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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 the42ndtourist
4.3/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best drunk on tap or out of a can. The bottles are clear and thus lead to much Heineken-esque skunkiness.
It's probably the best straight lager I've had to date. Everything's much like all the standard macros, except it all works a bit better.
Good golden colour, good head, good taste, and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of zerk
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one in Canada, and found it to be a refreshing, although not terribly complex, lager. The only thing I noticed that stood out, which I also found to be typical of Canadian craft lagers, is the yeasty aftertaste. Good Belgian beer.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice introduction to Belgian bier. I remember my first Stella... A nice head pours out to reveal is bright golden color in the glass. The first sip is crisp and quite refreshing, and this continues the rest of the way. A great bier indeed.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stella seems to be the standard in the UK...its bottles, in pubs, on billboards. I thought it would be the Budweiser of England, so I was reluctant to drink it. However, it was very good on tap and almost equally good in the bottle. Probably not as good in the States, but I am looking forward to trying it here. An excellent lager.

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

First sip. "water" i said out aloud. Second sip. "wait a second", this beer isn't so bad, in fact, it's quite alot better than i was expecting it to be, hops present, crisp, even though it was quite cold. i imagine this would be a great beer to have on a real hot day.

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Photo of packetknife
3.61/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good regular beer. Holds a solid head, carbonated just right, feels good going down. A bit skunky. A tad sweet and a hint of cherry (don't know why).

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Photo of Reverand
4.14/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only thing that I don't like about stella is the aroma. Almost smells like it's skunked. But once you get by that you will enjoy one of the best lagers. The head is like whipped cream and clings to the glass all the way to the bottom. Great golden color and a wonderful taste clearly makes this a classic.

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Photo of KingSpank
4.04/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stella is so very tasty. A bit more flavorful than most American pilsners, Stella is a nice, light beer that is good for all occasions, with almost any food.

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Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I may be overly critical of Pilsners, but I tend to like them less than a lot of other styles. That being said, Stella Artois is not a bad pilsner, maybe because it's made in Belgium. Not as hoppy as a lot of the Pilsners I've had, but not too few hops. I did notice that the beer got blander and blander the closer to the bottom of the glass I got. I actually spent most of the glass thinking "What the hell is wrong with this beer?" I thought I had ordered a Troubador Blonde, but forgot they were out and I had settled for Stella.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz. bottle. It is what you wanted beer to taste like when you were 16 (if I had taste when I was 16 years old). Quite drinkable, great with Pizza or Burgers. But nothing special jumps out enough to make a huge impact on your tougue. But a solid choice in a limited bar.

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Photo of jackndan
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've finally had it in the bottle. Light, refreshing Pils style, head and shoulders better than Becks/Henie et al. as it did not have that skunked out taste.

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Photo of hbis2gut
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is Belgian, if only in name instead of flavor or character.
It is clean, somewhat fruity, yet still barely keeps itself above the run of the mill euro lagers such as Heineken, Becks, etc...

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Photo of rastaman
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great lager, so easy to drink, but has a nice character and round flavour. Bit pricey in some places for what you get, but still nice.

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

Average beer, no better, no worse. Had it on tap last night, and can't for the life of me remember anything that made it stand out from any other mass-produced pils.

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Photo of Murph
3.61/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big lager fan in general but there are a few that I do like to consume from time to time. This one just got added to that list. Not the greatest beer in the world but it is definitely very drinkable and would be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Disappointing for a Belgium, strong hoppy smell. they have been brewing it since 1366. 330ML bottle.

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

Typical skunked green bottle pilsner. I think all others (Heine, Becks, St. Paulie, you name it) are more drinkable.

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

Not all that impressed. I had it with Thai food and it went well, but seemed to be lacking something. Nice balance, some citrus and light malt flavor, but nothing more. I would not go out of my way to drink this again

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Photo of theman336
3.8/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good stuff. Not to expensive and tastes a heck of a lot better than a lot of crap some people put out. It doesn't get any slick advertising and marketing here, but it's a much better alternative to a great many beers that do. A very fine beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I consumed huge amounts of this beer back and forth to Belgium on Sabena. It did me just fine ... nothing special just an other Euro lager, sadly this one is trying to ride the Belgain bandwagon and it does not even stand up to what really comes out of Belgium.

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Photo of John
3.66/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An adequate lager for the masses.

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Photo of bk3nj
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what the hype is about. This beer isn't bad, but it's not worth what you pay for it.

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Photo of Todd
3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.53 fl oz green bottle with a white paper neck. Brewed on date stamped on the back.

Appearance: Slight chill haze, light and pale with a nice, pure white, frothy, lacey head.

Smell: Clean smelling with milled grain husk aromas and slight malt sweetness.

Taste: Upfront this brew has a light malt mouthfeel with dextrin sweetness that turns almost tea-like. Then a vague hop bitterness and mild sharpness that builds towards the end of the flavour, with some dry grain notes. DMS (cooked vegatable) flavours are also present as this brew warms.

Notes: Not your typical Belgian brew, but an extremely drinkable lager, with a dedicated following in Belgium, Britian and most recently the US. You'll find this beer, on tap, almost everywhere in Belgium.

Unfortunately it seems that this beer is slowly suffering from the hand of Interbrew ... we'll see where it goes -- probably to shit.

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