Stella Artois | Stella Artois

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Stella ArtoisStella Artois
5,595 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: 5,595 |  Reviews: 1,547
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.

 287 characters

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.

 399 characters

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.

 420 characters

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.

 293 characters

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)

 356 characters

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.

 408 characters

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.

 590 characters

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.

 390 characters

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.

 1,901 characters

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.

 633 characters

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!!!

 485 characters

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.

 263 characters

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!

 234 characters

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..

 218 characters

Photo of BeerManDan
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Green bottle with a light golden color and little to no white foam. Color and aroma was the highlight of this average to below average beer. There was no outstanding flavor and the finish was just not there. What a let down. I still really haven't found a good beer in a white, green or light colored bottle! I've now tried this beer three times and still impressed.

 366 characters

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden, little carbonation, sticks to the sides well. mild malty smell. i'm not a fan of this type but enjoyed this mildly hopped taste. mouthfeel is full and heavily carbonated.

 187 characters

Photo of bmills1608
3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golder color, white puffy head.

Crisp and clean, with no one characteristic really jumping out. Quite refreshing and a bit dry.

Very drinkable, but since I am not a big fan of this style not one that I will go back to most likely.

 237 characters

Photo of Realale
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All you could want in a pilsner appearance-wise. Solid gold, lacy white head that sticks around. Just beautiful. Nose is appropriately hoppy and grassy, with a very nice bisquity malt note. Dissappoints somewhat on the palate. Sort of ponderous and clumsy, with the malt and hops remaining distinct flavors, rather than uniting to make a beer. Becomes a bit thick on the palate. Ultimately, its a nice pilsner, but not one I'd actively seek out.

 452 characters

Photo of Lupe
3.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a nice white head and good lace. Also has great clarity. Smells clean with some grain aroma. Light and crisp, but not dry. Sort of reminds me of Heineken but much better and not skunky. Finishes with some hop and a lingering taste. Very easy to drink. A nice lager.

 283 characters

Photo of bmacaskill
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once of my favourites and, as another reviewer mentioned, somehow better out of the can than the bottle. I've had it on tap, but only in France and a long time ago.

Hoppy for a blonde (as opposed to a pilsener), crisp with a very nice finish. Apparently on of *the* beers of summer 2002, and rightfully so. I have little desire to drink it in the dead of winter, but it's lovely on the patio. Very consistent in quality, and a beer popular with my "regular beer" friends.

 474 characters

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

Clear golden color, decent white head. Noticable sour beer smell. Taste was noticably hop heavy, but again a definite lingering sour finish. Harsh aftertaste as well. Lacks the the crisp, clean finish of some other pilseners or lagers. Worth a try on tap, but I wouldn't go out of my way again to order it. Although it better than some others, like Heineken.

 358 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and golden in color. The head is a tight 1/8", and bright white. It dissipates somewhat but leaves a touch of Belgian-lace on the glass. The aroma has a slight "sour" malt note and a surprising earthy hoppiness in the background. The body is medium/light and it has an appropriate level of carbonation. The flavor is of a clean, thin malt with a touch of hops. Crisp. Very well balanced. Refreshing, dry aftertaste with good length. Not necessarily lacking in character - it definitely has it's own uniqueness - but not real complex. Then again, how many golden, mass market lagers do? Well done!

 610 characters

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.

 318 characters

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.

 241 characters

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.

 250 characters

Stella Artois from Stella Artois
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 5,595 ratings