at best.

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Photo of sirhoward
1.48/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer directly off the tap. It was being poured through a high pressure Euro-faucet & was pushed by nitrogen (instead off carbon dioxide), So, this in itself gave it a tight, wonderful head that sat about an inch over the rim of the "Stella" glass. Poured clean with a light amber hue.

Unfortunately, this is where the story takes a turn. I generally don't wait for the head to dissapate, at least not when I try a beer for the first time. I like to dive right in to get a combination of the foam & liquid while I breath in through my nose as I swallow. I would have been better off holding my nose so I wouldn't smell a thing! I don't know what they use when they brew this, but this stuff was by far the skunkiest, most pungent brew I've ever had. It smelled far worse than it actually tasted. The taste & general carbination were pretty common for your Eastern European lagers. I've had this both on tap & in the bottle and the aroma seems to be more prevelent on tap. It could be the pressure whipping up the brew and releasing more toxins...I don't know
Unfortunately, Belgium's most popular beer is not thier best example. If I were recommending a nice starter Belgium...I would say try a Witkap Pater Single(5%abv), Leffe Blonde (5%abv) or Val-Due Blonde (6%abv).

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Photo of diablo14
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

basic lager from belgium that doesnt come withing an elephants trumpet of their best, but geez, for what you pay for a pint of this in australia, ill spend a night with stella any day. a better than solid standby if all else fails.

bit too light for my liking, but has a great pillowy head that retains itself admirably for a standard lager. floral nose, with a nice dose of malt and citrus zest. impressively malty taste for the color, that has lemon elements, and good level of hops that finishes with a stylish bitterness and pleasant aftertaste that enables you to keep coming back for more. beautifully crisp and clean, without any traces of crappy adjuncts. that in itself desrves a point. alas its become the choice of yuppies and wannabes in australia who dont like heineken, but so what. i can put up with that if the need arises. and seeing as this is a CUB export, it often does, coz you find this on tap alongside VB, carlton draught and fosters in any half reputable pub or bar.

there are better belgian lagers, but even so, for whats available in my neck of the woods, this is a goer. stella has saved my bacon on a potentially dismal drinking night on many occaisions. having said that, ive never bought a six pack of this in my life. i reserve it strictly for emergencies.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable brew, if not the most bold.

Golden with a puffy gorgeous head that stays most of the beer. The lacing is thick and leaves a line down the entire glass. Very pretty.

Taste is initially a medium sweetness. Theres some undercurrents here that I can't identify but make it very pleasant. The hops balance out the sweetness and leave an even flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is a touch wtery for my taste.

An especially easy beer to drink. The kind of beer I could get when i'm not really in a mood for anything bold. A safe beer if nothing else.


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Photo of bigbubba
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have no idea why they waste good Belgian water to produce this kind of lager. Not that it's bad, but it's just another European lager. Better suited to a summer afternoon than a November evening like tonight. Not much color or head, but a decent hop aroma. The flavor is good but many others brew this kind of beer better. Put this at the bottom of Belgian beers to try unless you are a big fan of European lagers/ pilsners.

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

The Czech Stella, served in a somewhat large .66 liter bottle. Appears golden yellow, with head approaching 0 towards the end. Smells like not much at all, slight hoppy smell. Taste is bland, a little hoppy and consistent. There are better lagers to be found, my friends.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, the even crappier Russian version of Stella. I ordered this at an excellent Chinese restaurant in Moscow. It came out in a nice logo stemware glass, and didn't look half bad. Slightly greenish gold sits under a one-finger white head that settled quickly. Forget about lace. The nose was malty, grainy, ricey and slightly skunked. The mouth was a bit prickly and fairly heavy, with a bready consistency. The taste features mild bitterness from the start, with musty malt undertones and a touch of cabbage. The finish is vegetable and hoppy bitter, while the aftertaste has a crisp bitterness, with ricey notes. Could I drink a ton of these? Sure. Would I want to? Not really.

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

Ah, the crappy UK version of Stella, drunk from a can whilst watching Blaine greet his army of fans. This is watery with no real aroma of hops or malt. The taste is the tastes of something, but what, I don't know! Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is OK. Average

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

Appearance: clear, golden color, with a prodigious, snow-white head of foam, pristine, creamy, inviting.
Aroma: slightly hoppy, with a typical lager smell, dry and clean, still fresh, though this is the very last pour from this keg.
Taste: Crisp, tidy hop bite up front, slowly fading off, but returning with each sip, very smooth, eminently refreshing. A sweetish taste emerges, with notes of honey and citrus. Light bodied. Snappy, tasty, with a pleasant finish.
I anticipated liking this less. In fact my first try was from a sample bottle provided free. Wasn't moved, even disliked it, at first, but it grew on me. On tap, as you can tell from other reviews, it's quite a nice, simple, thirst-quenching, quaffable pils. I can easily understand it's popularity. There's just enough flavor to make this well worth drinking, and not be just another "pizza chaser", bland lager.

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Photo of joecast
2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks arent everything, but this looks like watered down apple juice. except for the super-fine bubbles sitting on top, i thought i was brought the wrong drink.
decent aroma and the mouthfeel was good when taking the color into account. i expected a watery mouthfeel but didnt get it.
overall, there wasnt much to this beer so i cant really give it very high marks. i have to say, i wanted to like this beer, but it sort of left me feeling like i missed something

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Photo of Andreji
2.87/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bombard me with the average while you still can! im certainly distancing myself from the lagers and now i know why: all pales taste like the same mediocre crap no matter if coming from belgium or khatmandu. I was thrilled to try this one but came out disappointed. get out of my sight, good man.

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Photo of ADR
3.21/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Strikingly clear pale gold, a nice head that laces very well and lasts longer than many beers in this class. Light malt nose, slight musky funk and seeds. Some slight cardboard to the rather ordinary sweet malt, approaches a light nuttiness. Unidimensional medium light body and just a nod to the hops at the close. There's nothing of distinction to this beer other than smoothness and slight character to the malt bill (and its very overpriced) -- but it is pretty attractive and drinkable and less grainy than something like Harp...

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Photo of beerguy101
2.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light gold color, medium head. Light bodied lager style beer. Light malts, somewhat hoppy. Taste is a little harsh. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Some green bottle taste. I realize that this is supposed to be a "classic" beer, but it really doesn't show me much.

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

What can I say about Stella Artois. I still have the beer mats I collected of the Stella Artois series available in Belgium of the events to be held at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Stella has been one of my favourites for 35 years. A friend was visiting me one warm summer day this past summer and I offered him his first Stella - he went and bought some of his own.

Its a great afternoon, sitting on the deck brew. Pours a golden yellow with a strong white bubbly head - like a palomino. It leaves a lace as intricate as, well, Belgian lace. A pleasant smell of the stuff beer is made of: hops and malts and other stuff. A light smell, really, that is hard to peg - stronger would be better. Fills the mouth with a real sense of decent lager. For those who think lager can be good this can be a good friend. Slides down well. I like to drink it with salad (yep, its true) but it is good all by itself. It is light and refreshing but very un-Belgian really. Its a good get started beer - you know - for a masses style of beer.

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

Presented in a green bottle, labeled Premium lager
Best By dated: 4/04

This beer poured a lemony yellow color that had a real slight haze to it. Decent carbonation. The head that was produced was thick, creamy, sticky and full in consistency and was the color of white. Decent last time then fell to a ring on the edges. The lace created was intricate and delicate. The aromas that came from the glass were of some light citrus fruits, sweet malts, hops, grains (seemed to be very prominent when there were aromas that came forth) and it was bready in the end. All aromas were light and not very pronounced. The flavors that came forth were of fruits (light pear and apple), bitter hops, light hints of alcohol, grains (husks), some sweet malt and a yeasty bread at the end. The aftertaste was light and had a hop appeal to it. Thin and watery was the body and some-what crisp on the tongue. Not what I would have expected from a Belgian beer. It was decent and drinkable. Seemed to me that it had qualities of a macro produced beer. Would I get again and drink. Sure.

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Photo of stirgy
3.89/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Eulogy bar. This beer poured a very clear and bubbly golden straw color and was topped off with a large and lively white head. I have had this beer many times before and have always found this beer to be pleasing and drinkable and much better than your standard American macro beer. I think this was the first time I’ve had it on tap and it was very good. It’s a flavorful beer with a soft grainy and grassy character and has a sweet and sour quality about it. Also leaves an oiliness on the tongue. Light and easy to drink. I like it.

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

Another Interbrew on tap offering. Nice looking golden color, lofty white head, not at all like any other pale lager. Served in a tulip glass. Not much in the way of smell, some indistinct grains and a bit of sweet malt. Has a strange taste that dominates the middle...tastes like cooked vegetables?...ahh this is the DMS flavors so often spoken of. I've never experienced it as pronounced as this. Not bad for a pale lager, but not that great either.

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