Can. Pale straw. Fizzy head which dissipates quickly.
Lemony aroma. Grain.
Bland - some stewed hops, more cereal and a maybe hint of malt.
Scored directly after a KBS (and my quadruple nelson rating) - no chance.
A 440ml can with a BB of Feb 2012. This 4% ABV brew entered the market a little while back - there appears to have been demand for a lower ABV lager as a number of big brewers have produced similar products. Described on the front as triple-filtered, whatever the hell that means.
Poured into a Stella chalice (oh yeah). A clear light-golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a good head of fluffy white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt; faint hints of sweetness, grain and noble hops.
Tastes of very light malt with a clean, bland finish. Subtle hints of stewed noble hops, and little else. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a faint malt aftertaste.
Pretty dull, though drinkable enough. On the plus side the flavour is clean, with no nasty adjunct undertones. Nought special.
We pour a sunny-yellow brew. It holds a fizzy, half finger tall head of stark white bubbles. This recedes quickly into the bubbling active carbonation below. Flecks of lacing are noted about the glass. There is full translucency, with no sediment or haze noted. The nose presents with sweeter malts, pale malts, and faint grassy hops. There are twinges of adjuncty metallic flavors, but this is not overwhelming. The yeast is also present, and seems typically Belgian, but more to the sweeter, cooler, side of things. The final component is stale apple flavoring, despite the intact freshness date on the bottom of the can. The flavoring begins with citric hops that dissipate almost as quickly as they appear. What replaces them are bitter pale malts, and biting yeast. There is also a grassy, barnyard type of flavoring that typifies Stella’s primary lagers. The middle cools down quite a bit, and we get wet malts, with the faintest toast, but not much else. This continues into the finish with a sweeter, watered-down grain rounding out the taste. The aftertaste breathes of grassy bitterness, slight metallics, and full on grainy steeliness. The body is light and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left bone dry, with slight coating at first, and decent slurp to each sip. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily, especially for the style.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the subtle hop vibe, which was surprising, and the cooling refreshment this brew provided. When we reviewed this it was a scorcher out, but despite the drying character of the flavoring it left the drinker satiated and cooled. Where we lost points was in the watery flavoring towards the end, which kind of fizzled out. Perhaps this is why it was so refreshing and easy to throw back, but in the end it was appropriate for the style and something I would purchase again if we was looking for a lighter beer.
Since this was on tap, and I simply asked for a Stella Artois, I'm not exactly sure if this is the correct category, but I think its as close as I'll get to "premium lager" not "light" or "dry"...
Assuming this is the right beer, I would say I did like it, even though pilsner-lagers haven't been my thing lately...With food in a fine restaurant it was a great choice.
Light yellow gold in color, with minimal head, not served according to the Artois standard, but in a pint glass.
Tasted a little dry to me. Not hoppy at all, but with a slight aftertaste I couldn't pin down--wheaty? malty? spicey? grassy? It was intriguing, even if due to corn or rice in the mix. Similar to Sessions perhaps. Slightly complex.
Thin-bodied, with tingly carbonation. Clear, crisper.
Very drinkable, and great match for finer foods as well as being a great session beer with interesting complexity if not too deep into the specialty genre.
Crystal clear light gold with a frothy white cap that settled over the course of a few minutes, but left a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Very mild aroma, a bit of spicy and lemony hops with sweet cereal grains. Low bitterness, mild sweetness, tastes a bit thin but it did have a lingering lemon hop flavour with a flash of hop spice at the end. Light bodied, ample carbonation, dry, decent texture - particularly for a light beer. Not bad overall. Pretty refreshing.
A - Very clear, pale yellow color with a foamy white head that is about average size.
S - Faint grainy smell with hints of bready malt and floral hops.
T - Grainy and straw malt provides most of the flavor. A bit of a grassy bitter hop taste at the finish.
M - Light body with slightly above average carbonation. A little too watery but in the same note, fairly refreshing.
D - Easy to drink and for a mass produced type of beer, it isn't bad. It is fairly refreshing and not offensive, although it lacks some flavor that would make me want to grab another.
Notes: Best before Dec. 10. Not a bad beer, just one that is made to be really easy to drink. A little too watery, but it is good if you want a very easy to drink beer. Nothing special about this beer really.
A: Foamy head, clear pale yellow beer underneath, plenty of lacing.
S: faint scents, mild adjuncts, not a lot going on here.
T: initially a pleasant bitterness, there are some corny adjuncts present and a bit of artificial aftertaste. Overall not bad, but not tremendous either. Still, I'd pick Stella over most pale lagers (non-pilsners).
M: thin, crisp, refreshing, nice carbonation.
D: one of the better, more drinkable macro lagers. This 4% version makes it even more drinkable (regular SA is at 5%).
Very lame, weirdly thick golden yellow, clear and populated by very big bubbles. The head is very short-lived, fizzy, and white. The aroma is nice, surprisingly fresh and grainy with a lovely crackery barley smell, remarkably strong even when served cold. Very light and mild, somewhat lemony hops add a bit of zip. Not much to it, but what's there is good. On the palate it is not that "smooth" as the adverts suggest, but it is perfectly clean and refreshing, with a delightfully fresh grain flavor, a respectable smack of noble hops, crisply effervescent carbonation, and a pleasantly bitter and dry finish with lingering cornbread and hop notes. Good stuff, overall - no off flavors, and surprisingly robust. It reminds me of a good Japanese lager.