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: 5,556 |  Reviews: 1,539
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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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My favorite "foo-foo" bar added this to their tap selection. It poured a nice amber color, but any hints of greatness or originality were not present. Just an average beer with an unusual name. Taste on the bland side, the carbonation keeping it going. It did go good with food, however.

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


When I cracked open this can of SA I was a little surprised and disappointed that there was some skunkyness there. I am used to it from bottles, but I buy beer in cans mainly to avoid this.

Poured decent, a golden colour with a little head.

The taste again was not bad as is the mouthfeel and drinkablity. The smell makes it hard to make this anything but an average beer.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Where's the beef. Just another boring import in a green bottle. This is skunk water. Light carbonation, extra-light bitterness (yet very floral aroma fighting through the skunk) Why but beer in a green bottle? Just another marketing SCAM! Why so much hype? Reassuringly expensive? It is in a green bottle, a yuppie magent, and the contents confirm my belief that no self respecing brewer buts his brew in a green bottle.

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Photo of kwill
1.75/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sigh. Another overpriced beer that looks, smells, and tastes just like a Bud Light. A dry finish actually helps the aftertaste of this beer as it almost tricks you into thinking there are some hops buried somewhere deep in the beer.

A quite undrinkable beer that I will avoid in the future.

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Photo of Rocko
2.74/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours in a nice golden color with a big foamy head. It looks really clear and tasty. Smells...hoppy, nothing more nothing less. ;) The taste doesn't really appeal to me, just a malty and bready taste. Of course it's drinkable, but nothing fancy tasting here. Over all it's a decent pils with plus for the looks, but since when do you only look on beer? :o)

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.8/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On draught at the Uva Cafe in Downtown Disney. This beer really did not impress me on any level. The first thing I noticed on the tap was that this was from Belgium so I guess I was expecting a Belgian Ale, but this is very obviously a Pils, and an uninspiring one at that. Pours an off-putting yellow with a thin white head. Light hops aroma. Bland flavor that did nothing for me. At least it wasn't skunky.

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Photo of shirfan
3.04/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first, and hopefully worst, Belgian.

Poured a great clear golden color with a fluffy, white as snow head that lingered and left copious lace.

Smelled a bit skunky, with slightly spicy hops and clean malt.

Flavor was classic euro green-bottle lager. Hints of Warsteiner's nice malty-hop balance mingled with skunked Heineken to the beer's detriment, and just a touch of Beck's.

The price of this stuff doesn't warrant buying it again. If I'm in the mood for this style I'll gladly grab a Warsteiner, or even a cheap bomber of Beck's....Stella is all pretense and no delivery.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.9/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

what a new years beer. a keg of this bad boy was a great selection. very smooth with a good medium body and light carbonation in every glass. very pale yellow with massive head out of the tap of course.

the flavor is a little bitter with good light malts and a nice hop character. drinkability is outstanding, it is very crisp and you can stick with this one all night and maybe longer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A popular beer in the UK, indeed it is cleverly marketed (i.e. over priced) as a premium import lager, but surprisingly not so popular in Belgium. I have drunk it on Tap (or “Keg” as it is called in the UK as it is Brewery-Conditioned) in England and Belgium and cannot tell a difference. I do not make a point of drinking “lager” in the UK, ever, but a visit to a Bar that had no Real Ale (Aarrgh) on a hot day necessitated an expensive but cool Pint of Stella from the row of pseudo-import, UK brewed, foreign sounding named Lagers available on the bar.

Pours a lovely light yellow-golden color, sometimes has a golden glow about it. Totally filtered of all deleterious materials and sparkling clear. Head is white and a reasonable size at first. High carbonation from the residual dissolved CO2 that is used to serve it under pressure gives the beer lots of life. Looks good. Head eventually dies down as the beer warms, as indeed does the carbonation. Introduction is quite mild, very lager tasting, but the middle reveals that this is a bitter lager. They use Saaz Hops I am told – this for me differentiates this lager from all other ‘wannabees’ available in the UK. It does actually have flavour and is quite strong for the UK at 5.2%. Mouthfeel is average, smell is poor. The end is bitter, and lingering. No great shakes in the taste departments, but neither is it bland as so often other Lagers in UK are. It is very drinkable, and a pleasing lager on a warm day, quite refreshing.

I never was a fan of “UK pseudo-Lagers”, into which I often categorise this beer. This is way too harsh on my side, for this is really a decent mass produced beer that is very drinkable and actually does have some nice hop-bitter tastes in the middle and end, unlike its challengers.

Not Bad at all, and the 'best' (above average) of the regular Keg Lagers available in the UK on Tap for me.

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Photo of stoutman
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is made from pale malted barley -- some say corn mixed in as well -- and hopped with Saaz hops. When poured, the golden champaign-colored liquid produces a moderate amount of foam that dissipates quickly in a matter of minutes. The beer is mild tasting, almost unremarkable, but with a slightly bitter finish that lingers seconds afterwards. A pronounced, but not cloying, sweetness can be tasted long after all the bitterness disappears. The beer is quite refreshing when drunk cold, and mildly acceptable when warm. It has a 5.2% alcohol content. Better than budweiser, but there are better choices available than stella.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice thick foamy head, which complements the golden color. The smell is very reminiscent of a heineken or any other European lager. What's great about this beer is cold, crisp refreshing. The aftertaste a little bitter, but overall the taste is refreshing and smooth. When it comes down to this beer is nothing complex, but I knew that coming into the tasting. This beer is sometimes referred to as Belgium's Budweiser, and all I can say if this is Bud why can't I be from Belgium!!!

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Photo of Shiloh
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I could get used to this lager in a big hurry...Such a smooth brew going down, leaning ever so slightly towards a mild hoppy bitterness that pleases the palate. The colour is that of medium gold with a lace that attacks the entire glass. A beer for all occasions.

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Photo of Kwak
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Stella Artois
I heard so much about this one and yet i was not happy.
had a nice taste but a little to sour for me almost winey nice head good body outstanding color after this one iI was not refreshed I was expecting so much moore!

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

I love to drink this beer draught. Specially with 2 fingers of foam... It's just great. Very nice gold appearance, sparkling and nice smell. Quite good taste but not very strong and it can be drank anytime of the day..

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