Solstice Lager
Stella Artois

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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #166
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
76
Ranked #49,825
Avg:
3.12 | pDev: 24.68%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
71
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Belgium
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  4
SCORE
76
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ZeroHero

1.42/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

Look: Pale gold appearance. Drank out of the bottle so can't comment on the head or lacing.

Smell: Not much here, simply a light, fleeting citrus scent.

Taste: Extremely sharp, harsh, and had to pour out after a couple sips. The citrus scent was not followed through in the taste for me.

Feel: Medium carbonation, overall light mouth feel.

Overall: Absolutely terrible. Unfortunately, I had to pour this out after the first couple sips. A hard pass for me.

Oct 11, 2021
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UncleReemus78 from Texas

2.61/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special about this beer. Although it's Stella Artois it is not much more appealing than a Miller Highlife. There isn't any real positive things I can say about it except it sure beats the he'll out of a Natural Light and it would make a good light beer to drink with a meal. I just don't care for lagers much if they come out of an American brewery. European lagers are best. Stella Artois is being brewed anheisser Busch now. They can fuck up just about any beer with decency and character. Ales are the the way to go. Most all ales have a better flavor profile than lagers. Even the crappiest ones

Oct 04, 2021
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hamptonbrandon from Wales

1.38/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Quite pitiful. It looks good, pours good and has an average feel. The taste is utter shite however. Tastes like carbonated mango juice and urine. Incredibly bitter and sharp upon initial mouthful. Solstice Day is the shortest day of the year, if only my experience with this beer was just that.

Aug 29, 2021
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Reidrover from Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

25 oz can from Roth's Market in West Salem OR.
$3
Sadly brewed in the USA .
Actually pours a slightly darker gold then expected. Nice white head.Goes fast though.Some lacing.
Aroma is of light barley..malts. NOt too bad,least not corny.
Taste is sweet at first then fuller and malty slight bitterness.
Mouth feel is light but the carbonation isnt good for the style. Way too weak.
Not great but not awful.

Jul 12, 2021
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Leighton_ from Minnesota

3.04/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear orangish-gold, head produced coarse foam that vanished quickly.
Thin yet bright citrus and spice on the nose and equally on the tongue.
A bit watery, kind of reminiscent of a blue moon.
A wimpy body and underwhelming carbonation makes the watery problem even worse.

An okay summer chugger that just isn't worth the premium price

Jun 19, 2021
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lagrluvr

3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a medium gold lager in a clear bottle, from which it should be enjoyed - pours a nice head, but will be flat as fartwater by the end, if you pour it into a pilsner glass as I did.

Smells were - was- lightly present for a nanosecond, fresh light clean, and gone even before the head fell out.

Taste is clean and fresh when cold and lively, but kinda falls off to watery liquid before the end, so drink it quick.

Like all else in the brew, it feels fine at first, then becomes water. it's a flash

Overall, worth the $7/sixpack? Barely, but it's really just InBev US summer beer in a stella bottle,'''
A good lite beer if you like 105 calorie/4.5 abv chuggers.

May 31, 2021
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Squire from Mississippi

3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light shade of gold color with a creamy white cap.

Aroma is on the mild side. I get light citrus in a sort of lemony way. There is a hop edge in the scent but it's mild.

Taste is straight forward Euro lager which is to say hoppy enough to notice but not enough to scare children or frighten horses. I get some grain flavor which reminds me of Miller High Life without the sweetness. It really does not stand up well against common ice beer and at twice the price it's an easy future pass.

Texture is a shade past medium with decent carbonation.

Overall this beer gives me the impression of a promising child who's too shy to step forward. I get the concept of repackaging to stimulate sales but changing the name of a horse doesn't make it run any faster.

May 01, 2021
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Dr_Bahmbay13 from Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Busch beer in new packaging. The high reviews for this are laughable. Lemongrass? Been smoking to much lemongrass.. corn rice adjuncts grass.
Do yourself a favor and buy a icehouse for 1.15. This is very bad

Apr 22, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz clear bottle BB 28JUL21 poured into a Stella Artois chalice at fridge temp 4.5% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is faint with a tangy, lemony, citrus note. The taste is lightly sweet and tangy at the same time with lemongrass, blood orange and lime flavors. Negligible bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, ok. Could be good on a hot day or with certain foods.

Apr 02, 2021
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Skywave from Oklahoma

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Just in time for the vernal equinox...Solstice Lager! #eyeroll

Appearance
Light gold color. Moderate head retention and lacing. Crystal clear.

Aroma
Very weak, smelling some weak grain and bubblegum.

Flavor
Grainy, not very malty. virtually no hops. IT's what Corrs light would taste like without all the DMS

Mouthfeel
Very refreshing. Moderate CO2, no astringency. feels great going down.

Overall
Drinkable, in a light beer sense.

Mar 16, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Filtered gold. Low carbonation. Glossy appearance.

S: Lots of barley. More hops than a Coors light, but less than standard Stella.

T: A hint of citrus.

F: Lightweight and drinkable.

O: I expect big things from Stella.

Feb 20, 2021
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illy44 from California

1.69/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Stella's regular mass pleasing beer is quite drinkable. So, I expected something from this "Golden Lager".
It looks quite yellow-golden in the bottle. Beer taste is non-existent in the first sip, you feel some citrus flavor.
They probably should not have filtered this beverage 3 times as advertised on the bottle/six-pack.
For me, this is a failed version of a light beer. But honestly, get a Bud Light or Michelob and you are better off ...
Thank you. I tried but won't buy it again.

Feb 07, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy Solstice Day! Also known as the Shortest Day of the Year, today marks the beginning of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. I do not hate winter, per se, but neither is it my most favorite season, either. That designation is reserved for the one that JUST ended! 8=( I also have a favorite, in-person trader - @tone77 who recently dropped this off for me, along with some other Bottles (eek!) & CANned beers. I set this one aside especially for today.

From the Bottle (oh!): "Summer Limited Edition"; "Premium Golden Lager"; "Stella Artois Solstice Lager"; "Anno 1366".

So what if it was intended for the Summer Solstice? I could use a little liquid sunshine on this dreary, foggy morning! I was pleasantly surprised when I had to Pop! the cap as I expected a screwed-up screw-top. It was neither pleasant nor really a surprise when, during my pour, it simply evinced a rolling, roiling finger of fizzy, eggshell-white head that quickly dissipated into wisps. This, despite all of the carbonation bubbles in evidence. 8=( OTOH, the color was that of solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity & so I was visited by the auric triumvirate known as The Gelt Gang!

Mammon, Midas & Croesus have long been my equivalent of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present & Future, dropping by to save me from the Cyberpeople & later frequent guests to watch any televised sports in which a team wore gold. As such, they align with me as Pittsburgh sports fans, but include Iowa for college & the LV Golden Knights (as long as they are not playing the Pens). They may squabble amongst themselves about "Dibs!", but they & I all generally get along nicely. But, I digress ...

Nose had an odd grape-y vinousness as well as a cereal-like sweetness. I like what one reviewer said about Cheeri-Os, which were one of my late-Pops' faves, the other being Wheaties. No Wheaties in this one, but definitely Cheeri-Os! Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, about on par for a high-end Lager. The taste was very cereal-like, not unpleasant, per se, but different. It was sweetish without falling into the cloyingly sweet trap that always puts me off. Finish was semi-sweet & while refreshing, it might have been better on 21 June 2020 here in hot, humid Lancaster, PA. Oh well. Perhaps there's next year ... YMMV.

Dec 21, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.03/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a not so interesting golden color with a very small white head that leaves the glass quickly. Smells like wheat, bread & grass. Taste follows the nose with some sweet hints of honey. Pretty fizzy beer with a thin feeling to it, goes down smooth. There is nothing really special about this beer at all, but it isn't awful. I'd much rather just drink an OG Stella.

Sep 28, 2020
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EddyWouldGo from California

1.75/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Slightly better tasting Budweiser. So disappointing, Stella is a really solid lager and I was excited to see another version. This is just a cheap US knock off for who knows why. I guess its to compete with US Heineken. Has the brand name, but not the quality. Super colossal 300 car pile up fail.

Sep 08, 2020
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JonHayward from California

1.4/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer is terrible. It’s like they took Budweiser and packaged it in an ugly clear bottle. Nothing but sweet corn. Nothing crisp or refreshing about it. I normally drink hoppy beers, but once in a while I like to grab a lager or a Pilsner. Stella is an average beer so I expected something as decent or better, but this is the epitome of crap.

I’m blown away by all these decent reviews. It’s so bad.

Aug 15, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stella Artois "Solstice Lager"
11.2 fl. oz. clear glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 11NOV20 BK1114". Sampled on 08/03/2020
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this is brewed in the U.S. but still in the European sized 11.2 fl. oz. bottle... I wonder if they're exporting it. Probably not. Using the same size and shape keeps the packaging similar and saves them .8 ounces of beer in every bottle. It's also slightly lower in alcohol than the standard Stella Artois at 4.5% versus 5.0% ABV. It's not skunked, which is nice, but how'd they do that? It's got to be pre-isomerized hops. It's malty and a touch floral and fruity. That's a little odd for a lager, but OK, maybe they're using some fruity hops but not to the extent that they really stand out and what you end up with is a kind of orchard fruit thing going on as mainly I get apple. The body is a deep gold, and much darker than the standard Stella Artois. I would even call it amber. A decent sized head of white foam rose up when I poured it but in the time it took me to get this far it's dropped away to nothing, and not even a thin collar remains. I wonder if my glass is dirty, but at the same time it doesn't seem to have any nucleation points so I'm guessing not. It's probably not as clean as I'd like it though. On to the taste... it's grainy, kind of like breakfast cereal. I'm thinking Cheeri-O's but I haven't had them in so long it's hard to tell. It's definitely more malty, and even fuller bodied than the standard Stella though. It's sweetish, and fruity with some floral character to it. I get apple, but there's also some orange to it. I'm not sure that there's really enough bitterness to balance it if you were to drink more than one as I feel it would start to build up on you a bit. I don't think it would become cloying but it seems headed in that direction. I feel it could use a little bit more carbonation as well. It's definitely not as carbonated as a regular Stella, but this is made here in Baldwinsville, NY while the original still comes from Belgium - or it could just be an off batch that I got but that's highly unlikely for an Anheuser-Busch beer. Odd. Maybe they expect you to drink it ice cold, but I didn't really let it warm up or anything, I just pulled it out of the fridge and poured it. So, where was I? I've covered appearance, aroma, taste, and feel. OK, what do I think of this then? It's OK. I don't see anything that links it to Stella Artois, I don't think they're even using their yeast, but whatever. It's just an average... well, I've explained it so there's no need to repeat. It's well made in technical terms, but otherwise fairly lame.
Review #7,042

Aug 03, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

perhaps a tad lighter and maybe also just ever so slightly sweeter than the original here, less lager yeast flavor too, pretty reduced and minimal, almost tastes like there could be some corn in it, and i rarely choose to drink beer out of clear glass bottles, but i saw this was one of the few new beers at the store this week and the price was right, it also pairs well with summer weather north of 100 degrees, just slugging bottles from the ice chest, no issues with a cold wetty like this under those conditions, but the beer itself is unsurprisingly mediocre, cheap tasting, and to me adjuncty as well. not much aroma to it, some oxidation and skunkiness, i get a sort of sicer-esque vibe to this, like fallen apple sweetness meets decomposition, which gives it an out of place autumnal hint as well, but the finish is clean enough and the carbonation pops here which makes it serviceable when its close to freezing. they always present this stuff as fancy and special, stella in general that is, and this really isnt special in any way, but i wont have much trouble ripping through them. i dont love the finish as it warms, it hangs around a little weird, heavies up, and i wont be in a hurry to buy this again, but i guess its nice to see a little innovation from such an established brand like this...

Aug 02, 2020
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Nass from Florida

2.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The pour is straw colored & it's well carbonated. The taste is buttery white cracker, some citrus, & a touch of white pepper. The beer is okay but it can use some improvement. Cheers! C

Aug 01, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Stella Artois Solstice Lager has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly gold appearance, with no lacing. The aroma is of lemon and white bread. There is a similar taste, with no bitterness. Stella Artois Solstice Lager has a light body and a crisp finish.

RJT

Jul 30, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.59/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, slightly golden color with a mild foamy head. SRM of 8. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of light, pale malts with a slight orange and breadiness. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor is mild and of smooth, light pale malts with some honey, orange spice & cracker malts. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Lower carbonation. Feels rather milky on the palate.

Compared to the original Stella Artois Lager 7/25/20: Pours a slightly darker color. The flavor is more pale, smooth malt. Less crisp hops, but only slightly. Rather similar. Similar body, but more smooth on the palate.
5/13/21: Pours slightly darker. Milder aromas/flavors. More smooth malts.

Overall: A very average lager. Medium-bodied. Mild flavors. Malt-focused with a slight bread and orange spice. Medium to strong carbonation. Nothing extraordinary here. I would rate this pretty average, and I'll drink it, but definitely not worth seeking out, other than the fact that it has 105 calories. (Final Rating: 3.65)

Jul 25, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Golden in color with a white head. Smells of grain and honey. Flavors of sweet grain and a touch of honey. Good flavor, smooth mouth feel. Pretty good.

Jul 22, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of sweet cereal grain. Tastes of thin cereal grain, but not as thin as most lagers, but with just a tad of honey. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation, but a little thin. Overall, an average beer.

Jul 17, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 05NOV2020, tasted 5 July 2020:

Pours a clear gold with a head that pretty much disappears as soon as it appears. Carbonation bubbles are strong and visible. First looks are not impressive - looks like just another boring pale lager.

Smell - mostly corn with a bit of spices and hops too.

Taste starts off with malt and corn, which gives way to sweet and citrus, as well as some hops. Hops were a bit more pronounced than I expected but I liked the bright character it brought.

Feel - best part of this brew for me. Crisp, light, and refreshing. Corny malt doesn’t linger on the tongue like with some lagers. Carbonation is strong and lifts the brew.

Overall, it has its strengths and weaknesses, but it is good. Stands out a bit for the style, and makes today’s 108 degrees F heat index a little less terrible.

Jul 05, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark yellow pour with thin bright white lacing.

S - Smells like corn and adjunct lager, nothing but corn sweet malt.

T - Corn sweet malt with some slight graininess, there's a little bit of citrus sweetness on the back side.

M - Nice medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - Was stoked to try this but one is enough. :o)

Jul 03, 2020
Solstice Lager from Stella Artois
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 71 ratings