Solstice Lager
Stella Artois

Solstice LagerSolstice Lager
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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #110
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
73
Ranked #43,318
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 19.17%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
20
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Sunday at 09:37 PM
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
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
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Picked up from the grocery store during the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of a $10 sixer mixer. BEST BEFORE 05NOV20 printed in a black box. So this still has 4 months of freshness left in it.

Appearance - Very clear, very gold body. Small perfectly white head with decent to low retention. In terms of sharp, defined, perfect coloration, this is a marvel of the craft. 5

Smell - No scent at all? what the hell. Even a swirl generates only the faintest of corny grain and alcohol. While scentless is not what I look for in a beer, I imagine that it's probably this beers particular goal and they accomplished it masterfully. So I have to give them credit where it's due, in style. 5

Taste - More hoppy than what I'd expect from a euro lager. But only slightly. But enough to cover up that corny musk that usually accompanies these beers. Almost a faint citrusy tinge to it. As if there's a single drop of lemon in the entire bottle. Extremely faint hint that doesn't draw attention but gives character. Becomes a bit more corny and grainy as it warms. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Light, somewhat effervescent. A little too sticky for my preferences. I was hoping for a more clean, refreshing finish. Especially since that quality seems to be what they're going for in every other aspect. Fails at that task, but isn't offensive. 3.75

Overall - Not a particularly interesting beer, and offers no complexity whatsoever. However, if its goal is to be inoffensive and obstructive, then it has mastered that. It pairs well with foods as jack-of-all-trades beer, to act functionally as a palate cleanser. The culinary equivalent of wearing black. And I have to give it credit where it's due, even if it's not the type of beer I normally want. 4.5

Jun 30, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Bought a 6-pack bottles $8.99 Don Quijote
137 days before best by date
Smell of corn
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Light malt flavor, slight alcohol finish which is strange given its low abv
Overall good for hot days, but not worth a premium price. Better off with a regular Stella.

Jun 29, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly sweet, some grains. Taste is of malts, light grains and a bit of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it's not bad, and highly refreshing on this hot summer night.

Jun 23, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark gold with a white head. Head comply dissipates completely.
Smell: Very solid, 2-row malt, Pilsner, some Belgian yeast.
Taste: Malt forward, grain/grass, semisweet, grassy hops. More flavor than original.
Mouthfeel: Slightly heavier than the original.
Conclusion: I liked it, but there’s not enough of a difference between the original. I guess the biggest negative was the absolutely zero head retention. Besides that, it tastes good and was enjoyable. If I see it on sale I’ll get some more.

Jun 19, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just tried this today. I wasn't sure what exact style it was until I looked it up on here. I have to say that it is a decent Pale Lager. It pours well, smells okay, and goes down fairly easily. I would say it is a good choice for an outdoor event as it is not too heavy or too high ABV.

Jun 13, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head fades instantly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell -The aroma of the brew strongest of a slightly grainy smell mixed with some light aromas of caramel. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a harvest fruit and a touch of lemon and orange citrus.
Taste – The taste begins with a light cracker malt flavor that has a touch of caramel and a little bit of fruit of apricot and peach. As the taste moves forward some citrus of a lemon and lime flavor comes to the tongue along with a touch of grapefruit citrus hop. Toward the very end there is a slight decrease in the apricot and the peach all while there is a bit of hay and grass that join the rest of the flavors, leaving one with a rather clean and lightly grainy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite light and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather on the higher side. For the lighter flavors and the lower abv. the crisp feel is great for the brew and makes for a very easy and refreshing drinker.
Overall – A decent and rather refreshing summer brew overall. A good one to sit outside on a summer day and sip on.

Jun 10, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhh summer, the release of light sessionable summer lagers is among us, and now is the right time for a follow up to the winter 'midnight lager' with a light citrusy, malt-forward, euro style pale lager. The biggest drawback is the clear bottling, however ABINbev knows beer so perhaps there is an active agent that repels skunking, but essentially the clear bottle and the gold labeling with white lettering and symbols are rather eye-catching - not to forget about the 6 packs all gold and white packaging.

Looks aside the beer from the outside looks nearly like their trademark euro lager in color and pours a rather bubbly, with limited head, golden color. Smell wise you're met with a lot of candy sugar smells similar to typical Dubbel stronger ales and a lot of malty sweetness. The taste is similar. Front notes are very sweet, then followed by a bit of what I was assuming are adjuncts, and a finish of light hops with intense malty yeasty sugar notes that finishes dry. Medium to light mouthfeel and full flavor at 4.5% ABV is pretty impressive, though this is a bit basic of a beer.

Jun 01, 2020
Solstice Lager from Stella Artois
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 20 ratings